Asking for automotive Smartphone incorporation as a possible extra

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If you are awaiting at the prospect of one day buying a car that has a dashboard running an embedded version of iOS, then you’ll be waiting for an awful long time for that prospect to appear.

The explanation for this is straightforward: Focus.

Why would, or should, Apple look towards developing another version of its iOS operating system stack when there already exists a way to get iOS apps onto a dashboard using another powerful, proper, real-time operating system?

This arrangement actually makes a lot of sense. It keeps Apple out of the automotive software development game, an area that would take the company some development to pursue properly, and keep focus on producing the iOS software and hardware products that it sells in the order of hundreds of millions each year.

By comparison, within the United States last year, only 15.6 million cars were sold and a fraction of them would likely have arrived bearing high-end dashboard software.

Add into this equation the long shelf life of automotive software, and the extended lead-in times for the design of a vehicle, and it makes a lot of sense to have additional functionality arrive via another device, and a device that is going to be a number of iterations more powerful than the silicon found within the car itself.

Folks wanting to be able to start their car each morning and have a smartphone operating system should ponder the idea of a vehicle running on a platform graced by the user interface, reliability, and stylings of Samsung.

The software running inside cars needs to be incredibly resilient to any potentially out-of-bounds or insecure action performed in userspace — as a real-time microkernel implementation done well, QNX fits this bill.

While Apple’s CarPlay has yet to arrive for purchase, there are two other methods for smartphone usage in cars that are available today.

The first is Mirrorlink, a consortium that includes many mobile phone makers and automotive manufacturers, which provides the same functionality that CarPlay is offering for particular Symbian and Android handsets.

The second is Ford’s Sync and MyFord Touch platforms developed in partnership with Microsoft.

For developers expecting a new gold rush in car-focused apps, that scenario is unlikely to happen without a great deal of luck.

What all three of these platforms have in common is the use of approved apps: Apple appears to have a enclosed CarPlay in a walled garden, and has yet to open up its ecosystem to developers; while both Mirrorlink and Sync offer third-party developers the ability to develop apps, any existing app will likely need modification to pass driver distraction testing, and all apps must be approved for use within vehicles before either platform will host them in its app store.

While it was easy for app developers to add Sync functionality into apps, the user interface on the Sync unit, and the fact that the display was a couple of mere lines of text and not a touchscreen, detracted from its usage. Although big changes were promised, the next iteration of Sync has issues.

While its time may be up, one thing that Sync got right was the usage of wireless connectivity. CarPlay is arriving with a lightning dock for iPhones, and MirrorLink requires a micro-USB cable. Neither of these approaches are optimal, since they lock out the other major mobile ecosystem; to my mind, it would be much more preferable to have a wireless connection that supported all devices.

As mentioned earlier, the useful life of a car is far longer than that for mobile devices. The prospect in the near future that car buyers may need to make purchasing decisions based on what phone ecosystem they have bought into is not one that should fill anyone with joy.

By attempting to lock in phone and car ecosystems, mobile phone vendors are looking to nail down consumers for a number of mobile phone iterations, and ask them to predict that they will be happy enough to stay there.

But who can say what will happen in the mobile space in the near future? The next generation of iPhones, Google Nexus, Nokia, or even Tizen or Firefox devices may have functionality that sees it swallow market share in the same fashion that the first couple of iPhones did.

With the fast-paced mobile ecosystem being the driver of the push into automotive apps, and the state of the mobile ecosystem likely to change again with the next Apple or Google developer conference, it is in the best interests of everyone if the mobile phone and automotive app mind melding remains an optional extra that runs on top of whatever system that a vehicle already has.

In a perfect world, it would be helpful to have a common platform and standard connection to interact with the new smarter dashboards that are coming.

But that place does not exist, and instead, we have to sit and hope that we are able replace one system for another when we so choose. I wouldn’t want to be locked into a BMW-iPhone partnership anymore than a Mercedes-Android duo looks attractive.

2013 – Information Technology in Review

Mobile Device Battles
In 2013, mobile devices will pass PCs to be most common Web access tools. By 2015, over 80% of handsets in mature markets will be smart phones.

Mobile applications & HTML 5
Through 2014, JavaScript performance will push HTML5 and the browser as a mainstream application developer environment.

Personal Cloud
The cloud will be center of digital lives, for apps, content and preferences. Sync across devices. Services become more important; devices become less important.

Internet of Things
Over 50% of Internet connections are things. In 2011, there were over 15 billion things on the Web, with 50 billion+ intermittent connections. By 2020, there will be over 30 billion connected things, with over 200 billion with intermittent connections. Key technologies here include embedded sensors, image recognition and NFC.

Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
Changes the role of IT. IT departments must play more roles in coordinating IT related activities.

Strategic Big Data
Organizations need to focus on non-traditional data types and external data sources. Hadoop and NoSQL gain momentum. Big data will meet social. The five richest big data sources on the Web include social graph, intent graph, consumption graph, interest graph and mobile graph. Concept of single corporate data warehouse is dead. Multiple systems will need to be tied together.

Actionable Analytics
Cloud, packaged analytics and big data accelerates in 2013 and 2014. You’ll be able to perform analytics and simulation on every action taken in business. Mobile devices will have access to the data, supporting business decision making.

Mainstream In-Memory Computing
Changes expectations, designs and architectures. Can boost performance and response times. Enables real-time self service business intelligence. SAP and others will accelerate delivery of applications in 2012/2013 to leverage in memory capability.

Integrated Ecosystems
More packaging of software and services to address infrastructure or application workload. There will be more shipment of “appliances,” with software delivered as hardware. New trend: virtual appliances, which Gartner sees gaining in popularity over the next five years.

Enterprise App Stores
By 2014, there will be more than 70 billion mobile app downloads from app stores every year. Also by 2014, most organizations will deliver mobile apps to workers via private application stores.

EU court: Go ahead and hyperlink. It is OK, really

Common sense prevails!

The highest court in Europe ruled on Thursday that it will not mess up a vital part of the Internet is functionality — a decision that could have left much of the Internet in the 28 member state bloc to its knees.

The Luxembourg-based court decided that it would not be necessary to seek out the copyright holder is permission before someone links to their news article, blog post, or Web site.

In the case of Nils Svensson et al vs. Retriever Sverige, the court ruled this was a silly idea and to leave the Internet alone.

As you might expect, it was yet another copyright-related case, summed up:

In its judgment delivered today, the Court holds that the provision of clickable links to protected works constitutes an act of communication. Such an act is defined as the making available of a work to the public in such a way that members of the public may access it (even if they do not make use of that possibility). In addition, the potential users of the site operated by Retriever Sverige can be regarded as a public, since their number is indeterminate and fairly large.

The court ruled that, the owner of a website, such as that of Retriever Sverige, may, without the authorisation of the copyright holders, redirect internet users, via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site.

In a nutshell, you can provide a list of hyperlinks on a Web site and not have to seek permission first.

The only caveat is, where the hyperlink permits users of the site on which that link appears to circumvent restrictions put in place by the site on which the protected work appears in order to restrict public access to that work to the latter site’s subscribers.

Or, in laymans terms, a paywall.

Considering hyperlinks are core to the very heart of the Internet we hold so dear, screwing around with them frankly would have left some serious headaches in how the Internet actually operates.

Google Updater Needs Permissions to Control your Computer Why?

If you are using any Google software on your Mac OS (Mavericks), you may seen this dialog box saying that Google Software Update would like to control this computer using accessibility features.

You can click the Deny button and the Google software installed on your Mac will continue to work without issues but why is the software updater asking for permission to control the computer?

I have been scanning the online forums and discovered a few threads that seem to explain the problem and what this Google’s Software Updater program is trying to achieve.

The short answer is that Google wants to auto-update any Google software installed on your Mac OS stuff like Picasa, Google Earth, Google Drive, App Engine or Google Chrome. They want to install updates in the background without the users intervention and hence need this permission.

An engineer from the Google Chromium team says that it is completely safe to Deny this dialog.

The Google Support website has instructions on how to uninstall the Google Software Updater program on your Mac using the terminal app but there is a caveat. You have to uninstall the corresponding Google applications as well else the Google Software Update will be reinstalled after a few hours.

Another option would be that you disable the Google Software Update program from automatically checking the Internet for updates and manually update any Google software on your Mac.

Run the command above at the terminal to disable auto-check and open the CheckForUpdatesNow.command to run the checks manually.

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