Routing Around Apple's Restrictions, AppCertain & Others Bring Enterprise-Level Control To Consumers In The Interest Of Child Safety
In the interest of protecting children, a new iOS application called AppCertain has debuted a monitoring application aimed at parents. The app, whose goal is to alert parents about the nature of the applications their kids are downloading, involves the use of a “configuration profile” – special software Apple originally intended for enterprise use, not consumer-facing apps sold through its App Store marketplace. But Apple reviewed the application – for longer than most, founder and CEO Spencer Whitman tells us – and subsequently approved it. For how long that will remain the case is, however, unknown. “We think we are on a gray line with respect to Apple, but we don’t really know,” Whitman admits. Configuration profiles, for those unfamiliar, were designed for the enterprise environment, allowing I.T. departments to manage the iPhones and iPads used by a company’s employees. They’re typically employed by Mobile Device Management solutions, for example, which use the ...
Google may remotely deactivate Glass if you sell it or lend to a friend
Extreme restrictions turn up in Google Glass Explorer Edition terms of sale.
Do Consumers Really Want Touch?
It’s a blip: a Russian Microsoft portal aptly named MicrosoftPortal discovered a boolean setting called “CanSuppressStartScreen” that suggests that users of the upcoming version of Windows, thus far called “Blue,” will be able to bypass the start screen and drop right into the classic Windows environment? While this sounds like a boon to some, it marks a distinct step backward for the dream of an all-touch Windows machine. But, as Hexus notes, it also means that Microsoft could be aiming at a different demographic, a demographic that doesn’t want or cannot afford a true touchscreen experience on their PCs. First, consider the cost of touch. A standard 22-inch monitor costs about $149 although you can get cheaper models if you hunt. A standard touchscreen monitor costs $300. Depending on configuration, a touchscreen laptop can cost double a non-touchscreen model. The same goes for components – a 12-inch WXGA screen costs $90 while a touchscreen costs $240. In short, touchscreen ...
Open Recall: Retro browsing, fresh distributions and Linux gaming
In this edition of The H's Open Recall: retro browsing with NCSA Mosaic on Linux, Netrunner 12.12.1, Descent|OS 3.0.2, Half-Life on Linux, SystemRescueCd 3.3.0 and a first preview of the Consort Desktop Environment
CFEngine 3.4 adds XML editing and VirtualBox support
The software configuration platform's community edition has been updated and a number of features from the enterprise version have been migrated to the free edition. New features added include XML parsing and editing and VirtualBox guest environments