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A follow up of sorts to our post yesterday –
As we were writing about the recent legal story on Apple and iOS devices, a story was being reported on Mashable that just re-affirms our stand about the attractive, yet dangerous, bits that come along with having the ability to install any apps on your iOS device.
The article covers a potential security risk with PDF documents that could have malicious code to steal all your personal info off your device. Again, this is something that is not impossible to do with legit app development and AppStore sales, but its pretty close to impossible with Apple’s checking system.
We love the idea of open app development, and we also practice safe, and standard programming practices, but that does not mean everyone does. There are people out there who want to steal your information, and mobile devices are the new golden ticket.Share
Yes it’s true that Apple has lost a little bit of their tight grip on their App store and development system. An official ruling was made recently that states that owners of such devices are fully allowed, without legal worries, to hack their device to install any apps that they wish.
Woh! Any App? So Dirk+Weiss could go and make tons of apps for these “Jailbroken” (hacked) phones? Well, sure we could, but we think it’s just not that practical at the moment. Here’s why:
- Apple releases firmware updates for your device that will most likely break all the hacks. Yes, they can and will do that.
- The App store is doing for apps what iTunes did for music. Yes it cost money, but damn is it easy to manage and buy.
- Jailbreaking is not that tricky, but still requires some know-how beyond Apple’s plug and play attitude. So the market for jailbroken apps is much lower than the iOS market as a whole.
- People want the apps they download work properly. This is not to say that the new wave of apps will be crap, but without the app store approval, its fair game for any and all despicable hackers to steal information from your device.
- Apple has officially recognized that Jailbreaking is legal, but don’t show up to the genius bar with a bricked (dead, due to hacking) phone. Jailbreaking will still void your warranty.
So, we believe that this is one of many steps forward for the mobile application market, not to mention the fact that Google released a program that lets anyone make apps for Android. Mobile connectivity is growing exponentially. Facebook just hit 500,000,000 users last week, and according to them, over 25% of people access via mobile devices.Share
If you’re a frequent Dirk+Weiss visitor, you probably noticed something new and potentially striking about our typography. Yes, it’s true, we’re using Georgia in conjunction with our tried and true Helvetica. This combination creates a fresh and sophisticated dialog of type.
You’re looking at the brand new Dirk+Weiss website! This layout and structure is much easier to navigate and hopefully feels a little more approachable (we’re really nice guys… really). We’ve moved our blog to the front page to confront our core traffic and we have also revamped some of our copy to be a faster read and perhaps more concise. We’ve incorporated YouTube and HTML5 in various locations of the new architecture. That pesky, proprietary, and non iOS friendly Adobe Flash format is simply too clumsy.
We hope that all these things will make for a more efficient, and enjoyable Dirk+Weiss experience.
Matt+Brian – DWShare
This TEDTalk covers the concepts and fascinating developments of the website WikiLeaks. The closest scenario we can compare it to is something along the lines of telling a child to “Not Press The Red Button”. We all know the child will push the red button, weather they know the consequences or not. It’s simply the need for Human Curiosity.