This FUD is Affecting Me


From John “FUD” Gruber a few days ago:

U.S. Government Report: 0.7 Percent of Mobile Malware Affects iOS; Android Accounts for 79 Percent.

I guess open does beat closed.

Excellent use of subtle FUD there, followed up, of course, by the snarky comment. Something I’ve learned on the internet: follow the source. Let’s click through and take a look at the article.

A cautionary memo put out by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice shows that, according to the government’s findings, only 0.7 percent of all mobile malware is designed to take advantage of iOS. This figure is in stark contrast to the Android OS, which the memo reports accounts for 79 percent of mobile malware threats.

In addition to ranking both iOS and Android, the report shows that 19 percent of malware is designed to affect the Symbian OS, 0.3 percent for Windows Phone and 0.3 percent for BlackBerry.

(Emphasis added).

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 10.12.07 AMRight, so nothing actually “affected” there, these are just the 2012 statistics for the possible threats of known malware. Clicking through again, the original source mentions nothing of affected users either.

Curious that Gruber didn’t link to The Next Web’s article (credited in the piece), but I guess it’s harder to drop snarky remarks when accurate reporting doesn’t fit your world view.



What is fragmentation, really?


Noted Apple-banger, all round reality distortionaire and snarktopus, John Gruber, recently posted these figures:

“93 Percent of Active iOS Users Are Running iOS 6.” Looks a little different than Android’s numbers.

Andreas Constantinou just tweeted:

State of the fragmented nation: Android vs iOS. One picture, a thousand words,

with a link to a “technically accurate” but ultimately dishonest chart comparing iOS distribution (apples) to Android distribution (oranges) by version.

It’s dishonest, of course, because the topic of vertical integration as compared to de-coupling core apps to ensure consistent API access across OS versions is worth at least a thousand words. Inaccurate comparisons and trite, offhanded comments are plain FUD, but hey: page views and retweets.

So anyway, I fixed it for them.



Interview: MyColorscreen – Where Technology Meets Art

Interview: MyColorscreen – Where Technology Meets Art


MyColorscreen sprung up recently with the goal of nurturing a community around homescreens. It’s tag-line, Where Technology Meets Art, is apt: almost 1,000 beta members have posted thousands of beautiful homescreen captures. In the spirit of customization the site itself allows incredible flexibilty – different devices, orientations and even custom backgrounds for your homescreen page are included, you can provide your wallpaper for download, and the site allows you to tag items in the image solving the ever-repeating “what widget is that” question. Sounds like a lot, but wait there’s more: also provided are embeddable codes for direct linking and posting to blogs or forums.

If you’ve never visited MyColorscreen open this in a new tab, marvel at it’s beauty and function, then head back here and read our catchup with its founder, Peach.
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