dangers of the dominance of Samsung and Apple. This and more in today's Daily Wrap.Dan Rowinski investigates the
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Apple and Samsung dominate the mobile hardware market. Dan Rowinski sees great dangers in the lack of hardware diversity. "If you are not making an iDevice or some type of Galaxy product, Apple and Samsung are squeezing you out of the market," says Rowinski, and he stresses the need for a strong number three to emerge.
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Don't expect a initial public offering of shares of Twitter anytime soon.
CNN is reporting that the company has placed restrictions on employees who hold shares, forcing them to keep 80 percent of the shares they own. The cable news outlet cited company emails about the policy, which has been in effect for a year, and said at least one high-level employee resigned because of the policy. (more)
Google has updated the Google+ iOS app today, adding a key mobile feature, which was previously only available to Android users. Instant Upload, once enabled, automatically sends all photos and videos taken from the Google+ app to a private Google+ album. It also works for pics taken in other apps for a brief period after the Google+ app is closed. Since they're already uploaded, that makes sharing them via Google+ practically instantaneous. (more)
SocialFlow, which exited its beta last week, is doing a very New York-esque campaign where people who use social media are sharing their "social media secret weapons" in one-minute video clips. (more)
Here's a tip: If you want to gain traction with developers, having a name that calls caffeine to mind may not be a bad thing. OK, that may not be why CoffeeScript and Java are making gains on GitHub and Stack Overflow according to RedMonk's February 2012 language rankings, but it probably doesn't hurt. (more)
The original concept of the thin client device, which Hewlett-Packard helped pioneer, was to strip the PC down to just the minimum hardware needed to serve as a decent enough remote access terminal, while moving the compute power to the data center. But with new private cloud architectures enabling businesses to shift computing power between processors as needed, suddenly there's a trend toward fattening the thin client. (more)
For better or worse, the digital revolution over the last 20 years has fundamentally changed the way people communicate. More precisely, the advent of the cellphone is one of the biggest changes in communication since the invention of the telegraph. People are now constantly connected wherever they go. It is easy to overlook that simple but profound fact. (more)
Did you know that a tenth of all laptops will eventually be stolen? That is a depressing thought. Mine was stolen many years ago from the trunk of my car, parked in a suburban shopping mall lot. Or that half of you keep passwords and other personal information on your laptops? These and other stats come from a study from Kensington, maker of anti-theft devices. (more)
In the Internet Age, we think in little snippets, but TED has always stood out as an exception. Some of the greatest minds in the world give TED Talks, and TED.com has shared the videos with the world for years. The talks go for 18 minutes, a long time for Internet stuff, but they're so illuminating that it's hard not to pay rapt attention. (more)
Today is Valentine's Day. If you're not coupled up, you're probably either lying low, thinking about flirting with someone, dropping witty one-liners all over the place, trying to figure out why your last relationship didn't work out or contemplating what "love" is, anyway. It's all pretty confusing, and the Internet doesn't help anyone figure out what it is - it just gives us more tools to try and make a connection happen. (more)