This is a slightly overdue post, and more of a follow-up to an earlier post of mine.
More in this space soon.
It’s somewhat of a hot topic. Smart-phones and the entire OS/app/social media/advertising ecosystem thing. Some websites talk a hell of a lot about it. Everyone talks about it to some extent or the other. The king of the jungle is of course, the Iphone.
The iphone is always hot news. Someone recently mentioned on facebook that it’s ubiquity has reached a level where people now say “Call me on my iphone” or “My iphone is out of battery” instead of the earlier “My phone..” or “my mobile…” (if you’re inclined to being European).
One of the aspects of the Iphone that seems to keep it inexorably above the competition is the quality of the UI. Even I, an avowed anti-fan of the “sighphone” must give credit where it’s due. iOS is a better UI than Android and the living breathing horror that is WinMo.
Well, the Iphone UI is not all that. I came across this Swedish? company that makes mobile UIs called TAT. TAT stands for “The Astonishing Tribe” and the tribe claims to offer:
….products and services that differentiate and enhance the user experience of portable devices.
Simply put, they claim to add “Wow” to mobile user interfaces. And they live up to their claim.
TAT has released a new mobile UI, compatible with Android and Meebo, called “Velvet”. Best described by the video below:
It is, simply put, stunning.
TAT also released this amazing ad on future of mobile UIs as they see it:
Looks very cool. Here’s hoping that some of these ideas become reality. and soon.
After the very-awesome Pwn to Own 2008, DVLabs is back with the next episode, set for March 16-20, 2009 at the CanSecWest Security in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Pwn to Own is a 3-day hacking competition run by DVLabs’ Zero Day Initiative Team. Last year’s objective was for teams to break into Operating Systems – Ubuntu 7.1o, Vista Ultimate SP1 and Mac OSX 10.5.2. Day 1 – teams had to penetrate vanilla installations of the OSs. (they all failed). Day 2 – they could use browsers (and their vulnerabilities) to break into the system. (Macbook air was pwned, courtesy a safari vulnerability. Vista and Ubuntu survived). Day 3 – teams could use 3rd party apps. (Vista was pwned. of course. Ubuntu survived all 3 days. OF COURSE.)
This year’s contest, interestingly, is going to focus on cracking browsers and mobile devices. I can’t wait.