As Valuable As Gold - Mobile OS

If you are like most of us, you've recently attempted to ascertain the latest advances in smart phone technology that is now available to us. Today's operating systems have evolved into capabilities that were never even imagined only a few years ago. Not only does each OS offer an array of choices, but each of the phones and tablets they enable vastly compound your options exponentially. So where does one start? The obvious answer is with the operating systems. Once an OS is selected, the distinction between mobile devices can be more easily determined.

Operating systems come in many flavors these days. The main players are iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Each of these systems have their own unique functionality and applications. Here is where you begin the mind numbing process of differentiating among the systems and their associated hardware. Essentially, each operating platform enjoys its own particular strengths and endures its own weaknesses. For example, iOS's strengths are inherent in being a part of the Apple infrastructure. That privilege assures that you are blessed with a gargantuan assortment of apps from which to choose. Apps have become so integrated into the smart phone platform, that they have become a major factor in the OS selection.

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Facebook Mobile Takes Over

In a history making moment for Facebook, the Redmond, WA-based company has reported that, for the first time, the number of users employing mobile devices has exceeded the number of web users. According to Facebook, of the 1.06 billion active users globally, 618 million of them are daily visitors. Of those, 157 million are visiting via mobile devices.

The increase in Facebook mobile users reflects the company's aggressive campaign to capture more mobile users within the social network spectrum. Facebook has put great emphasis on new apps and other features that attract smart phone and other mobile device users. As the largest social network on the planet, Facebook is is the most used mobile app platform encompassing iOS and Android devices in the U.S. according to numbers recently reported by ComScore.

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Getting More Mobile-Friendly - iOS 6.1

Looks like Apple finally gets it right. After five beta test versions, Apple has let loose its iOS 6.1 update. The update will render more support for LTE networks along with mobile-friendly services such as Siri, the movie ticket buying service. The iOS 6.1 was released via over-the-air as well as by a download through iTunes. The first update since September 2012. The release addresses some minor bug fixes as well as some additional features.

The biggest feature comes in greater support for 4G LTE support for carriers and the ability to conduct transactions such as movie ticket purchases from Fandango following a search for movie times and locations on Siri. Apple also did an about face on allowing iTune Match subscribers to access individual songs from iCloud, a feature that was removed in the previous update.

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Back In the Race - Blackberry Z10

RIM has finally set a date for the much anticipated unveiling of its new Blackberry Z10 OS smart phone on Jan 30. However, influential organization such as the German site Telekcom Presse were given a sneak peak prior to the scheduled launch. In Telekcom's early review, the Blackberry 10 was compared to Apple's flagship, the iPhone 5 for issues such as looks, functionality, special features and processing speeds.

A visual inspection of the 10Z reveals a strong similarity in looks to the iPhone 5. RIM's new smart phone is unlocked by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The screen responds by dissolving seamlessly into the home screen. By swiping horizontally across the screen, the device goes to the app pages. By tapping the the scroll bar located at the bottom of the screen, you can navigate through pages of apps.

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Strong as a Gorilla

Glass has stood the test of time as the most versatile by-product of nature. Composed entirely of silica, glass has served man well for centuries. Its application of uses has included everything from dinnerware to fiber optics, electrical insulators, microchips and more. Today, glass plays a wider role in our everyday lives than ever before. We have become more dependent on glass technology as we demand excellent performance and durability out of our touch screens on mobile devices.

Corning has been the leading manufacturer of glass-based products for nearly 150 years. Today, Corning is still the leading technological glass innovator and its primary ingredient is still the ubiquitous silica. This time around, Corning is credited with the development of what it calls Gorilla Glass 3, a new age form of product being used for the fast-growing touch screen industry. Gorilla glass is being employed by smart phone, tablet and PC manufacturers utilizing touch screen technology. Gorilla glass is the result of years of Corning’s R and D department’s new technological development center. The final outcome is a glass that is incredibly thin, about ½ a millimeter thick. Yet it is stronger than glass an inch thick.

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