Monthly Archives: July 2012

iPhone 5 Release Date… Plus a Mini iPad

Reliable blog site wrote an article on July 23rd stating with a degree of certainty that the new iPhone 5 could be on our shelves as early as September 21st 2012.

The information was allegedly leaked by a major Chinese Apple parts manufacturer who had been told to gear up for the September 21st full production date.  One noted change, as well as the anticipated 4″ screen, is that the iPhone 5 will have a revised and smaller dock connector.

Possibly less certain beyond rumour is that Apple will release a 7″ mini iPad at the same time as the iPhone 5.  The success of Google’s Nexus 7 has surprised the market and bucked the prediction of the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs, that a tablet measuring smaller than 10″ would be a seller.  So the 7″ iPad could well be a market driven reality..?

Read more about it (and brush up on your French at the same time) by visiting

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Chirp if you like sharing data with the iPhone masses!

I’ve just discovered the coolest of data sharing technologies!  It’s called Chirp and it works like this… You can share notes, web links, or photos with 1 or many iPhone devices with the app installed.  There’s no pairing of devices, or typing in email addresses.  You could even send a picture, web link, or note over a PA system or YouTube.  I’ve tested the latter and it works a treat – think of the marketing potential!

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5 reasons why you should take Single Sign-on seriously

F2MKE BlogA recent report by the credit checking company Experian warned that the average online consumer had 26 separate online logins but just 5 different passwords.

Two thirds of people have accounts they no longer use but have not closed down, leaving them vulnerable, the research found.  Every week we learn about new and major hacks leading to the comprising of our usernames and passwords.

In July 2012 we have already heard about the ‘loss’ of 450,000 Yahoo identities, over 1 Million Android forum IDs, 20% of all Microsoft account credentials – where they had been reused on other websites – and LinkedIn hacked twice in as many months.

It is all too easy to reuse the same ID – typically your email address together with your favourite password – when registering with different websites online.  The problem – and the very real threat – is that it only takes one of these websites to fail in keeping that ID and password safe and suddenly your online information and access across many different websites is in jeopardy.  What’s more, you may not even realise until you go to apply for a credit card, loan, mobile phone, or mortgage and are refused.  Perhaps worse still, the debt collectors come knocking upon your door!  Even if you do discover that a website you use has ben compromised, can you really remember all of the websites that you signed up to using the same ID and password so that you can sign-in and change your login credentials?

Standards-based Single Sign-on is one killer tool in your defence arsenal!  The following 5 reasons pretty much cover the benefits of using the Single Sign-on technology Oauth for your social online world and Shibboleth if you are in the classroom.

Popular Oauth Identity Providers include Twitter, Facebook and Google.  For more about the prevailing Shibboleth standard in education, simply search this website.

Now for those 5 reasons:

1) When you connect to a new website, application, or service provider using Oauth or Shibboleth, your username and password is not shared with, or stored in, that provider’s system.  If it’s hacked, your ID and password stays safe.

2) It is good practice, alongside having a complex password, to change that password often.  In the Shibboleth and Oauth Single Sign-on model, you can do this just once and in one place resulting in all of your other online presences relating to this change.

3) If you suspect that your password has been compromised, as with (2), you change it once and in one place.  No need to try to remember what you’ve signed up for and how to get there!

4) A single username and password for everything leaves space in your memory for other things; like remembering to pick-up some milk, or the kids, on your way home from work.  Oh and less reason to write it down too!

5) There are SO many great online resources out there asking you to sign up.  Can you really trust the honesty and security of them all?  With true Single Sign-on you can register with the peace of mind that they haven’t got hold of your username and password – often they shouldn’t even need to ‘know’ other personal details such as your name.

So there you have it.  Single Sign-on together with a ‘strong’ and frequently changed password will keep thing more simple and more secure for your online adventures.