Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 16th Jun 2012 01:24 UTC
Windows Microsoft is detailing the design and workings of several of the core Windows 8 Metro applications. They've covered People, Mail, and Calendar so far - more sure to come. I'm quite interested in the rather... Lacklustre Music and Video applications. Another interesting one details Windows 8's multimedia frameworks.
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The best thing about Android's cloud-stored contacts is that you don't have to "type" it out on a shitty little wannabe miniature or touchscreen "keyboard"--you can just log in on Google's Web site on a *real* computer with a full-fledged keyboard and mouse combo and start adding contacts. The phone automatically syncing to this same contacts database is a nice side effect, and new phones capable of being set to sync to this same, complete database are just nice little extras. It could be done just as well by exporting/saving all of your contacts to a file and then simply loading them onto your new phone. The whole "cloud" thing is really not completely necessary; it just adds a few cool conveniences.

On the other hand, if someone were to hack into your Google account, you're fucked, because all of the data stored in all of your contacts (and purchased Android apps plus tied phone number, and your Google Voice phone number if you have one plus any numbers you have attached to it, and all of your e-mail messages, and your Google Talk history, and your documents if you use Google Docs... the list goes on and on) is right on the Internet, all in one account. Not only can intruders change your contact entries at will, they can get any of their (and your) personal info you added and start harassing or spamming or whatever.

Sure, I'm confident that my password is "good enough" and that it's long and complex enough to not worry about being hacked... but for one thing, how many other people's accounts are? And given enough time, desire and dedication as well as unknown security flaws, who's to say that even more strongly protected accounts won't be hacked?

The convenience is nice, but the possibilities are scary.

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