Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Jan 2013 18:12 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "With BlackBerry 10's official launch just around the corner, we happened upon a few photos of the final gold master version of the operating system running on a BlackBerry Z10 handset. Well, thanks to a close source at BlackBerry, we actually can show you about 100 photos of the phone's operating system in full detail. Every screen, every option menu, every app - let's take a ride together." Eh. Let's hope using it is a better experience than looking at it.
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Comment by gan17
by gan17 on Mon 21st Jan 2013 22:25 UTC
gan17
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2008-06-03

Hmm, can't really form much of an opinion, despite the 100 scrots.

Agree with Neolander about the application settings/sandboxing/security options being interesting, but it's also worrying in some sense. If you're giving users that much control, does it mean you're giving applications a lot of rights out of the box as well? Kind of risky from a security standpoint, but I suppose it's more proactive than walling up everything by default.

I do like the font rendering, or at least how they look in the scrots on a low ppi (non-retina) display. Nice and crisp, unlike Android's Roboto which looks rather 'scrunchy' when viewed at standard pixel density on my desktop monitor.

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RE: Comment by gan17
by Neolander on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 09:49 in reply to "Comment by gan17"
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2010-03-08

Agree with Neolander about the application settings/sandboxing/security options being interesting, but it's also worrying in some sense. If you're giving users that much control, does it mean you're giving applications a lot of rights out of the box as well? Kind of risky from a security standpoint, but I suppose it's more proactive than walling up everything by default.

I don't think that one necessarily goes with the other.

The point of sandboxing, as implemented on Android or BB10 at least, is to define a fine-grained set of security permissions that applications can either possess or not possess. At install time, users get to see which system resources applications want to access and decide whether they want to take the risk or not. In BB10 it also looks like users can deny apps access to specific resources, which is difficult on Android.

So I don't see how this can give applications excessive power. If anything, that's more secure than the "root access" concept of current-gen desktop operating systems, where applications either run with fairly limited rights (while still being conceptually able to wipe user data) or acquire total control over the operating system, with no way of knowing what's happening when a UAC/gksudo dialog appears.

Edited 2013-01-22 09:54 UTC

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