Microsoft shuts down Live Mesh

January 27, 2013

live mesh cancelledMicrosoft¬† is set to kill Live Mesh in two weeks. I’ve been using Live Mesh for years. It’s been a great tool, even though it didn’t make an appearance on the mobile platform. It seems that things are not that bad for Live Mesh users, because Microsoft offers to migrate them to Skydrive. The problem is that Skydrive has been seriously dumbed down compared to Live Mesh, to the point of being unusable. Several advanced features are absent from Skydrive, including direct PC-to-PC sync and ability to sync any folder on the computer. Microsoft is well aware of this problem and of the fact that the users are revolting. Count me as one of those users. I removed Live Mesh, but didn’t install Skydrive. I installed SugarSync, and it is an awesome product.

I use it to sync my Onenote files between PCs and an Android phone, and use MobileNoter to work with the notes. It all works like a charm.


Farewell HTML5

December 16, 2012

facebook ditches HTML5So much for the “new hope of mobile app development” – Facebook released an updated¬†app for Android, which replaces the webview/HTML5 architecture with a totally native implementation. The remake significantly improves the speed and overall slickness of the app, finally making it usable on Android. While we learned that HTML5 is bad for mobile a long time ago, it’s nice to see Facebook thinking the same. Also, in case you are wondering: yes, MobileNoter for Android is totally native too.

 

 


Concept of OneNote dedicated phone

October 2, 2012

Another day, another cool concept of a phone. This time it is a 5.5 inch “phablet“, a phone-tablet hybrid, dedicated specifically to OneNote MX. The phone would be obviously manufactured by Nokia, carry Windows 8, and compete with Samsung Galaxy Note family. BTW, Samsung sold over 10 millions of those, which is a number Nokia can only envy of. The source of this and other nice phone concepts is here.


MobileNoter SE HD 4.2 for Android released

September 17, 2012

As promised, we released a new update for Android tablets. This is the best version of MobileNoter ever, and the best way to work with OneNote on Android.


MobileNoter SE 4.1 for Android released. Incremental sync is out!

August 15, 2012

Finally, incremental sync has been implemented in MobileNoter. Incremental sync means that only changed notes are synchronized with the note storage, like SkyDrive. This greatly speeds up the sync, saves data traffic and phone battery. More details about this release are here.

Also, for all the people with BlackBerry PlayBooks out there – your wait is going to be over in a couple of weeks. MobileNoter is coming to BlackBerry. To the best of our knowledge Microsoft is not going to release OneNote for BlackBerry, so MobileNoter is for the rescue.


MobileNoter SE 4.0 released for Android

June 26, 2012

We just released new version of MobileNoter for Android, both phones and tablets. The main feature in this release is an ability to create new blank OneNote sections. The users have asked for this for a long time and finally it’s available. More details about these releases are on our product blog.

The next update (coming soon, like real soon) will contain incremental synchronization with SkyDrive and SharePoint. MobileNoter will download and upload only changes made to the notes, as opposed to sending and receiving entire data file. The incremental synchronization is the only feature of OneNote that MobileNoter doesn’t have, and finally it’s arriving to MobileNoter too.

All this nice stuff is coming to iOS version this summer too!


Free mobile apps are also less secure

April 8, 2012

Not only free mobile apps are killing your battery with their ads, they also a significant security threat. A new research reveals out that the third-party ad libraries used in the free apps are likely to expose the phone to security threats: “Our study has so far uncovered a number of serious privacy and security risks from existing in-app ad libraries on the popular Android platform... Such threats range from collecting unnecessarily intrusive user information to allowing third-party code of unknown provenance to execute within the hosting app. Since Android’s permissions model cannot distinguish between actions performed by an ad library and those performed by its hosting app, the current Android system provides little indication of the existence of these threats within any given app, which necessitates a change in the way existing ad libraries can be integrated into host apps.

In other words, a typical ad-powered Android app is a Trojan horse waiting to be exploited.