News & Commentary

Code Review of Android and Windows Devices Completed

Software consultants at Quandary Peak recently completed an lengthy, in-depth source code review of twenty-nine mobile devices running the Android, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone 7 operating systems. The consultants, George Edwards and Brad Ulrich, drew on their many years of experience in smartphone application development and mobile systems research to document…

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Rationales for Software Patent Protection

Legal scholars point to a handful of philosophical theories as the basis for the moral judgment that patents on technology are just and beneficial to society. Are these theories valid in the context of the modern software industry? In particular, do the unique characteristics of software, in contrast to other forms of…

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Expert Opinion on Cost and Risk of Enterprise Architectures

Brad Ulrich, a computer scientist at Quandary Peak Research, was recently engaged to provided expert software analysis and opinions for the County of Montgomery County in the matter of Yasmin Reyazuddin v. Montgomery County, Maryland. The case involves enterprise software used at the County’s 311 Call Center and its accessibility under Section…

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What Mobile Platform Will Get Me App Revenue?

Developing a smartphone app takes a considerable time commitment, and, unless you’re doing it purely for fun, prospective revenue is a motivating factor. In the second part of my Guide for First-Time App Developers series, I discuss the current state of the smartphone app market and the opportunities to consider when choosing…

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Sam Malek Opines on Potential Security Breach

Dr. Sam Malek is providing his expert opinion in the matter of Lotchinbek Samatov, Jakhongir Samatov, and SSD Software Solutions v. AirShowBuzz, a lawsuit that involves questions of information security and data access control. Malek was retained by Michelman & Robinson LLP, a national firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York,…

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Edwards Provides Deposition Testimony in Internet Patent Case

George Edwards, one of Quandary Peak’s computer and software experts, was deposed in a patent case on July 17, 2013. Edwards testified with respect to the alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,804,660, titled “System, Method, and Article of Manufacture for Internet Based Affiliate Pooling.” The ‘660 patent was filed in 2001…

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Quandary Peak Experts Analyze Android Camera Architecture

George Edwards and Nenad Medvidovic, two software experts affiliated with Quandary Peak Research, recently completed a comprehensive examination of the camera software architecture of over a dozen Android devices. The two also analyzed a handful of mobile phones powered by Qualcomm’s Brew platform. The inspection and analysis of C++ and Java source…

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Quandary Peak Performs Code Review in Patent Infringement Case

Brad Ulrich, a software expert with Quandary Peak Research, is performing source code review and analysis in a patent infringement matter brought against a large financial institution in the Eastern District of Virginia. The software involved utilizes SMS-based communication to a Java EE web platform to provide mobile banking services. Mr. Ulrich,…

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Android vs. iPhone vs. Windows Phone: Getting an App Out There

Turning a great idea into a great app is not necessarily as straightforward as you may expect, and involves a number of important decisions: Which platform(s) should I target and in what order? Is this going to be prohibitively difficult or costly? How can I make sure that my app reaches the…

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