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  • AT&T customers can't call 911 throughout Florida, southeast U.S.

    03/08/2017 7:02:34 PM PST · by Innovative · 82 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2017 | C. Hayes
    AT&T wireless customers throughout large parts of the country and in the state of Florida are unable to call 911 due to a technical problem. The cause of the problem is unknown but officials both locally and throughout the southeast are working to fix the issue with AT&T, which is one of the largest wireless carriers in the nation. Currently, AT&T says the problem is affecting customers in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, according to the Orange County officials. Each county has set up backup phone numbers so residents can reach first responders. In Orange County, residents needing...
  • I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

    02/22/2017 9:07:21 AM PST · by bryan999 · 39 replies
    A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password. And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad. On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile. On his way through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside....
  • Samsung Says Galaxy S7 Phones Are Safe

    11/21/2016 1:57:58 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 21, 2016 | Parmy Olson
    After a horrendous autumn dealing with the fallout of combusting batteries in the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now reassuring customers that its smaller-sized, S7 range is not affected by the same issue. “Samsung stands behind the quality and safety of the Galaxy S7 family” the company said in an official statement released late on Friday. “There have been no confirmed cases of internal battery failures with these devices among the more than 10 million devices being used by consumers in the United States.”
  • Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

    11/16/2016 7:42:09 PM PST · by null and void · 26 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | NOV 15, 2016 | MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability, said the Adups software transmitted the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server. The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users... Security experts frequently discover vulnerabilities in consumer electronics, but this case is exceptional. It was not...
  • Android malware that can infiltrate corporate networks is spreading

    09/30/2016 8:08:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Computerworld ^ | September 30, 2016 | By Michael Kan
    DressCode has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps One of the Trojanized apps that's part of the DressCode family. Credit: Trend Micro An Android malware is spreading across app stores, including Google Play, and has the capability of stealing sensitive files from corporate networks. DressCode, a family of Android malware, has been found circulating in at least 3,000 Trojanized apps, security firm Trend Micro said Friday. DressCode hides itself inside games, user interface themes and phone optimization boosters. It can also be difficult to detect because the malicious coding only makes up a small portion of the overall...
  • iOS and Android Combined For Record 99% of Smartphone Sales Last Quarter

    08/18/2016 9:48:53 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 7 replies
    Slashdot ^ | August 18, 2016 | BeauHD
    The research firm Gartner has crunched some numbers and found that Android and iOS accounted for a record 99.1% worldwide market share in the second calendar quarter of 2016, which is compared to 96.8% in the year-ago period. What some may view as even more shocking is that Android accounted for 86.2% of the market share in the second quarter, up from 82.2% a year ago. Meanwhile, iOS lost some ground as it dropped to 12.9% market share from 14.6% in the year-ago period. It's no surprise that Windows and BlackBerry have been losing market share. They dropped to 0.6%...
  • Here’s why you shouldn’t freak out about that ‘cell phones cause cancer’ study

    05/29/2016 12:50:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | May 27, 2016 | Kevin Loria, Tech Insider
    It’s scary to hear that cellphones — devices that most of us have with us all the time — have been linked to cancer by a government study. But despite any headlines you may have seen, there’s still not enough information or evidence for the average person to be concerned by these findings. “I’m not going to stop using my mobile phone in the light of this,” Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, said in a statement to the Australian and UK Science Media Centre. Here’s why you shouldn’t panicThe latest results that we have...
  • Fox’s Rosen: Sources Claim Bergdahl’s Taliban Collaboration ‘As Serious As You Can Imagine’

    06/04/2014 11:40:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News reporter James Rosen claimed intelligence sources have told him not only that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl willingly collaborated with the Taliban, but that his involvement with the terrorist group may be “as serious as you can imagine.” Rosen spoke with Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night about his ongoing conversations with intelligence and Pentagon officials regarding both old and new investigations into Bergdahl’s likely desertion and possibly treasonous activities. “My reporting has shown that the intelligence community also undertook a separate [from the Army] investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl,” Rosen explained, “both his final period of active duty that culminated in...
  • Hackers use Congressman’s iPhone to demo ability to listen into calls, monitor texts, track location

    04/18/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Ben Lovejoy
    CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, left, with hacker Karsten Nohl Update: Rep. Ted Lieu has now written to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting a formal investigation into the vulnerability. In his letter, the Congressman says that the flaw threatens ‘personal privacy, economic competitiveness and U.S. national security.’ The full text of his letter can be found at the bottom of the piece.Apple may take iOS security so seriously that it’s willing to do battle with the FBI over it, but German hackers have demonstrated that all phones – even iPhones – are susceptible...
  • Sprint Signs Major Deal in Cuba

    11/04/2015 3:21:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/3/15 | Ramon Taylor
    Sprint became the first U.S. telecommunications company to provide direct roaming mobile phone service to foreigners in Cuba, after a striking a deal at the Havana International Fair. Sprint says it expects the number of visitors in Cuba to reach 5 million a year within the next decade. The U.S.-based firm Sprint signed a deal with Cuba’s state telecommunications agency Etecsa, with the objective to reach millions of tourists expected to visit the island in coming years. The move comes as Washington and Havana continue to explore business opportunities, since restoring diplomatic relations in July for the first time in...
  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    02/26/2015 7:06:24 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 46 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 2/26/15 | Ingrid Lunden
    Google’s Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with Android taking only 11%, or $2.4 billion. The blow for Android is softened only slightly less so only by the fact that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox seemingly made no profit at all.
  • Our Lawless Government

    11/15/2014 3:51:27 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 22 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    Of course the real story is being overlooked here... WASHINGTON – A Justice Department official on Friday defended the legality of a program to scoop up data from thousands of mobile phones as the secret operation came under scrutiny from lawmakers and caught the federal agency that regulates the nation’s airwaves by surprise. The Justice Department, without formally acknowledging the existence of the program, defended the legality of the operation by the U.S. Marshals Service, saying the agency doesn’t maintain a database of everyday Americans’ cellphones. Whether they maintain such a database is immaterial to the underlying issue, which is...
  • Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls

    08/17/2014 6:22:50 AM PDT · by G Larry · 30 replies
    CBS New York via Drudge ^ | 15 August 2014 | Alice Gainer
    Frustrated Mom says: “We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it,”
  • Report: Chinese phone comes preloaded with spyware

    06/18/2014 7:11:36 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    AP/Yahoo Finance ^ | June 17, 2014 | RAPHAEL SATTER and FRANK JORDANS
    A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday. G Data Software said it found malicious code hidden deep in the propriety software of the Star N9500 when it ordered the handset from a website late last month. The find is the latest in a series of incidents where smartphones have appeared preloaded with malicious software.
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • Indonesia 'foils plot to attack US missions'

    10/27/2012 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies
    (AFP) via FRANCE24.com ^ | 27 OCTOBER 2012 - 17H48 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Indonesian anti-terror police, Densus 88 secure a terror suspect's house during a raid in Mojosongo, Solo in Central Java. Indonesian police have arrested 11 members of an Islamic group allegedly planning attacks on American diplomatic missions, a spokesman says." SNIPPET: "The group had planned to hit the US embassy and a US consulate, as well as a building near the Australian embassy in the capital Jakarta that houses the office of American mining giant Freeport-McMoran, police said. Police said they were from a new outfit called HASMI, the Sunni Movement for Indonesian Society, and explosives and a bomb-making manual...
  • Kim Komando: 10 Commandments For Mobile Manners

    07/14/2012 11:13:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | July 14, 2012 | Kim Komando
    1. Thou shalt give top priority to those who are with you. Listen intently when you are with friends, family members and coworkers. When you constantly check messages, you send the message that other people and things are more important to you.
  • US Citizen Arrested For Terror Plots Against US Capitol, Pentagon

    09/28/2011 7:09:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2011 | Guy Benson
    A 26-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested and charged today in connection with a plot to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol, the Justice Department announced.  Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, is accused of planning to use a remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives to attack the buildings. He was also charged with attempting to provide support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization — specifically al-Qaida, the organization behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I know what you're thinking, PC police: "That's unfair, you Islamophobe!  Just because his name is Rezwan doesn't mean he's a Muslim, or that his planned attacks were...
  • Al-Qaeda camp teaches boys as young as five to bomb and kill

    09/06/2010 6:53:24 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies
    MIRROR.co.uk ^ | August 29, 2010 | Nick Owens
    Note: Photos included. SNIPPET: "Boys as young as five can barely hold up the machine guns and pistols in their hands as they take aim at imaginary targets in the Pakistan desert. But this is no sick game, it is their first step along the way to becoming al-Qaeda terrorists as they are taught about military combat and how to launch suicide missions. At hidden camps terrorist chiefs also use toys to teach the boys how they can blow up buildings and mount roadside bomb attacks. One chilling image from a video filmed inside one camp shows children, barely old...
  • Pair held after odd items turn up in luggage (WaPo won't print muslim terror suspects' names)

    08/30/2010 7:56:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/30/10 | Peter Finn
    Dutch police have detained two men who flew from Chicago to Amsterdam on Sunday night after U.S. screeners found suspicious-looking items in their checked luggage before they departed, U.S law enforcement officials said.