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  • Social Security Administration Now Requires Two-Factor Authentication

    08/04/2016 8:11:41 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 53 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 8/16/2016 | Brian Krebs
    The U.S. Social Security Administration announced last week that it will now require a cell phone number from all Americans who wish to manage their retirement benefits at ssa.gov. Unfortunately, the new security measure does little to prevent identity thieves from fraudulently creating online accounts to siphon benefits from Americans who haven’t yet created accounts for themselves. ... “People will not be able to access their personal my Social Security account if they do not have a cell phone or do not wish to provide the cell phone number,” the agency said. ... Also, as one reader already pointed out...
  • Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple

    06/09/2016 9:56:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple Aaron Kliegman BY: June 9, 2016 10:45 am House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) claimed Thursday that the federal government created the iPhone rather than the technology company Apple or its former chief executive officer, Steve Jobs. “Anybody here have a smartphone?” Pelosi asked an audience at a Democratic National Convention Platform hearing in Washington, D.C. Pelosi then held up an iPhone for everyone to see, telling those in the room, “In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research.” She then listed elements of the...
  • This flexible, holographic phone is the wildest thing you’ll see all week (Video at Link)

    05/06/2016 11:02:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    BGR ^ | May 6, 2016 | By Brad Reed
    Image Source: Human Media Lab We’ve seen plenty of wild experimental smartphone concepts over the years but the new HoloFlex phone designed by Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab is something else. The phone combines 3D holographic images with a flexible display to create what might be a prototype for smartphones of the future.The Human Media Lab explains that the HoloFlex is “is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy to multiple simultaneous users without head tracking or glasses.” All images on the device’s display are “rendered into 12-pixel wide circular blocks rendering the full view of the 3D...
  • Is your smartphone listening to you?

    03/02/2016 6:23:29 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2016 | Zoe Kleinman
    It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up popped the name of our friend, and the words, "Motorbike accident, Thailand" and the year in the suggested text below the search box.
  • 'World's Cheapest Smartphone' Goes On Sale For $4 In India

    02/22/2016 11:55:04 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    npr ^ | 2-18-2016 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Freedom 251 smartphone, which went on sale Thursday, has sparked intense interest in India and beyond. Priced at 251 rupees ($3.65), the 3G device is being called the cheapest smartphone in the world. But it's also sparking questions about how the phone works -- and whether it's legal. Made by a new company called Ringing Bells, the Freedom 251 has a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 4-inch screen; it runs on Android's Lollipop 5.1 operating system and has slots for two SIM cards. But the phone also looks very similar to Apple's iPhone 4 -- even down to icons that...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • Massive DDoS attack on core internet servers was 'zombie army' botnet from popular smartphone app

    12/12/2015 4:51:41 PM PST · by aimhigh · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 122/11/2015 | Anthony Cuthbertson
    The recent attack on the internet's core servers is even more severe than previously thought according to cybersecurity expert John McAfee, who believes it was brought about by a so-called "zombie army" botnet unwittingly installed on hundreds of millions of smartphones through an as yet unidentified app. It is unclear who the perpetrators of the attack are but McAfee speculates that the aim of the attack - taking down the internet - and the unsophisticated way the botnet could be implemented through a simple smartphone app, suggests hackers sympathetic to Islamic State (Isis) or another terrorist group may be behind...
  • Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat (down 35% from 2014)

    11/18/2015 6:25:50 PM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    ...And 80% of Windows phone owners desert the ecosystem for Android or iOS. Windows phone shipments took a nose-dive in the third quarter, plummeting 35% from the same period in 2014, researcher Gartner said today. By comparison, total global smartphone shipments climbed 15% in the third quarter. Of the 353 million smartphones shipped in the September quarter worldwide, less than 6 million were powered by Microsoft's Windows, making Windows' share 1.7%, Gartner estimated, down from 3% in the same quarter of 2014. Windows phones shipments tumbled in some of the historic strongholds for the OS, said Roberta Cozza, a Gartner...
  • Apple Inc.’s iPhone 6, 6S Gobble Up 94 Percent Of Smartphone Industry Profit In 2015 Third Quarter

    11/16/2015 7:56:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    IBTimes ^ | November 16, 2015 | By Luke Villapaz
    Apple's record profits in the three months ended Sept. 27 were driven by strong sales of its iPhone 6 and its latest model, the iPhone 6S. Apple Inc. may not be the biggest maker of smartphones -- that distinction goes to Samsung -- but it is gobbling up almost all smartphone profits so far in 2015, according to new numbers from Canaccord Genuity. Apple took a whopping 94 percent of the total operating income of the nine top global smartphone makers in the three-month period ended in September, up from 85 percent in the year prior, according to analyst Mike...
  • The Sarcastic Patriot Definition of the Day: Smart Phone

    09/25/2015 2:50:12 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    American Irony ^ | 9-25 | The Looking Spoon
    In honor of the new iPhone release...
  • A new app that lets users' friends 'virtually walk them home at night' is exploding in popularity

    09/05/2015 6:20:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/04/2015 | Mary-Ann Russon, International Business Times
    Tens of thousands of people around the world are now using a free personal-safety mobile app that allows friends to virtually walk you home at night. The Companion app, created by five students from the University of Michigan, enables users to request a friend or family member to keep them company virtually and track their journey home via GPS on an online map. Although they can do so, the friend or family member does not need to have installed the Companion app, which is available for both Android and iOS. The user can send out several requests to different phone...
  • HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

    08/11/2015 8:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | August 10, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox. Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder. "Any unprivileged processes or apps can steal user’s fingerprints by reading this file," the team says, adding that the images can be made into clear prints by adding some padding.It is one of four vulnerability scenarios in which biometric...
  • How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy

    08/04/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 4 August 2015 | Alex Hern
    How your smartphone's battery life can be used to invade your privacy A group of researchers have demonstrated how to track users with nothing more than their remaining battery power, which could compromise privacy Alex Hern Tuesday 4 August 2015 08.18 BST A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone – and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online. The battery status API is currently supported in the Firefox, Opera and Chrome browsers, and...
  • Microsoft Says It Plans to Cut 7,800 Jobs

    07/08/2015 8:09:19 AM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/8/15
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business. The company paid $7.3 billion for Nokia’s phone business in April 2014, seeking to push rapidly into the smartphone sphere as its traditional software business slowed. Microsoft ultimately wanted to build an ecosystem that made customers that are loyal to a slew of products, much as Apple and Google have done so successfully.
  • Major Job Cuts Expected at Microsoft [Obamanomics is Awesome, Ain't it Tech Worshipers?]

    07/08/2015 6:39:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/8/15 | Nick Wingfield
    SEATTLE — Microsoft plans to announce a major new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday, as the company seeks to further cut costs in a shifting technology landscape. The layoffs are in addition to the about 18,000 employees that Microsoft said it planned to let go a year ago, according to people briefed on the plans, who asked for anonymity because the details were confidential. The new job cuts are expected to affect people in Microsoft’s hardware group, among other parts of the company, including the struggling smartphone business that it acquired from Nokia last year in a $7.2...
  • Gun-shaped phone case on law enforcement’s radar; ‘not a cool product or a good idea’

    07/06/2015 1:23:12 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | 07-06-2015 | By Shaymus McLaughlin
    (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Facebook) That is a cellphone case sticking out of that person’s back pocket. Seriously. Here’s the rest of it, out of the pocket and up to someone’s ear. (Photo: Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Facebook) The photos initially started making the rounds last week, after the Ocean County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office posted the images on Facebook. It’s been shared more than 14,700 times. “Please folks – this cell phone case is not a cool product or a good idea,” the office wrote. “A police officers’ job is hard enough, without having to make a split-second...
  • Pre-installed keyboard leaves 600 million Samsung smartphones vulnerable to hackers

    06/17/2015 9:32:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 17, 2015 | By Robert Nazarian
    If your rocking a Samsung smartphone, you could be vulnerable to hackers, thanks to a preinstalled keyboard on your device.The vulnerability was discovered by Ryan Welton from mobile security specialists NowSecure. The issue is with the preinstalled Swift keyboard which looks for language pack updates over an unencrypted line. Welton found that a hacker could create a spoof proxy server and send a fake update to the device with malicious code. The hacker could then exploit the device by eavesdropping on incoming and outgoing messages or voice calls, access personal data such as pictures or text messages, tamper with apps,...
  • Why I Ditched My Smartphone And You Should Too

    06/04/2015 9:42:45 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 50 replies
    Thomas Dishaw ^ | 6-4-15 | Thomas Dishaw
    (Thomas Dishaw) As a blogger and concerned citizen I try to put my money where my mouth is. I believe voting with my dollars is a way of life, therefore I do my best to only support companies, products, and people who I truly stand behind morally and politically. I came to an understanding long ago that the only way to get a point across criminal corporations is to affect their bottom line. Over the last few months I have been having discussions with friends and family about getting rid of my smartphone and downgrading to a cheaper, less traceable...
  • Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings

    04/17/2015 11:43:02 AM PDT · by mykroar · 62 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 4/17/2015 | Smoking Gun
    A drunken argument over whether Android or Apple smartphones were superior turned violent early today when two Oklahoma roommates began assaulting each other during the bloody telecommunications debate. According to Tulsa police, Jiaro Mendez and Elias Acevedo were outside their apartment around 1 AM when their phone quarrel moved to the stabbing stage. As they tussled in a parking lot, Acevedo allegedly struck Mendez in the back of the head with a beer bottle. When cops subsequently apprehended Acevedo, he was “covered in blood” and “also had several lacerations on his body from the fight.” Both men were treated for...
  • Scientists create quick-charging hybrid supercapacitors

    04/04/2015 11:46:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/01/2015 | by Shaun Mason
    The dramatic rise of smartphones, tablets, laptops and other personal and portable electronics has brought battery technology to the forefront of electronics research. Even as devices have improved by leaps and bounds, the slow pace of battery development has held back technological progress. Now, researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute have successfully combined two nanomaterials to create a new energy storage medium that combines the best qualities of batteries and supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are electrochemical components that can charge in seconds rather than hours and can be used for 1 million recharge cycles. Unlike batteries, however, they do not store enough...
  • Camera chip provides superfine 3-D resolution [for 3D Printers!]

    04/04/2015 9:04:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/04/2015 | Provided by California Institute of Technology
    Imagine you need to have an almost exact copy of an object. Now imagine that you can just pull your smartphone out of your pocket, take a snapshot with its integrated 3-D imager, send it to your 3-D printer, and within minutes you have reproduced a replica accurate to within microns of the original object. This feat may soon be possible because of a tiny new, tiny high-resolution 3-D imager developed at Caltech. Any time you want to make an exact copy of an object with a 3-D printer, the first step is to produce a high-resolution scan of the...
  • LG Display takes high jump in panel for phones

    04/04/2015 8:51:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/04/2015 | by Nancy Owano
    Quad High-Definition. That's a phrase you're likely to see more and more of this year, as Seoul, Korea-based LG Display announced Friday it is launching a 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel for smartphones. So what? This launch, said LG Display, happens to represent "a quantum jump" in color gamut, brightness and contrast ratio, touch function, power consumption and thinness. The company's high color gamut technology can provide more accurate colors in red and green; LG Display reported a 20 percent improvement in color gamut with this technology. The display provides a 120 percent color gamut, exceeding the 100 percent gamut offered...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge lack compelling software; not enough to pull company out of tailspin

    04/02/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 · 3:58 pm
    NY Times: Samsung finally seems to understand the many criticisms that have long been leveled at its phones: the plastic hardware looked cheap, the most promoted features were mostly useless and the software was too complicated,” Farhad Manjoo writes for The New York Times. “Samsung, according to Samsung, has realized the errors of it ways.” “The realization was born out of necessity. Samsung’s market share and profits in the smartphone business have plummeted over the last year. The company, which is based in South Korea, is in the unenviable position of getting squeezed from the bottom by the affordable phones...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: The iPhone 6 Has Met Its Match

    04/01/2015 6:30:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/01/2015 | JOANNA STERN
    A better camera, sharper display and faster charging put Samsung’s new flagship phones ahead in the smartphone race. In this unpredictable world, it’s the constants in life that I can count on. The sun rises in the East, Starbucks lattes always taste the same, and Apple’s iPhones are always better than Samsung’s Galaxy phones. Since the dawn of the smartphone wars, there have been basic truths about Samsungs: They’re made of flimsy plastic, their cameras can’t keep up with the iPhone’s, and their modified Android software is ugly and intolerably cluttered. With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which arrive...
  • iPhone Astrophotography: How to Take Amazing Images of the Sky with Your Smartphone Tonight!

    01/28/2015 12:09:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 28, 2015 | David Dickinson
    Got a smartphone and a telescope? It’s a sight now common at many star parties. Frequently, you see folks roaming through the darkness, illuminated smartphone aimed skyward. Certainly, the wealth of free planetarium apps has done lots to kindle a renewed interest in the night sky. Inevitably, after peering through the eyepiece of a telescope, the question then arises: “Can I get a picture of that with my phone?” The short answer is yes, with a little skill and patience. Now simply aiming a camera at the eyepiece of a telescope — known as afocal astrophotography — and shooting without...
  • 'Huge' iPhone 6 sales drive iOS to 40% smartphone market share in Australia, US, UK, Japan

    12/05/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 12/05/2014 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    During the last 12 days of Q3 2014, Apple "experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6," reported Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel, enabling iOS to reach or exceed 40 percent market share in Australia, U.S., UK and Japan. Twelve days of iPhone 6 sales dramatically shifted quarterly market share in Europe Kantar's estimates of Apple's market share for the quarter increased by 40 percent (5.9 percentage points) over the year ago quarter across the five largest markets in Europe (Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), while Android's...
  • The Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now - WSJ

    11/26/2014 11:34:56 AM PST · by House Atreides · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | November 25, 2014 | Joanna Stern
    Right now is the single best time of the year to buy a smartphone. It may sound like something you’d read in a weekly circular, but it’s true: All the smartphone makers have released their best wares in preparation for the big holiday buying season. Some can be found at their lowest prices, especially this Friday and Monday. And for anyone worrying about something better coming along right away, don’t. The next major phone launch isn’t until the spring. Now there’s just this teeny-tiny problem of picking one of the seemingly identical black big-screened slabs. Choose wrong and you’ll be...
  • Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint

    10/31/2014 2:57:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    ZDNet Zero Day ^ | October 31, 2014 -- 13:59 GMT | By Zack Whittaker
    Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint Summary: A circuit judge likened police forcing smartphone owners to unlock their device with a fingerprint akin to providing a DNA sample or an actual key. Is nothing sacred anymore? A Virginia circuit court judge ruled this week that smartphone users can be compelled to give up their fingerprint, but not their passcodes, allowing police to search their devices. First reported by local Virginia news, the decision-making case in question surrounded a man charged with attempting to strangle his girlfriend. A video purporting to show the incident...
  • Indian Air Force warns against using Xiaomi phones (Largest Chinese smartphone maker)

    10/22/2014 9:18:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    India Today ^ | October 22, 2014
    There have been privacy and security concerns around Xiaomi phones in the past but now Indian Air Force (IAF) is reportedly warning against using the devices manufactured by the Chinese company. According to a report by the Sunday Standard, the IAF has told its officers and their families not to use Xiaomi devices, citing security concerns. The IAF reportedly suggests that Xiaomi devices send data to an agency which reports to the ministry of information industry in China. The IAF, according to the report, issued the advisory on the basis of information obtained from the Indian Computer Response Team, which...
  • Flashlight App

    10/02/2014 3:02:40 PM PDT · by donna · 28 replies
    Flashlight App ^ | Oct 1 2014 | FoxNews
    Information about a popular smartphone application that could expose your personal information to cyber criminals: Cybersecurity Expert Gary Miliefsky https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q8xz8xKEFvU
  • iPhone 6 Plus meets 50-caliber bullet in slo-motion

    09/23/2014 8:49:02 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 35 replies
    Richard Ryan fired a 50-caliber round from a Barrett M82A1 rifle through an iPhone 6 Plus as part of his "six days of torture tests" smartphone project.
  • 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.
  • New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

    06/06/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    wsj.com ^ | June 2, 2014 7:49 p.m. ET | By Evelyn M. Rusli
    Ostendo's Tiny Projectors Are Designed to Display Crisp Video, Glasses-Free 3-D Images Ostendo's CEO says that 'display is the last frontier.' Pictured, a company chip that can produce a hologram. Sam Hodgson for The Wall Street Journal In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.Instead, imagine stepping into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or looking down at a smartwatch and seeing virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie "Star Wars."A key to this...
  • Frustrated curmudgeon seeks help (vanity)

    04/10/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT · by Baynative · 37 replies
    Impatience and frustration | 4/10/14 | me
    I just received a Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone and can't figure it out. I was satisfied with my old Motorola flip phone; it rang when I wanted, reminded me of meetings and even sent text messages. This new thing has a pretty screen and more stuff than a space shuttle, but finding it and making it work is next to impossible with no grandkids here to help.
  • Apple loses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphone sales

    03/06/2014 3:51:21 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled that Apple Inc had not presented enough evidence to show that its patented features were a significant enough driver of consumer demand to warrant an injunction. Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating for nearly three years over various smartphone features patented by Apple, such as the use of fingers...
  • Data security earns BlackBerry a boost from the Pentagon

    03/27/2014 11:26:13 PM PDT · by deks · 1 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 27, 2014 | The Canadian Press
    BlackBerry has earned a “full operational capability” designation from the U.S. Defense Department for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones and enterprise service, the smartphone company said Thursday. BlackBerry said the security certification will allow U.S. government employees to securely access email, data, apps and other department network resources using the company’s latest smartphones. On Wednesday, BlackBerry received certification for U.S. government employees to use its secure work space enterprise software on iPhones and devices that use the Android operating system. The technology is among products that became available through the rollout of the company’s BlackBerry 10 operating system. The software helps...
  • Information Request

    03/06/2014 1:41:12 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies
    06 Mar 2014 | US Navy Vet
    It it time to upgrade my Cell Phone(Verizon). I want to Upgrade to a Smartphone. What ones are good and what ones do I need to stay away from?
  • Do You Text While Walking? This App Wants to Save Your Life

    03/03/2014 8:18:07 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 3, 2014
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever walked smack into something or someone while staring down at your smartphone? Yeah, you. You know who you are, and you’re far from alone. We’re guilty of walking and texting, too. Fear no longer, distracted, device-gazing zombie walkers. Help for unabashed, small-screen addicts like us is on the way -- to the Google Play store next month, actually. The industrious geniuses at New York City’s One Llama Labs have developed a hyper sound-sensitive Android app called Audio Aware.
  • A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid

    02/28/2014 12:11:39 PM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | 28 Feb 2014 | Aarti Shahani
    Mike Janke used to be a Navy SEAL sniper. These days he's taking on the government and corporate America. He's the founder of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone with privacy as its main selling point. It's not NSA-proof — in that everything is hackable if you try hard enough. But Janke says it's taking on the entire mobile economy that lets law enforcement and companies in way too easily.Take apps that look free but mine your data to earn big dollars. Facebook tries to get your contacts, Google Maps tries to get your geolocation, Pandora gets your music preferences. Blackphone has...
  • Smartphone "Kill Switch" Legislation Proposed

    02/17/2014 7:07:51 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 48 replies
    thedroidguy.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Chad Buenaflor
    The rise in the number of mobile device theft all across the United States has prompted several Senators to introduce a smartphone kill switch on the federal level. This past Thursday, a proposed law called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act was introduced by Democratic Senators Barbara Mikulski (MD), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Mazie Hirono (HI).
  • U.S. Supreme Court to weigh cell phone searches by police

    01/18/2014 2:36:24 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 35 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | 01/17/2014 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether police can search an arrested criminal suspect's cell phone without a warrant in two cases that showcase how the courts are wrestling to keep up with rapid technological advances. Taking up cases from California and Massachusetts arising from criminal prosecutions that used evidence obtained without a warrant, the high court will wade into how to apply older court precedent, which allows police to search items carried by a defendant at the time of arrest, to cell phones.
  • Microsoft claims to have seen "record sales of Windows Phone this holiday"

    01/09/2014 11:32:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Neowin ^ | 01/09/2014 | John Callaham
    Microsoft is using CES 2014 as a venue to give an update on sales of Windows Phone devices to members of the media. There was already evidence that products using the OS have gained a lot of sales and increased market share in Europe in the past few months and today Microsoft said that it saw those sales increase even more during the recent holiday sales period. In a statement sent to Neowin by a Microsoft spokesperson, the company said: We’ve seen record sales of Windows Phone this holiday worldwide, nearly doubling phone sales during Christmas week (YOY). In the...
  • Tools to secure your Android phone

    12/14/2013 5:53:34 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Time of India ^ | Dec 15, 2013 | Javed Anwer
    Did you know that Android - version 2.2 and later - comes with a feature that lets you track and manage your mobile device? Look for Google Settings among all the apps on your handset. It is denoted by a grey icon with a lower case 'g' and a gear symbol. Tap on the app, and choose the last option which reads 'Android Device Manager' . From here, you can activate features that will locate your device in case it is lost or misplaced, and you can also remotely lock and factory reset your handset. After you've checked these options...
  • Russia Hopes Its YotaPhone Worries Apple

    12/04/2013 10:11:02 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 15 replies
    WSJ blog ^ | December 4, 2013, 1:21 PM | Lukas I. Alpert
    MOSCOW—The space race may be over but Russia hopes the smartphone race has just begun. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was among the first to receive a YotaPhone—the country’s first foray into the hyper-competitive smartphone market—and was told industry pace-setter Apple Inc. better watch its back. “Is Apple concerned about our smartphone?” he asked Sergey Chemezov, the head of Russia’s state-run defense corporation, Rostec, who gave him the phone on Wednesday hours after it hit the market. “Definitely,” Mr. Chemezov replied, according to a transcript of the exchange posted on the government’s website.....
  • Report: NSA can access most smartphone data

    09/08/2013 6:09:55 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via knoxnews.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users' data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in German news weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine cited internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams for each type of phone as part of their effort to gather intelligence on potential threats such as terrorists. The data obtained this way includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information, Der Spiegel reported....
  • Samsung unveils smartwatch to power Galaxy Note sales

    09/04/2013 2:31:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 4, 2013 2:40pm EDT | Harro Ten Wolde and Miyoung Kim
    Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. unveiled a smartwatch on Wednesday that works as an accessory to its market-leading Galaxy smartphone, with a small screen offering basic functions like photos, hands-free calls and instant messaging. The world’s top handset maker hopes the Galaxy Gear will boost the appeal of its range of Android-powered smartphones, as it battles to maintain supremacy in the rapidly saturating high-end mobile market against arch rival Apple Inc. Its launch, timed to coincide with the start of the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, also signals the South Korean giant is more than just a fast follower...
  • Nokia is slowly pushing Windows Phone’s market share upward

    08/09/2013 11:35:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    BGR ^ | 08/09/2013 | Brad Reed
    6:15 PMIf Windows Phone really does start to take off, it will be in large part thanks to the efforts of Nokia, the Finnish device manufacturer that has come under withering criticism from both analysts and investors for choosing Microsoft’s mobile platform over Google’s Android. Seeking Alpha has posted a compilation of charts showing that Nokia has been slowly increasing its market share in many key markets, which is helping Windows Phone gain a foothold in its efforts to become the world’s No. 3 mobile operating system.As you can see from the chart, which is based on numbers from Kantar...
  • Hard-coded PIN vulnerability found in smart toilets

    08/06/2013 2:22:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | by Nancy Owano
    Security experts are warning us all over the place. The digital life used to be a cubicle and workstation. Now it's well, life. Everything is connected, and Internet is everywhere. That means criminal intruders along with pranksters can also broaden their reach from computer malware to home connections such as smart appliances and meters. Last week, there was one more proof that this was so: According to a warning by the information security firm Trustwave, a Satis-brand toilet by the Japan-based company Lixil can be controlled remotely by an Android app. According to Daniel Crowley a managing consultant with information...
  • Samsung beating Apple in US smartphone sales in between iPhone introductions

    06/06/2013 8:48:03 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 40 replies
    TUAW ^ | 06/06/2013 | John-Michael Bond
    It's too soon to tell, but Samsung might have finally beaten Apple to become the United State's top smartphone maker, at least for now. A new report by the investment research firm Canaccord Genuity shows that Samsung beat Apple in US sales in May. In particular, Canaccord found the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III sold more units combined than Apple's iPhone. It's important to be aware of the methodology Canaccord used to develop their findings. The study surveyed only the retail stores of carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. Apple Stores were not surveyed....
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone Is Now Bigger Than BlackBerry

    05/16/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/16/2013 | Jay Yarrow
    We're not sure if this is a good sign for Microsoft or a bad sign for BlackBerry, but Windows Phone is now the third largest smartphone operating system, according to IDC. Since we're optimists, we'll say it's a good sign for Microsoft. It's trying to catch up to Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. It has a very long way to go before it catches either of them, but it had to start somewhere. Perhaps this is the start of the most unlikely come-from-behind victory in history. Here's the IDC numbers, via All Things D: