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  • 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:
  • 5 Lessons Learned By A Guy Who Quit The Internet For A Year

    05/03/2013 12:27:27 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 50 replies
    About a year ago, Miller was convinced that the Internet was making him unproductive, and even corrupting his soul. So at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2012, Miller unplugged his Ethernet cable, turned off his Wi-Fi, and replaced his smartphone with a "dumb phone."
  • Computer scientists design new keyboard layout on touch screen devices (w/ video)

    04/18/2013 10:46:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 17 April 2013 | Staff / Provided by Max Planck Society
    The research team of Antti Oulasvirta at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics has created a new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices. They used computational optimization techniques in conjunction with a model of thumb movement to search among millions of potential layouts before identifying one that yields superior performance. A user study confirmed that, after a short amount of practice, users could type 34% faster than they could with a QWERTY layout. Typing on today's mobile phones and tablets is needlessly slow. One limitation is that the QWERTY layout is ill-suited for tablets and other...
  • Five Reasons PC Sales Have Taken a Nose Dive (Bad news for Microsoft, HP and Dell)

    04/12/2013 6:36:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/12/2013 | By JOANNA STERN
    The PC is in trouble. Big trouble, if you believe research firm IDC's new data, which shows that shipments of PCs plunged 14 percent in the first quarter of this year. That's the sharpest decline in sales of personal computers since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. Since the numbers have been released, technology experts and pundits have hypothesized about the causes of the ailing personal computer market. IDC, specifically, cited Windows 8, Microsoft's new computer and tablet operating system, as one of the main reasons people turned away from buying computers. That's certainly a possibility, but one...
  • Un-techie, seeking advice on smartphone security

    03/21/2013 9:57:49 AM PDT · by HomeAtLast · 24 replies
    3/21/13 | HAL
    Many smart people here and when it comes to 21st c tech, I am a pinhead. Situation in a nutshell, I got a smartphone as a gift a few months ago, and after many weeks, still hadn't activated it, but the gift giver wouldn't take it back and even followed up with a hefty wad of funds to activate and operate the device. I do not know enough about wireless networks, security issues, firewalls, etc., to fill a thimble. I don't even know enough to know how much smarter the gift giver is (all I know is, he wears gadgets...
  • Someone bought 1,000,000 BlackBerry Z10 smartphones

    03/16/2013 9:11:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/14/13
    That's a whole lot of pie! An undisclosed customer bought a million BlackBerrys from the smartphone maker formerly known as Research In Motion -- marking the largest ever single purchase in the company's history. These aren't the business basic gadgets of years past, of course: The Canadian company unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 in January to rave reviews from tech watchers worldwide. The company hopes the redesigned BlackBerry will fuel a comeback -- and orders of this magnitude suggest it may be working. The pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple's 2007 release of the...
  • Keyboard bubbles up from touch screen on demand

    02/13/2013 7:19:09 AM PST · by Freeport · 10 replies
    cNet ^ | February 13, 2013 | Sumi Das
    A startup creates a physical keyboard for touch-screen devices, like smartphones or tablets, that appears when you need to type and disappears when you're done. A few weeks ago, right before the new BlackBerry 10 phones were announced, I dragged a cameraman to San Francisco's Financial District during lunch hour and asked random strangers to name BlackBerry's best feature. Care to guess what the results of my highly unscientific poll were? Even iPhone and Android users agreed -- the famed keyboard is BlackBerry's top trait. Increasingly, we "mobile device addicts" are favoring our smartphones and tablets over our traditional computers...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Smart Phone Sells Briskly but Struggles to Meet Solid Demands

    12/17/2012 7:57:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/17/2012 | Erik Pineda
    Supply of Nokia's Lumia 920 was getting scarce in the past few weeks due mainly to solid demands and apparently the Finnish mobile phone maker was caught off guard by the overwhelming reception generated by its new flagship smartphone. In a research note published Monday by market research firm Canaccord Genuity, it appeared that the Lumia 920 started on a rock-solid footing in the U.S. market, its sales numbers decent enough to come behind the bestselling smartphones in America as of November this year - Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3. "Our checks indicated the Lumia 920 was the...
  • Computer Glasses: The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming (Google and Micorosft are ready)

    11/23/2012 7:10:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/23/2012 | Nicholas Carlson
    You've heard that Google is working on computerized glasses. They're called Google Glass, and developers can already buy them. It turns out Microsoft is working on something similar. It filed some patents on the project and Unwired View dug them up. There's a big difference between what Microsoft is working on and Google Glass, though. The most recent word out of Google is that Google Glass isn't going to use "augmented reality" – where data and illustrations overlay the actual world around you. Google Glass is actually just a tiny screen you have to look up and to the left...
  • Nokia Lumia 920 in High Demand, Sold Out, Black Friday 2012 Attractive Price With AT&T Revealed

    11/20/2012 12:34:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Books and Review ^ | 11/20/2012 | Jessica Durham
    (Photo : Reuters) The Lumia 920 may give Nokia the push it needs when Black Friday comes around. Nokia's Lumia 920 may not be as disappointing as some critics said it would be. Actually, the Windows 8 smartphone is flying off shelves as we speak, which is a good sign for Nokia's Black Friday sales.The Lumia 920 has already made it on the Amazon Best Sellers list. It is already in high demand in Germany.Like Us on FacebookAccording to AllThingsD, a number of Nokia Deutschland's German retail partners experienced "stock-outs" since the device first became available earlier November."Because of the high demand, we are aware of the reports the Lumia 920 is sold out in...
  • Only Three Smartphone Companies Are Profitable

    11/14/2012 7:33:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/13/2012 | Jay Yarrow
    Interesting tweet from analyst Horace Dediu, "Apple's share of operating profits from global mobile phones dropped to 60% in Q3. Samsung now at 39%. HTC 1%. No other companies profitable." A couple of thoughts on this: How is this sustainable for all the other phone makers? What happens to Motorola, RIM, Nokia, LG, et al.? Do they go away? If they go under what happens to Android? If you're wondering why Google is trying to save Motorola, this could be a clue. It doesn't want to be held hostage by Samsung, the only smartphone maker that's profitable. What happens to...
  • Nokia's 920 Windows 8 smartphone: Early returns are in (It's a winner!)

    09/09/2012 3:26:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/09/2012 | By John P. Mello Jr.
    The early returns/opinions are in on the Nokia Lumia 920—expected to reach retailers in November—and they declare the new flagship smartphone for Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system a winner. From its high-quality construction to its dazzling display, the Nokia 920, introduced Wednesday, garners kudos across the Net. "It's incredibly handsome," gushed David Pierce at The Verge. "The new Nokia Lumia 920 mobile phone is the best the company has ever made," added Matt Warman, consumer technology editor at The Telegraph, based in the United Kingdom. The 920's construction earned some praise from Andrew Wooden at T3. "Nokia’s R&D department...
  • “I, Smartphone”? (Video)

    07/31/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    “I, Smartphone” video is based on the essay “I, Pencil” penned by Leonard Read, in 1958, and has had a lasting impact on how we think about the market process. Why would the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics care about how a smartphone is made and why would we want you to care? Because God has given us the market process as the most powerful tool we have in a fallen world to serve each other by using our gifts. Yes, that’s right. Smartphones allow thousands of dispersed people from across the globe to bring their gifts to serve...
  • Backdoor discovered on ZTE Score M Android smartphone

    05/14/2012 5:24:37 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    Geek.com ^ | 14 May 2012 | Matthew Humphries
    If anyone reading this owns a ZTE Score M Android smartphone, your device has been found to include a backdoor allowing root access without user authentication.The discovery of the backdoor comes via a post on the text storage website Pastebin. It has since been confirmed via Reddit by Justin Case of Cunning Logic and TeamAndIRC. He has confirmed with someone at ZTE that the backdoor does indeed exist and that a fix is in the works.The question that needs to be asked is, why is it there at all?Apparently the handset includes a hard-coded password that allows access to a...
  • Within a week I get to upgrade to a SmartPhone...

    02/06/2012 2:47:42 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 87 replies
    06 Feb 2012 | US Navy Vet
    ...any recommendations, Suggestions?
  • Nokia quickly tops Windows Phone sales, but is it ready to battle Android and iOS?

    01/26/2012 12:39:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/26/2012
    Nokia is seeing some good initial success from its transition to exclusively supporting Windows Phone for its high-end handsets. Initial sales of the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, Nokia’s first two Windows Phones, are likely hovering around 1.3 million units, according to Bloomberg. This is, of course, unverified data, but for two handsets that only launched in November, that’s not bad. Add in the fact that Windows Phone is not a well known or sought-after OS yet and the fact that Nokia only just launched its first device in the US a week or two ago, and the numbers are...
  • Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone 7: A mobile showdown (How do these mobile OS stack up?)

    01/01/2012 4:35:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Geek ^ | 12/28/2011 | By: Will Shanklin
    If you’re a first-time smartphone shopper or a current smartphone shopper approaching an upgrade, you may be curious about the mobile platforms that are available. Everyone knows about the iPhone and iPad, and everyone knows about “Droids” (Android is the platform, Droid is one specific brand on Verizon). Often overlooked is the newcomer, Windows Phone. How do the three mobile operating systems stack up?We broke down the three platforms into some of the most distinct categories so you can better understand the differences between them. Let’s take a look…Total Devices Before delving into the specifics of each operating system, one...
  • Why Is Windows Phone Failing?

    12/27/2011 7:38:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/27/2011 | Steve Kovach
    Good question. However, if you want an honest opinion, it's usually best to go straight to the source. A former GM who used to work on Windows Phone 7 for Microsoft, Charlie Kindel, took to his personal blog today with some thoughts on why Microsoft's mobile efforts seem so stagnant. It boils down to carriers, manufacturers, and the companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft who make the operating system are all locked in this big three-way pissing contest to see who gets the most say in marketing a device. According to Kindel, Android is crushing iOS and Windows Phone 7...
  • Nokia's 'last-ditch' Windows phone stumbles - sales crawl behind Androids, iPhones, BlackBerries

    12/23/2011 10:15:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/23/2011 | Rob Waugh
    Nokia's Lumia 800 phone - the first fruit of its much-hyped alliance with Microsoft, seems to be unlikely to be the saviour the firm hoped for. When CEO Michael Elop took over, he described the firm's situation in smartphones as standing on a burning oil platform, with no choice but to hurl itself into the sea. The alliance with Microsoft came after Elop's gloomy prognosis. But from sales data released by Mobiles Please, it looks like Nokia has so far failed to make a splash. A sample of 5,000 sales by the price comparison site found that the Lumia 800...
  • Report: Android Hits 53 Percent Market Share

    12/13/2011 10:21:05 AM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    Wireless Week ^ | 10-13-11 | Andrew Berg
    Android and iOS continued to gain market share at the expense of struggling platforms like BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 (WP7), according to a new report from NPD Group. Android’s share of smartphone sales grew to 53 percent of the U.S. smartphone market (53 percent) from January through October 2011, while Apple’s iOS share grew to 29 percent of the market. Research In Motion’s OS share declined to 11 percent. RIM and other companies that were formerly on top of NPD’s smartphone rankings, however, have made critical business decisions this past year in a quest to shore up their U.S....
  • Delaware Attorneys File Suit, Claim Cell Phone Snooping

    12/06/2011 8:48:01 AM PST · by Abby4116 · 4 replies
    CBS-Philly ^ | 11/6/2011
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – Local attorneys have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against smartphone makers and a company accused of snooping on tens of millions of consumers. The software under scrutiny is called Carrier IQ, More at link
  • 'Islamic smart phone' launched

    12/05/2011 7:44:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-5-11 | Dean Nelson
    An Indian company has launched an 'Islamic smart phone', featuring a full copy of the Koran, a GPS application which points to Mecca and a calculator for Zakaat charitable donations.
  • You Have No Privacy

    12/03/2011 7:56:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2011 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    If you are like us, every day you pick up a smartphone and you send email, visit with friends on Facebook, send a text message or even log into your bank's website and pay a bill. These modern day conveniences have become routine. We all believe that our passwords are secure, our data is protected, and life is easier if we don't have to write a check to pay a bill or dig around and find a stamp to send a friend a quick note. But this morning we are no longer sure. The tech world is in a fury,...
  • Triple Lutz Report--The Thought Police Reside in Your SmartPhone

    12/02/2011 2:54:43 PM PST · by appeal2 · 12 replies
    www.KerryLutz.com ^ | 12-2-11 | Kerry Lutz
    A security researcher, Trevor Eckhart, recently made a startling discovery. Hidden inside every Android and iPhone is a program called Carrier IQ (CIQ), which is capable of monitoring virtually everything you do on a SmartPhone. And then it has the ability to send all that data back to your wireless carrier and then who knows where it will wind up and how it will be used. Perhaps these phones have become too Smart for our own good. This is our worst nightmare potentially being realized. With our freedoms being eroded at a rapid rate, this is a biggie. A cellphone...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 10:51:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 40 replies
    The Register ^ | 30 November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 2:14:08 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 27 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 30th November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • Pocket Spies (Yon on smart phone dangers)

    11/18/2011 6:14:45 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 45 replies
    Michael Yon "Dispatches" ^ | November 17,2011 | Michael Yon
    17 November 2011 We know the Internet has dangers. Everything we put onto the information superhighway should be considered chiseled into marble. Meanwhile, those smartphones that so many of us carry are tantamount to carrying hostile spies in our pockets. If the battery is charged and in the phone, the phone is a homing beacon whether it’s on or off. Now add services such as Facebook, and those excellent phone cameras with geotagging, and there is a combination for disaster. This has relevancy for our troops in Afghanistan. During certain missions, I would not even take my smartphones. On or...
  • Coupon Clipping – The Smartphone Way

    10/27/2011 8:29:07 PM PDT · by Immerito · 12 replies
    CBS 11 News ^ | October 27, 2011 | Ginger Allen
    ALLEN (CBSDFW.COM) – There’s a new secret to saving money and getting free stuff in your everyday life. It almost sounded too good and too simple to be true. Our investigative team went undercover to check it out, and you can do it, too. Clipping coupons could soon be a thing of the past. Now, there’s an app for your scissors! Saving money can be as easy as swiping your finger, or touching a button. Lynette Shofner of Allen never leaves home without her smartphone. “If I’m going to spend money, it’s going to be at a discount,” Shofner said.
  • Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy

    10/05/2011 9:05:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/05/11
    Samsung targets iPhone 4S sales ban in France, Italy 9:29am EDT SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics said it will file patent-infringement claims in France and Italy to ban the sale of Apple's new iPhone less than a day after it was unveiled, intensifying a legal battle between the two top brands. It will also file legal cases in other countries to stop the sale of the iPhone 4S after further review, the South Korean maker of Galaxy smartphones and tablets said in a statement. Samsung has emerged as a credible challenger to Apple's mobile devices and the two companies are...
  • Forget Dual-Core, Here Comes the 64-Core Smartphone Chip.

    10/05/2011 4:13:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/05/11 | Nick Clayton
    October 5, 2011, 9:16 AM GMT. Forget Dual-Core, Here Comes the 64-Core Smartphone Chip. By Nick Clayton A “core” is essentially an independent processor on a chip. But it is not quite a case of the more, the merrier for every computer, tablet or smartphone chip. Software has to support multiple cores and there is a trade-off on power consumption. Nevertheless, the presence of a dual-core processor is a key element in premium, high-performance smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation and, of course, the newly-announced iPhone 4S which Apple says is twice as fast at processor...
  • SmartPhone Wars: More Heat On iPhone As Google Acquires Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion

    08/15/2011 8:38:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/15/2011 | Tyler Durden
    Why did Google just pay a 60% premium for MMI? One word: iPhone - "Motorola Mobility's total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers....We expect that this combination will enable us to break new ground for the Android ecosystem. However, our vision for Android is unchanged and Google remains firmly committed to Android as an open platform and a vibrant open source community....
  • Sony announces 'WhiteMagic' - new LCD screen that uses half the power

    08/15/2011 8:06:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | August 15, 2011 | by Bob Yirka
    Sony has announced via its webpage the development of a new type of LCD display that uses either half as much power as current same-size LCD displays, or the same amount of power, but doubles the brightness. Called WhiteMagic, the new LCD screen, currently just 3 inches diagonally, achieves these results by employing a third, white pixel to create images on a screen. For the most part, most LCD displays use just three backlit pixels - Red, Green and Blue (RGB) to create one dot of color on the screen; the various colors are produced by filtering the light that...