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Tech Wars: Facebook CEO slates iPhone

Posted on 15 June 2010 by SlimboCA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has an iPhone, but apparently he’s not very happy with it.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slated Apple's iPhone on Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slated Apple's iPhone on Facebook.

The cyber boss says the mobile phone is not very mobile, and not much of a phone. In a post to his Facebook wall Zuckerberg says he bought the phone and within one week he already had to buy landline phone service in order to make calls, and a whole mess of chargers in order to move the Apple device from place to place.

The iPhone’s groundbreaking form factor and operating system is of course undeniable, which is probably why Zuckerberg wants to keep his iPhone. The iPhone carrier AT&T’s problems with phone calls are well known, but Zuckerberg’s battery life issues are not normal. The 26-year-old social network chief definitely uses more power than usual, and he’s already been scolded by a flight attendant for overusing his new iPhone on a flight.

Apple better give Zuckeerberg a longer-lasting iPhone 4 to replace his 3GS before he switches allegiance to your dreaded rival Google. Maybe Zuckerberg wants one for free, that’s why he made that post.

Here is the post Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page:

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Just Bump Phones to Swop Digits… It’s that Easy!

Posted on 01 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

The days of manually typing someone’s details onto your phone are over. Bump has arrived!

Bump is a new application for Android and iPhones and people everywhere have started using it to get to know each other. Exchanging contact information, sharing photos, and even become friends on Facebook, has never been this easy.

The demonstration in this video shows just how simple it is to use. It’s like a cool gadget from a James Bond movie.

The Bump app uses the phone’s sensors to feel the bump, then it sends the information into the cloud. The algorithm on Bump’s website detects bumps from phones around the world and pairs up the phones that felt similar bumps. As soon as users confirm that they’ve bumped phones with someone else the information will be exchanged.

Two people who Bump each other don’t have to be using the same device. An iPod Touch can Bump an Android but, only a few phones have sensors in them required to detect the bumps you make.

Soon all phones will include these sensors and when that happens, the folks at Bump plan to have an application available. Soon no one will ever have to manually enter contact information again.

Do you think Bump will revolutionize the way we use phones? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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Apple Tablet Ahead of the Game

Posted on 25 January 2010 by SlimboCA

Apple Tablet Apple’s much awaited Tablet computer is a major gaming platform, analysts say. A large amount of video games publications have been invited to the event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The recent lack of announcements from several major iPhone game developers is being suggested as an indication that a number of major announcements are imminent.

Crunchgear reports that either Mirror’s Edge or World of Goo could debut on Wednesday, while the New York Times is also suggesting that the multi-touch interface popularized on the iPhone could be adapted for gaming on a larger 10-inch screen.

Mobile analytics firm Flurry, claims that the new tablet will also include applications built to fill “those in-between moments while in transit”, such as location-based information allowing users to search for nearby restaurants.

Flurry revealed that it found roughly 50 devices that “match the characteristics of Apple’s rumored tablet device,” operating from Apple’s Cupertino campus in California. The analysts say someone at Apple’s campus has been playing with applications containing Flurry’s tracking code.

Peter Farago, Flurry’s vice president of marketing wrote on the company’s blog:

“We have a fair level of confidence that we are observing a group of pre-release tablets in testing. Testing of this device increased dramatically in January, with observed signs of life as early as October of last year.”

Flurry claims it has seen roughly 200 applications used by Apple’s testers running an updated version of Apple’s iPhone OS.

In addition, analysts indicate that the tablet will include some applications aimed at classrooms and businesses, like a new version of Office-suite iWork maybe.

The emerging theme across all of these rumors is the extension of the iPhone’s multi-touch interface to a range of uses that have not previously benefited from the technology. It is, however, in line with what Microsoft is also predicting as the future of computing with its touch integration in Windows 7.

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More Hacking Threats Are Expected to Spread As Mobile Phones Continue to Evolve

Posted on 21 December 2009 by admin

Mobile phones are like computers these days. So if you can do with a phone what could only be done on a computer before, then hackers can to.

Mobile phones have become more vulnerable to traditional computer menaces like hackers and viruses. Russian anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab has reported on a new malicious program that stole money by taking over Nokia phones and making small charges to the owners’ wireless accounts. Recently, an Australian student created a worm that spread through “jailbroken” (altered to run software Apple has not authorized) iPhones. The worm did not cause any damage, it uploaded a photo of ’80s pop star Rick Astley. To security experts, this suggested that cyber attacks on iPhones are possible. Where there are security threats, there are always money-hungry cyber crooks looking to capitalize on the innocent.

Earlier in December, Khosla Ventures, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm, led an investment group that injected $5.5 million into a fledgling security start-up called Lookout. Lookout is set to introduce security applications for the BlackBerry and iPhone after testing security software for phones running the Windows Mobile and Android operating systems. The software protects phones against rogue programs and gives phone owners the ability to remotely back up and erase the data on their phones.

A basic version of the software is free, while the company plans to charge a monthly subscription for a version with more features. It feels a lot like it did in 1999 in desktop security, according to John Hering, Lookout’s 26-year-old chief executive, who for years has done research demonstrating security vulnerabilities in phones. Hering says people are using the mobile Web and downloading applications more than ever before and there are threats that come with that.

Lookout represents the latest attempt to build a new business that capitalizes on the surge of smartphones. Thousands of companies making mobile games, shopping tools and other programs have sprung up in the last two years as the iPhone, in particular, has taken off. Lookout and its investors believe this is the right time to get into the market. The rules of mobile are different, says Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, which also recently invested in Square, a mobile payments start-up. He says phones are people’s most personal computer, and needs to be protected.

Companies like Research In Motion, who made the BlackBerry, and Good Technology, a Silicon Valley-based mobile messaging firm, already offer mobile security tools, but their systems are aimed at businesses. Security firms like Symantec also have mobile security divisions, and a five-year-old company, Trust Digital, based in McLean, Va., has set its sights on this market.

Lookout says it can address the unique challenges of protecting cellphones, like preserving battery life. While the company will not give details, it says it has figured out how to get its software to work on the iPhone, which does not allow non-Apple programs to operate in the background, as security software typically does. Hering and his co-founder, Kevin Mahaffey, have been publicly demonstrating the weaknesses of mobile phones for some time.

In 2005, they camped outside the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood and scanned the phones of stars walking the red carpet, using a short-range Bluetooth wireless connection. They found that as many as 100 of the phones were vulnerable to hacking over such a connection. That year, at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, they hacked into a phone over a mile away using Bluetooth.

Lookout’s founders and backers concede that for now, snoops and bad guys pose much less of a threat to cellphones than to PCs. But they believe there is an immediate need for software that preserves and protects a phone’s data, from email to corporate information, and they say current systems do not work when a family or business has multiple types of cellphones on various wireless networks. For instance, a small business could install the Lookout software on many different types of devices, back up all the data and remotely erase a phone if, say, an employee leaves it in a cab.

Jeff Moss, a security expert and organizer of the Black Hat conference, said mobile security had historically been a solution in search of a problem. But he said that mobile viruses had recently become more common in Asia. His own Nokia N97 phone even caught a bug recently, but the software he was running from F-Secure, a Finnish security company, caught it in time. Moss says the tipping point will be when we start using phone to shop and conduct banking, because the more we do with a phone, the more valuable a target it will become.

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