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Security Threat: Unencrypted Cookies in Instagram iOS App

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While the Instagram API uses both non-secure HTTP and secure HTTPs connections, the weird thing is that it uses the non-secure path for your account’s authentication. All it does is store a standard cookie on your device, sent without encryption. What this means is that if you’re using an unsecure connection, like public Wi-Fi at Starbucks, someone could potentially intercept that cookie and use it to authenticate themselves into your account.

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Smartphone Makers Worried Over New China Requirements

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New smartphone regulations in China have caused concern among technology companies. The regulations, filed by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to a WTO database of technical barriers to trade. China’s WTO trade barrier notification listed safety, rather than national security, as the chief reason for the regulations. China has long made use of vague standards and other guidelines that are technically voluntary but end up being mandatory in practice. China had recently approved of the iPhone 5 this week, while the USA and many other countries have had it since September.

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PocketCloud Hits the iPad, Windows RT, the Web, and Dell PCs

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Today, Dell announced support for several new platforms that makes PocketCloud Explore even more flexible and compelling than before. Every single Dell Inspiron and Dell XPS sold after November 15th has already started shipping with the PocketCloud Companion PC client preinstalled. Even better, you’ll be able to connect to those computers (or any PC with PocketCloud Companion installed) from most major mobile platforms, as Dell also announced availability of PocketCloud Explore apps for the iPad and Windows 8/RT.

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European, Canadian Enterprises Approach BYOD Cautiously

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European and Canadian enterprises are allowing BYOD in increasing numbers, with more than over half of the enterprises accepting it. However, it’s only slowly as people still question the security of doing so. This would bring a great influx of employees with their personal mobile computers and other devices in the office, which is a good reason to raise some caution.
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iOS usability

iOS 6.0 Bug Causes Massive Data Consumption on Podcasts

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Public Radio Exchange has found and documented a bug in Apple’s iOS 6.0mobile operating system that apparently causes multiple downloads of podcasts, boosting data usage requirements up to 300 percent. “The player appears to get into a state where it makes multiple requests per second and closes them rapidly. Because the ranges of these requests seem to overlap and the requests themselves each carry some overhead, this causes a single download of an MP3 to use significantly more bandwidth than in iOS 5. In one case, the playback of a single 30MB episode caused the transfer of over 100MB of data.”

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Home Button on iPhone, iPad Poses Data Leakage Risk

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When the Home button on the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone and iPad creates a screenshot of the current view and stores it as an image on the device, it can pose a risk that data in the screenshot could be leaked. “The main thing about mobile apps is that confidential data may end up on mobile devices, which can be lost, stolen, jailbroken, or infected. So the focus of mobile app security should be protecting the data,” Hakhinian, a security architect with IntraLinks and provider of enterprise content management and collaboration products, told FierceMobileIT in an interview.

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New Mophie Juice Pack lets Samsung Galaxy S® III Users Do More with their Device

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The mophie™ juice pack, which has kept millions of iPhone’s “in the green,” is now available for the popular Samsung Galaxy S® III, providing double the battery life on one charge as well as complete device protection in an ultra-thin, lightweight, low-profile design. The juice pack for Galaxy S III marks the company’s continued expansion into the Android market, with the new case joining mophie’s existing universal line of external rechargeable batteries. The expansion of mophie onto more and more devices allows what was once available for one device to become open to more devices.

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Android mobile development

The Niantic Project is Google’s Most Bizarre Idea Yet

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Google and Field Trip creator John Hanke are onto an augmented reality game called the Niantic Project. In the case of the Niantic Project, players are charged with the task of figuring out how a mysterious found phone connects with a massive and shady global conspiracy. It’s a convoluted mess of videos, images, and hidden messages spread across multiple Google services, Twitter, and Facebook.

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disruptive technology mobile development usability Windows 8

Developers Praise Windows Phone 8 SDK, but Virtualization and Upgrades Drag On

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With its newly released Windows Phone SDK 8.0, Microsoft is offering a better story for smartphone software developers, but the SDK itself may force some developers to undergo system upgrades. Windows Phone 8 could at long last give Microsoft the smartphone it needs to make up for lost ground in the mobile space, which is now dominated by Google’s Android smartphones and Apple’s iPhone. But software architect and blogger Tad Anderson has given the SDK itself a thumbs-down, calling it a “big-time flop” in a blog entry. Still, he likes Microsoft’s overall prospects in the smartphone realm.

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Imagination Buys MIPS to Expand Beyond Graphics Processors into Smartphones

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British chip designer Imagination Technologies plans to acquire the operating business of processor maker MIPS Technologies, as well as some of its patents, in an effort to strengthen its position on smartphones. At the same time MIPS has also sold a majority of its patents to a group including ARM Holdings.

Imagination may not be a household name but its graphic processor designs are used on Apple’s latest iPads and the iPhone 5. Just like its compatriot and competitor ARM, the company licenses the technology necessary to build processors but doesn’t build any on its own.

Imagination is hoping to take advantage of its position as a supplier of graphics chip designs to mobile phone makers, using MIPS to sell them a main processor too.

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mobile news Windows 8

Microsoft Sued Over Use of Live tiles in Windows

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Microsoft has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit over its use of dynamic “live” tile icons in Windows, including in the newly launched Windows 8 OS for PCs and tablets and in the Windows Phone 8 OS for smartphones.  SurfCast takes issue with Windows’ use of live tiles, which are rectangular or square icons in the Start screen of new Windows versions that provide links to applications, websites, contacts and other elements. SurfCast describes itself on its website as a designer of OS technology. It claims to have developed the live tile technology in the 1990s. Live tiles are a key user interface feature in a variety of new Windows versions, including Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT, which is a Windows 8 version for devices that use ARM chips. Microsoft first used live tiles in Windows Phone 7.

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Security Research Labels More Than 290,000 Google Play Android Apps as ‘High-Risk’

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Security vendor Bit9 categorized these Android apps as “questionable” or “suspicious” because they could gain access to personal information to collect GPS data, phone calls, or phone numbers and much more after the user granted “permission” to the app. Bit9 notes this doesn’t mean these apps are malware per se, but they could do damage if compromised because the user has granted so much permission. There are said to be about 600,000 apps in Google Play, and Sverdlove says Bit9 is now compiling a “reputation” database of Android apps. The firm is also going to move on to other app stores, including those from Apple and Amazon, in order to create mobile security products that can protect users based on risk-scoring of apps.

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Samsung to Stop Providing LCDs to Apple

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Samsung Display says it will stop providing Apple with liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from next year as orders from the U.S. company have been falling. Citing an anonymous source from Samsung, the Korea Times reported Monday the Korean company wil be unable to supply its flat screens to Apple at a huge price discount. Samsung had been scaling down its shipments to Apple and will stop delivering displays to the iPhone maker next year.

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Security Holes in M2M Devices Worry Enterprises

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Security concerns about machine-to-machine communications are on the rise among enterprise users. As technology expands to basic tools to large information usage, so does the threats for digital attacks rise. Beecham CEO Robin Duke-Woolley cited a recent article in Technology Review, which found that computer viruses are widespread on wireless medical devices. The malware can disrupt medical devices by shutting them down or causing them to malfunction.

 

 

 

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Sprint Moves to Control Clearwire

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Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint is in talks to gain control of partner Clearwire’s board through agreements with the wireless broadband operator’s big investors, citing people familiar with the matter. In a regulatory filing Thursday, Sprint said it has notified Eagle River Holdings of its intention to acquire majority of shares.

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UK Judges Order Apple to Set the Record Straight

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Apple, after going after Samsung’s Galaxy Tab as stealing their design, must come out with a statement that Samsung did not break any copyright barriers. A three-judge panel on Thursday rebuffed an attempt by Apple to overturn a UK court’s decision favoring Samsung, but was still upheld that Samsung was not in the wrong.

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iPad mobile news

iPad Trade-Ins Up 80% as the Mini’s Maybe-Arrival Looms Closer

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Consumer electronics trade-in service Gazelle is seeing an 80 percent increase in iPads in the last month. In other words, iDevice owners are prepping for the seemingly inevitable launch of Apple’s iPad Mini — by unloading their iPads. That shows a lot of confidence in the coming of a product that, so far, Apple hasn’t even admitted exists.

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iPhone Case Adds Two More Touch-Based Inputs to the Device

http://www.gizmag.com/iphone-case-sensus-rear-top-touch-panel/24517/

 

The new iPhone case from Canopy called the Sensus adds the back touchscreen feature of Playstation Vita to iPhones. This eliminates getting smudges on screens and adds a new way of using the iPhone. It also acts as a usual casing and protects from falls and drops. However, many gaming forums [link, link, link] have expressed discontent about the Vita’s back touch screen disrupting usage and usually turn it off. The Sensus can be removed if it gets annoying, but then it takes away the function as a case as well because it has to be removed.

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Microsoft Acquires PhoneFactor, The Security Solution That Authenticates Users Via Phone, SMS Or Mobile Apps

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Microsoft has acquired PhoneFactor, a service which provides an additional layer of security during the authentication process, which today typically involves just a username and password (aka single-factor authentication). With PhoneFactor, as its name implies, the additional step it offers involves using a phone to further authenticate users upon sign in via a phone call, text, or mobile app.

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MyHumana Mobile App Wins “People’s Choice” as Favorite Smart Phone or Tablet App, 2012 American Business Awards

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MyHumana, an app that helps patients to the best doctors they can get, receives a Stevie’s Award as people’s choice for favorite app. With this growing app gains more and more recognition and becomes more recognized across the country. With this award and wider recognition, it’s sure to be implemented more often in more lives and businesses.

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T-Mobile Sheds Its Towers in Exchange for a $2.4B Infusion

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T-Mobile USA’s corporate parent Deutsche Telekom is selling off the rights to 7,200 U.S. cell towers to Crown Castle International for $2.4 billion. The deal will remove T-Mobile from the cell site management business, but hopefully give it some of the cash it needs to complete its $4 billion network overhaul and LTE rollout.

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Sending the Wrong Signals to the Wireless Marketplace: The Return of the Spectrum Cap

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Today the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission are meeting to vote on two issues that will be pivotal to the future of the wireless industry: (1) whether to impose a “spectrum cap” on wireless providers, and (2) how to design the “incentive auction” of the broadcasters’ spectrum. A spectrum cap would prevent a single provider from acquiring more than a certain amount of the airwaves or “spectrum rights” in a given geographic area Spectrum is the most important input in the supply of wireless services—without it, a provider literally can’t compete.

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BlackBerry outage hits Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

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BlackBerry users in these three areas are experiencing service outages and causing not only phone usage, but BlackBerry’s email and messaging services provided as well as many other messaging services used on the phones.

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BBC launches in-house media player – brings Flash-free iPlayer to the Android masses

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The BBC has released its own media player that allows for playback of its iPlayer catch-up service on Android mobile devices. Users of Google’s mobile OS have previously been forced to rely upon Adobe’s previously ubiquitous Flash platform to watch content from the broadcasting and entertainment provider.

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Apple Tunes Out Youtube

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It makes sense that Apple would kick YouTube out of iOS — sort of. After all, YouTube’s parent, Google, is Apple’s biggest rival. On the other hand, Apple doesn’t have a competing video-sharing service, so iOS users will likely access the YouTube Web app, which most are probably already doing anyway. That gives Google much more control over the experience — including the presentation of ads.

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iExpander iPhone Case Expands Memory, Improves Photos and Charges the Battery

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What if there was an iPhone case that could add three major functions to the device? That is exactly what Charlie Corry set out to do when he came up with the iExpander. He made an iPhone case that adds support for microSD cards, charges your phone and improves the function of the camera’s flash in low light situations. Of course, the iPhone does not recognize the memory as native, so you will have to use their app to copy data back and forth from the phone. Still, this is as close as we have seen to adding more memory to the iPhone in a functional way.

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Wal-Mart’s Latest To Try Smartphone Solution To Long Checkout Lines

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Wal-Mart is testing a mobile app checkout system that will let customers scan items where-ever they find them in the store – hopefully reducing the length of checkout line at the giant retailer. The trial program is the latest in a series of mobile-based solutions designed to cure the dreaded human condition known as the queue.

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Smartphone app determines location, speed and direction of distant objects

http://www.gizmag.com/location-tracking-smartphone-app/23946/

 

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a prototype app that combines a smartphone’s GPS, compass and imaging capabilities to calculate the exact location of distant objects and track their speed and direction. Using comparative sizes of an object from a picture and a manual size input, the app can use the GPS to give an estimated location. Though, at the time, the app meets limitations physically due to the power of current smart phones.