LAS VEGAS--Researchers have discovered what they say is a design flaw in Android that could be used by criminals to steal data via phishing or by advertisers to bring annoying pop-up ads to phones.
Developers can create apps that appear to be innocuous but which can display a fake bank app log-in page, for instance, when the user is using the legitimate bank app, Nicholas Percoco, senior vice president and head of SpiderLabs at Trustwave, said ahead of his presentation on the research at the DefCon hacker conference today.
Currently, apps that want to communicate with the user while a … Read more
Cloud services are key to delivering the promise of connected services to our customers. People want access to all of their important content wherever they are on any device. The addition of Dashwire's cutting-edge sync services and deep mobile cloud experience strengthens our ability to deliver these services in a more powerful way.… Read more
Here in the hot, rugged Southwest, we don't take too kindly to all y'all northern Yankee iPhone types... or at least that's the narrative the folks at mobile ad firm Jumptap discovered in data about which smartphone OS is most popular by region. It shows that the Mason-Dixon line still serves as a pretty accurate geographical divider for our nation's latest internal division--iOS fanbois vs. Android devotees.
The data (PDF) shows strong ties to Android in the South and Southwest, while those in the Midwest and Northeast lean toward iOS. Sunny California, Texas, and Florida are among the hot spots for Android use, while picturesque New England absolutely adores iOS.
Meanwhile, New Yorkers are still hanging on to their BlackBerrys, as are folks in the states surrounding the nation's capitol, but the battle lines for the new war between North and South have clearly been drawn by the top two mobile OSes.
Despite its California roots, iOS has yet to heed the advice to "Go West, Young Man," according to the data. The only state in the contiguous 48 west of Kansas City with a preference for Apple is Montana. Conversely, Android has tiptoed all the way across the Rust Belt to the Atlantic, dominating in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Not to be outdone, iOS has entrenched itself behind enemy lines in the prime vacation destination of Hawaii.… Read more
AT&T is stepping up the protection of its customers' voice messages amid mounting security concerns raised by the phone hacking incidents in the U.K.
The Dallas telecommunications giant changed its policy today so that a password was the default setting for its cell phone voice mail boxes, Chief Privacy Officer Robert Quinn posted on a company blog. New phones will automatically have the settings changed, and beginning early next year, existing customers who upgrade their phones will also see the change.
AT&T customers can currently access their voice messages without entering a password, a practice … Read more
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that I was emotionally invested in a film that largely focuses on teenagers rapidly tapping keys on their phone.
That speaks to the quality of "Thumbs," a surprisingly entertaining documentary that follows a dozen or so competitors through a grueling national texting championship.
The key to its enjoyment came from the attachments you formed with the various competitors. "Thumbs" spends a good chunk of time building an emotional core with several of the teenagers around the country who have formed bonds with each other through … Read more
In one short year, Apple has toppled Nokia and taken control of the worldwide smartphone market.
According to research firm IDC, Apple's sales of 20.3 million iPhones worldwide during the second quarter of 2011 helped the company secure 19.1 percent market share and lead all other vendors. The company's shipments grew 141.7 percent compared to the second quarter of 2010 when it sold just 8.4 million iPhones and secured 13 percent share.
Apple's growth is all the more impressive when one considers that the iPhone 4 has been on store shelves for over … Read more
It's clear that the majority of smartphone customers don't need an unlimited data plan anyway. But some carriers offer data-lite options, while others don't. Also what's the deal with prepaid carriers? In this week's Ask Maggie, I help one reader figure out which smartphone data plan is best for her.
I also offer some guidance on ditching a home broadband connection for 3G wireless service from Sprint. And I explain to another reader … Read more
AT&T and Verizon are working "behind the scenes" to stamp out new 4G wireless entrant LightSquared, according to billionaire hedge fund manager Philip Falcone.
Falcone, speaking to CNBC today, claimed the two telecommunications giants aren't competing fairly and are using their power to undermine LightSquared, which is run by Falcone's Harbinger Capital.
LightSquared is attempting to build a nationwide 4G LTE network that it will sell on a wholesale basis to other carriers that want to resell its services. But the company has run into a major hurdle with a coalition of companies reliant … Read more
Clearwire's move to add a 4G LTE network doesn't mean it's going to be giving up on its current WiMax standard, according to Chief Technology Officer John Saw.
"Expanding into more markets is not off the table," Saw said in an interview with CNET today. "We will continue to add capacity where it's needed most."
Clearwire's announcement yesterday that it would carry a second wireless network was a logical move as the rest of the industry moves to LTE, which offers higher speeds and a larger pool of vendors that can … Read more
The prepaid business, long an engine of growth for the wireless industry, is starting to sputter.
TracFone, MetroPCS, and Leap Wireless all reported disappointing second-quarter financial results. The period is typically weaker for the prepaid providers as the business takes a breather following two consecutive quarters of growth.
But their performance fell below even the lowered expectations placed on them, underscoring the pressures that the companies face with intense price competition and a still weak economic environment. Furthermore, some of the companies warned of a weaker third quarter, leading some to wonder if the prepaid business is poised for slower … Read more