Google has removed from the official Android Market about two dozen apps found to contain malware that can compromise data, mobile security firm Lookout is warning.
Between 30,000 and 120,000 Android devices may have been affected, Lookout said.
"This weekend, multiple applications available in the official Android Market were found to contain malware that can compromise a significant amount of personal data," the company said in a blog post late last night. "Likely created by the same developers who brought DroidDream to market back in March, more than 25 applications were found to be infected … Read more
Sony Ericsson is launching the Android 2.1 "Eclair" upgrade to Xperia X10 devices running on the AT&T network in the U.S., the handset maker announced today.
Owners of the device, which boasts a 4-inch touch screen, a 1GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel camera, will be able to access the upgrade today. With the upgrade, the phone records video in 720p, offers multitouch support, gets facial detection in video capture, and increases the number of available home screens from three to five.
In order to update the Xperia X10, users will need to download a PC Companion application to get the process started. From there, they'll need to plug their devices into their computers and start the update. According to the company's Web site, the update will take about 30 minutes to complete.
The addition of Android 2.1 to the Xperia X10 comes rather late. Many other devices are already running the newer Android 2.2 (Froyo). There are even some running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).… Read more
Wi-Fi has joined a short list of technologies such as USB, x86, HDMI, and PCI to spread successfully across the computing industry and beyond. So what do you do for an encore?
Duh. You get faster. This is the computer industry we're talking about here, after all.
Wi-Fi, the marketing-friendly term for the 802.11 family of wireless networking standards, got its mainstream start with 802.11b with a data-transfer speed of 11 megabits per second. Next came 802.11g at 54Mbps, then the present fastest standard, 802.11n with a top speed of 450Mbps.
Editors' note: This is the first of a three-part series on issues related to cell phone radiation. Look for Thursday's story on safety standards and testing and Monday's story on what consumers can do to reduce their radiation exposure.
Updated 11:00 a.m. PT: This story was updated with information from the IARC, an arm of the World Health Organization, that recently determined cell phones may cause cancer. A statement from the CTIA, wireless trade association was also added.
A typical day for Jonathan Hirshon, a San Francisco-based public relations representative, is spent with his iPhone 4 … Read more
Throughout my seven years of reviewing cell phones and covering the wireless industry for CNET, the issue of a possible link between cell phones and brain cancer has surfaced every few months. And as my colleague Marguerite Reardon explains in her comprehensive feature, the debate isn't going away anytime soon. Indeed, research abounds on the subject, and there are plenty of voices on both sides. Some say there's nothing to worry about, and others recommend proceeding with care.
One voice on the cautionary side is Dr. Devra Davis, the author of the 2010 book "Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide it and How to Protect Your Family." An epidemiologist and environmental health researcher, Davis is a founding director of the toxicology and environmental studies board of the National Academy of Sciences and founder of the Environmental Health Trust. Davis argues that cell phone use can have very real effects on health, and that cancer is only part of the story.
A few months ago, I interviewed Dr. Davis after reading her book. Though I can tell you a lot about cell phones, I'm not a scientist, and frankly, I wasn't very good at science in school. Yet, I approached the subject with a genuine curiosity, and I was glad to see that Davis breaks down her arguments in a manner that's easy to follow. The material is accessible and digestible, even if it's a bit scattered in places. And though the book's title is over the top, Davis takes a more measured tone inside. She's no alarmist, but she forcefully advocates that more research is needed. And while she does use a cell phone regularly, she also suggests that cell phone users take small steps to reduce radio frequency (RF) energy.
Q: What is the one thing that you want readers to take away from your book? Davis: If we fail to pay attention to experimental evidence, we're treating people as subjects in an experiment with no controls. And if we say that we'll accept that cell phone radiation is harmful only when we have enough sick or dead people, then we're dooming three generations to illness.
The chapter that I think is most important is the one that discusses the effects on male reproductive health. A phone in a pocket may be linked to lower sperm count. This is not a confirmed association, but I've talked to several urologists who have begun to advise men that they should not keep the phone in their pocket if they're concerned about libido or impotence. That's not to say that they're the cause of impotence; like everything else in health, it's multifactorial and there can be multiple explanations.
How did you first become interested in this issue? Davis: About six years ago my grandson was born. I saw the incredible enthusiasm he had toward a cell phone, and I began to wonder about its safety. Later, I worked for Dr. Ronald Herbermann at the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh. I was stunned by what I found. … Read more
Search results on Google, Yahoo, and Bing for "Sprint Playbook" indicate that a 4G model of RIM's BlackBerry tablet could be on the way soon.
The search results show a Web page with the title, "Sprint | Introducing the BlackBerry 4G Playbook Tablet," though the Web page itself shows nothing beyond the ordinary Sprint site.
Accompanying text snippets add a little more but don't reveal anything that hasn't already been announced: "Enjoy front and rear-facing HD cameras and a Flash-capable Web browser on the blazing-fast Sprint 4G network...The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablet arrives this summer," the Yahoo search result said.
Research in Motion currently sells only a Wi-Fi model of the PlayBook so far. A PlayBook for Sprint's 4G network is due this summer, RIM said at CES in January.
The PlayBook is geared in part for the corporate crowd that's been the core market for the BlackBerry phones. A 4G option, while costing more to purchase and operate, has the advantage of working where Wi-Fi isn't available, a big advantage for road warriors. … Read more
Slowly but surely the unlimited data plan for mobile phones is slipping away.
First it was AT&T, which announced last year that it was getting rid of its unlimited data plan to ensure mobile data overeaters didn't gobble up a disproportionate share of network resources. T-Mobile followed with a plan that it still calls "unlimited," but actually throttles usage after users hit a certain threshold. And soon Verizon Wireless will also be saying bah-bye to unlimited data.
For most consumers, who use well below the thresholds that carriers charge for overages, the switch to a … Read more
Google unveiled its Google Wallet mobile payment plans today, with private field trials starting in San Francisco and New York followed by a public launch sometime during the summer on the Nexus S. The system lets smartphones with NFC (near-field communication) chips use wireless technology to transmit transaction data to special NFC readers at retail stores at very close range.
This means people will eventually be able to wave their Android phones in front of a reader instead of swiping a credit or debit card or using cash. These "electronic wallets" will be a boon for consumer convenience, … Read more
Nokia may be committed to producing Windows phones as its primary mobile operating system, but not before slowly parting with its first love.
The company will continue to support smartphones that run the Finnish company's Symbian platform until 2016, CEO Stephen Elop told Anna Shipley of Nokia Conversations, China Edition in an interview (video below).
"We're in a period where the investment in Symbian absolutely continues," Elop said.
"Even as we go through a transition towards our primary smartphone platform, Windows Phone, you will see that continued investment. And I know there's been questions … Read more