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posted in July 2012
Apple's recent purchase of Authentec points toward the possibility of a fingerprint-secured iPad. There are some advantages to the technology, some disadvantages, and some dangers.
Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.
Just by getting a few centimeters from a phone running NFC (Near Field Communications) with a malicious NFC tag you can take control of that phone. Charlie Miller demonstrated the attack at Black Hat using an Android phone and some test devices he created.
The brainchild of start-up Duo Security, the X-Ray service will let users know whether their smartphones have vulnerable systems software and allow Duo to collect population statistics.
The latest quarterly threat report from security company AVG reaffirms existing trends in the growth of Android malware, but notes a new type of threat increasing in the wild: "bootkits".
Less than 2 months after release the Galaxy S III is Samsung's fastest selling smartphone. With the iPhone 5 not expected till October, sales should remain strong for months.
The end of per-device billing by AT&T, Verizon, and soon others means that accounting for BYOD in a company will become trickier. The answer probably is to change the nature of employee reimbursement.
After years of courageously studying the matter, Congress has come up with a cybersecurity bill that's inoffensive enough that it may pass. If it does, don't expect it to make much of a difference. It's not like Washington really cares.
Like Verizon Wireless' Share Everything plan, AT&T's Mobile Share data plan will let multiple mobile devices belonging to one customer pull from the same data pool. All devices will have unlimited talk and messaging and mobile hotspot service.
Web-only Price cut to $49.99 with 2 year commitment. The Lumia 900 is the top Windows Phone, but it won't be upgradable to Windows Phone 8.
In an open letter, an Apple executive admits their mistake and re-pledges the company's commitment to environmental responsibility. The letter does not address changes Apple is making to products, like the new MacBook Pro, that impede repairability and recyclability.
Apple has never paid close attention to its Windows software. Apple Software Update is another good example of its neglect.
Pilot program provides free Wi-Fi at public payphones in New York. So far only 10 are up, scattered across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, but more will come online soon.
Apple's abandonment of EPEAT green product certification proves what was obvious in any case: that design is paramount to Apple and all else in conflict with it loses. This includes recyclability and repairability of products. The question is will the environmentally-conscious among us take our business elsewhere?
The chipheads at UBM Techinsights have disassembled the new Google Nexus 7 and provided 27 photos of the new tablet being disassembled. See the details: a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, not to mention all the shielding and component brand names. Is it a Kindle Fire killer? Can it stand up to the mini iPad?
A 1995 Apple-funded cartoon map to the Internet reflects services and technologies that no longer exist. Today, only 17 years later, things are so different it's hard to believe.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple's suppliers are gearing up, at Apple's instructions, for mass-production of a tablet smaller than the iPad. The screen is reported to be less than 8 inches. Whether Apple will attempt to compete on price with the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7 is another matter.
The folks at iFixit have torn a new Google Nexus 7 tablet apart with an eye towards repairability. It's way easier to repair than an iPad 3, but it still has some tough points. See the soul of the new machine.