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  • Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android
    By on May 1, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    MojoKid writes: “Google’s open source Android platform has the distinction of being the most popular mobile operating system in the world. That’s great in terms of dominating the market and reaping the rewards that come with it, but it’s also for that very reason that Android finds itself the target of virtually every new mobile malware threat that emerges. According to data published in F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat Report (PDF), over 99 percent (more…)

  • California Sues Delta Air Lines Over Mobile Privacy
    By on December 16, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter mrheckman writes “California is suing Delta Air Lines for violation of California’s on-line privacy law. Delta failed to ‘conspicuously post a privacy policy within their mobile app that informs users of what personally identifiable information is being collected and what will be done with it’ after a 30-day notice. Delta’s app collects ‘substantial personally identifiable information such as a user’s full name, telephone number, email (more…)

  • 6 Million Virgin Mobile Users Vulnerable To Brute-Force Attacks
    By on September 20, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “‘If you are one of the six million Virgin subscribers, you are at the whim of anyone who doesn’t like you.’ The Hacker News describes how the username and password system used by Virgin Mobile to let users access their account information is inherently weak and open to abuse.” Computerworld also describes the problem: essentially, hard-coded, brute-force guessable passwords, coupled with an inadequate mechanism (more…)

  • Mobile Medical Lab — the $10 Phone Microscope
    By on July 8, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    kkleiner writes “Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA has developed a microscope attachment for a cell phone – turning the device into a sort of mobile medical lab. It’s both lightweight (~38g or 1.5 oz) and cheap (parts cost around $10). The cellphone microscope can analyze blood and saliva samples for microparticles, red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and water borne parasites. Ozcan and his team have recently won three prestigious awards for (more…)

  • US Mobile Data Traffic Usage Exceeds Voice
    By on April 3, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    MojoKid writes “A report just released states that total mobile data traffic topped mobile voice traffic in the United States last year, for the first time. In fact, globally, data traffic topped voice traffic on a monthly basis last year, and the total traffic across the world exceeded an exabyte for the first time in 2009. Apparently, North America and Western Europe’s mobile data markets are growing so rapidly they each should exceed an exabyte (more…)

  • Tetris Clears More Than 100 Million Mobile Downloads
    By on January 23, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    According to early word from EA Mobile and Tetris rights holder Blue Planet Software, mobile users have racked up more than 100,000,000 downloads. That’s paid downloads. Tetris is the best-selling mobile game of all time.


  • Windows Marketplace For Mobile Kill Switch Details
    By on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Microsoft recently gave more details on Windows Marketplace for Mobile during the Tech Ed New Zealand 2009 session titled ‘Distributing and Monetizing Applications through Windows Marketplace Mobile,’ led by Loke Uei Tan, Senior Product Manager on the Windows Mobile Team. Geekzone covered the event in good detail, but one of their points caused a lot of uproar in the blogosphere: ‘If an application is approved but later (more…)

  • T-Mobile Backs Off Plan To Charge $1.50 For Paper Bills
    By on September 17, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    netbuzz writes “Following a torrent of customer complaints, bad publicity and the threat of a class-action lawsuit, T-Mobile has abandoned a plan announced this summer to charge any customer wanting a paper bill $1.50 per month. While the news is being cheered by many T-Mobile customers, it’s not going to be as popular with others who praised the extra fee as an environmentally sound inducement to reduce paper use.”

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  • Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music?
    By on September 2, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    mikp writes “In a David-and-Goliath style fight, small music companies are battling it out with established behemoths to see who can own the future of mobile music. Spotify, the Europe-based music streaming company, is about to launch its iPhone app and has plans to develop it for other mobile platforms soon. In a preview, Spotify shows how you can cache songs to your iPhone so that you don’t always need a connection but the songs don’t remain on (more…)