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Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has created an extensive “backdoor” into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today. In a research paper released today, Palo Alto Networks detailed its investigation of the backdoor, which it dubbed “CoolReaper.” “Coolpad has built a backdoor that goes beyond the usual data collection,” said Ryan Olson, director of intelligence at... 

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Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on customers’ cellphone bills, a practice known as cramming, in the agency’s first foray into mobile payments. Marking the third cramming-related government enforcement action this year, the CFPB alleges that from 2004 through 2013, the wireless carrier allowed third parties to charge consumers tens of millions of dollars for services like ringtones or text-message horoscopes... 

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BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ Smartphone

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ Smartphone

BlackBerry Ltd rolled out its much anticipated Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon.com Inc’s Android App store, and a browser... 

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Study Finds Android Apps Frequently Using Permissions Granted

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Study Finds Android Apps Frequently Using Permissions Granted

Android apps really take advantage of those permissions they ask for to access users’ personal information: one online store records a phone’s location up to 10 times a minute, French researchers have found. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather. In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics... 

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Demand For Solar Power Continues To Rise

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Demand For Solar Power Continues To Rise

Demand for solar power grew at an impressive clip by 16%  in 2014, representing 44 billion watts (gigawatts) of capacity purchased during the year. At the same time, China, which in past years had flooded the market with solar panels, did not see growth as strong as had been expected. The growth was mainly due to healthy U.S. and Japanese markets, according to the report from EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce. Overall, supply and demand remained stable, according to EnergyTrend. “At... 

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LG Plans On Rolling Out Quantum Dot TVs In 2015

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
LG  Plans On Rolling Out Quantum Dot TVs In 2015

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc will roll out a new range of high-tech TVs in early 2015, expanding its line-up while it strives to cut costs that make its prized light-emitting diode (OLED) sets too expensive for most consumers. A spokesman for the world’s No. 2 TV maker after domestic rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday LG will start selling products using quantum dot technology early next year. He didn’t disclose details including pricing. The technology incorporates... 

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FCC To Demand Higher Broadband Speeds For Provider Subsidies

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
FCC To Demand Higher Broadband Speeds For Provider Subsidies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will require broadband providers getting new federal subsidies to build networks in rural areas to deliver download speeds of at least 10Mbps. The FCC voted last Thursday to update its rules for the Connect America Fund, the broadband subsidy program funded through fees on telephone service, with a major change being the increase in minimum download speeds from 4Mbps to 10Mbps from fixed broadband providers. Broadband providers AT&T and Verizon had opposed... 

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Patent Disputes Putting Xiaomi Smartphone Growth Plans In Jeopardy

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Patent Disputes Putting Xiaomi Smartphone Growth Plans In Jeopardy

Patent wars have become commonplace with smartphone vendors across the world, and now Xiaomi is no exception. The Chinese company announced it had halted its product sales in India, due to a patent dispute with Swedish network equipment vendor Ericsson. The legal troubles throw a wrench in Xiaomi’s international expansion, and could open the company to even more lawsuits from other patent holders, analysts warn. In Ericsson’s case, the company said it had spent more than three years... 

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Ford Selects BlackBerry’s QNX For In-Vehicle Infotainment

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ford Selects BlackBerry’s QNX For In-Vehicle Infotainment

Ford has announced that it has moved from Microsoft for Blackberry’s QNX OS for its in-vehicle infotainment system known as Sync. Like other infotainment systems, Sync allows users to make hands-free telephone calls, control music choices and perform other functions with the use of voice commands. Ford’s Sync head unit also upgraded to the latest Texas Instruments OMAP 5 processor. As with Ford’s announcement about the new Sync rollout,Ford spokesperson Alan Hall declined to say... 

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Google To Offer Grants For Internet Of Things Development

December 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google To Offer Grants For Internet Of Things Development

As part of a new effort to generate more Internet of Things development, Google is planning to hand out a number of grants to facilitate pioneering research in this esoteric field of computing. “While the Internet of Things (IoT) conjures a vision of ‘anytime, any place’ connectivity for all things, the realization is complex given the need to work across interconnected and heterogeneous systems, and the special considerations needed for security, privacy, and safety,” co-wrote... 

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Softbank Decides To Shrink Silicon Valley Presence

December 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Softbank Decides To Shrink Silicon Valley Presence

Japan’s SoftBank Corp  will soon scale back its Silicon Valley offices, sources with knowledge of the matter said, signaling the company won’t revive efforts to buy T-Mobile U.S. Inc . SoftBank subsidiary Sprint Corp dropped its bid to acquire the No. 4 U.S. carrier in August but the companies did not rule out future consolidation. The Japanese telecommunications company is now transferring “the bulk” of manpower out of its West Coast operations, including dispersing development... 

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Facebook Drops Bing From Search Results

December 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Uncategorized
Facebook Drops Bing From Search Results

Facebook Inc has discontinued including results from Microsoft Corp’s Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook. The decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in Web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google Inc. Searches... 

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Instagram Still Gaining Users, Surpassed Twitter

December 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Instagram Still Gaining Users, Surpassed Twitter

Photo-sharing site Instagram is reporting  that its active monthly user base reached 300 million, a dramatic 50% increase in the past nine months. Instagram, which launched in 2010, edged past 8-year-old Twitter and its reported 284 million monthly active users. Facebook, which bought Instagram in 2012 for $1 billion, has nothing to worry about. In September, the social network reported that its own active monthly user base had hit 1.35 billion. “Over the past four years, what began as two... 

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Microsoft Expects To Release Windows 10 Next Autumn

December 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Expects To Release Windows 10 Next Autumn

Microsoft Corp expects to have begin offering its Windows 10 operating system to the publict by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released “early next fall.” Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release. “By next late summer and early fall... 

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Amazon Considering Expansion Of Same Day Delivery Service

December 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon Considering Expansion Of Same Day Delivery Service

The No. 1 U.S. online retailer is also exploring adding a same-day delivery option on all items sold by third-party merchants on its site, a move that some logistics experts said may help offset the high costs of speedy, last-mile delivery. The company’s global ambitions for same-day delivery were echoed in at least seven listings for senior product and marketing jobs based at the company’s headquarters in Seattle, including three posted online this week. “Our long-term vision... 

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