Have you heard about that nasty little bit of software called Carrier IQ? A security researcher by the name of Trevor Eckhart discovered the mysterious software running on his Android phone earlier this month, dug deeper into things, and found Carrier IQ, a monitoring program that comes preinstalled on several phones, tracks all kinds of data – including HTTP requests, GPS location and app usage information – and in many cases, can’t be turned off. Millions of phones are affected. Carrier IQ’s been found on phones from Samsung, HTC and Apple– but wireless carriers could be the real force behind the rootkit-like software.
It was up to AT&T to convince U.S. regulators that its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile was in the best interest of the public. Plain and simple, "the applicants failed" to do that, the Federal Communications Commission found. Among the list of concerns in the FCC's 109-page report is that the merger would ultimately result in heavy job losses.
Motorola's Droid 4 is an Android smartphone traditional typists can get excited about. It has a 5-row slideout QWERTY keyboard with LED edge lighting to help you see things in the dark, a 4-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM, among high-end bullet points. And perhaps best of all, all signs point to Motorola shipping the device next week.
You don't think Samsung is taking its legal battles with Apple a bit personal? Think again. Samsung didn't pull any punches in a new commercial mocking Apple users content to camp out in long lines for iDevice product launches, and in particular anyone who waited for hours to get their hands on the recently released iPhone 4S. Soundbites abound throughout the ad.
Don't worry if you just locked yourself into a two-year contract with a dual-core smartphone, there aren't a ton of apps out there that truly take advantage all that computing power anyway. We're not saying that to make you feel bad about purchasing a dual-core phone; on the contrary, we don't think anyone should needlessly stress about all those quad-core devices on the horizon.
Vivid is the name of an HTC smartphone recently introduced on AT&T's wireless cellular network. It's also the name of a porn company. That's a problem. Vivid Entertainment (the adult movie maker) sent out a cease and desist letter to HTC on the basis that the Vivid name infringes it's trademark. Turns out nobody likes to be violated by a smartphone, not even a porn company.
It may have once seemed inconceivable that Google's Android platform could not only catch up with iOS, but surpass it, however now it seems equally unlikely that iPhones will ever again outnumber Android smartphones. To wit, Android smartphones now lead iOS smartphones (iPhone devices) by a measure of more than three-to-one, according to data provided by market research firm Gartner.
Pogoplug today unveiled a new cloud-based storage service for mobile phones that provides users with 5GB of free online storage. By adding this service to its lineup, the braggadocios folks at Pogoplug claims their's is the only company with a combined hardware/software/cloud offering, and has more sharing and streaming services solutions than anyone else on the market.
Next to the awesome Will It Blend? series by Blendtec, we're big fans of what iFixIt does to hardware. Whereas Blendtec tosses electronics into an industrial blender and records the carnage, iFixIt tears into expensive gadgets, giving the average user who doesn't have the stomach for tech surgery more than just a peek inside. The newest patient to land on iFixIt's operating table is Motorola's Droid RAZR.
Wall warts are our least favorite option for charging mobile devices. They’re bulky, ugly, and no matter which angle they’re oriented, they inevitably block the adjacent outlet on the strip or on the wall. Joy Factory’s innovative Zip USB Touch-n-Go eliminates them forever. It’s a little expensive, and it’s probably bigger than it needs to be, but we dig it.