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Category Archives: Personal Gear

How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure

I’m an iPhone guy…. I don’t know why I’m posting this:

Here are 10 ways to make Android faster, more productive and more secure

via How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure

Cloud storage Terms of Service comparison: Avoid Google Drive | The Verge Forums

Chances are this will never be an issue, but the standard Google terms are particularly egregious in the context of personal cloud storage.

…. and, it seems to me, that one could never use Google Drive in a business context, since Google will have the right even to “publicly display” the information you upload.

via Cloud storage Terms of Service comparison: Avoid Google Drive | The Verge Forums.

Two weeks of smartphone charging in your pocket

Juice in a box. Lilliputian's portable fuel cell can deliver between 10 to 14 full charges for an iPhone with one replaceable cartridge.Fuel cell maker Lilliputian Systems today announced that Brookstone will be the first retailer to carry its portable USB power source, which will be sold under Brookstone’s brand. The fuel cell device is about the size of a thick smartphone, and the lighter fluid-filled cartridges are about the same size as a cigarette lighter.


 

via Two weeks of smartphone charging in your pocket | Cutting Edge – CNET News.

iPad 2 vs. business class tablets

iPad2 is the gold standard, but Fujitsu Stylistic and GammaTech Durabook are strong contenders

Tech lovers have been flocking to the iPad 2 and other tablets in order to watch movies, read books, surf the Web and make video calls on the latest, greatest, thinnest, lightest, coolest devices. But where do tablets fit within the enterprise?

We tested 10 tablets to see which had the strongest set of business-related features… We focused on business-related features, such as business-oriented programs and apps, security components, developer programs poised towards the enterprise, and accessories targeting business use. We also looked at battery life and Java-based browser performance.

via Network World.

Bad Siri! She lets anyone use a locked iPhone 4S

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The voice-activated feature on the new iPhone 4S will let anyone use the phone to send e-mails and text messages and make calls even if it is passcode locked….. There is an easy fix for this situation… In the Passcode Lock settings, switch Siri to “Off”.

via Bad Siri! Shell let anyone use a locked iPhone 4S | Security – CNET News.

What’s new in iOS 5

Since I am an iPhone user, articles like this are of great interest to me.  I would love to see comments from anyone who has done the upgrade…

Start here to learn the most useful new features and enhancements for your iPad or iPhone

iOS 5 has been out for a day now, and if you have a compatible iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you’re probably still trying to get familiar with it… But if you want the quick summary of what’s new in iOS 5, read on.

via http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/101311-whats-new-in-ios-5-251925.html.

1st impressions of Motorola Xoom: 5 quick insights

Takeaway: The Motorola Xoom is more of a PC replacement than the iPad, but it still has some frayed edges that need to be evened out before most early adopters will want to jump on board.

via First impressions of the Motorola Xoom: Five quick insights | TechRepublic.

10 things network admins need to know about Windows Phone 7

You’ve probably heard that Windows Phone 7 is not really a good option for deployment.   Here’s an article that explains why…  And here is one striking point:

8: It’s really a consumer device

When you read about the missing ActiveSync policies, you might have wondered why so many policy settings aren’t supported by Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system. Microsoft’s official answer to this question is that Windows Phone 7 was developed primarily as a consumer device, not an enterprise device. However, Microsoft hints that more enterprise features may show up in future phone updates.  [Emphasis mine – jm]

Given the poor perception of Microsoft in the consumer realm (at least in my opinion),  it would have seemed better to drive consumer demand via enterprise deployment.

via 10 things network administrators need to know about Windows Phone 7 | TechRepublic.

Fake GSM base station trick targets iPhones

Fake GSM base station trick targets iPhones

Weinmann [added] that it is possible to “have complete control of the phone”.  Part of the reason these fake GSM network attacks are possible is because the code base used in smartphones such as the iPhone, which is Infineon-based, goes back to the 1990s.  A little sleuthing allowed Weinmann to discover vulnerabilities that can be exploited.  For instance, he got help by finding that an Italian company that went bankrupt in the 1990s put up some code for GSM stacks in Sourceforge for four years before taking it down.

(Emphasis mine – jm)

via Network World.

Verizon iPhone is a 3G device

I’ve run into a couple of people who thought that the new Verizon iPhone would use the new (and highly-promoted!) Verizon 4G LTE network.  But, no.  CDMA for this product, resulting in no voice and data at the same time, either…  The following article suggests that users may opt for Android-based 4G devices to get the speed.

Prior to Tuesday’s announcement, some had hoped the Verizon iPhone would support the carrier’s newly launched 4G LTE network. But the forthcoming Verizon iPhone will be a CDMA model capable of 3G speeds, and will not access the carrier’s 4G network.

Here’s a little background on the new 4G network, from the same article:

4G LTE mobile broadband offers speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon’s current 3G network. Real-world data rates of between 5 and 12 megabits per second downstream are expected, while upstream is expected to achieve between 2 and 5 megabits per second.

At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Verizon rival and former exclusive iPhone carrier AT&T highlighted plans for its own 4G LTE network, set to begin deployment this year.

via AppleInsider.