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Tag Archives: Apple

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.

IPhone attack reveals passwords in six minutes

Don’t lose your phone if you use it to access sensitive enterprise data!

Researchers in Germany say they’ve been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone’s passcode.

The attack, which requires possession of the phone, targets keychain, Apple’s password management system. Passwords for networks and corporate information systems can be revealed if an iPhone or iPad is lost or stolen, said the researchers…

It is based on existing exploits that provide access to large parts of the iOS file system even if a device is locked.

Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and some App passwords.

via http://www.networkworld.com/.

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.

Verizon iPhone 4 Goes on Sale Feb. 10

Verizon iPhone 4 Goes on Sale Feb. 10 for $199

NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless and Apple Jan. 11 said they will launch a CDMA version of Apple’s iPhone 4, confirming what the mobile tech world has been speculating about since AT&T launched the iPhone in 2007.

Apple COO Tim Cook acknowledged the Verizon iPhone 4 handset is similar to the AT&T iPhone 4, from the FaceTime video chat application to the crisp Retina display.

The handset also sports the original iPhone 4’s LED flash, HD video recording, 5 megapixel camera and Apple’s signature glass and stainless steel design.

However, Cook said Verizon iPhone 4 offers one key feature difference: access to Verizon’s Personal Hotspot WiFi node capability, which connects up to five WiFi-enabled devices.

There is another big difference that may put off some more discerning consumers. Verizon’s iPhone 4 runs on CDMA technology, which does not allow simultaneous voice and data performance.

via eWeek.

Apple includes malware detection in Snow Leopard?

eWeek:  “Apple has reportedly armed Snow Leopard, the newest version of its Mac OS X operating system, with a new feature to scan downloads for malware.