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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

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.

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.

The BlackBerry-to-iPhone Switch: Converts Speak

I found this article very interesting in spite of the fact that I am a strictly Windows Mobile guy; my current phone is a Palm Treo Pro.  I have never used either a Blackberry OR an iPhone.  (My day-job company recently forbade users to use Blackberry for email access, citing the privacy dangers of the intermediate mail server).

…in light of a recent study that found that two out of five BlackBerry users are eager to switch from their Research In Motion (RIM) devices to shiny new Apple smartphones, I decided to revisit the iPhone v. BlackBerry war…

The people I hand-selected to appear in this story aren’t smartphone “newbies,” by any means. In fact, most of them have used not only one or two smartphones or BlackBerrys before making the iPhone switch; the majority of these gadgets geeks have employed handfuls of smartphones in the past, making them ideal subjects for this account…

And their experiences can serve to inform others curious about what a switch from BlackBerry to iPhone would mean to them–or vice versa. In addition to the six BlackBerry-to-iPhone converts profiled in this piece, I’ve included the accounts of two gadget-lovers who first swapped their BlackBerrys for iPhones, only to switch back to BlackBerry shortly thereafter.

via CIO Magazine: The BlackBerry-to-iPhone Switch: Converts Speak.