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Tag Archives: Mobile Devices

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.

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.

RIM urges BlackBerry users to turn off JavaScript

Research in Motion is recommending that IT departments and users disable JavaScript on their BlackBerry devices, citing a vulnerability unearthed at this year’s Pwn2Own hacker challenge.

According to RIM, the vulnerability could allow a hacker to access a device’s user data through the BlackBerry Browser if the user visits a “maliciously designed” Web site. The vulnerability only affects devices that have BlackBerry OS 6 installed, since it can only be exploited in devices that utilize the WebKit browser engine… Any BlackBerry devices that contain older versions of the BlackBerry operating system will not be impacted.

via NetworkWorld.

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.

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.

Smartphone security: Keep your handset safe

Hard to deny the wisdom in here.  From CSO magazine:

Does Smartphone Security Really Matter?

The short answer is yes, absolutely, more and more…

Threats to your mobile security are not always easy to see. They range from the simple (such as when someone finds your phone and reads all of your e-mail) to the highly complex (such as Trojan horses, viruses, or third-party apps that share your personal information).

Here are some common security risks, with tips, tricks, and tools to combat them.

via Smartphone security: Keep your handset safe.

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.

SMS ‘message of death’ threatens mobile phoness

Security researchers have shown that carefully crafted text messages sent to cell phones via short message service (SMS) can cause them to shutdown without the knowledge of the owner.

via Text message of ‘death’ threatens….

How much does a smartphone cost?