Archive for November, 2011

Researcher’s Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything | Threat Level | Wired.com

The Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, producing a video of how the Carrier IQ software secretly installed on millions of mobile phones reports most everything a user does on a phone.

Though the software is installed on most modern Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones, Carrier IQ was virtually unknown until 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart of Connecticut analyzed its workings, revealing that the software secretly chronicles a user’s phone experience — ostensibly so carriers and phone manufacturers can do quality control.

But now he’s released a video actually showing the logging of text messages, encrypted web searches and, well, you name it.

via Researcher’s Video Shows Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Everything | Threat Level | Wired.com.

Google Maps Now Shows Android Users Indoor Floorplans

Navigating the outdoor world has been made extra easy over the years thanks to GPS and services such as Google Maps, but finding your way throughout malls, buildings and airports hasn’t been optimal until now.

Google introduced on Tuesday a feature included in its new Google Maps 6.0 for Android update that broadens its maps coverage beyond cities and countries to cover some heavily-trafficked indoor spaces.

via Google Maps Now Shows Android Users Indoor Floorplans.

Mobile Web Mastery: 25 Tips on Designing for Mobile Devices

I recently read that it’s expected that by 2013 there will be more users viewing the Internet through a mobile device versus a desktop or laptop computer. That’s pretty amazing, and it means that more so now than ever before, we as designers, should consider designing and developing for mobile users. It’s become a necessity that will continue to grow. So lets take a look at some tips on designing for mobile devices.

via Mobile Web Mastery: 25 Tips on Designing for Mobile Devices.

Look out! Here comes Apples killer location-services patent | Apple – CNET News

Apple has raised bludgeoning competitors with patents on key technologies to a fine art. Just ask Samsung. And now it may have a new blunt object to wield.Credit: morgueFile user leeleA reissue of a patent originally dating back to 1998 — and that Apple got from Xerox — has delivered into CEO Tim Cooks hands some serious, and scary, potential control over location-based services. If you thought that Google, Samsung, HTC, and others were already depressed over the legal success Apple has had in fighting Android, its now officially worse.

via Look out! Here comes Apples killer location-services patent | Apple – CNET News.

The Hermes Project: Steam hit by hackers

Valve Corporation’s online gaming platform Steam has been compromised by hackers who may have exposed the details of up to 35 million users.

The company found the breach while investigating a security breach of their online discussion forums, with the attackers having used forum credentials to be able to hack into a database that included identification and credit card data of the service’s users.

via The Hermes Project: Steam hit by hackers.

6 Best Practices for Modern SEO

Google’s search results aren’t what they used to be. Need proof? Just look at its results page. No longer solely comprised of traditional, organic site matches, Google now lists local maps, images, videos and social cues as well — and it’s affecting more than just what you see.

If you rely heavily on search engines for pageviews and sales, as many businesses do, Google search results will drastically affect how your customers find you. If your business needs to be seen and clicked, take into account the following six search engine tips.

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The Hermes Project: 97% of Three’s traffic is data

Just why 3G network operator Three (3) is so keen for Ofcom to get on with it in undertaking their auctions of spectrum for the operation of faster mobile broadband services using 4G technology can be shown by the revelation that a whopping 97% of the traffic over their mobile network is data rather than voice or texts.

via The Hermes Project: 97% of Three’s traffic is data.

Ubuntu Wants to Be On Your Phones, Tablets and TVs

Ubuntu, the Linux distribution with a serious case of Mac-envy, has ambitions of moving beyond the PC to the tablet, smartphone and connected device space.

At the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical — the company that funds Ubuntu development — said that the time is right to move the distribution to additional devices. On his blog, Shuttleworth says that by April 2014, Ubuntu “will power tablets, phones, TVs and smart screens from the car to the office kitchen, and it will connect those devices cleanly and seamlessly to the desktop, the server and the cloud.”

This isn’t the first time Shuttleworth has made big proclamations about the future of Ubuntu. In July 2008, he boldly proclaimed that the open source software OS could surpass Apple in UI in two years. Three-and-a-half years later, Ubuntu looks a lot more like OS X, but has hardly surpassed Apple in terms of interface and user experience.

via Ubuntu Wants to Be On Your Phones, Tablets and TVs.

Gmail for iPhone and iPad Is Here [UPDATED]

Google has finally released a native Gmail app for iOS, bringing its popular email service to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

UPDATE: Google has pulled the app and apologized for a bug with notifications. “Sorry we messed up,” the @gmail account tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

via Gmail for iPhone and iPad Is Here [UPDATED].