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Apple wants Belgacom to pay up for extensive “tests” of Belgacom’s network before it will allow iPhones to hook up to it…
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Google: 2 out of every 3 people on Earth are still enjoying privacy in rural areas (and are lacking a fast, affordable Internet connection)Posted: 2013/06/15 in Education / Awareness, Google, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Online advertising, Privacy / Data Protection, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
After targeting Web sites for copyright infringement for years, Hollywood is now setting its sights on mobile apps, according to Reuters.
Time Warner, Walt Disney, Sony, Viacom, and Twentieth Century Fox have all recently sent app “take down” notices to Google. Citing copyright infringement, these studios are demanding that the Web giant remove apps that use the likeness of characters in their movies or TV shows.
One of the offending apps is “Hobbit 3D Wallpaper HD,” which has images from the popular movie, according to Reuters. Other apps are from movies like “Clash of the Titans,” “Spiderman,” and “Green Lantern.”
The app market is a lucrative one. According to Reuters, it’s worth $20 billion as of this year. Also, many of these apps get away without paying licensing fees.
“Smartphone apps that provide a direct link to infringing content have become a growing problem that needs to be addressed,” Motion Picture Association of America’s senior vice president for Internet content protection Marc Miller told Reuters. “Not only do these apps offer access to creative content that has been illegally copied, but they also pose risks to consumers from malware and often fail to provide viewers with the quality product they could often get through a growing number of legitimate sources.”
According to Reuters, Google is complying with the studios’ requests and is removing many of these apps from its Google Play app store. An Apple spokesperson wouldn’t comment on take down notices for Reuters but did say that it reviews all apps before offering them in its App Store.
ACLU provides insight into just how aggressive law enforcement agencies have become about obtaining the contents of seized cell phonesPosted: 2013/02/27 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Mobile tech, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
25% of 4G traffic comes from customers watching videos, with 11 per cent of those being YouTube videosPosted: 2013/02/25 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
EE Says Average 4G Customer Uses Just 1.4GB of Data Each Month
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Global mobile traffic is growing so fast that in some places it has already surpassed desktop trafficPosted: 2012/12/04 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Google’s Dave Sobota: We Want To Acquire More Companies With Attractive Patents. We Have A Well-Filled Treasure ChestPosted: 2012/11/29 in Education / Awareness, Google, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
“We have to build up a robust portfolio”
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The new service harnesses unused radio spectrum, which exists between Digital TV channels (470MHz to 790MHz), to deliver wifi style connectivity over a wide area.
At the end of last year the Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium (Arqiva, BBC, BSkyB, BT, Microsoft, Neul, Nokia, Samsung and Virgin Media) estimated that around 600,000 UK homes and businesses in isolated rural areas could potentially get broadband internet access via “cheap” White Space solutions. It could also be used to enhance existing WiFi networks or for Machine-to-Machine communications (e.g. Smart Meters).
T-Mobile has around 5 million customers in The Netherlands
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It has become an inevitable part of the Android user experience that apps will ask for a long laundry list of permissions. Many apps will ask you to grant them network access so they can download updates. Others seek permission to read your phone’s state and identity so calls won’t disrupt them from doing what they’re doing. Unfortunately, these permissions can be abused for criminal intentions.
There are now more wireless subscriptions in the USA than there are citizens, according to the latest data from The Wireless Association (CTIA).
The Association’s latest count of all things wireless, The Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey, (PDF) covers July 2011 to June 2012, and found:
- 321.7 million wireless subscriber connections, a figure that represents 101 percent penetration. In June 2011 there were 306 million subscriptions;(5 percent increase).
- A 37% increase in smartphone numbers, with 130.8 million smartphones or wireless-capable PDAs now active, up from 95.8 million in June 2011;
- 300.4 million active data-capable devices, up from 278.3 million in June 2011;
- 21.6 million wWireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems, up 42 per cent from the 15.2 million in June 2011.
CTIA data also suggests the devices listed above collectively consumed 1.16 trillion megabytes of data over the year to June 2012, up 104 per cent compared to the 568 billion megabytes summoned over the airways in the previous twelve months.
Mobile Banking Crosses the 300 Million Users Mark Worldwide as Financial Institutions Seek to Capture Developing MarketsPosted: 2012/09/18 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Stats / reports
Freedom of information is fine as long as its not mine
An online hacker group associated with Anonymous claims to have posted 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) by breaching FBI security.
UDIDs are the unique string of numbers that individually identifies each iOS device and formerly used by developers to track their app installations across Apple’s user base.
In all, AntiSec claims to have obtained more than 12 million UDIDs, including user names, addresses, and notification tokens from a laptop used by an FBI agent. In a missive posted to Pastebin, the hacking group explains how it obtained the data from an FBI agent’s laptop:
During the second week of March 2012, a Dell Vostro notebook, used by Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl from FBI Regional Cyber Action Team and New York FBI Office Evidence Response Team was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java, during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts. no other file on the same folder makes mention about this list or its purpose.
Although Apple has already said it would begin restricting developer access to the identifiers, the Pastebin post says the group posted the data out of suspicion the FBI was using the UDIDs for nefarious purposes, such has people tracking, as well as to protest the use of UDIDs in general.
we always thought it was a really bad idea. that hardware coded IDs for devices concept should be erradicated from any device on the market in the future.
Even though it says it has more than 12 million UDIDs, AntiSec says it settled on posting only 1 million, trimming out personal information such as full names, cell numbers, and addresses.
we left those main columns we consider enough to help a significant amount of users to look if their devices are listed there or not. the DevTokens are included for those mobile hackers who could figure out some use from the dataset.
CNET has contacted Apple and the FBI for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
White Spaces And Licence-Exempt Bands Discussion Has Finally Floated All The Way From The U.S. To EuropePosted: 2012/09/03 in Education / Awareness, Google, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Apparently “information” isn’t the only entity with a desire to be free. Same applies to ‘cords’, ‘cables’, ‘wires’ and ‘pipelines’. Next up, ‘free devices’ or ‘free advertising opportunities’?
The European Commission today unveiled plans to deal with the exponential growth in mobile and wireless data traffic by enabling wireless technologies, including broadband, to share the use of the radio spectrum.
With new technologies it is possible to share radio spectrum amongst several users – such as internet providers – or use the spectrum available between TV frequencies, for example, for other purposes. National spectrum regulation often does not reflect the new technical possibilities, leaving mobile and broadband users at risk of poor service as demand grows, and preventing a single market for investment in such communications markets.
Through advances in technology, shared spectrum access makes additional resources available without compromising the incumbent license holder’s rights to use the frequencies. For example, many new wireless technologies are designed to share bands in which no licence is required (licence-exempt bands). Others make additional spectrum resources available by, for example, providing wireless broadband services in between TV frequencies (so-called ‘white spaces’).
To maximise the benefits of such approaches to share spectrum, regulatory barriers need to be removed and incentives provided at EU level. In particular, new regulatory approaches need to give different users, including current holders, guaranteed rights to use a given frequency band on a shared basis with guaranteed levels of protection against interference.
The ongoing implementation of the spectrum inventory in accordance with the RSPP will provide relevant usage information about frequency bands and thus facilitate the identification of beneficial sharing opportunities (BSO) in the single market for both licensed and license-exempt spectrum. Once established, BSOs can also be recorded in the inventory as benchmarks for other geographical areas or similar use in other frequency bands.
The Commission seeks the support of the European Parliament and the Council for creating this more advanced regulatory environment in Europe.
COVETED BITS of the radio spectrum called “white spaces” — unused areas of spectrum wedged between licensed TV channels — may soon be freed up by the Federal Communications Commission. Right now no broadband devices are allowed to use these parts of the spectrum, but the FCC is considering whether to let companies sell FCC-certified wireless devices that would be used without an exclusive broadcast license in these slivers of bandwidth. Such white-space devices (WSDs) would be low-power and so would emit signals over very small geographic areas.
Google and other companies (including Dell, EarthLink, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, and Philips) have formed the “White Spaces Coalition,” to persuade the FCC to establish appropriate interference standards that would allow entrepreneurs to develop fixed and mobile devices that utilize these airwaves. Earlier this year, the coalition submitted two prototype devices (from Microsoft and Philips) to the FCC’s engineers to demonstrate the feasibility of this approach.
The idea is to create wireless broadband using this spectrum that will effectively ensure continuous and near-universal coverage for internet-connected devices (fixed and mobile). Unlike conventional radio/wireless spectrum, the “unlicensed” part of this means that no one has to pay anything to the FCC to use it. That stands in contrast to the nearly $20 billion paid as part of the recent 700MHz spectrum auction earlier this year (dominated by AT&T and Verizon).
What happens now? Google co-founder Larry Page makes a prediction:
We will soon have “Wi-Fi on steroids,” since these spectrum signals have much longer range than today’s Wi-Fi technology and broadband access can be spread using fewer base stations resulting in better coverage at lower cost.
It opens up a range of intriguing possibilities for consumers, tech and media companies and device makers. And it points to a not-too-distant future of near-ubiquitous internet connectivity.
Growing use of smartphones and tablets to surf the Web or stream video will make it difficult to provide cellular and WiFi connections for everyonePosted: 2012/08/27 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
T-Mobile’s Full Monty plans with unlimited data no longer allow new customers to tether their phones to other devices for internet sharing, suggesting that mobile networks are struggling to cope with the demand for data
Brits obey mobile ads, says mobile ad biz – Half the population admit their phone rules their walletPosted: 2012/08/15 in Education / Awareness, Mobile tech, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
In June of this year, 102 million Facebook users used their mobile device to access the service
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