An anonymous reader writes “The European Commission has put into effect a June 2009 agreement stating that major cellphone manufacturers should standardize their charging/data connection ports to the popular Micro-USB format. CEN-CENELEC and ETSI provided the standards by which these 14 companies will abide by to make cell phone recharging and data transfer easy.” Apple may even bring the next-gen iPad along for the ride.
broggyr writes “Seems it didn’t take long to hack the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. Quoting WPCentral: ‘For developers, the weakness in Microsoft’s DRM for Windows Phone 7 applications has been well known for quite some time, and there have been calls for Microsoft to address these concerns … Since then, a “white hat” developer has provided WPCentral with a proof-of-concept program that can successfully pull any application from the Marketplace, remove the security and deploy to an unlocked Windows Phone with literally a push of a button. Alternatively, you could just save the cracked XAP file to your hard drive. Neither the app nor the methodology is public, and it will NOT be released … It is important to note that this was all done within six hours by one developer.’”
Techmeology writes “GSM eavesdropping has been demonstrated at the Chaos Computer Club Congress in Berlin using a €10 Motorola phone and open source GSM firmware. Karsten Nohl and Sylvain Munaut replaced the firmware on the phone, enabling them to process all the data it received. They used already available rainbow tables to decrypt data being sent to and from other mobile phones. They have no plans to release the hack publicly, however they expect others to successfully attempt the hack. Mr. Nohl said the objective was to raise awareness of GSM’s insecurity.”
theodp writes “The EFF’s Eva Galperin offers a brief primer on Traitorware, devices that act behind your back to betray your privacy. ‘Your digital camera may embed metadata into photographs with the camera’s serial number or your location,’ writes Galperin. ‘Your printer may be incorporating a secret code on every page it prints which could be used to identify the printer and potentially the person who used it. If Apple puts a particularly creepy patent it has recently applied for into use, you can look forward to a day when your iPhone may record your voice, take a picture of your location, record your heartbeat, and send that information back to the mothership.’ She concludes: ‘EFF will be there to fight it [Traitorware]. We believe that your software and devices should not be a tool for gathering your personal data without your explicit consent.’”
jamlam writes “The Android developers blog has a comment from their dev team on the recent ‘rooting’ of their Nexus S phones. It contains a call from Google to handset manufacturers to open up their phones to give users choice. But will this ever happen in a market dominated by lock-’em-down cellular networks?”
garymortimer writes “It seems like the Google crowd are really keen to replicate what many in the small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) world have been playing with for the last couple of years. It really will be interesting to see the UAS apps that must be coming for the Nexus S. Quoting the Google Mobile Blog: ‘Recently, we traveled to Ione, CA and sent seven payloads up, up, and away into near space, each equipped with a Nexus S. We took some cues from others who have sent homemade weather balloon rigs far up, and we wanted an opportunity to collect some interesting data about the sensors in Nexus S – GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. We also couldn’t resist what looked like a great way to spend a weekend. Sending the balloons up also gave us an opportunity to capture some stunning imagery and videos of Earth.’”
An anonymous reader writes “Window’s dominance of the PC market has been good in many ways, reduced hardware costs, increased IT literacy and a standard development platform to name a few, and perhaps Android will bring similar benefits, but unless Google are very careful it is likely to bring some of the same problems too…”
Source: Why Android Is the New Windows
destinyland writes “The US Army is seriously considering the idea of issuing a smartphone to every soldier, and they’re already modernizing one Texas brigade ‘through a range of electronic devices that will include not just smartphones but tablet devices, e-reader and mini-projectors.’ The company that developed Patriot missiles has already created several dedicated military apps for both iPhone and Android phones, including one that allows soldiers to track colleague’s locations on the battlefield. Interestingly, the army is likely to use an off-the-shelf model, heightening the war between Apple and Android phones. Apple’s non-replaceable batteries may become an issue in the field, since ‘plugging the phone in to recharge isn’t always a viable option in the middle of combat.’”
ApharmdB writes “We frequently gripe about the poor quality of science reporting by the media. A Guardian blogger from the mathematics department at Queen Mary, University of London has made a honeypot press release to see how bad it can get. (Or maybe to have some fun trolling the media?) The statistic used is the strong link between the number of mobile phone masts in an area and the number of live births. Of course, there is no causal link because they are both instead based on a 3rd variable, the local population size. Slashdot readers can keep on eye on news sources over the weekend to see just how much traction the story gets and watch the train wreck in real-time!”
Sony has announced plans to launch PlayStation-centric apps for iOS 4 and Android devices. While the apps doesn’t actually let users play games, it allows them to interact with various PlayStation Network functions. “This includes allowing players to view various trophies they and their friends have won in order to validate their self-worth. Players will also be able to view friends’ online status and browse games for the PS3, PS2, and PSP with the app, as well as catch up on news and any relevant hardware announcements. If they see anything they like, the app will integrate with Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail to make for easy sharing.” The app will be released for several European countries to start, with more versions and languages to follow.