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NSA can reportedly tap smartphones, access BlackBerry email

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/08/nsa-can-reportedly-tap-smartphones-access-blackberry-email/

NSA can reportedly tap smartphones, access BlackBerry email

Roaming confusion has already caused the NSA to “accidentally” listen in on domestic calls, but according to a report from Spiegel, the organization is capable of a lot more. The German news magazine says it has seen evidence that the NSA can tap smartphones for SMS traffic, location data, contact list information and more. The claims, reportedly outlined in internal NSA documents, specifically call out iOS and BlackBerry devices as targets, describing the ability to access iPhone data by hacking a recently synced PC. BlackBerry access seems a bit more direct, Spiegel reports, suggesting that the NSA can tap into the BlackBerry email system. BlackBerry officials told Spiegel it wouldn’t comment on the allegations, but assured the news source that it hasn’t provided the NSA with a “‘back door’ pipeline to our platform.” Regardless, it’s a haunting claim — particularly for folks that use BlackBerry devices for their heavily touted security, but considering everything the NSA has been up to recently, we can’t say we’re entirely surprised.

 

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Monday, September 9th, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: One-Third Of BlackBerry World Apps Come From Just One Developer

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One-Third Of BlackBerry World Apps Come From The Same Developer (Berry Review)
A developer firm known as S4BB has single handedly created over 47,000 apps for the BlackBerry World app market. That amounts to almost one-third of BlackBerry World’s total app count. The app store race is not even close, but this revelation illustrates another stumbling block in BlackBerry’s attempt at platform and app store relevancy – the huge discrepancy between quantity and quality of apps in BlackBerry World


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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

Verizon smartphone revenue up in Q2 2013, half of all 7.5 million activations were iPhones (updated)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/verizon-quarterly-report-q2-2013/

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Verizon’s latest quarterly report reveals a carrier chugging along nicely, thank you very much. Total revenue (including wireless and wireline) is up slightly to $29.8 billion, while wireless service revenue on its own grew by 8.3 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Nearly a million (941,000) new retail postpaid customers joined the VZW brigade, some of whom may have been drawn to the carrier’s expanding LTE service, which is now available to 301 million Americans, as well as to new handsets like the Nokia Lumia 928 and possibly even the BlackBerry Q10 (or maybe not). In any case, those high-margin subscribers helped to increase profit by 14 percent — so long as you’re the kind of person who’s content to be guided by “non-GAAP consolidated adjusted earnings per share.” There’s also no sign of the pension-related issues that affected the company last quarter, which leaves this carrier high and dry, regardless of how smartphone saturation may be affecting others along the food chain.

Update: In its earnings call, Verizon added that 59 percent of traffic on its network is on 4G LTE, and 52 percent of its smartphone activations (around 3.8 million device activations) were iPhones.

Source: Verizon (PDF download)

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Thursday, July 18th, 2013 news No Comments

The Incredible Speed At Which Android Has Destroyed BlackBerry And Windows Phone

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/behold-the-incredible-speed-at-which-android-has-destroyed-blackberry-and-windows-phone-2013-5

Asymco ‘s Horace Dediu made this wonderful chart depicting the state of smartphone market share in the United States.

Look at how Android and Apple have destroyed BlackBerry’s share and barred Microsoft entry into the market.

Witness also the swift obsolescence of non-smartphones.

Kaboom!

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 digital No Comments

CHART OF THE DAY: This Is A Business That Will Die In Five Years, According To BlackBerry’s CEO

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-macs-vs-ipads-2013-4

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said, “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.”

He believes we’re going to carry around a single device that powers all our other screens. That since device is going to be a smartphone in his opinion, and therefore tablets are going to be totally irrelevant.

He also says, “Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

To which, we present this chart from Dan Frommer. As you can see, through three years the iPad has sold 140 million units, almost double what Apple has done with the Mac.

Perhaps the wheels fall off this thing, and it disappears from existence in five years. We doubt it.

The reason the iPad sells well, despite being slightly redundant, is that people like to have dedicated gadgets. People don’t want one device to power everything.

Chart of the day shows Apple's Quarterly Mac and iPad shipments, april 2013

 

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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 news No Comments

Smartphones out-shipped feature phones for the first time ever worldwide, says IDC

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/26/smartphones-out-shipped-feature-phones-IDC/

Smartphones outsell feature phones for the first time, says IDC

Q1 2013 marks the first time that smartphones made up the majority of cellphones shipped across the world, according to numbers from industry analyst IDC. 216 million handsets with computer-like functionality left factories compared to 419 million total, making up a solid 51.6 percent of the pie. Another trend spotted by the pollster was the emergence of Chinese phone makers, particularly ZTE and Huawei, who’ve notably displaced Blackberry and Nokia in the top five for smartphones sold.

Meanwhile, Samsung improved its lead over Apple in smartphone shipments over last quarter, jumping from 29 percent to a 32.7 percent share in Q1, while Apple slid from 21.8 percent to 17.3 percent. Sony dropped out of the top 5 in that category, while LG surged to 3rd place at 10.3 million units shipped, with Huawei and ZTE rounding out the top 5. Meanwhi! le, Sams ung and Nokia continued to dominate overall cellphone shipments with a 27.5 and 14.8 percent share of the overall market, respectively. However, Nokia itself isn’t too optimistic about the feature phone portion of those sales continuing, as it mentioned in its last financial statement. And the fact that people are happy to surf the web on their phones? As we’ve seen, that doesn’t bode too well for the computer industry.

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 news No Comments

BlackBerry says TIFF vulnerability exposes enterprise servers to malware

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/18/blackberry-tiff-vulnerability/

BlackBerry says TIFF vulnerability exposes enterprise servers to malware

BlackBerry has always prided itself on its top-notch security features, so it’s a little worrying to see the company release a “high severity” advisory today warning of a potential exploit. According to the Waterloo-based operation:

Vulnerabilities exist in how the BlackBerry MDS Connection Service and the BlackBerry Messaging Agent process TIFF images for rendering on the BlackBerry smartphone.

Essentially, hackers could rig a TIFF file with malware and then trick a BlackBerry user into loading it via webpage, email or an embedded message, thus allowing the bad guys into their company’s Enterprise Server. BlackBerry hasn’t received any reports of attacks just yet, but urges IT administrators to update their BES software all the same. The update is available at the source, as are several temporary workarounds for those that can’t update their installations just yet.

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Monday, February 18th, 2013 news No Comments

Android surged to 69 percent smartphone share in 2012, dipped in Q4

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/14/idc-android-surged-to-69-percent-smartphone-share-in-2012/

IDC Android surged to 69 percent smartphone share in 2012, took a dip in Q4

Few would doubt that 2012 was Android’s year given how rapidly it grew, but it’s good to have some context. IDC is more than willing to oblige. It estimates that Google’s OS climbed from 49.2 percent of the smartphone space in 2011 to 68.8 percent in 2012. As we’ve seen in the past, though, most of that came from customers leaving embattled platforms, including a pre-BB10 BlackBerry and Symbian. Apple reportedly held its ground at 18.8 percent, while Microsoft appears to have turned a corner with Windows Phone by climbing back up to 2.5 percent.

The fourth quarter results paint a slightly different picture. Android still had a comfortable 70.1 percent of share in IDC’s reckoning, but it took a hit from 75 percent in the third quarter — similar to what we’ve seen elsewhere, the iPhone 5 launch helped iOS claw back enough share to hit 21 percent. BlackBerry and Windows Phone weren’t quite so rosy, although they also didn’t have full quarters with new devices to offer. We’ll have to wait for the first quarter of 2013 to finish before we learn of any true shakeups in the status quo.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 digital No Comments

A Security Company Is Neutering Hundreds of iPads So The Government Can Use Them

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5983017/a-security-company-is-neutering-hundreds-of-ipads-so-the-government-can-use-them

A Security Company Is Neutering Hundreds of iPads So The Government Can Use Them Traditionally, Blackberry has been the choice of the majorly security conscious, but the times are changing. iOS has been shaping up to be pretty secure, and has even coaxed some US government agencies to jump ship. Now a security firm in Virgina is “neutering” iPads so G men can use those too.

The report comes from Bloomberg, which says the company with the cyber-snippers is one CACI International Inc. What this “neutering” process—CACI’s own words—actually involves is anyone’s guess, but chances are it has something to do with the wireless capabilities, and maybe the camera. CACI CEO Dan Allen put it this way to Bloomberg: “It’s a neutered iPad. We’re working on how do we effectively brand it.”

According to Allen, any iPads you already see in a government leader’s hands, probably came from CACI or someone they work with. So far no one in the government has made a statement about whether or not Obama’s iPad has gotten the treatment, but it doesn’t seem unlikely. If this really takes off, you could start seeing a lot more iPads in active government service, but only if they’ve lost their fun bits first. [Bloomberg via 9to5Mac]

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013 news No Comments

BlackBerry 10 Isn’t Likely To Become A Serious Competitor To iOS Or Android

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

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The mobile platform wars just became a bit more complicated.

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