Smartphone Photo Snooping: What You Need to Know

Android and iPhone Photo Snooping: What You Need to Know
By Jared Newman | @OneJaredNewman | March 2, 2012 | + Smartphone users got another reason to worry about privacy this week, when the New York Times reported that iPhone and Android apps can spy on your photos without permission.


AT&T relents on 'unlimited data' plan limits
Fox News
Reuters AT&T Inc. responded to complaints that it places unreasonable limits on the "unlimited data" plans it offers smartphone subscribers. The cellphone company said Thursday that it will slow down service for "unlimited data" subscribers after they ...

Android also has photo loopholes
Bend Bulletin
Photos are vulnerable on Android phones, too. Developers who make applications for Apple mobile devices have access to a person's entire photo library as long as that person allows the app to use location data, as The New York Times reported this week.

Et Tu, Google? Android Apps Can Also Secretly Copy Photos
New York Times (blog)
By BRIAN X. CHEN and NICK BILTON | March 1, 2012, 1:08 pm As Bits reported this week, developers who make applications for Apple iOS devices have access to a person's entire photo library as long as that person allows the app to use location data.

Android apps have access to your photo library
By Inquirer staff THERE IS A SECURITY ISSUE in all Android handsets that will let their applications spy on user images, according to studies. According to investigations reported by the New York Times, Android apps can gain access to a user's photo ...

Q&A: How to Avoid Getting Throttled
Wall Street Journal (blog)
AT&T will slow download speeds for unlimited 3G smartphone customers who exceed three gigabytes and 4G LTE users who exceed five gigabytes of data in a given month. How do I know if I'm approaching the data limit? AT&T says you'll get a text message ...

Apple wins 'device destroying' injunction against Motorola
ZDNet (blog)
The German court ruling said that the “zoomed in” mode for viewing photos on Motorola's Androidhandsets infringed the Apple-held patent, but not the “zoomed out” mode. EU Patent No. EP2059868 originally derived from another patent, which allowed ...

Security flaw exposed in Android phones
Sydney Morning Herald
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, running Google's Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Photo: Samsung It's not just Apple. Photos are vulnerable on Androidphones, too. Developers who make applications for Apple mobile devices have access to a ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Motorola strategy won't change after Google acquisition, says executive
Android Community
Hoping for a brand new Motorola after it's done being bought out by Google? You're not alone. Take comfort in that, because you'll have good company for commiserating:Motorola vice president of product management and portfolio Alain Mutricy told ...

Android Community

I dumped my iPhone 4 for the Android Galaxy Nexus
The problem for me is that to sync with your Macs, iOS devices and iCloud, your calendar data must reside in iCloud (not on your computer where you can back it up). And iCloud's rendition of CalDAV isn't "compatible" with third-party CalDAV ...

Pew study shows the democratization of the smartphone
Ars Technica
By Casey Johnston | Published March 2, 2012 10:19 AM The percentage of smartphone owners is growing closer to the 50 percent mark, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Forty-six percent of American adults now have smartphones, ...

How to choose a smartphone
PC Advisor
Apps are the other major consideration, as third-party programs vastly expand the capabilities of your smartphone. Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market have hundreds of thousands of apps to choose between, covering just about every possible ...

Report: Android Vulnerable to Photo Snooping, Too
PC Magazine
By Mark Hachman Android users snickering at the recent flap over iOS app photo snooping may want to settle down. That's because Google Android users are also subject to photo snooping, but without even a notification to alert users that it's possible.

Innovation or hype? Ars examines Nokia's 41 megapixel smartphone camera
Ars Technica
Nokia ignited a bit of a controversy on Monday when it unveiled a smartphone with a 41 megapixel camera sensor dubbed the 808 PureView. Yes, you read that right—41 megapixels, not 14, or 4.1. It will soon be possible to buy a smartphone with as many ...

Android photo-stealing loophole discovered amidst massive worm attack threats
Android Apps Appolicious
All those photos on your Android device may be susceptible to app developers, in one of the biggest vulnerabilities to be discovered on Android OS. Shortly after it was reported that Apple iOS devices have access to a person's entire photo library as ...

AT&T Ends All-You-Can-Eat
Wall Street Journal
AT&T Inc. pulled the plug on its all-you-can-eat plan for smartphone customers, telling subscribers they will see much slower speeds if they exceed a new monthly usage cap. The new limit, which applies to some 17 million subscribers, means users of the...

Wall Street Journal

Revising the Limits for the Unlimited
New York Times
Smartphone users who try to get the most out of their devices are learning exactly what that means, even while paying for plans that promise unlimited consumption. Some of the nation's largest wireless phone companies are getting around those plans by ...

New York Times

Apple gets an injunction against Motorola in Germany
By Dave Neal PATENTS LITIGATOR Apple has struck a blow against Motorola in Germany with an injunction against its use of photo management software on an electronic device. Smartphonevendors throw the patents book at each other on a regular basis, ...

AT&T changes throttle policy on 'unlimited data,' now slows after 3 gigs
Kansas City Star
By PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer NEW YORK| -- AT&T Inc. backed away from an unpopular service policy after smartphone subscribers complained that the company placed unreasonable limits on its “unlimited data” plans. The cellphone company said ...

Kansas City Star

NSA Creates Super Secure, Android-Based Smartphone
PC Magazine
To address this concern, the US National Security Agency (NSA) came up with Project Fishbowl, an initiative to create a super secure smartphone using the Android operating system. According to the agency's Margaret Salter, building the new phone was ...

Motorola Confirms Business as Usual Post-Google Acquisition
Gotta Be Mobile
While Google had gone on record numerous times in the past that it would allowMotorola to operate independently of the Android team after it would acquire the Droid-maker. The Android software giant says that it is acquiring Motorola Mobilitynot to ...

Gotta Be Mobile

AT&T Raises Limit For Smartphone Data Slowdown
Unlimited data customers with a 3G or 4G smartphone will be slowed down if they use more than 3GB of data or more in a billing cycle. Those with next-generation 4G LTE phones can use up to 5GB before speeds slow down. In both cases, AT&T returns the ...

Google's Schmidt, Rubin Tout Android at MWC
By Clint Boulton on 2012-03-01 There's no question the Consumer Electronics Shows has become an annual coming-out party for Android-related smartphone, tablet and other news concerning the open-source operating system. However, the 2012 Mobile World ...


Android apps can snoop photos, too
The problem is one of vulnerability right now; no one knows for sure which, if any, of the hundreds of thousands of apps that exist both for Android phones and the iPhone are accessing a user's photo library -- access that is given on the iPhone when a ...

Review: Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon (Verdict: nice keyboard)
ZDNet (blog)
By Jason D. O'Grady | March 1, 2012, 9:31pm PST Summary: If you're a QWERTY keyboard zealot and have a need for (LTE) speed, then the Droid 4 is worth a look. However its thickness may be a turn off for the skinny jeans set. Although I'm primarily an ...

Apple wins an injunction against Motorola in German court
by Grant Gross, IDG News Service Apple has won an injunction potentially requiring Motorola Mobility to recall infringing smartphones, in the two companies' ongoing patent battle in Germany, according to a blogger following the case.

Why Google needs to fix Android's image problem
The reasoning behind Android's ability to let app developers access personal smartphone photos without permission is understandable, but it actually goes against a core Android design principle. How is this possible? Google's explanation, provided to ...

Data Squeeze at AT&T – Morning Business Memo
ABC News (blog)
Smartphone users will see much slower download speeds if they go over their monthly usage cap. AT&T and other wireless providers are trying to manage a limited supply of wireless airwaves in the face of heavy usage by Android and iPhone users.

Motorola unfazed by Apple photo-patent win
Motorola Mobility (MMI) lost another round in its ongoing patent war with Apple when a German court ruled in Cupertino's favor in a photo-management patent case – but they're putting their best face on the setback. "Today's ruling in Munich, ...

More Americans Have Smartphones Than Feature Phones
PC Magazine
By Angela Moscaritolo Still don't have a smartphone? Well, then you're in the minority among US mobile phone owners, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. The survey of 2253 adults revealed that there are now more smartphone owners in ...

Motorola goes on the record, assures us that nothing will change ...
By Edgar Cervantes
We have not heard much about this from Motorola, though. But when asked about the matter, Senior VP of Portfolio and Product Management Alain Mutricy reassured us that Google is not lying. The plan is that Motorola Mobility and Google ...
Android Phone Fans

Motorola says nothing will change after Google's acquisition ...
By George Wong
Ever since Google announced its intentions to purchase Motorola Mobility, people started getting concerned about how it would affect Android. Would Motorola have access to the Android operating system before everyone else?

Samsung Galaxy S Advance arrives at the FCC | Android Community
By Sam Koutroulakis
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance has just made an appearance at the FCC, and the device is shown supporting AT&T bands. Reports show that it has also been approved for WCDMA bands 850/1900, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
Android Community

Android Apps Can Also Steal Your Photo Library
By Kyle Wagner
iOS has been getting hammered because it leaves its users' photos, and other information, open to apps. Turns out, Android has the same problem. The New York Times Bits Blog got confirmation from Lookout, an Android security company ...

US iPhone ownership catches up to Android
By Joe Wilcox
The non-profit "fact tank" asked American adults what kind of smartphone they own. Twenty percent responded "Android device", up from 15 percent in May 2011. iPhone: 19 percent, up from 10 percent during the same time period.

Like iOS apps, Android apps can secretly access photos thanks to ...
By Dan Graziano
The paper is now reporting that Google's Android operating system suffers from a similar security hole. Unlike the iPhone however, which requires an app to have permission to access location data, an Android device that has permission to ...
BGR: The Three Biggest Letters In Tech

Portabliss: Waking Mars (iOS) | Joystiq
By JC Fletcher
In each installment, we'll tell you about a downloadable game on the iPhone, iPad, Android device, DSi, 3DS, PSP, etc. Today: Waking Mars. Waking Mars, a new iOS action-adventure game by Spider dev Tiger Style, does a great job of putting a console-style narrative experience on phones, matched to a simple method of gameplay that ensures easy touchscreen control and uncomplicated pick-up-and-play design. In short, it's .... Mobile World Congress 2012: smartphone roundup .

NYT: Android also lets app developers steal your photos | TUAW ...
By Kelly Hodgkins
Earlier this week, a New York Times report detailed how iOS apps can snoop on your photos when you give them access to your location. Now in a follow-up.
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Motorola vs. iPhone Ad: Is Voice Actions Really Faster Than Siri?
By The Huffington Post News Editors
I also did speed tests on the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the HTC Evo 4G, and all three easily outpaced the iPhone 4S. At this point, then, the choice between Siri andAndroid's Voice Actions seems like a ...
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There Are Now More Smartphone Owners Than Basic Cell Phone ...
By Samantha Murphy
Smartphone owners now outnumber those with basic mobile phones. ... College graduates, 18-35 year olds and those with an annual household income of $75000 or more are 60% more likely to have a smartphone than other groups. ... As a low-end/budget android smartphone user myself that is on AT&T GoPhone (Prepaid), I like having one, its good to have a phone to surf the web, check prices, scan bar codes, check stock when shopping, check email and more when I'm on the ...

AnandTech - TI Demos OMAP5 WiFi Display Mirroring on ...
By Brian Klug
On our last day at MWC 2012, TI pulled me aside for a private demonstration of WiFi Display functionality they had only just recently finalized working on their OMAP 5 development platform. The demo showed WiFi Display mirroring working ...

Motorola Mobility says it will be the same after Google acquisition
HP CEO Meg Whitman's prediction about Android becoming a closed system notwithstanding, Mutricy also said that it is in Motorola Mobility's best interest to keep Android an open system. He says that Motorola Mobility can capitalize on ...
Phone Arena - Latest News

Viral channels for Android apps to launch 'in coming weeks'
By Brittany Darwell
That will finally bring the mobile platform to parity between Android and iOS. Developers for both platforms will be able to promote their apps in the news feed and through requests and bookmarks. If a person sees activity from a mobile app in ...
Inside Facebook

Sky Go - Apps on Android Market
Enjoy live TV from Sky on your selected Android smartphones* wherever you are in the UK or Ireland with a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. ... Watching Sky Go on your smartphone through a 3G connection will use data and contribute to the monthly allowance set ... Mark on February 23, 2012 (HTC Sensation 4G with version 1.1) ...

John M. Eger: The Urgency of Metropolitan Broadband Strategies
By John M. Eger
Take broadband, or high speed Internet service, for example. It's as important as waterways, railways and highways were in an earlier era. Unfortunately, this belief is not widely held. From a policy standpoint, clearly, at the federal, state and ...
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