Posts Tagged ‘data’

3G Skype to Hit iPhone

February 4, 2010

It seems that Skype will soon be offering its iPhone users the ability to call one another using the service across 3G data connections.

At the moment, there is already a Skype app available for the iPhone through Apple’s App Store, but it only allows for calls being made over Wi-Fi connections, which, as well you might imagine, somewhat neuters the device when it comes to practical day-to-day use. Now though, it seems that the folks at Skype will be sorting out any lingering issues and offering a version that should allow a little more mobility.

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Hackers Target US Oil Giants

January 27, 2010

One hacking incident that’s ruffling quite a few feathers across the Atlantic today is the case of three US oil companies being targeted in a co-ordinated operation. These hacks – which could be a good storyline to note for writers of any upcoming ‘reimagining’ of Dallas – sought valuable information about new discoveries of oil deposits and other data, according to a new report in the Christian Science Monitor.

Information worth millions of dollars may have been at risk thanks to reported hacks on ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil.

Elsewhere, Wired noted this morning, “The attacks predated by two years recent intrusions into Google and other companies but shared some similarities to those attacks. Highly targeted malicious e-mails were sent to employees and customized spyware attempted to grab specific data. The hackers sought ‘bid data’ which details the location of oil deposits around the world as well as their size and value.”

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Google’s Nexus One Attracts Complaints

January 12, 2010

Google’s smartphone, Android-based Nexus One, has come under heavy fire from users with complaints and questions about the hardware, many of whom don’t know who to turn to.

While the Nexus One might carry a Google OS in the form of Android, and boast Google branding with admirable tie-in through Google’s own sites, the fact is that the device itself was built by HTC. With two companies involved so closely before you begin to talk about the various cellular carriers involved, it’s easy to see why things have been getting a little confusing.

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Nexus One to Debut on Tuesday?

December 30, 2009

Google has been characteristically tight-lipped about just when we can expect to see the Android phone that it’s collaborated with HTC on, the Nexus One. Signs point to Google showing off the device this coming Tuesday.

Google might well be tight-lipped, but just about everyone involved has pointed to Tuesday the fifth of January as the date when we’ll get to know the scarily-named Nexus One in some more detail. According to the Register, those members of the tech press who meet Google’s standards received invitations to an event on Tuesday, and while there’s nothing in there specifically about the Nexus One, there’s enough about Android to make it seem likely.

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iPhone Users Arrange Aggressive Flashmob

December 16, 2009

iPhone users in the US are being called to arms against the tyranny they feel AT&T’s data planning amounts to, arranging a digital “flashmob” to bring the network’s data services to its knees in an attempt to show the carrier their ire.

The whole event has been arranged via the Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, and named fairly appropriately, “Operation Chokehold.” It follows a series of running complaints in the US from smartphone users on AT&T who have found the network to be incapable of delivering a widespread data access at acceptable speeds. The post on SDSJ effectively sums the whole issue up when it says,

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Geologists Use Twitter to Study Quakes

December 15, 2009

The US Geological Survey has announced that it’s using Twitter to measure the human response to earthquakes in real time, and in turn to deduce the force of a quake in different areas at different times.

The BBC is reporting that the US Geological Survey is sorting through the increased volume of data that hits Twitter from effected areas during earthquakes. While it could lead to some very interesting results, it seems as though the USGS is fairly quick to emphasise the fact that it’s all experimental for now, the data won’t be boiled down into hard facts for now.

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Sony Debuts Short Range Wireless

November 30, 2009

Sony is showing off some new short range wireless technology it calls TransferJet, which supports reasonably high-speed, short range wireless data transfer, ideal for portable devices.

According to Engadget, the whole idea with TransferJet seems to be that it offers an alternative to USB-style connections for data transfer to mobile devices. It might seem relatively simple, but with a theoretical maximum speed of 560Mbps at a range of 3cm there’s no real reason to need something like USB for mobile devices once hardware like TransferJet achieves some solid penetration.

Of course, it’s excellent to see that there’s also some fairly widespread support for Sony’s new attempt to make short-range wireless technology widespread. Brands that we’re interested to see supporting TransferJet include Canon, Nikon, Samsung, Casio, Kodak and Olympus. Admittedly, they’re mostly camera manufacturers for now, but the fact that there are some phone companies in there is fairly interesting.

If only for simple things like transferring contact information and photos, it’s certainly an interesting concept, and in tandem with things like induction-based wireless charging for mobile devices it certainly does make for a very interesting bit of near-future wireless charging and fast data-transfer when it comes to mobile devices.

For now we’re left a little wanting when it comes to details of devices we can expect to see it in, but if you’re at all interested to see what Sony expects to see its short range wireless used for then you’d do well to check out the video over at Engadget, where it shows some genuinely impressive and very simple shots of the devices at work.

Google News Goes Mobile

November 20, 2009

Google’s news aggregator, the appropriately named Google News, is going mobile, with the latest iteration of the service will hit different devices in custom formats, specifically to get the most from the hardware.

Word of the new update comes from the Google Mobile Blog, which is fairly quick to point out that there are already some offerings of Google News with specific hardware in mind, including Blackberries, Windows Mobile devices and S60. Now though, Google has rounded out that line-up a little with new versions of Google News available for the iPhone, Android devices and Palm’s Pre smartphone.

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Spain to Make Broadband Access Legal Right

November 19, 2009

Spain has followed Finland’s lead in announcing that it is to make a 1Mbps broadband a “universal service” provided to all of its citizens at a reasonable price.

Not strictly relevant, but what an image...

According to the folks over at ArsTechnica, a “universal service” is a fairly common concept, designed to ensure that companies like, in this case, telecom networks are monetarily encouraged to see services extended to places where it might not necessarily make a decent return on investment in the name of providing a reasonable level of service to everyone. Naturally, making broadband a universal service will have some fairly hefty costs involved, and we’ll be curious to see how Spain manages it.

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