Tech News Today 225
Recorded: April 20, 2011
Published: April 20, 2011
Tech News Today 225: Don't Get A Bug On VD Day
How safe are your dropbox files from prying eyes?, The iPhone is tracking you, NYTimes makes money off Twitter, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Scott Johnson ( )
- Got an iPhone or 3G iPad? Apple is recording your moves
- Engagdet reports this has been known by forensics experts for some time
- How Apple tracks your location without consent, and why it matters
- Michigan Police Could Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
- UK Researches Alasdair Allan and Pete Warren found a hidden file from iOS devices that have cell access.
- All iPhones appear to log your location to a file called ""consolidated.db."" This contains latitude-longitude coordinates along with a timestamp.
- File is unencrypted and backed up with every sync, makes it very accessible
- Warren released Mac app ""iPhone Tracker"" so you can see your data on a map.
- Apple ToS seems to cover this data collection
- Michigan StatePolice using Cellebrite UFED portable forensic system - grabs data from iOS and Android devices (and others).
- Gets email, bookmarks, web history, SIM data, cookies, MMS, IMs, etc.
- Used in routine traffic stops
- ACLU fighting this - argues 4th Amendment Search and Seizure - filed complaint about use of forensic analyzer
- Application of 4th Amendment to cell phones murky - "
- "This file is only readable by root. That means that a rogue App Store app won't be able to read it. Even a bad guy who hacks into your browser won't be able to read it," Miller told Ars. However, remote hackers can make use of two separate exploits—a code execution exploit and a privilege escalation exploit—which Miller points out have been available before in the form of jailbreakme.com (a tool that allowed users to jailbreak their devices through a Web page on the Internet).
- Security expert and repeat Pwn2Own champion Charlie Miller was slightly less pessimistic about who can access the file, but agreed that it wouldn't be trivial for an experienced iPhone tinkerer.
- Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books
- Borrow kindle books from 11k libraries in US
- Works on any Kindle device or app
- Amazon partnered with Overdrive like Sony (OverDrive specializes in lending eBooks & audiobooks)
- users can mark up book, data is yours (not shared). Check out book or buy it, notes come back if you check out again or buy the book.
- Lending time by library will vary. 1-2 weeks
- Wireless, data gains lift AT&T profit 39%
- Sharing the iPhone With Verizon Doesn’t Kill AT&T
- AT&T takes Verizon's best punch well; adds postpaid subs, activates 3.6 million iPhones
- AT&T T +0.10% shares were off by 18 cents at $30.13 -- Verizon’s shares rose 55 cents, , to $37.79
- Q1 2011 profit 39% Increase
- Added 2M wireless subscribers (compare to 1.9 Q1 2010)
- Churn rate 1.36% (compare to 1.3% Q1 2010)
- Vz iPhone, announced in Jan. Released in Feb, and AT&T still strong
- AT&T's note around 40 percent of its smartphone sales come from Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 devices, leaving the iPhone to account for the remaining 60-ish percent.
- News.me, the iPad News Aggregator Blessed by Big Publishers, Gets Ready to Launch
- More on News.me
- Another Big Media Aggregator: Washington Post Unveils “Trove”
- Confirmed: The PSP Go is no more
- Sony rolling out PlayStation Home 1.5 update with real-time multiplayer support
- Dropbox Will Hand Over Your Files to the Feds If Asked
- On website: "Dropbox employees aren't able to access user files, and when troubleshooting an account they only have access to file metadata (filenames, file sizes, etc., not the file contents)."
- Arash Ferdowsi, CTO of Dropbox: "Every Dropbox employee understands that the most important value of the company is maintaining users’ trust. Employees are prohibited by company policy from accessing users’ files and there are technical access controls to prohibit unauthorized access by employees. As with almost every other online company, there are a limited number of employees who may access user data when legally required to do so, and to help troubleshoot users’ accounts with their consent."
- Quarterly earnings report time: Apple beat analysts expectations making $6.40/share. Expectation was $5.36. Apple had an 83% jump in revenue (compared to Q1 of 2010), sold 18.7M iPhones and 4.69M iPads. 113% rise in iPhone sales.
- iPod touch is one-third of iPod, iOS sales to date
- Apple chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer: “We sold every iPad 2 that we could make.”
- Reuters is the latest to weigh in on the iPhone 5 speculation. According to their people familiar with the matter, iPhone 5 production begins in July and ships in September. Our analysts here at TNT speculate iPhone release date rumours will continue to rise until June.
- Several online poker sites were shut down last week thanks to the FBI and New York, which meant getting money out of the sites' accounts became difficult. An agreement was reached between authorities, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker that will allow US players to get their money back if the sites play by a few rules like not allowing US-based IP addresses to use their sites.
- Last week, a vulnerability in Skype for Android could allow sensitive data to be scraped by malicious apps. Today, Skype has fixed the bug and has added in one more thing. Skype users will be able to use 3G to make calls with the new version of the app. The updated Skype app is available today.
- Facebook, HP, the OpenStack project and 74 other new organizations have joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), a consortium of organizations intent on protecting Linux and related open-source software from legal attack. The OIN was founded in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Phillips, Red Hat, and Sony. The idea is to allow its members to continue to "innovate" atop Linux without worrying about the threat of patent-related lawsuits.
- Paul Otellini says Intel is building a version of Honeycomb for its processors. This isn't just something Intel is reverse engineering - Google gave it the Honeycomb source code. Intel's been gunning for a presence in the mobile space that has been dominated by ARM-based processors. Having a version of Android that runs on Intel might be what they are looking for.
- Google appears to have maps on the brain. The company introduced Google Earth Builder which is a a new service aimed at the enterprise and will let users build map layers on existing Google Maps. Storage and backup is all on Google's servers and data will be private, yet shareable. There's no pricing data for this service
- It's V.D. day for TiVo! Victory over Dish! TiVo won its DVR patent battle with Echostar and Dish. If you owned TiVo stock, you'd have seen the price jump as much as 40%. The stock closed with nearly a 30% gain.
- A Facebook glitch yesterday led to some Facebook users getting inundated with emails telling them about every change to their Facebook pages even if their settings said otherwise. Facebook fixed the bug this morning.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Happy Birthday George Hosato Ta-KAY Altman born April 20, 1937
- Obama and Zuckerberg town hall 1:45 PM PDT
- Saturday - Doctor Who season premiere in the UK and the US
- Motorola delays 4G Droid Bionic for Verizon until summer
- ThinkGeek is taking pre-orders for the iCade. It should ship around May 20
"Hey tnt crew! I think one of the reasons google isn't using open street maps may be because bing is already using it, and they don't want to be seen as copying them,i guess.. Here is the bing blog entry from last august http://www.bing.com/community/site_blogs/b/maps/archive/2010/08/02/bing-maps-adds-open-street-maps-layer.aspx Then in. november bing announced they could use bing's map data http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap Love the show Stephen Charlotte, nc"
"Yesterday when you were discussing Google Map Maker, Becky asked if there was an OpenStreetMap application on your phone. As a matter of fact, there are several map applications which use OpenStreetMap data on Android. From OsmAnd to AndNav, Skobbler, Locus Free & Locus Pro, and even the Mapquest app. offers an option to use OSM. Searching for OSM in the Android Market yields quite a few apps which use OpenStreetMap. Just thought that this would help answer Becky's question.
Also, MapQuest has http://open.mapquest.co.uk/, which uses openstreetmap data.
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