The CEO of electronics giant Motorola recently announced news that is sure to send shivers amongst its competitors. Sanjay Jha, in a presentation made at Chicago, said that a 2GHz Android powered smartphone is in the works and should hit the markets before the year ends.
What made the announcement newsworthy is that current line of smartphones have specs that run at 1 GHz only, and this is true of products of other current market leaders which include the HTC’s EVO 4G and Apple’s iPhone 4. What Motorola anticipates is that with the increased power, not only those casual smartphone users will find the increased capabilities appealing but the businesses will as well, where there is a legitimate need for such power.
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Cell Phone: Your Location Tracker
Anywhere you go the cell phone that you carry would facilitate in knowing where you are this is done through the call phone towers that permits your service provider to triangulate the position in which you are within a distance of few steps of your position.
The government can approach the wireless service provider and use the data to known wherever you, if you are carrying a cell phone, says Jennifer Granick of Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The cellular phone tracking can also save life, cellular phone tracking facilitate in positioning abducted people and stranded victims in wilderness. But the law enforcement has used the facility of tracking people without any suitable reason. For example, New Jersey got hold of phone subscribers’ information or data more than 79 times between in the year 2002 and 2008 with no warrant.
Giving such powers to law enforcement unlocks various chances for the information gathering on the people who are not necessarily people of any interest in any investigation, says M. Granick.
Another instance is that police would be able to find out names of everybody where was near the political protest location just because the police were examining an important person or something which happened there, as she says.
The Solution: If someone’s phone has got GPS chip and if you do want to be followed then you need to turn off the cell phone. Even in such instances, the carrier might be able to ring the phone to find out the nearest cell towers. Switching off your cell phone completely is the most excellent bet for dipping off grid, if only for the moment. The next time when you use your cell phone, you are likely to be back on the service providers’ grid.
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The darling of the press that was the Google Nexus One smart phone suddenly became the goat when cold reality stepped in. Touted as the next big thing in mobility following the iPhone, the Android powered phone got cold disdain from the general public when they realized what they were not getting – namely genuine customer support, working 3G connectivity, reasonable termination fees, and for the developers, a promising operating system that is open to outside programmers for them to develop third party apps.
It was a different press that was all agog about the Nexus One one to two weeks ago. Because much of the phone was developed behind closed doors, a lot of the talk was a mix of fact and fiction. When the phone finally came out of the woods, all expectations came crashing down when Nexus One, as it turned out, was basically just a minor update to existing Android powered mobile devices. Google got a lot of hype when it was learned that everyone can buy the phone over the web, but that too came crashing down when it turned out that a contract between the user and the service provider, which is T-Mobile, had to be ironed out. In retrospect, selling the device over the web wasn’t so hot after all, everyone is doing it already.
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Beware smartphone users! Cyber hackers are now back to business, targeting your mobile phones.
Not so long before, dial-up web users experienced a hoax called Trojan dialers. The phone modems of the unwary victims were hacked resulting to whooping telephone bills.
The dial-up web hacking was stopped when broadband internet access was introduced. Although just recently, security experts found out that smartphone users are victimized using the same method.
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The Arm processor is usually mentioned in one breath along with PDAs and smartphones. The first recognizable product which used an Arm processor was the Apple Newton PDA. Arm microprocessors power more than 90 percent of all smartphones that are made and they are used in more than 98 percent of all devices that have some form of embedded microprocessor controller. Arm chips are the most widely used microprocessors manufactured today. They are found in all types of devices ranging from iPods,to digital cameras, music players and other forms of consumer electroncs. Major electronic manufacturers use Arm and they include power brands such as Alcatel, Digital Equipment Corporation, Intel, LG, Samsung, Sharp and Yamaha.
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