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The Telecom Digest for June 30, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 176 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
  The Mystery of the iPhone Death Grip                           (Monty Solomon)
  Google: Exercising Our Remote Application Removal Feature 	 (Monty Solomon)
  Android App Aims to Allow Wiretap-Proof Cell Phone Calls  	(danny burstein)
  iPhone 4 Review: 2 - the Phone & FaceTime                 	 (Monty Solomon)
  Ars reviews iOS 4: what's new, notable, and what needs work    (Monty Solomon)
  iPhone 4: the Ars Technica review                              (Monty Solomon)
  MGH launches ER finder for iPhone                          	 (Monty Solomon)
  Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray                  	 (Monty Solomon)
  How to opt out of interest-based ads from the iAd network  	 (Monty Solomon)
  Mobile                                                                (Steven)

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Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:13:49 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The Mystery of the iPhone Death Grip Message-ID: <p0624081cc84f15005bed@[]> The Mystery of the iPhone Death Grip David Pogue June 25, 2010 The hot tech news on Friday is the exploding scandal that has been dubbed the "iPhone Death Grip." Like everything else related to the iPhone, it has turned into an overhyped emotional stew. Some people are reporting, and even posting videos showing, that when you wrap your hand around the iPhone 4, the cellular Internet strength visibly drops. You can actually see the bars disappearing. A cellphone that loses its signal when you pick it up? Well, that could be considered a drawback. I must say, I was mystified at first. I have never seen it on the iPhone unit I have been reviewing. I cannot even reproduce it, no matter how hard I try. I'm sitting here right now. I'm wrapping my hand every which way - I'm even holding it with two fists, completely concealing the silver band around the edges - and my four-bar signal strength doesn't waver. ... http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/06/25/the-mystery-of-the-iphone-death-grip/
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:54:48 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Google: Exercising Our Remote Application Removal Feature Message-ID: <p06240818c84f10bb5beb@[]> Exercising Our Remote Application Removal Feature Posted by Tim Bray on 23 June 2010 at 10:35 PM [This post is by Rich Cannings, Android Security Lead. - Tim Bray] Every now and then, we remove applications from Android Market due to violations of our Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement or Content Policy. In cases where users may have installed a malicious application that poses a threat, we've also developed technologies and processes to remotely remove an installed application from devices. If an application is removed in this way, users will receive a notification on their phone. Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data - or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them. After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided, per the Android Market Terms of Service, to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup. ... http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/06/exercising-our-remote-application.html
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:58:20 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Android App Aims to Allow Wiretap-Proof Cell Phone Calls Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1006282245520.12716@panix5.panix.com> [Forbes] Android App Aims to Allow Wiretap-Proof Cell Phone Calls May 25, 2010 - 5:15 pm Andy Greenberg is a technology writer for Forbes. Worried about the NSA, the FBI, criminals or cyberspies electronically eavedropping on your private phone calls? There may be an untappable app for that. On Tuesday, an independent hacker and security researcher who goes by thehandle Moxie Marlinspike and his Pittsburgh-based startup Whisper Systems launched free public betas for two new privacy-focused programs on Google's Android mobile platform: RedPhone, a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) program that encrypts phone calls, and TextSecure, an app for sending and receiving encrypted text messages and scrambling the messages stored in their inbox. ..... RedPhone uses ZRTP, an open source Internet voice cryptography scheme created by Phil Zimmermann, inventor of the widely-used Pretty Good Privacy or PGP encryption. --------- rest: http://blogs.forbes.com/firewall/2010/05/25/android-app-aims-to-allow-wiretap-proof-cell-phone-calls/
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:16:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: iPhone 4 Review: 2 - the Phone & FaceTime Message-ID: <p0624081dc84f1579785c@[]> Monday, June 28, 2010 iPhone 4 Review: 2 - the Phone & FaceTime By Daniel Eran Dilger Published: 02:40 PM EST Apple's fourth generation iPhone is still exclusively tied to AT&T in the US, but now packs new 3.5G network support, enabling dramatically faster uploads, and FaceTime, a new video calling feature that isn't dependent upon the carrier's network quality or seamless coverage to work. The phone in iPhone 4 Standing in line for hours (five and a half to be exact; I did not expect to wait more than a half hour when I arrived), I was struck by how many people were willing to spend so much of their day waiting for the new iPhone. No other class of product commands such attention, and it hit me why in line: there is nothing else we interact with on such a personal and continuous basis all day long as our smartphones. Apple very clearly encourages launch day lines for marketing purposes, but it couldn't maintain such theatrics year after year if its iPhones weren't living up to the hype. Interviews suggest more than 70% of those waiting in launch day lines were existing iPhone users. Of course, the primary reason we started carrying mobile phones was to be able to make calls and be contacted. Ironically, the most famous smartphone is also one of the worst performing phones, at least in the US. AT&T's network, which greeted the original iPhone as a brand new amalgamation of GSM providers in the US, started out well behind Verizon's CDMA network in terms of 3G buildout. It is now struggling to keep up with the massive demand of what is collectively the world's most mobile-greedy device. That adds up to a perfect storm of terrible waiting to greet Apple's latest and greatest phone. Steve Jobs said on stage at WWDC that AT&T is handling more mobile data than all the other US carriers put together. At the same time, AT&T is also delivering the fastest national network, and the only one compatible with the GSM/UMTS mobile technology used by most foreign networks internationally (making roaming possible, albeit expensive, for users, while also facilitating the manufacture of one iPhone model for Apple). There's still major problems in some service areas though, and AT&T's efforts to upgrade its network can't seem to come fast enough. ... http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/06/28/iphone_4_review_2_the_phonefacetime.html
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:16:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Ars reviews iOS 4: what's new, notable, and what needs work Message-ID: <p0624081fc84f1579786c@[]> Ars reviews iOS 4: what's new, notable, and what needs work By Jacqui Cheng iOS 4, previously known as iPhone OS 4, is a major update to Apple's mobile OS which brings a handful of significant changes-namely Apple's implementation of "multitasking" plus the opening up of thousands of APIs to third-party developers-while the rest of the improvements are basically tweaks to existing functionality. We'll say up front that we like the update. For iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G users (as well as second- and third-generation iPod touch users), iOS 4 will add useful functionality that will make your device more useable than ever. There are, however, some obvious downsides, and we'll address those in this review. Because iOS 4 is launching ahead of the new iPhone 4 (and it runs on more devices than just the new iPhone), we're reviewing it separately from the phone itself. There is some functionality that is specific to the iPhone 4, which we'll address in that review when it comes out. For the purposes of this review, though, we used iOS 4 on an iPhone 3GS-the most current iPhone available ahead of the iPhone 4 launch. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2010/06/ars-reviews-ios-4-whats-new-and-notable.ars
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:16:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: iPhone 4: the Ars Technica review Message-ID: <p06240820c84f15797875@[]> iPhone 4: the Ars Technica review By Jacqui Cheng The iPhone 4 is Apple's "biggest leap since the original iPhone," at least according to Steven P. Jobs speaking at the WWDC 2010 keynote. Indeed, in the three years since Apple first introduced the iPhone, the device has come quite far. At the same time, the basic concepts behind the iPhone have remained very consistent over the years. Despite regular modifications to the OS and yearly hardware upgrades, the iPhone 4 is very much a more modern, more capable version of that original device that made such a splash in the industry back in 2007. We're not living with our heads in the sand: if you have come to hate the iPhone, walled gardens for developers, and everything Apple stands for, you will likely hate the iPhone 4, and there's nothing anyone can say to change your mind. Luckily for you, Apple is no longer competing against the saddest of the sad: there are now plenty of solid phones from other manufacturers that have multitouch screens, app stores of their own, great cameras, and much more extensible OSs. If you are curious about Apple's latest offering, however, read on. The iPhone 4 is not without its flaws-some of them more serious than others-but the device remains a really cool evolution in Apple's lineup. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/reviews/2010/06/iphone-4.ars
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:28:12 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: MGH launches ER finder for iPhone Message-ID: <p06240824c84f185b2551@[]> MGH launches ER finder for iPhone Posted by Elizabeth Cooney June 28, 2010 04:43 PM Here's an iPhone app you hope you never need. Researchers from the Emergency Medicine Network at Massachusetts General Hospital today launched a free application for the iPhone that will tell you where the nearest hospital emergency rooms are in the United States, along with directions and other information designed to help people away from home. ... http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2010/06/mgh_launches_er.html
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:41:36 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray Message-ID: <p0624082bc84f1b14c8e1@[]> Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray By JAN HOFFMAN June 27, 2010 The girl's parents, wild with outrage and fear, showed the principal the text messages: a dozen shocking, sexually explicit threats, sent to their daughter the previous Saturday night from the cellphone of a 12-year-old boy. Both children were sixth graders at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J. Punish him, insisted the parents. "I said, 'This occurred out of school, on a weekend,' " recalled the principal, Tony Orsini. "We can't discipline him." Had they contacted the boy's family, he asked. Too awkward, they replied. The fathers coach sports together. What about the police, Mr. Orsini asked. A criminal investigation would be protracted, the parents had decided, its outcome uncertain. They wanted immediate action. They pleaded: "Help us." Schools these days are confronted with complex questions on whether and how to deal with cyberbullying, an imprecise label for online activities ranging from barrages of teasing texts to sexually harassing group sites. The extent of the phenomenon is hard to quantify. But one 2010 study by the Cyberbullying Research Center, an organization founded by two criminologists who defined bullying as "willful and repeated harm" inflicted through phones and computers, said one in five middle-school students had been affected. Affronted by cyberspace's escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge. But many educators feel unprepared or unwilling to be prosecutors and judges. Often, school district discipline codes say little about educators' authority over student cellphones, home computers and off-campus speech. Reluctant to assert an authority they are not sure they have, educators can appear indifferent to parents frantic with worry, alarmed by recent adolescent suicides linked to bullying. Whether resolving such conflicts should be the responsibility of the family, the police or the schools remains an open question, evolving along with definitions of cyberbullying itself. Nonetheless, administrators who decide they should help their cornered students often face daunting pragmatic and legal constraints. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/style/28bully.html
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 00:01:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How to opt out of interest-based ads from the iAd network Message-ID: <p06240836c84f2031fba2@[]> http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4228 How to opt out of interest-based ads from the iAd network Last Modified: June 21, 2010 Article: HT4228 Summary This article provides instructions on how to opt out of receiving interest-based ads from the iAd mobile advertising network. Products Affected iTunes Store, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (2nd generation) Apple and its partners use cookies and other technologies in mobile advertising services to control the number of times you see a given ad, deliver ads that relate to your interests, and measure the effectiveness of ad campaigns. If you do not want to receive ads with this level of relevance on your mobile device, you can opt out by accessing the following link on your iOS 4 mobile device: http://oo.apple.com. The message "You have successfully opted out" will appear and you will be automatically opted out of interest-based ads. Make sure you are using a mobile device running iOS 4 or later. If you receive an "Opt out not successful" message, please wait a few hours and try again. A few things you should know: * You may still see the same number of ads as before, but they may be less relevant because they will not be based on your interests. * You may still see ads related to the content in an application or based on other non-personal information. * If you use more than one Apple mobile device running iOS 4, you will have to opt out from each device individually. * Opting out applies only to Apple advertising services and does not affect interest-based advertising from other advertising networks.
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:20:41 -0700 From: Steven <diespammers@killspammers.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Mobile Message-ID: <i0e65c$ot5$1@news.eternal-september.org> A friend of mine bought a couple of DVDs, of a limited BBC series about the corrupt world of the mobile phone industry. A bit off subject, but it is a very interesting conspiracy movie. It is called "Mobile". Four episodes of this British conspiracy thriller -- based in the corrupt world of the mobile phone industry and in which each installment tells an interconnecting story from three different points of view -- are included in this program. The characters include a phone engineer with brain cancer, a former soldier who loses his family in a car accident involving a mobile phone and a telecom tycoon who mourns his daughter's suicide. You can get the movie from Shop BBC America or Acorn Media: the one I saw came from Netflix. I'm really into British mystery, and one of the main characters was played by Michael Kitchen, from "Foyle's War". ***** Moderator's Note ***** Steven is recommending a work of fiction. Bill Horne Moderator
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