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The Telecom Digest for October 3, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 230 : "text" Format
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Wi-Fi, Once a Nicety, Is Now a Need for Some Air Passengers (Monty Solomon)
New software uses smartphone camera for spying (Monty Solomon)
I'm back (Bill Horne)

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Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:29:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Wi-Fi, Once a Nicety, Is Now a Need for Some Air Passengers Message-ID: <p06240836cc8f9131ccac@[]> Wi-Fi, Once a Nicety, Is Now a Need for Some Air Passengers By HARRIET EDLESON October 1, 2012 Tony Drockton, who owns a luxury handbag company in Southern California, used to take the overnight flight to New York, rather than waste business hours out of touch. But now, his flight time is his work time as airlines increasingly offer Wi-Fi connections on their planes. "I need to stay connected so people don't realize where I am," said Mr. Drockton, who now travels with a laptop, smartphone and over-the-ears headphones. "It allows me to fly during business hours and not miss any day." As to those travelers who enjoyed a few hours of being out of touch with the office, those days may be ending. Before Wi-Fi, "you had an excuse not to be in touch if you didn't want to be," said Henry H. Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group, an airline and travel industry analyst in San Francisco. "The one last bastion of being off the grid has been taken away." And as airlines race to create connectivity on international flights through satellite Wi-Fi, the ability to stay online in the skies will only increase, experts say. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/business/wi-fi-is-increasingly-essential-for-airline-travelers.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** Having just completed a transcontinental flight, I agree that being connected while in the air can be a nice thing: it's nice to be able to check connecting flights while sitting comfortably and finishing a glass of Glenfidich. For those whose livelihoods depend on always-on connectivity, such as stockbrokers watching the market, the new WiFi capability will be a welcome feature on their flights. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:05:23 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: New software uses smartphone camera for spying Message-ID: <p0624087acc90f8ff2199@[]> New software uses smartphone camera for spying By Shaun Waterman-The Washington Times October 2, 2012 Researchers from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center have developed malicious software that can remotely seize control of the camera on an infected smartphone and employ it to spy on the phone's user. The malware, dubbed "PlaceRaider," "allows remote hackers to reconstruct rich, three-dimensional models of the smartphone owner's personal indoor spaces through completely opportunistic use of the camera," the researchers said in a study published last week. The program uses images from the camera and positional information from the smartphone's gyroscopic and other sensors to map spaces the phone's user spends a lot of time in, such as a home or office. ... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/2/new-software-uses-smartphone-camera-spying/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** Ah, but can they suggest better decor? I have a room in my home that I can't do anything with, and I'd enjoy having more eyes on the problem! Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:24:10 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: I'm back Message-ID: <k4gelb$k7v$1@dont-email.me> After a wonderful and incredible Summer in Montana, I have come home and returned to my duties as Moderator. Robert Bonomi did a great job in my absence, and I owe him my gratitude for stepping up and holding down the fort. Thanks, Robert! I'll look forward to getting reacquainted with the members and the current issues in the telecom world, and I'll try to do it quickly. Of course, I welcome your posts and feedback. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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