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The Telecom Digest for March 2, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 37 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Apple's Serious Security Issue: Update Your iPhone or iPad Immediately (Monty Solomon)
Phone, Meet Tablet. That's Phabulous. (Monty Solomon)
Re: Introducing 844 Toll Free Numbers (tlvp)
T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:28:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Apple's Serious Security Issue: Update Your iPhone or iPad Immediately Message-ID: <p06240806cf372d1f61d8@[]> Apple's Serious Security Issue: Update Your iPhone or iPad Immediately By MOLLY WOOD FEBRUARY 24, 2014 This week, Apple rushed out a patch for its iOS 7 and iOS 6 operating systems to fix a serious security issue. Before I explain further, let me just say this: If you've gotten the prompt to update and you haven't, do it now. If you're still running older versions of iOS on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, update now. Done? O.K., good. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/24/apples-serious-security-issue-update-your-iphone-or-ipad-immediately/ Apple Issues Fix for Security Problem on Macs By MOLLY WOOD FEBRUARY 25, 2014 Apple has finally issued a security update to its OS X Mavericks software for Macintosh computers, patching a bug that could have let hackers eavesdrop on supposedly encrypted connections and steal everything from usernames and passwords to location data. Version 10.9.2 comes four days after Apple patched iOS, its mobile operating system, to close the same hole. The OS X update addresses several security issues, including the so-called "goto fail" code bug, which Apple said could allow an attacker to capture or modify data in sessions users believe are protected by the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transportation Layer Security (TLS) encryption methods. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/apple-issues-fix-for-security-problem-on-macs/
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:28:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Phone, Meet Tablet. That's Phabulous. Message-ID: <p06240805cf372bdc1624@[]> Phone, Meet Tablet. That's Phabulous. Molly Wood FEB. 26, 2014 The tablet and the phone are fast becoming the same device, and I for one can't wait. Bigger phones have been a big trend over the last couple of years, and despite a somewhat mocking moniker, the "phablet" (phone plus tablet) is here to stay. I predict that within a few years, seven- and eight-inch tablets, like the iPad mini, will begin to disappear, replaced by phones that are nearly equal in size. Tablets were a revolution in consumer electronics, mainly because they made us realize how much more we could do with our portable touch screens. The first tablets, like the original iPad and the Google Nexus 10, were 10 inches, great for watching movies and TV shows. But despite rocketing sales growth at first, most people found that a laptop with a keyboard is still better for getting work done. And at 1.5 to 2 pounds, those early tablets were slightly big and heavy to hold for reading, or to carry around day to day. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/technology/personaltech/ignore-the-looks-and-embrace-the-phablet.html The Rise of the Phablet http://www.nytimes.com/video/technology/personaltech/100000002736020/the-rise-of-the-phablet.html
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 00:49:31 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Introducing 844 Toll Free Numbers Message-ID: <ym2drxfkzaeq.1wvut5fxjp7af.dlg@40tude.net> On Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:54:54 -0500, danny burstein asked: > why there's still such a huge demand for "tollfree" numbers. More > and more people, and pretty much all businesses by now, have calling > plans that are no longer distance sensitive. And those who, like me, have per-minute cell phone plans, pay the same dime a minute to dial a toll-free number as to dial any other domestic number -- so I'd use a flat-rate land line, rather than a cell phone. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 01:28:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear Message-ID: <p06240807cf372de38fc0@[]> T-Mobile Turns an Industry on Its Ear Farhad Manjoo FEB. 26, 2014 A rash of consumer-friendliness has broken out across the mobile data industry. Over the last year, the four major carriers - AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile - have cut prices and offered greater flexibility in how they sell their voice, text and broadband services. The industry could be on the verge of an all-out price war. Who is responsible for this blessed state of affairs? Credit must go to the United States government. In 2011, officials at the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department moved to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. That kept the struggling, fourth-place carrier alive as an independent firm. And it led John J. Legere, T-Mobile's flamboyant, foul-mouthed chief executive, to brand his company the "uncarrier," and inaugurate a string of measures that have turned every accepted practice in the mobile business on its head. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/technology/personaltech/t-mobile-turns-an-industry-on-its-ear-in-a-fight-for-its-life.html
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