Posts Tagged ‘ Mobile ’

Samsung’s Windows Phone 7 Packs Intuitive, Visual Punch

Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s complete do-over of its mobile operating system, is off to a promising start with the Samsung Focus. Despite a few imperfections with usability and web browsing, the big M has polished a gem with this OS, and it truly shines through this iPhone lookalike’s beautiful display.

The Focus feels slick and smooth the first time you pick it up. It’s a teensy bit longer, wider and thicker than the iPhone 4 (4.84 x 2.56 x 0.39 inches compared with the iPhone 4’s 4.5 x 2.31 x 0.37 inches). And the Focus is lighter at 4.07 ounces, versus the iPhone 4’s 4.8 ounces. Holding it in your hand, you can tell the Samsung phone’s plastic parts are a bit cheaper than Apple’s luxury glass-and-metal components.

That’s not to say the Focus isn’t a sweet device, though: The vivid Super AMOLED display makes Windows Phone 7’s colorful tile-based interface a visual treat. Selecting a tile brings you into a “hub” containing integrated experiences for different features. For example, the Marketplace hub displays the four different software stores where you can purchase media: third-party apps, games, music and Samsung Zone, a separate app store serving software made by Samsung. Continue reading

T-Mobile G2 still locked, but overclocking makes it a monster

G2 overclocked

The T-Mobile G2 just got even even better, as the release of the kernel source brings an overclock and giant speed boost to the already fast-as-all-get-out G2 (see our review with stock benchmarks here).  Yes it’s still locked, but smart folks always end up doing smart things and coolbho3k (the man behind setCPU, and overclocking genius) has worked out a method, and may even be releasing it tonight.  Hit the break for some benchmark scores, everyone loves benchmarks! [@coolbho3k]

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Symantec pushes mobile security onto Android and iOS

Symantec is extending its support of smartphone platforms in a bid to make its security and management technology as ubiquitous in the mobile world as it is on the desktop.

The security giant announced added support for Android and Apple iOS platforms to its mobile security and management portfolio during the opening of its Symantec Vision conference in Barcelona today. This is in addition to existing support for Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry smartphones

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‘Man In The Mobile’ Attacks Highlight Weaknesses In Out-Of-Band Authentication

New exploits circumvent efforts by banks, other businesses to verify users’ identities via SMS text

Recent attacks that use the increasingly popular Zeus Trojan are demonstrating that widely used methods of out-of-band authentication might be flawed, experts say.

New attack techniques dubbed “Man in the Mobile” (MitMo) are allowing black hats to leverage malware placed on mobile devices to get around password verification systems that send codes via SMS text messages to users’ phones for confirmation of identity.

“In a transaction verification system, the customer receives a text message with the transaction details and a code to enter back into the website — only if the transaction details match the real transaction,” explains Mickey Boodaei, CEO of Trusteer. “Transaction verification was considered a good solution to protect against [MitMo] attacks, where malware attempts to submit a transaction on behalf of the victim. Continue reading