News has broken this weekend that the personal data, including bank account details, of some 2.4 million customers of the Carphone Warehouse may have been compromised following a breach that the mobile phone retail giant is calling "a sophisticated cyber-attack." The company also warns that encrypted credit card data of up to 90,000 customers may have been accessed during the breach. Scotland Yard and the Information Commissioner's Office have both been notified, along with a security outfit specialising in forensic examination of such attacks. However, the statement from Carphone Warehouse, released on Saturday, and revealing that the compromised personal details …

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Halifax is the town in West Yorkshire where I live, and it also happens to be the name of a well known UK Bank which started life there. Best known on the this side of the pond for TV adverts featuring a friendly chap called Howard Brown, a former customer services representative and sales ambassador for HBOS which owns the Halifax. If recent reports are correct, then before long the Halifax could also gain notoriety for replacing passwords and PIN codes with bio-metrics. Not just any old biometrics mind, none of this old-fashioned fingerprint scanning malarkey for Howard and co; …

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Is Apple really 'closing the gap' on Android as far as smartphone market share is concerned, or is there more to the battle of the mobile handsets than the latest set of headline figures suggest? [ATTACH=RIGHT]23604[/ATTACH]Certainly if you take the research, and associated press releases surrounding it, from Nielsen regarding smartphone sales then you might be forgiven for thinking that Android handsets are in danger of being overtaken by iPhones in terms of handsets in, well, hands. The [URL="http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/more-us-consumers-choosing-smartphones-as-apple-closes-the-gap-on-android/"]NeilsenWire release[/URL] in question doesn't help by loudly proclaiming "More US Consumers Choosing Smartphones as Apple Closes the Gap on Android" - …

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An increasing number of my acquaintances seem to be in the habit of buying cheap Android smartphones when in China on business and, increasingly, from online auction sites. More often than not these will be clones of flagship models but without the flagship price tag; however, cheap is not always cheerful. I've seen some of these devices with their look-alike operating systems and their flimsy construction, and given a quick once over have to say I wouldn't trust them with my calls, texts and data. That level of mistrust appears to be well founded, not least because it would seem …

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Hardly a week goes by without yet another press release hitting the desk of your technology journalist, or research flag being raised amongst the IT Security profession, that claims Android is insecure. What Android actually is, just like Windows on the desktop in fact, is a big and attractive target; which in turn makes it the focus of attention for those looking to exploit mobile device vulnerabilities. The bad guys will pour their resources, in terms of both time and money, into discovering and exploiting those vulnerabilities which will present them with the best profit making potential. That, dear reader, …

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As a platform, Android is naturally very attractive to the criminal fraternity in terms of potential profitability. After all, it has the market share and that nearly always means it has large numbers of users for whom the word security may as well be written in the Cyrillic alphabet. My analogy assumes, of course, that those are users not familiar with this particular script and I used it for good reason: new worms coming out of Russia are posing a threat to Android users. Denis Maslennikov, a security analyst with AdaptiveMobile, has discovered a previously unknown worm called [Selfmite](http://www.adaptivemobile.com/blog/selfmite-worm). This …

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Amazon has, this week, revealed the first smartphone designed by the online retail giant in the shape of the Amazon Fire. Described by the company as featuring "two new breakthrough technologies that allow you to see and interact with the world through a whole new lens" and by some others as probably "the biggest single invasion of your privacy for commercial purposes ever." The innovations that have led to these two rather different takes are Dynamic Perspective and the Firefly Button. The first, Amazons informs us, is a sensor system that will respond to the way the user holds, views …

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Android-driven devices, including smartphones and tablets manufactured by the likes of Asus, LG, Motorola and Samsung, are being sold with pre-installed malware according to claims made by the CTO and Founder of Marble Security. David Jevans made the claim following complaints from a potential client that a mobile security platform from the vendor was mistakenly identifying a Netflix app as being malware. Upon further investigation, Marble researchers discovered that the apps in question were not only malware but were actively harvesting both passwords and financial data which were being sent to a Russian server. Although malware is nothing new, and …

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A [Channel 4 News investigation](http://www.channel4.com/news/phone-mobile-data-24-hours-apps-security-secret) in the UK has revealed that in a 24 hour period just one smartphone made 350,000 requests to 315 different servers and made 30,000 requests to 76 servers when otherwise sitting totally idle for 45 minutes. Oh, and then there was the location data being sent to advertising agencies based overseas, and handset ID data heading to various apps. In fact, the investigation simply reiterated the fact that an average smartphone will send out hundreds of thousands of pieces of information every day, giving away its location and unique identity. ![8cf45ebf097b82f98333ede74e38961b](/attachments/large/0/8cf45ebf097b82f98333ede74e38961b.jpg "8cf45ebf097b82f98333ede74e38961b") Channel 4 News …

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If my iPhone 5s fingerprint data is walled off from the rest of A7 chip and the rest of iOS 7 in a 'Secure Enclave' and is never accessed by iOS or other apps, as Apple claims, then how come it all vanished when my iPhone crashed and I had to go through the entire fingerprint scan registration process again? Apple is remaining very quiet about it... As regular readers will be aware, I was quite impressed with [the new iPhone 5s](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/462936/apple-iphone-5s-the-worlds-first-64-bit-smartphone) which has [set new speed records](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/465762/dual-core-iphone-5s-beats-quad-core-droids-in-speed-test) in the smartphone sector. I was, however, less impressed with how quickly …

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Which? magazine [has revealed](http://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/phones-3/apple-iphone-5s-fastest-phone-samsung-galaxy-s4-lg-g2/) the new Apple iPhone 5s to be the fastest smartphone of all in the latest round of processor benchmarking tests, despite it having less cores that rival handsets. Not only was the 5s almost twice as fast as the iPhone 5 in testing, but also around 50% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, the iPhone 5s is the fastest smartphone Which? has ever tested. According to the Geekbench-powered lab tests that Which? applied to a range of flagship smartphones, replicating real-world tasks and producing a weighted score measured against a Mac Mini with an …

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In my [DaniWeb report](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/462936/apple-iphone-5s-the-worlds-first-64-bit-smartphone) on the launch of the new iPhone 5s from Apple, I stated that you could "forget the fingerprint scanner built into the new circular home button" but I knew all along that was never going to be the case. In context, I was focusing upon what I think is the most innovative and important feature of the new iPhone; namely the 64bit chip that powers it. Of course the fingerprint scanner is an innovation, in as far as it will now drive other manufacturers to consider implementing biometrics on devices such as smartphones and tablets as …

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Apple has, of late at least, oft been accused of following rather than leading when it comes to smartphone innovation. Perhaps the launch of the iPhone 5s with the somewhat controversial fingerprint scanner has changed that, just a little bit. HTC, the powerhouse in the Android smartphone hardware market, has announced the latest addition to the fleet: the [HTC One Max](http://www.htc.com). And guess what? Yep, it comes complete with a fingerprint scanner built in. ![c2321737888a0c64a7e0ab719881847e](/attachments/small/0/c2321737888a0c64a7e0ab719881847e.jpg "align-right") OK, the similarities to the iPhone 5s pretty much start and end there. Not least you only have to take a look at the …

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A survey of more than 700 tablet owners in US, UK and Australia has revealed some interesting insights into how people use their devices. The $195 Gartner 'Consumers Buy Media Tablets Based on Lower Prices and Better Quality, not Brand' report (gotta love that snappy title, huh?) unsurprisingly shows that tablets are being bought for different reasons than they were two years ago. Unsurprising, to me at least, as I would imagine it's pretty obvious that the market has grown so big during this period and the 'late adopters' for want of a better description are likely to have different …

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Are smartphones becoming thought of as disposable items these days? Research from one UK-based online auction site, BidGrid, would seem to suggest that Brits at least regard their gadgets, including mobile phones, as such. Indeed, BidGrid goes as far as to state that the UK is a throwaway nation with the average lifespan of consumer electronics tumbling as users rush to replace them with newer models. Mobile phones are the gadget most likely to be unceremoniously dumped before their real end-of-life, with customers on rolling phone contracts upgrading regularly in order to keep up with emerging tech and wow factor …

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In a story this week by [URL="http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,655422,00.html"]German news magazine Der Spiegel[/URL], I was surprised to learn that German book publishers are actively avoiding the eBook market, fearing it will eat into their print publishing business, instead of seeing it as an obvious new market for consumers to read their books. [B]eBook Market Slow to Grow in Germany[/B] For now, the eBook market in Germany is lagging far behind the US and other countries where eBook readers are being sold. In fact, according to numbers cited in the article, 10,000 readers have been sold in Germany. Recent projections have the Kindle …

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So here it is, or will be by the end of the month, the world's first smartphone to use a 64-bit chip. Immediately I would suggest that you can forget about most of what was announced yesterday: ![dd1371f031db48fc9bf7389ae52caab5](/attachments/small/0/dd1371f031db48fc9bf7389ae52caab5.jpg "align-right") Forget the new colours that everyone is drooling over (gold? really? - grey? really?) which really are just window dressing. Forget the uprated camera which is now an 8-megapixel beast with dual LED multicoloured 'True Tone' flash (which apparently will help to grab images which look more natural) and slow-motion video capability. Forget the fingerprint scanner built into the new circular …

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While the News International [phone hacking scandal](http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/phone-hacking) that saw the demise of the News of the World newspaper cannot have escaped your attention in the US or UK, news from India concerning the latest 'tumble and clone' developments could leave the mobile phone calls of more than just celebrities at risk of hacking. If you thought it was bad enough that UK newspapers have apparently been hacking into the mobile telephone conversations of celebrities and others 'in the news' in order to gain a competitive advantage when breaking news stories, then wait until you hear the latest [reports](http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/article3010105.ece) to come …

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A jury in the US has, after just three days deliberating, ruled that Samsung must pay Apple more than $1 billion in damages. The lawsuit had focussed on alleged patent infringements by Samsung in terms of both software and design relating to Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. Although not all of the claims made by Apple were upheld by the jury, it did agree that several Samsung devices had violated the intellectual property rights of Apple. At the same time, claims by Samsung that Apple had breached several of its patents were dismissed by the jury. ![dweb-samsungbillions](/attachments/small/0/dweb-samsungbillions.jpg "align-right") Samsung is …

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The whole culture of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace has reignited the mobile device security debate. Although there are many ways to protect data, the first line of defence when a mobile device (be it a tablet or smartphone) is lost or stolen is almost always going to be a password of some kind. I'm not going to get into the relative merits of PINs and passwords against more robust methods of data protection, that's for another time, instead let's just focus on the use of passwords. Have you ever wondered how many people are actually using …

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It started as just another early morning at work, arriving at 5.30am outside the converted mill where I rent a small space in amongst the myriad industrial units and office lets. I pulled up outside in my Fiat 500 and removed my backpack that doubles up as my laptop case and portable office, and my messenger bag with the iPad inside. Unknown to me, I also dropped my iPhone by the car before locking up and heading inside. And that's when the fun began yesterday, if your idea of fun is pulling your hair out at how stupid you are …

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If you’ve ever checked out of a grocery store, you’ve seen [I]Cosmopolitan[/I], [I]Seventeen’s[/I] hussy mother, prominently on display in magazine racks next to packs of Juicy Fruit and 2-for-1 Heath Bars promising “7 New Ways to Satisfy Your Lover.” The editorials, which are laughable at best, have helped bring men from Mars and women from Venus past their relationship issues together on a mattress here on Earth. If you’re sick of paying for yearly subscriptions to the world’s leading estrogen journal to have to sift through 150 pages of perfume ads to learn "The Passion Pretzel" or the "Frolicking Fruit …

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New research from ISACA suggests that US consumers with 'work-supplied' computing devices intend, on average, to spend nine hours shopping for gifts on them during the forthcoming holiday season. When it comes to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) brigade, those who use personal mobile devices for work, that average goes up to 12 hours. ![dweb-shopper](/attachments/small/0/dweb-shopper.jpg "align-right") According to [ISACA’s 2012 IT Risk/Reward Barometer](http://www.isaca.org/Pages/2012-Risk-Reward-Barometer.aspx), those who mix their time between work-supplied computers and their own mobile devices will happily reveal email addresses (58%) and mother's maiden name (15%) in order to garner a 50% discount on a $100 item. This …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22280[/ATTACH]Mobile phone security threats used to be mocked by everyone outside of vendors with mobile antivirus software to sell. That has changed, and how. The online media headlines have been full to bursting with reports that 'mobile malware' had grown by a staggering 273 percent in the first half of 2011 when compared to the same period for the year before. But can that be true? The answer, it would seem, is no. It's actually much, much worse. Maybe. The news broke on the back of a report from German-based security software specialists [URL="http://www.gdata.de/ueber-g-data.html"]G Data[/URL] which issued a press release …

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Mobile malware has moved from the security vendor testing labs, out of the realms of marketing hype and FUD, and [firmly onto your smartphone](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/382139/how-mobile-malware-actually-grew-by-1400-percent-in-the-last-12-months). The main target for the malware distributors would appear to be the Android platform, which is not surprising given the rapid growth in the userbase coupled to the 'open to all' nature of the Android app marketplace. Up until now, the usual method of monetizing Android malware had been to subscribe to premium SMS text message services owned by affiliates of the cyber-criminals. Other than this, monetization of malware on the smartphone platform had been rather …

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[URL="http://www.yandex.ru/"]Yandex[/URL] is one of the leading Internet portals in Russia, and yes they do still use that terminology instead of search engine. The name itself, apparently, stands for Yet Another Indexer which is kind of apt as the company has just published the results of Yet Another iPad Survey. However, this one is a little different to your run of the mill iPad research as it is both specific to user behaviour and more precisely specific to Russian user behaviour. As such it gives us an insight into how others around the world are using their tablet devices. [ATTACH=RIGHT]24051[/ATTACH]For a …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22851[/ATTACH]Thought Apple had the tablet market sewn up? Think again. And it's not Android but apathy that's the problem according to new research. Yep, if you thought Apple had the whole tablet computing market sewn up tighter than a zombies' mouth, you would be wrong according to newly published research which, while confirming the iPad as market leader, points towards a far from certain future when it comes to convincing the average consumer (as opposed to early adopting gadget geeks) that tablet computing is for them. A new study of UK consumers has shed some interesting light on the attitudes …

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It may win the prize for being the research with the most surreal title, but the 'My dog ate my iPad' report comes with a very serious message attached and one that business would do well to listen to. The full title of the independent research report, commissioned by SecureData, is actually 'My dog ate my iPad - security risks of the consumerised workplace' which addresses the hot potato that is summed up as BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. Just how hot a potato? Well, according to this research at any rate, 98% of those surveyed were allowed to …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21935[/ATTACH]While it is always easy for 'the media' to blame technology for whatever bad stuff is currently filling the front pages of the newspapers, could it actually have a point as rioting and looting rip apart the streets of London? The answer might appear to be a tentative yes as Blackberry manufacturers Research-in-Motion (RIM) take to Twitter to confirm it will help the police in any way it can. But appearances can be deceptive. Why a smartphone maker should choose to post such a statement right in the middle of an ongoing riot (as I write, my old stomping grounds …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21961[/ATTACH]OK, so Apple has successfully [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/netbooks-tablets-and-mobile-devices/news/376700/1621471"]persuaded a German court to ban the sale of the Galaxy Tab Android tablet[/URL] on the grounds that Samsung has copied the design of the iPad. The legalities of which revolve around [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/61944044/Community-Design-000181607-0001"]certificate of registration number 000181607[/URL] in the Community Designs Register that protects the ownership of design within the boundaries of the European Union. DaniWeb can reveal exactly what it is that Apple thinks Samsung has copied, and we hope you are sitting down because the actual community design images contained within that certification are basic to say the least. In fact, we would …

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