July 4, 2010 |
Security researchers Nick DePetrillo and Don Bailey have discovered a seven-digit numerical code that can unlock all kinds of secrets about you. It's your phone number. Using relatively simple techniques, this duo can use your cellphone number to figure out your name, where you live and work, where you travel and when you sleep. They could even listen to your voice messages and personal phone calls — if they wanted to. "It's really interesting to watch a phone number turn into a person's life," DePetrillo said.
August 20, 2010 |
Bank of America Corp. and Visa Inc. plan to begin a test program next month that lets customers use smart phones to pay for purchases in stores. The program, to run from September through the end of the year in the New York area, is the biggest step yet by the two companies toward creating a "digital wallet" with a host of financial capabilities built into the latest, most sophisticated mobile phones. Major U.S. banks, technology companies and cellphone providers are jockeying for the lead in the technology, which some say could become a primary means of making everyday purchases.
May 12, 2010 |
If Apple Inc. had dreams of dominating the future of mobile phones, Google Inc. may have just given its rival a rude wake-up call. The two technology giants, once close allies, are increasingly at odds over competing technologies, and recently the clash has intensified with Google mounting a surprising attack on Apple's iPhone. A research firm said this week that phones with Google's Android operating system outsold Apple's popular iPhone in the U.S. for the first time. Google devices accounted for 28% of the smart phones bought in the first quarter, while Apple's iPhone tallied 21% of sales, according to market research firm NPD Group.
October 7, 2009 |
Santa Monica resident Nathan Oventhal had heard the horror stories about people getting slammed with hundreds or thousands of dollars in roaming charges after traveling abroad with a smart phone. He was determined not to let it happen to him. During a recent trip to Paris, Oventhal used his iPhone only to snap a few pictures. No calls, no Internet, no e-mail. Nevertheless, he ended up being billed by AT&T to the tune of $550 for accessing 20 megabytes of data, the equivalent of about 10,000 pages of text or 10 high-resolution pictures.
January 6, 2010 |
In an ambitious bid to expand its reach even to consumers on the go, Google Inc. on Tuesday unveiled the widely anticipated Nexus One smart phone as it launched a bold new business model that could shake up the mobile phone industry. The Internet giant began selling the phone -- manufactured to its specifications by a Taiwanese firm -- directly to consumers through its website rather than through retail outlets and service providers. Although initially available only with T-Mobile service, the phone could eventually be used on other networks, including Verizon Wireless and Vodafone Group in Europe.
October 27, 2010 |
A brief moment during a break Monday night in the Florida gubernatorial debate became the focus of next-day stories after one candidate accused his opponent of cheating. The debate's moderator, John King of CNN, posted video of the moment on his blog. Both candidates were being primped by makeup and hair people, and at one point, the makeup artist working on Democrat Alex Sink showed her a smart phone. Sink read something on the phone as her Republican opponent, Rick Scott, whose bald pate was being powdered, turned to CNN political editor Mark Preston.