Tag: T-Mobile

Google to decimate a good portion of the smartphone market on Apple’s and RIM’s behalf

That’s not exactly what the myriad of press releases say, but if some random research firm can wildly guess that Google’s Android cell phone operating system will capture 2% of the worldwide market in just a year’s time, I feel I’m entitled to some speculation of my own…

Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC already make plenty of crappy phones, desired by three types of customers:

1) Those who can’t afford an iPhone, or the subsequent iTunes bill;
2) Those who can’t afford Blackberry service, or the subsequent divorce; and
3) Those above who just dropped their device in the toilet (while using it ON the toilet), and can’t afford another until next month.

The opposite of the three above are those who already have a functioning iPhone or Blackberry, can’t live without it, and trying to convince the rest of the world they can’t live without one either.

Conclusion

Android goes live, the phone manufacturers spend gazillions integrating it, and it fails miserably. Sprint and T-Mobile die trying to sell the things. We are left with two decent hardware manufacturers with two decent operating systems…that Google can live happily within.

Then again, that’s just a wild guess.

UPDATE: I almost forgot Symbian. Been there, done that with Nokia. Nokia too makes great hardware – actually, I’ll call it utilitarian. Fits the masses well, but just doesn’t create the kind of fervor that would make you carry it with you into the bathroom.

Possible and probably Windows wireless flaw

People find vulnerabilities in Windows machines all the time, but most of them are discovered under very specific, almost lab-like conditions. Trying to re-create the problem in an “everyday use” scenario is often difficult (particularly for the average user), but the latest Windows wireless vulnerability, discovered by Matt Loveless, is anything but irreplicable.

Do something as simple as connect at a Starbucks T-Mobile Hotspot, and next time you go out looking for a connection, someone could be connecting to you. WIndows broadcasts the last SSID it connected to when out looking for new ones. A hacker close by can capture that name, set their computer to the same, and connect to your machine without warning.

Imagine how many people last connected to the largest competitor to those paid HotSpots – that ubiquitous WiFi provider called “linksys.”

Who’s to Blame for T-Mobile’s Holes?

Wired News found out that the hole in T-Mobile’s systems that allowed hackers access to gobs of personal information was known about for some time (see Wired News: Known Hole Aided T-Mobile Breach). I think this is worthy of a few pointed questions, don’t you?
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