Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hacking group LulzSec says it's calling it quits

After a whirlwind run of headline-grabbing hacking exploits that involved the likes of Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, and FBI partner Infragard, hacking group LulzSec is apparently--and suddenly--calling it quits.

The group, which cropped up on many people's radar for the first time just last month, sent a tweet late today with a link to a document on Pastebin declaring that the group's run of cybermischief was coming to an end.

"It's time to say bon voyage," the statement reads. "Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind--we hope--inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere." (You can read the complete text of the statement below.)

The group also linked to a final cache of stolen information, which, according to a report in the International Business Times, includes data from AT&T and AOL, among others. Twitter user @Complex posted a link to a screenshot purportedly from the data dump, which shows what looks like a defaced U.S. Navy civilian-careers Web page (see below). LulzSec had said Thursday, after leaking what it called sensitive documents from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, that it would be "releasing more goods" on Monday.

Bell Motorola ATRIX 4G update (v37.23)

Bell Motorola Atrix 4G owners now can get an update, software version v37.23, pushed through OTA (Over the Air). It can be downloaded by going to Menu > Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

This update brings data speed improvements, call quality improvements (including Skype) and will also apparently reduce the amount of times your display freezes.

Check out full details of the change log are below.

Upload Data Speed: 
Increased upload speed at which data can travel on the network.
Data and Voice Connection:
Improvements to prevent interruptions to data and voice connection.
Improvements to prevent screen from freezing.
Improvements to call audio function so it is easier for the person you called to hear you. Please note this application is not pre-loaded on phone, but is available for download from Android Market.
Increased functionality by enabling Yahoo Email to be sent over a Wi-Fi connection.
Improved International Roaming Warning Message by simplifying user notification so that it only appears on the screen when you move to a new network.
Happening Widget:
Improved Happenings Widget to ensure that you receive the latest updates across the social networks you are connected to such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter
Improvements were made to incoming and outgoing call functionality to ensure a more seamless experience
Expanded Language Support for Webtop:
Accented character support within Webtop application.
Improved Support for POP/SMTP Email:
Support for SMTP outgoing servers that do not require authentication
Improved Exchange Performance:
Improved Exchange Email/Calendar/Contacts performance

Friday, March 4, 2011

Android Holds the Future Of Smartphones

The battle of smartphone market share isn’t just a battle for market share. It is a battle of demographics and the opportunity to build a loyal customer base for the future. Android appears to be pulling ahead in this contest in the U.S., while Apple is following closely behind and rivals such as HP/WebOS and Microsoft have a decidedly older mix of users.

According to survey results published by Nielsen, 14% of all smartphone users between the ages of 18 and 34 are using an Android phone, while this age group posted a 12% share for the iPhone, 11% for Blackberrys, 3% for Palm OS and 2% for Windows Mobile. The three leading platforms, Android, iOS and Blackberry now claim 37% of the user group the largely defines the trends in the smartphone arena.

Android appears to be growing in this space and seems to have found the key to attract a substantial share in this demographic segment. Compared to iOS, Android has greater market share in younger demographics, while falling behind in the age groups above 55. iOS has a similar advantage over Blackberry devices. HP/WebOS and Windows have not enough market share to be directly comparable, but it appears as if both platforms have an even number of users across all age groups. In a relative comparison, WebOS posted the highest average age.

Android is now also pulling ahead in overall market share in the U.S. It is now at 29%, followed by Apple with 27% and Blackberry with 27%. Windows Mobile/WP7 is at an estimated 10% and WebOS at 4%. Apple and RIM are the dominant device manufacturers with a share of 27% each. HTC is at 19%, Motorola at 11% and Samsung at 7%.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

LG Confirms 3D Smartphone

LG confirmed rumors that it will soon be offering a 3D-capable display in a future smartphone.

The company said that it intends to share details about the device at the Mobile World Congress, which opens its doors on February 14 in Barcelona, Spain. The device will be called Optimus 3D and integrates a dual-lens camera system to take 3D pictures. It is not clear whether LG will use a naked eye 3D display or a display that requires users to wear active shutter glasses to see the 3D effect.

3D capability for smartphones was first mentioned by Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha last year during a lunch with Chicago executives. Samsung and Marvell later announced that their dual- and triple-core processors will be able to run 3D content in 1080p.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bell Canada to get Motorola Atrix 4G with dual-core processor

If you love your smartphones big and powerful, then the Motorola Atrix 4G is right up your alley.

During AT&T's Developer Summit at CES 2011, Motorola and AT&T introduced the Motorola Atrix 4G with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. In addition, it will have 16GB of onboard memory and a 1,920mAh lithium-ion battery. Specs that certainly back up its claim as "the world's most powerful smartphone."

Bell in Canada and Orange in UK in addition to AT&T will get the phone.

Register here to get updates directly from Bell about Atrix.

Mozilla Schedules Firefox 4 Beta 9 For January 13

With the finish line in sight, Mozilla is accelerating the beta release schedule of Firefox.

According to the most recent meeting minutes of the product planning team, Firefox 4 Beta 9 is now scheduled for a January 13 release, which is at least one week earlier than we initially expected. However, it is 4 weeks behind the revised release schedule of the browser, which planned a December 16 release date for Beta 9.

The company said there were 53 blocking bugs for this beta on January 4. The current bug chart indicates there are only 5 blocking bugs left, while a total of 247 blocking beta bugs are still listed.

Microsoft is expected to release IE9 RC on January 28.