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It Is Possible To Hijack An Aircraft With PlaneSploit

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in News | 0 comments

It Is Possible To Hijack An Aircraft With PlaneSploit

PlaneSploit can theoretically hack an aircraft. It is, in any case, what an engineer has highlighted at the conference “Hack in The Box” in the Netherlands. Imagine yourself in an aircraft that connects Paris to New York City, a few minutes after takeoff, your neighbor pulls his Android phone and disables airplane mode, then opens PlaneSploit. From this application, he connects to the management system (FMS, Flight Management System) and takes control of the plane, direction: Copacabana in Brazil. Theoretically, Hugo Teso has developed a framework named SIMON which exploits a bug in a protocol for data exchange with a system called ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Report System). How did he find this exploit? By creating a virtual environment based on the game X-Flight. Once connected, it can change direction, altitude, and speed as well. Incredible! Finally, it’s just a theory. On certified devices, this technique is not “reproducible.” Different agencies have been contacted to set up security system… via |...

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Infographic: The Popularity Of Android Mobile Devices Around The World

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Debates | 0 comments

Infographic: The Popularity Of Android Mobile Devices Around The World

A few hours ago, Handset Detection has published statistics regarding the popularity of Android mobile devices around the world such as observed through their solution in seven countries. Which country has the most unique models? What manufacturer dominates the market? Which country is more open to tablets? etc.. The study was conducted by Handset Detection which used data from 35 millions of mobile devices in seven countries. This study raises several important points (top 10 Android phones, top 10 screen resolutions, the number of unique devices in each country as well as the dominance of smartphones and tablets on the market). Some statistics on seven countries: Australia has more terminals with resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (33%) India has more terminals with resolution 240 x 320 pixels (30%) The United States has 1 360 unique models (this is the country with the greatest diversity of terminals) The screen resolution of the most widely used around the world is over 480 x 800 The Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones is the most present To learn more about these statistics, see the full graphic: Handset Detection is a recognized site, but you should always take a step back and say that some statistics are not always 100% accurate: the customers of this solution affect the statistics. Context and periods often differ from one country to another, and especially according to the position of market developments in each country. via | Android...

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Facebook Home, a necessary evil?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Debates | 0 comments

Facebook Home, a necessary evil?

Facebook has announced the launching of the Facebook Phone – HTC First. This is a very interesting piece of  information of the evening’s event … especially that it has announced Facebook Home, an interface for Android. Potential danger to Google. Actually,  Facebook has become a necessary editor on Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS). It even paid a lot to be the first in the rankings on Google Play with Facebook and Facebook Messenger. As a social network, Facebook has surpassed one billion subscribers for a higher value of a hundred billion. In short, it is one with Apple, Google and Amazon Big Four Internet. Things are not going so well for Facebook. The giant has fallen far behind in the mobile and the company was forced to pay $ 1 billion to acquire Instagram. They recently abandoned the mobile web language by redeveloping all their Android and iOS. Facebook is part of Apple, Google and Amazon the Big Four for the Internet: Not to mention anything related to privacy, misuse of personal data … But this is not the issue actually. The use of social network going down in many countries. Clearly, the public begins to run away from Facebook; Young people prefer to use instant messaging services like WhatsApp or Kik, or exchange on Twitter. Advertisers are also beginning to become disillusioned. The social network was recently forced to introduce the new News Feed, a new interface that will allow Facebook to better monetize its advertising space by refining better its targeting. If Facebook does not focus on advertisers and forgets that its promise is first its users, the company could see his popularity plummet and the house of cards collapsed. On the Mobile side, Facebook makes good steps; Users of smartphones and tablets spend a lot of time on Facebook, it pays to exceed the luxury of other applications in terms of “time spent”. According to statistics provided by Facebook, users spend 18% of their “smartphone” Time on Facebook. Interesting though. On the other hand, users spend a lot of time to exchange messages including SMS. A favorable for operators who are still nice margins on these messages of 160 characters. However, many users begin to prefer instant messaging applications like Kik, WhatsApp or Snapchat. This is what prompted Facebook to launch Facebook Messenger. On Android, Facebook Messenger integrates SMS. This is also what prompted Facebook to launch a VoIP solution (voice). Today, Facebook is no longer “a” simple ecosystem application that can not control. Facebook must implement an ecosystem so as not to be dependent on other major powers any more, and especially to bring partners around its platform. It has chosen to develop its Android interface: Facebook Home. The choices available were rather limited. Facebook could develop its own OS, however, this would require too much time and resources. It could also create its own Facebook Phone, it could also have continued to develop a range of applications, however they were too dependent on the giants like Google, Microsoft or Apple. It has decided to develop an Android apps “launcher”. Android is the only platform to permit fully replace an interface. It is the leading  platform mobile with a huge market share worldwide. Facebook has decided to directly attack the giant Google on its...

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Google Babel, A First Look At The Web Version?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Google Babel, A First Look At The Web Version?

Yesterday, we could actually confirm the existence of Google Babel, only it seems that today new screenshots are more or less confirmed the upcoming release of the service (at least for the web version). During the night, it seems that “real screenshots” of Google Babel on the web version have leaked. When we look more closely at these screenshots, we can see the integration of many known features of Google’s services, such as Google Hangouts which apparently implemented directly in the chat window, inviting other contacts to the conversation and the opportunity to enjoy a variety of emoticons and service settings. Of course, I remind that this information is only valid for the web version. Speaking about a crowd of emoticons, here are others that you can look at: Also in regard to the web version, the settings are very simple with the ability to enable or disable notifications for chat, save chat logs and archive a conversation for future use (find a phrase, quote, link, etc.) and sharing photos is possible with the synchronization of a Google+ account. To use Babel, Google surely will ask you to start synchronize other instant messaging services to benefit from all the features. From a certain point of view, it is not worse, and this will allow the user to feel free to choose whether a particular service needs to sync to Google Babel. More specifically, Google Babel is defined as a service 10-in-1, combining all chat services from Google, including such advanced group chats, access to the list of conversations from anywhere, improved notifications across different devices (computer and mobile devices) and the ability to send photos. Difficult to say more, except that the event Google I/O, which will take place between 15 and 17 May 2013, probably will answer our questions about this particular topic and others. via |...

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Facebook Unveils Facebook Home, A Dedicated Android Interface Of The Social Network

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Facebook Unveils Facebook Home, A Dedicated Android Interface Of The Social Network

With no real surprise, the best social network Facebook unveiled Home. This new product is not an OS nor an application, or an overlay … This is an Android interface (a launcher) can completely replace your current Android interface. With Facebook Phone, Facebook plays big, and clearly wants to reach a very wide audience, with on its first side HTC First, and other Facebook Home. The purpose of Facebook Home is to place the social network deeply in your smartphone, using almost exclusively to consume the Facebook services. Facebook Home is divided into several branches: Cover Feed: the central point of the application, is presented as a homepage with news from all your friends, you can easily enjoy and comment.. Chat Heads: a feature that relies on floating bubble alerts, which will display the photo of the friend and the number of unread messages. This feature supports Multi-bubbles that show not one, but all alerts of your contacts in several bubbles which can be moved and accessed easily. All the Notifications will be visible in a tab, which will provide an overview of alerts that can be removed with a simple swipe of the finger to the right. This feature will support missed calls, SMS, Facebook notifications, and many other applications. As it was announced at the conference, Facebook Home will be released officially in April, 12 for download on Google Play. As a first step, Facebook Home will be compatible with HTC One, HTC One X and HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note II. Nevertheless, it is possible that new models can be added to the list later. New smartphones will be added to the list since Facebook announced it had signed several partnerships program (Facebook Home Program) with many manufacturers (such as HTC, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel One Touch even). Facebook Home will also be compatible with tablets, however, we will have to wait a few months. For more information, visit...

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This One Could Be The Supposed iPhone 5S?!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Rumors | 0 comments

This One Could Be The Supposed iPhone 5S?!

Here are some pictures of the alleged prototype of the next Apple iPhone 5S. Though they do not seem to be of good quality, still they do reveal a lot about this pictured iPhone; we cannot see the actual screen underneath, however,  the iPhone sheds off the iconic home button and replaces it with a real edge-to-edge display. Then there’s the design – it’s sloped toward the edges, which coincides with a patent application from the Cupertino Company. Note that this kind of design isn’t typical of Apple. The company tends to favor more squarish designs, which allow it to make full use of the space within the smartphone’s chassis and create more compact devices. The thing here is that what you are seeing could be a prototype on which Apple is working. All major manufacturers consider and test a number of different designs before settling on the final version. It might also be a case especially designed to conceal the look of the Apple iPhone 5S; these dev units are usually simple plastic rectangles. via |...

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Comparison Of IPhone Ownership Cost On AT&T, Verizon, Sprint And T-Mobile

Posted by on Apr 5, 2013 in Debates | 0 comments

Comparison Of IPhone Ownership Cost On AT&T, Verizon, Sprint And T-Mobile

It is possible now to draw a comparison of the total cost of ownership throughout the nation’s four largest wireless carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. A lot of outlets ran their spreadsheets to assess the current landscape, including Zagg, best known for its line of protective coverings for consumer electronics. Zagg confirmed that T-Mobile’s contract-free iPhone 5 is cheaper and it is only for $580 over two years. However, the difference changes once you switch your significant or an entire family of four to the nation’s fourth-largest carrier. His math assumes T-Mobile’s unlimited data tier (the carrier offers three tiers of data: 500MB, 2GB and unlimited). Sprint by default offers only unlimited option and claims not to throttle data. Verizon and AT&T no longer have unlimited data so Zagg used the current price for their respective Share Everything and Mobile Share plans, each offering four gigabytes of cellular data per month. Therefore, T-Mobile’s no-contract iPhone 5 at a total of $2,259.99 over two years comes in for $580 cheaper than the total cost of owning the subsidized iPhone 5 with the obligatory two-year service agreement with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, each coming in for the same $2,389.99. You will save an additional $240 over the two years, resulting in the total saving of $820 if you pick two gigabytes of data instead of T-Mobile’s unlimited tier. It is noted that there’s one carrier that is cheaper than T-Mobile: Walmart’s in-house Straight Talk stated that basically, the iphone 5 is cheaper to have for 24 months; Cricket, straight Talk and Virgin are still cheaper options in case you do not want to get an iphone at the start of your contract. However, LTE does not work on Straight Talk. T-Mobile is the cheapest of the bunch for individuals above all by all means. Moreover, Verizon’s and AT&T’s LTE coverage is much larger than T-Mobile’s. On the other hand, there’s no escaping from those two-year deals at AT&T or Verizon. By comparison, T-Mobile lets you cancel your service anytime you want, though you will of course have to pay for the remaining monthly installments. As a reminder, T-Mobile sells the iPhone 5 with its new Simple Choice Plan for $99.99 down and $20 per month for 24 months. The devices are not sold tied to a service contract – that’s why the cost of the hardware is spread across monthly installments plus that $99.99 up front payment. In some way, T-Mobile is basically giving you interest-free financing for the hardware and lower service cost than rival telcos. By looking at the total cost of the iPhone 5 hardware at T-Mobile, you are paying a total of $580: $99.99 down payment + $20 per month over the next 24 months. This is actually $69 cheaper compared to Apple’s asking price for the unlocked iPhone 5 ($649) through its online store. The carrier’s no-contract iPhone 4/4S is for $75/$1 cheaper versus the online Apple store. T-Mobile is also the first major U.S. telco to support HD Voice (or Wideband Audio) on the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, their tremendously useful WiFi Calling feature which routes voice calls through nearby WiFi hotspots, in turn saving cellular voice minutes, will not be available on Apple’s device at...

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Androidbook, An Android Notebook In The Third Quarter

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Androidbook, An Android Notebook In The Third Quarter

In 2013, it may be well that Androidbook is provided on the world market. According to the statements made by DigiTimes, the Mountain View giant is decided to opt what is profiled as the design of a more Androidbook of its Chromebook: «As for Google’s possible Android-based notebooks (Androidbook), the devices may show up at the end of the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter.» Some manufacturers have tried to bring Android on netbooks/ultrabooks right now without real success. Some have even tried hybrid solutions Android/Windows but again, for the moment, it did not. This time, Google might come back with a solution 100% working, why not with Android system version slightly redesigned to fit more easily with a physical keyboard or PC configuration. After all, Android is flexible and scalable enough to fit on a variety of devices. Imagine an Android 5.0 which adopts quite a new product segment Androidbook, might be possible knowing that we know it will strengthen the integration of Android and Chrome OS. With more than 700 000 applications on Google Play, the Mountain View giant has clearly what to do and just really try new ideas related in one way or another to its mobile operating system: Android. And in any case, it is not the first attempt of Google (glasses, television, talking shoes and so on …). via...

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HTC First, Here’s What Could Be The “Facebook Phone”

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Rumors | 0 comments

HTC First, Here’s What Could Be The “Facebook Phone”

At the end of the last week, we speculated the possibility of the upcoming release of a Facebook Phone and it would seem that this is the case with the mysterious HTC First (HTC Myst)! Anyway, it is worth noting that it is not every day that the social network Facebook highlights “Android” on these invitations cards. Unlike the HTC Chacha, which features a touchscreen and a physical keyboard, the HTC First takes the form of a smartphone with a touchscreen design all pretty close to the spirit of “HTC”. According to rumors circulating on the web, the HTC First would have a 4.3-inch touch-screen HD (720 x 1280 pixels), a dual-core Snapdragon 1.5 GHz, 1 GB RAM (RAM), 16 GB of internal memory (ROM), a 1.6 megapixel front camera and a 5 megapixel camera. It is also said that HTC First loads a new version of the Facebook application for Android with an integration that looks very pronounced in the interface (since not forget that it would be a Facebook Phone). More concretely, we can expect to see the news feed directly on the home screen as well as other additions: diverse and varied as a manager of Facebook contacts, camera reworked with Facebook sauce. Again, according to rumors, this smartphone will – at first – only available in the U.S. AT&T operator around 50-99 dollars with a two-year subscription. We do not know How long will it the exclusivity, however, we assume that will be available – like the HTC ChaCha – indeed in other countries… via |...

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Google: April Fools’ Day Of 2013

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Google: April Fools’ Day Of 2013

Yesterday was April 1st, we were treated to all kinds of fools’ in April just crazy… On this first day of April, Google is -as usual- not indifferent and participated in Easter celebrations by publishing multiple fakes crossed the web, such as Google Maps Treasure Mode (my favorite one), Gmail Blue, Google Nose or YouTube Contest… Google Maps Treasure Mode “Explore Treasure Mode with Google Maps” Google Nose “Smelling is believing” (Official website) The YouTube Contest “The closure of YouTube that ends with a huge contest to designate a winner” Gmail Blue “Like Windows Blue, Google present Gmail...

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