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No major worries says MWR InfoSecurity

As part of its Million Dollar iOS 9 Bug Bounty programme, Zerodium has offered up to $3 million for anyone who could prove they’ve been able to penetrate the defences of Apple’s latest mobile OS – iOS9. Without revealing the details (yet), Zerodium revealed in a tweet that it had received a successful entry – reputedly winning a $1 million reward from Zerodium. Zero Day hacks are, of course, vulnerabilities which haven’t been made widely publicised and are, of course, very lucrative for the discoverer. However, David Chismon – senior researcher with MWR InfoSecurity believes this isn’t cause for widespread panic amongst Apple fanbois. Continue reading

accelerate adoption - markwalter Wearables security, availability & trends to be Highlighted @ FMS ’15 keynote

With 35% CAGR, CEA’ s Markwalter explains why wearables are more than a state of mind

Press release

July 29th 2015. While the wearables industry is projected to experience more than a 35 percent compound annual growth rate(CAGR), the industry faces challenges in making the technology meaningful and more than novelty for consumers and businesses. During his keynote presentation at the Wearables/Mobile Day August 12th [2015] at the FMS (Flash Memory Summit) 2015 held in the Santa Clara Convention Centre, Brian Markwalter, svp for market research and standards with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will share the latest developments and future directions in wearables. Continue reading

a clear warning - erlin Brain Test malware more cunning than 1st thought

Tripwire’s Erlin warns of dangers

An app known as Brain Test has been infecting Android phones since August [2015]. Apparently, it pushes unwanted ads onto devices. However, researchers now think the malware may be more advanced than previously thought. According to a report cited by EWeek, the malware installs a rootkit allowing hackers to run an arbitrary code on the infected device. Tim Erlin, director of security IT and risk management at Tripwire commented, “Ads appearing on your Android phone outside of a specific application are a clear warning sign that something is wrong.” Continue reading

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Battery life is prime concern for phone users

Latest research from Protect Your Bubble bad news for Apple

According to research carried out by mobile phone insurance specialist, Protect Your Bubble, 37 per cent of UK mobile users have noticed their battery life deteriorate dramatically since they acquired their first handset. So, in light of the iPhone 6S ‘battery-gate’ fiasco – if battery life is what consumers care about, then Apple may be in a bit of trouble. Significantly, the research found that long battery life is the top priority for over half of buyers 51 per cent when choosing a new phone. And it’s even more important to mobile users than which mobile operating system [OS] the phone has (36 per cent). Continue reading

Industry reaction to BT’s takeover of EE

Meanwhile the Three/O2 looks increasingly uncertain

It seems that the UK’s CMA watchdog has provisionally approved the merger of BT – the incumbent telecoms operator and leading UK mobile network operator [MNO] – EE. It seems that this permission was widely anticipated but it appears that the efforts of Hutchison Whampoa – owner of the Three mobile network, to acquire rival MNO – O2 may not be so successful. Here is some industry reaction to this news … Mark Soden, md for Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) practice at Norman Broadbent commented, “Sceptics in the sector are up in arms about BT’s potential acquisition of EE, but the huge advantages are clearly being ignored – the combined business is a positive development that will benefit customers.” Matthew Howett, practice leader for regulation with with Ovum, said, ” Of course the more challenging transaction to win regulatory approval will be that of Three/O2. Continue reading

Moto G not ringing notification glitch cleared up

Quick chat with Motorola’s tech support cures Lollipop upgrade side-effect

It’s nice to see that handset vendor, Motorola, is taking its technical support very seriously – and not just for the latest models. Here at GoMo Towers, we ran into a spot of bother after updating out Moto G (second generation) to the Lollipop (5.0) version of the Android OS. In a nutshell, the handset stopped ringing when we had an incoming call. A quick search on the Net appeared to indicate that this was an old bug – see the Wireless Republic here. Isn’t not a bug. If you can see a star symbol in the notification bar, we have the solution. Continue reading

UK’s Mobile Infrastructure Plan isn’t working out

Rural mast rollout just hasn’t happened

It seems that the UK government’s good intentions in aiming to fund the rollout of cellular/4G to remote areas – so-called ‘not-spots’, just hasn’t worked. Known as the Mobile Infrastructure Plan (MIP), the intention was to provide around £150 million of funding to help build some 600 cellular masts. This initiative started some four years ago [2011] but to date [October 2015] a mere six have actually been completed. The onus is on the two UK mobile network infrastructure providers – Arqiva and the Wireless Infrastructure Group, to get the relevant planning permissions. But the dice are heavily loaded against them. Curiously, one unexpected consequence is that Airwave (the UK TETRA supplier) has been given a stay of execution. Continue reading

TalkTalk breach may aid security software vendors

UK MNOs should look to beef up their customer service systems

The extremely high profile cyber attack on one of the UK’s leading ISPs [Internet Service Providers] could prove good news for those offering security solutions for MNOs’ [Mobile Network Operators] customer service systems. The victim last week [October 2015] was TalkTalk. However, its parent company – the Carphone Warehouse, was a victim of a similar attack back in August [2015] when cyber criminals reputedly gained access to the bank details of 2.4 million customers. That number included some customers of Carphone’s MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] – mobiles.co.uk. Here at GoMo Towers we view this latest attack as a wake-up call for MNOs and suggest that UK based MNOs,  should look to beef up their customer service systems. Continue reading

two thirds + of  contract customers now 4g - milsom EE builds on lead as Europe’s largest 4G MNO

Adds 1.7 million accounts in just 3 months

It seems that leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is continuing to acquire new 4G customers at an impressive rate. The operator has added 1.7 million accounts in just three months (up to September 30th 1015). That takes EE’s total 4G customer base to 12.6 million. The company hopes to hit 14 million 4G users by Q1 2016. It has also reached a milestone whereby over 50 per cent (52 per cent)  now have 4G. It attributes part of it 4G growth to tablets and also Apple iPhone sales. Good job, then that EE’s then CEO, Olaf Swantee, met up with Apple’s Tim Cook to ensure the latest iPhone supported EE’s own flavour of 4G (See ‘EE’s Swantee confirms personal intervention over iPhone 5‘). Continue reading