This talk was given at a TEDx event by Bram Bonné, a PhD student in computer science at the Expertise Centre for Digital Media at Hasselt University, where he specializes in computer security and privacy. During his PhD, he developed an interest in privacy-sensitive information leaking from smartphones and laptops. At TEDxGhent 2014, he will scare you by showing the information that is available to anyone willing to listen. But don’t worry, he will also explain what you can do to prevent privacy-sensitive information from leaking.
Disturbing news regarding government surveillance of mobile devices en masse has permeated our news this year. In the wake of Edward Snowden?s allegations, the public learned about cellular interceptors attached to fake cell towers. Popular Science and the CEO of CryptoPhone broke the news about these strange towers, which could be used ?a variety of ?over-the-air? attacks become possible, from eavesdropping on calls and texts to pushing spyware to the device.?
Fast forward a few months, and the Wall Street Journal publishes an article describing a secret government program that involves flying airplanes over the United States to collect massive amounts of cellular data. Sources familiar with the program explain that that this program was run by the U.S. Marshals Service program since 2007. These massive breaches of privacy shouldn?t just matter to individual consumers ? they can also impact companies as well. The use of dirt boxes, stingrays and…
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One of the best features on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 I bought in 2012 is surprisingly still fairly scarce on other devices. The 5.5-inch phone gained the ability to run two apps on the screen at one time thanks to a software update. Samsung has since used this function on many of its larger phones and tablets; I can see why since it’s so useful.
Few other companies have followed suit here, which is a bit baffling, particularly since phones are getting larger displays which are perfectly suited for this type multitasking. Some companies are slowly coming around though.
Acer’s latest Iconia Tab 8, for example, has a split-screen mode according to Liliputing. This lets you choose from a selection of apps that can run in a half-window, similar to how Samsung’s implementation works. LG also has a split-screen mode on its G3 flagship Android phone. [company]Microsoft[/company] Windows tablets let you “snap”…
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Thanks to the Personal Video IndustrialComplex — tens of millions of video-enabled smartphones, feeding countless hours daily to video-sharing behemoths like YouTube — rock concerts, presidential inaugurations, fourth-grade school plays and even midair near-disasters can all be considered “content” now, inspiring us all to tap our inner Edward R. Murrow and record the event for posterity.
But even as public gatherings, from the world-historical to the intimate, evolve into a sea of glowing blue screens, a backlash has started to take root. An improbable assortment of critics — mindfulness gurus, twee indie rockers, even, seemingly, Pope Francis — have started to implore these armchair videographers to drop their phones and actually start living again.
I’ve read this article on The New York Times and it touches many aspects (very superficially I may add) of globalization, contemporary civil society, social, political, economic and value changes emerged by modernity.
It misses some aspects and doesn’t develop (many) others, this is my sociological perspective and rigor speaking, nevertheless it’s interesting.
Second: there’s no such thing as “iPhone Age” NY Times editors, there is an “digital age”, “information/knowledge age” and the “mobility age”, etc.
“Viral”, “audience”, “academics” and “paparazzis” concepts should be better defined and developed on the article, and please, PLEASE, don’t compare “celebrities” with “audience” and regular “people” and social agents, they stand on a field apart from the “regular joe”.
There has been a recurring thought concerning mobile phone security that has been on my mind lately, and as I have been discussing it with clients, it is beginning to make me nervous to know that others out there may not be as aware.
It started with this article I read that discusses the lack of support from mobile phone carriers for a ?kill switch? for our smartphones in case they are stolen. Why? Cell phone thefts currently account for 30 to 40 percent of all robberies nationwide, and cost U.S. consumers more than $30 billion in 2012 according to data from the Federal Communications Commission. Wireless carriers are generating a substantial amount of revenue through their insurance programs offered for smartphones. If our phones had a ?kill switch? (a means of completely disabling the phone), then there would be virtually no incentive for criminals to take them. As a result…
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Big data is viewed as a medium by which companies can grow their business through the process of targeting the enhancement of productivity using analytics and wide database of information. Business data provides a wealth of information that can help companies do business with better competence in addressing the changing marketing trends within their respective marketing industry. When harnessed properly it can serve a significant purpose to help companies grow their business.
Business data analysis is currently viewed by internet marketing Atlanta as the future of digital marketing. In combination with the growing trends of mobile data utilization, both the big data and mobile data trends are considered to be intersecting across the online marketing portals. Both sources of data are viewed as powerful sources of driving businesses further towards better productivity and competence for a more responsive marketing strategy.
The powerful big data and mobile data…
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Mobile advertising volume in India grew the fastest in the world, climbing a record 260% since July 2013, even as the larger Asia-Pacific region where ad impressions delivery rose 70% this year, emerged the fastest-growing region globally.
Ahead of Apple’s expected release of two iPhones with bigger screens, a fair question to ask is how many people actually want larger phones?
New data from apps analytics firm Flurry finds that big-screened phones — sometimes called “phablets” — are rapidly growing in popularity. Large-screened phones, defined by Flurry as devices with screens between 5- and 7-inches, comprised 6 percent of the nearly 60,000 active devices examined, a huge increase over the 3 percent spotted last year.
Not only are more users opting for larger phones, but bigger devices are being used more heavily, accounting for 11 percent of app sessions tracked by Flurry. It does appear that people that plan to really hammer their handsets are buying phones with bigger screens, although they may be opting for the faster processor and better cameras that usually come with big-screened phones.
Flurry didn’t find any evidence that big phones are eating into smaller…
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