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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has warned, “You’re all screwed,” when it comes to smartphone and gadget monitoring and surveillance.

Users of the Iphone, Blackberry and Gmail are among those who are supposedly ‘screwed’ because more than 150 organisations can monitor data on mobile devices. Assange made the statement at a press conference while unveiling the Wikileaks ‘Spy Files’ project.

Wikileaks said, “Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries.”

“It sounds like something out of Hollywood, but as of today, mass interception systems, built by Western intelligence contractors, including for ‘political opponents’ are a reality.”

Assange said, “Who here has an iPhone? Who here has a BlackBerry? Who here uses Gmail? Well, you’re all screwed.”

“The reality is, intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries across the world mass surveillance systems for all those products.”

The organisations apparently have the ability to track devices, intercept messages and listen to phone calls, according to The Press Association.

It might sound like a complete invasion of privacy but the goings on are legal according to Assange and are leading to a “totalitarian surveillance state”.

He said the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada are all developing “spying systems”, and the data is collected and sold on to “dictators and democracies alike”.

The publication of the ‘Spy Files’ consisting of 287 documents in collaboration with the web site spyfiles.org is a “mass attack on this mass surveillance industry,” added Assange. µ

Source: The Inquirer


Research In Motion (RIM) on Wednesday launched of three new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones in India.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 combines the BlackBerry keyboard with a high resolution touch display in a slim and narrow design. The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the first CDMA-based BlackBerry 7 smartphone to be launched in India. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry Curve smartphone with an all-touch display. These three new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones offer impressively slim and stylish designs with enhanced communications, multimedia, productivity and social connectivity features.

The BlackBerry Curve 9350 is the first CDMA-based BlackBerry 7 smartphone launched in India. Priced at Rs 20,990, it features a 5 megapixel camera with flash. It also has a microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for additional media storage.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first-ever BlackBerry Curve smartphone with an all-touch display. Priced at Rs 20,990, it features a 3.2-inch all-touch display. The BlackBerry Curve 9380 smartphone comes with pre-installed social networking applications such as BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), Facebook, Twitter, and Social Feeds. It also has a 5 megapixel camera with flash.


BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 official

 

 

RIM has announced its two latest BlackBerry 7 smartphones, the Bold 9790 and Curve 9380, the latter being the first Curve to use an all-touch design. Set to go on sale “in the coming weeks” the two phones each have NFC support; the Bold 9790 pairs a 1GHz processor with a touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard, along with 8GB of integrated storage and a microSD card slot.

via BlackBerry Bold 9790 and Curve 9380 official – SlashGear.


If Porsche Design made a BlackBerry… oh wait, that’s already happened. Well this leaked handset is said to be a forthcoming BlackBerry, and just happens to share design cues with the Porsche P’9981 that emerged a couple of weeks ago.

It’s also said to be the first handset running the QNX operating system, reports The Verge. Whether it’s anything to do with BBX is anyone’s guess, but here’s what we do know.

Dubbed the BlackBerry London, it can apparently stand on one of its sides, according to the source, so expect it to be pretty rectangular. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. Inside is a TI OMAP dual-core CPU running at 1.5GHz, as well as 1GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB storage onboard (no word on card slots), and there’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back and 2-megapixel front-facer.

It’s pretty impressive in the dimensions department too. The source claims it’s “thinner than the iPhone 4” (and therefore slimmer than the 4S, too), and about the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S2, though which model of S2 isn’t clear. Still, pretty swish.

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  • Vodafone India has launched a revamped own-branded app store, using a white-label platform provided by Appia.
  • The operator announced it is offering over 10,000 free and paid apps to its 145 million subscribers via the new Mobile Applications Store.
  • The platform includes apps for the Android, Java, Symbian and Blackberry mobile operating systems, and is available for Vodafone’s 2G and 3G subscribers. Appia boasts that the store currently supports some 3,500 different devices.
  • Available content ranges from categories games, entertainment, social networking and “local culture,” Vodafone India said. Vodafone India initially launched the Mobile Applications Store in February 2010. At the time, it was using technology from service delivery platform developer Arvato.
  • The operator gave no indication as to why it changed technology partners. Appia also provides its technology for customers including Samsung, Opera Software, Telcel and Vodacom South Africa.

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In terms of technology trends over the next three years, its all about cloud, cloud and mobile. Here is Forrester’s top 10 list:

1) Elastic application platforms emerge to handle variable scale and portfolio balancing. “A new generation of elastic applications is emerging to help firms realize cloud computing benefits,” Hopkins observes.

2) Platform-as-a-service crosses the chasm. What does Hopkins mean by this? He observes that despite a lot of interest in PaaS by early adopters, “a wide chasm exists in technology maturity” before a majority of the market will adopt it.

3) Data services and virtualization reach critical mass. “Over the next three years… leading firms will implement data services to extend their enterprise data warehouse and/or to operate in a multitechnology environment with a mix of physical and virtual data stores.”

4) Holistic integration enables agile enterprises. The silos are breaking down, but technology “does not overcome cultural obstacles.” A more holistic approach is emerging to address both technical and business integration, says Hopkins.

5) Social technology becomes enterprise plumbing. “Social interaction will become part of normal workflows, and applications must be architected from the inception to enable this.

6) Improved virtualization sets the stage for private cloud. “Expect to see more focus on virtualization maturity to raise utilization rates, standardization, and automation,” Hopkins says.

7) Always on, always available is the new expectation. High availability will be the watchword for IT. Expect to see such improvements as “cloud-based disaster recovery services.

8) Network architecture evolves to meet cloud demands. “Over the next three years, firms will consolidate their network tiers to a flattened topology using virtualization features that are already a part of most currently shipping data-center-class switches.”

9) Personal device momentum changes mobile platform strategy. “Strategic changes will include IT support for at least BlackBerry, iOS, and Android devices as well as much more openness to individually liable devices connecting to corporate resources.”

10) The app Internet ushers in the next generation of computing. Expect to see fully enabled context-aware and secure app-based mobile computing, Hopkins says. Also, the jury is still out on HTML5 development versus platform-specifc app development.


  • Blackberry smartphones are losing ground to the combined strength of iPhone and Android smartphones, as far as their use at the workplace is concerned, according to a survey of 1,681 U.S.-based workers released Thursday by Forrester Research.

 

  • That finding amplifies what many have known for a while about the entrenched workplace smartphone veteran: the BlackBerry faces trouble from its competitors.

 

  • The BlackBerry, made by Research in Motion, still leads among U.S. workers, with 42%, the survey said, with Apple”s iPhone accounting for 22% and Android devices, 26%.

 

  • The survey also found that nearly half, or 48% of the group, said that they chose the primary smartphone used for their work without considering what their company supports. Only 29% said they chose the smartphone from a list of phones the company supports, while 23% said they had no choice in the matter.

 

  • Often, corporate IT shops will choose BlackBerry smartphones when requiring a worker to use a specific smartphone, partly because of the perceived security benefits, many analysts, including at Forrester, have found. The growth in Android phones and the iPhone — many of them brought to workplaces by workers independently — are forcing IT shops to rethink that decision

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