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by George Heymann

Carrier IQ, what is it? How to check if its installed on your Android smartphone

by George Heymann

Technology-Headlines

Carrier IQ, Inc. is a privately owned software company which has recently received a great deal of media scrutiny regarding its “diagnostics software” that has been embedded in millions of subscribers’ phones. The software was designed to gather and analyze data in order to diagnose potential problems and help identify solutions.

The controversy regarding the Carrier IQ software first received media attention when researcher Trevor Eckhart of androidsecuritytest.com reported that Carrier IQ was logging information, including keystroke logs without notifying users or allowing them to opt-out. Carrier IQ initially responded by issuing a cease and desist order to Mr. Eckhart that suit was subsequently withdrawn by Carrier IQ Inc. CEO Larry Lenhart after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org) interceded on his behalf.

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TECH the HALLS

Electronics gifts don’t have to be budget-busters

by George Heymann

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Despite the downturn in the economy, early polling indicates that a majority of consumers — 52 percent — plan to spend the same or more for gifts this holiday season, according to a recent ICM Research report.

Last year, nearly a third of U.S. consumers’ holiday gift-spending budget went to consumer electronics.

I don’t know who the folks are that participated in the ICM poll, but most of my friends and associates have a more conservative budget this holiday season. Keeping in mind that many of us will need to spend less, I wanted to share my picks for hot tech gifts that won’t break the bank or your budget. Happy Holidays!

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iPhone 4S officially announced shipping October 14th, starting at $199, including Sprint version.

by George Heymann

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Well its official, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took the wraps off of Apple’s latest smartphone the iPhone 4S. The rumors were surprisingly accurate, the outside of the phone closely resembles the iPhone 4 same 3.5” retina display but the inside has been completely redesigned.

The 4S includes a dual-core A5 CPU and GPU that reportedly offers up to 7x graphics performance compared to the iPhone 4. The antenna system has also been improved and now includes a dual-antenna system that intelligently switches to improve reception and help avoid dropped calls.

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Android selected by 56 percent of new U.S. smartphone owners in the past 3 months according to Nielsen report.

More than half (56%) of new U.S. smartphone owners the past 3 months picked up an Android device according to Nielsen’s most recent survey. The preferences of “recent acquirers” is important because they are often a leading indicator of where the market is going.

Overall Android grew to 43 percent of all US smartphone subscribers followed by Apple iOS who remained steady at 28 percent overall. It will be interesting to see how these figures are affected by the launch of the new iPhone 4S/5 next month. As well as the expected introduction of the iPhone to the Sprint network.

The holiday season should prove to be very interesting indeed.

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Apple and Dropbox join DPP coalition to reform Electronic Privacy Law

by George Heymann
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been defending privacy, free speech, and digital rights since it was founded in 1990. In April the EFF launched the “Who Has Your Back” campaign calling on thirteen major internet companies to stand with the EFF defending users rights when it comes to government demands for users data.

The petitioned companies include Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Skype, Twitter, Verizon and Yahoo.

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Verizon Wireless and Motorola launch Droid Bionic

by John Roberts

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Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility said the Droid Bionic by Motorola will be exclusively available beginning September 8.

Droid Bionic is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display – all in a sleek form factor that makes it the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless.

Customers can expect to fly across the Web on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.

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Beginning of the end for printed phone directories?

by George Heymann

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The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted Verizons request yesterday to end the automatic delivery of printed residential white page listings to customers in the state. Verizon intends to provide customers with an online, electronic version of the white pages residential listings.

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Phones for Seniors interested in the basics

by George Heymann

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I started researching cell phone options for seniors after Arthur, my 81-year-old father-in-law, mentioned that he might be interested in buying his first cellular phone. Several other friends and co-workers mentioned that they too were looking to purchase a cell-phone for a senior in their lives, that prompted me to write this story.

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I’m having a Andy Rubin moment!

by George Heymann

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After reading Andy Rubins recent blog post regarding the misinformation in the press about Android and Google’s role in supporting the Android ecosystem, I’m more confused than ever.

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