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Android Phones Vulnerability – NFC Exploited

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Charlie Miller, an experienced hacker has managed to hack into Android phones using nothing but a short range radio technology called ‘Near Field Communication’ (or NFC for short).

The short range technology can inject an Android phone with a particular set of code and direct it to websites, activate viruses and even steal data stored on the device.

NFC is being introduced in mobile phones in order to enter the credit card market – it has recently been announced that the iPhone 5 will contain an NFC chip, potentially making it possible to make transactions using the flagship phone.

Samsung Admits Software Upgrade Mistake

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Samsung has admitted that the recent update to it’s Galaxy S3 was accidental – it was designed to remove the ability to search multiple places (web, apps, contacts etc) via a single interface. It was supposed to remove the feature only in the US, but it has done so on phones in the UK too.

This is in response to a court case initiated by Apple; they claim that the ‘all-in-one’ interface infringes a patent from Apple’s iOS system.

Samsung have stated that they will fix their mistake within the next few days.

Apple Forced to Run Adverts – Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


A UK court has ordered Apple to run adverts stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

The technology giant must keep a notice on their website for at least six months, and that they must place adverts in newspapers and magazines.

The adverts must “make reference to the court case” and repair the apparent damage to Samsung’s tablet.

This is an embarrassing turnaround for Apple, especially after publicly announcing that Samsung copied their flagship tablet.

US Court Bans Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


A US court has banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet – version 10.1.

This is after Apple appealed for an injunction against Samsung for copying their patents.

Samsung is thought to be Apple’s primary rival in the tablet market, although Microsoft is seen to be attempting to gain a market share with the new ‘Surface’ tablet due to be released soon.

Originally the injunction against Samsung was rejected by a Californian judge, but since the Federal Court of Appeals ruled that it must be looked into again, the original judge changed his mind.

The hearing is set to proceed on the 30th of July.

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