Samsung announces dual-SIM Galaxy S Duos, available in Europe from September

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Samsung has announced the Galaxy S Duos, a new dual-SIM Android 4.0 handset featuring a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. Aimed at customers who frequently switch SIM cards, either when crossing international borders or when managing work and personal commitments, the Duos includes what Samsung terms “always on” technology, allowing users to take calls using one account without disrupting activities on the other. According to a company press release, it will be available in Europe from September before being “rolled out across other territories.”

While Samsung has not revealed information on the device’s processor or RAM, the Duos reportedly comes with 4GB of internal storage upgradeable via a microSD slot. As for networking, it supports HSDPA, EDGE, and standard GPRS, and Samsung makes reference to an upcoming LTE version, the internal specs of which may differ. The device clearly takes its visual cues from the higher-specced Galaxy S III, though its body is shorter, narrower, and thicker.

via Samsung announces dual-SIM Galaxy S Duos, available in Europe from September | The Verge.


Security researcher exposes a five-year-old SMS flaw in iOS

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Security researcher and iOS hacker pod2g has detailed a “serious” security flaw affecting all iPhones that he says could facilitate hackers or thieves to access your personal information. The flaw involves a malicious party spoofing the “reply” to number, essentially forcing you to send an SMS to a different number than the one you initially intended. According to pod2g, this flaw is present in all versions of iOS up to and including the latest iOS 6 beta 4.

The SMS flaw takes advantage of a feature in the PDU (Protocol Description Unit) — the protocol handles the sending and receiving of various types of messages in mobile devices. Included in the message header — similar to an email header — are various pieces of information regarding the message, including the sender details. This feature, commonly utilized for automated messages from companies and carriers, can be exploited since carriers don’t check for the validity of this information when used by third-parties. While all devices are capable of receiving these messages, iOS does not allow you to view the number that you’re replying to. This enables a malicious sender to fake his identity, making you think that a trusted number is sending the SMS. Because the “reply-to” number is different to the number displayed, iOS would send your message to a hidden number without you realizing.

While this is an issue Apple should address, there isn’t any immediate danger, as companies and financial institutions would never encourage sharing sensitive data over SMS. The researcher states that this could be used to impersonate your bank or incriminate you, but it’s difficult to imagine a situation where a user would start divulging sensitive information through a text message. The fact that this flaw has been around since the dawn of iOS but wasn’t exploited in a large enough scale to raise eyebrows, speaks volumes.

via Security researcher exposes a five-year-old SMS flaw in iOS | The Verge.

IDC: Android and iOS continue to carve up the world, another record quarter for smartphones


According to IDC’s latest figures, Android and iOS now account for 85 percent of the 152 million smartphones shipped in Q2 2012. Google’s OS powered 68.1 percent of all smartphones sold — with Samsung making the hardware behind for just under half of those. Apple’s smartphones now claim a 16.9 percent marketshare and while plenty of phone shoppers are holding out for the iPhone’s next iteration, iOS still saw double-digit growth in Q2. There’s more bad news for both BlackBerry and Symbian platforms, which, combined, accounted for less than 10 percent of all smartphones shipped last quarter. Windows Phone 7, meanwhile, hasn’t quite made it to that hallowed third place it reckons it deserves. The mobile OS continues to grow, however, albeit at a gentler rate than both iOS and Android. Microsoft’s likely pinning its hopes on the adjustable widgets and meatier specifications of Windows Phone 8 to draw in some new customers this fall.

via IDC: Android and iOS continue to carve up the world, another record quarter for smartphones – Engadget.

If The iPhone 5 Really Looks Like This, Apple May Be Screwed!

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Over the past few days, the latest round of purported pictures of Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 5 have hit the web.

And I can’t be the only potential customer who is deflated by what they see.

Here’s a video from a Japanese Blog showing the casing:

In fact, I’ll go far enough to say that, if the iPhone 5 looks like the pictures that have recently appeared, Apple may be screwed.


via If The iPhone 5 Really Looks Like This, Apple May Be Screwed… – Business Insider.

Are Apple fans learning at last?

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Apple Inc faces an unusual phenomenon when reporting earnings this time around: low expectations.

Few are expecting the world’s most valuable technology company — which surpasses Wall Street expectations with near regularity — to deliver a bumper quarter once more on Tuesday.

The main reason: consumers holding out for the new iPhone.

Apple may still surprise market watchers, but many Wall Street analysts and investors remember how chatter over the launch of a new iPhone last year caused Apple to miss quarterly expectations in the fall, for the first time in years…

via Apple heads into choppy waters as new iPhone awaited | Reuters.

50 Completely Free Android Apps

There’s certainly no shortage of free Android apps, but a lot of these are really more like free demos: they’re ad-supported “lite” versions with accompanying paid apps, or they’re 30 day trials, or they require you to unlock extra features via in-app purchases or by paying for a monthly account.

That’s not a bad thing, of course; we shouldn’t expect all developers to give away the products of their hard work for free! But in this roundup, we’ll look exclusively at apps that don’t ask for a penny.

50 Completely Free Android Apps | Android.AppStorm.

Amazon buys UpNext – a 3D mapping startup

While Apple has been distancing itself from Google with the introduction of its own mapping service, it looks like Amazon might be following suit in the near future. According to reports online, the company recently bought up a 3D mapping startup, UpNext. The conditions of the deal weren’t mentioned – neither were what Amazon plans to do with the startup but we can be pretty sure it’s going to be the inclusion of a mapping service on the next generation Kindle Fire tablet (the current version lacks a GPS system).

Amazon buys UpNext – a 3D mapping startup | Ubergizmo.

Android Shines In 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Google took the wraps off of the latest version of its operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, at its annual developer conference Wednesday.

Set to come to the Nexus series and the Motorola Xoom in mid-July, the OS is being born into a world where its predecessor -– Ice Cream Sandwich -– still hasn’t made its way onto most Android handsets.

Technically just an incremental update to the OS, Jelly Bean adds a number of welcome features and enhancements that make Android feel like a whole different animal.

Android Shines In 4.1 Jelly Bean Update [REVIEW].

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