OpenStreetMap 8th Anniversary Birthday party!

The OpenStreetMap 8th Anniversary Birthday party is an event which took place on Saturday, 18 August 2012 to celebrate the “birthday” of the project. Partying in several locations around the world!

via OpenStreetMap 8th Anniversary Birthday party – OpenStreetMap Wiki.


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

iOS security flaw

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.

What Is Google Now and How Do I Use It?

Google Now

When Jelly Bean was officially announced, Android users had a lot to be excited about. The latest version of the OS is super-smooth (like Butter!), there are expandable notifications that actually include functionality, there is a better keyboard, better widgets, and a better camera/gallery.

The biggest announcements, of-course, were the addition of a better voice search, and with it, Google Now. So what is Google Now? Let’s find out!

Continue @ What Is Google Now and How Do I Use It? | Android.AppStorm.


Updated Google Play app reveals gift card support, wish list coming soon?


If the images and link settings Android Police has dug up from the most recent (v3.8.15) Google Play APK that’s rolling out are correct, we could see a coupe more features coming to the Android app and media store soon. First up are very fleshed out menus for the redemption of Play Store gift cards, perfect for users that aren’t enthused about putting their credit card info out there and would rather purchase a few bucks prepaid and then spend them as they will. Also contained within the APK but not activated or accessible by default is some sort of wish list functionality. Hit the source link for all the images and screens that have been found so far, well have to wait and see when these pop up in a future updated or get activated later on.

via Updated Google Play app reveals gift card support, wish list coming soon? – Engadget.


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.


How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photo


Until recently, I only vaguely understood what each Instagram filter accomplished. I knew, for instance, that Rise would virtually erase the massive pimple on my face without washing out my skin tone. I assumed that every Twilight fan preferred Sutro, with its dark and enchanting exposure. And as for Kelvin — why even venture a guess?

If you’re like me, you stick with one to three tried-and-tested filters and forget the rest. Every so often, you make a halfhearted attempt to shuffle through the rest, only to become overwhelmed by the choices.

via How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photo.


Office 2013 preview: cloud subscriptions, Metro flair, and touch improvements | The Verge

Microsoft’s Office 2013 reaches its public Customer Preview milestone today, available for end users to test on Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. Microsoft is calling its Office 2013 suite, codenamed Office 15, a “modern” version of the software that is used on a billion PCs worldwide. Cloud-connected and designed to work well on Windows 8 tablets, Office 2013 signals a shift to document collaboration and anywhere any device access. Notably, Microsoft is introducing an on-demand subscription version of Office 2013 that can be streamed from any Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with the ability to sync settings and documents. With strong competition from Google Apps and Apple’s iCloud storage and iPad hardware, how does Microsoft plan to keep Office 2013 desktop software and its cloud offerings relevant in a multi device era? Read on to find out…

via Office 2013 preview: cloud subscriptions, Metro flair, and touch improvements | The Verge.


Android Hits 51.8% Market Share In the U.S.


Android has a bigger U.S. market share than all other mobile operating systems combined, according to a new report by Nielsen.

Nielsen’s research shows that 51.8% of smartphone owners in the U.S. use an Android handset. Apple’s iOS has a 34.3% market share, and the rest is divided between RIM’s BlackBerry (8.1%) and Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 platforms (4.3%)…

via Android Hits 51.8% Market Share In the U.S. [STUDY].


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