Posts Tagged ‘smartphone’

Cross-Device Tracking: A Privacy Invasive Tracking Method

Monday, November 16th, 2015

No matter where you go or what you do, somebody is watching and trying to figure out how they can sell you more stuff that you don’t really need.

Marketing companies are always on the lookout for new methods to track user activity on the Internet. These information are used to display targeted advertisement to users which have a better return than less-targeted ads. The more a company knows about a user, the higher the return and that is the main reason why companies step up the tracking game despite public outcry about it and the rise of ad-blockers.

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How to Fix “Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I haven’t run into this problem myself (yet,) but maybe you have …

I experienced issues connecting my smartphone to my Windows 7 PC ever since I replaced my Samsung Galaxy Note II with the Motorola Moto G. Nothing happened whenever I plugged the USB cable in and connect the phone to it. The workaround that I came up with was to open Devices and Printers, right-click on the device, select troubleshoot, and wait until Windows would install the required drivers on the system.

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Is it Time to Offer an Alternative to QWERTY?

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Sounds like a great idea for those who are used to unconventional keyboards and those who want to be forced to learn how to type all over again … but a bad idea for just about everyone else.

The QWERTY keyboard layout has been used in most western countries now since the late 1800′s.  Though there are differences in some countries, such as AZERTY in France, this keyboard layout remains with modern computers even though it’s not always the quickest way for people to type.

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Apple’s Retina Display is Perfect – Stop Trying to Beat it!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I’m not a big Apple fan either, but the author makes an interesting point here …

I’m not known for applauding Apple so I’ll give you a moment to pick yourself off the floor before I get into the thrust of this article.  I genuinely believe though that while Apple’s claim for their Retina display on the iPhone 4 that ”the pixel density is so high that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels” is a tad exaggerated, it’s still a remarkable achievement and one that other technology companies need to stop trying to beat.  Let me explain why.

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Have Smart Phone, Will Travel – But Be Careful!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Some of these warnings will seem either familiar or redundant to many smart phone users, but the article still makes some worthwhile points.

One of the great things about living in this age of smart phones and wi-fi devices is that it makes getting connected to the internet pretty easy, no matter where you are. That includes when you are traveling in a different country. The information networks are functional in something like 85% of the world now and that means that you can go just about anywhere and be able to use your smart phone to browse the web, check email, and find out specific information about your destination.

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BBC News releases Smartphone Malware – deliberately

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

This seems like kind of a strange idea for an “experiment.” Does this mean that I could go out and rob a bank, and when the police caught me, I could tell them, “It’s OK … I’m just doing an experiment!”

No, the BBC isn’t trying to subsidise its coffers by branching out into cyber-crime. As an experiment the British public-service broadcaster wants to know just how secure smartphones really are.

The malware takes the form of a game that spies on the smartphone’s owner and was built using the standard software toolkits that are available to everyone. In a report on the experiment today, Experts says that this makes the malware much harder to spot.

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From Hot to Not: How Component Shortages Will Stifle the Smartphone Market

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Component shortages seem to be plaguing a lot of different segments of the electronics market. In addition to the factors discussed here, many vendors have an eye on the uncertain economy and they just don’t want to keep a lot of stock on hand …

A handful of the hottest smartphones are at risk of losing their sizzle due to supply issues, and the overall problem is likely to get worse, not better. The most recent issue is a lack of handset displays, causing HTC to announce a switch from AMOLED screens to SuperLCD on two of the phones it builds, for example. But such component swaps are just stop-gap measures; they don’t address the long-term issue. The real problem is that technology product cycles are starting to outpace parts suppliers’ abilities to quickly produce new components.

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AT&T Seeks a Piece of the $633B Mobile Payment Pie

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Smart move; it sounds like AT&T wants to be the Paypal of mobile computing …

AT&T today announced a mobile payment processing service for all of the carrier’s smartphones, that enables vendors to take credit and debit card payments on the go. AT&T is working with Apriva, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that provides point-of-sale transaction technologies for the wireless market, to deliver the service. With the new offering, AT&T is looking to own a small slice of the mobile payment market, estimated to generate more than $633 billion in transactions by 2014.

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McAfee Acquires Smartphone Security Software Company Trust Digital

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Given the popularity of smart phones, this seems like a pretty safe bet …

Computer and software security company McAfee has acquired Trust Digital, a company that provides security software to mobile phones. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Trust Digital provides enterprise smartphone security and management software for government organizations and various companies. IT organizations use Trust Digital to secure and manage smartphones, including a variety of mobile operating systems including iPhone OS, Android, Web OS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian. McAfee will use Trust Digital's technology to help business secure and deploy applications on smartphone devices, such as the Android and iPhone.

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