Android, BlackBerry and Nokia Log Everything You Do

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Android, Apple, BlackBerry, blog, iPhone, lawsuit, Mobile, News, Nokia, Steve Jobs

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Security researchers have discovered that iPhone running iOS 4 were storing a cache of data on which GPS locations that handset had visited in an unencrypted file, it was dubbed LocationGate and later the whole debacle was just a bug but Apple has to testify in front of the Senate about the matter

Following the incident, one user sent an email to Apple asking for answers. If he didn’t get them soon, he said, he’d switch to Droid; they don’t track him. An email from Steve Jobs, which dropped something of a bombshell: he said Apple doesn’t track anyone’s location, but that Android tracked everyone.

Now time has proven Steve Jobs right. Android phones do track you. In fact, software that comes pre-installed on millions of Android, BlackBerry and Nokia phones log everything you do with your device, and sends them off secretly to its own servers. Trevor Eckhart, the developer who discovered the software, released a video of his findings, watch it below.

Carrier IQ will log and save each key dialed. When receiving a text message, Carrier IQ will process and log the text message, before the user even sees it. Web searches are stored by the service as well, logged in plain text. No encryption. That’s incredible. One privately held company that almost no one has ever heard of has the complete logs of every email, phone call, web search and text message ever sent or received by millions of Android, Blackberry and Nokia users.

In a phone interview to Wired.com, a marketing manager for Carrier IQ defended what the product does:

We’re not looking at texts. We’re counting things. How many texts did you send and how many failed. That’s the level of metrics that are being gathered.

[via CultOfMac]

Microsoft and Nokia to Begin Acquisition Talks Next Week

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Acquisition, blog, Featured, Microsoft, News, Nokia, Rants & Raves, Rumors

Nokia is set to begin discussing the possibility of an acquisition by Microsoft, according to industry insider Eldar Murtazin. The blogger, who has a proven track record of disseminating accurate intel, says negotiations will begin next week and the results will not immediately be made public. If the two giants do work out a sale, however, it could close before the end of 2011. It seems that the deal of selling Nokia to Microsoft is now on the table. Exactly one week ago Microsoft has acquired the Internet Telephony Skype for $8.5 Billion. Is Nokia coming the next?!

Today Eldar Murtazin had this quip on his blog:

Next week Nokia will start the negotiations about the sale of it’s phone unit to Microsoft. For now the results of the negotiations won’t be public, but the deal might close before the end of 2011. Both companies are in a big hurry.

If this came from any other source, I probably would have dismissed it. But coming from a guy who broke the news about the first Nokia Windows Phone deal, weeks before it happened. I’m starting to wonder if this is really the beginning of the end of Nokia?

Nokia PR team stepped in on this issue here in comments and on Twitter with a sort of denial:

We normally don’t comment on rumours as you know, but we have to say that Eldar’s rumours are obviously getting less accurate with every passing moment.

Eldar Murtazin went on to say:

While casting some doubts – it actually does not sound like and outright denial. Something along the lines of “We are not in any negotiations about the sale of the company and do not have any plans to enter into one” – would have sounded more convincing. But I’m not sure if even that would help much at this point.

All it takes, is a look back about how the original story about Nokia Windows phone deal unfolded, and how surprised people at all levels below the very top were. I bet that in January very few people at Nokia were aware that dropping Symbian and Meego, and going Windows Phone 100% was even an option.

Apple Did Not Infringe Five Nokia Patents

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Gadgets, News, Nokia, Patents, Rants & Raves

Nokia sued Apple in May 2010, claiming the company infringed five of Nokia’s patents. The patents cover wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and are infringed by all Apple iPhone models shipped since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, Nokia alleged. Nokia’s statement in May 2010 about the lawsuit:

Nokia has been the leading developer of many key technologies in mobile devices” said Paul Melin, General Manager, Patent Licensing at Nokia. “We have taken this step to protect the results of our pioneering development and to put an end to continued unlawful use of Nokia’s innovation.

Now, Reuters reports that the International Trade Commision has ruled that Apple in fact did not violate any of Nokia’s patents.

A judge at the International Trade Commission, which hears many patent cases, said that Apple did not violate the Nokia patents.

Nokia Uses Apple’s Macs to Announce Microsoft Partnership

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Humor, Microsoft, News, Nokia, Rants & Raves

As Noted by the folks at Appleinsider Nokia used Apple’s mac to announce their precious partnership with Microsoft, here is the details:

When Nokia wanted to convince the world that it would bring consumers “stellar hardware and innovative software and great services” in its partnership with Microsoft, it turned to Apple’s Mac-only iMovie to get word out.

Following the announcement of Microsoft Nokia partnership a video posted by the company’s NokiaConversations YouTube account presents its new chief executive Steven Elop, formerly the head of Microsoft’s Office-centric Business Division, speaking about how Nokia’s new partnership with Microsoft will “create opportunities beyond anything that currently exists.”

Verizon has already brought Bing to some of its customers forcibly, erasing Google as the default option and generating a response that indicates that, perhaps, consumers don’t really want the brand that much after all. Microsoft also failed to bring Office to mobile phones as promised in its previous partnership with Nokia in 2009, when it was Elop himself representing Microsoft in the photos of executives of the two companies shaking hands.

Nokia talks Microsoft but uses iMovie

But that’s not the only thing familiar about Nokia’s video. Adrian Boioglu, a Romanian blogger, noticed that Nokia’s soundtrack was the same used by Apple in its presentation of the new unibody MacBook Pros in 2009. But they’re not just borrowing the same catchy tune.

The song is actually Pendulum, an Apple Loop installed as part of iMovie, available for royalty free use by anyone who uses a Mac to create iMovies, at least for non-commercial use.

The license agreement for Apple’s included “loop content’ reads, “You may use the Apple and third party audio loop content (”Audio Content”), contained in or otherwise included with the Apple Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original soundtracks for your video and audio projects. You may broadcast and/or distribute your own soundtracks that were created using the Audio Content, however, individual audio loops may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound effects or music beds.”

Oops! This isn’t the first time Microsoft has been embarrassed by the use of Macs within its efforts to sell Windows. In 2008, the company’s “I’m a PC” campaign graphics were found to have actually been made on a Mac.

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