Android's Contactless Payment Strategy Takes Shape

March 30, 2011

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is working with Mastercard and CitiCorp to develop its contactless payment system for Android.

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The Secure Mobile Payments Gold Rush

March 25, 2011

In the near future, your mobile device will also be an electronic wallet, holding your credit cards, transit cards and other personal information and, perhaps transmitted via Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless technology.

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Blackberry Users Advised to Turn Off Javascript

March 24, 2011

According to Blackberry's manufacturer, Research In Motion (RIM), a vulnerability in the open source WebKit browser engine could make remote code execution possible on some models. If exploited, an attacker would be able to read or write to the built-in media storage section of a BlackBerry or to the media card, but would not gain access to user data that the email, calendar and contact applications stored in the phone. Nonetheless, the manufacturer is recommending that Blackberry users disable Javascript as a precaution.

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Global Electronics Giant Freescale Goes Public

March 4, 2011

In February, Freescale Semiconductor Holdings announced a $1.15 billion IPO as their corporate stock became available to the public for the very first time. As the world’s leading developer of embedded semiconductors, Freescale has dominated the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking, and wireless markets in more than 30 different countries. Including their most noteworthy role as the in-house chip supplier at Motorola, Freescale has built key components for the Razr, Apple’s notebook computers, and more.

The company’s reorganization is almost complete. Freescale has laid out many innovative plans for the near future, building up performance and credibility as they keep pace with the popular electronics including Kindle and Sony tablet readers.

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The Cone of Silence: Apple iPhone Glitch Causes Audio Lockdown for Thousands of Toyotas

February 10, 2011

Toyota, one of the world’s top auto makers, issued an alert to 200 dealers that a software glitch in the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano 6G can affect the audio in many of their cars. Upon discovery of this technical issue, Toyota warns that Apple’s operating systems are incompatible with the car’s audio. When used, the iPod displays a “Loading” message, and the USB input for the device is completely unusable, leaving the consumer in unexpected silence.

This software glitch with iPhone and iPad devices, which occurred when the iOS4.1 iTunes software update was released last fall, has already impacted tens of thousands of Toyota’s best-selling models that include the Yaris, Corolla, Prius, and LandCruiser.

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