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1010phonerates Newsletter - June 2007
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AT&T Hoping the iPhone Has Coattails
New York Times
By: Matt Richtel
Published: June 23, 2007

When the iPhone goes on sale next Friday, people are likely to flood AT&T Wireless and Apple stores to check out the new device. But will the curiosity translate into big business for AT&T? Industry analysts and executives offer mixed opinions about how much the iPhone will shake up the wireless business...


Cell phone hacking has unlikely ring
By: Bob Sullivan
Posted: June 22, 2007

Just how easy is it to hack into a cell phone? The strange story of Heather Kuykendall and her neighbors in Tacoma, Wash., begs that question. Kuykendall says someone has managed to hijack her phone and use it to spy on her. Whoever it is apparently is able to turn her phone on and off, order the unit's camera to take pictures and even enable the speakerphone function so the device can be used as a bug...


A Guide to Anywhere, Right in Your Hand
New York Times
By: Michelle Higgins
Published: June 17, 2007

JUST off the plane in Columbus, Ohio, you have a craving for Italian food. You hop into your rental car and drive straight to Buca di Beppo on North Front Street, where supersize pasta dishes are served family style.

All the information you needed was three clicks away on your cellphone thanks to Earthcomber, one of several new services designed to make browsing the Web easier on your cellphone, BlackBerry or other mobile device...


FBI Identifies Hacked Computers
Los Angeles Times
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
June 15, 2007

Hackers have infiltrated at least 1 million computers in the U.S. without their owners' consent, using them to steal personal information or attack other systems, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI plans to notify the computers' owners, most of whom are unaware that someone is using their computer to commit a crime, according to a statement. Criminals take control of a group of remote computers and use that network to launch attacks...


Google and Intel lead effort to cut power wasted by computers
International Herald Tribune
By: Laurie J. Flynn
Published: June 13, 2007

Google and Intel are leading a consortium of major technology companies in an effort to sharply reduce the amount of power wasted by personal computers and servers.

The energy-saving effort, announced Tuesday, is called the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. It will also include a large-scale campaign to educate consumers and corporate computer managers about technology's role in the emission of greenhouse gases...


EU governments OK lower roaming fees
By: Aoife White, AP Business Writer
June 7, 2007

Consumers claimed a victory Thursday as EU governments agreed to cut the cost of using mobile phones abroad, paving the way for a cap on roaming fees to be introduced later this summer. EU travelers could first notice a difference when they slip over a border in August...


Vonage Loses Court Challenge Over Payments to a Federal Fund
Associated Press
Published: June 2, 2007

A federal appeals court on Friday denied Vonage's challenge of a rule requiring telecommunications companies to contribute to a fund that supports service for schools, libraries and rural and low-income households. The Federal Communications Commission rule, which went into effect last year, required Vonage and other providers of Internet telephone service to pay into the Universal Service Fund. Vonage claimed that the F.C.C. had overstepped its authority and overestimated how much it should pay...


Spammer Arrested and Charged With Fraud
Associated Press
Published: June 1, 2007
A 27-year-old man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users might notice a decrease in junk e-mail.

The man, Robert Alan Soloway, is accused of using networks of compromised "zombie" computers to send out millions upon millions of pieces of spam...


Cingular Complaint Becomes Music Video
By Mark Huffman
May 7, 2007

There are some customers, like Justin Callway, you just shouldn't kiss off. Justin encountered a little-publicized problem with Cingular mobile phones and didn't get any help, or even any interest -- from Cingular.

It seems that Cingular (now AT&T) phones emit an RF (Radio Frequency) interference just before they ring. If it happens when the phone is near speakers or other sensitive electronic equipment, and the volume is turned up, the equipment can get fried...


Phones studied as attack detector
By Mimi Hall
Published: May 4, 2007

The government is researching whether the best defense against a chemical, biological or radiological attack might one day be right in everyone's hands — or on their ears.

Homeland Security officials are looking into outfitting cellphones with detectors that would alert emergency responders to radiological isotopes, toxic chemicals and biological agents such as anthrax...


Cell Phones Turned into Emergency-alert Devices
By Jon Van
Chicago Tribune
Published April 30, 2007

Cell phones can tell you where you are, take photos, play music and do plenty of other neat stuff, but, as yet, they don't alert users to danger.
They should do that and more, in the view of Michael Kennedy, a Chicago entrepreneur whose start-up company is called Sssh Technology and who has been making the rounds in Congress and with the Federal Communications Commission and the Homeland Security folks to push his idea to turn cell phones into emergency-alert devices...


One call to tell the world all about you
By Brad Stone and Matt Richtel
International Herald Tribune
Published: April 30, 2007

While Walter Zai was in South Africa watching the wild animals recently, people around the world were watching him.

Zai, a 37-year-old Swiss engineer, used his mobile phone to send out constant updates and images from his safari for an online audience.

"You feel like you are instantly broadcasting your own life and experiences to your friends at home, and to anyone in the world who wants to join," said Zai, who used a new online service called Kyte to create his digital diary.

The social networking phenomenon is leaving the confines of the personal computer. Powerful new mobile devices are allowing people to send round-the-clock updates about their vacations, their moods or their latest haircut...


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