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  • In the aftermath of its server crash, T-mobile resumed the sale of its Smartphone Sidekick at lower prices.


    T-mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and having GSM operations in Europe, Asia and USA with a user base of over 350 million subscribers, resumed selling its Sidekick cell phones at cheaper rates. Sidekick 2008 will be sold at $ 49 while Sidekick LX 2009 will be sold at $149 which is down by $ 25 from $175.


    t-mobile-logoIt is notable that on October 1, Sidekick users lost data functionality while some users faced personal data loss. During the server crash, people were asked not to let their cell phones switch off or face data loss. During the server failure, contact numbers, pictures, calendars, notes, tasks and other personal information of several Sidekick users was lost.


    This sent a panic wave among the users who had their data hosted on the cloud. However the services were restored on Oct 8, some users were still coming out of the hit.


    Microsoft Corp’s data centers were hosting the Sidekick data when the failure struck. Media reports say that Microsoft had hired Hitachi to upgrade a portion of its servers when something went wrong. Microsoft didn’t keep any backup of data.


    Some lawsuits were also filed against T-mobile and Microsoft. T-mobile tried to compensate the affected users by $ 100 gift cards.


    T-mobile Sidekick models are among the most desired and niche cell phones in the market. The flip out screen with the full keyboard is really great for text messaging.


    The question remains whether Sidekick will able to strike a chord with the customers again. This failure raised a question not only on the role of T-mobile and Microsoft, but also on the reliability of the concept of cloud computing.



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  • It has been discovered that the first iPhone worm is rickrolling jailbroken phones, most notably across Australia. IPhone users have been expecting an incident such as this one ever since the hacking of iPhone wallpapers in the Netherlands earlier this month. Jailbroken phones, those, which have been adapted to run unofficial code in order to circumvent Apple's App store, are able to download applications available through other sources. Potentially up to 10 % of iPhones in circulation may be jail broken according to Jay Freeman, the founder of Cydia. Researchers agree that the process of jailbreaking decreases the security of the iPhone, leaving jailbroken phones at increased risk of hacking and worms.


    Rickrolling is a phenomenon previously seen in email exchanges and fatuous blog posts, in which the expected content belies a link to the Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Several well-known incidents of rickrolling have occurred in the past two years: during the Eastern Washington University women's basketball games in March 2008; on several political blogs under posts that alleged racism on the part of First Lady Michelle Obama; and on Facebook and PayPal on the part of security expert Dan Kaminsky in order to point out troublesome vulnerabilities.


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    The iPhone worm rickrolls involves the wallpaper of the phone changing to a picture of Astley accompanied by the text “ikee is never going to give you up.” Responsibility for the event has been claimed by a hacker known as “ikex,” and cast as a harmless prank that reveals security risks for jailbroken phones. IPhone user in Australia who kept the default SSH password for their phones have been the only ones affected. Numerous experts have detailed how to change the password on their websites. While the first iPhone worm to rickrolls jailbroken phones is not the first security flaw to emerge with the iPhone it may become the most high profile warning for vigilance concerning phone security.



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  • Waterproof Cell Phones
    Posted on April 16, 2009 by Pure Mobile

    From the weird files.  So CTIA has come and gone this year and we came across this interesting story over at gearlog.com


    So it turns out that a big surprise to a lot of people was the Fujitsu booth.  They were showing off a cell phone that was water proof.  Turns out Sanyo and Fujitsu both make serveral waterproof phones to cater to the Japanese market.


    Gearlog.com says


    Apparently, in Japan, folks spend a lot of time in the bath. Japanese bathtubs are much deeper and larger than American tubs, and they're more conducive to lounging around. Japanese folks swear by the health benefits of long, hot, frequent baths. Also, in a crowded society, the bath is one place you can get perfect privacy, and some peace and quiet.


    It's actually really interesting because Gearlog.com goes on to say


    [That] an entire waterproof offshoot of the consumer-electronics industry has popped up: waterproof TVs, waterproof cell phones, and of course, waterproof cell phones with TV capability. Because why should you have to stop a nice, long soak to answer the phone? Makes perfect sense...


    It's really interesting that people actually are like this.  You rarely see this in North America.  Most people take a quick-ish shower and go on with their day, but Japanese people not only like taking baths but they also like features on the phones.  So as soon as phones started appearing being water proof it became a standard feature most people wanted



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