Bluetooth security flaw found

Cryptographers have found a security flaw in Bluetooth that allows unauthorized pairing between (among other things) mobile phones. Pairing is the process that Bluetooth devices go through to make sure the owner of each device is aware of the connection. During pairing, the same PIN has to be entered on both devices.

Cryptographers have found a security flaw in Bluetooth that allows unauthorized pairing between (among other things) mobile phones. Pairing is the process that Bluetooth devices go through to make sure the owner of each device is aware of the connection. During pairing, the same PIN has to be entered on both devices.

The new flaw allows a malicious user to pair without the other device alerting its owner. It masquerades as another device that’s currently paired with the target:

Avishai Wool and Yaniv Shaked [of Tel Aviv University in Israel] have managed to force pairing by pretending to be one of the two devices and sending a message to the other claiming to have forgotten the link key. This prompts the other device to discard the link key and the two then begin a new pairing session, which the hacker can then use

Source:MobileTracker

Nokia Makes Donation to GNOME Foundation

Donations of sales of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet in the Developer Device Program will go to the GNOME Foundation.Nokia, which recently launched the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, announced today a developer device program at the GNOME user and Developer European Conference (GUADEC). The developer device program will donate the proceeds from the sales of 500 Nokia 770 devices to the GNOME Foundation.

Donations of sales of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet in the Developer Device Program will go to the GNOME Foundation.

STUTTGART, Germany –May 31, 2005 – Nokia, which recently launched the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, announced today a developer device program at the GNOME user and Developer European Conference (GUADEC). The developer device program will donate the proceeds from the sales of 500 Nokia 770 devices to the GNOME Foundation.

The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is based on Linux and widely deployed Open Source technologies like GNOME. At the core of the Nokia 700 Internet Tablet is Hildon Application Framework, which is based on GNOME technology. This technology has been adapted with extensions and modifications to evolve a user interface framework that is better suited for handheld category devices.

“GNOME is a very powerful and user-friendly environment suitable for desktops,” said Ari Jaaksi, Director, Open Software Platform, Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia. “By harnessing the power of GNOME and adapting it for handhelds on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, we are delivering an impressive product that will continue to grow with the help and input of GNOME and Open Source users and developers.”

The tablet, which was unveiled on the 25 of May at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York, will allow users to browse the web, check e-mail, read the latest news, listen to Internet radio or their own music, watch videos and store and view images.

“We’re very excited about the release of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet,” said Timothy Ney, executive director of the GNOME Foundation. “We are also really grateful to Nokia for donating the proceeds of the developer device program to the GNOME Foundation.”

The 770 Internet Tablet has a host of utilities, including a file manager, PDF reader, notes and sketch capabilities, as well as games. It has a high-resolution 4.13-inch touch screen, 800×480 resolution and 65,536 colors that will show off the truly impressive graphic environment. It also features an on-screen keyboard and handwriting capabilities, as well as zooming, panning and full-screen features.

Source:guadec

Nokia Sensor – New Social Software for Bluetooth Phones

Nokia Sensor is a social software application from Nokia that allows you to meet similarly Bluetooth enabled Nokia phone owners around you. You can setup your own “folio” on your phone and then scan nearby phones to see other folios around you. Send sensor messages back and forth and view the ‘popularity’ of those around you. Check the Nokia website to see if your Nokia phone is compatible with the software, select your language, and then download for free the software application.

Nokia Sensor is a social software application from Nokia that allows you to meet similarly Bluetooth enabled Nokia phone owners around you. You can setup your own "folio" on your phone and then scan nearby phones to see other folios around you. Send sensor messages back and forth and view the ‘popularity’ of those around you. Check the Nokia website to see if your Nokia phone is compatible with the software, select your language, and then download for free the software application.
Nokia Demo
via textually.org and blueserker.com

Brains behind the Nokia 770 internet tablet

The Brains behind the Nokia 770 internet tablet seem to be Texas Instruments.This appears like a a rumor

 The Brains behind the Nokia 770 internet tablet seem to be Texas Instruments.This appears like a a rumor.

But the layout of the OMAP1710 seems pretty much the layout of the Nokia 770

Read more at TI 

Source:mobitopia 

Sony Ericsson and Vodafone introduces stylish entertainment for 3G with the beautiful V600i

For everyone who wants a beautifully designed 3G phone that can access the latest music and videos from Vodafone live! Sony Ericsson and Vodafone are now announcing the V600i. Specially designed for Vodafone by Sony Ericsson, this 3G UMTS handset is groundbreaking in design, performance and functionality

London – For everyone who wants a beautifully designed 3G phone that can access the latest music and videos from Vodafone live! Sony Ericsson and Vodafone are now announcing the V600i. Specially designed for Vodafone by Sony Ericsson, this 3G UMTS handset is groundbreaking in design, performance and functionality with wide appeal for consumers wishing to experience the full range of Vodafone’s 3G consumer services. The V600i is delivers the full performance and possibilities of 3G networks, including high quality video telephony and fast download of full track music and video and other mobile content from the Vodafone live! portal.

The V600i has sleek good looks and sober black colouring. It is also easy to use and to navigate around its features. Sony Ericsson’s intuitive dual front camera/phone design allows the handset to be used vertically as a phone, and horizontally as a camera, and the 1.3 MegaPixel camera has an active lens cover for swift activation and protection. For consumers keen to try video telephony, it can be done in just a few clicks with the use of the direct video telephony button. The V600i offers a world of applications, from exciting mobile content to video calling and personal creativity. Images, videos, games are always crisp and clear on the large – 1.8 inch – 262.000 colour TFD screen

The V600i is fully featured with a suite of business applications for personal information management and PC-synchronisation via USB, making it the ideal executive work tool, providing business efficiency with high speed access. Thanks to its Bluetooth™ capabilities, it is the ideal phone to use in the car with a Bluetooth wireless handsfree solution or on the go with a Bluetooth portable handsfree.

The V600i offers a great entertainment experience through ‘Vodafone live!’ services, effortlessly handling 3D games, music and animations. Consumers can enjoy content streamed from the Vodafone live! portal, including live sports and music videos. The V600i offers rapid browsing in combination with the broadband capabilities of Vodafone’s UMTS networks, enabling users to gain access to pages quickly, and to download content, whether it’s pictures, music, mail, news, ringtones or games quickly. The phone features a superb 3D Java gaming engine and brings multiplayer gaming via Bluetooth to a new level of interactivity.

High quality audio coupled with an FM radio and the ability to import full track music downloads direct to the phone make the V600i an ideal companion for travelling, the gym or simply relaxing. For consumers keen to exercise their creative muscle, a host of personal creativity tools allows them to personalise ringtones, wallpapers, still shots and video footage in new, inspiring ways. The 32MB internal memory of the V600i makes it possible to store a rich library of ring tones, video clips, music and pictures.

The V600i will be available in Vodafone stores starting in some markets in early Q3 2005.

Source:Sony Ericsson

Bluetooth added to the New Oxford American Dictionary

Ever wondered what it takes to be added to the dictionary? Well, it seems 2000 words have what it takes to be added to the New Oxford American Dictionary.
Among the technology or computer words added: blogosphere, bluetooth,


Ever wondered what it takes to be added to the dictionary? Well, it seems 2000 words have what it takes to be added to the New Oxford American Dictionary.
Among the technology or computer words added: blogosphere, bluetooth, phishing, malware, infoholic, hacktivist, megapixel, code monkey, lurker, and RFID.

You can find more of the 2000 words at Yahoo

Nokia Unveils Nokia 1110 and Nokia 1600

At a press conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, Nokia outlined its strategy to bring the benefits of mobility to new growth markets. Today, Nokia also introduced the Nokia 1110 and Nokia 1600 – two new mobile phones aimed at first time users and consumers in growth markets like Africa. At the same time, Nokia unveiled the Nokia Prepaid Tracker, the world’s first completely networks-based solution that enables prepaid users to monitor their account balance on the handset display after each call.

Unveils Nokia 1110 and Nokia 1600, affordable, easy-to-use mobile phones, and Nokia Prepaid Tracker

 

Nairobi, Kenya – At a press conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, Nokia outlined its strategy to bring the benefits of mobility to new growth markets. Today, Nokia also introduced the Nokia 1110 and Nokia 1600 – two new mobile phones aimed at first time users and consumers in growth markets like Africa.  At the same time, Nokia unveiled the Nokia Prepaid Tracker, the world’s first completely networks-based solution that enables prepaid users to monitor their account balance on the handset display after each call. The Nokia 1110 and Nokia 1600 join Nokia’s range of entry level phones which emphasize ease-of-use, reliability and affordability, and contain technological features which reduce the total cost of mobile ownership for consumers. Both models are expected to be commercially available during the third quarter 2005.
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"The number of new mobile users in fast growing markets continues to rise dramatically and nowhere is the rate of growth more evident than in Africa. By the end of this year, Nokia anticipates Africa will be home to 100 million subscribers and expects the African subscriber base to double to 200 million by 2009. Nokia has been instrumental in propelling the industry towards the goal of 3 billion people connected globally by 2010 because mobility offers so many benefits, such as creating employment, opening new channels of communication for social services and even helping to stimulate economies," said Juha Pinomaa, Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia.
 
"At Nokia, we firmly believe the key to success in new growth markets like Africa, is to work closely with mobile operators to reduce the overall cost of mobile phone ownership for consumers. It is equally important for us to work closely with government bodies to overcome possible barriers that are preventing forward momentum. With the right combination of mobile phones, network solutions services and a regulated environment, we envision a mobile landscape where operators can profitably offer mobile services to consumers for as little as USD 5 per month. When the cost of mobile services becomes this affordable, we foresee the growth curve in growth markets accelerating sharply. "

Nokia gives patents to Linux…Grow penguin grow

Nokia has modified its Patent Statement with an exemption for official releases of the Linux Kernel. For an indefinite period of time, Nokia reserves the right of non-assertion and will effectively turn a blind eye to any new functionality added to the kernel that infringes upon some of its patents.

This is intended to help provide what Nokia refers to as a “framework of certainty” around open source.

Nokia has modified its Patent Statement with an exemption for official releases of the Linux Kernel. For an indefinite period of time, Nokia reserves the right of non-assertion and will effectively turn a blind eye to any new functionality added to the kernel that infringes upon some of its patents.

This is intended to help provide what Nokia refers to as a "framework of certainty" around open source.

Nokia’s stated reason for the move is that the Linux Kernel and other open sources projects contribute to innovation and the creation and rapid deployment of new technologies. In a statement, Nokia challenged other industry leaders to follow suit and take a clear public position on the issue of IP with regard to open source.

For the time being, Nokia’s Patent Statement is limited to official releases of the Linux Kernel, but the company is exploring ways to extend the arrangement to other open source projects that it has taken an active role in.

Source:betanews

Nokia launches new Linux based Internet Tablet product category

The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet enables easy broadband access to the Internet over Wi-Fi

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New York – Today Nokia introduced its first device in the new Internet Tablet category, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and email communications in a sleek pocketsize format. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet features an impressive high-resolution (800×480) widescreen display with zoom and on-screen keyboard, ideal for viewing online content over Wi-Fi. Aside from Wi-Fi, the device can also connect to the Internet utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology via a compatible mobile phone.

 
"We are very excited to introduce our first Nokia Internet Tablet device to the market. With the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet consumers can access broadband Internet services away from their desktop, for example in the backyard or at a café within a Wi-Fi hotspot", says Janne Jormalainen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia.
 
The device runs on Linux based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software edition which includes widely deployed desktop Linux and Open Source technologies. The maemo development platform (www.maemo.org) will provide Open Source developers and innovation houses with the tools and opportunities to collaborate with Nokia on future devices and OS releases in the Internet Tablet category.
 
"Linux is a logical choice for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet as Linux and the Open Source development platform provide us with fast and efficient solutions to build products for this new, Nokia product category. This is the first step in creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regularly updates of the software. The next software release planned for the first half of next year will support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging", continues Janne Jormalainen.
 
Additional highlighted applications of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with the 2005 software include an Internet Radio, RSS News reader, Image viewer and Media players for selected types of media. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is planned to start shipping in the third quarter of 2005 in selected countries in the Americas and Europe.

God now just an SMS away

Mauj Telecom launches a spiritual service that will enable users to offer prayers using a code

Mauj Telecom launches a spiritual service that will enable users to offer prayers using a code 7077.
 
God is now just an SMS away. For those who have no time to visit temples, here’s an opportunity to be in touch with Him. Silent prayers are passe. You can offer flowers, light incense sticks and more while on the move.
 
Mauj Telecom, a wireless content provider, launched a spiritual channel early this week that will enable mobile users to perform elaborate prayers using a short code 7077.
 
The company claims having 500 downloads on the first day of the launch early this week.
 
If a user wants to perform, say a Ganesh puja, all he has to do is download the relevant application from the short code.
 
At the next stage, he will be able to say a prayer in the following manner: Key 1 — light the lamp; key 2 — offer durva (grass); key 3 — offer garland; key 4 — offer modaks (sweet); key 5 — ring bells; and finally, key 6 — rendition of the aarti.

Source:Business Standardvisit mauj

Calls b/w Chennai-TN, Mumbai-Maha, Kolkata-WB made local

In a major benefit to mobile subscribers, Government today said that calls between Chennai and rest of the Tamil Nadu and likewise between Mumbai and Maharashtra, Kolkata and West Bengal, and in the whole of Uttar Pradesh would be treated as local calls.

New Delhi, May 21 (PTI) In a major benefit to mobile subscribers, Government today said that calls between Chennai and rest of the Tamil Nadu and likewise between Mumbai and Maharashtra, Kolkata and West Bengal, and in the whole of Uttar Pradesh would be treated as local calls. This would result in saving roaming and long distance (STD) charges for consumers, Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran said, adding that service providers would continue to operate in the same manner based on telecom circles. The minister said the facility would be only for calls terminating in the mobile network. This means calls from mobile to mobile and fixed to mobile within the states would be considered local. Till now the three metros — Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and the rest of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra — were treated as two separate telecom circles. Similarly in Uttar Pradesh, which has been bifurcated into two telecom circles for licence purposes, the consumers in UP (East) and UP (West) would be able to connect as local calls now. The new policy comes into effect from May 25, the minister said. PTI

Car tires send alert to driver by bluetooth

Mobile|blog.it, which by the way is my latest favorite blog to find great cell phone news (and I don’t speak Italian- you don’t need to speak Italian to find great links here), reports on a new product manufactured by Pirelli, to launch on the market next October, which is a tire cap which could send alert messages to the driver’s cell phone via Bluetooth.

Mobile|blog.it, which by the way is my latest favorite blog to find great cell phone news (and I don’t speak Italian- you don’t need to speak Italian to find great links here), reports on a new product manufactured by Pirelli, to launch on the market next October, which is a tire cap which could send alert messages to the driver’s cell phone via Bluetooth.

But according to Marco Magnocavallo, over at Mobile|blog.it, the strange thing it’s that on the Pirelli Xpressure site there’s nothing about Cellphones, Bluetooth, etc. They only speak about an "Electronical device"…

And two Italian newspapers picked up on the bluetooth side of the story, Repubblica yesterday and the Corriere della Sera wrote about it today.

So Marco wonders who’s right? Pirelli Xpressure website or the newspapers?"

Source:textually

Chinese send 750 million SMS daily

The spread of Short Messaging Service continues unabated in China with its volume increasing by 39 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 67.21 billion messages, the state media reported via The Hindustan Times.

The spread of Short Messaging Service continues unabated in China with its volume increasing by 39 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 67.21 billion messages, the state media reported via The Hindustan Times.

"According to the Ministry of Information Industry, China’s telephone subscriber base has touched 674 million, including 325 million fixed line phones and 349 million cellular phones, both occupying first place in the world, China News Service reported.

In the first quarter, more than 30 new telecom services were introduced.
Source:textually.org

Nokias New N-Gage?

Well after the great flop known as the N-Gage, Nokia announced at E3 that they were expanding the N-Gage line to more phones that would be compatible.

Well after the great flop known as the N-Gage, Nokia announced at E3 that they were expanding the N-Gage line to more phones that would be ?compatible?. Well this is a step further and while yes these are heavily Photoshopped they do offer a unique concept that may prove more poular than the original N-Gage.ngagenew.JPG
Source:Mobileslash via mobileburn