US carriers partner on a better mobile authentication system

Steve Dent, Engadget, 9/22/17 Two-factor authentication (2FA) via SMS and a smartphone provides a heavy dose of additional security for your data, but as the US government declared last year, it’s not without its flaws. To fix that, the big four US mobile operators, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T have formed a coalition called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce to […]

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Posted on September 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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New Android malware that spreads via text can steal victims’ credit card details from other apps

Rob Price, BusinessInsider, 8/18/17 It’s wise not to enter your credit card details into shady-looking apps and websites if you don’t want your details stolen. But sometimes, not even the apps you know and trust are safe. A piece of malware detailed in a blog post from security firm Kaspersky is able to quietly steal victims’ […]

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Posted on August 18, 2017 at 8:47 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google is rolling out RCS, the successor to SMS, on the Sprint network

Kyle Wiggers, Digital Trends, 11/13/16 In a mobile world full of capable messaging apps such as Allo, Snapchat, Line, WeChat, and others, plain old text messaging seems a bit antiquated by comparison. Due to the technological constraints imposed by simple messaging service (SMS), the cellular standard which powers basic text messaging, cellular messaging lacks support for the […]

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Posted on November 13, 2016 at 8:30 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi calling

Lynn La, CNET news, 8/2/16 Curious about Wi-Fi calling and what it entails? CNET has the rundown on what you need to know. In addition to offering customers a cheaper alternative to their phone plans, one of the main draws of networks that integrate Wi-Fi technology like Republic Wireless and Google’s Project Fi is they […]

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Posted on August 2, 2016 at 10:18 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google pushes ahead with RCS messaging app to run on Android phones

Matt Hamblen, ComputerWorld, 3/18/16 Messaging services on Android devices get dinged by users for being too complex and fragmented, at least when compared to the universal app approach with Apple iMessage on iOS devices. Google recognizes that it needs to make improvements to messaging on Android devices. To that end, the company bought Jibe Mobile, […]

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Posted on March 18, 2016 at 8:49 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Global carriers adopt Google’s SMS standard

Steve Dent, Engadget, 2/29/16 “RCS” gives iMessage-like capability to anyone on Android. Google is trying to move Android from the ancient SMS messaging system over to Rich Communication Services (RCS), and last year bought a company called Jibe Mobile to speed up the process. That appears to have paid off, as numerous global operators, including […]

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Posted on February 29, 2016 at 8:45 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Android Fragmentation Problem

Matt Hartley, Datmation, 1/8/16 Is Android fragmentation a deal breaker for you? There are ways to work around it. Despite the usual shortcomings that come with using a smartphone, I’ve found that Android offers me the best overall experience for my needs. From its applications to its back-end functionality, no other mainstream mobile platform touches […]

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Posted on January 8, 2016 at 8:47 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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When will voice-over-LTE matter? When it’s no longer just about voice

Kevin Fitchard, GigaOM, 8/8/14 After years of delays, voice-over-LTE finally seems to be making its way into mobile networks and phones. T-Mobile recently announced its entire U.S. LTE network now supports the VoIP technology, while Verizon recently revealed it would begin selling its first 4G-only phones in 2016. As we purchase new smartphones over the […]

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Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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AT&T launching Voice over LTE with HD Voice quality next week

Kevin C. Tofel, GigaOM, 5/15/14 AT&T’s plan to move voice calls from traditional cellular infrastructure to data networks begins on May 23: The company will launch a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service with high-quality HD Voice calling in limited markets. The carrier announced the initiative on Thursday, saying customers would need a specific phone for the early […]

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:49 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google gets tougher on suspicious Google Apps logins

Stephen Shankland,  CNET news, 5/15/14 Don’t lose your smartphone: To thwart unauthorized access to Gmail and other services, Google is bringing aspects of dual-factor authentication to those who haven’t signed up for it. In an effort to block unauthorized use of its Google Apps services, Google plans to require users to verify their identity with […]

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