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Jury: Apple should duke it out with Google

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News, Wireless Access|Tags: |

Jury members say Google didn’t factor into the verdict for this Apple v. Samsung case — but the Android maker’s role should be addressed.

tomdunham.jpgTom Dunham, the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung, talks to reporters following the patent infringement trial. Shara Tibken/CNET

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If Apple believes Android features infringe its technology, it should battle directly with Google instead of handset makers, jurors from the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial said.

Apple took pains to make its patent-infringement suit all about Samsung, not Android, but the jury wasn’t quite convinced. Members of the jury, who spoke with reporters and attorneys Monday following the end of the trial, said Google didn’t factor into their decision for damages and for what patents infringed and what didn’t, aside from testimony by certain developers who had created Google features.

But they also believed […]

Is the smartphone ‘kill switch’ really bad for business in California?

By |May 14th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News, Wireless Access|

Senators who nixed mandatory antitheft software on phones sold in state say it’s bad business. But many won’t say why.

Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introducing the “kill switch” bill in San Francisco in February

When 17 California senators voted last week against a new law that would require that antitheft software be included on every smartphone sold in the state, many of them said the legislation would be bad for business in California.

But it’s hard to get them to elaborate as to why they think that. Fourteen of the senators who voted down the bill either did not return calls or emails requesting comment or said they were unavailable for comment when asked for specifics about the business harm. Of the three senators who commented on their vote, one said he voted against the bill because he […]

Amped Wireless High Power 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A)

By |May 12th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News, Wireless Access|

By Samara LynnAmped Wireless’ High Power 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A) is an update to the 802.11n-only Amped Wireless High Power 600mW Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC10) . The REC15A ($99.99) offered decent range extension, delivering a signal up to nearly 100 feet into a Wi-Fi dead zone, but its large antenna limits your placement options, and there are better performing 802.11ac devices, as well as less expensive 802.11n extenders. In fact, the REC15A even lagged behind its predecessor, the REC10, on some measures. Additionally, the setup isn’t nearly as smooth enough for networking newbies. 

Philips smart TVs can be attacked via default wireless connection

By |March 28th, 2014|Categories: Networking – Wired & Wireless, Tech News, Virus Alerts, Wireless Access|

The latest firmware for some Philips smart TVs opens an insecure Miracast wireless network by default, security researchers from ReVuln said

March 28, 2014
(IDG News Service)

The latest firmware in some Philips smart TV models opens an insecure Miracast wireless network, allowing potential attackers located in the signal range to control the TV remotely and perform unauthorized actions.

Researchers from Malta-based vulnerability research firm ReVuln recently published a video demonstration of what attackers can do after they connect to the insecure wireless networks of the affected Philips TVs. The potential attacks include: accessing the TV’s configuration files; accessing files stored on USB devices attached to the TV; broadcasting video, audio and images to the TV; controlling the TVs via an external remote control application and stealing website authentication cookies from the TV’s browser.

The insecure network is opened by Miracast, a feature that […]