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Listening in to a conversation can be easy if you have the right code in place. A. Strakey/Flickr

Sound advice – a new way to eavesdrop on Nexus phones

You don’t have to look far to see how many ways criminals can exploit mobile devices for nefarious purposes. From simple phishing scams to creating fake Wi-Fi networks, the methods in which data can be…
Blow a few grand on a gold watch, and you can help sustain tech firm profits. Apple

Technology firms need new strategies as the purpose of devices changes

The profits generated by some technology firms are awe-inspiring, serving as beacons for those at less fortunate enterprises. Devices have accounted for a large part of that success, particularly smartphones…
Watching video on your smartphone is fine during take off and landing - so long as your device is in flight mode. Flickr/colorblindPICASO

Smartphones on aircraft – what access do we really want?

Australia is playing catch up by allowing plane passengers to keep their mobile phone switched on – albeit in flight mode only – during take off and landing. But many have probably already done this. A…
The cloud could mean a stormy future for Samsung. Chris Zielecki

Samsung looks on as profits migrate to online ecosystems

There used to be a time when the launch of a Galaxy handset, a Macbook, or a fancy game console could set investor hearts on fire and firms on a path to untold riches. These days, new devices no longer…
Mobile phone towers can be used to locate people. Flickr/Ervins Strauhmanis

What the police can get from mobile phone tower data

Metadata is in the news again with revelations that police in Australia have been getting access to data collected from mobile base stations (cell towers). In the wiretapping world there is a distinction…
Our phones don’t just take calls anymore – they also take our microorganisms. John Watson/Flickr

Your mobile phone carries your microbiome

Mobile phones have become such an important part of our daily lives that they’ve started adopting our microorganisms, according…

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