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#Mobile Phones

From TheJournal.ie Technology increasingly used by abusive partners to monitor women Stalking

Technology increasingly used by abusive partners to monitor women

Young women are increasingly being monitored by controlling and abusive partners through text messages or social networking sites like Facebook, according to a leading women’s charity.

From TheJournal.ie Apple to pay 'ongoing royalties' to end Nokia patent dispute Patents

Apple to pay 'ongoing royalties' to end Nokia patent dispute

The Finnish mobile operator wins out in its dispute with Apple, after each side accused the other of patent infringement.

From TheJournal.ie Ur say: Would a tax on texts make you :) r :( ? Your Say This post contains a poll

Ur say: Would a tax on texts make you :) r :( ?

Michael Noonan has ruled out the prospect of playing a new levy on text messaging. Do you think such a tax would work?

From TheJournal.ie Noonan rulez out tax on txts :) LOL

Noonan rulez out tax on txts :)

The Minister for Finance said he wasn’t aware of such a tax – previously proposed by Labour – anywhere else in the world.

From TheJournal.ie Eight ways to reduce the health risks from mobile phone radiation Mobile Phones This post contains a poll

Eight ways to reduce the health risks from mobile phone radiation

The World Heath Organisation has officially classified mobiles as “possibly carcinogenic” after a new international study. Here are some simple steps to cut your exposure to the radiation that may be a danger.

From TheJournal.ie Mobile phones possibly carcinogenic, according to group of international experts Cancer

Mobile phones possibly carcinogenic, according to group of international experts

International experts from the cancer-focused arm of the World Health Organisation have designation mobile phones in the same category as the pesticide DDT.

From TheJournal.ie Eircom to axe 1000 more jobs as the company announces a drop in revenues Eircom

Eircom to axe 1000 more jobs as the company announces a drop in revenues

Eircom’s revenues are down 11 per cent for the first three months of the year. 1,000 jobs will go over the next two years via “exit schemes”.

From TheJournal.ie One in twelve back outright ban for drivers on mobiles Road Safety

One in twelve back outright ban for drivers on mobiles

An AA Motor Insurance survey finds that 8 per cent of drivers would favour a zero tolerance policy on using phones at the wheel.

From TheJournal.ie SIPO probe into Ivor Callely's mobile phone claims discontinued Ivor Callely

SIPO probe into Ivor Callely's mobile phone claims discontinued

File on Callely gone to DPP as Standards in Public Office Commission finishes investigation into former senator’s phone expenses claim.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning, including: Obama approves drone attacks in Libya; Samsung v Apple; good news for one Galway family; and President Medvedev helps us kick off the bank holiday weekend.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you use your mobile while driving? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you use your mobile while driving?

We want to uncover the truth about your bad habits behind the wheel.

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Friday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Friday

Our usual wrap-up of the day’s news, and some bits you may have missed from the last 24 hours.

From TheJournal.ie One in five iPhone users is always overdrawn according to study IPhone

One in five iPhone users is always overdrawn according to study

The study of UK phone users found that iPhone users are more likely to be on lower incomes.

From TheJournal.ie Eating and drinking while driving a ‘major distraction’, says AA Driver Distraction

Eating and drinking while driving a ‘major distraction’, says AA

Nearly 75 per cent of drivers admit to eating while on the move, while almost half swear at their SatNavs.

From TheJournal.ie Nine per cent admit to surfing the web while driving Motoring

Nine per cent admit to surfing the web while driving

An AA survey shows that ‘handheld mobile phone usage’ has increased since 2009, despite numerous safety campaigns.

From The42 PGA Tour to allow fans to use mobile phones on the course … if they behave Quiet Please
From TheJournal.ie Smartphone viruses increased 46 per cent in 2010 Smartphone Viruses

Smartphone viruses increased 46 per cent in 2010

Growth of mobile malware has hit an all-time high, according to the latest report from online security group McAfee. The good news: the number of spam emails is down.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know this morning: Freezing weather is set to continue (we’re sorry); Appeal for infomation on Blathnaid Timothy continues; Anarchists take responsibilty for Rome embassy attacks; and Kate Middleton makes us do a double-take…

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Developer Paddy Kelly says he likes walking after his BMW is seized; Brian Cowen’s plan to turn 83,000 into 250,000; and the Korean peninsula at loggerheads again – over a Christmas tree.

From TheJournal.ie I'm on top of the world, Ma!: Everest gets mobile coverage Nepal

I'm on top of the world, Ma!: Everest gets mobile coverage

Climbers will be able to text home and check their email thanks to Nepalese telecommunications company.

WE’VE ALL HEARD and suspected that mobile phones might emit more radiation than their makers would suggest, or that mobile phone networks would admit.

Here, however, is a video we found that suggests there may indeed be more power inside your little handset than you imagined.


Lads, think about which pocket you use to store your phone next time…

A RECENT survey has revealed that 29% of Irish people do not own a landline telephone, in contrast to just 4% of people who said they did not own a mobile phone.

The survey, was carried out by the Communications Regulation (ComReg).

Even though 60% of respondents had contacted the customer service department of their landline company with a problem, 90% still claim to be satisfied with the service received. The figure was similar for mobile phone users.

The survey also looked into computer use. It found that 80% of respondents now had a laptop or personal computer in their homes.

70% of computer users subscribed to an internet connection – 46% of these said they used a DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) to connect.

Notable, the survey highlighted that 46% of internet users did not know what their download speed was.

Another area that respondents seemed to have little knowledge about related to television; even though 98% of people had a television, only a third knew about the proposed analogue TV switch-off due for 2012.

DESPITE THE EU’S claims that mobile users will no longer be shocked by the cost of their calls abroad, travellers taking the ferry are still being charged high rates for calls made on board. Ferry passengers pay up to three times the regular roaming rate for a mobile call, according to Newstalk’s Breakfast Show.

Demot Jewell from the Consumers’ Association of Ireland said that some callers have been charged €5 a minute.

EU roaming regulations which impose fixed maximum tariffs across the EU came into effect at the start of July. But a loophole in the law means that the mobile service used by ferries is not covered by max roaming charge limitations.

RTÉ reports that the service used by Irish Ferries and Stena Line said that call charges are determined by the user’s mobile operator, but special satellite technology involved in making the call pushes that price up.

DO YOU KNOW what your iPhones been up to?

Tech site Gizmodo is reporting that Apple iPhones are vulnerable to an attack that may give hackers complete control of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The hack is said to affect the iPad and all devices running the iOS 3.1.2 and higher.

The Press Association is reporting an official security warning  from a German government agency who say the system has”two critical weak points for which no patch exists”

Hackers can gain control of your phone when you click on PDF links in your browser. A font within the PDF causes stack overflow, a technical condition that allows the secret ninja code inside the font to gain complete control of your device. The hack is similar to the hack used to jailbreak an iPhone.

If this is successful, the hacker will have complete access to your phone allowing them to delete files, transmit files, install programs and monitor your actions. A similar problem occurred with TIFF files when the iPhone launched but the bug was later fixed. Up to 100m devices could be affected.

Gizmodo says the safest way to avoid the hack is by not downloading PDF files from untrusted sources.

Only a few months ago Apple suffered a security breach with the iPad and an antenna problem with the iPhone 4, while there are also problems with the iPad overheating.

FIGURES RELEASED on smart phones reveal that Google’s mobile operating system – Android has piped Apple’s iOS.

Google’s Android has continued to grow in the US and now has 27% of the market, behind Blackberry who has 33% of the market. Apple is four points below Google at 23%. Apple’s iOS peaked at the end of 2009 at 34%, while Android has seen a rise of over 300% this year. However the figures were compiled just a week after the iPhone 4 was released, according to The Guardian and we could see changes as iPhone 4 gains traction.

57% of Blackberry users have said they’re planning to abandon their Blackberry in the next quarter.

Last March, figures from Ireland suggest that over 250,000 iPhone’s had been sold, while Android had a 0.5% market share. No new figures are available.

A BRITISH MOTORIST was given an on-the-spot fine this morning for getting out of his car – after it had been involved in a four-car pile up on the M60, which closed two lanes of the motorway and caused a 16-mile tailback - to take photos of the crash on his mobile phone.

MOBILE OPERATOR 3 Ireland has announced its tariffs for the new Apple iPhone 4. Monthly charges range from €40 and the iPhone can be purchased from €19. Vodafone and O2 have yet to announce their rates for the phone that launches on Friday.

USERS AFFECTED by the O2 Ireland timekeeping glitch earlier – where phones which take their date and time from the network’s settings – are advised to reboot their phones to restore the correct time. Phones had earlier begun showing the time 45 minutes late.

YOU MAY HAVE ARRIVED to work 45 minutes late this morning if you’re an O2 customer. The operator’s network time is running 45 minutes late – so if your phone asks the network for the time (as iPhones do), it’ll say 8:15am when it’s actually 9am. Get to work. Meanwhile, want to visit our Budget 2012 calculator?

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