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SF, NY Officials to Meet over Cellphone Thefts

June 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation's largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman...

CTIA's John Walls: My Experience at the Boston Marathon

April 25, 2013 1:33 pm | by John Walls, Vice President of Public Affairs, CTIA | Articles | Comments

Like most of us, I use my wireless device every day—email, text, talk, “surf”. All of the usual stuff. But on the afternoon of April 15, my smartphone was transformed into the most precious and helpful tool I’ve ever needed, giving me invaluable connectivity to the world outside of the chaos surrounding me...

AVG Android App Hits 70M Downloads, Investors Cheer 1Q

April 25, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

AVG Technologies, which offers Internet and mobile security, is hitting a chord with Android users. The company said today that its flagship mobile product, AVG AntiVirus Free for Android has surpassed 70 million downloads on Google Play...

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Carriers Deny Cell Shutdown Following Boston Bombings

April 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless operators say they did not shut down cell service following the deadly bombings at the finsh line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Amid the chaos and confusion immediately following the explosions, the Associated Press issued a report citing an unnamed source who claimed cell service had been terminated in the Boston...

Crisis Hotlines Turning to Text to Reach Teens

April 1, 2013 9:46 am | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

They stream in from teens around the United States, cries for help often sent in by text message. "I feel like committing suicide," one text read. "What's the suicide hotline number?" Another asked: "How do you tell a friend they need to go to rehab?"...

ZTE Taps Intrepidus for Smartphone Security

March 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE today said it is partnering with Intrepidus on providing security for its devices. ZTE said it seeks to become a "leader in smartphone security." As part of the agreement, Intrepidus will evaluate the security mechanisms of ZTE...

Monitoring Your Kids on Facebook? That's so 2009

March 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Relieved your kids aren't posting embarrassing messages and goofy self-portraits on Facebook? They're probably doing it on Instagram and Snapchat instead. The number of popular social media sites available on kids' mobile device...

More US than Europeans Drivers Are on the Phone

March 15, 2013 9:31 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. More U.S. drivers reported talking on their cellphones behind the wheel than their counterparts in seven European countries...

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FTC Issues Mobile Privacy Guidelines

February 4, 2013 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FTC has issued a set of guidelines for mobile application developers. While not legally binding, the new rules were released on the same days as regulators announced a settlement with social network provider Path...

FTC Wanders Down the Wrong Path

February 1, 2013 5:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Friday’s announcement of Path’s settlement is illustrative of the way regulation works when you're trying to safeguard consumers from technology that the regulators themselves don't understand. It's also the way regulation works when you're trying to drum...

Shriek! Texts on Missing Kids Startle Cell Users

February 1, 2013 10:51 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time a child is abducted near you, your cell phone may shriek to life with an alert message. A new national Amber Alert system officially rolled out earlier this month to millions of cell phones, and because the alerts are automatically active on most newer phones, the messages...

Man Files Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

January 2, 2013 10:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Pittsburgh-area man has filed a federal lawsuit against the networking company LinkedIn, claiming that it must tell him who put his name, personal cell phone and personal email on the site. Rick D. Senft, president of Passavant Memorial Homes, claims in the...

FCC Launches Online Mobile Security Tool for Consumers

December 18, 2012 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its on-going push to improve mobile safety and security, the FCC today launched a new online tool to help consumers protect their mobile devices. The new site allows users to pick their platform (Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows)...

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Wireless Amber Alerts Move to WEA Program Dec. 31

December 14, 2012 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless Amber Alerts will migrate over to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program at the beginning of 2013. CTIA, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Syniverse announced today that on December 31, 2012, the Wireless Amber Alerts program will end operations...

Carriers Commit to Text-to-911 Initiative

December 7, 2012 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

All four major U.S. carriers have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced initiative as part of an agreement with the Association of Public Safety (APCO). 

BlackBerry 10 Lands Security Certification

November 8, 2012 6:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While still months from launch, Research In Motion’s forthcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system has met key government security standards.

Huawei, ZTE Deny Spying Before Congress

September 14, 2012 5:35 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies on Thursday denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying, but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

Survey: Cell Phone Users Concerned about Privacy

September 6, 2012 7:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Many cellphone users say they have decided not to use an app on their phone because of concerns about privacy.

It's Official: Obama Signs Spectrum, Public Safety Bill

February 24, 2012 6:59 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The bill includes a number of items pertaining to the wireless industry.

Apple, Google Agree to Privacy Pact

February 23, 2012 7:16 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Six top tech companies have signed on to privacy guidelines for mobile applications that will provide consumers with more information about how their personal information is being used...

FTC Survey Probes Kids' Apps, Safety

February 17, 2012 7:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking to protect the privacy of kids and teens, a tech-savvy, although vulnerable demographic...

The Consumerization of IT: Preventing a Security Nightmare

February 15, 2012 11:21 am | by Steve Durbin, Information Security Forum | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, many of today's most popular mobile phones and tablets weren't designed from the start as business tools and therefore do not offer the level of security comparable to present-day desktop and laptop computers.

Path's Misstep Prompts Apple Probe

February 15, 2012 7:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

User privacy and the security of electronic data continues to be of concern in Washington, D.C. Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member...

Path CEO Apologizes for Storing User Contact Info

February 9, 2012 7:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Managing user data and privacy on social networks is tricky business as the mobile-centric "personal network" Path found out.

Android Market Beefs Up Security at the Door

February 3, 2012 7:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google is beefing up security at the doors to its Android Market, with a new beta product code-named "Bouncer," ...

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