Coolsmartphone Podcast 198 Live

We’re heading off to MWC in Barcelona. The things we do for you…  Anyway, before we set off we thought we would record another podcast to give you something to listen to while we are away. So here you have it: Coolsmartphone Podcast 198 Live. Here on Coolsmartphone and on YouTube.

Ping us on Twitter @CSP_Podcast if you would like to interact. Are you ready? We aren’t. That’s why we have 40 minutes to get ready…

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  • Instagram Now Lets You Add Up to 10 Photos to a Single Post

    Instagram today made it possible for users to create posts with up to 10 photos. The idea is to allow people to publish a single event that includes multiple pictures and videos, rather than post a string of single images to their feed. Instagram says users will have full control over each image shared in the event post, including order and image appearance. Once live, people will be able to swipe through the events to see all the photos. Multi-image posts will be highlighted with a little icon in the corner. Instagram says event photos/videos will be limited to square shapes for now, and support only a single caption for the lot. Android and iOS users will see the new feature in an update rolling out over the next few days.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U

    T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi. Devices equipped with LTE-U will take advantage of available 5 GHz spectrum when needed to boost speed and capacity. If or when that 5 GHz spectrum experiences an uptick in WiFi use, the LTE-U devices will scale back their presence on the unlicensed spectrum and return to T-Mobile’s cellular network for coverage. T-Mobile is relying on equipment from Ericsson and Nokia to make LTE-U a reality. At the same time, the FCC today approved the first devices to operate on LTE-U. The FCC’s chief concern is that LTE-U doesn’t interfere with the WiFi operation of 5 GHz equipment in the shared spectrum. The LTE-U Forum, WiFi Alliance, and myriad other technology players have helped shape LTE-U over the last few years. T-Mobile expects LTE-U to help it eventually deliver gigabit speeds over its wireless network. T-Mobile didn’t say what mobile devices might have access to LTE-U once it goes live.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    Now yes, I know that there’s probably a few services out there that’ll do this, but I stumbled upon this particular one today and thought it was worth bringing to your attention. It’s a simple (and pretty cheap) idea. It costs nothing for the initial download and is available for Android and iPhone.

    It’s perhaps best suited to those who love to received traditional mail / post through the letterbox. Remember in the old days, when we used to go on holiday and buy a postcard, then stick some stamps on it and send it to our parents or a grandparent? You’d head into a local gift shop, buy a postcard with a photo of the beach or the complex you were staying, then you’d write a message and send it off. It would probably arrive after you’d returned but it was a nice little memento, and it was a way of saying, “We’re thinking of you” which is much better than a simple text.

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99
    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99
    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    Send a postcard from your phone, anywhere in the world, for just £1.99

    So, with the MyPostcard postcard app you can do it the more modern way. Include a photo or photos of yourself and your friends / family, then add your own personal greeting on the back. Prices start from just £1.99 and the company will ship anywhere in the world.

    It’s not just for postcards either – you can send personal birthday cards, thank-you cards, wedding, valentine or Christmas cards too. Greeting / folded cards cost £2.99.

    It’s had stacks of downloads and over 4,000 5-star ratings so it’s got to be good.

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  • Verizon To Bring 5G Tests to 11 Cities this Year

    Between now and mid-year, Verizon expects to begin pilot tests of next-generation, 5G wireless services in 11 metropolitan regions across the U.S. Aimed at select customers in those regions, the tests will explore a variety of deployment scenarios.

    Compared to today’s 4G technology, the next generation of wireless communication promises far faster speeds with lower latency and many times more network capacity. Those working to advance 5G say it will enable a wide range of new broadband services for entertainment, education, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Launched in collaboration with its 5G Technical Forum (5GTF) partners, Verizon’s pre-commercial tests are set to take place in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, NJ, Brockton, MA, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

    ‘Industry Groundswell of Support’

    Since launching the 5GTF in late 2015, Verizon has seen “an industry groundswell of support for 5G,” said Sanyogita Shamsunder, the company’s director of network infrastructure planning. Together with its forum partners, Verizon began early-stage testing of the technology last year.

    Verizon’s 5GTF partners include Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Qualcomm.

    “In this phase of the trial, we are going beyond the prototype equipment in exactly the configuration that we will be eventually building out our commercial network,” Shamsunder said. “We wanted to be able to test and understand the challenges as well as the opportunities in various geographies, various topographies, various building materials.”

    Based on the specification developed by the 5GTF, Verizon said, forum partners are “well on their way to commercializing chipsets, infrastructure products and consumer devices” for the next generation of wireless broadband.

    FCC Spectrum Rules Promoted 5G

    Verizon is not the only wireless company testing 5G services in the U.S. AT&T last December claimed to have launched the nation’s first 5G business customer trial in Austin, TX, and it…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Verizon to Test 5G In 11 Cities By Mid-Year

    Verizon Wireless today said it plans to trial 5G technology in 11 U.S. markets later this year. This “pre-commercial service” will be offered to a very limited number of customers and not necessarily made available to consumers. The tests will involve the 5GTF spec Verizon developed past year. The trial markets include Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, Brockton, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Verizon competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are each testing their own variants of potential 5G technologies. The actual 5G spec has yet to be defined by the International Telecommunications Union, but carriers and telecom equipment makers around the world are hoping their technologies will be included in the final standard.

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    Kaspersky Lab Discovers Security Flaws in Connected Cars

    In order to examine the security of connected cars, Kaspersky Lab researchers tested seven remote car control applications developed by major car manufacturers. The research discovered that each of the examined apps contained several security vulnerabilities.

    This is according to a research report by Kaspersky Lab researchers, which examines the security of applications for the remote control of connected cars from several famous car manufacturers. As a result, the security company’s experts discovered that all of the applications contain a number of security issues that can potentially allow criminals to cause significant damage for connected car owners.

    Upon successful exploitation, an attacker can gain control over the car, unlock the doors, turn off the security alarm and, theoretically, steal the vehicle, reveals the report.

    The list of the security issues discovered includes:

    * No defense against application reverse engineering — as a result, malicious users can understand how the app works and find a vulnerability that would allow them to obtain access to server-side infrastructure or to the car’s multimedia system;

    * No code integrity check, which is important because it enables criminals to incorporate their own code in the app and replace the original program with a fake one; * No rooting detection techniques. Root rights provide Trojans with almost endless capabilities and leave the app defenseless;

    * Lack of protection against app overlaying techniques. This helps malicious apps to show phishing windows and steal users’ credentials;

    and * Storage of logins and passwords in plain text. Using this weakness, a criminal can steal users’ data relatively easily.

    “The main conclusion of our research is that, in their current state, applications for connected cars are not ready to withstand malware attacks. Thinking about the security of the connected car, one should not only consider the security of server-side infrastructure. We expect that car manufacturers…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    People Love GIFs, But Can They Be Monetized?

    About 15 months ago, Tenor was trying to get its GIF search engine onto as many phones as possible. So it did the logical thing — it partnered with businesses that were already on a lot of phones.

    The startup, which offers a universal GIF keyboard that you can download to your phone, also signed deals with Messenger, iMessage and Kik to put its technology inside their messaging apps so users could easily search through Tenor’s library of GIFs (which are short looping video clips), and send them off to friends inside of private conversations.

    The deals appear to have worked: Tenor, which rebranded in October from Riffsy, says people are using its GIF search engine 200 million times per day, up from 50 million daily searches 15 months ago. It has 200 million monthly active users, a number that has also quadrupled in the same amount of time.

    As people are sending more and more messages, they’re sending more and more GIFs.

    But despite user growth, Tenor is still dealing with the same question Recode was asking 15 months ago: Are GIFs a real business?

    Tenor CEO David McIntosh remains adamant that they are, though his company still isn’t making any revenue despite all the messaging deals. As of October, Giphy, a competitor recently valued at $600 million, wasn’t bringing in any revenue, either.

    McIntosh’s plan to change that sounds simple: He sees Tenor as a Google-like search engine, but for emotions. People search for GIFs based on how they’re feeling, he explained, which means Tenor knows when users are sad or happy or scared or laughing out loud.

    He hopes to turn those search queries into a business, similar to how Google shows ads based on search keywords.

    “[We want to] give brands this emotional dimension of targeting,” McIntosh explained. “How do you reach people at…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    IoT Devices Drive DDoS Attack Traffic in Q4

    Unsecured IoT devices continued to drive significant DDoS attack traffic in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet/Security Report.

    The fourth quarter report also revealed that attacks greater than 100 Gbps increased to 12 during the quarter, a 40% year-over-year increase.

    Seven of the 12 Q4 2016 mega attacks, those with traffic greater than 100 Gbps, can be directly attributed to the Mirai IoT botnet.

    But the largest DDoS attack in Q4 2016, which peaked at 517 Gbps, came from Spike, a non-IoT botnet that has been around for more than two years.

    The number of IP addresses involved in DDoS attacks grew significantly this quarter, despite DDoS attack totals dropping overall. The United States sourced the most IP addresses participating in DDoS attacks more than 180,000.

    With the predicted exponential proliferation of these devices, threat agents will have an expanding pool of resources to carry out attacks, validating the need for companies to increase their security investments, said Martin McKeay, senior security advocate and senior editor of the report.

    Additional emerging system vulnerabilities are expected before devices become more secure.

    Of the 25 DDoS attack vectors tracked in Q4 2016, the top three were UDP fragment (27%), DNS (21%), and NTP (15%), while overall DDoS attacks decreased by 16 percent.

    Akamai started tracking a new reflection DDoS attack vector this quarter, Connectionless Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (CLDAP), which attackers abuse to amplify DDoS traffic.

    If anything, our analysis of Q4 2016 proves the old axiom expect the unexpected to be true for the world of web security, continued McKeay.

    For example, perhaps the attackers in control of Spike felt challenged by Mirai and wanted to be more competitive. If thats the case, the industry should be prepared to see other botnet operators testing the limits of their attack engines, generating ever larger attacks.

    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Mobile Operator Upped Spectral Efficiency 16% with Flash Networks

    Flash Networks, the leading provider of mobile Internet optimization and monetization solutions will demonstrate at its booth at Mobile World Congress next week, how a North American operator experienced a 16% increase in spectral efficiency in their live network using Flash Networks vHarmony 8.0 optimization solutions.

    Flash Networks vHarmony 8.0 improves the quality of the user experience and increases RAN spectral efficiency accelerating traffic across LTE networks and reducing web and video traffic data. Harmony provides multi-dimensional network optimization that creates measurable value from radio spectral efficiency to the mobile core, enabling operators to optimize, monetize and secure mobile networks from end-to-end.

    “With the advent of the Internet of Things, and the increase in the volume and weight of video traffic, operators need to use sophisticated technology keep up with subscribers’ insatiable demand for mobile content,” said Ofer Gottfried, CEO at Flash Networks. “We are committed to using the most advanced network architectures and optimization techniques so mobile operators to provide a superior user experience that will give them a distinct competitive advantage.”

    Flash Networks executives will be on hand to present the full range of solutions including:

    Radio connection and signaling optimization – Spectral efficiency improves radio network performance by managing traffic flows at the network core using field proven, proprietary, and patent pending technology.

    Content optimization – Accelerates traffic across LTE networks by 50% and reduces web and video traffic data by 30%. Harmony?EU?s data optimization techniques provide an additional layer of sophistication by improving the user experience for both encrypted and unencrypted traffic including the QUIC protocol and by utilizing Adaptive Bitrate Management which dynamically selects the optimal bitrate to match the changing network conditions reducing video buffering and stalls.

    Business Intelligence and Analytics –Deep actionable insights on network, application, subscriber, and optimization behavior as well as…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today