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Mobile Technology News, May 19, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • DealBook: After Buildup, a Modest Start for Facebook
    While disappointing new investors who were betting on fast gains, Facebook had a wide winner’s circle, creating huge paper gains for scores of early insiders, hundreds of employees and some stragglers who bought stakes recently.

  • Facebook Builds Network of Friends in Washington
    Over the last five years, Facebook employees have met with members of Congress and walked them through ways to best to use the Web site.

  • It’s the Economy: Making Choices in the Age of Information Overload
    The Internet was supposed to make us smarter shoppers. So why should we still listen to the signals that brands send us?

  • Microsoft opines: Vista was ‘cheesy’; three devices too many
    The evolution of Windows wasn’t alway graceful.
  • Ed Felker: Dogged: How Perseverance (and Facebook) Saved 11 Puppies
    "Network" is such an overused word that it feels like it’s lost some of its meaning. But on the third night of the puppies’ saga, a network of supporters came together to collect a dog and transport her hundreds of miles to her hungry charges.
  • DealBook: Facebook Shares End Day With Scant Gain
    After initially rising 11 percent on its first day, the stock closed at $38.23, just above its offering price, in heavy trading.

  • Microsoft wins import ban on some Motorola phones
    The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that the handset maker infringed on a Microsoft patent and blocked the import of relevant Moto phones.
  • Limbaugh Defends Facebook Co-Founder
    Rush Limbaugh praised Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who has been accused of attempting to dodge millions of dollars in taxes, for having business savvy…
  • Facebook’s Newest Addition: Karma
    Shortly after markets closed on Facebook’s first day as a publicly traded company, the social network bought another startup. Social gifting service Karma announced the…
  • VIDEO: Facebook shares see modest debut
    Facebook shares ended their first day of trading at $38.23, barely above the company’s initial pricing of $38.
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Role Model
    Mark Zuckerberg may be the toast of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, but there’s another constituency saluting him these days: young entrepreneurs roaming the halls…
  • Facebook shares see modest debut
    Facebook shares end a volatile first day of trading at $38.23, barely above the company’s initial pricing, having initially jumped more than 10%.
  • Ö Case: The iPhone Case With A Built-In Cleaner
    As the iPhone continues to soar in popularity, so too does the market for iPhone cases. It’s a truly diverse market, one where you can…
  • Oracle-Google: Another juror falls as impasse looms (again)
    Verdict deliberations in Oracle v. Google have been mixed up as the jury looks like it might be stuck on the question of infringement once again.
  • Facebook Flop? Stock Only Up Slightly In Public Debut
    NEW YORK — It was barely a "like" and definitely not a "love" from Facebook investors as the online social network’s stock failed to live…
  • ElcomSoft’s Phone Forensics Software Offers Near Real-Time Access to iCloud Backups
    Russian forensics firm ElcomSoft earlier this week announced that it has discovered a way to easily access iCloud backups of iOS devices, incorporating the functionality into its Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker software. While the Apple ID and password must be known in order to access the iCloud data, once that information has been obtained the software makes it easy for investigators to download full iCloud backups and then follow incremental backups in near real-time to track a device’s use without the knowledge of the user.

    ElcomSoft researchers analyzed the communication protocol connecting iPhone users with Apple iCloud, and were able to emulate the correct commands in order to retrieve the content of iOS users’ iCloud storage. It’s important to note that, unlike offline backups that may come encrypted and must be broken into (a time-consuming operation), data retrieved from iCloud is received in plain, unencrypted form . The 5GB of storage space can be retrieved in reasonable time, while receiving incremental updates is even faster.

    Obtaining a user’s Apple ID password may not always be trivial, but ElcomSoft tools can also be used to capture that information from offline backups stored in iTunes. And of course if the user disables iCloud syncing on its device or changes the Apple ID password, remote access is lost.

    ElcomSoft has been at the forefront of development of password-cracking tools, last year incorporating a tool to bypass hardware encryption included in iOS 4. Such tools are increasingly being used by law enforcement to aid their investigations as smartphones become increasingly common and collect a growing amount of information about users and their activity.

    ElcomSoft offers several levels of its software, with the most powerful versions restricted to certain governmental agencies, including law enforcement, intelligence services, and other qualified forensic organizations.

  • Kaiser Permanente launches comprehensive patient app My Health Manager app for iOS
    KP recently announced the launch of its iOS health management app, available free of charge in the Apple iTunes store.
  • PHOTOS: Five Most Promising Private Spacecraft Designs
    By: Mike Wall Published: 05/18/2012 02:59 PM EDT on SPACE.com The private spaceflight company SpaceX is set to launch its Dragon capsule toward the International…
  • Jim Thomas: Who Owns Your Business-Related Social Media?
    There is a time bomb in your company that you had better defuse. It’s your failure to be clear about, or even consider, ownership of the business connections represented by social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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