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SMS Worm Detected

F-Secure has detected the first worm for mobile phones spread through SMS service.  The worm know as “Sexy View” relies on contact information, specifically phone numbers, stored on your smartphone to spread itself.

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The worm works by sending SMS messages to your contracts containing a link to a malicious website with the promise of “hot pictures”.  If the receiver of the SMS clicks on the link they are prompted to install an application which in turn will infect their smartphone with the worm.  The information that the worm harvests is then sent back to its creators who most likely will use the information for SMS spam.

Read more on F-Secure.

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Add comment April 14th, 2009

kwiry Discontinues Service

kwiry allowed users to send text messages to a short code from their mobile device then later retrieve the message from a PC.  The idea was simple “text it before you forget it”.  I just received and e-mail for kwiry that they will be discontinuing service April 23, 2009 due to “economic realities”.  Read the e-mail below:

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It’s with heavy hearts that we write this post. On April 23, 2009 (12AM PDT), we will be discontinuing the kwiry service.  As of today, the service will no longer accept new sign-ups. We have very much enjoyed getting to know many of you and working to build features to help you get things done and simplify your lives.  We appreciate all of your help, feedback and patience as the kwiry service evolved.  Unfortunately, due to economic realities, we can no longer maintain the service.

From now until April 23, you can download all of your past kwirys in .csv format (can be opened in Excel as a spreadsheet) once you login.

We want to thank our wonderful and supportive investors at Hummer Winblad, our board of advisors and our partners.  Also, we couldn’t have done any of this without the tireless support of our friends and family during the last few years.

Thanks for being part of the kwiry community,

-Ron, Steve & Nabil

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Add comment April 13th, 2009

Giant Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

This massive interactive Nokia 5800 XpressMusic stands almost four feet high on a corner in Antwerp, Belgium.  The flash based model allows users to use the map app, listen to music, and browse photos through the touchscreen interface.

Source: EngadetMobile
Video: Nokia Conversations

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Add comment April 5th, 2009

Samsung Cleo-Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile is NOT getting ready to launch the Samsung Cleo.

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The Samsung Cleo features a fully QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth, 1.3MP camera, and a stereo headset.

Pricing is for Virgin Mobile’s Samsung Cleo is NOT:

$99.99-prepaid
$199.99-1 year
$49.99-2 year
$0-3 year

NO launch date has been announced and store shipments will NOT occur.

APRIL FOOL

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2 comments April 1st, 2009

World’s Largest (working) Cellphone

Cricket Mobile has created the world’s largest cellphone and it even works.  The larger than life cellphone is the Samsung Messager and is crafted out of wood, metal, and lights.  Watch the video below and see why they do not make cellphones this size more often.

Source: EngadgetMobile
Video: EngadgetMobile

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1 comment March 11th, 2009

Screw You Recession

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Last month we told you about Virgin Mobile Canada’s new marketing campaign “Screw You Recession”, well today the site was launched by VMC.

The recession sucks. We know it, you know it. So what are we going to do about it? Well, we’ve decided not to take this whole thing lying down. That’s right. We’re not gonna take it… no, we’re not gonna take it. We’re not gonna take it anymore.

We say “screw you recession!”

We tried screaming that for a while, and nothing really happened. Well, nothing that helped us save any cash. So we decided to put together this blog. This is recession central. A place to find the best recession links combed from the web, swap and learn tips on how to save a buck, vent a little if you’re feeling angry, and team up with other like-minded recessionistas and trade info on how to be cheap. Cool and kick ass – but cheap. In 2009 cheap is the new chic.

The Screw You Recession blog is updated regularly by two Virgin Mobile employees-Mandi Ashford, Public Relations, and Jeremy Elder, Marketing Copywriter.

Head over to www.screwyourecession.com to start saving money.

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1 comment March 9th, 2009

25,000+ iPhone Apps

There are now 25,000 applications available through the Apple App Store.  Below are some interesting stats obtained by mocoNews.

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-10,274 apps cost $0.99
-6,044 apps are free
-80% of iPhone apps are under $2.00
-5,263 gaming apps available
-least popular app-weather related
-at least $71,000 to buy every application

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 comments March 7th, 2009

Just Hang Up

We have all gotten those calls to extend our vehicle warranty or increase our credit-limit and most of us just hang up.  Well due to the increase of fraud-related emails and phone calls Telus is reminding you to hang up on the scammers.  Telus advises not to give personal information over the phone or through and e-mail even if it seems legitimate.

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Source: Edmonton Journal
Image: Dakota’s Photos.’s via Flickr

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Add comment March 6th, 2009

iPhone Catches Fire

“Yesterday I connected my iPhone 3G to my computer’s USB port and left it to charge. Three hours later it caught fire.”

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Tim Colbourne was charging his iPhone 3G from O2 when it started on fire after three hours.  His blog entry says that the fire started between the charger and the phone resulting in a few pins being melted together.  Surprising enough the iPhone still worked in perfect condition but would not charge or transfer data.  After a bit a research Tim found that another iPhone was reported to have caught on fire and was replaced free of charge by Apple.

With only two reported cases are you concerned about your iPhone catching on fire?  Leave your response in the comment section below.

Source: EngadgetMobile

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2 comments March 4th, 2009

Bell to Acquire The Source

With the economy declining at a rapid pace and taking many major companies along with it-Bell has announced today it plans to acquire all 765 Source locations in Canada.

“The Source is a respected leader in consumer electronics retailing right
across Canada. Its acquisition supports Bell’s strategic imperatives to
accelerate wireless and leverage momentum in wireline services like Bell TV,
Bell Internet and Bell Home Phone,” said George Cope, President and CEO of
Bell and BCE.

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Although Bell plans to operate The Source as a completely separate company they do plan to sell all Bell services.  These include Bell Mobility, Solo Mobile, Bell TV, Bell High Speed Internet, Bell Home Phone, and possibly Virgin Mobile by January 2010.

Read the complete press release on the BCE website.

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1 comment March 2nd, 2009

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