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FindMe #geolocation #facebook #crackberry

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I discovered (links to FaceBook) by way of . A different application to update my location to FaceBook.

First you need to register it to FaceBook before you can use it. It registers the cell location, rather than the GPS location, and allows you to tag the Cell with a location tag. It runs in the background. According to FireEagle:

Automatic operation is currently available for BlackBerry …

Click here for FindMe OTA Download.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 7, 2009 at 8:07 am

CrackBerry MindMapping #blackberry #mindmap #crackberry

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Somebody was nice enough to tag in my inbox. So I installed the 4.5 version, initially I got an COD error, but the second time it installed fine. I needed to make the decision to remove something I didn’t use very often, so Opera Mini has left my CrackBerry. 😦

It’s possible to export the mindmaps to an external tool making it possible to share your mindmaps to your colleague’s and friends, at least until your 10 day free trial is up.

MindBerry Mindmap App Now Available for the Storm

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 6, 2009 at 7:13 pm

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Gmail/CrackBerry Security #google #blackberry

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I use BIS – BlackBerry Internet Service – which collects my mail from my Google Mail account and forwards it directly to my CrackBerry.

I changed my password for Google quite some time ago, at least 4 weeks before I got the message from BIS that they couldn’t collect my mail. Which means that for at least 4 weeks my mail was being retrieved from Google and forwarded to my BlackBerry after I changed my credentials. I use the IMAP option for GMail, which means that there is a persistent connection between Research In Motion and Google. It also means that Google violates security best practice by not requiring re-authentication.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm

USSD – A Mobile Payment Solution? #mobile

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Somebody send me a nice demo which Barcleys in India is implementing or has implemented using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data.

USSD is part of the GSM standard which tends more towards a real-time messaging service, unlike SMS no data is stored on the mobile or network. All the data still goes over the same channel over the GSM network, and thus is still inherently insecure, due to the fundamental flaws in the GSM encryption methodology.

One of the advantages over SMS is that nothing sits in between to store messages, so they must be answered immediately. The back end application is responsible for the message handling, as it is completely session oriented. There is both a push and pull method, which means communication is initiated from the mobile or network. IMHO this still leaves it susceptible to a man-in-the-middle attack.

Do banks consider this acceptable risk? Or do they just not know the whole truth?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

August 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm

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Mobile Safety #mobile

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CNN.com has an interesting article 5 tips to limit your cell phone risk. Their first is predictable, don’t put it against your head use the speakerphone, but I didn’t know that CNET keeps a list on Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), “… a way of measuring the quantity of radiofrequency (RF) energy that is absorbed by the body.” Have a look at the article Cell phone radiation levels.

It seems my RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 is one of the highest at 1.54 SAR, and the crappy Motorola Razr is the lowest as 0.14, although as it’s prone to crash constantly you can hardly ever use it. My Nokia 2600 (RH-59) and 6300 (RM-217) aren’t listed on CNET, but from Nokia’s SAR I discovered they run warm at 0.80 W/kg and cooler at 0.57 W/kg respectively.

And people call me a hot head, it’s not me it’s my phone.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

August 1, 2008 at 10:30 am

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NYT Dealbook for CrackBerry #blackberry

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I discovered a new application for my CB: New York Times for BlackBerry. You can retrieve the application here. I am slightly ambivalent about NYTimes, but I like DealBook.

Obviously it bails on start with a nice Java error.

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July 31, 2008 at 11:56 pm

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CrackBerry Social Networking and Chat

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July 27, 2008 at 12:55 pm

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