Archive for February, 2011


Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Samsung announces

slimmed down Galaxy

S II smartphone and

upsized Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

By Darren Quick

01:07 February 14, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2011, which officially kicks off today, Samsung has unveiled the successors to its Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet at its Unpacked event in Barcelona. At just 8.49 mm thick, Samsung is touting the Galaxy S II as “the world’s thinnest smartphone,” while thanks to its larger 10.1-inch TFT display, the next iteration of the Galaxy Tab will be known as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • The Samsung Galaxy S II
  • The Samsung Galaxy S II

Galaxy S II

Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the Galaxy S II packs a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and 8-megapixel rear camera, along with a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calls. The 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display increases the number of sub-pixels by 50 percent for improved image sharpness, contrast ratio and color gamut. It also provides a wider viewing angle and increased outdoor visibility than first-generation Super AMOLED displays.

The device’s dual-core processor enables multitasking capabilities, while its improved 3D hardware capabilities are designed to deliver fast and smooth 3D games and video. Its video credentials include the ability to play and capture 1080p Full HD video using the 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The grunt under the hood also enables a new custom TouchWiz 4.0 user interface and the inclusion of Samsung Hubs, which are integrated mobile applications categorized by Social, Readers, Game and Music.

Samsung is also pushing the business credentials of the phone with the inclusion of enhanced conferencing and connectivity services from Cisco, what it calls “the most comprehensive mobile implementation of Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync,” and secure remote device management from Sybase.

In addition to UBS 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, and DLNA, the Galaxy S II also features support for Bluetooth v 3.0 + HS, boasts optional NFC connectivity and supports HSPA+ 21.1 Mbps. There’s also an accelerometer, A-GPS, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, digital compass, proximity sensor and gyroscope and choice of 16 or 32 GB capacities, expandable via microSD cards of up to 32 GB.

The Samsung Galaxy S II measures 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm and weighs 116g. It is expected to be available in Q2 2011.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The other device to get an update is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Also powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the device will be one of the first operating the tablet-centric Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It will sport the same widescreen aspect ratio of its predecessor, but the size increased to 10.1-inches with a higher 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 shares a several features in common with the Galaxy S II smartphone. There’s the 2-megapixel front-facing camera (up from the 1.3-megapixel camera found on the original Galaxy Tab) and an 8-megaipixel rear-facing camera (up from 3.2-megapixels), which again provides the ability to record 1080p Full HD video.

There’s also W-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, USB 2.0, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, HSPA+ 21.1 Mbps support and choice of 16 or 32GB storage capacities. Bluetooth support is of the 2.1 + EDR variety and there’s no microSD card support. It measures 246.2 x 170.4 x 10.9mm and weighs 599g.

Unlike the Galaxy S II, Samsung has signed a deal with Vodafone to exclusively sell the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Asia and Europe from March. The company hasn’t yet released details of when the Tab 10.1 will be available in the U.S.A.

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Sony Ericsson releases Playstation

smartphone – Xperia PLAY

By G. Team

03:05 February 14, 2011

Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY

Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone – Xperia PLAY

Sony Ericsson finally showed the world the new Playstation gaming smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Spain today. The PlayStation-certified Xperia Play runs the Android Gingerbread OS and will be available next month, accompanied at launch by 50 titles downloadable from Android Market, but with a lot more coming. The phone has a slide-out gamepad that features a PlayStation-style D-pad, thumb sensors and X, O, square and triangle action buttons and combines a PlayStation-quality gaming experience with the very latest Android smartphone technology.

  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson releases Playstation smartphone - Xperia PLAY

U.S. mobile operator Verizon will be the first to offer the Xperia Play in early spring, Sony Ericsson expects to reveal other mobile carriers shortly.

Initial launch partners include Electronic Arts, Namco Bandai, Digital Chocolate and Gameloft and some of the major titles in the launch offering include Dungeon Defenders 2, Dead Space, FIFA and Battlefield, Reckless Racing and Assassin’s Creed.

Official press release:

Introducing Xperia PLAY –

the world’s first PlayStation

certified smartphone

February 13, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Sony Ericsson today announced the game changing XperiaTM PLAY, the latest phone in its XperiaTM range of Android based smartphones.

Xperia PLAY delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want.

In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson’s existing range of XperiaTM smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4” multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

However, slide out the gaming control and users enter a new world of immersive mobile gaming. The slide out game pad reveals a digital D pad, two analogue touch pads, two shoulder buttons and the four PlayStation icons: circle, cross, square and triangle. Qualcomm’s optimized Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU and embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor deliver silky smooth 60fps play-back 3D mobile gaming and Web browsing with minimal power consumption so Xperia PLAY users can enjoy long hours of battery life and game time.

Rikko Sakaguchi, Executive Vice President and Chief Creation Officer at Sony Ericsson commented: “Today is a very proud moment for Sony Ericsson as we bring something truly revolutionary to the market. Living up to our vision of Communication Entertainment, Xperia PLAY will forever change the way people think about smartphones and mobile gaming.

XperiaTM PLAY will run on Gingerbread (version 2.3), the latest version of Google’s AndroidTM platform. The XperiaTM PLAY will also be the first PlayStation Certified device. This means it will have access to PlayStation® game content provided through the PlayStation® Suite initiative, currently under development by Sony Computer Entertainment and due to launch later this calendar year.

Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products and Services Group at Sony Corporation said: “I am delighted to see Xperia PLAY as the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to hit the market. Xperia PLAY provides a unique consumer offering and is yet another example of great products and services coming to market that leverage Sony’s strong assets.”

Sony Ericsson has partnered with key publishers in the gaming industry to deliver a rich, vibrant ecosystem at launch and post launch with many leading new titles available via the AndroidTM Marketplace. Leading franchises coming to Xperia™ PLAY includes EA’s The Sims 3 and a multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile. GLU Mobile/Activision will be bringing Guitar Hero while Gameloft’s titles include Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. Sony Ericsson is also partnering with Unity Technologies, using its award-winning development platform, to ensure a continuous flow of high quality 3D game titles.

Mr Sakaguchi continued: “The launch of Xperia PLAY could not have been possible without the close collaboration of both Google and Sony Computer Entertainment. The commitment of so many industry leading game publishers further demonstrates that Xperia PLAY will deliver on the long-held expectations from consumers the world over.”

XperiaTM PLAY and PlayStation Certified gaming are great examples of the kind of innovation that’s possible in the open Android ecosystem,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

A pre-loaded application will enable users to easily discover and download titles that have been optimised for game play on Xperia PLAY, access recently played games and see information about the games they have downloaded.

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY will be available globally in selected markets from March 2011

What do Sony’s content partners say?

Electronic Arts, Travis Boatman, VP of Worldwide Studios for EA Mobile: “EA collaborated closely with Sony Ericsson to bring exciting versions our best-selling consumer favourites such as The Sims™ 3 and EA SPORTS™ FIFA 10 to the Xperia PLAY. The device’s dedicated gaming keypad gives FIFA players what matters most in a footy game — ultimate ball control, quick player selection on the pitch, effortless passes and more. The Xperia PLAYS’s unique gamepad also delivers robust control in The Sims 3 bringing a whole new life simulation experience to fans of the franchise. We look forward to watching consumers interact with our great games in new ways through the Xperia PLAY.”

Gameloft, Michel Guillemot, President: “We are pleased to partner with Sony Ericsson to offer a catalogue of 10 of our best-selling games at launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY,” said Michel Guillemot, President of Gameloft. “My vision since the creation of Gameloft was to turn video games into a true mass market form of entertainment. This vision is realized with the launch of Xperia PLAY, which combines a perfect smartphone for daily use as well as a real game controller to provide the best gaming experience ever seen on a mobile phone. Gameloft will support the launch with more than 20 titles over the next 6 months that will take full advantage of the power of this device.”

Glu Mobile, Niccolo de Masi, CEO: “Glu’s strategic relationship with Sony Ericsson aligns us with a leading innovator in mobile and gaming. We look forward to accelerating our momentum in social mobile gaming with compelling offerings on Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile devices.”

Content partners at launch include: Sony Computer Entertainment Digital Chocolate Digital Legends Electronic Arts Fishlabs Gamehouse Gameloft Glu Mobile Handy Games Namco Bandai Networks Polarbit PopCap Trendy Entertainment Unity Tecnologies

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Xperia™ PLAY at a glance:

Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY


5.1 megapixel camera Auto focus Flash / Photo light Geo tagging Image stabiliser Send to web Touch focus Video light Video recording Video blogging Music

Album art Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP) Google™ Music Player Music tones (MP3/AAC) PlayNow™ service* Sony Ericsson Music player Stereo speakers TrackID™ music recognition application Internet

Android Market™* Bookmarks Google™ search* Google™ Voice Search* Pan & zoom Web browser (Webkit) Communication

Call list Conference calls Facebook™ application (from Android Market™) Google™ Talk* Noise Shield Polyphonic ringtones Speakerphone Sony Ericsson Timescape™*** Twitter™ application (from Android Market™) Vibrating alert Messaging

Android Cloud to Device messaging (C2DM) Conversations Email Google Mail™* Instant messaging Picture messaging (MMS) Predictive text input Sound recorder Text messaging (SMS) Design

Auto rotate Keyboard (onscreen, 12 key) Keyboard (onscreen, QWERTY) Picture wallpaper Touchscreen Wallpaper animation Entertainment

3D games Dedicated gaming keys Flash Lite™ Gesture gaming Motion gaming Video streaming YouTube™ Organiser

Alarm clock Calculator Calendar Document editors Document readers E-Manual Flight mode Google Calendar™ Google Gallery 3D™ Infinite button Phone book Set-up Wizard Widget manager Connectivity

3.5 mm audio jack aGPS Bluetooth™ technology DLNA Certified Google Latitude™ Google Location Service Google Maps™ with Street View Media Transfer Protocol support Micro USB Connector Modem Synchronisation via Facebook™** Synchronisation via Google Sync™ Synchronisation via Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® Synchronisation via Sony Ericsson Sync USB 2.0 high speed support Wi-Fi™ Wi-Fi™ Hotspot functionality * The service is not available in all markets. ** Requires Facebook™ application installed on the device.

Google™ services*

* These services may not be available in every market Android Market™ Client

Gmail™ Google Calendar™ Google Gallery 3D™ Google Latitude™ Google Maps™ with Street View Google Media Uploader Google Music Player™ Google Phone-top Search Google Search widget Google Sync™ Google Talk™ Google Voice Search Set-up Wizard YouTube™ Screen

16,777,216 colour TFT Capacitive multi-touch 4 inches 480 x 854 pixels (FWVGA) In-Box:

Xperia™ PLAY Battery Stereo portable handsfree 8GB microSD™ memory card Charger Micro USB cable for charging, synchronisation and file transfer User documentation Facts

Size: 119 x 62 x 16 mm Weight: 175 grams Phone memory: up to 400 MB Memory card support: microSD™, up to 32 GB Memory card included: 8GB microSD™ Operating system: Google™ Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Processor: 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 Talk time and networks Networks

Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 8 hrs 25 min* Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 425 hrs* Talk time UMTS: Up to 6 hrs 25 min* Standby time UMTS: Up to 413 hrs* Talk time CDMA2000®: Up to 7 hrs 40 min* Standby time CDMA2000®: Up to 405 hrs* Game play time: Up to 5 hrs 35 min* MP3 playback: Up to 30 hrs 35 min* Networks

UMTS HSPA 800, 850, 1900, 2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 UMTS HSPA 900, 2100 GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 CDMA2000®, cdmaOne, EVDO

Colours: Black, White

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

LG Optimus 3D smartphone –

records, displays & shares

glasses-less 3D content

By Jack Martin

03:46 February 14, 2011

LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content

LG Optimus 3D smartphone – records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content

As we suggested it would a few weeks back, LG finally pulled the wraps off its 3D smartphone at Mobile World Congress 2011 today. The LG Optimus 3D has a dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture – all firsts for a smartphone – but it’s the phone’s recording, viewing and sharing of 3D content without glasses that will draw the most attention. The LG Optimus 3D’s dual 5MP lens camera captures still and moving images in 3D and the 4.3-inch WVGA display recreates 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) without the use of glasses. It is a technological marvel, but the big question the phone is likely to answer is “who cares?” 3D technology has long appeared as an answer seeking a question and sales of the new LG 3D phone might very well answer the question.

  • LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content
  • LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content
  • LG Optimus 3D smartphone - records, displays and shares glasses-less 3D content

The official Press announcement from LG reads:



Breakthrough smartphone

brings together high performance

with full 3D experience

Barcelona, Feb. 14, 2011 LG Electronics (LG) today officially unveiled the eagerly-awaited LG Optimus 3D, the high-performance smartphone offering the world’s first full 3D experience, at Mobile World Congress 2011.The LG Optimus 3D introduces a number of innovative “first” technologies, including the world’s first dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory architecture as well as the first 3D platform allowing for recording, viewing and sharing of 3D content.

Superb Performance with Unique “Tri-Dual” Configuration

The LG Optimus 3D is a showcase of superior speed and power made possible with LG’s unique “tri-dual” configuration — dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory. This configuration enables users to enjoy significantly improved performance and run-time compared to smartphones offering 1GHz dual-core processors.

Unlike other single-channel, single-memory dual-core smartphones, the LG Optimus 3D offers significant performance benefits as a result of the simultaneous — and thus faster — transfer of data between the dual-core and dual-memory. Users can browse web pages, multitask between programs, play games at a higher frame rate and enjoy movies more smoothly and longer than ever before.

“Backed by a combination of superb performance and full 3D, we’re excited about the prospects of the LG Optimus 3D taking the smartphone experience to a much higher level,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “We’ve incorporated every feature for the power user and we think they’ll be pleased with what they see.”

World’s First Full 3D Experience: 3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing

The LG Optimus 3D’s dual 5MP lens camera allows users to capture and record their best moments as images and videos in 3D anytime, anywhere. The LG Optimus 3D’s 4.3-inch WVGA display faithfully recreates the 3D experience without the use of glasses. The display provides bright and flicker-free images allowing users to view 2D (up to 1080p) and 3D (up to 720p) multimedia content. And users can navigate through the device’s 3D interface with the click of LG’s unique 3D Hot Key which presents five 3D-dedicated UIs, including Gallery, Camera, Game&Apps, YouTube 3D and 3D Guide.

Captured 3D content is easily shared via an HDMI 1.4 connection to 3D TVs and monitors and also is compatible with DLNA Certified(TM) products. What’s more, users can easily upload and stream 3D content and share each other’s creations on YouTube’s dedicated 3D channel (

The LG Optimus 3D will be rolled-out globally starting with Europe early in the second quarter. The phone will initially be released with Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The upgrade schedule will be announced in local markets in due course.

Key Specifications:

1GHz Dual-Core Dual-Channel processor (Texas Instruments OMAP4) 4.3-inch 3D WVGA screen 8GB memory and 4Gb LP DDR2 1,500 mAh battery 5MP dual-lens camera 2D: 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 recording and playback 3D: 720p H.264 SEI recording and playback HSPA+, DLNA/HDMI 1.4 H.264, H.263, DivX, MKV, WMV-9, ASF, AVI, 3GP, MP4

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Skype launches global

WiFi hotspot program

By Paul Ridden

05:08 February 14, 2011

Skype has announced that Skype Access users can now benefit from a partnership deal with W...

Skype has announced that Skype Access users can now benefit from a partnership deal with Wi-Fi hotspot providers throughout the globe for pay-as-you-go voice and video calling on the move

Just when you thought Skype couldn’t be any more useful, the company has announced a partnership deal with leading Wi-Fi hotspot providers around the globe. Skype Access, the company’s pay-as-you-go service, will now be available through mobile networks in over 500,000 locations including airports, cafes, trains and offices. And the announcement comes with a sweetener – the company is offering free access throughout Spain during Mobile World Congress 2011.

Skype that it has secured partnership deals with a number of Wi-Fi hotspot providers around the world. The UK’s largest hotspot provider, BT Openzone, has signed up, as has the world’s biggest Wi-Fi network provider, Fon. Others who have joined the scheme include Germany’s M3 Connect, South Africa’s Skyrove, in-flight broadband provider Row 44, Vex, Tomizone and Spectrum Interactive.

Using Skype Credit to get online, Skype Access users will now be able to benefit from one click, mobile pay-as-you-go voice and video calling in 30,000 hotels, 500 airports, and numerous cafes, business centers and trains throughout the globe over partnered Wi-Fi networks.

The latest version of Skype for Mac or Windows will be needed and rates are expected to start at US$0.06 per minute – which in many cases could be a better option than paying day or per hour Wi-Fi access fees.

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Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Nokia goes to bed

with Microsoft

Rupert Neate, London
February 13, 2011

NOKIA, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, has given up on creating its own smartphone software to challenge Apple and Google.

The Finnish mobile giant has instead adopted Microsoft’s Windows Phone as the basis for its next generation of phones in one of the biggest shake-ups in Nokia’s 145-year history.

Stephen Elop, Nokia’s new chief executive, said the companies had formed a ”broad strategic alliance” to take on Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android operating system. Until now, Nokia’s phones have run on its own software platforms.

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The announcement of the deal in London came after Mr Elop warned that Nokia risked being consumed by ”burning flames” unless it embraced ”radical change”.

Nokia, which dominated the mobile phone industry in the ’90s and early 2000s, has failed to keep pace with Apple and Google in the smartphone market.

Mr Elop, who joined Nokia from Microsoft last year, said the partnership meant the mobile market was now a ”three-horse race”.

It will be about a year before the new phones hit the market. Other changes loom, with Mr Elop saying there would be a ”substantial reduction” to Nokia’s 60,000 employee headcount

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Androids attack:

Google Nexus S

to hit Australia

Asher Moses

February 8, 2011 – 9:14AM

Launching in Australia "soon" ... Google's Nexus S.
Launching in Australia “soon” … Google’s Nexus S.

The second Google-branded smartphone is about to hit Australia as analysts predict the search giant’s mobile platform will surpass iPhone sales in Australia within a few years.

The Google Nexus S, released in the US and Britain in December last year, will be sold in Australia “soon”, according to Vodafone which has clinched a global distribution deal. Those interested in buying one are being asked to register their interest on Vodafone’s website.

Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson confirmed it would be launching its Android-based Xperia Play – dubbed the “PlayStation Phone” – on February 13. Support for Android is exploding with new phones soon to be launched by Motorola, Samsung, HTC, LG and Acer.

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The "PlayStation Phone" ... Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play.The “PlayStation Phone” … Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play.

The Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, is the successor to the Nexus One, which launched around the world in early 2010 but only reached Australia in small quantities in July last year.

The Nexus S is the first Android phone with a built-in near-field communication (NFC) chip, which opens up a raft of new applications such as the ability to pay for items by swiping your phone on a shop scanner. NFC, which has only been running in limited trials in Australia, has been reported as a feature of the next iPhone model.

The device is manufactured by Samsung, whereas the Nexus One was built by HTC. It runs version 2.3 of Android (dubbed Gingerbread) and offers a 4-inch super AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for photos, front-facing VGA camera for video chat, 16GB of built-in storage and 512MB of internal memory.

Vodafone Australia did not reveal pricing or a firm sale date for the Nexus S, which is based on Samsung’s Galaxy S.

Foad Fadaghi, telecommunications analyst at the Australian firm Telsyte, said he expected Google’s Android platform to “match or exceed” iPhone sales in Australia by 2013.

“We expect Android will have a market share of 18 per cent by the end of this year,” he said.

“Nexus S represents even further improvements of the Android platform with version 2.3. It addresses the top end aspirational market and is suitable for existing Android users wanting an upgrade.”

But Fadaghi said he expected most of the growth in the Android platform would come from cheaper mid-range handsets sold on pre-paid SIMs.

Mark Novosel, telco analyst at research firm IDC, said the Nexus S, being a Google-branded phone, would receive software updates faster and offer a “pure Android experience” without other vendors’ custom user interfaces.

But the Android phone Novosel is most excited about is the LG Optimus 2X.

“Being the first dual-core processor smartphone, its extremely responsive and the screen has a wide viewing angle and very vibrant colours,” said Novosel.

“LG’s Optimus Black will also be one to watch, its slimmer, lighter and promises outstanding outdoor visibility with an extremely bright screen.”

Novosel said he expected Android to become the number one smartphone operating system in Australia by the middle of this year, but in terms of a vendor-by-vendor comparison Apple would likely remain in first place.

Google has added new features to Android in recent weeks to help it catch up with iPhone, including an Android Market web store that can be accessed from PCs and in-app purchasing, allowing app developers to sell new content and upgrades from within their apps.

But this move suffered a slight setback after security firm Sophos warned that the Android Market website could be used to install malware on users’ phones.

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Monday, February 7th, 2011

Bikies’ BlackBerrys

beat law

Natalie O’Brien

February 6, 2011


Bikie gangs and organised crime groups are believed to have foiled police attempts to tap their phones by importing untraceable, encrypted BlackBerrys from Mexico.

The telecommunications black hole exploited by the Comanchero gang and drug cartels has come to light after countries around the world – worried about terrorism and national security – threatened to ban BlackBerrys unless they were given the codes to break the encryption on emails and messages.

This website understands that the Comanchero have linked up with a Mexican drug cartel importing cocaine into Australia and are sharing technology.

”There is nothing strange in organised crime having better access to technology than the authorities,” said Michael Kennedy, a former NSW detective and an academic at the University of Western Sydney. ”The bikies are becoming more entrepreneurial and, after all, organised crime is a business enterprise. Crime groups will share technology if it helps them.”

The Comanchero are thought to use the Mexican phones with global roam activated. It costs a great deal of money to constantly use the roaming facility but for criminals, communications that cannot be monitored are priceless.

What makes the BlackBerrys so hard to tap is that Mexico has no reliable register of handsets, mobile numbers or users. Vendors are unregistered and sell the phones and SIM cards for cash, no questions asked. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime reports Mexico has 83 million mobile phones and government attempts to set up an official registry are failing.

As well, the encrypted BlackBerry messaging service is routed through a server Australian authorities haven’t been able to access.

It is not known how many of the phones are in Australia and in the hands of organised crime groups. But experts agree the criminals will keep the technology among themselves as long as they can.

”The Australian Crime Commission is aware that organised crime networks will continually take opportunities, some real and some imagined, to use new technologies to try to escape the law,” said its chief executive John Lawler.

The Australian Federal Police would not say whether they had seized Mexican phones. But a spokesman said they were working with national and international authorities and industry groups to ensure it was up to speed ”on the challenges posed by criminal networks”.

Last year,  this website revealed that the feared Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel was regularly importing cocaine into Australia. It was also revealed that several men with ties to Mexico, the US and Guatemala had set up a drug distribution network in NSW, which is now understood to have included links to the Comanchero group.

Former NSW Police assistant commissioner Clive Small said the Mexican operators were trying to expand their drug markets in Australia, so would be seeking out new contacts like the bikie gangs to buy their shipments.

Just over a year ago, Clayton Roueche, head of a Canadian drug smuggling ring with Australian connections, was jailed for 30 years. The boss of the drug gang known as the ”United Nations” had been running his empire using a coded BlackBerry telephone. He was eventually caught – not by telephone surveillance but by border security officials in Mexico.

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Motorola Defy –


Plans & Deals

By WhistleOut

Motorola Defy

Smartphones have been a fantastically useful addition to society. On top of the obvious benefits of carrying a portable communication device around with you, smartphones have many benefits beyond phone calls. They entertain us on train trips with news, movies and music, they make sure we never get lost, never forget our book, can always check our emails and solve countless arguments every day over what film we all recognise that actor from.

However, one glaringly obvious problem with smartphones is that they’re incredibly fragile. Cracked screens plague warranty statistics, a drop of water in the wrong place can be disastrous and even leaving your phone in a hot car can cause a catastrophic meltdown. Not to mention how easily some of the screens out there seem to scratch. The smartphone industry needs what the burgeoning mobile industry employed way back in the day; a tough-phone alternative.

According to one study, one out of every seven iPhone 4 owners will have filed an accidental damage claim within 1 year of receiving their handset. The figures are similar for higher-end Android phones.

More than one out of seven iPhone 4 owners, 13.8 percent, to be exact, will file an accidental damage claim with SquareTrade in a year, the highest rate of any smartphone. Motorola and HTC owners reported damage claims at the same 12.2 percent rate, but only 6.7 percent of BlackBerry users filed claims during the same period.”

Enter the Motorola Defy. The Defy is shock resistant, dust resistant, temperature resistant (both hot and cold) and even impressively water resistant. Finally a smartphone that can actually stand up to the rigors of a fast-paced life.

You can take it to the beach, the club, drop it on the floor, throw it in the same pocket as your keys and even drop it in the toilet (you know who you are) all in one day with reasonable confidence that afterwards your phone will still be fully functioning and operational. If you know you’re a bit clumsy, or simply just don’t want to have to worry about keeping your phone safe all the time, then the Motorola Defy could very well be a good option for you.

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