Iphone 5: A dangerous security risk.

Iphone 5 black.

Iphone 5.

Gross data insecurity in iPhone.

And you thought your expensive iPhone is secured?

You were entirely wrong. What is secured is the operating system but not the data or at least not the entire data.

Here it was. A sleek black iPhone 5 with OS 6.1.3 gifted to me by a friend who had fallen in love with her iPhone due to its simplicity and ease in use. With usual scepticism for all expensive gadgets I started using it and the smoothness of operations even with all apps running, was most impressive. There was no lag in the camera shutter. Pictures had far more depth and details than expected. Most apps similar to Android were available and certainly far more than Blackberry. Fonts are sharp, even if smaller. No usual ruggedness of Android. But that was end of it.

iPhone data especially camera pictures vulnerable:

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Reliance APN settings for Sony Xperia Arc S LT18i

Sony Ericsson – Xperia Arc S LT18i is not supported by Reliance network and they are unable to send automatic settings. Use this method to configure the APN settings for Reliance.

Open Settings>More>Mobile Network>Access Point Names(APN)
Select ‘Add new APN’
Enter following APN settings:
(Settings are case-sensitive. Type exactly as mentioned.)

WordPress for Android is a mess.

WordPress for Android 2.3 had limited capability but it had no bug. However the WordPress for Android 4.04 is a pain in a*#. It is unable to show local draft. It can not upload pictures. Even if it uploads, it is unable to create proper link. Worse it does not know how to update itself. It has messed with published posts and removed some. I received a phone call from a friend that where is that post of Saturday and as I saw it was gone. I had a draft in Blackberry which I republished.
Unless a person is compulsive gambler, or a complete loser, one should stay away from this app.
Few things can be done from browser though it is awkward.
I am removing the app. immediately.

© Sandeep Bhalla

The ideal Mobile phone with ideal features.

Mobile manufacturers are churning out new models of mobile everyday. New technological barriers are broken. Faster processors, gleaming display, niche looks and often larger display. I wonder if they cared to actually ask the consumer what they want? At least no one ever contacted me despite the fact that I am tired of receiving tele-marketing calls.  Not a single call professing to survey for mobile phone features, has been received.
My presumption is there is no survey and phones are being churned out to resemble last successful product(s) but with some hardware changes. Software mostly untouched. A natural corollary would be that success of Samsung and Iphone is more a matter of chance of novelty of ‘touch screen’ than anything substantially material.
Therefore we have decided to document our requirements for a smartphone. Here is the list of expected features: Continue reading

Selecting right smartphone

Making the right choice.
In smartphone market there are four choices: Android, BlackBerry Symbian, and Iphone. How to choose? Actually it is pretty simple.
If we want a phone with some advanced features and we were using Nokia Communicator or any other Symbian phone for quite some time without problems, go for any Nokia Symbian phone. Other wise buy BlackBerry. Yes the proper counterpart of BlackBerry is Symbian even if BlackBerry high end models are over priced.
Nokia and Symbian OS
Latest Symbian OS is Belle. Though Nokia is promising upgrade to Belle for many devices but all upgrades are not upto the mark. Choose the model which comes pre-installed with Belle.
BlackBerry and OS 7.1
As regards BlackBerry, its latest OS version is 7.1. Any BlackBerry phone installed with OS less than 7.0 in not worth buying but can be accepted as free gift. However if we rely heavily on GMail App which was available for earlier versions; it is not available for 7.0. But their are other choices. But before buying BlackBerry, be aware that its native programmes (bundled with device and produced by Research in Motion) work only with BlackBerry Internet Services which is priced at about four times the normal internet connectivity charged by Network Operator. Third party programmes work without BIS but would require little effort or tweaking.
Multimedia devices with phone.
Android and Iphone
Android and Iphones are not phones but multimedia devices with functions of phone as well.
If we want a multimedia device which may also be used as phone, choose Android or Iphone.
Now between them if I am of nerdy type who loves problems and is in habit of tweaking and have lived with Windows far too long, shall choose Android. It will be running out of memory everyday and shall be updating installed programmes everyday. Trouble shoot it everyday. But it is the most powerful OS (as a derivative of Linux) and is also available at cheapest prices.
However if my concepts of multimedia are clear and I want a stable solution for my fixed needs than Iphone would be phone of my choice. Though it may not give all the available options for file sharing and connectivity etc. inspite of my paying through nose.
As regard tweaking these phones, that is matter for some other time.