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Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:17 am

Blackberry Curve (holy crap, PTT was just so damn convenient !!)
Iphone 4S (hated it - ditched it after 2 weeks)
HTC 8X - ahhh, now this is customizable !! Live tiles !!
Nokia 930 - I really wanted the 1520, but the jump in $$ was just too much.

All of the above are/were work phones. I bought a Nokia 640 last year for $30 at BB, and it became my weekend phone. Clearly, I have no future going forward on that platform, but I totally despise Iphones, and I was never impressed with any droid phones. Not looking forward to being forced into either camp when I have been (relatively) happy with my Windows phones.

It seems that the users who have tried Windows phones have by and large enjoyed their experience, but MS continues to screw up their mobile division and finally had the guts to admit they couldn't do it properly after years of saying that they were a player in the game.
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Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:31 am

Heads up:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41635516
Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'

...The researchers added the attack method was "exceptionally devastating" for Android 6.0 or above and Linux.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (Cert) has issued a warning on the flaw. "US-Cert has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the four-way handshake of wi-fi protected access II (WPA2) security protocol," it said. "Most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected..."


Android users, good luck with your phone updates.
 
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Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:06 am

HTTPS sites should still be safe. But bottom line is that you should not consider WPA2 WiFi networks to any more secure than an open public access point.

Also worth pointing out that this is a client-side attack, i.e. WiFi APs/routers don't necessarily need to be patched as the vulnerability is on the device connecting to the AP, not in the AP itself.
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Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:18 am

RickyTick wrote:
Not to derail the thread, but I really miss my Windows Phone. Really a shame it never caught on and I still think it's a superior OS. Oh well...

It may have been a better OS but an OS is just a base-level requirement for the applications that people ultimately want their phones for, and the devs only wrote for iOS or Android.

I actually liked OS/2 Warp - it had a technically better filesystem than Microsoft, and it didn't go down the patronising (and obfuscating) "My Computer" and "My Documents" path, it also didn't split program data into multiple locations (program files, users\documents, registry, like Microsoft did in 1995. But, with everyone writing for Windows, OS/2 was guaranteed to die off.
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Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:26 am

Samsung X450
I think. Based entirely off of cross referencing the image in my memory with GSMArena phone images. I got this phone during my third year of undergrad and I remember being somewhat jealous of all the people in my dorm with RAZRs.

Blackberry Curve 8300
A gift from mom. Still miss the physical keys and trackball sometimes. GPS functionality blew my mind - I would literally stare at the triangle magically moving around while I moved around. Died a little after a year of use so I went back to my Samsung flip phone (branded with Cingular).

HTC Droid Incredible
First phone that I purchased with my own income. Basically made it so I could leave home without knowing exactly where I was going and still get there. I spent many hours learning how to root/unlock the phone to install custom ROMs. Finally settled on Cyanogenmod.

HTC One (m7)
My active phone for the last 4.5 years with Cyanogenmod/LineageOS. Battery life and general performance have really held up over time. Radio seems to be dying though. Camera has been **** since day one. Surprisingly sturdy given that it's never been inside a case.

Will probably upgrade to Pixel 2 pending reviews.
 
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Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:43 am

just brew it! wrote:
HTTPS sites should still be safe. But bottom line is that you should not consider WPA2 WiFi networks to any more secure than an open public access point.

Also worth pointing out that this is a client-side attack, i.e. WiFi APs/routers don't necessarily need to be patched as the vulnerability is on the device connecting to the AP, not in the AP itself.


I'm not sure that will the majority case, particularly with "wifi calling" APs provided by major carriers such as T-Mobile. Their on-premise gear is reportedly vulnerable.

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