The major US telecoms delivered at minimum 1.1 million cell phone records to law enforcement at all levels of government in 2012. The records include voicemail and text content. The telecoms earned $26 million from the transactions. Many of the fulfilled information requests legally required no warrant, no subpoena, and no probable cause. These and other irresistible revelations come compliments of US Sen. Edward Markey, whose voluminous correspondence with the involved telecoms revealed the information. They include US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless/Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, Verizon, AT&T and C Spire Wireless.
The so-called "Google of China", Baidu, has stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment on any of its online properties -- as has China Telecom. This near-synchronous cessation of payment transactions for the two companies in the digital currency, many believe, exacerbated the recent sudden downturn of Bitcoin's long and unprecedented rise in value. The USD Bitcoin value currently stands at $679.43 according to CoinDesk, down from $1,147 just before the People's Bank of China all but outlawed the payment option for banks.
The latest revelation to come out of the famous Snowden papers is that England and mainland Europe all spy on citizens in the same way the NSA does. According to yet another new analysis of the papers--this time by England's The Guardian--spy agencies in multiple nations collaborate with privately run telecommunications companies to gather data on private citizens on a mass scale.
The rumors continue to build that Apple will soon be unveiling two new versions of the iPhone. Those versions are rumored to be the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. Obviously, Apple isn't going to outright confirm that these devices exist until the official announcement expected at the September 10 Apple event. Ahead of that event, all we can do is continue to check out the rumor fodder including a new one that has surfaced the via China Telecom.
Apple's iPhone 5S, expected to launch later this year, will support LTE-Advanced sources reportedly at Korean carrier SK Telecom claim, theoretically doubling the smartphone's download speeds versus the current iPhone 5. "SK Telecom is approaching Apple to put out LTE-A technology on the upcoming iPhone 5S" an unnamed source at the carrier told The Korea Times, describing the two companies as "in the middle of negotiations."
Software engineer Moxie Marlinspike over at Thought Crime says he's no stranger to unsolicited emails from individuals seeking help with surveillance efforts, due to some of the software he has created. While the programmer says he ignores most of them, one he received earlier this month caught his eye, and a short while later he discovered that Saudi Arabia telecom Mobily is working on a project to intercept mobile traffic.
This week the Hannover, Germany-based international technology conference known as CeBIT began with a welcoming keynote hosted by four extremely influential minds. First was Prof. Dieter Kempf, President of the German Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media e.V. - BITKOM. Also speaking were Dr. Thomas Enders, Chief Executive Officer of EADS, H.E. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, and Dr. Angela Merkel, Chencellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Accel Telecom is an Israeli communications company that offers a wide range of products. The company has unveiled its latest product called the Voyager Connected Car Smartphone. The device is designed to be easily installed into any car and uses an existing phone number via a twin-SIM.
Huawei's new Ascend D2 smartphone was announced and unveiled last week at CES, and we even got our hands on the new device, but it looks like the 5-inch 1080p smartphone will be officially released tomorrow for China Telecom customers at a price of ¥3,990, or around $640. The new phone will go on sale starting at 5pm local time.