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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 586: Apple's So Called Backdoor

When I first heard of this so-called backdoor that security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski found in Apple's iOS, I was a bit skeptical. While it does disclose quite a bit of information, it requires physical access to your iOS device and some device you've paired it with. In the grand scheme of things, not as big of a deal as the Internet made it out to be.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 585: Starbucks Speed Test

I found out from a FierceWireless article that SpeedSpot recently tested the WiFi at a number of Starbucks locations upgraded to Google WiFi. The results were astounding.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 584: Home Router Insecurity

That WiFi router you bought at Office Depot, Best Buy, or Fry's? It likely has a ton of security holes in it and manufacturers haven't done much to address the situation. Hopefully getting some hackers focused on finding more vulnerabilities will get manufacturers to fix them.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 583: Rebuilding Prodigy

Remember the online service Prodigy? It's been dead for 15 years but someone is trying to bring the content from that service back from the dead.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 582: Auphonic Goes Freemium

Auphonic is a great service for processing your podcast audio so it sounds great. It recently went freemium, which is a good model for this kind of service, I think.

That said, I ran out of monthly free credits. While I'm not asking for donations per-se, I would not object to donations of one-time credits, either.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 581: XBBS

Thinking about my old BBS days--XBBS in particular but also Pyrzqxgl.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 580: More Affordable Lumias

Back in Episode 135, I thought Nokia and Microsoft should push ahead with more low-end device. Looks like Microsoft's handset business agrees with this low end strategy.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 579: Six Californias

I've heard of splitting California up, but into six states?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 578: Amused To Death

Roger Waters album Amused to Death came out in 1992, shortly after the Gulf War, which had live coverage on CNN--a first as I recall.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 577: T-Mobile Day Pass

I was having such bad Internet service at my hotel I opted to use the free data I got from T-Mobile on my iPad. I blew through it pretty quick and bought a day pass.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.