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#Mobile Operating Systems

# mobile-operating-systems - Wednesday 4 August, 2010

DO YOU KNOW what your iPhones been up to?

Tech site Gizmodo is reporting that Apple iPhones are vulnerable to an attack that may give hackers complete control of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The hack is said to affect the iPad and all devices running the iOS 3.1.2 and higher.

The Press Association is reporting an official security warning  from a German government agency who say the system has”two critical weak points for which no patch exists”

Hackers can gain control of your phone when you click on PDF links in your browser. A font within the PDF causes stack overflow, a technical condition that allows the secret ninja code inside the font to gain complete control of your device. The hack is similar to the hack used to jailbreak an iPhone.

If this is successful, the hacker will have complete access to your phone allowing them to delete files, transmit files, install programs and monitor your actions. A similar problem occurred with TIFF files when the iPhone launched but the bug was later fixed. Up to 100m devices could be affected.

Gizmodo says the safest way to avoid the hack is by not downloading PDF files from untrusted sources.

Only a few months ago Apple suffered a security breach with the iPad and an antenna problem with the iPhone 4, while there are also problems with the iPad overheating.

# mobile-operating-systems - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

FIGURES RELEASED on smart phones reveal that Google’s mobile operating system – Android has piped Apple’s iOS.

Google’s Android has continued to grow in the US and now has 27% of the market, behind Blackberry who has 33% of the market. Apple is four points below Google at 23%. Apple’s iOS peaked at the end of 2009 at 34%, while Android has seen a rise of over 300% this year. However the figures were compiled just a week after the iPhone 4 was released, according to The Guardian and we could see changes as iPhone 4 gains traction.

57% of Blackberry users have said they’re planning to abandon their Blackberry in the next quarter.

Last March, figures from Ireland suggest that over 250,000 iPhone’s had been sold, while Android had a 0.5% market share. No new figures are available.