Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Ouch... Droid's Latest O/S has a broken antenna

Several media outlets including eWeek and  Engadget have recently reported a potentially  dangerous security flaw in the latest Android OS (2.3 Gingerbread).  According to the reports, a researcher at North Carolina State University is warning that the flaw can allow attackers access to your personal information.  The bug reportedly allows malicious websites to possibly get access to a user’s microSD card, including voicemails, photos, and online banking information. Unless users eject the microSD card, disable JavaScript, or switch to a third-party browser, they will remain vulnerable… YUCK… Android 2.3 users have little recourse in squashing the bug. The folks at eWeek reported that Google is working on a solution to the problem, but there’s no word on when we can expect to see an update.

I’m sure Google will fix this unfortunate hole with a patch as soon as possible, but stories like this seem to be a common theme in the ever changing world of wireless networks and mobile devices.  We at Diversinet are commonly asked if “SSL” and mobile browsers are “enough security”?  Our position is that HIPAA  relevant or Personal Health Information (PHI) needs to be encrypted at all times, both at rest and in transit…



On Monday when Google and Verizon made their joint resolution / proposal on Net Neutrality that calls for a “suggested legislative framework for consideration by lawmakers” (See Google’s original statement from Monday) it set off a firestorm of activity on the internet…

What is at stake here is the very definition of “the internet” and a possible segregating of “wireless” vs. “normal” internet usages and whether companies have the right to prioritize data and “charge” appropriately.  If you haven’t been following this debate let me help you with a frame of reference to start your research and get informed because we all need to have a voice.  Here is a brief 4 point background of this debate:

1. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2005 issued its Broadband Policy Statement (also known as the Internet Policy Statement), which lists four principles of open Internet, “To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to:”

  • access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
  • run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
  • connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
  • competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers

2. In 2009 the FCC along with many of the major players began discussing “net neutrality” again specifically  around the definitions of “mobile” use of bandwidth and the rights of both companies and consumers. As a result of the original meetings FCC chairman Julius Genachowski made it clear that he wanted net neutrality in both the wired and wireless environments. (ars technica recap)

3. The talks that began in 2009 subsequently broke down with no real movement and/or agreements proposed.

4. On Monday Google and Verizon (on their own) publicly made the joint proposal…  A STORM OF WORDS / BLOGS / HSO’s (Hot Sports Opinions) ENSUED

Because the fall out was incredibly negative Google yesterday (8/12/10) issued a clarification (Google Public Policy Blog)

Here are some other voices to listen to as you get informed on this important issue:

A great debate in this weeks TWIG (This Week in Google) Podcast with Leo Laporte (Watch The Show)

Jeff Jarvis (Author of  the great book, WWGD What Would Google DoBuzz Machine Blog

Wired Magazines – Strong Response

Just  Google “Net Neutrality” and you will see that this debate and its final consequences are far from over.  As  many of us are both consumers and have a vested interest in this topic by working in the mHealth marketplace, we need to stay informed and have a voice!  For those new to the debate I hope this helps…

Let me know what you think!

Apple vs. Google – Are there any unbiased opinions out there? I fully admit I am biased (I bought my first Mac the day after the Super Bowl Ad in 1984 )

At the recent 7th annual Healthcare Unbound Conference in San Diego, Vince Kuraitis from Better Health Technologies laid out the significance of the A(iphone) vs G(Android) battle by quoting a Business Week lead story on the Apple vs. Google war. The story tagline was that this war will “shape the future of computing”.  It probably will!

However, the hotter the battle rages on the better for Diversinet.  Our technology is truly mobile platform independent.  Our platform and applications completely support the iPhone, and Android platforms and always will!  However, not only those… we support Windows Mobile, RIM, and over 300 smart and feature phones on all US Carriers!  So while Jay Couse (Our SVP of Business Dev and Android bigot) and I are fully engaged in the war…

We really don’t care… because regardless of the outcome, the Diversinet clients will be the ultimate winners!