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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 652: Fondling and Hawking iPhones

The new iPhones were a topic of conversation among my Singaporean co-workers. I even got to fondle an iPhone 6 Plus.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 651: Starhub

My thoughts on dealing with Starhub, a mobile phone operator in Singapore.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 650: It Works, Except When It Doesn't

Credit cards work well, except when they don't. Which happens more often than not when I'm traveling internationally.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 649: Starbucks Global Payments

Starbucks seems to be in many corners of the globe--at least the ones I've been to. And my Starbucks Card can be used for payments in every one I've been too, too.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 648: Who Do You Trust?

Apple's recent Privacy Policy statement was roundly criticized by John Gilmore, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundations for reasons, that quite frankly, most normal people will lack the means to evaluate.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 647: Shrinking Samsung

The rise of the cheap Android phone has not only claimed global market share from Apple, but is starting to impact Samsung as well--especially in China.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 646: Eyeballs Vs Hardware

The tech douchebag press gets caught up on Apple's inability to gain market global marketshare when that has never been Apple's game. The problem will get worse with the launch of Android One. Just remember the major difference in how Apple and Google make money.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 645: Social Media Unreality

It's very easy on social media to control the reality we project to our followers. Turns out: mainstream media does the same thing to us using almost the same techniques.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 644: iOS Keyboard Privacy

One of the new features in iOS 8 is the ability to use third party keyboards. Most of them require enabling "full access" which shows a rather scary dialog box that (rightfully) prompts some security concerns.

That said: read the privacy policy. It may not be that bad. For example, the one for Smile Software's TextExpander Touch is pretty benign:

The TextExpander touch custom keyboard requires Allow Full Access to be turned on so that it can:

  • expand snippets by sharing snippet data with the TextExpander app
  • play sounds for key taps and snippet expansion

The keyboard maintains a small buffer of recent key taps for the purpose of matching a snippet abbreviation. The buffer clears after a limited number of key taps.

The keyboard does not require or use network access.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 643: Twitpic Still Alive

Twitpic has been around since the early days of Twitter, but recently stated they were shutting down as a result of a dispute over trademarks with Twitter. Right before their planned shutdown, though, they announced on Twitter that Twitpic got acquired and would continue operation.

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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.