Facebook for Windows Phone gets upgrade


The Facebook client for the Windows Phone system has been updated to version 2.3, bringing with it a host of enhanced features. The precise details of these remain a bit fuzzy. An announcement on its Facebook page confirmed that the refresh will bring a redesigned profile and panoramic design, along with “news feed performance improvements,” including support for filters. Other updates with this  include support for Facebook Groups, pages and banner images, which can now be changed directly from the handset. The update is supposed to be available today but I haven’t seen it in the store yet. Here’s the link for all those who are interested: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=135892916448833

RIM welcomes Office 365 Users


Microsoft Office 365 Logo

Research in Motion has gone ahead and blessed the BlackBerry Business Cloud Services as ready for the prime time users. The software, which has been beta test for the last 4 months allows BlackBerry users to easily integrate with their firm’s Office 365 deployment. Users can expect synchronization with their Exchange email, contacts and calendars, along with the ability to remotely wipe or lock their data should the device go missing.

Likewise the IT gurus may take advantage of remote administration and wireless activation of the handsets. The software is free and will work for all medium-sized and enterprise subscribers of Office 365.

We have been playing with Office 365 for the past week and will shortly post a full in-depth review about it soon.

Windows Phone 7.5 gets Google Calendar


Google has improved how its calendar and email services interact with Windows Phones running the mango system. Users can now cram up to 25 different calendars into the OS’s built-in calendar app.

BUT the setup’s not exactly seamless and as easy as it seems. You need to navigate your Windows Phone to the Google Sync page, login and check the boxes found there.

Also at the same Google Sync page, you can now choose to enable the “send mail as” feature if you’re using multiple addresses, with the option to delete unwanted emails instead of archiving.

O2 Data Breach: Your Mobile Number Shown to EVERY Website You’ve Visited


Today a rather alarming rumor about a data breach that suggests that the UK’s biggest network O2-UK forwards your phone number to any website that you have visited your smartphone.

Lewis Peckover built a site that displayed the header data sent to sites that you visit and found a network-specific field called “x-up-calling-line-id” which displayed his mobile number. He then tweeted this and it lend to angry users who tested the site having there number reveled. These people have flooded the company’s official Twitter, which is currently responding with:

“Security is our top most priority, we’re investigating this at the moment & will come back with more info as soon as we can.”

It has been confirmed that it’s only O2 who are effected by this issue. The issue comes around as O2 transparently proxies HTTP traffic, using the number as a UID. 

The Information Commissioner’s Office has said the following:

“Keeping people’s personal information secure is a fundamental principle that sits at the heart of the Data Protection Act and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. When people visit a website via their mobile phone they would not expect their number to be made available to that website.

We will now speak to O2 to remind them of their data breach notification obligations, and to better understand what has happened, before we decide how to proceed.”

Porsche Designed Blackberry P9981


I was just told about this NEW phone which is MAYBE being sold by the world famous department store Harrods. Which of course is no stranger to exposing Londoners to some of the finer and more eccentric things in life.

So I learnt that it will be bringing RIM’s Porsche Designed Blackberry P9981 to its shelves as a UK exclusive and set you back £1,275 for this sexy slab of unlocked goodness.

Windows Phone 7 SMS Bug


An SMS message on your nice new Windows 7 powered device could knock out your messaging out in a cold, a one shot kill and you can’t prepare for it.

Apparently, Windows Phone 7 devices that receive a text containing a certain string of characters will reboot and return with a non-functional messaging client which can only be restored via a hard reset. This flaw is not device-specific and has been found to affect other parts of the OS. Locking up your handset if you’ve pinned a friend as a live tile and that buddy posts the magic bug words on Facebook or Windows Live Messenger.

To fix the problem requires quick tapping fingers, as you’ve got to remove the pinned tile after rebooting before it flips and freezes the phone again.

BUT before you go abandoning WP7’s ship, just know that these sms issues are a known phenomenon and have affected all the major mobile players, iOS and Android included. Until Microsoft releases a fix, cross your fingers and hang tight.