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Channel 4 News report shows how personal data can be recovered from 'wiped' second-hand phones

An investigation by Channel 4 News has shown that second-hand smartphones sold in the UK by Cash Converters and CEX may contain recoverable data despite having had a ‘factory reset’.

Information security specialists SensePost used software tools that were “freely available” to find personal information about the phones’ previous users. This included browsing history, contacts, text messages, photographs and personal documents.

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Over 11 million mobile devices are infected with malware

A new report from Alcatel-Lucent suggests that more than 11.6 million mobile devices are infected with malware. It’s based on figures from Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight subsidiary, which is able to measure the impact of network traffic.

Mobile malware infections were said to be up by 20% in 2013, with 4G LTE devices the most likely to be infected.

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Mobile payments, connected contact lenses, secure smartphones and much more

Podcast - 22nd January 2014

In this week's podcast, James Rosewell and Mark Bridge talk about the new Zapp mobile payment scheme, Google's healthcare plans and an ultra-secure smartphone.

Also on the agenda are HP's new phablets, Jimmy Wales joining a UK MVNO, Apple's in-app purchases and plenty of research about tablets.

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New Blackphone smartphone focuses on privacy and control

Private communications specialist Silent Circle and open source handset producer Geeksphone have announced a joint venture to produce a security-focussed smartphone.

The new device is called Blackphone and runs a custom version of Android.

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US Federal Trade Commission and Apple agree consumer refunds for in-app purchases

The US government's Federal Trade Commission says Apple has agreed to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to customers who paid for in-app purchases downloaded by children without their parents’ consent.

In addition, Apple is now required to ensure "that it has obtained express, informed consent from consumers" before charging them for items sold in mobile apps.

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