James Mayes

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Android dialler security flaw (and quick fix)

In Gadgets, Mobile on September 28, 2012 at 8:39 am

Noticed this one courtesy of Gareth earlier today. Flew through a couple of different sites researching and finding a fix I liked, thought I’d collate the info in one place.

There’s a recently exposed flaw on Android that will allow malicious web pages to use URL commands automatically. This means a site could potentially do a number of things, including auto-dial calls and force system level commands – potentially including a factory reset.

Not all phones seem to be vulnerable – but I’m running an HTC One X with 4.0.4 on board, and mine was indeed exposed.

First up, visit this page from your device to test it. If it automatically shows the IMEI number of your device, your handset is not secure. If the dialler opens, but gives you the CHOICE of whether or not to dial, you’re fine.

A little more bouncing around found me a great fix. Erik Thauvin released a quick install called NoUSSD (available for direct download or in the Android Play Store). Install that, tiny download, it will ensure any dial action in web pages is forced to give you the choice before the phone dials.

Hope this is useful.

 

What are start-up firms really hiring?

In Infographic, Recruitment, Software Development, Start-ups on September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Big fan of what DueDil are doing to make data more accessible.  Notice they’ve just completed some work with Adzuna and pulled together some analysis of the hiring position in start-up land at present. Original post here. Good work chaps!

 

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Can’t is a state of mind. Can is a statement of community.

In Community, Personal, Personal Development, Sport, Start-ups on September 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Many will know I’ve been away this weekend with TechBikers. A project kicked off by Google’s Eze Vidra, the aim was to get together a bunch of tech-focussed entrepreneurs and do something epic. For themselves, for this community and indeed for charity.  Well, we did it! Best part of 200 miles cycling in 3 days, Paris to London.  It’s had cheers, tears & beers. Unbelievable physical and mental endurance from all those involved and some fantastic support from many behind the scenes.

My biggest takeway is simply the subject line of this post. Many of those on this ride (myself included) simply could not have achieved this alone. Immensely proud to have done so. It’s changed my perception of what I and others are capable of. It’s also reinforced my belief that people as communities can be spectacularly empowering. That thing about being greater than the sum of it’s parts? Yeah, that. I’ve collated a few photos from the event that, for me, capture some of the spirit, the adventure, the hardship. Undoubtedly, some friends for life amongst this crew. While everyone involved deserves the highest praise for their commitment, I’m also going to use this to a single out a few that really stood out for me.

Eze “like Sunday morning” Vidra. The main man, the inspiration, the rock solid smile!

Ben “The Beard” Southworth. He knows why, but I promised discretion on this one….

Abe “Don’t question me now” Choi. Efficiency under fire, elegant behind the scenes, an absolute lynchpin.

Alex “it’s not water, it’s a rather pleasant Bordeaux” Hoye. That, and the evening attire… nice work.

Bindi “I refuse to change gear, I’m in heels” Karia. For maintaining bling while under water.

Pru Ashby & Andy “Gangnam” Young. Both responsible, I understand, for phenomenal corporate sponsorship efforts to ensure all personal donations went to the charity itself.

Drummond “Terminator” Gilbert. 200 miles. ON A FRICKING BROMPTON.

To everyone though, simply my heartfelt thanks. It’s been the experience of a lifetime. You all worked together to make it possible. To build a library. To demonstrate the power of community. You’ve rocked my world in what now feels like both the longest and shortest three days ever.

For anyone who hasn’t donated but now understands a little more, the fund raiser page is open for another week I believe. If not in my name, donate for Drummond. I say again, 200 miles on a Brompton.

OK, the pictures….

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