Virus Alert!! Merogo Worm is Searching for Symbians

Guys over at F-Secure labs have reported a new worm in the market – the Merogo SMS worm. This virus spreads through SMS and is named Trojan:SymbOS/MerogoSMS. It works only for s60 v3 devices and is completely incompatible with any other symbian device.

It deploys itself by sending an SMS to every contact in your phonebook. The receiver will see a long message in chinese with a link in it. If you click on that link, you’ll download the infected file and it will once again start sending messages. It also sends SMS to many premium numbers.

Traditionally, no one can install an unsigned app in an S60 device. This worm happens to be a signed app which contains many unsigned apps within it. It installs them when it is being installed itself.

F-Secure is trying very hard to contain this virus as no reports of attacks outside China have been observed. But even then, beware of any Chinese messages.

Opera Mini 5 On iPhone Video [Demos]

Now that has submitted the Opera mini app to the Apple app store, several people might have their fingers crossed, because if the Opera app does get approved, it would mean that iPhone users get to use one of the best mobile web browsers on planet Earth.

If you have no clue about how Opera Mini 5 will work on the iPhone, you can take a look at a video released by Opera, which showcases it’s features, which include:

  • A really fast browser for iPhone.
  • Opera Speed Dial
  • Fast browsing even on a 2G network.
  • Easy tab management, better scrolling and more.

The video also has comparison between the Opera browser and iPhone’s native Safari browser, where Opera Mini is obviously the fastest one. Guess what Apple might have to say about that.

Samsung Officialy Unveils New Android Powered Galaxy S Phone

As expected, Samsung launched its Android based smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S today at the CTIA 2010. At the first sight, this handset looks much similar to Samsung Star range of phones, but this device is completely different since it comes with a 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

Last month Samsung announced its first smartphone with Super AMOLED touchscreen display, Samsung Wave which was powered by BADA operating system. If you want to experience Android operating system and Super AMOLED display in a single smartphone, then you should consider buying this device. Check out some amazing features of this handset below.

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The Android-powered Galaxy S will set a new standard for smart phones. The Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected, and in tune with their smart life both personal and professional all in a very easy and simple way,said JK Shin, president and head of Mobile Communications Business.

Samsung Galaxy S is a powerful smartphone powered by Android 2.1 operating system. It runs on a 1 GHz Application Processor and it has a 4 inches Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 800×480 pixels resolution, 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and playing, integrated messaging Social Hub and more.

Other feature includes 3G connectivity, A-GPS, Android Market, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 8GB or 16GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory, Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity sensor and 1500 mAh battery.

The price and availability of this handset is not announced yet.

Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM For HTC Touch Pro With HTC Sense 2.5

A new Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been released for the HTC Touch Pro. The ROM includes HTC Sense 2.5, video call support, adobe reader, FM radio, WiFi Sharing and Windows Live among other features.

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The unofficial Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM has been created by a XDA forum member and is named James72 ITA. The language of the HTC Sense 2.5 used in the ROM is Italian. The WinMo 6.5 ROM is only for HTC Touch Pro aka HTC T7272.

You can download the ROM for HTC Touch Pro from here. Please make sure to backup your device before you flash your ROM.

China Blocking Some Google Search Results

Yesterday, Google started redirecting Google.cn users to Google.com.hk and displayed uncensored results to all the users. A annoyed user also wrote in how Google had blocked access to Google.com from within China.

RIP Google China

However, its China’s turn now as some reports are flowing in that the Chinese government has started blocking certain search results in China. Earlier today, ZDNet got a statement from a Google executive to confirm the banning of certain search results.

"Certain terms seem to be being blocked by the firewall," said a Google spokesperson, referring to the ‘Great Firewall of China’, the popular nickname for Golden Shield.

However, there were no reports on which specific terms were being banned by the Chinese Government. Popular Google services like and Blogger have suffered a complete ban in China for quite sometime now, and it looks like Google’s web search and image search are headed in the same direction.

Right now Google’s Mainland China service availability page displays full access to Google web search and image search. However, that page has not been updated since March 21st, so expect to see some more red cross-marks appearing on the page soon.

Watch CTIA Wireless 2010 Keynotes Online Live Streaming

The CTIA Wireless 2010 event is underway in Las Vegas where some of the biggest names in the wireless industry will descend and present keynotes and presentation.

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CTIA Wireless events attracts wireless players from across the world. Today at CTIA 2010 there will be keynotes from AT&T. There are also presentations from Samsung and Telefonica International.

If you are keen to know the new developments in the wireless industry it would be recommended to follow the keynotes and presentation at the CTIA Wireless 2010 event.

CTIA has a official video streaming channel which will air the keynotes and presentations online, you can head over to http://video.ctia.org/ to watch the event or catch up all the live streaming action in the video embedded below.

We will keep an eye on other live streams for the CTIA Wireless 2010 events and keynotes and post it here.

Android 2.1 "Eclair" ROM For HTC Hero

Now we are not sure if Sprint is going to release an Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Moment yet, even when we know that a Sprint Rep confirmed the March 26th release through a voice message.

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If you are too anxious and can’t wait for the 2.1 update for your HTC Hero, a XDA forum member has release an Eclair 2.1 ROM for GSM based HTC Hero.

The Eclair 2.1 ROM brings lots of features which are part of the latest Android OS including Live wallpapers.

If you want to update your HTC Hero ROM, head over to this post on the XDA Forums and download the ROM. Make sure to follow the exact instructions to root your room and flash it. And yes, this goes without saying that you need to make backups before you do anything with your phone.

Please root your device at your own risk, we should not be held responsible if you manage to brick your device.

X-COM Complete Pack for $9.99 on Impulse

You are not a retro strategy maniac if you have not played the X-Com series. The five games in this series have defined the genre where it comes to the mash-up of strategy and Science-Fiction. Aliens, mostly, will be what you will be fighting. If you love controlling soldiers and shooting down Independence Day aliens, boy are you going to love this series. Stardock’s digital distribution website, Impulse, has put up the entire series for the unbelievable price of $9.99 for a limited time only. Yes, X-COM: UFO Defense, X-COM: Terror from the Deep, X-COM: Apocalypse, X-COM: Interceptor and X-COM: Enforcer are bundled together in this fabulous limited-time only offer!

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X-COM: UFO Defense: Set in 1999 when a strange encounter of the nth kind has happened (do forgive the cheeky reference) UFOs are attacking and disrupting Earth’s skies. As the commander of the formidable X-COM you will defend Earth with the finest technology known to man and add alien tech to your growing arsenal.

X-COM: Terror from the Deep: The slumbering aliens that have crash-landed on our planet do not yet have any sort of organization. Soon, however, a dilapidated computer network seeks to awaken the entire colonization army and wreak havoc on our Earth. X-COM will be doing the needful here as well, saving Earth from these evil colonial aliens!

X-COM: Apocalypse: Alien interference seems to have broken socio-physical fabric of human lifestyle in the last remaining mega-city on Earth. As X-COM prepares to covertly investigate this matter, an unknown danger rears its head.

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X-COM: Interceptor: With the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources, corporations and humanity take to the stars. However an old adversary has put a stop to human expansion in the resource rich Frontier region. Command battleships and manage resources in this strategy game!

X-COM: Enforcer: As a 3rd person shooter, this game stands out from the rest of the X-COM roost. As an X-COM special soldier an Enforcer battle hordes of alien invaders with your robotic suit and advanced weaponry.

Do not miss this opportunity to get the entire X-COM series on Impulse for $9.99!

Apple Offering Contract-Free iPhone For $500-$700

Apple has begun selling unsubsidized unlocked to consumers without the 2 year contract through the Apple Store. The 8GB version of iPhone 3G costs $499, 16GB 3GS will cost $599 and 32GB 3GS will cost $699.

It looks like Apple has finally begun selling unlocked iPhone through the app store. This move may be to counter the flurry of based devices hitting the US markets which are also sold unlocked with out any carrier subsidies.

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The new development was spotted by Gizmodo through a leaked Apple document which states that customers will not be required to verify their account through AT&T and will be able to use it contract free. The document also states that users may only buy a single unit of iPhone per day.

The document was reportedly updated on March 22nd, however, there is no news yet as to when Apple will actually start selling the unlocked devices, and whether or not it will be available at locations other than the Apple Store.

Google also sells a unlocked version of online for about the same price, so this move by Apple might be to counter that and enter the unsubsidized market. Would you buy an unlocked iPhone or would you prefer to buy a unlocked Android based phone instead?

Leaked Pictures of Nokia’s New Symbian^3 Device N8-00

Rumors had it that Nokia was going to announce a S^3 based device soon. Now, we have pictures to go with them. Shown below is Nokia N8-00, a Symbian^3 powered smartphone that packs quite a few features. Some of them are:

  • 3.5 inch WVGA screen
  • A crisp resolution of 480X800
  • HDMI port
  • 12 MP camera
  • Xenon flash

The pictures were leaked on a Chinese website, it68. Here they are:

Not much more is known about this phone other than that it is going to be announced real soon. We’ll keep you updated as more news comes by.

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