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  • Design flaw breaks Android storage encryption

    07/06/2016 9:49:42 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 5 2016 10:40AM | Juha Saarinen
    The full disk encryption used to safeguard information stored on Google Android devices can be broken, an independent researcher has found. Gal Beniamini spent several years analysing the TrustZone platform found on Qualcomm chipsets, and utilised previously gained knowledge to run code that is able to extract the encryption keys used to scramble stored data on Android devices. The researcher discovered that encryption keys derived from the TrustZone feature could be extracted by software and cracked by brute force outside the Android devices, thus bypassing security mechanisms that limit the number of password guesses that can be made.
  • This malware pretends to be WhatsApp, Uber and Google Play

    06/29/2016 10:38:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    CSO ^ | Jun 29, 2016 4:56 AM PT | Michael Kan
    Hackers are stealing credit card information in Europe with malware that can spoof the user interfaces of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware, which has struck Android users in Denmark, Italy and Germany, has been spreading through a phishing campaign over SMS (short message service), security vendor FireEye said on Tuesday. Once downloaded, the malware will create fake user interfaces on the phone as an “overlay” on top of real apps. These interfaces ask for credit card information and then send the entered data to the hacker.
  • Blasphemy! Godless malware preys on nearly 90 percent of Android devices

    06/23/2016 7:54:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    SC Magazine ^ | June 22, 2016 | Bradley Barth
    Blasphemy! Godless malware preys on nearly 90 percent of Android devices Godless, an emerging mobile malware threat capable of rooting Android phones, has started to adopt the traits of an exploit kit, in that it searches for multiple vulnerabilities through which it can automatically infect a victim. Once it successfully executes, the malware gains root access to the device, granting it full control. Christopher Budd, global threats communications manager at Trend Micro, told SCMagazine.com in an interview that Godless is ostensibly an “encyclopedia of known, good attacks against various vulnerabilities… It's loading up on attacks and using whatever will work,...
  • Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

    05/31/2016 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 31, 2016 | By Jenna McLaughlin
    COURTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment? By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the third-party doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowingly and willingly surrender information to third parties therefore have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in that information...
  • Google Beats Oracle on Copyright, Defeating $9 Billion Claim (Android's Java — Link Only)

    05/27/2016 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Bloomberg | May 26, 2016 4:47PM | By Joel Rosenblatt
    A U.S. Federal Court jury finds Google didn’t need a license from Oracle for Android’s Java code, defeating Oracle's $9 billion claim. Oracle vows to appeal. Link Only Due To Copyright Issues From Bloomberg Article.
  • EU competition chief set to charge Google with Android abuse: sources

    04/19/2016 9:54:33 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2016 | BY FOO YUN CHEE AND ERIC AUCHARD
    European Competition Commissioner Margarethe Vestager addresses a news conferenceBrussels, Belgium, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir - The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources familiar with the process said on Monday. Google generated an estimated $11 billion (9.73 billion euros) last year from sales of ads running on Android phones featuring Google apps. Android has become the dominant software in recent years, running most of the world's smartphones....
  • What one silly app reveals about Google's grand plan for Android

    04/01/2016 12:15:43 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | March 31, 2016 | By JR Raphael
    It may look like a simple calculator, but Google's latest Play Store upload signifies volumes about its changing approach to the Android platform. It's all too easy to miss the forest for the trees.This week's news surrounding a seemingly simple Android app launch is a perfect example. Maybe you heard: Google released a standalone Calculator app to the Play Store.SAY WHAT? A new Calculator app?! Stop the presses! Whoop-dee-freakin'-doo, right?Wait -- the app also adds native support for a smartwatch interface on Android Wear?! Okay, that's actually kinda neat. But it still isn't what makes this move important.The move of...
  • Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

    03/20/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-19-16 | Rudy Takala
    Google in 2012 sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week. Messages between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's team and one of the company's executives detailed the plan for Google to get involved in the region.
  • Apple Pay Is Crushing Samsung Pay

    02/27/2016 1:16:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | February 26, 2016 | By Ashraf Eassa
    This Android phone maker's mobile payments service continues to lag Apple's own. Along with the launch of its iPhone 6/6 Plus phones, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced its very own contactless mobile payment system known as Apple Pay. Unsurprisingly, with the launch of its own Galaxy S6 smartphones, Apple rival Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF) released its own, very creatively named mobile payment system known as Samsung Pay.Also, it would seem that Apple Pay is utterly crushing Samsung Pay.Billions vs. just hundreds of millionsSamsung recently bragged that its Samsung Pay service is now up to 5 million users and they have spent "over $500 million"...
  • 'World's Cheapest Smartphone' Goes On Sale For $4 In India

    02/22/2016 11:55:04 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    npr ^ | 2-18-2016 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Freedom 251 smartphone, which went on sale Thursday, has sparked intense interest in India and beyond. Priced at 251 rupees ($3.65), the 3G device is being called the cheapest smartphone in the world. But it's also sparking questions about how the phone works -- and whether it's legal. Made by a new company called Ringing Bells, the Freedom 251 has a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 4-inch screen; it runs on Android's Lollipop 5.1 operating system and has slots for two SIM cards. But the phone also looks very similar to Apple's iPhone 4 -- even down to icons that...
  • Windows Phone sales have almost ground to a halt (Android+iOS now own 98% of the smartphone market)

    02/19/2016 4:41:25 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Engadget ^ | Feb 19, 2016 | Steve Dent
    Gartner has released its smartphone stats for Q4 2015 and the news is especially bad for Microsoft. In Q4 2014, the software giant owned 2.8 percent of the smartphone market -- not great, but still good enough for around 10 million units sold. In the same quarter of 2015, however, Windows Phone sales fell to 4.4 million, giving the OS a mere 1.1 percent of the total market. That means that it's basically in a death spiral, as consumers and app developers alike lose interest. Microsoft's rumored Surface Phone now looks like its last hope to rescue the division. The...
  • Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

    02/03/2016 11:22:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 86 replies
    zdnet ^ | February 3, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop. Linux Mint 17.3 is a great replacement for Windows 7. In fact, it's a great desktop operating system period. sjvn Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop. I've been using Mint as my main...
  • Why Apple's iPhone Q4 Earnings Beat Droid's Lifetime Revenues

    01/25/2016 8:24:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Invetopedia ^ | January 25, 2016 | By Euny Hong
    Turn on the Android spigot, please. According to Oracle Corp. (ORCL), Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOG) free mobile operating system Android has generated $31 billion in revenues for the company. The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company has filed a lawsuit accusing Google of using Java to develop Android without paying dues. “Look at the extraordinary magnitude of commerciality here,” Oracle attorney Annette Hurst is quoted as telling a federal magistrate attorney judge in the courtroom in a Bloomberg piece. The revenue amount for Android is not peanuts. But, it still falls short of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) earnings from iPhone by a wide...
  • New zero-day flaw hits millions of Linux servers, also affects most Android devices

    01/20/2016 6:32:48 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 19, 2016 -- 19:53 GMT | by Zack Whittaker
    The flaw is said to affect "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers, and most modern devices running the latest Android KitKat 4.4 software and later. A new, previously undiscovered flaw that allows an attacker to escalate local user privileges to the highest "root" level is said to hit "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers. Because some of the code is shared, the zero-day flaw also affects more than two-thirds of all Android devices. Israeli security firm Perception Point disclosed the flaw in a blog post Tuesday, but it wasn't immediately clear if the bug had been...
  • Galaxy S7 will rip off iPhone's Live Photos feature

    01/15/2016 1:46:39 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Cult of Android ^ | January 14, 2016 | by Killian Bell
    Live Photos to appear on new Samsung’s? Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Android Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S7 will reportedly deliver with a new feature called “Vivid Photo,” which will be a clone of the Live Photos function on iPhone 6s, allowing users to shoot images that come alive when they are pressed. We already know that Samsung is planning to rip off Apple’s new 3D Touch feature for its latest Galaxy smartphones. Normally we’d be annoyed with the South Korean company for copying more of Apple’s moves, but Force Touch is so good, we want to see it everywhere. Now Android...
  • Google confirms next Android version will use Oracle’s open-source OpenJDK for Java APIs

    12/30/2015 7:38:50 PM PST · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | December 29, 2015 1:31 PM | Emil Protalinski
    Google is replacing its implementation of the Java application programming interfaces (APIs) in Android with OpenJDK, the open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit (JDK). The news first came by a “mysterious Android codebase commit” from last month submitted to Hacker News. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that Android N will rely on an OpenJDK implementation, rather Android’s own implementation of the Java APIs. “As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “In our upcoming release of Android, we plan to move Android’s Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based...
  • Android Malware Uses Built-In Firewall to Block Security Apps

    12/28/2015 7:49:56 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | 28 Dec 2015, 18:45 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Even if some malware families never get to cause worldwide damage, it's sometimes interesting to read about new techniques that some malware authors employ for creating their threats. One of the most recent cases is a malware family that targets Android devices in China, discovered by Symantec, and named Android.Spywaller. The uniqueness of this threat is the fact that during infection, the malware looks for Qihoo 360, a popular security app among Chinese Android users. Android.Spywaller uses a firewall to block Qihoo 360 internal communications The malware searches and registers on the device with the same UID (unique identifier) used...
  • Australia's banks sign up to Android Pay

    12/15/2015 8:02:46 PM PST · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews AUS ^ | Dec 16 2015 7:16AM (AUS) | Allie Coyne
    Still no deal with Apple. Five of Australia's biggest banks have signed up with Google's Android Pay payments service as they continue to butt heads with Apple over Cupertino's own Apple Pay platform. ANZ Bank, Westpac, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank, St George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia and Bendigo Bank will all support the Android payment service when it lands in Australia in the first half of next year. At launch, Android Pay will support Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards, Google said in a blog post today. The company is currently "working with Eftpos" on similar...
  • Microsoft pitches lobotomized Cortana for iOS, Android handsets. Don't be jealous, Siri...

    12/09/2015 7:56:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 9, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Not content to have Cortana controlling Windows Mobile, Microsoft has released a toned-down version of its personal assistant tool for iOS and Android handsets. Redmond said that Cortana will run in a diminished capacity on the Apple and Google smartphone OSs, but will still allow users to link up their handsets with Windows PCs to sync and automate tasks. "Cortana was created to be a truly personal digital assistant - available on the go, no matter where or when you need help, and on whatever device you carry," wrote Cortana group program manager Marcus Ash. "That's why it's important to...
  • Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that Apple's iPhone is already delivering

    11/21/2015 5:29:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have. Source: Samsung Samsung will "lead by following" Apple Watch Samsung LSI marketing team head Kyushu Hong spoke at length about "Innovation for the next mobile experience," outlining plans to introduce a "Bio Processor" chip that packed a series of components related to health related data recording. Source: Samsung Asked when the new chip would be introduced and when Samsung expected it to become...
  • This Android malware is so bad, you might be better off buying a new phone

    11/06/2015 9:18:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mashable ^ | November 6, 2015 | BY STAN SCHROEDER
    We've seen Android malware that takes your photos and videos for ransom, and there's one that can mimic your phone's shutdown process and spy on you even though the phone appears to be off. But a new family of malware, detailed by security firm Lookout on Wednesday, is probably the scariest we've heard of: It's so hard to remove that, in some cases, victims might be better off just buying a new device. Lookout's researchers have found 20,000 samples of three pieces of malware, named Shedun, Shuanet, and ShiftyBug, which share a lot of the same code and use similar...
  • New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove (Link only due to copyright)

    11/04/2015 4:25:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | Nov 4, 2015 2:15pm PST | by Dan Goodin -
    This is a bad Android Root Kit baddy. . . as the headline says, it is almost impossible to remove from Android devices. More information at Ars Technica's site (link only due to copyright concerns): New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove
  • Android and Chrome OS may be combined as early as next year

    10/30/2015 5:15:14 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 7 replies
    Engadget Online ^ | 10/29/15 | Nathan Ingraham
    For years, people have wondered if Google would merge its Android and Chrome operating systems, and the company has steadfastly held to them important but distinct pieces of its strategy. That might be changing: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been working for two years to merge Chrome OS and Android.
  • Google is killing Chrome OS and putting all its chips on Android

    10/29/2015 5:08:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/29/2015 | Alexei Oreskovic
    Google will fold its Chrome operating system used in personal computers into the Android mobile OS, according to The Wall Street Journal. Beginning in 2017, Google will only have a single operating system on the market, with Android featured on tablets, smartphones, and notebook computers. Google will show an early version of the new unified Android OS next year, The WSJ said, citing anonymous sources. The move should help unify Google's software efforts and make its platform more appealing to third-party software developers. Until now Google has maintained a clear delineation between its two operating systems, The Chrome OS, based...
  • Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet reviewed: Surprisingly, it doesn’t suck

    10/26/2015 8:31:18 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 45 replies
    Ars Technica UK | Oct 24, 2015 4:25am PDT | Mark Walton
    Ars Technica UK published an article that might be of interest to those of you considering purchasing or already owning a Tablet. In summary, and in comparison with other similar tablets the Fire tablet comes out surprisingly well.
  • Here's how hackers can remotely access, control Siri, Google Now from 16 feet away (iphone/android)

    10/16/2015 9:14:16 AM PDT · by Vision Thing · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Khier Casino
    Apple's Siri will listen to anyone — even hackers. French researchers have discovered a way to remotely gain access to Siri and Google Now on iOS and Android, respectively. The research team from ANSSI — a French government agency specializing in information security — were then able to control the intelligent personal assistants by using headphones with built-in microphones as antennas. Hackers could use radio waves transmitted from the antenna of the headphones to eavesdrop on private conversations, send the device browser to a malware site or shoot spam and phishing messages through email and social media sites — such...
  • Android Marshmallow Rollout

    10/07/2015 5:52:25 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 7 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | 10/6/2015 | James Rogerson
    Who is getting what, and when — ANDROID PING!Android Ping! If you want on or off the Android Ping List, Freepmail me.
  • 'Stagefright 2.0' bug menaces over a billion Android devices

    10/01/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies
    iTnews.com (AUS) ^ | Oct 2 2015 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a second set of serious vulnerabilities in Google's Android mobile operating system, leaving over a billion new and old devices open to attack. Dubbed Stagefright 2.0, the newly discovered vulnerabilities stem from two flaws in how Android handles audio and video files. It was found by Joshua Drake of security vendor Zimperium, who also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability affecting just under a billion Android devices in July this year. The first Stagefright flaw in the Android media processing software library allowed attackers to send a specially crafted multimedia messaging service (MMS) missive which, when received in...
  • Apple Event Live Stream

    09/09/2015 10:00:22 AM PDT · by zeebee · 34 replies
    Analysts and industry insiders predict that Apple will unveil updated iPhones along with an Apple TV revamp that may signal a push into the online television streaming sector, dominated by Netflix.
  • Porn app took secret photos of users

    09/08/2015 11:16:14 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies
    BBC.com ^ | 7 September 2015 | BBC staff
    A malicious Android app that held people to ransom has been found by US security firm Zscaler. Adult Player appeared to offer pornography, but secretly took pictures of users with the phone's front-facing camera. It then locked the user's device and displayed a demand for $500 (Ł330) which was difficult to bypass. One security expert told the BBC that ransomware was a lucrative and growing area of cybercrime. Ransomware The Adult Player app demanded a payment of $500 (Ł330). Apps which demand money from people with a threat to release private information, or wipe a device, are known as ransomware....
  • Apple fans fooled by Dutch humorists into thinking Android is iOS 9

    09/03/2015 7:57:54 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 18 replies
    Android Community ^ | August 6, 2015 | Ida Torres
    Apple fanboys have often been accused of worshipping anything that comes from the brand, even though the rest of the world is saying it sucks or it’s nothing special anymore (I guess that’s why they call them fanboys). Some Dutch humor artists decided to test this out, pretending to show them the new iOS9, which is in fact just an Android OS loaded onto an iPhone, Predictably, the results were hilarious. Well, it would be funny if you were an Android fan or even user, not so much if you were one of said fanboys. What these humor artists did...
  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech via Mac Daily News ^ | September 2, 2015 | Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
    The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending July 2015 shows continued market share losses for the Android OS across Europe’s five largest markets. Europe’s big five markets are Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.“Android market share in Europe was negatively impacted by challenging market dynamics in Germany, France, and Great Britain,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in a statement. “In the U.S., performance was more of a level field between the two leading operating systems, as the iOS market share decline and Android share gain both decelerated.”“The...
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoft’s digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Google’s popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistant’s functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • M is for Marshmallow: Google names its next Android update

    08/17/2015 10:50:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    C-Net News ^ | August 17, 2015 | by Richard Nieva
    The search giant unveils the name of its next update for smartphones and tablets. Some key features include a new mobile payments system and some tricks for the company's digital assistant, Google Now. Google's update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow.The software, previously only referred to as Android M, was announced in May during Google I/O, the search giant's annual developer conference.The moniker follows Google's whimsical naming convention for new versions of Android. The company typically names its software updates alphabetically and after sweets. For example, the most current version of Android...
  • Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers (Link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | by Dan Goodin
    Faulty Stagefright patch and newly reported sandbox bypass leave users exposed. Link only due to copyright infringement issues from Ars Technica. Read more at the link. READ THE ARTICLE AT ARS TECHNICA: Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers
  • Waiting for Android’s inevitable security Armageddon (Link Only due to copyright issues)

    08/11/2015 9:33:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | August 10, 2015
    Supported Android 5.1 Devices that might be updated to patch security issues and All Others that will not be updated. LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Editorial: Android's update strategy doesn't scale, and that's recipe for disaster. Read the article at the link above. . . cannot be posted on FreeRepublic due to copyright issues.
  • HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

    08/11/2015 8:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | August 10, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox. Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder. "Any unprivileged processes or apps can steal user’s fingerprints by reading this file," the team says, adding that the images can be made into clear prints by adding some padding.It is one of four vulnerability scenarios in which biometric...
  • Certifi-gate: Hundreds of Millions of Android Devices Could Be Pwned

    08/07/2015 12:23:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Checkpoint ^ | August 6, 2015 | by Check Point Research Team
    Check Point today released details about Certifi-gate, a previously unknown vulnerability in the architecture of popular mobile Remote Support Tools (RSTs) used by virtually every Android device manufacturer and network service provider. The Check Point mobile threat research team disclosed its findings at a briefing session at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas, NV this morning.What is Certifi-gate?Certifi-gate is a set of vulnerabilities in the authroization methods between mobile Remote Support Tool (mRST) apps and system-level plugs on a device. mRSTs allow remote personnel to offer customers personalized technical support for their devices by replicating a device’s screen and by...
  • Nvidia Recalls 88,000 Shield Tablets, Citing Fire Hazard

    08/02/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal Total Return ^ | July 31, 2015 11:08 a.m. ET | By ANGELA CHEN
    Nvidia Corp. has recalled about 88,000 of its Shield tablets sold in the U.S. and Canada because the lithium-ion battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. The products recalled are, specifically, eight-inch tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 at places such as Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and GameStop. The model numbers, seen are on the left-side edge of the devices, P1761, P1761W and P1761WX. Nvidia didn’t say how many...
  • New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state (Link Only)

    07/30/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | July 30, 2015 | by Dan Goodin
    This is a link only due to copyright considerations, please read the article at the original website: New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state — Malformed video files can be used to crash half of all Android phones.
  • Gaping Flaw in Android Cellular

    07/27/2015 6:36:19 AM PDT · by S.O.S121.500 · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/27/15 | Aarti Shahani
    Excerpt per posting rules: In this attack, the target would not need to goof up — open an attachment or download a file that's corrupt. The malicious code would take over instantly, the moment you receive a text message.
  • You can now use any Android app on your Mac w/ BlueStacks App Player

    07/01/2015 11:34:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | July 1, 2015
    Crossy Road on Mac with BlueStacks BlueStacks, a free desktop Android emulator that lets users play any mobile game or app on the big screen with a mouse and keyboard, has mostly been limited to PC users until today. But Mac users are about to get access to the software that the company says already has around 90 million users on Windows. While the app arrived briefly as an alpha release of Mac users back in 2012, this morning the company is launching an official release of the popular BlueStacks App Player software for Mac for the first time, allowing...
  • U.S. Supreme Court lets Oracle press case that Google copied Java in rush to make Android

    06/29/2015 3:36:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Mac Daily Newsws ^ | Jun 29, 2015 6:32 AM PDT
  • What your smartphone says about your waistline Nicholas Wells

    06/25/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nicholas Wells
    If you're sipping your lunch, you probably have an iPhone. If you're enjoying pizza from Little Caesars, you're probably on Android. Consumer choices have always been about picking this or that, and the current either/or decision is between smartphone operating systems. Your choice when it comes to operating systems says a lot about you, including what you like to eat, according to data provided to CNBC by NPD Group's Checkout Tracking. IPhone users were much more likely to go for a liquid lunch, with soup and smoothies taking the top spots for iOS choices. Soup had an iPhone-to-Android index of...
  • Pre-installed keyboard leaves 600 million Samsung smartphones vulnerable to hackers

    06/17/2015 9:32:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 17, 2015 | By Robert Nazarian
    If your rocking a Samsung smartphone, you could be vulnerable to hackers, thanks to a preinstalled keyboard on your device.The vulnerability was discovered by Ryan Welton from mobile security specialists NowSecure. The issue is with the preinstalled Swift keyboard which looks for language pack updates over an unencrypted line. Welton found that a hacker could create a spoof proxy server and send a fake update to the device with malicious code. The hacker could then exploit the device by eavesdropping on incoming and outgoing messages or voice calls, access personal data such as pictures or text messages, tamper with apps,...
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

    05/04/2015 6:10:52 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | May 1, 2015 | Not Listed
    Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites. There are essentially two starkly different environments in which to download apps. The first is Apple’s app store, which carefully vets apps before allowing only those deemed fit to appear. The second is the Google Play store, which is more open because Google exercises a lighter touch in vetting apps, only excluding those that are obviously malicious. But because Google Play is more open, the apps it offers span a much wider quality range. Many connect to ad-related sites...
  • 5 Awesome Windows 10 Announcements Microsoft Just Made

    04/29/2015 1:54:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Paste ^ | 04/29/2015 | By Luke Larsen
    At their long, developer-focused Build conference this morning, Microsoft announced a plethora of new things regarding Windows 10 and its new identity as a service-based company. Windows 10 is the company’s new attempt at recapturing the interest of longtime Windows 7 users, after a fairly limited turnout for Windows 8.In case you haven’t heard, yes—Microsoft skipped “Windows 9” and went straight to Windows 10. The good news is that the OS looks to be a pretty balanced and powerful system that takes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and finds a happy medium in between the two....
  • Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings

    04/17/2015 11:43:02 AM PDT · by mykroar · 62 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 4/17/2015 | Smoking Gun
    A drunken argument over whether Android or Apple smartphones were superior turned violent early today when two Oklahoma roommates began assaulting each other during the bloody telecommunications debate. According to Tulsa police, Jiaro Mendez and Elias Acevedo were outside their apartment around 1 AM when their phone quarrel moved to the stabbing stage. As they tussled in a parking lot, Acevedo allegedly struck Mendez in the back of the head with a beer bottle. When cops subsequently apprehended Acevedo, he was “covered in blood” and “also had several lacerations on his body from the fight.” Both men were treated for...
  • Microsoft goes rogue: Windows on Android

    04/10/2015 6:24:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 3, 2015 | Evan Blass
    At a recent Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China, Windows chief Terry Myerson revealed a number of newsworthy tidbits about Windows 10,... At the very end of the news items, almost as an aside, came word of a unprecedented trial that Microsoft is undertaking "in partnership" with popular Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi. According to Myerson, a select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 owners (power users, he calls them) will be invited to test out a custom Windows 10 ROM on their devices. Devices that ship running not Windows out of the box, but Android. Let me restate that, so...