Tag Archives: devices

1 Billion Android Devices Are More Than 2 Years Out of Date

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google launched Android in 2008 on a single phone, but the platform was designed to be adaptable and freely available. Anyone can download the open source code and make changes to it. This has led to massive success for Android, which is now the most popular computing platform on the planet. At the same time, Google’s open approach has contributed to the development of a fractured user base. The problem only seems to be getting ...

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KRACK Attacks Defeat Wi-Fi Security on Most Devices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Conventional wisdom has long held that locking down your router with WPA2 encryption protocol would protect your data from snooping. That was true for a long time, but maybe not for much longer. A massive security disclosure details vulnerabilities in WPA2 that could let an attacker intercept all your precious data, and virtually every device with Wi-Fi is affected. The vulnerability has been dubbed a Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK) by discoverers Mathy Vanhoef and Frank ...

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New Bluetooth Malware Affects Billions of Devices, Requires No Pairing

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A new malware attack, dubbed BlueBorne, is spreading in the wild, thanks to a combination of eight different vulnerabilities affecting Android, iOS, IoT devices, Windows, and Linux. The security research firm Armis writes: BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices. Armis reported these vulnerabilities to the responsible actors, and is working with them as patches are being identified ...

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TCL Will Revive the Palm Brand, Devices Slated for 2018

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Chinese corporation TCL has announced that it plans to launch Palm-branded devices in 2018. TCL bought the rights to the Palm brand from HP back in 2014 and initially planned to relaunch the company, but there’s been little action on the Palm front since that purchase. Now the company is saying it will bring new Palm devices to market, with one or more devices slated to be announced in Q1 2018 (probably at CES ...

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SteamVR Will Support Windows Mixed Reality Devices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Microsoft has announced that the first Windows Mixed Reality devices will be supported by a number of early VR games currently available, including support for Steam and SteamVR. Steam support is likely critical to the Mixed Reality concept, given that HTC’s Vive relies on it, and it’s still the largest VR market, despite recent gains by Oculus in that area. “The introduction of Windows Mixed Reality headsets is a big step forward for VR,” Valve ...

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SteamVR Will Support Windows Mixed Reality Devices

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Microsoft has announced that the first Windows Mixed Reality devices will be supported by a number of early VR games currently available, including support for Steam and SteamVR. Steam support is likely critical to the Mixed Reality concept, given that HTC’s Vive relies on it, and it’s still the largest VR market, despite recent gains by Oculus in that area. “The introduction of Windows Mixed Reality headsets is a big step forward for VR,” Valve ...

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CopyCat Android Malware Infected 14 Million Devices Last Year

Google has stepped up its efforts to secure Android in recent years, but exploits are bound to happen with billions of devices out there. Security firms are reporting on a particularly successful strain of malware called CopyCat, which reportedly hit some 14 million devices last year, and successfully gained root access on about 8 million of them. The goal of this scheme was to make money from fraudulent ads and app installs, and the malware creators probably made a lot of it. CopyCat was distributed covertly inside a number of popular ...

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VW’s Diesel Defeat Devices Finally Located, Cracked Wide Open

Ever since news surfaced that VW had engaged in massive fraud and criminal misrepresentation of its TDI “Clean Diesel” products, there have been questions about how the company did what it did. It’s one thing to see the effects of the software code in action, and repeated real-world driving tests in a huge range of conditions across multiple vehicles confirmed the problem long ago — but that’s not the same as knowing where the code is or how it works. According to the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San ...

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Netflix No Longer Available to Rooted, Unlocked Android Devices

Update:  The “unlocked” devices Netflix is refusing to support may refer to bootloader-unlocked devices rather than carrier-unlocked devices. Carrier unlocking refers to the practice of allowing a device purchased from one company to run on another company’s network, while bootloader unlocking allows a smartphone to run a completely different version of Android (or in some cases, an entirely different operating system).  Not all phone manufacturers lock their bootloader and some manufacturers that do lock their bootloaders don’t lock every single SKU they manufacture. It is unclear if the new Netflix ...

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