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'Cloak and dagger' vuln rolls critical hit against latest Android versions

Updated A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. "Cloak and dagger" is a new kind of attack vector affecting Android devices (including the latest version, 7.1.2). "Attacks allow a malicious app to completely control the UI feedback loop and …
John Leyden, 25 May 2017
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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

Analysis Nothing in the new version of Android O, revealed for the first time at Google's annual developer conference yesterday, is as significant as the changes to the way Google releases code to phone makers. Put simply, Google has a problem. Seven months after the first Nougat phone shipped in volume, 92.8 per cent of the installed …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2017
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Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

Google on Wednesday said it has made Kotlin a first-class language for Android development, alongside Java and C++. "We did it because Kotlin is a beautiful programing language," said Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson, director of product management for Android, during the developer keynote at Google I/O 2017. "...With Kotlin, there' …
Thomas Claburn, 17 May 2017
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Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

Volvos of the future will include an in-car entertainment system built on Android, the stolid Swedish automaker announced earlier today. The new in-car infotainment system will allow users to install apps from the Android App Store, Volvo said, which it hopes will let the driving denizens access “connected and predictive …
Gareth Corfield, 15 May 2017
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Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough

Auto-completion systems that attempt to finish your sentences when typing text messages or search queries can be a mixed blessing. Often, they save time. But they can also get in the way when they make incorrect guesses about intended input. In the context of software bug reporting, however, auto-completion – adding additional …
Thomas Claburn, 15 May 2017
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Samsung was just Tizen – homegrown Linux again pitched at n00bs

Anyone hoping that Samsung would use its Tizen operating system to shake up the mobile market has again had their dreams dashed, after the company emitted a for-n00bs phone running the OS. Samsung ended up tending Tizen after most of the other participants in the LiMo Foundation more or less lost interest in the idea of Linux- …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2017

Paranoid Android: Antivirus app-makers resolve MitM vulnerability

An Android anti-malware application from Panda Mobile Security has been updated after researchers discovered that an insecure update mechanism left users vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. Tom Moreton, a security researcher at Context, found that an insecure update mechanism in the product, which is available via Google …
John Leyden, 10 May 2017
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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

Nearly 40 per cent of Android users are vulnerable to a security design flaw that Google won't fix until the next major revision of the mobile operating system. The cockup is a strange one, and was spotted by researchers. It affects Android 6.0.1 (aka Marshmallow) phones and above, which according to the official Android …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2017

Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

An enthusiast has compiled Google's infant Fuchsia OS and put the toddler through its paces. The open-source OS is an open secret – anyone can download the platform from Github, and one enthusiast at Hotfix, a repair shop in Texas, has done just that. When Fuchsia broke cover last August, we noted the project's ambition. The …
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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

Google has published timelines for when it will kill off security patches for its Nexus-branded Android line. In a quiet update just before the weekend, the Chocolate Factory revealed both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will no longer receive guaranteed security updates as of October of this year. The Nexus 6P and 5X will stop …
Shaun Nichols, 1 May 2017

What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

BlackBerry Mobile has begun shipping its first post-BlackBerry phone in the UK today, although fans will need to cross their fingers and pop into Selfridges' Oxford Street store in London to find one. The KEYone was first shown at CES in January before a formal launch at MWC in Barcelona in March. Selfridges have exclusivity …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2017
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Beware of geeks bearing gifts: Evil game guides infect 2 million Androids

Ad-displaying malware in nearly 50 apps on the Google Play Store has infected nearly two million phones. And it's all thanks a combination of user stupidity, and the ad giant failing to spot and remove the software nasty lurking in its application souk. The rogue code – dubbed Falseguide because it is contained within game …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2017

TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

A few weeks back I turned on my television to find out it had stopped receiving two of the free-to-air channels I watched most often. All of the other channels still resolved with perfect, digital clarity, so I couldn’t work out why these two channels - out of four in packaged in a multichannel broadcast signal - failed to …
Mark Pesce, 26 Apr 2017
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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

iPhones maintain their resale value much better than Androids. That much you probably already know – but which are the worst droids to resell? A survey of over 100,000 eBay transactions provides some answers. The data isn't just a handy guide to flogging your unwanted upgrade, but also an indication of the "real" market value …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Apr 2017

Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

Steve Jobs once said that "innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have" – it's all about how you spend it. Despite spending a far lower proportion of its income on R&D* than Google, Apple's approach is paying off in one area in particular. The huge investment in proprietary, homegrown silicon is giving it …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2017

So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

Microsoft has introduced a new authentication method for logging into its online accounts: rather than remember and type in a complex password, use an app on your smartphone to confirm it's really you logging in and not some miscreant. That's great news because it should thwart the vast majority of attempts by hackers to …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2017
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Naked Androids to rampage across Russia

Google has settled its Russian anti-trust case and will therefore open its Android OS to rivals in Vladimir Putin's demesne. Russian Google analog Yandex kicked off the case in 2015, when it alleged Google forces handset-makers to put its own search engine front and centre on all Android devices. Google lost that case and was …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Apr 2017
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Free health apps laugh in the face of privacy, sell your wheezing data

Free health tracker apps pose a severe privacy risk, security researchers warn. Developers frequently neglect data protection and, worse, intentionally lure in users with free health gimmicks in order to monetise their data. Other sharp practices uncovered by the researchers include unsecured data transmission and ad tracking …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2017

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