Bluebox Security Reveals That 99% Android Devices Have Major App Vulnerability

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The company Bluebox security, has found a security hole in Android’s operating system. What’s even more scary about this news is the report states that this security hole has been around since Android 1.6 Donut. Apparently what can happen is malicious developers can change the APK of a legitimate company, without any breaks to its cryptographic signature. This basically means that if an app is hacked on Android, the user would not know and could be entering their information and sending it to the malicious hackers unknowingly.

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Mozilla Announces First Firefox OS Phones

Mozilla Announces First Firefox OS Phones

Mozilla announced the first two smartphones based on its operating system, Firefox OS on Monday: the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire.

The two devices will soon be available through Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. Telefonica announced that the ZTE Open will be offered in Spain starting on July 2 for 69 euros ($90).

Individual partners will release the dates of availability for each market. Mozilla said that the first Firefox OS will launch in Central and Eastern Europe under the wing of Norway-based Telenor “this year.”

Mozilla’s Firefox OS, which was one of the main topics during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, is a HTML-based, open source mobile OS that should provide a user-friendly alternative to Android, especially on entry-level handsets. Mozilla hopes to conquer much of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America with Firefox OS — most of which are currently dominated by cheap Android devices.

ZTE Open is a 3.5-inch smartphone with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, A-GPS and Wi-Fi.

Alcatel One Touch Fire boasts nearly identical specs, but is powered by a Qualcomm processor.

RIP: Every Product Ever Axed By Google

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On Monday, Google will pull the plug on Google Reader, despite much general online despair about the death of the most popular RSS reader.

While this is definitely the most popular tool Google has put on ice, it’s certainly not the first. The company is known for dabbling in all sorts of products, and dropping the ones it didn’t feel were well-supported.

So if you were ever a fan of Google Wave, Google Labs or maybe even Google Buzz, you’re probably a little nostalgic for the services of Google’s past.

If you want to take the trip down memory lane, check out the infographic below, courtesy of Wordstream.

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Apple Applies For iWatch Trademark In Japan

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As reported by Bloomberg, Apple recently applied for iWatch name ownership in Japan, a country where devices arrive in stream — and the filing reveals that Apple’s iWatch is categorized as “handheld computer or watch device.

The maker of iPhones is seeking protection for the name which is categorized as being for products including a handheld computer or watch device, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week.

Apple has a team of about 100 product designers working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad, two people familiar with the company’s plans said in February.

You may call it a “defensive move” against copycat manufacturers, but it also shows that Apple is looking to introduce its own wearable device to compete with the other big guns.

In May, speaking at an All Things Digital conference, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said the market for wearable computing is ripe for innovation, noting that the wrist was a natural place for such a device.

The Apple iWatch will likely include biometric sensors and applications such as mapping tools and ways to view information that comes via an iPhone or iPad.

As The Verge reports, the company has been known to trademark plausible names for future products, like 2009’s iSlate application, as well as ideas it’s more loosely tied to, such as 1988′s Knowledge Navigator.

Apple’s rivals are already offering their own version of smartwatch, including Sony, a maker of the Android-based devices.

Micromax Canvas 4 Pre-Orders Begin

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SPECIFICATIONS

Company/Brand Micromax
Type Dual Sim Smartphone
OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price Rs. 16,999
Price Range Rs. 15,000 – 20,000
Announced June 2013
Released TBA July 8th 2013
Hype 5/5
Chipset Mediate 6589
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad-Core
GPU Power VR SGX
RAM 1 GB
Battery 2500 mAh
Primary Camera 13 MP
Secondary Camera 5 MP
Weight 182 g
Main Display 5 inch Display
In-Built Storage 8 GB
Special Features Blow to Unlock

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Google Developing Android Powered Gaming Console and Wristwatch?

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Google Inc. is developing a video gaming console and a wristwatch powered by its Android operating system. Supposedly, Google is making these Android-powered devices in reaction to Apple’s upcoming devices. According to people familiar with the matter, as the Internet giant seeks to spread the software beyond smartphones and tablets, they also hope to design and market the devices itself. Also the rumours suggest that they might release at least one of them this fall.

Samsung has said it’s working on an Android-based watch with smartphone-like capabilities. Wearable computing is a hot area of development for startups and technology giants. The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Apple was developing a watch-like device with smartphone features.

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Windows 8.1 Launched

Windows 8.1 Launched

Microsoft has launched its long-awaited “Blue” update for Windows 8, now dubbed Windows 8.1, in Preview form today for early adopters. Major improvements include improvements to the Start Screen, the addition of a permanent Search button …

Galaxy Note III screen might not grow that much

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Rumors about Samsung’s alleged sequel to the Galaxy Note II (above) have yet to converge upon a unified description of the phablet’s hardware. We’ve heard a number of ideas put forth for what SoC that Note III might run, as well as for just how large a display Samsung might be thinking about. Numbers like 6.3 inches and 5.9 inches have been mentioned, in line with the company’s new Mega-series models, but the latest Note III rumor to arrive suggests that any size gains could be much more modest.

At least, that’s the impression that tipster @evleaks has, who posted to Twitter that he’s learned the Note III should feature a 5.7-inch display. With more smartphones pushing into the five-inch range, we wondered if Samsung might be interested in making the Note even larger in order to differentiate it, but this could spell for a Note III only modestly larger than the Note II and its 5.5-inch screen.

Separately, industry rumors suggest that production of the Note III will take place in earnest beginning sometime in August; that timing could mean that Samsung will announce the Note III at this year’s IFA in Berlin, just as it did last year with the Note II.

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Facebook is experimenting with a lot of mobile-centric ideas, aiming to take the social network’s presence beyond just Facebook.  Although it has reportedly been in the works for well over a year, it appears as though Facebook is working on a news aggregating app.

Now according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is developing a new tool that focuses on news consumption in order to re-shape its identity as a social network, like Twitter, that can compete in the news consumption space. The project, which is reportedly called “Reader,” would be a feature that runs on Apple’s iOS Devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The social network has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The project, which the company has been developing for more than a year, is designed to showcase news content in particular. Recent versions of Reader resemble Flipboard Inc., a smartphone and tablet app that aggregates stories from multiple sources and lets users swipe to flip through articles, said the people with knowledge of the project.

While it’s unclear when Facebook will be ready to unveil the product, if it ever is, the Reader project is a sign the company is trying to get users to spend more time with it on mobile devices—and to see more ads.

Facebook is clearly making an initiative to be more than just a social network to share photos and statuses

Apple may launch a cheaper iPhone

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It is rumored that Apple plans to release a lower cost iPhone that will sell for 99 dollars. The next version of the software for the iPhone will be incredibly different than past versions. The company is reportedly looking at iPhones with bigger screens and will be releasing the low cost phone in a range of colors as soon as this year, the ABC News reports.

According to the report, Apple declined to comment on the rumors, but CEO Tim Cook addressed the question of larger screens last month at the All Things D conference.

Cook also said the iPhone doesn’t have a larger screen right now for a few reasons.

He said that a large screen today comes with a lot of tradeoffs, adding that people do look at the size, but they also look at things like if the photos show the proper color, the white balance, reflectivity, battery life, brightness, the longevity of the display.

The phone is made of a plastic casing and will come in five or six different colors. The more affordable iPhone is bound to cheer-up the company’s massive fan following and boost sales.

Besides releasing a cheaper model of the phone, Apple will release the iPhone 5S later this year.