Android malware can attack devices with “Fake ID” exploit

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of any major security exploits in Android, but it looks like another pretty massive security vulnerability has been uncovered by Bluebox Security. The latest exploit takes advantage of Android’s failure to check the authenticity of digital certificates, allowing some apps to gain access to the OS and resources that they otherwise should not have access to. » Read the rest

Lithium ion battery life could double according to new study

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Researchers at Stanford, led by former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, report they think they have discovered a way to double and perhaps even triple the battery life of a lithium ion cell. This is good news for owners of smartphones, tablets, electric vehicles, and any of the hundreds of other devices that use lithium ion batteries. The researchers turned to nanotechnology in trying to find a way to protect the lithium anodes in a typical cell from degrading as quickly as they do. They discovered that coating the anodes with “a monolayer of interconnected amorphous hollow carbon nanospheres helps isolate the lithium metal depositions and facilitates the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interphase.”

Besides helping to keep the lithium in better condition for a longer time, thus extending the life, the new technique also helps with safety issues resulting from the decay of the lithium in a battery. As the technique is perfected, this should also allow for the use of denser lithium. Of course, the challenge now will be for battery manufacturers to figure out how to incorporate this into current manufacturing techniques if further testing bears out the benefits to be gained.

source: Nature Nanotechnology
via: Engadget

T-Mobile Q2 performance already getting attention from analysts

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T-Mobile is not expected to release Q2 results until the end of the month, but the wireless carrier is already generating some buzz on the part of analysts who are trying to predict what those results will be. Notably analysts want to see how T-Mobile’s performance compares with Q1 when the company had their best quarter ever. That included staking a claim to the title of fastest-growing carrier after adding 2.4 million subscribers. » Read the rest

Google working on fixing laptop battery drain bug in Chrome

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A recently uncovered bug in Chrome showed that Google’s browser was unnecessarily using too much battery on laptop computers due to the way Chrome handled PC processors when it was idling. Chrome sets the processor tick rate at 1 millisecond, even when it’s just sitting in the background not doing anything, which can cause up to an extra 25% battery drain on some hardware. Other browsers, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, keep the CPU tick rate at the default 15.625 milliseconds when it isn’t doing intensive tasks. » Read the rest

Battery cover image leaks for unknown Motorola device

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An image of a battery cover supposedly meant for a Motorola smartphone has surfaced on the Facebook account for HellomotoHK. The cover is made out of a kevlar-like material or has been designed to give that appearance and is reminiscent of some recent Motorola Droid device covers.

The cover includes several access holes on the back with two large ones seemingly configured in a manner similar to the HTC One (M8) duo camera. According to HellomotoHK, the cover may be meant for the Motorola Moto X+1 or a Google Play Edition version of the same device. It is also possible it may be intended for an updated version of a Motorola Droid device for 2014.

source: HellomotoHK
via: Phandroid

Samsung chatting with SmartThings about purchase for around $200 million

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The next target for Samsung? Your home. The company is reportedly in talks to purchase SmartThings for a deal in the range of $200 million. According to TechCrunch, the deal has yet to be completed but it is very well on its way to being so. Google owns Nest and Apple is launching HomeKit, so it is only right that Samsung gets in on the action. » Read the rest

Softbank’s Son getting ready for long merger battle

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As Sprint edges closer to a merger deal with T-Mobile, sources say the parties involved are bracing for a longer than expected approval process. This has triggered lenders to seek higher fees as part of the financing deals. Both Softbank, Sprint’s controlling shareholder, and T-Mobile shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG expect the regulatory approval process to take at least 12 months. Building in some cushion to the schedule, it is expected a drop-dead date will be set for around 18 months after an official announcement is made. » Read the rest

Verizon’s LG G3 has a removable battery

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Verizon mistakenly listed their LG G3 as having a non-removable battery, but it looks like that’s not actually the case. Thanks to a picture on Twitter, we know the battery and back cover are completely removable. Since every other version of the G3 has a removable battery, this really shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s good to see Big Red not purposely butchering out any functionality from the device.

Are you planning on picking up a G3 on Verizon soon?

source: VZW Albert

Galaxy S 4 Active battles lawnmower, comes out scathed but working

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galaxy-s4-active-4If you’re the proud owner of a Galaxy S 4 Active you’ll be happy to know that if it ever meets up with a moving lawnmower, it will come out the other end still working, at least, according to a lucky reddit user. However, even though it survived the beating the lawnmower gave it, it came out far from unscathed. As you can see the screen is decently shattered up top, but even so, the device is still in working condition. According to the redditer the phone, that was playing music at the time, never missed a beat and was still fully functional.

So if you’re sitting there wondering if your Active will still work after coming face-to-face with a lawnmower blade, wonder no more. Although, we don’t recommend you try this at home.

source: reddit
via: Sam Mobile