Study reveals security flaws in Samsung’s Knox platform on Galaxy S4

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Researcher Mordechai Guri at the Ben-Gurion University’s Cyber Security Lab in Israel recently discovered a major vulnerability in Samsung’s Knox security platform on the Galaxy S4. The flaw “could allow malicious software to track emails and record data communications.”

While Samsung is still investigating the claims, a Samsung spokesperson said that the allegations are not as serious as they might seem.

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KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

AllCast from ClockworkMod released to Play Store, will allow streaming of media to (pretty much) anywhere

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Koushik Dutta has done it again. His popular app, AllCast (which doesn’t require root access), has been released to the Play Store. The app will let you stream pictures and video to pretty much any device. This includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV, and all DLNA-enabled devices.

Unsurprisingly, Chromecast is not supported because it’s still heavily restricted by Google. You can download the application for free, but you’ll get ads, splash-screens, and a limit on length of videos you can watch. To remove the limitations, you’ll have to pay a $4.99 fee for the unlock key— a price well worth it when you consider what you’re getting from the app.

Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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Dual 5MP camera unit announced by Toshiba, will allow for stereo-3D shots for both smartphones and tablets

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Toshiba is making waves in the smartphone camera industry, as the manufacturer just announced a dual-5MP camera module which generate a 13MP image through upscaling. With this development, the camera can be thinner than current 13MP cameras. Smartphones will be able to be made thinner as a result as well.

The dual camera unit also comes with a companion chip which will allow for the simultaneous recording of both image and depth information. The depth data will be applied to objects captured in the image— the result will be somewhat of a stereo-3D image.

While Toshiba hasn’t announced any particular release date on the module, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of it and how smartphone manufacturers will adapt to the new camera technology.

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CyanogenMod hits 10 million installs in time for launch of CM-powered Oppo N1

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The folks over at CyanogenMod have a little celebrating to do tonight. The popular Android ROM just hit 10 million installs as of 3:44 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, and the team expects the growth to continue.

It took nearly four years for CyanogenMod to become a cornerstone of the Android rooting world, and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down with the Oppo N1 coming on the 24th of this month. Congrats to the CM team and best of luck in the future!

Via: XDA-Developers
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Google’s Ingress project is bigger than it seems

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Google’s augmented reality game, Ingress, has reached a critical mass with a relatively large following even before it’s public release earlier today.

Although the game was set aside as a minor gaming project for Google’s Niantic Labs at its beta launch, we’re finally starting to see what all of this actually means.

John Hanke, a key leader on the project and a co-creator of Google Earth, likened Ingress to a “concept project” that could eventually turn into a platform to allow anyone to create an alternate reality game of their own.

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CyanogenMod announces WhisperPush SMS system for CM 10.2 nightlies

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Today the CyanogenMod team announced their secure messaging system that is being integrated into their CM 10.2 nightlies (will soon follow into their CM 11 branch). Dubbed as WhisperPush, the system-wide secure messaging system is powered by TextSecure. This basically encrypts your SMS messages both locally and over- the-air when sending to other TextSecure users.

The source is of course made available to the public. Check out the link below for CM’s official word on the matter and for further information.

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Patches for Android mirroring via Chromecast found in Android 4.4.1, API not available to public

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Developer-wiz Koushik Dutta of CyanogenMod has made a bit of a discovery in the Android 4.4.1 patches.

It looks like Google is preparing to add Android mirroring to Chromecast in the near future. However, Dutta pointed out that the API isn’t available to anybody except Google and the OEM. This essentially means that developers won’t be able to tool around to come up with new ways to integrate the feature. Similar solutions like Android mirroring on Chromecast won’t be able to be built into things such as Apple TV.

The API could become available to everyone in the future, but for now we’re pretty much left in the dark.

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Action Launcher adds quick-access home screen to its intuitive UI

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Action Launcher was pretty much just your basic launcher when it was first released, but it has certainly grown a lot since that point.

First of all, the launcher features a “Quickpage,” which gives instant and easy access to a home screen card by simply swiping to the side of the screen. “1-Swipe,” another new addition, gives you access to both Quickpage and the previously added Quickdrawer by simply swiping to the left or right.

The best part about these new features is that you can use them alongside other launchers. The update also adds some nice KitKat additions including the new folder design as well as the status/nav bars.

The pro version is on sale for half-off right now for $2 and adds some customization features to the free version. I’ll certainly be giving it a long look when my new Nexus 7 comes in the mail tomorrow! (Can you tell I’m excited?) Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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Tic-Tac-Toe game for Chromecast released on Android and iOS, requires two devices to play

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Chromecast isn’t only just for streaming video and music content to the big screen— now, people are finding that it makes for a pretty nice tool to stream games to your TV.

A very simple tic-tac-toe game for Chromecast has just been developed, and the app is available on both Android and iOS. Simply grab another player who also has the app installed, and easily display the game on the big screen for all to see.

It’s nothing mind-blowing for now, but the concept is certainly pretty cool and will make for some interesting innovations in the future. Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.

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