If you’re an avid root/modder in the Android community then rooting tool-kits should be nothing new to you. Today an all-in-one root plus recovery installer has been made available for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4. The instructions seems relatively easy (if you’re familiar with this kind of stuff), so just make sure you follow the directions thoroughly.
Earlier today Steve Kondik took to Google+ to
talk about think out loud in regards to an ever popular topic of conversation: mobile security. As we see malware threats come and go, it comes back to just how secure one’s device really is. As more apps try to take advantage of folks and security exploits, people are growing paranoid with their personal data. Some read app permissions carefully, while others, like myself, just blow through them. Earlier builds of CM even developed a way to allow users to pick and choose which app permissions they were comfortable with. This idea of permission picking was short lived however as it caused instabilities and took trust away from app developers. Some have taken to say that the CyanogenMod team really isn’t looking out for its users but as Mr. Kondik replies:
“Proponents of the patches say that CM isn’t looking out for the users. I think these patches are just more security theater and don’t really solve a problem. Why do you want to run malicious applications anyway?”
He raises a good point. Why would we want to install malicious apps? Some people may do so on accident and this permission picking could essentially be a safety net but it wouldn’t solve the bigger issue: mobile security as a whole. So with that, Cyanogen has taken to the community in hopes of hearing ideas of increasing security while avoiding “smoke and mirrors.” So if you think you have a good idea on how to do just that, hit the source link below to voice your idea. While one option would be to split CM and create a secure, martial-law style version of the ROM that only helps a small group. Your ideas may help avoid that while helping everyone.
LoJack, if you’re familiar with their software for computers and laptops, have made the jump into mobile device territory with the Samsung Galaxy S4 as their first supported device. With this software you’ll be able to trace, lock, and of course, remotely wipe your device if you choose to do so. Unlike other soft wares, LoJack stays in your phone no matter what you do to it, such as factory resetting the device. More importantly you’ll get LoJack’s experience with their years of success in the laptop and computer industry, so you know their representatives are highly trained to retrieve your device.
So far no date of the release has been set, but we expect it to be around this summer. Prices have yet to be confirmed but it should range depending on the longevity of your desired subscription. Hit up the break for the full press release!
Today, BlackBerry launched their newest version of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.1, and it features full support for Android and iOS. We’ve already heard the announcement that BlackBerry Messenger is going to be hitting other platforms this summer, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that BB is extending support to other platforms with other services.
BES 10.1 is being offered as a free upgrade and will allow users to consolidate their work and personal devices into one single device. Security has always been their strong suit, so I’d expect this to be a widely adopted, well made update.
As promised, Dan Rosenberg aka djrbliss on the XDA Developers forum released some additional details about his attempts to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Yesterday he posted a pic showing the unlocked bootloader that seemed to indicate he had recovery capabilities. He confirmed that in his latest post on the subject where he reports his work will allow custom kernels and recoveries.
Rosenberg also confirmed he had achieved the unlocking on an AT&T variant of the Galaxy S 4. However, he is not planning to release any details until Verizon starts to ship their version later this month. If you think you will be interested in unlocking your new Galaxy S 4 using Rosenberg’s tools, he does recommend that you not accept any OTA updates prior to his publishing his release despite the risk of missing out on security updates.
source: XDA Developers forum
Samsung has been stepping up its game for enterprise security. Their latest offering is KNOX, which will be available on the Galaxy S 4 soon. KNOX not only addresses the security needs for enterprise, but it also addresses the concerns for employees personal privacy. In a nutshell, it keeps work stuff separate from personal stuff by creating two different personas on one phone. It appears the U.S. Department of Defense will grant an approval for Samsung Galaxy smartphones (most likely the Galaxy S 4) as well as Apple iPhones and iPads.
In what is definitely a huge oversight on Google’s part, the Glass software has no built-in lockscreen function. Obviously it can be assumed that there will be many changes before the rumored Spring 2014 release date since it’s a Beta product, but the problem remains for now.
Developer Mike DiGiovanni didn’t want to risk having his contacts and personal information easily swiped so he set about doing Google’s job for them, and Bulletproof was born. In a post on Google+ DiGiovanni explains its function saying, “Use combinations of swipes and taps on the side touchpad to unlock your device. The app knows when Google Glass is off your head and locks the device only at that point.” Pretty handy, and very useful. Click past the break to see it in action.
News today from Twitter where security guru Dan Rosenberg, @djrbliss, posted an image of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 with what appears to be an unlocked bootloader that he managed to hack. Rosenberg had already achieved root on the new devices on launch day when he figured out an unlock tool intended for Motorola devices would also work on the Galaxy S 4 thanks to the use of Qualcomm chips. The downside is that nothing much can be done once rooted and the risk related to bricking a brand new device is a little higher than normal as no recovery options or stock images are available yet. Hopefully Rosenberg’s work is about to change some of that as his image appears to indicate that he has recovery running. Rosenberg is expected to release more details later today on exactly what he has achieved and how others may replicate his efforts.
It appears that Samsung’s well-known entrant into the enterprise world is set to encounter a slight delay with its arrival. Expected to arrive as early as this upcoming Saturday alongside the Galaxy S 4’s official release for AT&T, Samsung decided that its Knox software is not quite ready for primetime and needs to undergo further testing to ensure it will operate smoothly for various Sammy devices— regardless of wireless carriers. As a result, there are sources that are now claiming that Samsung plans on pushing Knox’s launch until sometime July.
Regardless of the delay, Samsung will continue its push for a full-fledged assault on the enterprise world with its Knox software. Samsung expects to release its security software alongside some variations of its Galaxy devices this year— all in the hopes of taking some of the ever-growing enterprise market share. Let’s just hope that some of the more traditional rivals are ready for Samsung’s imminent arrival.
source: New York Times
Following in the footsteps of Open Source pioneers IBM and Red Hat, Google has taken a giant leap forward in preserving the purity of Open Source and Patents in the world of technology. In a recent blog post on Google’s “Open Source Blog”, Senior Patent Counsel, Duane Valz, makes a less-than-obvious attack on patent and money hungry technology companies (like the one named after that one fruit that Eve took a bite out of that started this whole mess). He states the importance of protecting this purity to ensure continued innovation in the world of computer software, and continued advancement in cloud computing, the mobile web, and the internet in general.
Today, Google announced its “Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge“. In it they pledge “NOT to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents…unless first attacked.” Gotta love that last part! Google, in their infinite wisdom, has included an Apple escape clause (Oops! Just came right out and said it that time).
At this point Google has only identified 10 patents relating to MapReduce in their initial pledge list, but vow to expand on that list, adding “past, present or future” open-source software that might rely on pledge patents. Good for you Google! Read more