Casual User Exposes Major Security Flaw On Galaxy S III, Courtesy Of Samsung Kies Desktop Software

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It’s no secret some Android devices may have a security hole or two, but what about a device’s software application on a desktop computer? Well apparently, Samsung’s Kies desktop software contains a security vulnerability which could allow  malicious applications to be installed and may affect devices such as your brand-new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. As highlighted in Andre Moulu’s blog post, what looks like an official or legitimate app could be downloaded from the Play Store (Angry Birds Cheats, Japanese Squid Girls, etc.) for use. As a user installs the certain apps, the apps could manipulate and overtake the install_packages permission found inside the Samsung Kies application. Once the action is done, the malicious app or apps could then have an even further effect by installing more applications without the user being fully aware.

The scary thing is how simple the security vulnerability is pronounced. It seems the vulnerability was easy to pull off using little more than a few lines of Java and more specifically— this is a common vulnerability found in many system applications that come pre-installed on users’ devices thanks to custom UIs. Let’s hope Samsung (and all of the other smartphone manufacturers for that matter) will take note of this and take preventative measures to protect their devices… and quickly.

If you’re ready to see the vulnerability in action, be sure to hit the break in order to see the video.

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Sprint Begins Rolling Out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Again

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Awesome! Sprint has once again started to push the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. Reports indicated there were some issues with the previous roll out and it appears everything has been buttoned up! You should get an automatic push, but if you haven’t yet, feel free to hit the Menu/Settings/About Phone/System Update to see if you can manually grab it. If you’ve received your update we would love to hear about it in the comments!

Final Fantasy III Coming to Ouya Android Gaming Console

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Ouya is not missing any beats as they’ve announced a partnership with Square Enix who will have Final Fantasy III available on the Android-powered gaming console in March. You may be thinking about the current $15.99 price tag on the Play Store version, however, Ouya promises there will be a free demo available so you can try it out! They also had this to say about the launch: “This will be the first time gamers outside of Japan can play FFIII on their televisions through a console.” Final Fantasy III was actually Japan’s Final Fantasy VI, this explains why the jump to Final Fantasy VII was so major and why it was referred to as one of the “missing pieces” in FF.

As an avid gamer, I’m stoked to see Ouya making such a huge splash and seeking developers of console games. They have made a commitment to “deliver Final Fantasy III like you’ve never seen it before…” Well, we only have about 8 months to wait! What should we do till then?

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Airpush, other Android ads could end with new Google Ad Policy

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Google has made some updates to their ad policy and guidance for Google Play developers that will likely be welcome news to users annoyed with the plethora of ads present in Android apps. The changes come on the heels of a new feature included in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that gives users the power to silence app notifications with just a long press. That change by itself can help users deal with ads that insist on pushing ads to the notification bar.

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Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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With Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D reportedly receiving the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, the EVO Design 4G wasn’t too far behind. Reports from users are flowing in that an OTA (over-the-air) notification is now showing up for EVO Design 4G handsets for an upgrade to ICS. Much like the EVO 3D’s update, you can expect Sense 3.6 and several updates and bug fixes:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

If you haven’t gotten the notification for the update, you can head on over to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether your update to ICS is ready. Any Design 4G users out there receiving their update to ICS?

source: Android Central

Update for AT&T Inspire 4G now available; brings Sense 3.0

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An update for the AT&T Inspire 4G is now available via an OTA (over-the-air) update or a downloadable RUU file directly from the HTC website if you’re impatient. The update officially brings Sense 3.0 to the device as well as other updates and fixes:

New features:

  • HTC Sense 3.0
  • Task Manager
  • AT&T Address Book


  • Call optimization improvements (fewer dropped calls)
  • Improved security functionality
  • SMS/MMS Thread – Contact Display Fix
  • Background Data Use Improvement

Considering HTC has stated that Ice Cream Sandwich will not come to the Desire HD/Inspire 4G, it’s great that they still haven’t forgotten about this device and gave it one last major update. You can head over to the source link if you wish to download the RUU file.

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Sprint HTC EVO 3D owners reportedly being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich

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Looks like Sprint has made due on their promise to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the HTC EVO 3D. While they initially promised an “early August” update, seems as if they’re one day early as several EVO 3D users have reportedly received a notification for the ICS OTA (over-the-air) update.

As we expected, the ICS update will bring Sense 3.6 to your device and not Sense 4.0 that’s found in the HTC One series. Nonetheless, I’m sure this is the news that EVO 3D owners have been longing for, for quite some time now. Here’s a short list of what to expect with this update provided from Sprint:

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ScoreMobile Now Available For Nexus 7 And Other Android Tablets

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Are you a fan of the MLB, NFL, Olympics, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Tennis, PGA, or NASCAR? Good news for you… popular sports app ScoreMobile has been reworked to support tablets, including the Nexus 7. Rather than updating the regular app to work for both phones and tablets, Score Media Ventures Inc. decided to release a tablet-specific version cleverly titled ScoreMobile Tablet.

This version includes everything you liked about the original, retrofitted to a tablet’s screen, plus adds features for TV companion viewing, like play-by-play analysis, interactive Live Blogs and Twitter streams of key games. With the Olympics in full swing, ScoreMobile made sure to add coverage for the London games in addition to the myriad of other sports it already covers.

Nexus 7 sports fans, download the app below for free from the Play Store.

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Rotate Your Nexus 7 Home Screen With Ultimate Rotation Control

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When Google released the Nexus 7, many people were a bit surprised and annoyed that the home screen was locked to portrait mode, though other apps would rotate into either portrait or landscape as needed. Sure, many phones have a non-rotating home screen, but phones are typically portrait devices whereas many tablets are suited to a landscape orientation.

If you prefer to hold your Nexus 7 in the more traditional tablet manner and not have to tilt your head to read your home screen, you’re in luck. Ultimate Rotation Control is an app that essentially forces your tablet’s home screen, or any app for that matter, to rotate. Once launched, the app stays resident in your notification area and allows you to either toggle rotations from any screen, let the system control rotations, or lock the rotation completely. In other words, you get full rotation control. You can even set specific rotations per app.

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Amazon Upgrading its Cloud Player to Compete with iTunes Match and Google Music

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Today Amazon has announced they will be pushing some serious upgrades to their popular Cloud Player music streaming platform. The intention is to make the service more competitive with Apple’s ‘iTunes Match’ and Google Music.

Starting with the addition of scan and match technology, the service will scan customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries, then match the songs on their computers to Amazon’s catalog of music, which includes a stunning 20 million tracks and rising.

All matched music will immediately be accessible via Cloud Player and upgraded for free to high-quality 256Kbps audio. This includes music customers bought from iTunes, ripped from CDs or that was bought from Amazon. Better accessibility will be a driving factor in making Amazon Cloud Player more popular. For example, any customer with an Android device, iDevice, Kindle Fire, or even a web browser will have access to all their music via the cloud. Those of you with Roku and Sonos home entertainment systems will soon have support as well. » Read the rest