Got a Samsung phone? Well, the Koreans at the Big S will have to publish a software update for it, because “Alephzain”, a modder/hacker was able to use it to root his Samsung Galaxy S III. The bad part? It can delete or completely brick your Samsung smartphone, all because it has certain Exynos processors, a key element to using the exploit. It’s working in practice as well (besides malware apps); another user called “Chainfire” has already build an apk that can use the “ExynosAbuse” to root a number of devices including:
Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 (locked bootloaders)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010
Only the Nexus 10 is safe from this, due to its Exynos 5 processor, instead of the more common 4. Samsung has yet to say a word about it, but one thing can be for sure: don’t download skecthy apps.
Via: XDA Developers, The Next Web
Recently, the UN has been experimenting with polices that would give countries governance over the internet, something of which the United States, United kingdom, and Canada disagreed recently and refuse to sign. One of the things disagreed upon is that “all states to have equal rights to the governance of the Internet.”
Giving countries power such as the aforementioned would mean that authoritarian governments would use that power not for the “greater good”, but to impose upon its citizens various unwanted internet policies.
Via: BBC News
In a rather intriguing interview, Young Sohn, Samsung’s Chief Strategy Officer, admitted to Technology Review in an interview that he loves to use Apple products at home, and Samsung products at work. But that’s not all:
I use a Mac, actually, at home. I’ve always used Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad… At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way. That’s sticky, you know?
So he’s a solider for Samsung, but a sneaking Apple assassin of the night. Funny, indeed.
Via: Technology Review
Google has been rather busy, as usual. However, they’ve also stated where they won’t be doing any work: on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Why? Because they think nobody uses them (which to a degree, has some merit). As Google’s product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor said, “We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” He continued, saying that, ”We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8.”
And that’s the end of the story folks. If you’re hoping for new amazing apps on either of those platforms, you may have to wait until they are ultimately seen as viable. And that’s something a lot of developers have been doing now, contributing to a WP8 possible demise.
It is official! Google Maps is back on iOS, to save all the users of the iPhone 5 and other iOS 6 from Apple Maps, which from the beginning has been an absolute disaster. All the greatest things about Google Maps are in the release: turn by turn navigation has been added, along with public transit directions, Street View, accurate maps, and more. You can find it in the App Store, or the source link. Via: iTunes
This is one to remember: Pepsi-flavored Lays potato chips. In China. Actually, they are edible and won’t cause your taste buds to self-destroy, in fact, AdAge says the taste is “vaguely similar to barbecue with a sugary aftertaste.” Here’s hoping to comes to America. No? Alright, fine then.
Via: AdAge, FoodBeast
Google has published its annual Zeitgeist report, revealing the world’s most popular people, events, and media of 2012. The biggest searches worldwide were for Whitney Houston, Gangnam Style, and Hurricane Sandy, but Google has also broken down the results by category and country. Next up, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was the United States’ most popular “what is” search term of the year, beating out Scientology and “KONY,” the name of a Ugandan guerrilla leader who was the subject of a viral video a few months back. The Hunger Games was the most searched movie of the year, both in the US and worldwide lists. As for images, Selena Gomez, Megan Fox, Rihanna, and the iPhone 5 as well as Minecraft took part in top spots.
As for technology? Apple and Samsung. The iPad 3, Galaxy S3, and iPad mini took the one, two, and three spots, and Galaxy Note 2 and iPad 4 also sneaked up the ranks. The rest of the top 10 was filled in by the Nexus 7, PlayStation, Surface, Kindle Fire, and the Lumia 920.
Check out the video for the top Googled terms of 2012, after the break! Via: Google Zeitgeist 2012
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Justin Angel, a Nokia engineer working on Windows Phone, has detailed how to compromise Windows 8 games revenue through in-app purchases. Angel highlights the Soulcraft Windows 8 game as an example of how Windows 8 users could potentially edit parts of a game to bypass having to pay for in-app purchases. Basically, it is harder to do than what your normal Windows user does on a day-to-day basis, but as Angel says about breaking the security, ”storing encrypted data locally, alongside with the algorithm and the algorithm key/hash is a recipe for security incidents.”
In different instances, he even changed the price of in-game items, after pirating the game. In the name of science. Microsoft is sure to prepare something for this in the coming hours, so things will keep moving.
Via: Justin Angel
This is something for the record books — the narration, CGI, and artwork of the Tyranny of King Washington, an upcoming DLC for Assassin’s Creed III could make you wet your pants.In the upcoming alternate-alternate reality tale, George Washington is recast as a power-mad tyrant who crowns himself king of the US, but Connor is the sole man that stands in his way, and is fighting an uphill battle.
Check out the video, after the break!
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