A New Text Message Exploit Found Can Reboot Nexus Phones

DSC01326Turns out if more than 30 text messages of a specific nature (a Flash SMS, which can bypass running apps or notifications) can force a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 phone to completely reboot and not be able to restore a connection to its mobile network. Non-Nexus hardware doesn’t seem to be affected, but it’s a real problem for anyone who has a brand new Nexus 5, then receives a flood of texts, technically causing a denial-of-service attack.

The exploit was presented by IT administrator Bogdan Alecu in Romania, during the DefCamp Security conference. Afterwards, Google told PCWorld that it’s looking into the exploit; meanwhile, there’s no immediate news of an update that patches the exploit, yet.

Via: PCWorld

Google Publishes Hands-Free Search Extension For Chrome

ok-google-desktopGoogle has published the computer equivalent of the Moto X’s Touchless Control feature for Chrome. Starting with Google Voice Search Hotword extension, users can now say “OK, Google” to instruct the browser to search for anything, including measurements, weather, and directions — from any new tab or the Google homepage. Currently in beta, the extension can be downloaded from the handy source link.

Via: Chrome Web Store

Microsoft Can (And Does) Temporarily Mute Xbox One Users Who Use Profanity


Microsoft has been very much in the news lately, but not always for the best reasons. Today’s bit of news from the software and hardware giant is that Xbox One users who upload videos to the Upload Studio, with what the company calls excessive profanity, can receive temporary mutes, restrictions, or complete bans from the Xbox Live service. Which is harsh.

Apparently, to clarify some of the details, Microsoft relentlessly mentions that they don’t monitor Skype calls, but only gameplay clips uploaded through the Upload Studio. It will be interesting to see how far policies like these evolve over time and how gamers respond to them, but for now, it’s rather uneventful.

Microsoft’s complete statement:

To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review: The Virtuoso Of Large Phones

DSC01437It is the third Galaxy Note to grace the palms of the world, that are mostly likely smaller than the device itself. Boasting power, capability, and looks than ever before, the Galaxy Note 3 is everything big, made bigger, and really features what Samsung has to offer.

But honestly, is it any good? After all, it is a 5.7-inch touchscreen for a phone phablet.

Microsoft’s Xbox One Hits 1 Million Units Sold In 24 Hours

Xbox OneMicrosoft calls it the “biggest Xbox launch in history”, with a solid 1 million units sold on launch day, worldwide.

Microsoft hasn’t exactly detailed all of the statistics regarding the launch, but has released certain stats for the pinnacle launch titles: over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3”, 3.6 million miles driven in “Forza Motorsport 5″,  7.1 million combos in “Killer Instinct”, and lastly, 8.5 million enemies defeated in “Ryse: Son of Rome”. Obviously, there are plenty of happy new Xbox One gamers, who are still learning the ropes of their new entertainment console.

And with that, the console wars have officially begun.

Via: Xbox Wire

Android 4.4 KitKat Now Available For AT&T Moto X Users

moto-x-kit-kat-attFollowed quickly by the Verizon update, AT&T is pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat to its Moto X users. The update, which requires WiFi to download the 326MB worth of files, fully upgrades the Moto X to the latest version of Android, without the months of pain and suffering seen by many of its Android counterparts from Samsung and HTC. This is how Android updates should work.

Via: Motorola (Twitter)

Sony VAIO Pro 11 Review: Punching Above The Weight Class

Sony VAIO Pro 11Meet the Sony VAIO Pro.

It’s a cute little thing, really. An Intel Ultrabook, straight out of the factory, brimming with Core i7 technology, integrated graphics, Windows 8.1, and a 1080p HD touchscreen. To close the deal, Sony engineered the VAIO Pro 11 to only weigh 1.92 pounds. That means that right out of the box, the VAIO Pro 11 is brimming with all the features of a full Windows PC, in the style of a regular, high-end laptop, but with the weight of a tablet.

Those are a lot of borders to cross, but did Sony reach the promised land? Read on.

Motorola Makes A Deal With 3D Systems To Build The Modular “Ara” Smartphone

motorola-ara-bigAn upgradeable smartphone, camera, storage, processor, and all? Surely, indeed it is possible. A couple months back, Motorola unveiled the Ara project, which would take a base smartphone design and configuration, and then allow the user to upgrade the device as seen fit, most likely in order to keep it on par with newer handsets.

So, Motorola partnered with 3D Systems, and together are building what Motorola calls “the factory of the future,” to complete an end-to-end fabrication process for ‘Project Ara.’ Moto is tasking 3D System with “multi-material printing capabilities including conductive and functional materials” to build these modules, such as the chassis, battery, etc., and help it eventually launch the ‘Ara’ phones.

However, the whole deal is off if 3D Systems cannot prove to Motorola if its young manufacturing process, actually works. Thus, the bets are high, and the payouts even higher.

Via: 3D Systems