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Submission + - 950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages (

techtech writes: Booby-trapped MMS messages and websites exploit flaw in heart of Android.

Almost all Android mobile devices available today are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code when they are sent a malformed text message or the user is lured to a malicious website, a security researcher reported Monday.

The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android phones and tablets, according to Joshua Drake, vice president of platform research and exploitation at security firm Zimperium. It resides in "Stagefright," an Android code library that processes several widely used media formats. The most serious exploit scenario is the use of a specially modified text message using the multimedia message (MMS) format. All an attacker needs is the phone number of the vulnerable Android phone. From there, the malicious message will surreptitiously execute malicious code on the vulnerable device with no action required by the end user and no indication that anything is amiss.

In a blog post
  published Monday, Zimperium researchers wrote: "A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification. These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual—with a trojaned phone."

Submission + - Philae comet lander wakes up (

techtech writes: "The European Space Agency (Esa) says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.
Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, was dropped on to the surface of Comet 67P by its mothership, Rosetta, last November.
It worked for 60 hours before its solar-powered battery ran flat.
The comet has since moved nearer to the sun and Philae has enough power to work again, says the BBC's science correspondent Jonathan Amos.
An account linked to the probe tweeted the message, "Hello Earth! Can you hear me?""

Comment Doubtful 2 (Score 2) 392

Lightning was designed from the ground up to be a very sturdy plug supporting an iPad or an iPhone in a dock or with physical use. After checking out the drawings on usb-c it is much better than usb-micro, but it is still based on very thin metalsheet and I do not think Apple would change a superior design that they invented themselves to another that can not handle the spec.

Thunderbolt at (thunderbolt2 now) is of open to use by others using intel hw, but it is more for the pro market, or people that have better demands, it can handle displays bandwidth of 5k @60hz and run external disks as fast as internal, which is impressive. That tech won't disappear on apples pro machines.

I would guess the next iPad Pro would have usb3 bus speed, but I doubting actually that apple would integrate that in iPhones. Is the usb3 hw possible to make as small as the usb2 hw in the phone right now? if yes they will integrate it, but if not it would take time as they won't use space of their thin phones to that... As people using them mostly wirelessly....

Submission + - New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth (

techtech writes: Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form—the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth's mantle—the discovery may represent the planet's largest water reservoir. This research was published in Science

Comment Apple Fusion (Score 1) 154

Yeah I have setup the fusion system with a Mac Pro (4 disk bays), with a OWC 128gb and a fast enterprise 7200 rpm disk. runs about half ssd speed range ++, Very stable very satisfied with it, there is good tutorials of settings this up on the net. Plus you have space for another disk that backups this combination every hr. Reason is that I use software that stores a lot on system disks, so this works better than buying expensive large size ssds.

Comment Android versions (Score 1) 298

Have been running different versions of Android on my average phone; Galaxy S which I got for free from a friend. It would of course be stuck with a sluggish 2.3.6 if I used samsungs offical releases; with the explanation from them that it is not capable of running 4+. They just lie, it works much better and more stable with CM7 and 9 and I am planning to upgrade to the 10 stable now... I mean the old galaxy s looks so up to date GUI-wise (vanilla android 4+) and the smoothness of GUI motion that casual people believe this is current gen. That people buy the new Samsung stuff and argue against apple is beyond me. Samsung just rip you off by stopping updating the phones after maybe less than a year. Smart users like slashdotters of course can hack and tweak, but the casual person do get this. and just create e-waste by design. If it was cars, an iPhone would be maybe a BMW / Audi with a good service deal, and Samsung a top model Daewoo or Hyundai, with no service. And all the the androids out there (50%) does not accelerate any development of real good apps either, people does not want more keyboards, useless widgets... and I guess many users that is stuck on 2.3 variants, is looking on their friends Iphone and would buy that as their next phone. It is really hard to argue for android for the casual user. The only good Android out there is vanlilla, either in CM variants or Nexus, but that is again for advanced users. *CM =

Submission + - Mars rover finds complex chemicals but no organic compounds (

techtech writes: Although NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't yet confirmed the detection of organic compounds on Mars, it's already seeing that the Red Planet's soil contains complex chemicals — including signs of an intriguing compound called perchlorate.
The first soil sample analysis from Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars lab, or SAM, was the leadoff topic today at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco. The findings were eagerly awaited because of rumors that the Curiosity team was on the verge of announcing major findings — and although NASA tamped down expectations, the scientists said they were overjoyed with the first round of analysis.


Submission + - Cyanogenmod 9 stable is out (means Android 4 ICS) (

techtech writes: Builds for CyanogenMod 9 stable will be rolling out to our servers tonight. As noted before, this will be the end of the line for the ICS branch of our code; only critical bug fixes will be merged moving forward.

Tonight’s release is for the majority of our ICS supported devices, the stragglers will catch up, and we will leave the door open for merging in additional devices from maintainers, external and internal. The team itself, will focus solely on Jelly Bean and maintenance of the CM 7 codebase.

On the topic of nightlies, this release also serves as an end to our CM 9 nightlies, to make way for nightlies chock full of Jelly Bean goodness. A follow-up post will be made when we enable those builds.

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