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Submission + - Microsoft enables Linux desktop users to send SMS txt messages with latest Skype (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft has delivered an incredible feature to Linux-based desktop operating systems by way of the latest Alpha version of its Skype client. What is this exciting feature of which I speak? Well, the newly-released Skype for Linux 1.13 allows users to send SMS test messages from the operating system!

True, web-based solutions such as Google Voice have long allowed the sending of text messages, but needing to use a web browser can be a chore. There is convenience and elegance in using the Skype for Linux client.

Submission + - LastPass accounts can be 'completely compromised' when users visit sites (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: A dangerous zero-day vulnerability has been found in popular cloud password vault LastPass, which can completely compromise user accounts when users visit malicious websites. The flaw is today being reported to LastPass by established Google Project zero hacker Tavis Ormandy who says he has found other "obvious critical problems".

Submission + - UEFI 0-day "ThinkPwn" expands to affect HP and Gigabyte in addition to Lenovo (threatpost.com)

Submission + - Researcher releases 0day for Lenovo BIOSes

BIOS4breakfast writes: Researcher Dmytro Oleksiuk recently found a vulnerability that allows for compromise of System Management Mode (SMM) on Lenovo Thinkpad laptops. As SMM is the most privileged execution mode on x86 processors, this attack also allows for bypassing SecureBoot, as well as BIOS flash protections. Which means it's possible to insert a persistent backdoor (like the one HackingTeam was previously shown to be selling) into affected systems. He also discovered that the vulnerability existed in the open source UEFI reference code, but was patched at some point. This means an unknown number of other vendors likely have this same vulnerable reference code in their BIOSes. Rather than reporting this to the UEFI Security Response Team for coordination however, he decided to just drop a 0day exploit on github, and let the situation resolve itself.

Comment Re:cost reduction (Score 1) 595

It looks like the OS doesn't suck, but the hardware does...

http://www.digitaltrends.com/c...
"The Marshall London looks fantastic, and its musical ability lives up to expectations, but it's a terribly mediocre, overpriced smartphone."

http://www.androidauthority.co...
"What the Marshall London does have going for it is its near-stock Android experience. Marshall didn't try too hard to make Google's OS different, something that might have helped keep the phone snappier. Just keep in mind you would be getting a mid-to-low tier performance out of this phone. That's really the important part....
With that said, we also have to mention casual smartphone users will have to cut too many corners to live with superior sound. That's the main issue here, Marshall took a generic phone and put its name on it. Cool apps and a good design won't be enough to put this phone in the hands of people outside the target niche. Especially when considering that price."

http://www.alphr.com/mobile-ph...
"A distinct lack of imagination continues throughout the handset."

Comment We definitely won't do that! (Score 4, Informative) 157

iMessage will never be coming to Android

Isn't that what they say everytime before they do the thing?

* MP3 players are junk and just get left in drawers... http://www.bit-tech.net/news/h...
* Macs will never run on Intel http://www.theinquirer.net/inq...
* Ipods will never do video. http://www.macobserver.com/tmo...

* We are not working on a phone. http://www.macobserver.com/tmo...
* People want keyboards, tablets are going to fail http://www.wired.com/2010/02/s...
* Information about a tablet is incorrect http://www.googl8.com/85998192...

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