The release of the upcoming LG G3, which had originally been scheduled for Q3 or Q4 2014, has reportedly been bumped up to June or July, according to an LG executive. The device is said to sport a Quad-HD resolution screen, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of onboard storage which can be expanded with up to a 64 GB external micro SD card. The alleged spec sheet for the device has popped up on Sprint's website, and anyone interested in taking a peek can find it HERE. So what does everyone think? Will a Quad-HD display be a game changer? Or will it end up just being a major battery hog with no appreciable difference on a ~5" screen?
Update - Engadget is reporting that LG has confirmed that the G3 will have a Quad HD display.
By now, anyone with an internet connection who hasn't had their head buried in the sand for the last few days has undoubtedly heard of the Heartbleed bug. You know, the nasty one that can steal the encryption keys for about 75% of the internet and steal every bit of data contained therein. Well, your Android device may be vulnerable as well. Google has stated that while most Android devices are immune to the bug, Android 4.1.1 could be vulnerable to it. Yahoo reports that Google is sending instructions on how to incorporate a security patch to device manufacturers in the hopes of securing those devices still on 4.1.1. Those of you that are running devices with 4.1.1 based custom or stock ROMs should click this HERE for more information.
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Hello Fellow Razrians! I'm honored to be the newest writer for DroidRzr, and hope that I will add to everyone's enjoyment of the site in my own small way. And maybe help fill your tech trivia banks in the process . So without further ado, I humbly present my first story for DroidRzr.com!
Speculation has abounded over the past few months that Amazon may soon be entering the smartphone market. It would seem that those rumors are a step closer to becoming reality, as the Wall Street Journal has reported that Amazon will be announcing its very first smartphone in the near future. Citing the ever present "sources who have been briefed on the matter", the Journal reports that Amazon will be announcing the device in June, with a possible ship date sometime in September. The article doesn't mention hardware, specs, or pricing, but does suggest that the device will ship with a glasses-free 3D screen. While scant on actual details, we can make educated guesses at some of the features the phone will probably be packing when it ships:
- It will most likely run a modified version of Android
- Expect tight integration with Amazon services, particularly it's VOD and Cloud services
- Based on Amazon's history with its "Fire" line of tablets, it will likely pack respectable, mid-range hardware at a very competitive price
These are the most obvious features at which we can make educated guesses, but there are quite a few questions still looming at this point. Will the phone launch for all U.S. carriers or be limited to a select group? Will they be unlocked and dev-friendly, or will they be locked down tighter than anything Samsung's Fort Knox could bring to the table? Will Amazon only make the device available through Amazon.com, or will it be offered through the carriers with a subsidy? Or will Amazon offer special financing as they have recently with the Fire HDX tablet? Clearly, there is far more left to be answered at this point, and expect the web to be burning up with gossip and speculation as we inch closer to the rumored June announcement.
Source: PCWorld.com, originally reported by The Wall Street Journal
UPDATE - BGR is reporting to have pics of a prototype device, although the phone itself is covered by some sort of case, making it difficult to surmise any actual design features. The phone will reportedly pack 2 GB of memory, a 4.7 inch 720p display, and an unknown Snapdragon chipset. Hardly top tier hardware, but if this info pans out, Amazon may end up selling this thing for a better price than anyone previously anticipated. The pics can be found HERE.
We've got some WELL deserved staff promotions coming down!!
We have had several guys as mods for a very long time and they have proven to be VERY well dedicated and trusted members of staff!
While we may have been sorta busy lately and didn't move on this well deserved promotion sooner...it's TIME to act. No more delays for these deserving members!
With that being said and with utmost respect, Please Welcome:
to the Super-Mod team!!!
Please congratulate them as they have been here for a very long time and have been through thick and thin with our community!
As well, as being well respected by many and putting in so much as others have... We will be making other changes soon, but first we felt promotions for these well deserving members was needed!
As well as some Moderator promotions...Stand By! We will be promoting users to moderator in the very near future as well!
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DroidRzr.com is Pleased to Announce the WINNERS in the Raspberry Pi
Now - due to the popularity, I have added a couple more sets to the pot. So, not 6, but 8!
Here are the 8 winners:
Updated 03-05-14 See Below - VERY COOL BONUS
In preparation for a new section on the Raspberry Pi in our forums,
we are giving away 6 kits to get a support base going.
Drawing to be held on Tuesday, March 11th at Noon Pacific
The kits include:
[Because patents involve federal law, I can and do work anywhere in the U.S., If someone has serious questions about the limits of what I am allowed to do with them I can certainly provide more, but conflict of interest rules can get a little dry. ]
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The recent release of a Metasploit module that allows attackers to remotely access ("get shell") on most Android-running devices has again raised a very good question: "How can we force carriers and sellers to deliver security updates to users in a timely manner?"
The bug is in Android's WebView programming interface. Aside from giving attackers access to the devices' camera and file system via something as easy to set up as a booby-trapped web page, it can also be set off via a Man-in-the-Middle attack to deliver a trojanized app update which would then allow attackers to access all the things that the app itself has permission to use.
According to Ars Technica, the vulnerability in question was publicly disclosed in December 2012, and Google (finally!) fixed it in November 2013 when it released Android 4.2.
Tod Beardsley, technical lead for the Metasploit Framework, says that this vulnerability is "kind of a huge deal", and 70 percent of devices out there are vulnerable because they run Android versions below 4.2.
"In a completely unsurprising twist, I did a quick survey of the phones available today on the no-contract rack at a couple big-box stores, and every one that I saw were vulnerable out of the box," he added "And yes, that's here in the U.S., not some far-away place like Moscow, Russia."
"I'm hopeful that by publishing an E-Z-2-Use Metasploit module that exploits it, we can maybe push some vendors toward ensuring that single-click vulnerabilities like this don't last for 93+ weeks in the wild," he concluded.
There is not much that users can do to fix this problem, except pester their carriers in great numbers in the hope that a security update will be released sooner rather than later, hope that cyber criminals won't start using the module en masse, and be careful on which links the click on when using their Android devices.
Users of devices who receive their OS updates directly from Google are safe, though.
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