Archive for: Google

Murtazin Speaks Again: Android 3.1 And Accompanying Hardware Delayed Until August.

  • June 3, 2011 11:56 am

Some more rather startling news has been published by infamous mobile leaker, Eldar Murtazin this morning. Apparently, Google is having some major problems with Android 3.1 and in turn delayed any further software releases “for most countries” until August. Even worse, hardware originally scheduled to ship with the new software will now be rolled back to the previous 3.0 version.

It’s not known at this point whether or not the U.S. is part of the list of “most countries” affected, though Eldar goes on to specifically cite European 10.1″ and 8.9″ Galaxy Tabs as models being affected.

We’ve fired out a few emails to confirm/deny Eldar’s claims. Stay tuned…

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Hitting Sprint EVO 4G June 6th. Manually Update Tomorrow!

  • June 2, 2011 1:13 pm

Sprint announced today via their user forums that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the EVO 4G will officially begin rolling out Monday, June 6th. But if you just can’t wait, the manual download will be available starting tomorrow, June 3rd by initiating the update via the settings menu under “System updates > HTC software Update”.

Being that you’re here reading this means you’ve likely been waiting far too long for Gingerbread, and as such will take the manual option handedly. Let us know how the upgrade goes!

FaceNiff For Android Allows Simple Login Hijacking.

  • June 2, 2011 1:07 pm

The next time you see some nerd sitting in the corner of your local cafe with a smirk on this face, do yourself a favor and make sure you’re either browsing with HTTPS enabled or via a separate wireless network. The latest threat that is both intriguing in its ease of use and scary for its potential is called FaceNiff, a new Android application.

Basically it’s no different than your typical packet sniffer that collects bits of data transmitted over wireless networks. But there’s one small tweak. FaceNiff is automatically configured to fish out login data specifically. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Amazon and Nasza-Klasa (Polish micro-blogging platform) are the initial supported services.

The developer stresses that FaceNiff is for educational purposes only. But let’s not kid ourselves. We’re sure there’s already a nefarious hand or two flogging their local public network in search of unsuspecting users.

With that said, the easiest ways to protect yourself include using “HTTPS” in stead of just HTTP when logging into the aforementioned services, use a VPN service, or even better, use a separate network altogether. FaceNiff requires a rooted Android device. Install for FaceNiff located here.

After the break: FaceNiff in action on video…

Hundreds Of Gmail Accounts Phished. Government Officials, Military, And Journalists Included.

  • June 2, 2011 7:22 am

Learning of hundreds of email accounts being hacked isn’t exactly the news Google wants the world to be hearing and reading as they continually try to push into the security-conscious enterprise market, even more-so when several of the hacked accounts include senior government officials, military personnel, Chinese political activists and journalists. But that’s the situation Google finds them self in this week. Thankfully the actual threat isn’t as bad as it could be. Currently reports state that the accounts were compromised by using phishing sites posing as the real deal which careless/unaware users then in turn entered their information into the fake page/login box.

Google stated that the attack occurred completely outside of Google’s servers and that the hackers did not in any way infiltrate their security. With that said, technological incompetence on the users’ end is just as dangerous as hackers actively hacking into a website or service.

Review: Samsung DROID Charge

  • June 1, 2011 11:36 am

Joining a slew of new handset releases on Verizon Wireless this past Thursday, May 26th, the Samsung DROID Charge is yet another heavy hitter. What instantly sets this phone up front in our eyes is support for Verizon’s LTE network that is quickly sweeping across the country as well as a gorgeous Super AMOLED display. But are super speedy download times and pretty pixels enough to make up for a few mis-steps in hardware and software? Hop inside to find out…

Eric Schmidt: We Just Renewed Google Maps Location Data With Apple.

  • May 31, 2011 11:16 pm

Over the last couple of years Apple has acquired a couple of companies (Placebase and Poly9) dealing specifically with location-based data leading many to believe Apple was preparing to replace Google Maps from iOS. In the more recent location tracking (non) story, it was revealed that Apple was gathering a massive amount of user location data in an effort to build a more robust mapping service with improved times that factored in traffic.

But any such rumors claiming that Google was on the way out got a swift kick by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt today at the AllThingsD conference. When questioned by Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher about the possibility of Google-sourced map data being replaced, Schmidt replied:

I hope not, we just renewed with them.

While CEO’s (let alone ex-CEOs) aren’t always on top of their company’s own products and services, Schmidt always played a more active role in day to day operations and projects at Google. With that said, we can take his admission as fairly concrete evidence that Apple won’t be replacing Google Maps in the near-term. Maybe in iOS 6…

Facebook Prepping Big 1.6 Update For Android.

  • May 31, 2011 10:14 am

To say the Facebook Android app is lacking would certainly classify as an understatement. It’s two short steps from full on failure. (We’re not hatin’ either, the iOS version is just as terrible.) But things will soon change if the upcoming 1.6 update is as awesome as some say it is.

Using a test pool of over 1,000 Reddit comments, the Facebook team has developed the latest 1.6 update to be the best yet. Besides the plethora of bug fixes, improvements to timelines, video uploads, the ability to like comments, pages support, and increased notifications options will all see the light of day in the near future.

Currently the 1.6 Facebook app is in private beta. With that said, interested readers can visit this page and fill out a short questionnaire for a chance to be included in the beta team. We can only hope the iOS app receives some improvements of its own, namely in the departments of speed and “not having to press ‘done’ 50 times for it to clear notifications”.

Claimed Nexus 3 Images Pulled. Likely Fake.

  • May 30, 2011 11:32 am

Previous images showing an HTC device that was claimed to be the next-gen Nexus 3 device have been pulled. This move adds fuel to an already growing fire for a number of reasons. First and foremost, all of the rumors we’ve heard thus far point to LG being the Nexus 3 hardware manufacturer. Second, having HTC jump on board just didn’t make much sense as it again contradicted numerous rumors from some pretty well-placed sources. And now that the original leaked images have been pulled, it creates even more questions. Were the images pulled because they were in fact found out to be fake? Or, were the images pulled because HTC is in fact the Nexus 3 manufacturer and doesn’t want their secret out in the open yet (too late)?

Unfortunately, a recent update by the original leaker, TechHog, points to an outcome nobody wants to hear — the photos were likely fake. The author of the post, Michael Blake says the original source that sent him the photos is no longer responding to questions via email or phone after talking to a couple of Google employees as well as hearing from two Adobe employees who claim the photo is fake. It certainly doesn’t look promising…

ASUS PadFone Leaked!

  • May 29, 2011 7:22 pm

ASUS isn’t scheduled to release the previously hyped “PadFone” until tomorrow at Computex, but unfortunately for them someone jumped the gun. While the “official” press photos are now flowing, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the hard specs. Though judging by the visual information we already have, 10.1″ looks to be the shipping size. Also worth mentioning — we may get to see Google’s next flavor of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, debut considering the phone + tablet presentation the PadFone exudes.

Small gallery after the break…