Google Androidis the most popular mobile OS in the world, far from being named the most secure.
On the scale of vulnerability threatening the security of personal data of Google Android users, specialists of Bluebox Labs said, but the portal of PCWorld noted that it is probably one of the biggest in the history of Android system. The first informations about this problem were obtained in 2010, and the Google company, of course, has taken steps to close the breach in security that prevents malware to actually penetrate smoothly to mobile devices, making their users helpless in the face of intruders. Nevertheless, to eliminate Google problem was managed only in the latest version of Android, so that all users of previous OS versions should remain on the alert.
This problem, or «FakeID», as it is called in the Bluebox Labs, according to the same Bluebox Labs, is associated with deficiencies in the mechanism of verification of certificates and fraught with consequences not only for users of Android, but also for the reputation of Google company. Taking advantage of the privileges granted on the mobile devices in some applications, intruders can break into the system that give them access to personal photos and passwords, and credit card numbers. So what is the advice to all users of OS Android versions 4.3.1 and below: arm with reliable antivirus and beware!
According to Sean West, an American, this time is enough to charge his newly invented battery, which is based on lithium-ion capacitors. And it is not only the charging speed that makes the battery stand out but also its safety and diversity of possible applications. The battery, while being the same size as a regular AA battery, lasts just as long as any conventional battery of the same type.
However to be able to use the battery users also need a special charging device as no regular ones are suitable for the purpose. Anyways, the set of a battery and a charging device is expected to cost not more than 25 USD.
The inventor intends to present his first products this October already, the range including both standard AA batteries, AAA batteries and batteries of other typical sizes.
Samsung, which is now dominating the market of Super AMOLED panels for mobile gadgets, is soon to face a major competitor – the newly established JOLED company.
It is planned to launch the company in the beginning of the next year, its major specialization field being OLED displays for tablets and flexible OLED matrices. The company is supposed to join the efforts of two giants – Sony and Panasonic, each boasting a 5% share in JOLED. However, their participation mainly implies the use of their decades-long experience and providing for new developments. JOLED’s major participants are Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), holding a 75% share, and Japan Display (JDI), holding a 15% share, which are to ensure project funding.
It has been reported on the Texas Governor’s web-site that the world’s first spaceport is to appear 27 km away to the north-east of Brownsville. The project has already been approved by Brownsville’s mayor and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Plans have it that the spaceport’s annual throughput will be 12 space launch vehicles. It is to be used both for NASA purposes and for private companies’ projects. The new spaceport will create 300 jobs, the state’s benefit amounting to around $85 mln. So, the authorities are expected to invest some $15 million in it.
The project was initiated by SpaceX company, namely, Elon Musk, its founder and chief designer (and PayPal originator). The company specializes in manufacturing and launching Falcon space launch vehicles and Dragon recoverable capsules.
The first three attempts to launch Falcon family space launch vehicles failed. Only the fourth one was a success, with Falcon-1 placing into orbit a test payload of 165 kg and, a year later, – Malaysia’s RazakSAT satellite.
In 2010, the new Falcon-9 delivered a Dragon spaceship to the earth orbit, which, having accomplished its mission, splashed down successfully in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, the Dragon spaceship delivered its first cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Later, SpaceX and NASA concluded a $1.6 bln contract for Dragon to take another 12 space flights to the ISS.
Currently, SpaceX is developing a new Falcon modification – Falcon Heavy, while launching space vehicles, using the Cape Caneveral spaceport and Vandenberg Airforce base.
The Kepler toxic gas detector has become a fresh Kickstarter hit. The smart sensor is mainly designed to prevent natural gas leaks. Once the gas in the air concentration is above the admissible threshold, Kepler generates an audible beep, warning about the dangerous situation via a mobile device. When the air becomes lethally toxic, the detector sounds an alarm.
As for its appearance, Kepler looks like a round display disk attached to a flat panel. It is possible to dismantle the disk-shaped main module from the panel to use it as a portable gas leak detector. The device can either be mains connected, which requires a USB cable and an adapter, or supplied from an integral battery. The battery charge lasts for about two hours. Besides, the Kepler detector can function as a timer clock and transmit data to mobile devices.
Kickstarter users can already pre-order it for some 60 Canadian dollars.
The new U32D970Q Samsung monitor boasts ultrahigh resolution (3,840х2,160 px) and a 10-bit PLS matrix of 31.5-inch diagonal. Besides, the monitor has 4 digital video ports and a USB hub with four USB3.0 outputs. Among its other specials are the Picture-by-Picture mode and the innovative Quad Picture-by-Picture function providing for simultaneous signal processing from four sources. The special design stand makes it possible to adjust the monitor for height, to tilt it, rotate it tablewise and use it in the portrait mode.
Supporting over 1 billion colours and 11 colour models, including sRGB, AdobeRGB, DICOM, DCI, the monitor is an asset to professionals in graphics, photo and video. Additionally, it offers the DualColor mode for advanced color correction, enabling simultaneous display of two colour models. Users can also adjust gamma, backlight uniformity and white balance at their option.
The launch of the new payment service is expected to take place this autumn already, just at the time of iPhone 6 premier. The service will be integrated into iOS8 and is to use existing iTunes accounts. Purchasing books, software and films through the Apple store is to become still easier, with all the required payment data entered automatically. Under the project, Visa will be responsible for payment transactions and anti-fraud protection.
Apple has long been talking about launching its own mobile payment system. In particular, it is supposed to use the iBeacon service and a fingerprint sensor. The iBeacon will allow keeping users informed about discounts and rebates, while the sensor will protect those from intruders.
According to Josh Beck, an analyst for Pacific Crest, Apple has been closely collaborating with Visa, using great many of its accounts, which provides for an opportunity to further expand the payment platform. The new payment system is to become a ‘Passbook on steroids.’
Twitch is currently revising its policies as to storage of past game broadcasts, explaining that it is necessary to overcome current video on demand limitations, while going mobile. It has been announced that, for free users, full broadcasts will be kept for two weeks, while Turbo subscribers as well as Twitch’s partners will be able to enjoy those for 60 days. These are only highlights of up to two hours that can be stored for unlimited time.
Besides, Twitch is introducing muting of audio records, using the same technology that was used for YouTube some time before the Content ID. So, playing unauthorized tunes is no longer possible.
The changes are to take effect in three weeks, so users still have time to save whatever game clips they want somewhere else.
According to Seagate’s Vice President of Marketing, Scott Horn, our increasingly mobile world is now in desperate need for a cost-efficient innovative medium to store large amounts of accumulated personal and cloud-based data, so Seagate’s break-through invention could be a proper solution to this problem. The company’s newly launched 8TB hard drive boasts both high capacity and high efficiency, including in terms of operating costs and power consumption, perhaps, even highest in the industry.
Though Seagate has already started supplying the product, the new solution is expected to be available on a wider scale by next quarter.
Setting up a term of 3 months to complete the task, Dubai Police has ordered owners of both residential and office buildings to equip their premises with security cameras, referring to Act No. 10 of 2014 and amendments to Law No. 24 of 2008 on service providers and security regulations.
The Police also emphasized CCTV cameras were to be to their specifications as follows. First, they should be installed at all the entrances, including emergency ones, so that they could get a proper picture of a person entering or leaving a building. Secondly, cameras should be properly fixed and stable, no obstacles in their way, obscuring vision. And, finally, CCTV cameras should cover lobby areas, sections close to elevators, reception areas, entrances to health clubs, and parking places. In the latter case, cameras need to be able to capture number plates with enough precision. Besides, it is essential that all the cameras should keep, at least, a month’s footage.