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Android Security has become even more vulnerable to Stagefright 2.0 thanks Zimperium, a mobile security company who revealed that this new exploits can haunt even more Android phones than it's original (Stagefright).



Ok, let's bring you upto speed, there's this virus/bug/exploiting app called Stagefright, it is a remotely exploitable software bug that affects versions 2.2 ("Froyo") and newer of the Android operating system. It allows an attacker to perform arbitrary operations on the victim device through remote code execution and privilege escalation. Security researchers demonstrate the bug with a proof of concept that sends specially crafted MMS messages to the victim device and in most cases requires no end-user actions upon message reception to succeed, while using the phone number as the only target information. (Via Wikipedia).


Now Stagefright 2.0 is out and it's even worse, it targets Android phones running 1.0 and up (over 1.4 Billlion people could be vulnerable), and what this does is that it can exploit your phone via web browser unlike it's predecessor that uses MMS (so be careful of shared links).

Google and other tech giants are already rolling out new updates that'll patch this exploits, we also learnt Google has patched the previous bug(Stagefright) in their latest update.

One of the major reason why people get vulnerable is that they don't like to update, they tend to wait for FREE wifi to update their OS because updates are usually high in bytes. Like a Samsung Galaxy J7 i was with few days ago, it had an update and it's about 329mb, the user didn't want to update using her own mobile data but if you take security seriously, you will update.

The good news now is that Google said it will issue a patch for the new Stagefright exploit this month (October) which was yesterday.

"As announced in August, Android is using a monthly security update process. Issues including the ones Zimperium reported, will be patched in the October Monthly Security Update for Android rolling out Monday, October 5th."

Less than three months to the end of the year, there's been quite a number of new devices coming out and Microsoft doesn't seem to be taking a chill pills as we see the leaked images of their new set of Lumia 950 & 950 XL.




This amazing new smartphones are coming with a whooping 20MP PureView camera with triple-LED flash see image below.




That's not all, if you take a better look at the image below, you'll notice a low-infrared diode beside the front camera, Seen ? Ok what this does is that, you can actually unlock your device by just looking at it(you have to config it tho) and yes it's a dual sim.




What we do not know for now is the battery life, what does it weight, would it be cheap, Memory space and so on. This Lumia's are set for un-boxing at Microsoft October 6 Event (Tuesday precisely)

Fingers crossed!!!
 Scr: Windows Central



Apple and its sudden decisions to acquiring Startups - They just acquired Speech Technology Startup VocalIQ, a company based in United Kingdom.

According to VocaIQ's website, they have been developing a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making and also messaging generation. We learnt that this acquisition would help improve Apple's speech recognizing software SIRI, although this is still based on assumption as Apple made an official statement confirming the acquisition and not telling why...

Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.

VocalIQ isn't just a technology for Smartphones as we've also learnt they specialize in in-car applications and home devices which we all know the smartphone giant Apple are still working earnestly to accomplish.

VocalIQ has criticized Siri in a past blog post, calling the virtual assistant a "toy" unable to understand context. The difference between VocalIQ's system and traditional speech-recognition services like Siri and Cortana is its ability to learn. 
The reason for this state of affairs is that while Apple, Google and the some others have mastered how the use machine learning for speech-recognition, they are still stuck with medieval approach when it comes of conversational voice dialog. They are still using pre-programmed flow-chart based response that don't learn. 

The consumer demand for a self-learning multi-domain conversational voice system where consumers can freely talk about movies, restaurants, music, hotel bookings and the meaning of life, is huge and undeniable. The first one to meet that demand will rule the smartphone and wearables market for the next decade.
Obviously even if Apple would finally use VocalIQ to improve SIRI, it's going to be an update push to iOS devices and we doubt if it'll make it to iOS 7.1. What do you think ?



Here's a first look at the new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition android's first Cellular Connectivity wear watch, i personally think it's a good design even though it looks sporty than it's predecessor LG Watch Urbane (See picture below)




Although we're yet to see how the OS functions since it's not fully released but we have the specs below and also the image courtesy AndroidCentral.

  • Chipset 1.2GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 400 
  • Operating System Android WearTM (Cell-connected Version)
  • Display 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi) 
  • Memory 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
  • Network Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / LTE / 3G 
  • Sensors Accelerometer / Gyro / Compass / Barometer / PPG / GPS 
  • Battery 570mAh 
  • Size 44.5 x 14.2mm 
  • Other Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)
  • Color Space Black / Opal Blue / Luxe White / Signature Brown 




What do you think ? sources says its alot thinker and bigger than other wear watches, do you like it ?





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