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It may just be the smartest move for Smartphones. 

After years of struggling to maintain importance in the growing sector, BlackBerry will be focusing solely on Android in the coming year. The revelation was made Thursday at this year’s staging of the CES in Las Vegas. The news means BlackBerry will not be making any phones operating on the BlackBerry 10 system this year. 

Last year the company announced it would create its first device to use the Android opearting system, the Priv, which will be sold by major carriers in the United States once the 60-day trial period with AT&T ends. Apparently, positive reception of the Priv prompted BlackBerry officials to rethink the company’s approach and, instead of alienating itself by continuing to create phones for its own system, will adopt Android as the go-to system in 2016.

In an interview with CNet, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said sales for the Priv have been good. “I’m taking a cautiously optimistic view,” Chen said. Optimistic enough to roll the phone out to 31 countries across the globe. 

The initial asking price of $699, Chen said, will likely decrease as time goes on. So, BlackBerry 10 isn’t quite dead but it certainly looks as though it’s being moved to the old age home where it will likely quietly fade away.
Culled from: Source

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
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