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Kaspersky discovers 'most sophisticated' Android trojan yet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 10:03 pm

Kaspersky Labs has announced the discovery of what it is calling the "most sophisticated" Android trojan yet. Kaspersky identifies the trojan as "Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a" and notes that the trojan is capable of many different functions with the added ability to be extremely hard to remove.




Obad.a is capable of sending SMS to premium-rate numbers, downloading other malware, sending malware over Bluetooth, and remote console commands. Obad.a makes use of code obfuscation and several previously undiscovered security holes in Android to make itself hard to remove or analyze.


Once it gains Device Administrator privileges, it's nearly impossible to remove:


One feature of this Trojan is that the malicious application cannot be deleted once it has gained administrator privileges: by exploiting a previously unknown Android vulnerability, the malicious application enjoys extended privileges, but is not listed as an application with Device Administrator privileges.


Google has been informed by Kaspersky of the various security holes discovered and the security company notes that the trojan only amounts to 0.15 percent of all malware infection attempts, making it a rather minor threat for now.

Google's Larry Page says privacy concerns over Glass are being blown out of proportion and it's not really that big of a deal

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 9:02 pm

Google's CEO Larry Page is once again attempting to reassure consumers that the concerns over privacy when it comes to Google Glass are unwarranted and being blown out of proportion by the media. Page said that privacy fears will fade as people become accustomed to the new technology noting that "it's not that big of a concern."




He went on to compare using Glass to take an image or video in much the same way one would use their smartphone to capture a photo or video. Page said "you don't collapse in terror that someone might be using glass in the bathroom just the same as your class in terror when someone comes in with a smartphone that might take a picture."


This reassurance beach comes on the heels of a month of numerous privacy concerns surrounding Glass. Google has said that it will not approve apps with facial recognition features, and even had to defend itself to the U.S. Congress who wrote a letter to Google asking if Glass "could infringe on the privacy of the average American"

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Amazon puts Kindle up for sale in China

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 8:04 pm

Amazon has started selling its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite e-reader in China. This marks the first time that Amazon has sold their Kindle line of products in China and goes to show just how important the emerging superpower will be moving forward. Everyone wants to get their slice of the market.




The Kindle Fire HD costs 1,499 yuan ($244) for the 16GB model, with the 32GB model costing 1,799 yuan ($293). The Paperwhite e-reader comes in at just 849 yuan ($138). In addition to being sold on the web, local retailers will also have the Kindles up for sale.

ReportTT: Apple has Sony signed on for upcoming iRadio

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 7:04 pm

Sony has reportedly signed on with Apple for Apple's rumored iRadio service. Many believe that iRadio will launch at this year's WWDC, so it's important for Apple to have deals with all three major music labels in hand ahead of the announcement.




It's still possible that Apple has other issues barring it from a full launch, but they could still announce the upcoming product on Monday. It's quite likely that it would be announced during the keynote that takes place on Monday. We'll have coverage if iRadio does end up launching.


iRadio is believed to function much like Pandora, with the added abilities of instantly buying and downloading a song from iTunes should you discover you like it. Expect it to feature targeted ads to support a free version, with a possible premium version doing away with those ads.

Nintendo to skip holding press conference at E3, CEO says not important anymore

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 6:01 pm

Nintendo has decided to skip holding a press conference at E3 this year citing the rise of social media marketing. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Amie spoke directly to fans in a video posted on Facebook saying that "change can make people nervous."




He went on to add that "people are wondering how we can possibly share information about all our games without all the bells and whistles of an expensive press conference." He said that the company plans to promote itself on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube during E3.


The company will hold a Nintendo Direct Conference on June 11 at 7AM PT, which will be followed by a steady stream of content ranging from developer interviews, game trailers, and wrap-up videos.


The only thing we are left wondering is what is Nintendo thinking? The entire tech media world will be focused on E3, which leaves little coverage room for the slowly sinking company. Maybe that is their plan since Wii U sales are flat-lining and the company has no interesting announcements to share at the Expo.

Microsoft demos Windows 8.1 Start button at Computex 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 5:04 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - We've seen many images of the Windows 8.1 Start Button surface over the last few weeks, which has led to much speculation on what it will actually do. Thanks to a recently surfaced video, we now know exactly what it does.



During a demo the company held at the 2013 Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft briefly showed off the new Start button. It appears that clicking the button will launch the Windows 8 Start Screen, but will launch it from within the desktop environment.


This frees the consumer from having to switch between the "Metro" UI and the desktop environment constantly to perform different tasks. A proper Start menu is still not present, but users will be able to launch desktop apps from the start screen without being forced to search for the apps.

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LeakedTT: Verizon adds two new LG phones to prepaid device lineup

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 4:03 pm

This morning, Verizon posted two new LG Optimus smartphones to its pre-paid device catalog. The LG Optimus Zone is a rebranded version of the Optimus L3, while the Optimus Exceed appears to be a rebranded Lucid. Oddly enough, the devices have disappeared shortly after the posting.




The Optimus Zone is quite the low-end Android phone, featuring Android 2.3, a single-core 800MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The device also features a 3.2-inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a 1540mAh battery.




The Optimus Exceed is nothing more than a rebranded Lucid that we saw last year. It features Android 4.0, a 4-inch WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and 1 GB of RAM. On the rear, a five-megapixel camera handles the photo taking duties and internal storage is set at what appears to be 8GB. The Zone will sell for $80 off-contract, while the Exceed will retail for $130.

LeakedTT: Video of the Nokia EOS surfaces online

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 3:02 pm

Video of Nokia's rumored--well, it's hardly a rumor anymore--EOS device has shown up online. The video of the device shows off the enormous camera bulge and the camera itself. Specifically, the EOS features a mechanical shutter and image stabilization. Take a look for yourself:



Rumors say that the Nokia EOS will feature a massive 41-megapixel PureView camera, easily beating the 16MP shooter in the Galaxy S4 Zoom. ViziLeaks omitted any specifications that they know to protect the person who provided them access to the device, though they note the specifcations floating around the web are mostly accurate, with GSMArena's being the closest.

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Mad Catz CEO unwraps Project M.O.J.O, a new Android gaming console, will debut at E3 next week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 1:43 pm

During next week's E3 Expo, we will undoubtedly see many new games as well as gaming accessories unveiled. We all expected Mad Catz to show off its upcoming line of Xbox One accessories, but what was unexpected was the announcement that it will be showing off a new Android gaming console.




During a recent earnings call Mad Catz CEO, Darren Richardson, announced Project M.O.J.O, the latest so-called micro-console to enter the Android gaming realm. Richardson claims that M.O.J.O. is like a supercharged flagship smartphone without a display. So basically it's like an OUYA.


Mad Catz says that Project M.O.J.O. focuses purely on hardware performance and will be an open platform and will rely on existing Android developers to create content for the console. While no hardware details have been leaked, we are almost positive that M.O.J.O. is the fruit of a recent partnership between NVIDIA and Mad Catz, which means it should be fully compatible with Tegra Zone, and therefore will have a bookstore of games available at launch.

ASUS shows off some military themed motherboards at Computex 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 7, 2013 12:15 pm

Computex Taipei 2013 - ASUS were showing off their TUF motherboards at Computex 2013, with four boards in the range. The first of which is the Mecha TUF, which uses the TUF Sabertooth Z87 motherboard with a striking design that is very robotic.






Moving on, we have the Thermal Universe Finder, which again uses the TUF Sabertooth Z87 motherboard and was designed by Tod's Factory Custom Studio and has loads of gears, rocket exhausts and all sorts of tank-themed goodies. The next board is the MATX Ranger, which uses the TUF Gryphon Z87 motherboard, Gryphon Armor kit and was designed by Lee Han-Sheng and Han-Sheng Environmental Art.






The final board in the range showed off at the show was the Winger Charger, which uses the TUF Gryphon Z87 motherboard with the Armor Kit and was designed by Tod's Factory Custom Studio.