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Android malware numbers are staggering, with the OS accounting for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 6:35 am

According to F-Secure, a security firm, Android accounted for 79% of all mobile malware in 2012. This is an increase of 66.7% and 11.25% for 2011 and 2010, respectively. Apple's iOS doesn't even attempt to come close to these numbers, and only accounted for 0.7% of mobile malware in 2012.




Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian all entered the pie with much less than Android, with 0.3%, 0.3% and 19%, for Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian, respectively. The security firm also discovered that Android saw a surge in malware at the end of the year, but most of the malware is found in emerging markets. This means that most, not all, people in Europe and the US won't be affected, but everyone should always play it safe when opening up messages, links and emails.

The Hangover Part III's teaser trailer looks to redeem the franchise

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 5:26 am

A bit of a non-tech post here, but I'm sure there are plenty of you out there who love The Hangover. The third outing in the franchise, The Hangover Part III, is nearly here and now we have an official trailer to share with you.



From the snippets shown, it definitely looks like it could redeem the mess that was Part II, and finish it off in a truly epic fashion. The original was a blast and I can't wait to check the final movie out. What do you think? What do you think the characters will get up to in this one? Are we looking at another drugged-out, drunken haze of a mess they get themselves into?

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Google offer $20 million for the first privately-funded company to land a robot on the moon and send back high-def video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 4:38 am

Google of all companies are offering a $20 million prize to the first privately-funded company to land on the moon, explore its surface by moving at least 500 meters, and send back high-definition video back to us here on Earth by 2015.




There's a second-place prize too, with $5 million to whoever completes the same mission. Bonus prizes are on offer for who can travel more than 5km, find water or discover any traces of man's past on the moon, such as the Apollo site. The possibilities are endless, and exciting for those of us who won't be involved with the trip.


High-def video from the moon? I'd love for a company to install a 4K-capable camera on the moon, live-streaming 24/7 - now that would be something.

Nexus 4 finally launches in Japan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:32 am

If you're living in Japan and were after Google's amazing Nexus 4 smartphone, today you can finally begin ordering it. Google's Japanese product page is now up, showing off what Google's superstar smartphone has to offer.




It looks identical to the US version, with shipping time sitting at 1-2 weeks for both the 8GB and 16GB models. On the accessory side of things, the wireless charging orb and bumper case are also there, with the bumper case currently out of stock.

Motorola Droid RAZR & RAZR MAXX get OTA Jelly Bean 4.1 update

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:02 am

Motorola has confirmed that the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX will be getting updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This update will allow these two devices to have access to Google Now, a feature that is being hailed as revolutionary. It makes sense that Motorola would want to update their devices to the latest Android as they are owned by Google.




  • Google Now - We could all use a good planner to keep track of our busy lives. With Google Now you get notifications generated automatically and in real-time even before you ask. Now your DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX can deliver sports scores, stock updates, weather reports and traffic updates so you have all the information you want even before you've had your morning coffee.
  • Expanded Notifications - You should be able to call or text someone back right from your missed call notification. With Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean you have the ability to do that and more. When you get a reminder about a meeting you can either tap once to snooze or even email participants to say you're running late.
  • Voice Search - Ask a question and get back the answer you're looking for, ranging from "When is the next bus?" to "Where can I find a great Mexican restaurant?" You'll either get a spoken response back or search results that answer your query.


Like most over-the-air updates, this update will be rolled out in stages.

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Skype releases updated iOS app with 'beautiful new calling experience'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 1:01 am

Microsoft-owned Skype has released an updated iOS app for the iPhone and iPad that brings numerous new features and improvements. Of course, like most updates, bug fixes and general improvements have also been made in the app.




The headlining aspect of the update is the "beautiful new calling experience." The "experience" is for making or receiving calls and can be seen in the picture above. Skype has made the process of marking all recent chats as read easier, now requiring just a "few taps." Finally, Skype has fixed that app so that one-to-one chats appear in the correct order.


You can pick up the latest version of Skype for the iPad and iPhone from the App Store.

Researchers exploit Chrome at Pwn2Own, receive $100,000 prize

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 8, 2013 12:03 am

At the Pwn2Own hacking competition currently running in Vancouver, Canada, two security researchers from MWR Labs have managed to exploit Google Chrome. As a result of this impressive feat, they have been awarded a $100,000 prize. The exploit relied on a bug in Chrome as well as a bug in the kernel of Windows 7.




By visiting a malicious webpage, users could be susceptible to the exploit, even if they are running fully patched software. The exploit allowed the researchers to run code in the sandboxed renderer process. They then utilized a kernel exploit in Windows 7, which granted them elevated privileges.


We were able to exploit the first vulnerability in multiple ways, allowing us to leak the addresses of several objects in memory, calculate the base address of certain system dlls, read arbitrary data, and gain code execution. This allowed us to bypass ALSR by leaking the base address of a dll, and to bypass DEP by reading that dll's .text segment into a javascript string, allowing us to dynamically calculate the addresses of ROP gadgets.


MWR Labs will not release details on the exploit until the vendors have a chance to patch the vulnerabilities. Chrome is generally seen as the most secure and was picked because of its wide use and perceived security.

HTC talks about designing the 'One' flagship device in new video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:04 pm

If you were curious just what went into the design process for the upcoming HTC One, HTC has released a video that details some of the design elements and processes used to create the new flagship. You can watch the video that is embedded below:



This device is extremely important to the longevity of HTC as a company. This flagship could make or break the company that has been faltering in the past few years. I am one of the people who like the device, but I'm just one person. What do our readers think of the HTC One? Is it the--pardon the pun--one for you?


If Samsung sticks with plastic for the upcoming Galaxy S4, would you be more likely to consider the HTC One?

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Researchers discover freezing Android phones allows access to encrypted data

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

In one of those "why would anyone ever think to try something like this" moments, researchers have discovered that freezing encrypted Android devices will allow them to gain access to previously encrypted data. The encryption scheme used by Android has been a "nightmare" for law enforcement, though it looks like this won't be the case for much longer.




Tilo Muller, Michael Spreitzenbarth and Felix Freiling, researchers at Erlangen's Friedrich-Alexander University, placed Android phones into a freezer until they were below -10C. For some reason, this allowed them to quickly connect and disconnect the battery, placing the phone into a vulnerable mode.


Once the phone was in this state, they could load custom software onto the device. Known as Forensic Recovery of Scrambled Telephones, or FROST for short, the software allowed the data to be copied off to a computer for analysis. Luckily for consumers, the group of researchers are now attempting to figure out a way to prevent this hack from working.

Amazon has stopped selling the digital download version of SimCity after numerous launch problems

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:32 pm

Amazon has stopped selling the electronic version of SimCity after numerous problems with the launch. The physical copy of the game is still for sale, and the digital one should return once the connectivity problems are resolved by EA and Maxis.




When either copy is selected for purchase, a warning is displayed:


Important Note on "SimCity": Many customers are having issues connecting to the "SimCity" servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues, but at this time we do not know when the issue will be fixed. Please visit for more information.


The SimCity launch is starting to match the scale of problems that the Diablo III launch underwent last May. This should be yet another nail in the coffin for always-on games and DRM, but we doubt it will have much effect. EA has disabled certain non-critical features to help with connectivity problems and plans to bring more servers online. They've also said customers can request a refund, though not everyone is having success at getting one.