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PSA: Evernote security breach – protect yourself ASAP

This past weekend Evernote became the latest to post a security notice. The company had said they "discovered and blocked suspicious activity" on the network and as a result -- all Evernote users were required to perform a password reset. The methods by which Evernote handled this issue seemed to have been good, though there were some complaints.

Galaxy Note II ‘hack’ briefly exposes homescreen and apps

A recently discovered security flaw shows how you can gain brief access to the homescreen of a Samsung Galaxy Note II running Android 4.1.2. This flaw can be used regardless of which method you are using to secure your handset. That is to say it will work against the pattern locks, PIN locks and even Face Unlock. But while that may sound on the scary side, we will also point out that this flaw has limited use.

ClockworkMod Superuser app released as an open-source beta

Koushik Dutta has released his latest app. We suspect many will be familiar with that name, he is associated with ClockworkMod and also recently released Carbon. On Carbon, he is responsible for the backup app, not the Twitter app. We can put that bit aside though because this latest app deals with the ClockworkMod side. The app is called ClockworkMod Superuser and it has been released as beta 0.

Using FROST to attack a Galaxy Nexus

Let us offer this warning up front, while this is possible, it is certainly not something that the average user necessarily needs to be worried about happening. To begin with, the phone that is the subject of the attack ideally needs to have an unlocked bootloader. And well, many in the Android world likely realize that unlocked bootloaders are not something that is commonly found. First though, we are getting ahead of ourselves. This involves a pair of researchers from Erlangen University in Germany, a Galaxy Nexus smartphone, a cold boot attack and a tool called FROST.

Some Samsung handsets vulnerable to factory wipe hack

It looks like there's bad news on the Samsung front today, as it's been discovered by security researchers that a single line of malicious code can factory wipe a handful of Samsung smartphones. This means that clicking on a link can automatically trigger your phone to wipe itself with no warning and no way to stop it. The exploit was detailed at the Ekoparty security conference using a simple USSD code. It can be sent from a website or be pushed to the phone with NFC, as well as be triggered by a QR code.

Superfine mod comes to Samsung Galaxy S III

We think that the Samsung Galaxy S III has a nice camera as it is with the 8-megapixel resolution and decent optics. However, that's not saying we would like to see better resolution and higher image quality for still shots and video. If you want more than the smartphone will offer by default, custom ROM developer hyperX has released a new mod for the smartphone that boosts video recording quality.

Temple Run on Android tweaked for older devices

So the super hit sensation game Temple Run was finally released for Android yesterday, with great excitement and tons of happy Android users. Sadly many of you quickly realized your phone was too old or was not officially supported. We received countless complaints and comments from angry users that couldn't enjoy it. Today I'm happy to report it's already been hacked to run on older phones, and you can get it right now.

Wildfire S controls crazy human-assisted wings

If you haven't neglected your classical education, you've surely heard of the legend of Daedalus and Icarus, who escaped their island prison by building wings out of feathers and wax. Things didn't end up so well for Icarus, but one Dutch man seems to have had the same dream. Jarno Smeets is a mechanical engineer who's spent the lat eight months building his very own set of "Human Birdwings" capable of independent flight. The contraption makes use of an HTC Wildfire S and a Wii Remote to translate the "flapping" motion of his arms to the wings themselves. The apparatus isn't technically human-powered, it just translates Smeets' arm motions to a set of motors and servos that flap the wings for him. The Wii Remote measures acceleration and other factors and is presumably connected via Bluetooth, though why he couldn't simply use the one already in the phone is a mystery. The "flight" isn't much more than a few hundred meters and perhaps 20 meters in the air at its highest point, but that's still a pretty impressive achievement. Insert your own "Flying Dutchman" joke here. Check out the video below: [youtube GYW5G2kbrKk] Doubters have called the video fake, and it's easy to see why - amateur cameras, a seemingly unbelievable achievement, and lots of media coverage would make for a great viral program. But it's been covered and investigated by various European press without any serious evidence of forgery. The Mythbusters' Jaime Hyneman (the one with the mustache) says that he can't find any reason why the contraption wouldn't work, and can't see any faulty editing in the video. As someone who does crazy things for a living in a special effects capacity, he ought to know. [via Gizmodo]

Google pushes security fixes for Wallet, Google+, and Authenticator

A few weeks back, a Google Wallet vulnerability was found making both rooted and untampered devices with the application vulnerable to hackers. The crack exposed the PIN within seconds, and was since temporarily patched by Google. This patch disabled the use of prepaid cards, and since then we hadn't heard much on the subject. Google is pushing three security fixes today that not only allow for prepaid card usage with Wallet, but offer core system fixes.
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