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Snoopy drone can be used to spy on mobile users

If you thought drones, especially those that can be used to deliver your packages, were cool, you might want to think again when you learn about their other potential uses. A couple of folks at the Black Hat Asia conference in Singapore are set to demonstrate how they can steal user login credentials and more using a drone named Snoopy.

Hackers rake in large bounties for security exploits

Who says that being naughty doesn't pay, especially when it's for the good of everyone. That is exactly how a handful of hackers have been able to rake in thousands of dollars as part of some companies' attempts to turn hunting down security bugs into a contest. With crash prizes, of course.

Aura Slate is a mod-friendly Android tablet on the cheap

Between the hubbub over the Eee Pad Transformer Prime's locked bootloader and the continuing fervor surrounding Motorola's locked down models, the ability for end users to access the hardware and software that they've purchased is becoming a major theme in the Android world. The level of access is, for some users at least, one of the most important factors in their buying decision for a new smartphone or tablet. A tiny startup called Aura Design aims to shake up the market with a new series of Aura Slate tablets, which not only open up the software, but the hardware as well: in addition to an open bootlader and easily modded Android build, the source code for Android and the hardware dirvers is ade easily available.

NOOKcolor Root for DIY in-Auto Awesomeness [Video]

Oh you didn't know that NOOKcolor had been rooted and taken far beyond its innocent book-reading beginnings? Oh it's been brought far, far beyond. In a video posted by juicedigital, a rooted version of the Barnes & Noble Android tablet is shown to not only be rocking pretty hard playing music, surfing the internet, and downloading apps from the Android Marketplace, it's essentially nearly got GPS map functionality and is changing the in-car life of this intrepid hacker / modder.

Motorola Issues Apology For Their Statements on Bootloader Policy

Yesterday one of the comments from Motorola on the official YouTube Atrix ad was picked up by the internet. The comment was simple, "if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere." Well, they have now issued an apology stating that the response does not reflect the views of Motorola Mobility.

Motorola: ‘Buy Elsewhere if You Want Custom ROMs’

We all know Android is set to be an open platform, but in the end it's the hardware manufacturer that makes the decision to just how open. And Motorola has been pretty open with their strong stance on rooting and custom ROMs on their devices, and now they have stated that if you want to root, "buy elsewhere."

Droid Incredible Has Been Rooted

One of the best things about owning an Android device is the ability to gain root access. Sometimes this is an easy process and other times it’s very hard. The Droid Incredible has been a tough nut to crack despite the fact that it is an HTC device and there are many great hackers in the developer community that primary work on modding HTC devices. Finally, the Droid Incredible has been rooted.