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Android exploit turns smartphone into USB security hole

A new exploit potentially turning Android phones into USB hacking tools has been revealed, which might make users more wary of plugging smartphones into their computers to sync or recharge. The exploit, developed by Angelos Stavrou and Zhaohui Wang, infects an Android device so that it mounts as a regular HID (human interface device) keyboard and mouse on a PC, Mac or Linux machine. With that access, the malware author could then retrieve files, download other malware or even take control of the system altogether, depending on the nature of the exploit code. Versions of the exploit have been written for computers and for the Android kernel; an iOS version would also be possible, the researchers claim.
"Say your computer at home is compromised and you compromise your Android phone by connecting them. Then, whenever you connect the smartphone to another laptop or computing device I can take over that computer also, and then compromise other computers off that Android. It's a viral type of compromise using the USB cable" Angelos Stavrou

CyanogenMod 7 Quadrant Benchmark on Nexus S [Exclusive]

Take a peek here at CyanogenMod 7 as it is right this moment, by the numbers, straight off the press on a Quadrant benchmark. A total of 1717 on a brand new Nexus S, and that's without ext4 implemented, without being overclocked. Sound sweet to you?

CyanogenMod 7 Releasing Nightly Builds NOW

Take a peek oh you lovers of the biggest everloving green mod of them all, CyanogenMod - the nightly builds are being pushed out like babies into the world where they'll grow into big strong hacks of tomorrow - and Chris Soyars is pumped up! For those of you following along, CyanogenMod 7 is the current build and is aka the Gingerbread CyanogenMod. You can thank the folks over at TeamDouche (aka that pixel duck down there, aka the makers of CyanogenMod) for the current builds ready for action: Passion, Sholes, Espresso, Legend, and the Incredible up next!

MeeGo on Nexus S video demo

The MeeGo on Nexus S project continues, with the dim screen brightness of the first build now tweaked for a far more usable level, and a video demo of GLXGEARS and the Fennec mobile browser in action released. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been working his magic ironing out the bugs, forcing the screen to run at full brightness so the MeeGo install is at least visible while you're using it. As Steve himself says, it's all looking a little jaundiced at the moment; that seems to be a gamma issue. Still, with Nokia's own MeeGo device still some way off on the horizon, we'll take what we can get. [youtube Q0OMdJDjUA4]

NOOKcolor Hacked and Given Ubuntu

Having reviewed the NOOKcolor myself, hands on and clicking, reading and watching videos, all that stuff firsthand, I can tell you that this little pad has some juice to it. But it's locked down. It's a closed system made so that only Barnes and Noble can allow apps in, and only apps they've approved, apps having to do with reading only. So what does the hacker community do when a GRAVE INJUSTICE like this goes down? They bust it open and free it up. You might remember a few weeks ago when NOOKcolor was Rooted, giving it eventually things like Android 2.2 Froyo and Android Marketplace, now what would you like? How about Ubuntu?

Android Market now on Logitech Revue via Brute Force Hack

So you've in the jailbreak mood and you've got a hankering for a job that requires not only hacks of your device on the inside, but physical changes on your outside as well. How about a Logitech Revue jailbreak, one that requires a NAND format, a soldering iron, and a completely virgin device - aka one that's never even been POWERED ON before? Sounds like a challenge to me.

Nexus S overclocked to 1.2GHz with new Bionix NS1 kernel

The Nexus S' single-core Hummingbird processor was one of the main disappointments about the second official Googlephone, so we won't argue with a replacement kernel that can squeeze extra juice out of the Samsung chip. A new xda-developers kernel promises to overclock the Nexus S to 1.2GHz. The tweaked firmware is still a work in progress, with Bluetooth left to fix, and it builds on the existing Bionix NS1 mod. Obviously overclocking your phone leaves it potentially more vulnerable to hardware damage, so try at your own risk, but it'll be interesting to see how these tweaked Nexus S units compare to dual-core devices like the Tegra 2 based LG Optimus 2X.

Android TV DIY Kit Details: Cost, Difficulty Level, Release Date, Bricking, Google TV?

As you very well may have read a few days ago, a group called vidtonic will be showing off a built-it-yourself Android powered television at CES 2011. At the first announcement, not many details were given - that's all changing now. Jeff Cody of vidtonic posted a big Q and A list today listing several questions that were of course on everyone's minds when they first heard the term "Android TV" as well as a couple regarding the actual kit they'll be showing off. Would you like to know more?

[How To] McGyver Your Android’s Battery

Before we begin, remember that the first person to do this was a fellow by the name of Sorensiim, aka the McGyver of Android, so don't be surprised if you can't do it on the first try or you end up making your device explode into a ball of fire all over your face. WATCH OUT because not only is this a hardware hack, it's dealing with live wires which can give you a bit of a zap. Now that we've got that out of the way, lets talk about what Sorensiim did. It began when he was installing a System Recovery app - he clicked the recovery boot button and found that once booting, he got a message that said "Battery low - cannot program." This is what he did.
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