WiFi

HTC Fireball spotted again in WiFi certification

We've caught a few fleeting glances of the upcoming HTC Fireball in Verizon Wireless' internal computer systems, but there's still no official word on the phone from either manufacturer or carrier. It's definitely out there, though:  Ameblo spotted a filing for the new phone in the Wi-Fi.org certification database. That doesn't mean much beyond the fact that it comes with WiFi (go figure) and that HTC and Verizon have already settled on plans to sell it. The only other thing we can say for sure is that it's a 4G LTE phone.

HTC promises fix for WiFi security flaw, some phones already updated

Earlier this morning we reported that serious security issues had been found in a number of HTC phone running its Sense UI skin, which allow third-party applications to view the passwords of saved WiFi SSDs. The flaw was discovered by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and reported on the Homeland Security website. HTC has responded to the issue on their support website, stating that some of the phones are already fixed through regular security updates. However, some of the phones will need a additional update to be made secure. The manufacturer did not elaborate on which phones are currently safe and which are not.

HTC software bug leaks WiFi passwords on some Android phones

The last few months have not been kind to HTC on the security and privacy front. First there was a bug in HTC's Sense skin that allowed for remote file access on a handful of smartphones, then the whole Carrier IQ debacle, which was demonstrated mostly on HTC's hardware. The latest snafu was uncovered by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which states that a considerable amount of HTC phones are running flawed software that allows third-party applications access to encrypted WiFi passwords. The US-CERT team published their findings on the Homeland Security website yesterday.

Motorola XYBOARD WiFi tablets available for purchase

If you're anything like the writers and editors here at Android Community, you're in no hurry to be saddled with yet another monthly contract - even for the luxury of an LTE-enabled tablet. That was one of the the things that made the quite solid Motorola DROID XYBOARD tablets on Verizon much less desirable than they might otherwise have been. After a few weeks of pre-orders, Motorola has made both the XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2 available for purchase on their website in WiFi-only forms. They're absent the DROID branding, which is an exclusive marketing tool for Verizon's partner hardware.

Polaroid stays relevant with Android-powered WiFi camera

Last week we saw Android in a bunch of places we didn't necessarily expect it, but Polaroid may have the most surprising one of all: a point-and-shoot camera that uses Android for web sharing capabilities. CNN Money got a look at the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera, their newest product for 2012. What makes the Smart Camera better than a smartphone? Aside from some photo-specific hardware, not a lot.

Samsung inTouch Android-powered Skype TV adapter revealed

An Android-powered webcam designed to hook up to your HDTV isn't exactly an everyday occurrence, but it's CES week and Samsung is looking to stand out with the new inTouch. Running 2.3 Gingerbread in a webcam designed to hook up via HDMI to your TV and via WiFi to your home network, the inTouch allows you to hold 720p HD Skype video calls as well as watch YouTube videos from your lounge.

AirDroid turns your phone into a LAN-enabled web operating system

There are a lot of ways to control and access your PC or Mac from your Android device, but the ability to go in the other direction has been sadly underrepresented... until now. Android Police made a great find in AirDroid, an app that hosts a local HTTP server on your phone that any web browser. It's sort of like Motorola's WebTop interface, without using new hardware. And the things you can do with it, not to mention the interface with which you do them, are amazing.
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