Researchers say they have uncovered vulnerabilities in a "popular" component of Android that is used by antivirus and other apps that could be exploited to do things like disable the apps.
A malicious app could be created to turn off the antivirus so an attacker could infect the phone with malware and in some cases the same weakness could be used to compromise the antivirus app itself, said Riley Hassell, founder of Privateer Labs, in a recent briefing.
Privateer co-founder Shane Macaulay uncovered the vulnerabilities but had not found any attacks exploiting them in the wild. Hassell declined … Read more
The Kindle Fire outsold the other three new Kindles combined despite the higher price for the Fire, according to a market research firm.
Kindle Fire sales hit an estimated 95,000 units in the first day of sales, according to eDataSource, a marketing research firm that tracks orders via e-mail confirmations of orders placed. The projected numbers are based solely on orders placed with Amazon's Web site, according to Carter Nicholas, CEO of eDataSource, which released the report on Friday. eDataSource tracks 800,000 inboxes, according to Nicholas.
Along with the Fire, Amazon announced three other new Kindles, with prices of $79 for the new Kindle, $99 for the new Kindle Touch, and $149 for the Kindle Touch 3G. But those models combined still did not outsell the Fire, according to eDataSource, which estimates that sales of the other new Kindle units totaled approximately 25,000 units during the same period.
Alas, the Fire and the other Kindles can't hold a candle to sales of the original iPad. Apple reported that 300,000 were sold on the first date of sales in April 2010. … Read more
Sprint Nextel paid a hefty price to finally get its hands on Apple's iPhone--to the tune of $20 billion.
That's according to a Wall Street Journal report, which details the lengths in which Sprint went to secure Apple's blockbuster device. Boy Genius Report piles on by adding that Sprint's massive bet may have secured it the exclusive rights to the redesigned iPhone 5.
Sprint is willing to spend more than $20 billion for roughly 30 million iPhones over the next four years, WSJ reports.
Representatives from Apple and Sprint both declined to comment to CNET.
Sprint Nextel sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on Friday asking for the agency to move with more speed in its decision on AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA.
Sprint filed an ex parte letter to the FCC, joining Dish Network and Public Knowledge, which filed their own ex parte letters late last month. The document urges the FCC "to act promptly to designate AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile for a hearing before an administrative law judge," which is the next step if the commission is going to block the … Read more
Apple's plans to launch its latest iPhone will be closely watched for its specs, new features, and ability to get consumers to line up for the device, but iCloud's rollout will be far more strategic.
If you were to rank Apple's launches in order of importance, they'd be iCloud, iOS 5, and then the iPhone 5.
In other words, don't get confused by the shiny objects. Apple's iCloud, which seems like old news since it had a coming out party at WWDC over the summer, is also likely to kick off. As iCloud's … Read more
With just a day left before Apple's official announcement, another indication of an upgraded iPhone 4 has popped up.
The latest comes from Vodafone Germany, which lists the iPhone 4S on its Web site. In addition, the options include a higher capacity model with 64 gigabytes of memory. The listing was discovered by iPhone-Ticker.de and reported by AppleInsider.
The listing also shows a lower-capacity 8-gigabyte iPhone 4 model. That follows the pattern of Apple taking its older model and positioning it as its low-end product. It previously sold the iPhone 3GS for $99 before dropping the price to $… Read more
Wal-Mart and T-Mobile USA said today that they would be jointly offering a new phone plan that caters to data- and text-hungry customers.
The retail giant and wireless carrier will sell a no-contract $30 plan that includes unlimited Internet access, text messages, and 100 minutes for phone calls. After customers exceed their allotment of voice minutes, the charge is 10 cents a minute.
The new plan goes after a specific demographic of customers who no longer view their cell phone primarily as a tool for voice communications. Instead, they are more apt to uses text messages, instant messaging services, or … Read more
The iPhone 5 will benefit three of the top four U.S. mobile carriers, but no clear winner is yet seen among them, according to a report by ComScore.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and reportedly Sprint each stand to grab a healthy slice of the market demand for the new iPhone. But each carrier brings something different to the table, making it difficult to predict which one might benefit the most, says ComScore.
Carriers love to make sure their preloaded applications are jammed into our smartphones--a source of frustration to many of you, I know, and something that's enough to put you off the idea of any carrier app whatsoever. Still, every once in a while a company gets one of these little programs right.
Take AT&T's Smart Wi-Fi app, which is available today for free on the Android Marketplace (unlike other carrier apps, this one does not come preloaded). The app lives up to its name in finding Wi-Fi hot spots. It also has a number of nifty … Read more
HTC Android smartphones including the Evo 3D, the Evo 4G, and the Thunderbolt contain a flaw that gives Internet-connected apps installed on the devices access to personal information such as text message data, location info, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers, according to a trio of security researchers.
Researcher Artem Russakovskii says that he, Justin Case, and Trevor Eckhart have discovered a vulnerability involving logging tools that HTC recently installed on the devices during a software update.
Such tools, Russakovskii writes, might normally be used for remote analysis of problems on a device, among other things. But the problem here is … Read more
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.