If you've been watching your tech news feed regularly over the past day or so, you've probably come across at least one story making the rounds about a "backdoor" vulnerability in some newer Samsung phones. The original report, published by the Free Software Foundation and written by Paul Kocialkowski, a developer of Replicant, does all but directly accuse Samsung of planting a method of securing remote access to users' devices. A quick read over of the piece makes it rather obvious that the author has a rather significant bone to pick with any and all proprietary software:
Provided that the modem runs proprietary software and can be remotely controlled, that backdoor provides remote access to the phone's data, even in the case where the modem is isolated and cannot access the storage directly.
Chromecast support came a little early to the Plex app, but it also came with a catch – only premium PlexPass subscribers could use it. That was only a temporary situation, as the developers added features and improved the feature. Now the preview period is over and everyone can enjoy Plex's excellent content streaming with Chromecast support without a subscription.
Facebook pushed an update to its Android app today that brings a handful of useful photo features, like the ability to post an image as a comment – something that's been available on the web for quite a while. Otherwise, you can now also delete and/or edit photo albums, untag yourself in photos, and upload multiple images at the same time. Group admins can now easier pin and unpin posts, as well. Read More
Droiders is an app-developing startup, and today it's launching MedicAR, a piece of Glassware that uses augmented reality to assist students studying to become surgeons. It guides them through certain procedures, showing them where to cut, what tools to use, what to do next, and how to close things back up afterwards. The video below shows it in action, and don't worry, it's not graphic. Read More
Assuming you didn't need to actually touch a phone before buying it, Wirefly has long offered cheaper prices on new devices with US carriers. That may be in the past now – we've been getting reports that Wirefly (and parent company Simplexity) is shutting down and filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If true, that's the end of the line for Wirefly. [Update: We were able to get in touch with Wirefly to confirm the closing. Read More
The American Red Cross is at it again. Not content to leave Android users uneducated, unprepared, and therefore unsafe, it's released yet another well-designed app into the Play Store that could potentially save your life. The organization's latest offering should help you in case you ever find yourself endangered by a flood. Read More
Google has announced that, effective immediately, pricing for storage on its Drive cloud service has been lowered - a lot. Check out the graphic for a quick breakdown of the new cost structure, which is aggressively lower than pretty much any competing service.
The big drop is definitely at the 1TB level, which went from $50 a month to only $10 - a decrease of 80%! 100Gb is down to $2, 60% less than the old $5 a month. Read More
Huawei likes Windows Phone. However, it thinks the mobile OS would taste better when served alongside Android. That's why, despite expressing commitment to Microsoft's platform, the company reportedly plans to bring a dual-booting Android/Windows Phone handset to the US sometime this spring.
Here's Huawei Chief Marketing Officer Shao Yang, speaking with TrustedReviews:
“With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS.
Samsung's newest mid-size tablet is probably about to get more appealing for the tinkerers out there. TeamWin has announced official TWRP support for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The popular custom recovery can be downloaded from the official directory in several forms right this minute.
It's a shame that most American news outlets simply don't match our high journalistic standards (or conscious lack thereof), so the impetus is on readers and viewers to seek out multiple sources of information. This is easy to do with RSS readers and other news aggregators, but there's a certain immersive experience that only a dedicated app can provide. Al Jazeera America has just added one more such app into the Play Store. Read More