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MediaTek security vulnerability allowed root access on devices from Nokia, Amazon, BLU, Sony, ZTE, and others

MediaTek security vulnerability allowed root access on devices from Nokia, Amazon, BLU, Sony, ZTE, and others

Security vulnerabilities are unfortunately extremely common in smartphones, given the complexity and varying codebases of most devices. That's why Google has been releasing monthly security patches for years, and if you needed another reason for why those updates are so important, the March 2020 release fixes a critical flaw on many MediaTek devices.

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Wi-Fi vulnerability affecting WPA2 encryption makes older Android phones insecure

Wi-Fi vulnerability affecting WPA2 encryption makes older Android phones insecure

These days, most people connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. We've been taught that on unprotected, open hotspots, you can easily be followed around the web, but generally, we would assume that password-protected networks are relatively safe from outside attacks. As it turns out, a vulnerability in the widely used Wi-Fi protected access 2 (WPA2) protocol lets hackers view unencrypted connections on these networks, even if they don't know the password. Patches are already rolling out to current routers and client devices, leaving only older, unsupported hardware indefinitely affected.

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FCC reportedly fining AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon at least $200 million for selling location data

FCC reportedly fining AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon at least $200 million for selling location data

The nation's big four carriers felt free to broker their customers' cellphone location data to third parties for years in order to make an easy secondhand buck off of the people who already pay them to deliver expensive wireless internet to their expensive devices. Turns out that the FCC isn't happy with their behavior and, according to Reuters's sources, may be prepared to levy an eight-digit fine against the networks.

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Google has removed almost all Cheetah Mobile apps from the Play Store

Google has removed almost all Cheetah Mobile apps from the Play Store

Cheetah Mobile has earned a reputation as a dishonest, destructive Android development studio that occasionally buys up successful apps and turns them into data-collecting, IAP-infested cash machines. The company has also clashed with Play Store policies more than once, but it always managed to find its way back onto the platform. It looks like Google got tired of this game and seems to have decided to ban the developer's products.

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Galaxy S20 series features Samsung’s first dedicated data security chip

Galaxy S20 series features Samsung’s first dedicated data security chip

Our mobile operating systems are protected with adequate software-based security measures to keep the miscreants away, but there's always more that can be done. Apple and Google took their safekeeping practices a step further when they introduced physical data security chips inside their phones a couple of years ago. Samsung is now joining them with its own version called Secure Element (SE) which the Galaxy S20 series already comes equipped with.

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Gmail got slightly better at blocking malicious Office documents

Gmail got slightly better at blocking malicious Office documents

Gmail's spam and malware filters are among the best in the industry and block 99.9% of threats from reaching inboxes, according to Google. That doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, as 0.1% can scale up to quite a substantial absolute number considering Gmail's big user base. Google has identified that malware in attachments (Office documents, in particular) tends to be dangerous due to its ever-changing nature, so it has developed an improved malware scanner that utilizes machine learning to stay ahead of the curve.

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Keep an eye on your little ones with the Arlo Baby Monitor for just $95, the lowest it's ever been (Update: Even cheaper)

Keep an eye on your little ones with the Arlo Baby Monitor for just $95, the lowest it's ever been (Update: Even cheaper)

Having a baby can be stressful, and even though old-fashioned baby monitors let you hear your little one, they're not as reassuring as more modern solutions. Arlo's Baby Monitor, which allows you to see and talk to your baby in real-time, is down to $95, the lowest price it's ever been.

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Snag a three-camera Eufy security kit for $100 off

Snag a three-camera Eufy security kit for $100 off

Whether you're keeping an eye on your property or spying on your devious baby, Anker has you covered. The company's Eufy home security set comes in a wide variety of camera types and bundles, and today five of them are on sale for Amazon's Deal of the Day.

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Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Android electronic IDs will support driver's licenses first, passports later (Update: Android 11)

Smartphones already store tons of privileged information from credit cards and boarding passes, but they may soon replace our driver's licenses, our passports, and maybe even our keyfobs, too. We got a hint of this with the reveal of a new support library back in March, now, Google has laid out a roadmap for Android devices to store identity credentials in a future version of the OS. That roadmap, however, is highly dependent on how the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will implement its standards on electronic IDs.

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First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

First Android 11 Developer Preview lands today for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4

Android 11 is now official, and Google is releasing the first Developer Preview for this new version starting today. The software changes this time sound ambitious, with Google essentially taking most of its work on Android 10 and (literally) turning it up to 11, featuring enhancements to privacy and security, improvements to Project Mainline, a new dedicated "conversations" section for notifications, and tweaks to better harness 5G — all among a much longer list of changes just too big to include here. You can check it out for yourself by manually flashing it onto supported Pixel phones (everything but the 2016 OGs).

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