Tuesday, January 31, 2012
All iOS 4.3.1 jailbreaks are still tethered, meaning you'll have to jailbreak your device after every reboot. An untethered jailbreak is slated for release sometime in the next week -- but 4.3 was meant to have an untether, too, and that never emerged.
Maybe Apple's updated security mechanisms will finally keep hackers at bay!
Koobe, one of the greater China market's biggest maker of e-reader devices, has partnered with Qualcomm today at the Taipei International Book Fair to announce the mirasol display equipped Jin Yong reader. Named after the modern Chinese-language novelist of the same name, the Jin Yong reader features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a custom OS built on Android 2.3 base, and a 5.7-inch XGA (1024 x 768) mirasol display with a screen resolution of 223 ppi. According to Simon Hsu, general manager of Koobe, Inc.,
Users of the Jin Yong Reader have come to expect a compelling reading experience in terms of both content and functionality. By incorporating mirasol displays into this advanced version, we will offer our customers a new and compelling experience by adding color and interactive content without sacrificing outdoor visibility and battery life.
This sounds like quite the combination for an e-reader device. The Jin Yong reader supposedly has a battery with enough power for "weeks of reading under typical usage", where typical usage means about a half hour of daily reading. It's hardly likely we'll be seeing this one in the US, but hopefully someone manufacturers an e-reader with Qualcomm's mirasol display stateside. Hit the break for the full press release.
The exploit, which used specially-crafted Flash embedding in Excel spreadsheets, was first reported on March 15 and has since been fixed. RSA was hacked sometime in the first half of March when an employee was successfully spear phished and opened an infected spreadsheet. As soon as the spreadsheet was opened, an advanced persistent threat (APT) -- a backdoor Trojan -- called Poison Ivy was installed. From there, the attackers basically had free reign of RSA's internal network, which led to the eventual dissemination of data pertaining to RSA's two-factor authenticators.
The attack is reminiscent of the APTs used in the China vs. Google attacks from last year -- and indeed, Uri Rivner, the head of new technologies at RSA is quick to point out that that other big companies are being attacked, too: "The number of enterprises hit by APTs grows by the month; and the range of APT targets includes just about every industry. Unofficial tallies number dozens of mega corporations attacked [...] These companies deploy any imaginable combination of state-of-the-art perimeter and end-point security controls, and use all imaginable combinations of security operations and security controls. Yet still the determined attackers find their way in."
What we'd like to know, though, is whether the attack on RSA was caused by Adobe's lackadaisical approach to patching Flash -- or was it the other way around? Was it the RSA attack that first brought the zero-day vulnerability to Adobe's attention?
On the IMAP front, Opera now supports special folders like sent items, spam, and trash. It also better handles duplicate items in Gmail -- such as those which appear in all mail and under your custom labels.
Opera 11.10 now partially supports the HTML5 File API as well, which means your favorite Web apps (like Gmail) may soon begin adding Opera to the list of supported browsers.
You can download the latest Opera 11.10 snapshot for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the official release post.
Update: The Opera 11.10 RC is now available, as pointed out by SlashZaku in the comments. Thanks!
T-Mobile USA may be preparing to wrap up sales of a handful of its mid to high-end Android devices, if a leaked internal screenshot is to be believed. The leaked photo, obtained by TmoNews, appears to show part of an internal stock system. In it, the following devices are marked as "nearing EOL", meaning "end-of-life" status --
End-of-life status means that a phone will no longer be stocked, meaning it'll likely have been replaced by something newer and shinier. What it doesn't affect, however, is software and hardware support. The Sensation, for example, is still scheduled to receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich, and if true, the news that it may reach EOL in the near future doesn't change that. Nevertheless, it's surprising to see phones like the myTouch Q and Amaze 4G nearing EOL already, given that they've only been on sale since October.
It's also true that even after a phone is EOLed, sales will continue as long as there's stock remaining in outlets. So we're willing to bet you'll still see these devices in T-Mobile stores for a few more months. Right now, the biggest question centers on what T-Mobile will be replacing them with later in the year.
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Jan. 30 Shop Android Deal of the Day is the Case-Mate Barely There Case for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S 4G Skyrocket. These cases are designed to help protect the design of the Samsung Skyrocket while allowing more of it to show, thanks to a slim profile and impact-resistant flexible plastic shell. It's available in black or pink today only for just $12.95 -- that's 48 percent off! Get yours while supplies last!