Two researchers from George Mason University, Dr. Angelos Stavrou, and Zhaohui Wang, have demonstrated the ability to use a smartphone (a Nexus One, but Dr. Stavrou says this applies to the iPhone as well) as a HID (Human Input Device) via USB. Simply put, just plugging the phone into a computer causes it to act as a mouse or keyboard, with no server on the computer in question, and offers little or no warning on the computer screen.
"Say your computer at home is compromised and you compromise your Android phone by connecting them, Then, whenever you connect the smartphone to another laptop or computing device I can take over that computer also, and then compromise other computers off that Android. It's a viral type of compromise using the USB cable."
That caught our attention, so we reached out to Dr. Stavrou, who was kind enough to answer a few questions for us. Read the rest, after the break. [CNet]
Up for grabs this morning, thanks to our pals at HTC, are a couple of accessories for the venerable Sprint EVO 4G. First up we have an official HDMI dock. (Read our review.) Plug in your phone and stream photos and movies to your television, in high definition.
And while we're at it, let's throw in an HTC Hard Shell Case for good measure. It's a two-part plastic shell that keeps your phone protected from dings and dents.
Last week we reported the rumored arrival of three HTC tablets in the first half of 2011, and now a recent EU trademark filing could offer some insight into the software that may run on these mythical devices.
The filing for "HTC Sensation" is dated Jan. 19 and comes with list of associated goods and services as long as your arm, including "smartphones," "portable wireless devices" and "user interface software."
While a trademark filing is far from proof that a new product or piece of software exists, the HTC Sensation name is interesting because of its similarity to HTC Sense, the UI layer found on most HTC-built Android phones. If HTC were developing a custom UI layer for its Android tablets, then HTC Sensation would at least sound like a plausible name.
Right now, rumors like this are all anyone has to offer when it comes to HTC's tablet plans. However, it's possible the manufacturer may reveal more at next month's Mobile World Congress, so stay tuned. [via AndroidOS.in]
On this latest episode of :That eReader does WHAT??" the Nook Color's 800MHz processor has now been overclocked to a full 1100MHz. Currently only for the rooted stock Barnes & Noble ROM, the new custom kernel adds some serious zip, and appears to be quite stable.
Our quadrant scores with the kernel max out in the mid-1200's, which are easily the highest we've seen on stock Eclair (overclocked Nookie Froyo yielded 1764).
The new kernel, from developer dalingrin, is easily flashed by downloading this zip file, placing it on your Nook's SD card, and installing in ClockworkMod Recovery.
The $699 unsubsidized price isn't a huge drop from Verizon's $800 minimum advertised price -- news we broke on Friday -- but it's a start. Chances are we'll see prices fluctuate -- they always do -- and we'll be on the lookout for those "Price so low we can't advertise them" deals. Again, you can sell for less than the MAP, you're just not supposed to advertise it. [via Droid Attic]
Update: Droid-Life was sent some sort of "price verification" receipt that shows $799. So $700, $800, either way, you might want to start getting loan papers together.
I think we can speak for all of us here (which is why we use the royal "we" in the first place) when we say we're hoping beyond hope that LG brings this guy to the United States. Soon. [ITToday.co.kr via @visitken]
Another week has passed us by, and the Android news continued to flow. With Google changing leaders, the Xoom shows us a price tag, and much more, it is easy to have missed something along the way. If you took your eyes off the site for any reason this week, it is almost guaranteed you missed something, so let's take a look at what you may have missed.
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The Barnes & Noble Nook Color is a very unique device to review, because you're really talking about two different products before and after it's hacked. The device it's being sold as, and the device that it can be are about as far apart as can be.
When used as it was intended by B&N, the NC's splash screen tells us we're about to "Touch the Future of Reading." The irony with this is that the color touch-screen reading that they're referring to isn't far off in "the future," it's already very much here in the present (surely you've heard about those tablet thingies, right?).
With the Nook Color, B&N is trying to capture some of those customers who aren't yet in the market for a full tablet, but who are still intrigued by the experience of color touchscreen reading.
. . . and in the process, they accidentally created one of the most enticing tablets on the market.
And just to reiterate -- the $799 price that we brought you is the "minimum advertised price" and not what you're likely to have to pay for all that Honeycomb goodness. Everyone's favorite Panda is anticipating a $500 or so price tag after subsidy, and we're inclined to agree. Though any Wifi-only version is going to have to come down a bit before we break out our wallets. [Engadget]
Having just made news with its sales numbers Sony Ericsson looks to be holding true to its promise to do things better in 2011 if the latest device leakage is anything to go by. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz 2 (or whatever it goes to market as) has found its way into the hands of Mobile-review and if you're willing to give Sony Ericsson another shot at impressing you, the review has nothing but nice things to say about it.
The 1GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 sports Adreno 205 graphics and has 512MB of RAM on board, while a 1500mAh battery powers the 854 x 480 reality display. No idea as to when or where this thing will show up but we're tossing it out there that Mobile World Congress might be a good place to start. If you're looking for the full review, be sure to hit the source link. [Mobile -Review]
Sprint's been more vocal than others about working on Froyo updates for its phones, whether it's a blog post, or taking to Twitter. But if you're thinking about bugging someone on the phone or in a store, you're not likely to get anywhere. Above is a memo that went out yesterday regarding the Samsung Epic 4G and Transform, and the Sanyo Zio. Clearly, there's no date scheduled for Froyo to ship, so don't ask.
You will, however, hear that Sprint "works closely with our manufacturing partners" in getting updates out the door and "as quickly as possible" and all the usual bullet points. No surprise there, other than the Zio's possibly going to get Froyo. We were on the fence about the Transform, but it's listed, too, so there you go.
Sprint's said it, and we'll say it again, too -- it'll be ready when it's ready.
Have you poked around in the Android Market recently? Unable to find an application that suites your needs due to the incredible amount of apps in the market? Well, have no fear, your friends here at Android Central are back at it again with another weekly rendition of our favorite app picks, so let's hit the jump and see what they are this week!
We know "something big is coming" from Samsung at Mobile World Congress in a few short weeks. And if this leaked teaser video (which almost looks unfinished) is any indication (and if it's real), we could well be looking at a Galaxy Tab 2. The rumor mill's got it coming with a Tegra 2 processor, and nobody can make up their minds on the screen tech.
And by the way, that SamsungUnpacked site has changed slightly, with word of an invite-only event Feb. 13, and open event Feb. 14. Guess we'll have to go to Barcelona to find out what's what. And go we shall. [YouTube via OLED-Display]
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