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3 days ago

Gemalto denies 'massive theft' of SIM card encryption keys by NSA and GCHQ [updated]

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Update: A new report in The Intercept claims that Gemalto is drastically downplaying the effects of this attack. In the report, several security researchers came to the conclusion that "the company made sweeping, overly-optimistic statements about the security and stability of Gemalto's networks, and dramatically underplayed the significance of the NSA-GCHQ targeting of the company and its employees."

Original story: Digital security vendor Gemalto revealed its findings today following last week's report of an incursion by the NSA and the GCHQ into the vendor's SIM card encryption keys. While Gemalto noted that an operation by NSA and GCHQ "probably happened" in 2010 and 2011, the intrusion could not have resulted in a "massive theft" of SIM card encryption keys as the breach affected the company's office network and not its secure networks.

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3 days ago

Latest LG G Flex 2 video is all about the curve

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LG served up a new video extolling the curved form factor of the G Flex 2. In the video, LG mentions that the reduction in size from the original G Flex to the G Flex 2 – which saw the screen go from 6 inches to 5.5 inches – was done to maximize comfort and provide the "most ideal screen size." The handset vendor also mentioned that the curve adds to the durability of the device, with LG's P-OLED display combined with the "Dura-Glass Guard" making the handset 20 percent more durable.

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3 days ago

Android sees uptick in market share in 2014 after one billion device sales

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Market research firm IDC's latest numbers showcase the continued rise of Android, which now commands an 81.3 percent market share, up from 78.7 percent in 2013. The entry-level segment was seen as the major growth driver in 2014 as device sales crossed a billion units for the first time. The firm noted that Android and iOS now account for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments, a slight increase from the 95.6 percent commanded by the two leading mobile platforms in 2013.

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3 days ago

OnePlus One Lollipop update delayed to March

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Although you can run Android 5.0 Lollipop on your OnePlus One right now by flashing a nightly build of CyanogenMod 12S, those looking for a more stable verison have to wait until March. That's according to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, who revealed on Twitter that the Lollipop update would be available for both the global variant, which would receive a stable build of CyanogenMod 12S, as well as the Indian model, which will get the vendor's own OxygenOS.

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3 days ago

LG G Flex 2 commences global rollout

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Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG announced that its latest curved screen phone, the G Flex 2, is rolling out globally. The handset will be available from major carriers in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany and the U.K.initially, with other markets across Asia, North and South Americas and Europe getting access to the device in the weeks following MWC.

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4 days ago

T-Mobile launches update tracker for Android devices

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If you're a T-Mobile customer, tracking updates to your Android device just got a whole lot easier. The magenta carrier recently debuted a web portal where customers can easily track the progress of updates coming to their phone.

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4 days ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which navigation app do you use?

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Let's go places... how do we get there?

Maps can be tricky things...

One of the most important devices our smartphone has replaced is the GPS navigation unit. Being able to search for a restaurant, tap one and be directed straight to it without having to type it into a separate device is just wonderful. Being able to send someone a location in a text message, or to pull a location from an email and have my phone automatically pull up the route was liberating, to say nothing of the fact that GPS units were unwieldy, expensive, and had to be updated via computer or SD card frequently, but not frequently enough that it would stop directing you to closed stores or trying to drive you over destroyed bridges.

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4 days ago

Sony accidentally reveals Xperia Z4 Tablet ahead of March 3 unveiling

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It looks like Sony accidentally let a few details about an upcoming Xperia Tablet slip today. According to an appearance on the official Xperia Lounge application, the tablet is (predictably) called the Xperia Z4 Tablet and features a 2K display, along with an "ultra fast processor."

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4 days ago

Early backer Kickstarter pricing for Pebble Time increased to 30,000 watches

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Due to the insane interest and backing that Pebble's latest endeavor, the Pebble Time, has received, the company has issued an update announcing that it has decided to increase the number of units it will ship in May from the $179 tier to 30,000. In addition, the Pebble team says that it will open up a new reward tier with a June ship date after the current tier is full.

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4 days ago

Ting launches open beta for its GSM network

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Ting's GSM network, which it announced late last year, has officially entered into an open beta. Previously, customers could test the network out on an invite-only basis.

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4 days ago

Top 10 tips and tricks for Google Maps on Android

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Google Maps

Google Maps is a powerful tool, so make it work for you with some of these clever tips and tricks.

Google Maps

If you haven't noticed by now, we're lined up a pretty great series of getting to know Google Maps. We've covered everything from the basics down to more intricate uses, and now we wanted to round up the top tips and tricks for using Google Maps on your Android.

Some of these are big time savers, while others simply give you more options in configuring Maps to work the way you want it — in any case they'll help you be a master of mapping on your Android.

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4 days ago

Amzer Pudding TPU Case for the Droid Turbo

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Generally speaking, people who want a case on their phone that doesn't add a lot of bulk are at a disadvantage from the start.

The Droid Turbo is not a thin phone by any stretch, but Motorola worked hard to make it comfortable to hold despite the bulk added by the battery. It's a great device on its own, which makes putting a case around it complicated for some. Adding even more bulk, especially with a case that doesn't offer the same grip points on the sides and back, makes the phone noticeably less enjoyable to use. Case makers have to be careful with the finishing textured used in Droid Turbo cases if they want happy customers, and that's clearly what Amzer was aiming for with their Pudding TPU case.

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4 days ago

HTC One M9 gets shown off in leaked promo videos [Update: gone!]

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Update: Looks like the videos have been removed from YouTube now. It was good while it lasted. Update 2: Added a gallery of screenshots from the videos.

Original story: After letting loose some images of the device earlier today, Upleaks has now leaked 3 promo videos for the HTC One M9 ahead of its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2015.

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4 days ago

What is full disk encryption in Android Lollipop?

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Lollipop encryption

Keeping your bits and bytes as safe as possible through encryption is a complicated affair.

There's a lot of information out there about Android 5.0 Lollipop's "default" full disk encryption (FDE). Some of it is good information, some of it is bad information, and plenty of it is just repeated snippets of speculation. While this makes for good conversation — and FDE is something worth talking about — we wanted to break down the finer points into an easy-to-read discussion.

This isn't meant to be the be-all end-all document on Android encryption. Google has already posted that one. We're going to tackle the consumer-oriented questions we keep hearing. As always, use the comments for discussion so we all can learn a little something.

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4 days ago

HTC One M9 leaks show an iterative design

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More images of the HTC One M9 seem to have leaked ahead of the HTC flagship's expected reveral at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. The design is rather iterative, building on the curvy all-metal language established by the One M7 and One M8 before it.

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