Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Superhole new type” found in Android – Dni.Ru

Photo: GLOBAL LOOK press

Researchers at Bluebox Labs released information about the vulnerability in Android. They claim that by using this error attackers could gain access to the functions of smartphones, tablets and stored them on personal data without user .

vulnerability was revealed three months ago, and experts Bluebox Labs notified about it from the Android developer Google. Patch that eliminates the problem, released almost immediately, but it did not save from the threat most owners of Android-devices, because the problem had been solved in the latest version of the OS, reports Daily Mail.

Smartphones and tablets that are running earlier versions of Android, starting with 2.1 (Eclair) and ending with 4.3.1 (Jelly Bean), and were not protected against unauthorized access. Discovered “hole” can seriously threaten your smartphone , since it can help hackers can spread extremely malicious software. Because of this, the English-language media called “hole” discovered Bluebox Labs, “superuyazvimostyu new type”

themselves BlueBox analysts call it Fake ID – “fake ID” , because with You can use it to cheat the system of digital certificates and applications give malicious program for the application of the official supplier to which the user is allowed access to the system.

In the company’s blog, CTO Jeff Forristal compared BUGS blog BlueBox, with burglar that goes up to the guard and makes a fake badge, and he looked at the false document, the attacker passes quietly into the building and making sure not to skip authentication.

Thus, the application being installed can be disguised as any program created by a reputable company. Installed on the smartphone or tablet Android system will not verify this fact and the application automatically bestow privileges, official programs available from the vendor. As a result, an attacker can easily introduce malicious code in the guise of the plugin .

Analysts BlueBox, when discovered vulnerability in the risk zone was 99% of devices running on the platform Android, but evidence that hackers had to use it, the company can not provide.

A security issue that threatens personal data owners of Android-devices – ITAR-TASS

LONDON, July 30. / ITAR-TASS /. Experts have found a vulnerability, endangering personal data owners of Android-devices, the Financial Times reported, citing data specialists detect threats.

Hackers can create fake identification codes, by which the application is perceived as worthy of trust, experts warn company Bluebox Security. The trick, giving more downloads, provides insights into the mobile device and access the data stored in it.

“Cybercriminals could use a loophole and get access to the data stored in a separate application or the whole device. Under threat and transactions through mobile banking, and corporate e-mail data, “- said the technical director Jeff Forristal Bluebox.

He estimated that at risk was 99% of devices running Android, but evidence that the hackers took advantage of vulnerability, the company does not.

Bluebox informed about the threat of Google in April this year – after the U.S. Internet company has released an update Android. Therefore at risk are those who still have not downloaded the new version of the mobile software.

eve of the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Nikolai Nikoforov suggested Apple and SAP reveal their source codes of the Russian state art. “The revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013 and public statements of U.S. intelligence to strengthen surveillance of Russia in 2014 raised the question seriously the confidence of foreign software and hardware – said Nikiforov. – It is obvious that those companies that disclose the source code of their programs, nothing hide, but those who did not intend to cooperate with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products “.

Nikiforov previously reported transition government with the iPad on the device by Samsung. According to him, this is not any restriction or sanctions against the American company Apple.

Previously, members of the government at Cabinet meetings and meetings used iPad, but now at meetings began to use Samsung’s Tablets . “This specially protected devices that can be used to handle confidential information. Certain information at government meetings are confidential, and these devices (Samsung) fully comply with these requirements and have passed the most stringent certification system”, – said Nikiforov.

LG will release a miracle transformer on Android – BBC News

Korean company LG showcased its new product LG Tab Book. The invention relates to a transformer plates, runs on Android and has an impressive capacity. However, demand from consumers strange devaysa is open to question.

Recently sector plates, Transformers devices are gaining popularity on Windows. LG itself has previously demonstrated Tab-Book 2 running on Microsoft OS and has similar characteristics. Nevertheless, as the basis for this gadget company chose honed under mobile use Android.

Unlike Surface, which turns into a kind of laptop using keyboard strapped covers, LG chose to use a variant of the slider. When folded, the device is a very thick plate, which can be separated, if desired, to gain access to a full keyboard.

Features impressive new items. The gadget is powered by Intel Core i5 processor with a clock speed of 2.6 GHz, has 4 gigabytes of RAM and a graphics accelerator Intel HD Graphics 4400. Their data can be stored on the flash drive capacity of 128 gigabytes.

device receives large 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. version of Android on the tablet is not the newest – 4.2.2. This novelty will be quite heavy – its weight will be 1.05 pounds, thickness – 16.7 mm. The LG has not yet been reported, when and at what price the device will hit the market.

Source: PhanDroid

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Android-App Nikolai foot: July 23-29 – Mail.Ru



Every week (on Tuesdays), we talk about the most important, interesting and significant events that occurred with Android and Android-applications in the last seven days.
Our iOS digest here. Digest Windows Phone here.





Atlas Web Browser (free) – a new Android-browser, which is still in beta, but already vying for your attention. Most catches the eye interface – he, the assurances of developers, fully meets the guideline Material Design . Stylish, fashionable and, of course, youth. Full screen mode is very convenient switching tabs and settings, fast operation and economical use of RAM. Also, the browser can remember display settings for each site separately (it’s actually a premium feature, but in the beta it is available for free). Want to join the future of Android now, but are not ready to flash a ROM with a preview version Android L ? Atlas Web Browser help.



Madefire (free) – app store from a company that sells comics DC, IDW, Dark Horse and other distinguished publishers. On the iOS app was released a full two years ago – comics fans with Android-devaysami had to wait longer than usual. Well, the wait is over! Incidentally, Madefire is not only the usual comics – the company makes its own digital comics with audio and animation. Moreover – such comics can create any to then sell them through the application itself. Android-geeks urgently to download! The rest – on request.



Tynker (172 rubles) – app for kids (and parents, probably, too), which will teach your child the basics of programming and algorithmics. This C-code, you will not find here – Tynker offers to build a “program” (ie, a mini-game) using pre-engineered the algorithm. It turns sort of LEGO, but about serious things. If adapt himself, can make their own platformers or even quests! Unfortunately, the app is only available on tablets.



First Person Shooter « Modern Combat 5: Eclipse » (229 rubles) – another attempt sverhdorogimi Activision Gameloft become the world of mobile games. Colleague Cyril Tokarev game like , so that miss is strongly discouraged. Yes, it Call of Duty , but – our, mobile Call of Duty! Great graphics and sound, simple control and very bad online component to the four classes of characters. Minus one – require constant availability of an Internet connection.



Game Thomas Was Alone (197 rubles) – indie platformer with a very long history, deliberately minimalist graphics and amazing storyline. Meet this – Thomas. It is square and not very far from jumping. On his way through increasingly difficult levels he will meet some new friends and learn new things. Thomas Was Alone sold on PC and other platforms million copies and almost immediately after the release became an indie classic. Recommended to join, in short – a unique game yet. No built-in purchases; there are 20 additional levels with the main character named Benjamin, who on a PC sold as DLC.



Action « Batman: Arkham Chronicle » (for free) and finally got to Android (on iOS it was released in 2013 ). As is the case with Injustice: Gods Among Us , developers NetherRealm Studios made a spectacular fighter. Major role, of course, plays Batman. Superhero will win a few notable villains (among them: Dezstrouk, Firefly, Copperhead, and others), and the player has to help him violent and tapami swipe across the screen. The combat system is not that difficult, but fascinating, and fans man fetish bats will permanently occupy himself collecting his suits. In general, a hoarse shout and menacing its approval.



Game « the ninja Turtles! » (139 rubles) went almost to the premiere of the film of the same name (the next restart series) and offers players a try themselves in the role of one of four of the familiar turtles – Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. Convenient gesture control, fast combos, pumping skills, better weapons and armor are not very distinct visual style (seriously, so now look heroes of our childhood?). You can play in story mode, or in a separate test mode. Along with the strange appearance of the turtles we also scares the presence of in-game purchases – do so simply indecent, Nickelodeon!



Game « War jokes » (105 rubles) – a wonderful dynamic strategy (more precisely, the defense towers with action elements) from Cartoon Network, made based on the animated series «Normal cartoon» . Players must take control characters “cartoon” – Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle and Skipsom Maine – and win their park, which somehow got control of the villain Gina. Four types of levels (by season), four intimidating boss and a variety of unique special moves. And yes – no micropayments.





BETA Google-mobile browser Chrome has received an update, in which many design elements were changed in accordance with the requirements of the guideline and Material Design . Show and tell is difficult – you need to download and watch yourself (good, no problems with it – neither registered nor any expectations invitations). Also, developers have simplified entry procedure account and fixed many bugs. It should be noted, however, that some design changes you will not notice if you do not use on your devayse preview version Android L .



In one of the main superhero mobile games can now battle each other in online battles. Fans Injustice: Gods Among Us been waiting for this for almost a year and finally came. Along with multiplayer fighting game adds online ratings (because you need to motivate the players!) And the ability to view the recording of contractions. Not without new heroes – now you can wave their fists as Shazam, Catwoman (in costume from “Batman Returns”), Sinestro (Green Lantern in a suit), Harley Quinn (from Batman: The Animated Series), Nightwing (from The New 52), Arrows and Krypto Lex Luther.





Some users of the popular service Instagram have been sent an invitation to try a new application called Bolt (excuse me, but because in Google Play already have one application with the name Mark, what to do?). It is intended, according to the description, for a quick photo sharing (one tap – just like in Snapchat ). Unfortunately, the invitations have been sent in error – the link to download the application was broken. And at all – Facebook already has Slingshot , why the corporation is another similar service? We, frankly, puzzled.



In Google Play appear as a separate category for games in which are placed only those entertainment applications that do not require a permanent connection to the Internet. Great variety of different games (eg, fresh « Modern Combat 5: Eclipse » ) requires a connection to their servers mainly because of pirates, but suffer from this almost always only ordinary users. In general, if you are going to the country, where there is no connection whatsoever, or simply do not approve of such DRM-practice – always go to the new section, there is a lot of good. However, it should be noted that here and across games that require activation or a single network or a regular license check. Well, it’s still better than having to be permanently online!



In Google Play soon (to be precise – in September) will play from Dreamgate Studios called Light in the Dark . Externally, it looks strange mixing of “Indiana Jones” and Cut The Rope , but inside is quite ordinary physical puzzle game with some interesting elements like mechanic tied to the different colors of heroes. This first studio project, but among its developers appear industry veterans who previously worked on hits like AAA- BioShock , X-Com and Fallout – should pay attention.





In Google Play appeared beta potentially great application Duolingo Test Center .


Voice Assistant Google Now beat Siri . How? Why? Check possible here .


game The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land . It will be a zombie.


Experts Mail.Ru Group overall mobile gaming market in Russia and came to the conclusion that he increased 9 times .


Billionth Transaction YouTube and Twitch confirmed – the main game video broadcasting service is now in the hands of Google.



      Mykola Lapko
All materials website




Windows Phone users often go to Android – Mobiltelefon.Ru

often before buying a new smartphone, a user faced with the question – to stay on the same platform, or try something else? The developers try to attract the attention of potential customers. But how successful these campaigns? British retailer surveyed 2300 users and find out how many of them attracted competitive system. Thus, 25% of users prefer Windows Phone in choosing your next smartphone gadget on Android and only 7% chose iOS. The majority preferred to stay in their “native” platform – 58%.

Stability users of Android and iOS is on a higher level – 81% of users of each of them are not used to radically change anything in their tastes. At the same time, “Yabloko” chose Android in 16% of cases, but only every tenth user operating system from Google iOS preferred when choosing a new smartphone. By the way, the greatest increase in Android and Windows Phone users have made defunct Symbian (51% and 21% respectively), but on iOS often go with experience of “dialogue” with BlackBerry OS (34%). Recall, the first rank takes mobile OS Android, followed by iOS, which is trying to undermine the position of Windows Phone.

Overview android-smartphone Explay Hit –

Device Type

Explay Hit

MTK6572 (2 x 1000 MHz)

Mali-400 MP

Operating System
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean


Internal Memory, GB
0.512 * (0.12)

TN 4.0 “, 800 x 480

Camera megapixels
2, front 0.3

GSM 900/1800

Number SIM-card units.

Support MicroSD

GPRS, Wi-Fi (b / g / n), BT

No / Yes / No

Battery mAh

Size mm
54.1 x 127.8 x 11.4

Weight, g

Price, RR
From 2200

* According to the manufacturer.

not hurry to close the review. Yes, we have a lower segment of the smartphone market, but such devices can be a great gift for a child or a temporary means of communication with increased capabilities. Discuss here is nothing special, except that the manufacturer site mistakenly confused megabytes and gigabytes, and technical characteristics of this model at the time of writing is listed as 256 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage .

Otherwise we face a very modest model with a very modest price, which seems fair. Let’s see what you can get from a smartphone priced less than 3000 rubles.

Package and Accessories

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The smartphone comes in a small box made of rough cardboard, which is the usual packaging for products Explay. True, he cardboard here yet darker than the other devices, I have considered (eg, Explay Diamond ), which is very evident by the increased contrast between white lettering and color cardboard.

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the reverse side of tradition was broken, now, instead of technical specifications here is a seam.

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Table detailing the “innards” of the gadget has moved one of the ends. Informativeness package remained at a sufficient level and standard.

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Smartphone lies in a box without the “crib”, which designed to mitigate impacts during transport. No shock absorbers, like bubble polyethylene, is not here. The device is covered by a film advertising. Unfortunately, the phone came to me not new, so the status of this film is not the most presentable.

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Includes only what is needed:

  • Documentation and warranty card;

  • Cord microUSB;

  • Charger;

  • Stereo.

Quite expectedly smartphone ultrabudgetary class. Closer look at the accessories.

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Charger white adequate quality. Any claims against him.

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Stereo – the most unpretentious. The sound quality is good for conversation in a peaceful place.

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equipped with single-button remote and microphone.

Appearance and design

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Review Explay Hit start with the fact that this is a compact design with touch screen.

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back cover is made of plastic, as well as the entire body device.

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smartphone design borrowed from other more famous models. Thus, the upper part resembles iPhone 4/4S, lower repeats concept HTC One M7, and set the glass on the sidewall reminds OPPO Find 5 . Well, or just my fantasy played out .

frames on each side of the display are 0.5 cm, 1.8 cm from the top and 2.1 cm at the bottom, in the thickest part of the bottom panel.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Add Material Design your Android –

 nexus 7 and android L

can hardly find a lot of people for whom the wait more pleasant possession, when it comes to the new version of Android. However, Android L is currently available only in the preliminary version, aimed to ensure that developers can advance to meet future changes OS from Google. Usually the user does not have to put her great sense, and it is available only for Nexus-devices. But, as you know, the forbidden fruit, so it is more desirable. And Android would not be himself if it were not allowed to accomplish what you want. Therefore, below you can find several applications that add to your smartphone Material Design elements and other «L-embellishment” that will help pass the wait autumn release the final version of the green robot.


We first glimpse phone for updates. For all owners of Android version 4.3 and higher on Google Play app available Heads Up! – Notifications, which will delight the user pop-up messages about these or other events, just like in «L». App low price, just $ 0.99.

If you are not lucky enough to get one on your smartphone update (at least until the Jelly Bean), is long overdue move to Cyanogenmod, there are built-in notification system – Settings Notification Bar balloon notifications – include.

Lock Screen

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Another change in a future version of Android should be a lock screen. Widgets on it will have to sink into oblivion, and their place also take notice. In addition to the usual swipe to the left, causing the camera, added swipe right – opening the dialer application. Android L LockScreen is intended to provide us with this experience in advance.

Icons and Weather

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Once unlocked smartphone, will appear in front of us, as well as on the Home screen, usually located weather widget. That they are not distracting from the overall L-style application should install Android L Icons & Weather Skin.


Telephone, among other things, is also such a thing, which happens to call. If you believe that your application calls for is not worth it to stand out from the crowd, then there is the option to install applications ExDialer, replaces the standard dialer, as well as topics for him, repeating Material Design applications from Android L.


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Yet most of the time, according to statistics, the smartphone is used to access the Internet. Brauzit And, of course, also want beautiful. In this latest version will help Chrome Beta, has already received “material interface».


 Android L Keyboard

While surfing the internet you can not do without a keyboard. Unfortunately, the app Android L keybord removed from Google Play, but you can still find it on the well-known third-party sources. On the functions it repeats the keyboard from Google and differs only in appearance, repeating L-keyboard design.

Android-smartphone Lenovo K920 will be presented August 5 –

In early August, the Chinese company Lenovo plans to unveil its new smartphone Lenovo K920. Most likely, the new product will replace the 5.5-inch Android-smartphone Vibe Z (K910), which was released last year. It is reported by Chinese resource profile VR-Zone.

In Chinese social networks Sina Weibo (analogue Twitter) was published teaser image, which states that the official announcement of the new Lenovo K920 smartphone will be held on August 5, 2014. New, presumably, will get a 6-inch touch screen with IPS-2560 x 1440 pixels (size 2K) and pixel density at 491ppi, 5-megapixel front camera and a 16-megapixel primary, which will be complemented by a dual LED flash and optical stabilization system image. The basis of the device lies quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 801 with 2.5 GHz and 3 GB of RAM. For storage of digital content will be highlighted on the built-in storage of 32GB. Is there an available slot for memory cards MicroSD, not specified. Also, there is support for the near-contact communication technology NFC.

novelty will be dressed in body thickness 7.7 mm and comes with Android KitKat on board. Autonomous operation it will provide battery 4000 mAh. By the way, increase the thickness of the Lenovo Lenovo K920 smartphone to 9-10 mm, it would be able to establish a more capacious battery (5000 mAh up).

When Lenovo K920 smartphone will be available and at what price, is not specified.