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Researcher says flaw in Android creates phone risk

Researcher says flaw in Android creates phone risk
News from KTVU San Francisco:

Cellphones using Google’s Android operating system are at risk of being disabled or wiped clean of their data, including contacts, music and photos because of a security flaw that was discovered several months ago but went unnoticed until now.

Opening a link to a website or a mobile application embedded with malicious code can trigger an attack capable of destroying the memory card in Android-equipped handsets made by Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, rendering the devices useless, computer security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar wrote in a blog post Friday. Another code that can erase a user’s data by performing a factory reset of the device appears to target only the newly released and top selling Galaxy S III and other Samsung phones, he wrote.

Borgaonkar informed Google of the vulnerability in June, he said. A fix was issued quickly, he said, but it wasn’t publicized, leaving smartphone owners largely unaware that the problem existed and how they could fix it.

Google declined to comment. Android debuted in 2008 and now dominates the smartphone market. Nearly 198 million smartphones using Android were sold in the first six months of 2012, according to the research firm IDC. About 243 million Android-equipped phones were sold in 2011, IDC said.

Versions of Android that are vulnerable include Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Be…………… continues on KTVU San Francisco

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Windows Phone 8 Battle: Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATIV S vs HTC 8X
News from Tech Source:

Samsung brought ATIV S at IFA Berlin 2012, Nokia waited until September 5th to present two new Windows Phone 8 models, Lumia 820 and, the flagship, Lumia 920. On September 19th HTC introduced HTC Windows Phone 8S and HTC Windows Phone 8X. I wasn’t expecting the Taiwanese to use Winodws Phone in the smartphones’ official name.

These are the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones that were officially announced, and since they are running on the same mobile operating system you should get ready for the Nokia Lumia 920 vs Samsung ATV S vs HTC 8X battle.

But before seeing the similarities and differences between the three Windows Phone 8 high-end smartphones let’s have a look at their technical specifications.

Nokia Lumia 920 comes with a 4.5-inch IPS TFT display (768 x 1,280 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 2, plus a Snapdragon S4 CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage (microSD not supported) and an 8 megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, and dual-LED flash. The device is kept alive by a 2,000 mAh battery.

Samsung ATIV S packs the same dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Krait CPU as Lumia 920, 1 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32 GB supported) and an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and image stabilization. The Samsung WP8 smartphone has a 4.8-inch…………… continues on Tech Source

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