The Stagefright bug has returned to render over a billion Android devices vulnerable to hacks, Zimperium discovered.
Stagefright is a bug that could use a vulnerability to get access to an Android device with just a simple message. While Zimperium zLabs security researchers first discovered the bug in July, they have once again encountered it recently, according to The Indian Express.
After the first discovery of Stagefright, Google released a series of patches to fix the vulnerability. However, Zimperium researchers have found out that Stagefright is back and the bugs can give hackers access to Android devices by tricking users into clicking a website link. But the website contains malicious multimedia file, like an mp3 or mp4 file, which could allow hackers to enter the device, the report details. more >>
A cheaper OnePlus Android phone may be coming sooner than we think. According to a report on the website Gizmochina as cited in CNET, the newest addition to the OnePlus family may be unveiled within this month of October. Called the OnePlus X, the new device will be the third smartphone that the Chinese smartphone company will be releasing. The report cites a source which claims that the OnePlus X will not sport high-end specifications like the OnePlus and the recently released OnePlus 2.
Under the hood, it will reportedly have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and will have a 5-inch display. The device's resolution is not yet known. The phone is definitely less powerful than the company's "flagship killer" and is also expected to sell at a much lower price, making it attractive for users who want a mid-level phone at a low price.
According to another report in TechnoBuffalo, the OnePlus X may feature a sleeker design. Previous OnePlus devices were noted for their sleek look and feel. Apart from the new look, the handset is rumored to have a fingerprint scanner as well as two rear-facing cameras, something that a few flagships have so far. more >>
Starting September 30, Apple iOS users can no longer downgrade back to iOS 8.4.1 after they have upgraded to iOS 9.0 or higher. According to a report in BGR, this is so because Apple has "stopped signing" the older iOS versions, namely 8.4.1 and 9.0, after it released a minor update, iOS 9.0.2 recently. This means that support for these older versions is no longer available.
Since Apple has stopped signing for iOS 9.0 as well, this also meant that this version of the software is no longer available through iTunes. Users can only opt to upgrade directly to iOS 9.0.2. The last version of iOS 8 (8.4.1) was released in August and it managed to break the iOS 8.4 jailbreak that was available back then.
Normally, after Apple releases an update, users can still opt to downgrade to the old version as it remains available for a while. In this case, however, only a few weeks have passed since iOS 9.0 was released but Apple already stopped signing both 8.4.1 and 9.0. Users who usually experience issues with the update may want to go back to using the old version. The latest update, iOS 9.0.2, provided minor fixes to 9.0.1 which included a screen unlock vulnerability. more >>
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC was one of the first ones to announce when their users are getting the much-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Following Google's official announcement about the newest version of their mobile OS last September 29, HTC took to Twitter to announce their plans for bringing Android 6.0 to their phones. According to a report in Tech Times, they are one of the first manufacturers who will launch a smartphone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The report cited that HTC will be the first to release a smartphone (which is rumored to be the HTC One A9) that will coming pre-installed with Android 6.0, which they will reportedly make the announcement on October 20.
In their official Twitter account, HTC posted this announcement: "We're roasting marshmallows this fall! We'll begin our Android 6.0 rollout to devices before the end of the year." The post also came with a list of devices that will receive the update. more >>
Almost two months after Square Enix revealed the release date of the much-awaited action role-playing game "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" and the different type of pre-order program that went with the game which it called "Augment Your Pre-Order" program, the publisher has announced that it is cancelling the pre-order program.
An IGN report called the program "highly controversial" because it employed a different approach in getting people to pre-order. Those who pre-order get to choose the incentives they will get and these incentives get better if higher pre-orders were received. The biggest bonus they listed was that they would release the game four days earlier if a target number of pre-orders was reached. Essentially, the more people who pre-order will bring more incentives.
This program, however, became heavily criticized by gamers and fans of the game. Another report in Tech Times cited that the backlash that the plan received was "immense and brutal," and with this recent announcement, Square Enix took this criticism seriously. In a blog post, Square Enix had this to say: "When it was first conceived, we wanted the program to give you more choice about what you received in terms of pre-order incentives... We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback." more >>
Game developer Avalanche Studios, the developer behind the upcoming open-world action adventure game "Just Cause 3," recently shared details about the game, saying that the game's map will span over 400 square miles, according to a report in IGN. The game is reportedly set in the fictional island of Medici, found in the Mediterranean.
This tidbit was shared through the developer's Dev Diary video where the team discussed how vast the game's map will be. The game's open world will span approximately 400 square miles and will have three major regions. The team members, including the game director and one of its art directors, talked about what each region will contain.
Region 1 will consist of agricultural areas and "a medley of wealthy and poor towns," while Region 2 will be composed of military bases and "very poor fishing towns." The third region on the world is mostly forest, a "mountainous wilderness region." According to the developers, one of the main considerations for choosing an island environment was how they wanted an environment where the main character, Rico, could get "very quickly into the air," thus resulting in the game's "very vertical environment." more >>