Daily Archives: June 12, 2015

BlackBerry Could Be Considering Android For Their Next Phone

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BlackBerry is a company that has many rumors and speculation surrounding it, and according to the latest one, it seems that the Canadian company could be considering creating an Android handset. According to a report from Reuters, it seems that this is part of the company’s software-centric strategy.

It also seems to be an implied admission of sorts that despite launching BlackBerry 10 and creating a new line of hardware that it isn’t doing as well as it should. That being said there’s no guarantee that BlackBerry will create an Android handset. Reuter’s sources told them that this is merely under consideration by the company.
It is unclear if the alleged Android handset would be how BlackBerry is moving forward in the future, or if it will just be a separate device while they continue churning out both Android and BlackBerry 10 handsets. However given that Android has such a large ecosystem, it would make sense to create an Android-centric device as opposed to allowing Android apps to run on BlackBerry 10, which in some cases isn’t always an optimized experience.

It is also a rumor and with all rumors, they’re best taken with a grain of salt for now, but what do you guys think? If BlackBerry were to create an Android device, how do you think they would fare? Is this something you might be interested in?

UG

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Google Launches Android Phone Picker Tool

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There are so many Android handsets available in the market at the moment, so choosing the right one can be difficult. Now you might think that going with a flagship smartphone is the safest best but even then amongst the flagship handsets, there are plenty of options available from the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, Motorola, and more.

Well in a market that might be daunting the new smartphone owner, Google is here to save the day. The company has recently launched a website in which it will help users pick out smartphones based on the criterias that the users think are more important to them. The tool will ask users to choose three main tasks that you might use your phone for.

For example if taking photos is one of my main activities, then that is a criteria I would select. However others might prioritize devices that are more suited for gaming or productivity, or even for fitness-related purposes. All of these choices will be taken into account and then Google will display phones they think you might be interested in.

The tool will ask for how frequent you might use a particular feature, like how often do you browse on your phone, for example. Presumably based on this and if you select “all day”, it will try to find a phone whose battery life is long enough to sustain you. It’s a pretty nifty tool so if you’d like some help deciding what might be suited for you, pop on over to Google’s website for the details.

UG

What it takes to jailbreak iOS 9

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Apple isn’t the only one working on iOS 9 right now, as hackers from China are already looking to find an untethered jailbreak and release it after iOS 9’s official debut.

Jailbreaking an iPhone or iPad lets users install any kind of applications on the device from third-party stores, something that’s not possible on default iOS releases.

The Keen Team has a dozen members who are well-versed in iOS coding, as they were able to successfully crack iPhones in Pwn2Own competitions in 2013 and 2014 and score almost $70,000 in reward prizes. But the Chinese hackers aren’t in it for the money, Forbes has learned, but rather for the challenge.

The team is working with fellow Chinese hacker group Team Pangu that released jailbreaks for iOS 7 and iOS 8. Keen hackers are on their first iOS jailbreak attempt, and they’re looking to come up with one in time for the final iOS 9 release, a task that’s a lot more difficult than it sounds.

The challenge appears to be finding plenty of vulnerabilities in the operating system that are not known to Apple yet, and linking them together to obtain an untethered jailbreak. According to Forbes, you typically need between three and five such “zero-day” attacks to come up with a jailbreak that can take over the iPhone and work even after reboots without the user having to constantly connect it to a computer (hence the term untethered).

Apple, meanwhile, is also constantly hunting for security issues that could be exploited for malicious purposes and jailbreaks.

A report preceding WWDC 2015 said that one of the features of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan is called “rootless,” a technology that would prevent any kind of jailbreaks. Apple has not detailed such a feature, but a recent discovery in Xcode 7 reveals that Apple does plan to make it easier for users to run their own apps on their iOS devices, without having to install them through the App Store.

In the past, Apple has always patched security holes leading to successful jailbreaks, challenging hackers to find other vulnerabilities to reenable them.

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