Security researchers have found a way to decrypt WPA 2 Wi-Fi security protocol. The KRACK hack (Key Re-installation Attacks) are apparently exceptionally devastating against Linux and Android 6.0 or higher, but can affect all Wi-Fi devices. According to researchers it is "trivial" to intercept and manipulate traffic sent by Linux and Android devices. This leaves about 41% of Android devices open to this "exceptionally devastating" version of the attack.
You will want to stay away from Wi-fi until your OEM sends out an update patching KRACK for your device. Manufacturers of routers are already sending out patch updates. Even things like Wi-Fi cameras can be compromised enabling someone to tap into a live feed of cameras in your home. To remain as safe as possible you should avoid using all Wi-Fi devices until they have been patched.
If you must use wifi use encrypted sites and VPNs. Also be sure you are using https instead of http. There are even browser extensions that can add that s to all of your surfing.
Android Oreo is the latest and greatest version of Android right now. It's been available for the last few months, but only for Pixel and Nexus devices. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T will likely be among the first non Google devices to receive the Oreo update. Oneplus has recently released the latest OxygenOS Open Beta update for both devices that does bring them up to Android 8.0. This is not the final build that will roll out to all devices, but if you willing to run a beta build you can have Oreo on your OP3 or OP3T right now!
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will begin shipping out in the next few days, but you can get a taste of these new devices right now. Last week the Pixel 2 launcher was posted and works with just about any Android device. I have already installed it to all my devices. If you want an even more complete experience you can now grab the Pixel 2 wallpapers. There are three collections of wallpapers which include "Underwater", "Keep Looking", and the default "Rainy Day" wallpapers. Head to the google drive link below for the downloads.
Pixel 2 devices are nearly on the way! First thing this morning Google charged my card for the Pixel 2! They generally don't do this until the phones are ready to ship. I heard from several other folks today who got also saw the charge hit their cards today as well. It looks like we will begin to see these devices on our doorsteps any day now! To be clear I have not seen a shipment notification yet, and have not seen any reports of such yet. Have you received your shipment notification yet?
The Note 8 has one of the best cameras on a smartphone this year, but did you know it is capable of doing more than what it does out of the box? You can get even more use out of the Note 8 camera with a Mod made available at XDA Developer forums. With the mod you can enable HDR support while shooting 4K, and 60fps while shooting at 2K. You can also remove the 4GB file size recording limitation. This mod also increases the quality of JPG for single and burst shots. The Zero camera Mod enables even more features. You will need to be rooted to take advantage of the mod since it requires you to flash a zip file. Their may be a few bugs included with the Mod so also be sure to keep that in mind. Grab the Zero Camera Mod from the link below.
I have been using my LG V30 as my main device for the past week. I am still having a hard time remembering to tap the app drawer button to bring up the app drawer. I have become so accustomed to swiping up to reveal the app drawer. This is the action in the Pixel launcher which I had installed on my previous devices.
The latest Pixel 2 launcher with the bottom search bar is now available for download and should work on Any Android device with Nougat or better. You won't be required to install this on the system partition so you don't need root to make this work. While you are at it you might as well go ahead and grab the PIxel 2 wallpapers app as well.
Cyngn started off as a modification of a popular Rom on OG droid devices. It quickly became the top Rom of the Android community and eventually was the Rom that all other Roms were based on. Steve Kondik the rom founder eventually pivoted this rom into a multimillion dollar corporation. The software eventually found itself on OEM devices like the OnePlus One. The project ended up in shambles, but the community behind Rom development spun off into LineageOS.
It looks like Cyngn has backed down from smartphone software and is now focusing on autonomous self-driving car tech. The job listing page shows they are looking for employees with experience in the field. They have also received a permit for testing self driving cars. Who ever would have seen this outcome for Cyngn 5 years ago?
Google has joined forces with Amazon, Vudu and iTunes to make watching and owning movies easier for the end user. These services will be offering their entire movie catalog to Movies Anywhere. This means that no matter which of these platforms you decide to purchase your movie from you will be able to grab them in a central place. To encourage you to try the new service they are offering 5 free movies just for linking two accounts.
Free Movies include:
Big Hero 6
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Lego Movie
The offer was so popular I couldn't even load the website last night. It looks like its up and running now.
Normally if a company wants to collect some data it is practice that they tell you what they will be collecting and give you an option to opt in or out. It appears that OnePlus is gathering data and sending it back to their severs. A developer made the claim after discovering his data was being gathered on his OnePlus 2. Christopher Moore is a software engineer. Some of the data collected included when he used certain apps, what networks he was connected to, and the activities he performed inside those apps along with other data. The data was time stamped and contained his phone's serial number.
OnePlus has responded and claims the first stream of data includes usage analytics that you can opt out of, and the second stream of data you are unable to opt out of. Here is what OnePlus had to say.
What are your thoughts? Should phone companies be able to track what you are doing on your phone without your permission in the name of creating a better user experience?
We have all been there. You are having a nice peaceful drive home from work and you hear your phone buzz or ring. The first reaction is to check the phone to make sure there isn't some sort of emergency that needs your attention. In a best case scenario you would find a spot to pull over, park your car, and then check your notification. More often people just grab their phone and respond to whatever notification they have just received while they drive.
Google understands that notifications are incredibly tempting. They have baked a new safety feature into the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL which allows your phone to enter do not disturb mode when you are driving. The app is listed as "Pixel Ambient Services". The service can be activated and deactivated so you aren't forced to use it, but it is a nice option to have. It seems like this would even activate if you were a passenger and not driving since it uses the phone's sensors to determine if you are driving. Apparently it will only work if you are connected to your car's bluetooth. You can download the app from the PlayStore now.