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Since we reported last week that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a lock screen bug, which lets users take a sneak peek of the home screen and cause limited potential harm, another blogger has discovered more exploits that are possible despite a lock screen protecting the phablet.
An Indian blogger named Ganesh first found the issue and wrote a detailed post about it. To summarize, any user simply needs to select an item listed in the information ticker. The device then prompts the user to enter the passcode to unlock the device. However, by tapping Emergency call button, the device displays the Emergency dialer window but with the Popup Browser open and fully usable. Ganesh claims that any attacker can visit webpages that has stored your personal data. Furthermore, through the browser, the attacker can also see what is in the clipboard.
Naturally, Note 2 users need not worry about this problem unless their device is stolen and has its lock screen’s information ticker enabled. The problem can also be avoided by selecting a full screen Internet browser as the default app for launching links.
On a lighter note, Samsung is well aware of the issue and is planning to release a security patch. A company rep told CNET in an email the following statement:
Samsung considers user privacy and the security of user data its top priority. We are aware of this issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility.
In the meantime, users can download the Lookout Security & Antivirus app. Its latest update protects Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S3 Mini devices from the bug that bypasses their lock screens. It is especially useful for the S3 since its bug can actually disable the lock screen and thereby provide complete control over the device.
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Google Play Music offers a great service by letting you store all your music files in the cloud, giving you access to them across devices, and on-the-go, while also saving treasured storage space. With devices like mine that don’t have microSD slots (HTC One X+ and the Nexus 7, in case you were wondering), this is a huge boon. Of course there’s a catch. In this case, you can play these files using only the Google Music app, which means that if you’re a fan of third-party players like DoubleTwist, Winamp, and the numerous others available on the Google Play Store, there’s nothing you can do. Until now, that is.
Senior XDA Member bubbleguuum has come up with GMusicFS, an app that gives you a way to access all your Google Music files using third-party media players. The app accesses your Google account, imports track information, and then mounts the cloud drive as local storage, allowing all other players to open these files as if they were stored on your phone. The app is very easy to use, but offers functionality that a lot of users have been looking forward to.
It’s important to note that this is only a beta release of the app, and is not without its issues. GMusicFS will also work only on a device with root access, which is required to mount the cloud drive as internal storage. For the full list of requirements and progress updates, check out the original XDA thread here.
What are your thoughts? Were looking forward to an app that features the functionality that GMusicFS has? If you’ve tried out this app, share your experiences in the comments section below.
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If you send lots of emails from your iPhone or iPad, you probably are very familiar with the native Mail app. There may be times when you start an email but don’t have time to finish it. As we already know, hitting cancel allows you to save a draft for later. If you’ve got a lot of inboxes, figuring out which email the draft was coming from and finding it again can be irritating. No one likes to weed through all their draft folders to find one single email.
As it just so happens, the default Mail app gives you a super easy way to access all your email drafts in one place, regardless what account you started them from. Here’s how…
- Launch the Mail app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
- In the lower right hand corner, hold down on the Compose button.
- Instead of launching a brand new email, your iPhone or iPad will bring up all the drafts you have previously saved, regardless what account they were created from.
- Simply tap on the draft you’d like to finish writing and you can fire away the email as soon as you’re done. That’s all there is to it.
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Samsung has bought a 3% stake in Sharp for 10.4 billion yen, which is 2 million in USD. Sharp is already producing all sorts of sizes of LCD panels for Samsung, but according to official reports this deal will ”further strengthen the alliance” between the two companies.
Sharp has been struggling to stay afloat for quite some time now, so this deal will no doubt give the Japanese based company a little breathing room. According to a report made by OLED Info, Samsung and Sharp could be collaborating on AMOLED and Full-HD LCD panels as well.
Samsung has been interested in IGZO technologies as it has been working on making its own for some time now. No doubt that this new deal with Sharp will give the Korean tech giant a bit of a boost when it comes to using IGZO tech in the company’s LCD displays.
It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if we saw some smartphones with IGZO tech in 2013. Sharp has had an active OLED program and even showed off its 3.4-inch IGZO based flexible prototype displays at CES in 2013. It’s too early to say what Samsung’s exact plans are with this new deal with Sharp, but we’re pretty sure whatever it is, it’ll be awesome.
After all, it’s doubtful that anyone would argue with a more beautiful display on their smartphones. We sure wouldn’t.
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