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Apple Re-Releases iOS 9.3 for Older Devices to Fix Activation Lock Bug

Less than a week after the release of iOS 9.3, and its retraction for select devices, Apple on Monday made available a new build of iOS 9.3 that it claims fixes the activation bug that many older iOS devices were facing. Last week, Apple pulled iOS 9.3 for select devices after many users complained that their iPhone and iPad were getting bricked. Some noted that they were not able to complete the activation process as it was showing inaccurate Apple ID in suggestions. The issue was only affecting users who…

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Google Acknowledges Vulnerability in Millions of Android Devices; Promises Fix

Millions of Android smartphones and tablets are vulnerable to security attacks, Google has warned. The vulnerability, if exploited, gives an app unfettered root access, circumventing various Android security layers. The Mountain View-based company has made available a patch to OEMs, and says it is currently working on a fix for the Nexus lineup. Security researchers spotted an app in the Google Play, Android’s marquee app store, which tries to leverage the vulnerability. Android inherited the flaw from Linux years ago. Interestingly, Linux developers fixed the bug in 2014, and it…

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Windows 10 Mobile Now Available for Windows Phone 8.1 Devices: Microsoft

After a series of delays, Windows 10 Mobile is finally ready for public exposure. Microsoft has announced the release of Windows 10 Mobile for a range of Lumia and other smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1. On Thursday, Microsoft announced it is making the latest iteration of its mobile operating system available for 18 smartphones. The smartphones include the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 730, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 635 (1GB variant), Lumia 636 (1GB variant), Lumia 638 (1GB…

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New Stagefright Vulnerability Found, Millions of Android Devices Affected: Report

New Stagefright Vulnerability Found, Millions of Android Devices Affected: Report Security researchers have once again discovered a flaw in Android’s Stagefright mediaserver component. In a demonstration, the researchers were able to remotely hack a phone with Stagefright-based exploit. Their finding underscores a vulnerability in millions of Android devices that could be triggered when they are made to visit a specially-crafted webpage. Israel-based research firm Northbit published a research paper this week in which it claims to have found a “proper” exploit dubbed Metaphor, using a new vulnerability in the Stagefright….

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New AceDeceiver Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices: Researchers

Researchers claim to have found a new strain of malware that can infect a large pool of iPhone and iPad devices. The iOS malware, dubbed AceDeceiver, is said to affect non-jailbroken devices without the user’s knowledge. Apple has reportedly pulled three apps from the App Store that were believed to be from the AceDeceiver family. AceDeceiver was designed to exploit a flaw in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) protection mechanism, reports security firm Palo Alto Networks. The DRM technology protects unauthorised download of apps and other content on the…

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Android N Beta Program OTA ‘Soft Bricking’ Some Nexus Devices; Fix Available

Google last week released the Android N Developer Preview earlier than expected offering developers a look at the new features of the upcoming Android build. The Mountain View giant also announced Android Beta Program which will allow users to test the new version, and receive new builds as an OTA update. Some Nexus users are reporting that after trying to install the over-the-air (OTA) update, they were unable to boot their devices. Several users took to Nexus Help Form and AOSP Issue Tracker to report the issue. One of the…

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