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Nasty bug wipes Android phones

Nasty bug wipes Android phones

Nasty bug wipes Android phones
News from The Australian Financial Review:

Source: Digital Life Labs

John DAVIDSON

Update: Holy wiped out phones, Batman!

Security experts have discovered a flaw in certain Samsung Android phones that allows the phones to be reset, wiping all their data, when the phone owner merely opens a malicious web page or link. It’s now been established that the flaw exists in Android phones from other manufacturers, too, including Motorola, HTC and possibly Sony.

Simply clicking on a link can cause the phone to automatically dial a special reset number, which wipes the phone before its owner can do a single thing about it. Apparently NFC tags containing the reset code can do it, too, as can QR codes.

The flaw only has an effect on a phone with Android’s standard dialer running as the default dialer, meaning that one way to mitigate against it would be to install some other dialer (there are plenty of them in the Android app store) until there is a fix. Also, you could try running your browser in “Incognito”…………… continues on The Australian Financial Review

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Google Chrome now works on Intel powered phones
News from Inquirer:

AMERICAN PHONE MAKER Motorola has announced that Google Chrome now works on its Intel powered Razr I smartphone.

We got our hands on the Motorola Razr I last week and were disappointed to discover that neither Google Chrome nor Firefox worked on the Intel powered handset.

Motorola told us that was because “there is not a version of Google Chrome available that is optimised for Intel at the moment”, while Intel told us it had nothing to do with it.

However, Motorola contacted us this morning to tell us that Google’s mobile web browser now works on its flagship smartphone and other phones with an Intel processor.

In a statement sent to The INQUIRER Motorola said, “We are now pleased to announce the availability of Chrome for Android on Intel x86 devices, available for download on Google Play and from the Google Play Store on your Motorola Razr I.

“This smartphone puts the Google universe in your hand and now you’ll now be able to experience the speed, security, and simplicity of Chrome.”

We downloaded the app on our Razr I smartphone and it arrived on our home screen without any hiccups. If you want to get it on your Intel powered handset, it’s available to download for free from…………… continues on Inquirer

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