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Android Flaw could enable hackers to modify code without signature change

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Steve Lamb, head of cyber-consulting for Europe at Rapid7, told SC Media UK that the risk is that users are tricked into installing fake updates to applications that are likely to function as expected, yet contain malicious backdoor code. “Updates installed from the Google Play store should not contain malware. It’s the compelling emails and websites that suggest updates are urgently required that users should be wary of as these will often lead to malware,” he said.

Rusty Carter, VP of Product Management at Arxan Technologies adds in an emails to SC Media UK: “This vulnerability is very large and shows in a very widespread way that the status of an application cannot be trusted on Android. Any application could have arbitrary or malicious code loaded with it to change behaviour and compromise the app and it’s data

“To mitigate the problem while patching devices, organisations should ensure that any application accessing a corporate resource is protected via an enterprise mobility solution that includes integrity checking and security such as MAM (Mobile Application Management). Companies should also implement NAC (Network Access Control) to ensure devices on their network are profiled and only patched devices or protected applications can access corporate resources.

“Devices could be patched by updates from Google, delivered by the device manufacturer and/or Mobile Operator. This means that consumers and their applications are at the mercy of updates being provided to their device. Furthermore, devices and handsets that don’t support the latest version of Android will likely not get an update and will forever be vulnerable. 

“This is an urgent warning to all mobile application developers, as their applications are vulnerable and will remain vulnerable to attack in perpetuity. They will need to protect new versions of their applications, deprecate their API’s, and protect API’s from access by applications that can’t be verified as protected. The first step in securing your business is application protection that provides expert guidance, advanced code and anti-tamper protection, and analytics to track protection status and detect anomalies. Next will be securing data from inside the application all the way to the datacentre (End-to-end data protection) to prevent tampering by potentially compromised environments. Finally, companies should look to application protection vendors that provide all of the above, and address key and API protection that can restrict API access to only proven valid apps.”

“Users should verify the version of android their device is running, check with their device manufacturer to see if they have an update that covers CVE-2017-13156. They should also ask their app providers including their banks, mobile payment providers, insurance companies, auto manufacturers (if they have mobile applications that grant access or can manage their vehicle), health medical devices or services (data or device control), and others that deal with sensitive or private information, to ask how the provider protects their apps and information from tampering, and how they monitor apps running on devices to ensure their security status.”

LG V30 Signature Edition beats iPhone X – because it’s even more expensive

LG is attempting to take on Apple in a rather peculiar way: It’s releasing a variant of the V30 that’s even more expensive than the iPhone X. Seriously. The all-new Signature Edition is priced at a more than £1,300.

The base model of the iPhone X, for comparison, retails for a not-so-meagre £999, while pricing for the elusive 128GB model tops out at £1,149. Those wanting to bump up the cost, however, can slap on AppleCare+ for £199 outright.

Related: Galaxy S8 vs V30

Now for the mad part. An LG V30 Signature Edition carries an eye-watering price tag of £1,370. That’s £22 more than a 128GB variant of the iPhone X complete with an AppleCare+ warranty – and £571 more than the standard V30.

The Signature Edition is near-identical to the V30, with the main differences being that it ships with Android 8.0, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as standard. It’s also constructed from the same ceramic as boutique watches.

V30 Signature Edition won’t be easy to come by

LG will launch the V30 Signature Edition later this month exclusively in South Korea, where only 300 units will be available. Those who decide to pick one up will be entitled to an array of premium services, including personal engraving.

Would you be interested in the V30 Signature Edition if LG released it in Europe, North America and South America? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook or Twitter @TrustedReviews.

LG V30 Signature Edition launches in South Korea with Android 8.0 Oreo, ceramic body, 6 GB RAM

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It feels like flagship phones have gotten progressively more expensive recently, perhaps more so than we’ve grown used to. Yet while the likes of Samsung and Apple have pushed the boundaries on pricing, particularly over the past few months, there has always been a higher tier reserved for elite, special edition devices that offer a luxury experience for those with money to burn.

The latest addition to this upper echelon is the LG V30 “Signature Edition”, which goes on sale today exclusively in South Korea. LG has confirmed that it is only producing 300 units of this limited edition version of its flagship phablet, making it quite a collector’s piece for Android aficionados.

As you might expect, the extra-special model won’t be cheap. The folks at ZDNet report that buyers will be expected to pay 2 million won (roughly $1,800) for the privilege of owning the rare hardware. By comparison, that’s more than the iPhone X (1.63 million won, $1,450), the base model Note 8 (1.09 million won, $965), and the vanilla LG V30, which sells for 949,300 KRW ($842).

LG V30 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8

So, if you can by some incredible miracle get hold of one, is the Signature version worth the extra cash? Personally, I’d lean towards no, as the upgrades on offer, while quite enticing on the surface, don’t exactly make up for the $1,000 price jump over the regular V30.

The biggest change is the phone’s new zirconium ceramic plate build which replaces the standard V30’s glass body. LG says this will make the phone – which is available in Black or White finishes – even more resistant to scratches and marks over time. The Signature Edition’s only other design flourish is the option of having LG laser engrave your name on the phone’s rear. Fancy!

On the hardware front, the ultra-premium phone receives a slight RAM bump from 4 GB to 6 GB and offers 256 GB expandable storage as standard. Otherwise, though, you’re looking at the same specs and features found on the regular V30, including a 6-inch P-OLED FullVision display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, and a wide-angle dual-camera (16 MP and 13 MP sensors).

The Signature Edition phone – a moniker LG uses for its marquee home entertainment products – also runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. While it won’t be too long now until Oreo rolls out to all V30 devices, it’s nevertheless a nice bonus for those shelling out the extra cash. The same could also be said of the Bang Olufsen wired earphones and H5 Bluetooth earphones that come bundled with every purchase.

What do you make of the LG V30 Signature Edition? Is it worth the lavish asking price? Let us know in the comments.

​LG launches Signature phone at higher price than iPhone X

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LG Electronics has launched a limited edition “super” premium phone in South Korea.

The company will sell only 300 units of the LG Signature Edition, which will be priced around 2 million won ($1,800), higher than iPhone X’s 1.63 million won in the country.

LG has used the Signature brand for its high-end home appliances and TVs, but this is the first time it is being used for a phone.

The company’s reshuffle last week shows that its mobile business will likely be subsidiary to its TV and home appliance businesses. CEO Jo Seong-jin originally started the Signature brand in home appliances, with great success that led to record profits.

LG said the Signature phone, which comes in black and white, was made from materials used in boutique watches.

The design is focused on being “simple” and “dignified”. The backside uses zirconium ceramic that is said to reduce scratches. Consumers can choose to engrave their names in the back cover.

Its specification is near identical to the V30 and the phone has 6GB Ram and 256GB internal memory. It comes with Android 8.0, has Qi wireless charging, and LG Pay. It sports a 6-inch OLED display, has a 3,300 mAh battery, and a dual camera.

LG’s mobile business has posted 10 straight quarters of losses.

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Huawei Is Shamelessly Copying Signature Features Of iPhone X

Android fans would go to any length to convince you that Apple’s flagship phones merely copy features that Android phones have been offering for years. Android devices had the facial recognition feature years before Apple introduced Face ID that uses 3D depth-mapping. Face ID is far more secure than the face detection technology on Android phones. Samsung and other vendors switched to OLED display years ago. But, according to DisplayMate, the OLED screen used on the iPhone X is far better than any Android phone on the planet including Samsung’s flagship models. So, you see, Apple does things its own way using far more sophisticated technologies. Now Chinese smartphone vendor Huawei has announced that it is going to blatantly copy the iPhone X’s signature features like Face ID and Animoji.

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Huawei to launch a superior 3D-sensing technology

The instant popularity of the Face ID and Animoji seems to have prompted Android vendors to add similar features to their own devices. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, wanted to tell the world that it’s working on an answer to the Face ID and Animoji, and its features would be much better than Apple’s offerings. The only problem is that Huawei didn’t tell which phone would first get the iPhone X-copied features, and when that phone would go on sale.

At an event where it unveiled the Honor V10 smartphone, Huawei teased a 3D depth-sensing camera technology that would support facial recognition and animated emojis. Just like the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X, it would use infrared and a projector to create a 3D map of the user’s face. Huawei claims its system will analyze 300,000 points on your face. That is 10x higher than the 30,000 infrared dots projected by the iPhone X’s Face ID on your face.

The Chinese company claims its face recognition system would be secure enough to be used for mobile payment authentication. Also, it would be blazing fast, unlocking your phone in just 0.4 seconds. You will be able to use it in a variety of lighting conditions, reports WinFuture.

Huawei blatantly copies the iPhone X’s animoji

Huawei also showcased its Animoji feature that it claims is much more advanced than Apple’s. Animoji is a fun way to communicate with your friends. You can choose any of the available animated emojis to enact your facial expressions and voice on it. The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera does a pretty good job tracking your facial expressions and movements. Huawei claims its camera will be able to track your tongue movement as well, which the iPhone X can’t do.

When will it bring these features to market?

The moment Apple unveiled the iPhone X, we knew that Android vendors would copy its signature features in one way or the other. But it’s quite surprising to see Huawei copying the Face ID and Animoji so blatantly and shamelessly. Anyway, Huawei hasn’t announced which phone would use these features, or when it would ship. The Chinese company was just trying to show you that it was working on an answer to Apple’s Face ID and Animoji. It’s not something people could buy next month.

Even if Huawei manages to offer 3D facial recognition and animated emoji features that are better than Apple’s, the fact is that it didn’t have the courage to take big risks and introduce revolutionary features of its own. It was the iPhone X that proved that novel features like 3D depth-sensing and animated emojis could do well in the market. Huawei and other Android vendors are merely following Apple’s lead.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said earlier that before the iPhone X launch, Android vendors were exploring the in-display fingerprint sensor for security and authentication. But the iPhone X has tilted their interest towards front camera-based 3D depth-sensing technologies. Enquiries into 3D-sensing technologies from Android vendors have more than tripled since Apple unveiled the iPhone X in September.

Kuo told investors that the in-display fingerprint reader was seen only as a “spec upgrade,” but the 3D-sensing delivers a “revolutionary user experience.” It is also a key factor in augmented reality applications. The analyst has previously said that it would take Android smartphone makers about two years to replicate the TrueDepth camera’s functionality and user experience.

Apple sold 6 million iPhone X units during the Black Friday weekend

Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang estimates that Apple witnessed impressive iPhone X sales during the Black Friday weekend. The analyst says Apple sold about 6 million iPhone X units between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The figure doesn’t include other models such as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or the iPhone 7, which has received a price cut.

In total, Apple is estimated to have sold 15 million iPhone X units since November 3. Rosenblatt Securities added that most customers were buying the 256GB variant of the device, which costs $1,149. The 256GB version is selling twice as fast as the 64GB iPhone X. It should boost Apple’s average selling price during the holiday quarter.

Steven Mnuchin just showed off the first dollar bills with his signature — and the internet is having a field day

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, unveiled the first dollar bills bearing his signature.
  • The internet is having a field day.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton, caused a stir on the internet Wednesday as they unveiled the first $1 bills bearing the signatures of both Mnuchin and US Treasurer Jovita Carranza.

The signature will go on the bottom right of all newly minted bills, replacing former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s name.

Previously, Mnuchin told CNBC’s Becky Quick he changed his signature to make it more legible for the currency.

Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

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Here’s a look (The top signature is Mnuchin’s old one; the bottom signature is the new one):

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How To Disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 10

Windows 8 and 10 come with a “driver signature enforcement” feature that imposes restrictions on driver installation. This feature allows installation of drivers that are digitally signed by Microsoft. To install unsigned drivers, you have to disable driver signature enforcement. Moreover, disabling this feature becomes necessary if you are a developer and want to test a driver that you wrote.

Note: Disabling “driver signature enforcement” will expose you to malicious drivers and makes your computer vulnerable. Only install drivers that you trust.

2 Easy Ways to disable Driver Signature Enforcement on Windows 10

(i) Disable Driver Signature Enforcement using command prompt

Windows have a “Test mode” that allows you install unsigned drivers. You can quickly enter test mode by typing a single line of command on command prompt.

  • While on the desktop screen, press Windows+X or right click on “Start” on the bottom left corner of your screen.
  • Click on “Command Prompt(Admin)” to open the command prompt with administrator rights.

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  • If a pop-up window shows up, press “Yes” to run Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • Type bcdedit /set testsigning on to enable Test mode.

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  • When your work is done, you can disable it by typing bcdedit /set testsigning off.

(ii) Disable Driver Signature from Startup Settings

1. Move your cursor to the lower left corner of your Windows home screen and click on Settings on the pop-up menu.

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2. On the Settings menu, click on Update security.

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3. Select Recovery from the options on the left and click on Restart now under Advanced Startup.

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4. Click on Troubleshoot from the options.

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5. Click on Advanced options.

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6. On the Advanced options window, click on Startup Settings.

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7. Click on Restart on the next window.

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8. To make a selection on the Startup Settings Window F1 to F9 keys are used. To select Disable driver signature enforcement, press F7.

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9. Your PC will restart with Driver signature enforcement disabled. 

Did you find this guide on how to disable driver signature enforcement on Windows 10 and 8 to be helpful? Share your views in the comments below.

Also read : 17 Tips Tricks To Speed Up Windows 10 And Make It Faster

Thumper brings its signature ‘rhythm violence’ to Windows 10

Race through a foreboding atmosphere of rhythm violence in Thumper, now available on the Windows Store.

After arriving on Xbox One in August, intense rhythm game Thumper is now available for Windows 10. You can grab the game, which is lovingly described as “rhythm violence,” is now up for grabs for $19.99 on the Windows Store.

In Thumper, you play as a space beetle racing down a track at blistering speeds. The game combines rhythm action with “brutal physicality” and an atmosphere of dread. From the game’s description:

Scream down the endless track and crash through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls. Hurtle forward, master new moves, reach overwhelming velocities, and survive epic boss battles. Every crushing impact is interwoven with a pounding original soundtrack. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must go through rhythm hell.

Thumper has received high praise on other platforms (PC, Switch, PS4), so it’s good to see another quality title hit the Windows Store. Thumper is also available for Xbox One, having launched in August, if you’d prefer to give it a shot there. Unfortunately, the game isn’t an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so you won’t get it on both platforms with one purchase. Still, if you’re down to give Thumper a go, you can pick it up for $19.99 now.

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Apple says it trained the iPhone X’s signature feature not to be racist

The iPhone X brings over a facial recognition system that has no rival in the mobile business. Made possible by a complex array of front-facing cameras and sensors, Face ID should be a lot more secure than anything available on competing devices, as it comes with 3D depth sensing features. Unlike handsets from the competition that had facial recognition for years, the TrueDepth camera can’t be fooled with a photo of the user, and it’ll work in any conditions, even in the dark.

But will Face ID be racist? Apple says no.

Soon after the iPhone X was unveiled, Senator Al Franken asked Apple what the company was doing to make sure the new unlock mechanism is safe for the user, both when it comes to security and privacy. The senator also wanted to know how Apple will address diversity and protect against any bias, race included.

Apple already answered many security-related questions in a white paper published not too long ago — read more about it at this link. But Apple just explained how it trained Face ID not to be racist. As Gizmodo explains, older facial recognition products failed to recognize people with dark skin. In 2009, an HP webcam failed to register black people. Technology advanced since then, but Google’s AI system that powers Google Photos labeled black people as gorillas in 2015.

Apple revealed it trained Face ID using over a billion images in studies conducted with the participant’s informed consent and featuring a broad range of users. Here’s Apple full comment.

The accessibility of the product to people of diverse races and ethnicities was very important to us. Face ID uses facial matching neural networks that we developed using over a billion images, including IR and depth images collected in studies conducted with the participants’ informed consent. We worked with participants from around the world to include a representative group of people accounting for gender, age, ethnicity, and other factors. We augmented the studies as needed to provide a high degree of accuracy for a diverse range of users. Also, a neural network that is trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks.

Meanwhile, Franken is apparently happy with Apple’s answers on the matter so far. “I appreciate Apple’s willingness to engage with my office on these issues, and I’m glad to see the steps that the company has taken to address consumer privacy and security concerns,” he said. “I plan to follow up with Apple to find out more about how it plans to protect the data of customers who decide to use the latest generation of iPhone’s facial recognition technology.”

The iPhone X launches on November 3rd, so we’ll soon see how good Face ID is.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will reportedly copy the iPhone X’s signature feature, obviously

Every new iPhone comes with at least one signature feature, something no other iPhone has. In many cases, that hardware and/or software feature is not yet available on competing devices. The iPhone X has two such features. While both of them are already available over on Android to some degree, one of them reaches far beyond anything the industry has ever seen before.

But guess what: A new report suggests that Samsung’s upcoming new Galaxy S9 could be the first Android flagship phone to copy the iPhone X’s best feature. Obviously.

Apple’s iPhone X has an-all screen design that’s unlike anything else found on competing devices. The other signature feature is the TrueDepth camera that enables the 3D facial recognition feature called Face ID. That’s also something unlike anything else found on Android flagships.

It’s no secret that Samsung is a fast follower in the mobile business. Sure, the Galaxy S8 came with an all-screen before the iPhone X was even announced. But the all-screen iPhone has been in development for years, and Samsung Display is a key partner. It’s very likely Samsung has known for a long while that an all-screen iPhone was in the works for 2017, since Samsung display is the sole supplier of the iPhone X’s OLED screens. Why do you think that Apple is afraid Samsung will steal its foldable iPhone design?

But that doesn’t mean the Galaxy S9 will necessarily copy the iPhone X’s notch design next year. What Samsung might do, according to a tipster with a solid track record, is copy the actual contents of the notch.

Apple calls the notch a “tiny space” at the top of the iPhone X. In it, there’s basically a miniaturized Kinect that can scan faces in 3D, providing secure logins that can’t be hacked with a picture. That’s not something Samsung can say about its existing facial recognition features inside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

According to Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9 will have a “3D sensor front camera,” which would basically be Samsung’s version of a TrueDepth camera and sensor array.

We still have a long way to go until February or March when the Galaxy S9 should be unveiled, so we’ll probably learn more about Samsung’s Face ID feature in the coming months. But if this rumor is true, it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung plans to make it happen. Manufacturing TrueDepth cameras is major bottleneck for iPhone X production. So if it’s a problem for Apple, it might be a problem for Samsung as well.

The Pixel 2 will copy a signature feature from 2015’s iPhone 6s

After months of rumors and speculation, Google will unveil its new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets during a press conference on Wednesday. We already know almost everything there is to know about the two devices thanks to the flurry of leaks we always see ahead of Nexus and Pixel launches.

But there still might be some surprises left when it comes to software. Like this iPhone 6s signature feature that Google apparently decided to steal for the Pixel 2.

Called Motion Photo, the new Pixel 2 feature in question is Google’s own take on Live Photos. Apple introduced the feature two years ago, as it served two purposes. First, it was a brand new camera feature, which is what’s expected from every new iPhone release. Second, it served as a way to showcase 3D Touch, the new tech introduced on the iPhone 6s.

According to xda-developers, motion photos will behave just like Live Photos, allowing users to capture both video and a photo at the same time.

“When motion is on, each photo you take could include a short video before and after the shot. The video may be included when you share the photo,” the feature’s description’s reads. It’s unclear how Google will replicate the 3D Touch activation.

The second new camera feature the Pixel 2 will introduce is a face touch-up feature that will automatically clean up blemishes and skin imperfections when taking a selfie. Yes, other smartphone makers already have such beautification features built right into the selfie camera, but now Google will as well.

Google’s Pixel 2 event is scheduled for Wednesday, at which point Google should reveal all the new camera tricks of its new phones.

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