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Analysts think the LTE version will be a few bucks cheaper partly because it has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, which is said to cost $10 less than the HSPA model's $30 octa-core Samsung Exynos 5.
There are cost discrepancies between the two phones' wireless and power management components but it works out so the LTE variant costs $3 less. By comparison, the HSPA Galaxy S3 costs $213 to build.
Unsurprisingly, the S4's five-inch 1920x1080 display with Gorilla Glass 3 is by far the most expensive part in the device and represents the greatest price increase over the S3 at $75 versus $65. Meanwhile, the 16GB of flash and 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM trail distantly at $28, the 13MP+2MP cameras reportedly costs $20 -- only $1 more than the S3's 8MP+1.9MP setup -- and the S4 has $16 worth of sensors over $12.70.
Regardless of the model, iSuppli figures they include about $6 worth of box contents and they have $22 of mechanical and electro-mechanical-related expenses. The researcher also noted how many in-house Samsung parts are in the phone, not least of which are the display, touchscreen module, as well as the SoC and PWM chips on the HSPA model and presumably the memory. It's estimated that Samsung contributes at least $149 worth of parts in the HSPA unit, representing 63% of the total bill of materials.
The style of play is similar to mobile games like Super Monkey Ball albeit with a completely unique experience for each website map you build. Players can use their Android smartphone to control the action or simply stick with the trusty ole keyboard. You’ll need to sync the phone to the browser with a unique code if you want to go that route. When using a handset, gamers can tilt the device to guide the ball around the track.
World Wide Maze was developed for Google Chrome although I didn’t have any problems running it in Firefox. My Core i5 Sandy Bridge-equipped work PC with integrated graphics wasn’t quite up to the task, however, as the game was pretty much unplayable due to lag.
It probably isn’t something you’ll spend a ton of time playing but it’s fun to mess around with and see how some of your favorite websites look as a 3D maze.
As usual I was reading the news on The Hacker New security portal when a post attracted my attention, another security issue related to an IT giant, Google. The Indian penetration tester Ansuman Samantaray discovered a security flaw in Google drive that exposes millions of Google users to threat of phishing attacks.
Too bad that Google has ignored the warning underestimating the risks and replying to the researcher that
Analyzing in detail the URL used to upload or create a file on Google Drive/Docs is possible to note the value “download” for the attribute “export” that alow user to download the document.
The Indian pentester demonstrated that if an attacker changes “export” parameter to “view“, the malicious code written in the document file created is executed by the browser.
The researcher at THN also provided proof of flaw, they uploaded a file on Google Drive and using the attribute value download.
meanwhile following there is the same link using view value for the export attribute.
Clickjacking Flaw was refused by Google, that later extends to phishing attack.
An early version of Ubuntu’s touch-centric OS looks smartly designed and worth watching as it develops.
The company that makes the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, Canonical, recently announced what I like to think of as a Lord of the Rings software philosophy: one operating system for PCs, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. Not only is it an ambitious idea, but early images and videos of smartphones and tablets running the new software look intuitive and impressively touch-focused.
I’ve spent some time playing around with this one-size-fits-all OS through what the company calls the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, a very early version of the OS released in late February that can be installed on just a few Android smartphones and tablets. As the name suggests, it’s far from ready for mass consumption. It’s really more of a shell of an OS with only a handful of working features, meant to let developers and enthusiastic Ubuntu fans get a feel for it and make apps that will run on it. That said, it’s cleverly designed, and I’m excited to see how it grows and changes over the coming months.
The first time I turned on my Ubuntu-running smartphone—a Galaxy Nexus—I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, since I purposely put off reading the developer notes in order to simply play around with it and see what would happen.
The first screen that comes up looks similar to any other smartphone lock screen, indicating the time and, in this case, the number of tweets you’ve received. (As far as I could tell, it’s a dummy screen; though I was able to log in to Twitter on the phone, the number of tweets “received” never changed.)
One defining characteristic of the OS is its touch-centricity. Swiping from left to right reveals a tidy row of icons representing different applications. Rather than just swiping down from the top of the screen to see all your notifications at once, you can swipe down on individual icons at the top of the screen—battery and message indicators, for example—to see things like how much juice the phone has left or how many messages you’ve gotten. Smart move, Ubuntu.
There is a “Home” screen that shows the apps you’ve got open, those you use most, your favorite contacts, people you’ve recently chatted with, and more. Swiping from the middle of the screen in either direction brings you to more screens (there’s one for contacts, another for apps, and so on). A hard swipe from right to left will bring up the last app you were using, and if you’ve got several open, you can swipe through those, too. You can also swipe up hard from the bottom of the screen to bring up a sort of command center that shows options for controlling various apps (including the option to use voice recognition, which was barely functional and will need to be greatly expanded in future releases).
It took me some time to get used to all this swiping. I kept forgetting what swipe would bring up what, and I was confounded by the general absence of a back button. It certainly didn’t help that there was often a delay (or no response) when I swiped across the screen. Understandable since the software is still so early-stage, but frustrating nonetheless.
A handful of apps currently work, such as a simple camera, Web browser, and photo viewer. The browser, which at this stage works only over Wi-Fi (and slowly at that), is quite sparse, with an address bar hidden at the bottom of the page (you have to swipe to see it). You can also make calls and send text messages over a GSM network, which I did over T-Mobile’s network, and shoot images and check them out in a simple, cleanly designed gallery app. It took a few tries, but I was eventually able to watch the trailer for the documentary Rip! A Remix Manifesto, which was included with the OS.
I’m curious to know what kind of e-mail, mapping, search, and calendar functions will be included with the finished OS, and, of course, how many apps—both native and HTML5—developers will create. Ubuntu’s popularity among programmers could work in its favor here, but it’s still starting a long way behind iOS or Android.
Most people probably won’t try Ubuntu on a smartphone for a while yet. The existing version of the OS can run only on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones and the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets, and you’ll need a computer running Ubuntu to install it. You must also be unafraid of irreparably damaging, or “bricking,” your gadget (a possibility, as Ubuntu admits in the installation instructions), and you’ll need extreme patience, as it’s still sluggish and temperamental.
Canonical says a version of Ubuntu offering a “complete entry-level smartphone experience” is slated for October. Eventually, it could grow to be a compelling OS for multiple devices and a viable alternative to Android and iOS. That’s a pretty tight deadline, and if Ubuntu is going to be the one OS to rule them all, there’s still plenty of work to do.
Adopted from the Technology Review website: www.technologyreview.com
The world’s largest search engine is now experimenting with jewelry that would eliminate the need to remember dozens of passwords.
As part of research into doing away with typed passwords, Google has built rings that not only adorn a finger but also can be used to log in to a computer or online account.
The search and ad company first revealed its plans to put an end to passwords in an academic paper published online in January (see “Google’s Alternative to the Password”). The effort focused on having people plug a small USB key that provides their credentials into a computer. The possibility of using special jewelry in a similar manner was mentioned in that paper.
At the RSA security conference in San Francisco last month, Mayank Upadhyay, a principal engineer at Google who specializes in security, became the first person at Google to speak in public about that research. He said that using personal hardware to log in would remove the dangers of people reusing passwords or writing them down. He also thought people would feel some familiarity with the approach. “Everyone is familiar with an ATM. What if you could use the same experience with a computer?”
Upadhyay said that Google’s trial was focused on a slim USB key that performs a cryptographic transaction with an online service to prove the key’s validity when it’s plugged into a computer. The key also has a contactless chip inside so that it can be used to log in via mobile devices.
Tokens like the ones Google is testing do not contain a static password that could be copied. The cryptographic key unique to the device is stored inside and is never transmitted. When the key is plugged in, it proves its validity by correctly responding to a mathematical challenge posed by the online service it is being used to log into, in a way that doesn’t produce any information that could be used to log in again.
Speaking after the session, Upadhyay said that the company also had a prototype ring that could take the place of a password token, although he didn’t give details on how it works. “Some people are not comfortable with a [USB] token,” he said.
Google is already talking with other companies to lay the groundwork for using the technology to access different services and websites. “It’s extremely early stages, and we’re trying to get more partners,” said Upadhyay. Talks have already started with the FIDO Alliance, a consortium that in February launched technology intended to enable new methods of secure log-in that rely less heavily on typed passwords (see “PayPal, Lenovo Launch New Campaign to Kill the Password”).
“The other cool thing, which we’re really pushing for, is that it’s just built into the browser, so that you don’t have to bother installing middleware or anything else,” said Upadhyay. “We want to have the case where you could just go to your friend’s house and it just works.”
Google already offers a more secure log-in service called two-factor authentication, which involves a person entering a one-time code sent to their cell phone each time they log in. However, only an estimated 1 percent of Google’s users have adopted it, and Upadhyay says most people consider it too much effort to use.
Upadhyay didn’t say which company supplied the hardware at the core of the new trial, but the features he described are identical to a USB security key called the NEO made by Yubikey, a California company that launched in late 2012. Consumers can buy a NEO for $50, although companies buy them in bulk at lower prices.
In the era of Internet, emails and social networking have taken a prominent role in almost everyone’s life, especially when it comes to the exchange of information and personal messages. So, hacking the password of an email or social networking account alone can reveal a lot of personal details about the person. Even though hacking is considered illegal, some people are left with no other option. This can be a parent wanting to gain access to the child’s email or someone who need the password of their partner’s social media account.
Well, this post is not about teaching you how to hack! But, it is about making you aware of some of the password hacking scams and fake hacking tutorials that are waiting to exploit those people who are in desperate need of hacking someone’s online password. Here is a list of some of the online scams that you should be aware of and always stay away from:
1. Password Hacking Services:Many of the scam websites have managed to rank on top of Google for some of the most popular keywords about hacking. As a result, these websites attract a lot of people (who are in need of someone’s password) and promise them to give what they want! As most people do not have any knowledge about hacking, they often believe what is mentioned on these websites is true. Taking this factor as an added advantage, these websites (the so called hacking services) rip off money from the people and never keep up their promise.
Why password hacking services do not work?The big reason behind why these services never work is that, most of them are owned by those scammers and noob hackers who do not have sound knowledge of how the hacking process actually works. Also, with the level of security adopted by the services like Gmail, Yahoo or Facebook, it is near impossible to to hack their database to obtain the password. Unlike, what is mentioned on most of these websites, it is not possible to use the brute force approach as well. Here is a list of some of the false claims made by most hacking services (in their own words):
If you come across a site making claims as mentioned above, it is a clear sign of a scam service. To identify them more clearly, here is a list of additional signs that you can look for:
- We are a group of elite hackers working behind this site capable of cracking any password.
- We have found out a certain vulnerability in the Facebook or Gmail servers using which we crack the password.
- We use brute force approach to crack the password.
- After a long time of research and hard work, we have managed to develop a program that can crack any password with just a click of a button.
So, the bottom line is that, if you come across a website that seems too good to be true or show some signs as mentioned above, it is always a better choice to stay away from them.
- Even though some websites claim that their service is free, they demand users to take up an online survey in order to avail the service. In reality, these websites are created to earn money by forcing people to participate in a survey program.
- These websites accept payment only through services like Western Union and Money Gram but not via credit card. This is a clear sign of fraud as the money sent through these services cannot be tracked and refund cannot be claimed later.
2. Fake Hacking Tutorials:This is another type of scam that most teenagers fall victim for. This is because, most teenagers do not have enough money to afford the hacking services and hence go in search of free options and hacking tutorials that can easily get them the password they want. This is where the fake hacking tutorials come into play.This tutorial is designed cleverly to trick users and make them believe it is true. But, in reality, when someone follows the method prescribed in the tutorial, they lose their own password in attempt to hack someone else’s password. Here is a small example of how this fake tutorial goes:
Here is an easy way to hack any Gmail password. This method was revealed by a professional hacker to me which when tried was successful.
When you do this, the Gmail server gets confused and will send the target password to your inbox within the next few hours.
- Log in to your Gmail account and compose a new email.
- In the subject, type exactly as follows: “password retrieval”.
- In the body of the email, type your username followed by your password in the first line.
- Leave exactly 3 lines of gap and type in the target username that you want to hack. Then send this email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, let us carefully look at how the above trick works. This trick is designed intelligently by a noob hacker and is often posted on many forums and low quality websites. Here, the creator of this tutorial tells a lie to the people that there exists a bug in the Gmail system that can be exploited by using the tutorial. However, by following this trick, innocent victims are sending their own password to the hacker’s email address (email@example.com) and thus get trapped.
This is another type of scam that seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, most people would follow this trick and end up handing over their login details to an unknown person. If you’ve ever tried this method, it is a wise option to change your password immediately in order to prevent any further damage.