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Facebook Reportedly Tells Employees to Replace iPhones with Android Devices

Posted on 03 November 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Facebook has literally taken over the lives of many people who consume the social network for hours on end every day, and they don’t even realize it. As it turns out, Facebook wants to dictate to their employees on what smartphone they should also be using as they reportedly tell workers to replace their iPhones with cheap Android devices.

As with anything, there is reason to the rhyme, as such, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, said in an interview with Wired that company employees were asked to give up on their iPhones and start using Android phones. His reason for this is that they need to try out the Android Facebook app and optimize it for emerging markets, where Android is believed to have a larger market share than iOS.

The fanboys are going to have a field day with this news to come out of Facebook on both ends of the iPhone iOS and Android spectrum.

iPhones have undoubtedly had some major success in many markets across the globe. When it comes to emerging markets, ones that are steadily adopting the use of Facebook, iOS may not have such a grasp on the population where Android is the dominating platform for smartphones and other mobile devices. Facebook knows this all-to-well and is thriving on making the Facebook app for Android the best yet so that there is seamless transition for markets that Facebook looks to grow in.

“I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone,” Chris Cox is quoted as saying. “They can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”

The statement made by Chris Cox doesn’t necessary mandate that all employees should forget about the iOS version of the Facebook app. Facebook just has a plan to increase focus on Android and testing other methods that the public may access Facebook, such as through a slower 2G network.

Facebook is covering all angles with their growth, even with well over 1 billion estimated users. Sometimes giants want to have it all, and Facebook may just be the one to get it all.

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Alert: Bizarre Text Message Causing iPhones and iOS Devices to Crash and Reboot

Posted on 28 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Most people have concluded that Apple has run a tight ship in the aspect of keeping their iOS devices free of malware and potential security threats. However, there are several iOS devices crashing and rebooting all from a bizarre text message.

A bug in the current version of iOS was discovered by several Reddit users recently where a specialized text message can be sent and then cause a device running iOS to reboot. Basically, iPhones are susceptible to being remotely rebooted by receiving a text message that contains several Arabic characters.

In looking at the text message causing this issue on iOS devices, researchers find that the bug in iOS picks up on a specific line of text sent within iMessage or SMS. The techie folks at the Guardian attempted to replicate the bug through sending the particular text message and were only successful in one out of 50 attempts as the string that causes a reboot must be typed out in an exact fashion. This means if even one character or space is off, the mischievous text will not work to reboot the device.

Currently, there has not been a specific reason for the bug being used other than to be annoying and a laughable prank. Users of iOS devices who have experienced the issue are taking to social media, such as on Twitter and Facebook, to vent their frustrations and potentially wage the text message bug war on someone else. Yes, you too can crash another iOS device if you have the exact message ready to send to someone.

It is not the first time that a bug within iOS has caused similar issues on devices running the operating system. There have been bugs within third party apps in the past the allowed attackers to flood iOS devices with information to cause them to crash. During such a time, the Apple store removed the app and pretty much nipped the situation in the bud. With this text message iOS crashing situation, there will need to be a full update to iOS and Apple will be required to release an update to fix this bug. Until then, iPhones and other iOS devices receiving this bizarre text message will continue to crash and reboot.

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Android and iOS Versions of Superfish Apps Found to Have Device Tracking Capabilities

Posted on 27 February 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The Superfish program and web browser add-on has caused some major concerns for computer users as it has been identified to contain code that can track users on the mobile versions of the application.

Superfish was ousted recently as a malicious program for computers and mobile devices. Lenovo, one of the largest producers of personal computers, made the mistake of bundling the Superfish program with several of their new laptop computers shipped out between September 2014 and December 2014. Since the discovery of Superfish’s malicious actions of exploiting security certificates leading to attackers infiltrating personal data transmitted over the internet, mobile versions of Superfish were found to be just as dangerous.

Superfish in its mobile version for Android and iOS devices was found to have code that poses a risk by the Superfish root certificate allowing attackers to track users and gather transmitted data.

The Superfish app was originally designed to help users shop for furniture or items by taking pictures of desirables and uploading it so Superfish’s servers can identify the image. Computer security researchers have identified recent versions of Superfish to be quite the malicious program in its ability to disrupt security certificates and now expose mobile devices’ unique ID through EXIF data available in photos taken by the device.

There has been much of a debate about the tracking of cell phones and mobile devices over many years. Furthermore, malware programs designed for mobile devices have become extremely sophisticated to the point that tracking a device and data that it may transmit over the internet and networks is a commonplace event for advanced hackers. Through the use of the Superfish mobile app on Android and iOS devices, it seems information on those devices may be pulled and later sold or used by other hackers and cybercrooks.

Deep in the code of the Superfish app on the Android OS and within Superfish’s LikeThat feature on iOS devices, the malicious program may reveal Mac address, CPU frequency, display type and free space to others who are in tuned to collecting Superfish’s stolen information.

The tracking of a device using Superfish may also be another aspect that hackers can determine. Though it has not been fully explored or verified, Superfish could still be a basis for pulling information from mobile devices. Through GPS positioning abilities found in Superfish’s code, iOS devices that have location services enabled could allow others to track the device. On Android versions, the tracking features may not be fully active. However, the transmitting of a user’s position is present within their SFLocatioAPI class, which is another avenue that sneaky hackers could exploit.

In any instance of Superfish being found on a device of any kind, it should be removed. Use of Superfish could make a mobile device vulnerable to many issues, including being tracked or other data compromised.

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Google Play Store Finally Trumps Apple’s App Store In Total Number of Apps Available

Posted on 30 January 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Fans from either end of the mobile device operating system spectrum will always be in a perpetual debate about which one is the best when it comes to Apple’s iOS against Android. Earning Google’s Android operating system, a bonus point is the announcement that the Google Play store now has more apps than Apple’s App store.

Apple has for many years prided themselves with the massive sales figures of iOS devices and their much-talked-about number of app downloads from the App Store. According to appFigures, Android’s Google Play store now has over 1.43 million apps for devices running a version of Android. That is slightly more than Apple Store’s total of 1.21 million accounted for by the end of 2014.

Android’s flexible platform as allowed developers to create a wide array of apps catering to the mass market flooded with various devices that run the Android operating system. Looking at the landscape of iOS devices, Apple has a stronghold on what apps are approved and placed on the Apple Store, potentially slowing the growing number of apps to a certain point. Now, that point has been reached where the Google Play store is now retaining its dominance with the total number of apps.

Total number of Apps by App Store – Source: appFigures

The excitement of Android and the many onslaughts of Android devices has been a force to reckon with. This news is not all that surprising considering how Apple iOS devices are only limited to what Apple produces, those being iPhones, iPads and, well, that’s pretty much it. When it comes to Android there are is a plethora of devices from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, HP, and even Motorola. The Android landscape is just so vast.

In any given time, you are bound to see one of your friends, coworkers, or family sport a new device that runs some version of Android. Of course, the angry gorilla in the room remains to be the stability and security of Android apps as we have seen cases where there is a multitude of Android apps filled with malware or vulnerabilities. Moreover, Android apps are more susceptible to being unstable. iOS apps, on the other hand, have been through a quality check and are never released into the wild until they get the stamp of approval from Apple.

It was all bound to happen, Android was the turtle in the race against the infamous hare and the turtle has wised up from all of the hares “tricks” over the years with the help of clever mobile device manufacturers. With this news it is not to say Apple is in trouble by any means of being dominated by Android devices, it means that there is viable competition on a vast landscape that has many corners to claim.

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