Apple's iOS 6.1.3 update set to kill evasi0n untethered jailbreak

The iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 upgrade evasi0n not work with Apple, according to one of the developers behind the untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and the new iOS devices.

Last beta of Apple, the company started pushing iOS developers last week, one of the five patches errors evasi0n jailbreak exploits, evasi0n creator David Wang told Forbes.
“If a vulnerability is not working, evasi0n not work,” said Wang
“We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] probably solve most if not all the mistakes that we used when 6.1.3 comes out.”
Apple Bane in the untethered jailbreak three weeks old, does not mean that this is the end of the Cydia jailbreak store or custom software on iOS devices.

Wang told Forbes that his team “evad3rs” found other errors in the iOS platform, in addition to the aforementioned five exploits, and could build a brand new jailbreak based on them.
Yes, change Apple looks set to be the last update in the ongoing game of cat and mouse between the Cupertino company and the jailbreak community.
As the first untethered jailbreak iOS 6, was downloaded 270,000 times evasi0n as soon as it was launched. He continued to break records with nearly 7 million downloads in the next four days.
As avid users of Cydia is to avoid updating the iOS 6.1.3 patch may be essential for other security-oriented iPhone and iPad users.
Besides patching one of five exploits used by jailbreak untethered evasi0n, the iOS 6.1.3 update is set to fix the bug lockscreen persistent.
Although Apple knew about this bug lockscreen before released iOS 6.1.2 update, users can bypass the lockscreen not so sure, not going to the “need” four-digit password.
Again, the benefits of a jailbroken iOS device comes with giving up a little security.

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Rhino Shield makes Corning Gorilla glass up to five times stronger


Corning Gorilla Glass does a good job of keeping smartphones relatively safe from bumps and scratches typical, but since it is very common to hear about cracked screens, obviously there is much room for improvement. Hoping to provide an advance, two students from the University of Cambridge entrepreneurs have a new product that supposedly increases the impact resistance of Gorilla Glass for a maximum of five times. Call Rhino Shield, the new screen saver installed on the top of the screen of your smartphone and its special blend of patent-pending polymers gives your device extra protection from bumps, scratches and fingerprints. Although there are many screensavers all, the developers say Rhino Shield is unique because it has spread and impact cushioning layers that help diffuse blows against a device. In the video demonstration of the device (embedded below), Rhino Shield is shown save the iPhone direct blows with a hammer and other tools, which stops the device which would be a fatal fall on concrete, and shrugs the impact of a metal ball bearing 255g falling from 48 cm, while the Gorilla Glass 2 headset equipped unprotected broken after being beaten by the ball bearing of the same only 9 cm. As additional layers have not found in other similar products, Shield Rhino is a little thicker than half screen saver versus about 0.015cm to 0.020cm 0.028cm. That extra ~ 0.010cm probably worthwhile and developers (who call themselves “Evolutionary Labs”) say Rhino Shield is only three times thicker than a sheet of paper and remains very clear, although we have not seen any specifics about clarity. As with many startups lately, Evolutionary Labs has become Kickstarter for funding. So far, 256 supporters have pledged a total of £ 4,074 and the team needs another £ 45,926 in the next 27 days to meet its target of £ 50,000. Evolutionary Labs says it is ready for mass production and funding, should be able to send Rhino Shield in April. There are different levels of donation with shields many smartphones and tablets great.

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Ubuntu dev preview for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 coming next week

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In January, Canonical teased a version of the Ubuntu software for Galaxy Nexus smartphones would be released sometime in February. The new operating system was announced just before CES, revealing Canonical’s intent to bring the full range of desktop capabilities to compatible smartphones. Canonical has primarily used the Galaxy Nexus as its test device thus far, and it wasn’t that shocking to learn a developer version of Ubuntu would be handed out so soon. However, the developer just revealed a version of Ubuntu for Nexus 4 would arrive with the Galaxy Nexus edition, which comes as a bit of a nice surprise. Set to arrive on Feb. 21, the touch developer preview of Ubuntu for both Nexus smartphones will provide images and open source code for more savvy users to mess around with while they wait for a completed version. The idea is to give Ubuntu enthusiasts and developers a chance to see what the OS has to offer, and give an early lead on potential app creation for the smartphone software.Canonical will also release tools to help users flash their existing devices to the developer preview, which would allow them to stay up to date with the most current version.Attendees of Mobile World Congress can bring their Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones to the Canonical booth, where the developer will flash the devices themselves.Additionally at MWC, Canonical will have a variety of Ubuntu devices on display (including a possible tablet), though the actual proprietary phones aren’t expected to arrive until October.”Our platform supports a wide range of screen sizes and resolutions. Developers who have experience bringing up phone environments will find it relatively easy to port Ubuntu to current handsets,” said Canonical’s Pat McGowan in a statement. “We look forward to adding support for additional devices for everyday testing and experimentation. “The group has also created downloadable app design guidelines, giving potential developers the power to create for the full range of Ubuntu platforms. Though iOS and Android have dominated the market thus far, there’s plenty of room for a possible third option as Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 have yet to assert themselves in the marketplace. Whether that OS is Ubutnu will largely depend on how quickly and easily users are able to assimilate the open source software.

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Apple and Samsung sold half of all smartphones in 2012, Huawei third

The latest mobile phone report from Gartner shows that for the first time since 2009, overall handset sales dropped due to weak demand for low-cost feature phones. But where feature phones faltered in 2012, smartphones had a very strong year lead by handsets from Apple and Samsung. Sales to end users totaled 1.75 billion for 2012 which was a 1.7 percent decline from the year before. In the fourth quarter alone, feature phone sales were down 19.3 percent year over year. Smartphones sales, on the other hand, were up 38.3 percent over the same period in 2011 but it still wasn’t enough to make up the overall deficit.

We are told that tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide market last year. The research firm expects feature phone sales to continue to fall through 2013 with overall sales to reach an estimated 1.9 billion units. Together, the top two handset makers were responsible for 52 percent of the global smartphone sales. Gartner says Samsung finished on top which isn’t a huge surprise. What was a surprise, however, is the fact that Huawei had a solid fourth quarter that helped catapult them to the third overall position among smartphone vendors. For 2012, the company managed to sell 27.2 million smartphones – up 73.8 percent from 2011. That growth is likely to continue through this year as Huawei announced two smartphones at CES last month that are already gaining a lot of attention, the Ascend D2 and Mate.

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A Smarter Future, Thanks to Sensors

At this year’s CES, I was fascinated by the plethora of new wearable health devices that can track info like steps taken, quantity and quality of sleep, calories burned, pulse rate, and even mood. Last year at CES, 24 booths were dedicated to these sorts of gadgets but this year there were 75 booths.


And what do most of these products have in common? They have sensors in them that monitor various activities and send that related data to a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

When I think about sensors, a scene from The Graduate springs to mind in which Mr. McGuire offers advice to Ben, the graduate, at his graduation party. “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word,” Mr. McGuire says. “Are you listening? Plastics.” He goes on to inform Ben that there is a great future in plastics and it is worth investing in. Well these days, that word is “sensors.”

I’m a great example because for the last six months, I have been wearing several of these health devices. Following my triple bypass operation last June, my son bought me a Nike+ FuelBand $149.95 at Apple Store to help monitor my recovery progress. He didn’t know that my wife also bought me a Fitbit One $96.40 at Amazon. Then, my doctor suggested I get a watch that tracks my pulse in real time, a stat that helps to readjust my heart and blood pressure medication dosages given my weight loss. When on the treadmill, I also use Bodymedia’s Fit Core armband $99.99 at Amazon to track my physical activity level. One key to my recovery is walking at least 10,000 steps each day. Two of the three devices that I regularly wear count my steps and alert me if I don’t get to that number each day. I also need to get a lot more sleep as part of the healing process, so I bought the new Jawbone UP $129.95 at Apple Store wristband that tracks my sleep patterns.

Now I admit I look odd wearing all four monitoring devices, but at least for the time being, given my heightened awareness of various health factors, I am committed to using all of them. The good news is that they are somewhat stylish and unobtrusive and as my health improves, I will ideally only need one of these monitoring devices to keep me motivated.

And it seems that I’m not the only one buying up these devices. My company’s early research suggests mobile medical monitoring will be a very big market and mobile devices will play a key role in managing the data we need to track our health.

Sensors connected to our mobile devices are becoming more important in other realms of our lives as well. Take the Nest Learning Thermostat $249.95 at Apple Store, created by former Apple exec Tony Fadell. This thermostat has multiple sensors that can regulate temperature, control the heater or air conditioning, and remotely monitor settings via a mobile app. There are also a lot of new home security systems coming from big name providers like ADT and FrontPoint Security that use wireless sensors on doors and windows for surveillance, which you can arm and disarm them using a mobile app. Even cable companies are getting into this; Comcast now has a similar sensor-based system in which cameras let users peer into their home and check things out when they’re out. And it doesn’t stop there; my car has at least 50 various sensors to monitor everything from temperature to tire pressure.

Last time I was in Tokyo, someone showed me a very intriguing tea kettle with a sensor that connects to the home’s Wi-Fi system. For the life of me, I could not guess why someone would put a sensor on a tea kettle. It turns out that in Japan, tea is taken by the elderly at least three times a day, so when the tea kettle is heated and lifted off the stove, it sends a signal to a relative’s smartphone to indicate that the elder is active. I realize this is a culturally-driven application, but it shows the potential for sensors on all types of devices.

If you want to get a better handle on how sensors are increasingly impacting the world around you and its mobile links, just look for anything that has the word “smart” in front of it. For example, “smart parking” refers to the monitoring of parking spaces available. “Smart lighting” mostly refers to sensor-based controls for home lighting that can be controlled from smartphones. There are even “smart toilets,” which I won’t even try to explain but I can say from personal experience that they are very interesting. If you trigger the wrong sensor, you could get a surprise.

About 30 to 40 percent of all smartphones have sensors in them, too—most commonly accelerometers, compasses, gyroscopes, optical sensors, and touch sensors. By 2015, my company predicts that well over 80 percent of all smartphones will have sensors, and that number might be conservative.

Even though many smartphones have various sensors that developers can tap into, we estimate that less than five percent of apps created actually take advantage of them. The main reason is that it is difficult for developers to navigate the dozens of sensor vendors, sensor product lines, and application tools. Also, many OEMs make their own decisions about how a sensor should respond to variables that can influence the design of the app itself. This is especially true within the Android community because the variety of sensors OEMs use in their handsets has little standardization and common tools. On the other hand, Apple documents its sensors well and all of its devices use the same sensors, making it a bit easier for developers to write apps for iOS.

There is a real need for standardization to allow creativity in sensors to go forward. It is vital that developers create common APIs that will support basic sensor functions and also allow OEMs to introduce proprietary enhancements that can add value. We also must standardize the way the sensors interact with each other and can compliment themselves in order to drive more innovation in mobile devices.

So I have one word for you—just one word: sensors. In the near future, sensors will become ubiquitous. They will play an increasingly important role in our hospitals, homes, cars, work, recreation, and education and I believe they are a disruptive technology that will drive the next generation of mobile innovation.


Samsung: We’ve sold 100 million Galaxy S smartphones

Samsung’s Galaxy S series smartphones have crossed the threshold of 100 million sales.

According to Samsung’s Tomorrow Flickr page, its flagship Galaxy S series has managed to surpass that mark in 2 years and 7 months since the launch of the first Galaxy smartphone in May 2010.

In addition, the firm says that the Galaxy S3 is selling “at [a] much faster rate,” smashing through the 1 million barrier in 50 days. Sales of the flagship Galaxy S3 reached 30 million units in 5 months, and 40 million in 7 months, with average daily sales of about 190,000 units. The Galaxy S2 is described as a steady bet after recording sales of over 40 million in 20 months.

Samsung calls the Galaxy series “the driving force” behind the electronics maker’s “rise to the top” in the global smartphone market. The firm has estimated that overall sales will reach 56 trillion won ($52.6 billion) in its fourth-quarter results, to be announced on January 25.

It is undeniable that the Galaxy series is popular. According to new research, a number of the younger generation — Generation Y, if you will — are branding Samsung phones”cool” in comparison to Apple’s offerings. If Samsung products are the ones to own these days, then the recently announced Galaxy S2 Plus, complete with Android’s Jelly Bean operating system, might be the next model in line to surpass the company’s sales records.

 This news follows a number of announcements made by the South Korean company at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, including Youm flexible displays and a new eight-core processor for mobile devices.