Android phones rooted by “most serious” Linux escalation bug ever

Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10/25/16 New rooting technique is believed to work against every version. There’s a new method for rooting Android devices that’s believed to work reliably on every version of the mobile operating system and a wide array of hardware. Individuals can use it to bypass limitations imposed by manufacturers or carriers, but […]

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Posted on October 25, 2016 at 2:13 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google warns of Android flaw that lets attackers hijack phones

Jon Fingas, Engadget, 3/22/16 The root exploit is in the wild now, but fixes are on the way. Rooting (that is, using a security flaw to gain control over an operating system) is a staple of the Android enthusiast world, but it’s also used by would-be attackers… and Google just offered a textbook example of […]

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Posted on March 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Converged PC and smartphone is the future, says Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth

Tim Anderson, The Register, 3/15/16 Though ‘it’s hard to see’, adds Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, told The Register that converged devices – phones that can also be PCs – are the future of personal computing. Shuttleworth was at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week, where Ubuntu exhibited to show off […]

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Posted on March 15, 2016 at 8:56 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux

Tim Anderson, The Register, 2/29/16 Move over Continuum: No customers yet, but Intel’s ready and waiting MWC16 Intel is showing what it calls “Big Screen Experience” at Mobile World Congress, an Android smartphone which runs a full Linux desktop when plugged into an external display. The concept is broadly similar to Microsoft’s Continuum for Windows […]

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Posted on February 29, 2016 at 8:40 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Google denies Linux flaw is a serious Android security issue

Steve Dent, Engadget, 1/22/16 The search giant released a patch anyway, though. Red Hat and security company Perception Point recently revealed a Linux flaw they say could affect servers, PCs and up to 66 percent of Android phones on the market. The vulnerability directly affects the OS’s kernel, and could give attackers a way to […]

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Posted on January 22, 2016 at 8:17 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Linux bug imperils tens of millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones

Dan Goodin, ArsTechnica, 1/22/16 Vulnerability allows restricted users and apps to gain unfettered root access. For almost three years, millions of servers and smaller devices running Linux have been vulnerable to attacks that allow an unprivileged app or user to gain nearly unfettered root access. Major Linux distributors are expected to fix the privilege escalation […]

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Posted on January 22, 2016 at 8:14 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ubuntu aims for true convergence across devices in 2016

Paul Hill, NeoWin, 1/1/16 It seems Canonical – Ubuntu’s parent company – may achieve it its convergence goal in the new year. The move will allow you to get the same experience of Ubuntu whether on PC, tablet or phone. This will likely mean apps, too, will become cross-platform. The news came from Ubuntu’s Google+ […]

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Posted on January 1, 2016 at 9:04 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Linux smartphones took a serious step back in 2015

Bryan Lunduke, Network World, 12/11/15 After a disappointing year, where do we stand with Linux smartphones? 2015 was such a hopeful year for Linux on smartphones. At the beginning of the year, there was so much hope for what could be. The promise of Ubuntu Touch being available on shipping devices was alluring. FirefoxOS phones […]

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Posted on December 11, 2015 at 8:59 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Canonical Kills Desktop Ubuntu Software Center, Focuses on Mobile Apps

Christopher Tozzi, TheVarGuy, 8/28/15 Ubuntu Linux developers plan to focus efforts on transactionally updated software in Snappy Core, shifting away from the Ubuntu Software Center in Canonical’s open source OS. Desktop apps stores are dead, and their mobile-oriented equivalents are the future. That’s the message from Canonical, which has quietly made clear that it intends […]

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Posted on August 28, 2015 at 8:18 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Plasma Phone OS, another Linux based smartphone operating system

It Runs on Linux, 7/29/15 Linux on your Smartphone does exists for years with Android, Tizen, Sailfish OS and Ubuntu. Now there is Plasma Phone OS. Today the developers from KDE Plasma Mobile anounced their latest project, named after their Linux desktop environment. KDE Plasma Phone OS According to the KDE Plasma Mobile developers; Plasma […]

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Posted on July 29, 2015 at 8:35 am by lesliemanzara · Permalink · Leave a comment
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