Saturday, November 12, 2011

[Video] Android 4.0 Face Unlock feature defeated using a photo

Face Unlock, a new security feature within Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich Android update that allows handset owners to unlock their device using Android’s face recognition capabilities, appears to suffer from an issue that will allow a photo the handset owner to unlock a device, a new video posted to suggests.

Google hints at a Music Store launch at its Nov 16th event

After months and months of expectation, it looks like Google is finally ready to unveil its new Google Music Store, which is said to have a deep integration with its new social network, Google+.

Motorola Droid RAZR Gets Working Root Method – Here's How It's Done

Undeterred by the fact that the 1-click root method available for other Motorola devices doesn't work for the retail version of Verizon's Droid RAZR, the Android community has once again liberated the latest addition to the Droid family. 

Samsung Galaxy S II overclocked to 1.6 GHz destroys benchmarks, nearly 7800 in Quadrant

WOW is all I have to say. We see benchmarks almost daily between custom ROM’s, new versions of Android, and devices that have beefed up or new dual-core processors. What we have today is the popular and widely known standard Bell Galaxy S II that has been tweaked, hacked, and manhandled to achieve one of the highest Quadrant benchmark tests we’ve ever seen. All the details on this crazy overclock and high performing kernel can be found below.

Google acquires Katango and Apture to enhance Google+, Chrome

It's often the case in Silicon Valley that companies are tight-lipped when it comes to acquisition details. Google's most recent purchases prove to be an exception: the folks in Mountain View seemingly knew just what they wanted from start-ups Katango and Apture when they broke out the company checkbook. 

Send stories from Google Reader to Google+ with the new Share button

As a subscription-loving and RSS feed collecting media nerd of sorts, I tend to stick with Google Reader for my daily blog post diet. It’s a simple tool that seems to work flawlessly with most sites I happen to visit regularly, so this new update comes as a welcome and most-anticipated feature.

Yahoo set to boost Android in Japan with app store launch in 2012

Android is poised to receive a significant boost in Japan after Yahoo revealed plans to build a dedicated app store for the Google mobile operating system next year, according a report from Japanese tech blog Asiajin.

Consumer Reports: iPhone 4S is OK, but can’t beat Android

Apple earned itself a black eye during the antenna debacle after the iPhone 4′s launch, leading the highly respected Consumer Reports to recommend against purchasing the ubiquitous smartphone. (They didn’t think they were holding it wrong.) Apple’s solved its reception issues for the most part, and Consumer Reports has responded in kind, recommending the iPhone 4S to their readers – but not above high-end Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola DROID BIONIC. The put-down is another blow for Apple, which continues to trail behind Android in market share.

Colombia fail to beat Venezuela in World Cup qualifier

Colombia dropped two valuable points in their bid to reach Brazil 2014 Friday after letting slip a one-goal lead against neighbors Venezuela on a rain-soaked night in Barranquilla.