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An Obscure App Flaw Creates Backdoors In Millions of Smartphones

FOR HACKERS, SCANNING for an open “port”—a responsive, potentially vulnerable internet connection on a would-be victim’s machine—has long been one of the most basic ways to gain a foothold in a target company or agency. As it turns out, thanks to a few popular but rarely studied apps, plenty of smartphones have open ports, too. And those little-considered connections can just as easily give hackers access to tens of millions of Android devices.

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Report: Samsung to Issue ‘Unprecedented’ Recall of Note 7 Amid Explosion Fears

After reports emerged on social media of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exploding when charged, the company announced on Wednesday that it was delaying shipments of its new flagship device for “additional tests being conducted for product quality.” Now, it seems the smartphone maker is taking more drastic measures, with South Korean media reporting that Samsung plans to issue a worldwide recall in “less than a week.”

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GOOGLE IS BUILDING A NEW OPEN-SOURCE OPERATING SYSTEM FOR PHONES AND COMPUTERS

Google has already made the world’s most popular operating system: More than 80 percent of the world’s smartphones run Android. Just last year, Android phones made up 54 percent of all smartphones, tablets, and PCs shipped, according to Gartner.

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Vulnerability Exposes 900M Android Devices—and Fixing Them Won’t Be Easy

THE LATEST ANDROID vulnerability to fret about isn’t limited to any particular device, or any specific firmware version. That’s because it doesn’t start with Android at all, but with Qualcomm, the company that provides internal components for hardware manufacturers. Lots of them. In this case, 900 million Android smartphones with Qualcomm inside are at risk, and fixing them will be no easy task.

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8 Tricks to Take Better Photos With Your Phone

In the never-ending quest for great mobile photos, it can be tempting to ditch the camera app that comes with your phone for something far more advanced and exotic. However, if you know what you’re doing, you can get some high-quality results from the default camera app on your iPhone or Android device—and here’s how.

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