Monday, February 28, 2011

LG Optimus 2X hits Europe in March, will get Gingerbread upgrade

LG Optimus 2X

LG has announced that the Optimus 2X -- the world's first (but no longer only) dual-core Android smartphone -- will be hitting Europe in March. Neither carriers nor countries were announced, and no exact date was given. The phone launched in Korea in late January and will be known as the Optimus Speed in Germany. No U.S. availability has been announced.

The Optimus 2X currently runs Android 2.2 Froyo but is upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, LG says. You can check out our hands-on with the LG Optimus 2X here. Full presser is after the break.

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Last major holdout, Random House, coming to iBooks?

Last major holdout, Random House, coming to iBooks?
Last major holdout, Random House, coming to iBooks? Random House will be adopting the Apple and iBooks-centric 70/30 “agency model” tomorrow, the day before Apple’s iPad 2 event on Wednesday. “The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms,” Random House said in a statement. “We are making this change both as an investment in [...]

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Last major holdout, Random House, coming to iBooks?

Random House will be adopting the Apple and iBooks-centric 70/30 “agency model” tomorrow, the day before Apple’s iPad 2 event on Wednesday.

“The agency model guarantees a higher margin for retailers than did our previous sales terms,” Random House said in a statement. “We are making this change both as an investment in the successful digital transition of our existing partners and in order to give us the opportunity to forge new retail relationships.”

Coincidence or a sign the iBooks catalog might soon be a little less sparse?

[LA Times]

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Apple's Tim Cook hints at cheaper iPhone, prepaid possibilities to come?

Apple COO Tim Cook got all buddy-buddy with Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi this week, talking about Apple's business strategy -- nothing out of the ordinary there -- but this morning, that analyst decided to publicly paraphrase an intriguing part of the interview. Guess what? It sounds like a cheaper iPhone may indeed be in the cards:
While Tim stopped short of explicitly stating that Apple would pursue a lower price iPhone, he did state that Apple was working hard to "figure out" the prepaid market and that Apple didn't want its products to be "just for the rich," but "for everyone"; he also stated that Apple "understood price is big factor in the prepaid market" and that the company was "not ceding any market." Cook noted that Apple executives - including himself - had spent "huge energy" in China, noting that it is "a classic prepaid market." He further noted that the handset distribution model was poorly constructed and that Apple would look to "innovate" and do "clever" things in addressing that market.
As you can see, there aren't any statements of fact here, just some general strategy ideas, but if Apple indeed plans to put an iPhone in every pot, it would be helpful if it didn't have to rely on the carrier subsidy model.

Apple's Tim Cook hints at cheaper iPhone, prepaid possibilities to come? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected (updated)

LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected (updated)
Mike Cardwell, the Stallmanite who recently discovered a fantastically covert way of working out which Web services you're currently logged in to, has found a nasty XSS vulnerability in the LastPass password manager. The cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability not only allows nefarious types to see which sites you've recently logged in to, but it also provides access your email address and password reminder.

First off: don't worry. Cardwell reported the vulnerability to LastPass before writing it up, and it has since been fixed. We're not sure if the fix has propagated out to the Chrome and Firefox add-ons -- but we have to assume that Cardwell wouldn't have written his blog post if the vulnerability still existed.

With that said, you should still be more than a little concerned about the fundamental architecture of LastPass as an in-the-cloud password manager. While this cross-site scripting attack was fixed quickly, Cardwell thinks a similar attack "could easily happen again in future."

Beyond being susceptible to XSS attacks, LastPass doesn't even use HSTS, which means that man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks are also rather easy to pull off.

It's very hard for us to recommend LastPass as a password manager when further vulnerabilities will almost certainly be found. For the time being, you should check out KeePass, an offline password manager that, for now, is a lot more secure than LastPass.

Update: LastPass has now implemented HSTS and a few other features to make their website and browser add-ons a lot harder to attack in the future. Hooray!

[Thanks to Brad for the tip!]

LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected (updated) originally appeared on Download Squad on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected (updated)

Mike Cardwell, the Stallmanite who recently discovered a fantastically covert way of working out which Web services you're currently logged in to, has found a nasty XSS vulnerability in the LastPass password manager. The cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability not only allows nefarious types to see which sites you've recently logged in to, but it also provides access your email address and password reminder.

First off: don't worry. Cardwell reported the vulnerability to LastPass before writing it up, and it has since been fixed. We're not sure if the fix has propagated out to the Chrome and Firefox add-ons -- but we have to assume that Cardwell wouldn't have written his blog post if the vulnerability still existed.

With that said, you should still be more than a little concerned about the fundamental architecture of LastPass as an in-the-cloud password manager. While this cross-site scripting attack was fixed quickly, Cardwell thinks a similar attack "could easily happen again in future."

Beyond being susceptible to XSS attacks, LastPass doesn't even use HSTS, which means that man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks are also rather easy to pull off.

It's very hard for us to recommend LastPass as a password manager when further vulnerabilities will almost certainly be found. For the time being, you should check out KeePass, an offline password manager that, for now, is a lot more secure than LastPass.

Update: LastPass has now implemented HSTS and a few other features to make their website and browser add-ons a lot harder to attack in the future. Hooray!

[Thanks to Brad for the tip!]

LastPass XSS vulnerability found, website and browser add-ons affected (updated) originally appeared on Download Squad on Sun, 27 Feb 2011 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, February 28

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, February 28
Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you! Jenga: Now with Gyroscope support! [$0.99 - iTunes link] LastStandStan: Take control of [...]

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Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Jenga: Now with Gyroscope support! [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • LastStandStan: Take control of Stan (STatic Alien Neutraliser) to defend the last Po’Trubian world from the evil Sleevils! [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • SolidState: Control the music on one iOS device with another iOS device or from your Mac. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

  • League of Evil: This fantastic little platformer received a huge update that includes story chapters and “impossible missions”. [$1.99 - iTunes link]

Any other big apps or game releases or updates today? If you pick any of these up, let us know what you think!

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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview

Apple announced Mac OS X Lion with considerable fanfare at its Back to the Mac event last October, and now it's dropped the first developer preview on the world -- giving us a chance to sample some of the big cat's new features and UI concepts. We installed the dev build on one of our MacBook Pros and used it over the weekend, and while we won't be able to see any huge changes in day-to-day workflow until our favorite apps are updated to take advantage of Lion, we did see plenty of interesting system-level features and additions -- and yes, iOS's influence is all over the place. Read on for a full breakdown of what's new!

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Mac OS X Lion hands-on preview originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chomp aims to make finding Android apps easier

Chomp aims to make finding Android apps easier

When speaking of Android applications, one thing that always seems to ring true for new and old users is that the Android Market does very little in the way of helping users find new apps. Although some changes have been made recently to the UI and structure of the Android Market, finding the right app to suit your needs still remains a bit of a task. The ability to discover new apps just isn't quite where it should be for most users, and that's why we do lots of software reviews and share the apps we're using with you all.

Our reviews won't stop, nor is the Android Market is likely to change overnight. And so, the folks from Chomp have stepped in and released their app discovery service to Android users. Chomp allows users to seek out Android apps in what may or not be a better layout depending on your tastes. Given that it is available as a free download, it'll do no harm in checking it out if you're having troubles finding new apps for your device. Download and video are available after the break. [TechCrunch]

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