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Fix for critical Qualcomm chip flaw is making its way to Android devices

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Makers of high-end Android devices are responding to the discovery of a Qualcomm chip flaw that researchers say could be exploited to partially backdoor about a third of the world’s smartphones. The vulnerability, discovered by researchers from security firm Check Point Research, resides in Qualcomm’s Mobile Station Modem, a system of […]

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Dell patches a 12-year-old privilege escalation vulnerability

Enlarge / At least three companies have reported the dbutil_2_3.sys security problems to Dell over the past two years. (credit: Blogtrepreneur via Flickr) Yesterday, infosec research firm SentinelLabs revealed 12-year-old flaws in Dell’s firmware updater, DBUtil 2.3. The vulnerable firmware updater has been installed by default on hundreds of millions of Dell systems since 2009. The five […]

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Google tries to resurrect Android tablets with “Entertainment Space”

Entertainment Space. It’s like Google TV, but for your tablet. Google just remembered that Android tablets exist, and the company has announced “Entertainment Space,” a new, tablet-exclusive interface that the company says is “a one-stop, personalized home for all your favorite movies, shows, videos, games and books.” Google’s blog post is vague about the details […]

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AirTag review: They work great—maybe a little too great

Apple’s AirTag. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Apple’s AirTag is not a revolutionary new product. Rather, it’s a significant refinement of an idea that, up until now, has been fairly niche. It works very, very well, but it works so well it seems to undermine Apple’s attempts to focus its products on privacy and security. We […]