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Wednesday Evening Links
by Revcb 07:22PM Wednesday Dec 19 2012

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Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT

Patent office rejects Apple's 'pinch-to-zoom' claim

»www.washingtonpost.com/business/···ory.html

I wonder how many more patents the USPTO is going to reject.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Samsung May Be "World's biggest handset maker," but...

They may also be the maker of the most exploitable handsets. These are all recent, major issues with Samsung handsets and tablets:

Support Galaxy S3 crashing when copying text to clipboard

That bug affects all Samsung tablets and handsets running ICS or JB, and, as one developer noted, may introduce a security vulnerability. (This is the one that made me start looking into Samsung's customer service and product track record.)

Samsung Exynos 4 Exploit Discovered: Root And Full Access To RAM Possible In A Single App

Essentially any app can root many Samsung handsets and tablets without the user being any the wiser. Samsung has promised a fix "soon."

This is a good one:

‘The “Superbrick” Nightmare’ Or How Samsung Screwed All Galaxy Note Owners

Imagine: A brand-new, allegedly state-of-the-art device, you get an update, do a factory reset (for whatever reason) and find your new device is hopelessly and irretrievably bricked. Wow.

And, lastly:

Major security vulnerability in some Samsung phones could trigger factory reset via web page

You visit a particular web page, your phone factory resets, and there goes all your stuff. Cool

I don't know... I think I'd think twice before buying any Samsung mobile devices in the near future. Their hardware may be great, but their software quality appears to leave a lot to be desired.

Jim