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NFC could be exploited to allow hackers access to your phone

Don't let Charlie Miller stand too close to you. The former NSA analyst turned freelance hacker could be trying to seize control of your phone.

Miller set the Black Hat cybersecurity conference buzzing on Wednesday with a presentation showing off newly discovered vulnerabilities in "near field communications" features on Samsung and Nokia devices. NFC is a short-range wireless technology that's coming soon to all major smartphones. It's intended to let you beam content to nearby devices and use your phone as a mobile wallet, but it could also be a flashing neon target for hackers.

Miller's most startling demo involved completely taking over an Android phone by merely brushing a tag with an embedded NFC chip against it.

Edit: Apparently this is just a warning as the actual security holes seem to have been patched (I hadn't read the entire article).

The scenarios Miller showed off are spooky, but they're also far-fetched -- something even he admits. The Android attack exploited a bug that Google has already patched. Nokia's N9 sold poorly and runs an operating system that is being phased out.
NSMike wrote:

Hey, fellow Nexus 7 owners, have you noticed that the Nexus 7 is particularly picky about what USB cables will give it a charge? My Monoprice USB cables don't seem to work. A Seidio charging cable, a charger meant for my Galaxy Nexus, and the included cable are the only ones that seem to give it a charge for me.

I don't have one that won't, but like the iPad 3 it takes longer and acts like it's not charging on supplies that deliver a lower amperage.

NSMike wrote:

It's not the adapter, the Monprice cables apparently have a slightly shorter connector, not allowing it to form a proper connection. I found a few other cables in my arsenal that work. And I use 2.1 amp chargers, and I think the included one is only 2.0 amp. It still draws power from a standard USB connection, but it looks like it's just Monoprice's inexpensive cables, which work with everything else, are inadequate for this design.

Good to know.

General Crespin wrote:
NSMike wrote:

It's not the adapter, the Monprice cables apparently have a slightly shorter connector, not allowing it to form a proper connection. I found a few other cables in my arsenal that work. And I use 2.1 amp chargers, and I think the included one is only 2.0 amp. It still draws power from a standard USB connection, but it looks like it's just Monoprice's inexpensive cables, which work with everything else, are inadequate for this design.

Good to know. :)

Yeah, further testing proves this to be not 100% accurate. The Monoprice cables work on the correct type of power supply. I just happen to have an odd collection of power supplies, some that work, some that don't.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Hey, fellow Nexus 7 owners, have you noticed that the Nexus 7 is particularly picky about what USB cables will give it a charge? My Monoprice USB cables don't seem to work. A Seidio charging cable, a charger meant for my Galaxy Nexus, and the included cable are the only ones that seem to give it a charge for me.

I don't have one that won't, but like the iPad 3 it takes longer and acts like it's not charging on supplies that deliver a lower amperage.

That's what I've found, too. Even my 1A external phone battery/recharger thingy* charges it slowly, but the Nexus 7 gets all uppity and refuses to admit it's being charged. The official wall charger juices it up really fast.

[size=2]*That someone very nice gave me. (Nods toward Kurrelgyre.)[/size]

I'm having a great time with my 8GB Nexus 7. A few observations:

1) If you're looking for a puzzle/RPG, Puzzle Quest 2 is available. It's not as good as the first one, but it's still fun and has some impressive artwork (except for the cheesy character portraits). It looks nice on the Nexus 7. If you stick with one character class (I'm always a mage-type) you can save some scratch and only unlock one class for $1.99, which will still let you play through the entire game.
2) Do you need a cheap case for your Nexus 7, and are dizzied by the dozens of available cases? Check your local discount store. I found a case for $7.50 (made by icon) at Roses (kind of a poor-man's K-Mart) that looks decent and holds my 7 incher in a number of engaging positions. It will do until I find something I like better.
3) It's light enough to be comfortably used on a treadmill; while not as one-hand-friendly as my ipod touch it's still a great compromise.

Question: I don't understand the big deal about the voice assistant thing. It just seems to do a speech-to-text and plug it into a google search. The only mildly amusing thing I've seen it do is speak a weather forecast when asking for a temperature (out of curiosity, ask it "what's the temperature in wirtz, virginia?" - it never did understand the town name. I had to use a nearby town.) Does it do other cool stuff that isn't readily apparent?

Puce Moose wrote:

(kind of a poor-man's K-Mart)

I thought K-mart was the poor man's K-Mart.

MannishBoy wrote:
Puce Moose wrote:

(kind of a poor-man's K-Mart)

I thought K-mart was the poor man's K-Mart.

I was just going to say that.

If you saw my posts on Google+ today, you'll have seen the sequence of events that led up to this, but unfortunately I am now the proud new owner of a Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

tl;dr: My Droid Incredible decided it no longer needed a functioning micro USB port. Best Buy decided today was a good day to make the Galaxy Nexus free on contract.

I wanted to try out a GSM Nexus device on Straight Talk with no contracts, but unfortunately that is not to be this time around. I'm not upset, that's just life.:)

I make it sound like I'm heartbroken that I just HAD to run out and get a shiny new phone on the most expensive carrier around. I'm not, just cognizant of how I'm getting bent over the barrel and

Anyway, time to find a CM10 ROM to flash!

You guys are making K-Mart jokes when this is right there in the same sentence?

Puce Moose wrote:

holds my 7 incher in a number of engaging positions

pneuman wrote:

You guys are making K-Mart jokes when this is right there in the same sentence?

Puce Moose wrote:

holds my 7 incher in a number of engaging positions

Boggles the mind. Perhaps even Boogles it, though unpleasantly in my case.

Puce Moose wrote:

Question: I don't understand the big deal about the voice assistant thing. It just seems to do a speech-to-text and plug it into a google search. The only mildly amusing thing I've seen it do is speak a weather forecast when asking for a temperature (out of curiosity, ask it "what's the temperature in wirtz, virginia?" - it never did understand the town name. I had to use a nearby town.) Does it do other cool stuff that isn't readily apparent?

That's what it does for the most part. If you ask it certain things (like "What's the weather?" or "How do I get to ______?") it'll bring up a different app and may even respond vocally. That list of things will likely expand.

that looks decent and holds my 7 incher in a number of engaging positions.

That's what she...

First question!

If I go into airplane mode, lose service (on my commute VZW has a small dead zone), or disable/enable LTE (LTE at work but not where I live, so no point in leaving it enabled) it seems to take way longer to reconnect than seems proper, on the order of 20-30 seconds before 3G returns. Is this normal?

Also, if I disable/enable LTE while I'm on wifi, anything currently consuming bits gets interrupted. I noticed this because I have AndChat running all the time and it always disconnects and reconnects when LTE is turned on or off even though AFAIK everything is using wifi since, you know, I'm connected to wifi! Is that also normal?

Welcome to the evils of Verizon 4G LTE, where they, for some reason, decided to mix CDMA with a SIM card. Every time something changes in those settings, the phone has to reauthenticate. That's what's causing your lag time.

NSMike wrote:

Welcome to the evils of Verizon 4G LTE, where they, for some reason, decided to mix CDMA with a SIM card. Every time something changes in those settings, the phone has to reauthenticate. That's what's causing your lag time.

I thought it was the LTE that they used a SIM for. I think a SIM is optional with LTE. Verizon uses them, Sprint doesn't in their LTE.

I think Verizon is using this as a stepping stone to moving full LTE somewhere down the road where they won't need the MEIDs from CDMA.

http://briefmobile.com/sprint-to-hav...

I think they all have SIMs, just implemented differently.

Anybody ever seen a bug where an app calls for a number keyboard, and no matter which keyboard is set up as default input method, when you start entering numbers they just repeat until the input field is full?

Working on something for work and came across this on my EVO. It's running Cynagenmod 7.2. Doesn't happen on the wife's Nexus S 4G, and I've never seen it in any other apps (including a browser based version of the same site).

So my iPhone 3G lasted about 4 years but it's on its last legs now and I'm thinking about trying out an Android phone. Anyone have any insight into the HTC One X vs the Samsung Galaxy S III?

billt721 wrote:

So my iPhone 3G lasted about 4 years but it's on its last legs now and I'm thinking about trying out an Android phone. Anyone have any insight into the HTC One X vs the Samsung Galaxy S III?

I kept meaning to ask the very same question, but I kept getting distracted by all the kitten and dog pictures. I'd be upgrading from an iPhone 4. My only experience with the Android OS is CM7 running on my Nook Color.

I've not got either, but have considered both for my next phone. I'd personally go with the Samsung for the replaceable battery option and upgradable memory. I love the ability to swap a battery on a long day away from chargers, and I've upgraded my EVO from the stock 8GB microSD to 16GB, and recently to 32GB.

I might be convinced not to worry about memory if the stock memory is high enough, but I won't have a phone without replaceable batteries until the phones can actually be run for days without charging. And I don't see that happening any time soon.

Yeah the changeable battery helped sway me to the Galaxy Nexus. I thought 32GB of internal memory might not be enough, but so far it's working great. I just stream my mp3s from amazon and never have to take up space.

billt721 wrote:

Anyone have any insight into the HTC One X vs the Samsung Galaxy S III?

The SIII is awesome.

I haven't had a long term play with the One X to give you a real comparison, but when I had a go on one in the store it didn't feel quite as nice/responsive. My extensive review reading prior to purchase suggested that the differences are quite minor (e.g., One X slightly nicer screen, S3 slightly better performance).

I keep forgetting about the battery on the One X. The storage issue would probably get on my nerves since I am constantly deleting apps, music and pictures on my iPhone to make room for new stuff. I've heard that the build quality and the screen is better on the One X though.

S3 all the way.
Battery access and expandable memory.

The screen is awesome and the whole experience is smooth as silk.
Apparently they are working on Jelly Bean as we speak and it is supposed to make things even better.

So localized images in Google Now are a thing. I know it's not a big deal, but I've hoped since the beginning for this. Hopefully the Great Lakes state will get something nice.

Razr Maxx. Beautiful phone and you won't have to change the battery out

Nevin73 wrote:

NFC could be exploited to allow hackers access to your phone

Don't let Charlie Miller stand too close to you. The former NSA analyst turned freelance hacker could be trying to seize control of your phone.

Miller set the Black Hat cybersecurity conference buzzing on Wednesday with a presentation showing off newly discovered vulnerabilities in "near field communications" features on Samsung and Nokia devices. NFC is a short-range wireless technology that's coming soon to all major smartphones. It's intended to let you beam content to nearby devices and use your phone as a mobile wallet, but it could also be a flashing neon target for hackers.

Miller's most startling demo involved completely taking over an Android phone by merely brushing a tag with an embedded NFC chip against it.

Edit: Apparently this is just a warning as the actual security holes seem to have been patched (I hadn't read the entire article).

The scenarios Miller showed off are spooky, but they're also far-fetched -- something even he admits. The Android attack exploited a bug that Google has already patched. Nokia's N9 sold poorly and runs an operating system that is being phased out.

Couldn't you turn off NFC when it's not in use and eliminate the problem? I do the same thing with bluetooth and wifi to save battery anyway.

Yep, it has an on/off switch like everything else.

I thought Nokia N9 sold okay, and Lumias actually sold pretty well -- it's just that Nokia is barely making any money on them.