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Android hacker Koush makes mobile internet tethering undetectable by carriers

Android hacker Koush makes mobile internet tethering undetectable by carriers

When the idea that your smartphone's data connection would be able to be shared by your laptop with no additional charge, everyone seemed to be on board - over the past year, carriers have started up extra costs for this and have struck down all attempts by apps to sidestep the process - until now. What one of the most well-known hacker/developers in the world Koushik Dutta, aka Koush, has done is to create a non-market app that allows you to use your smartphone as an internet hotspot, doing so without adding costs to you beyond what that data would cost to you on your smartphone on its own. And it's completely (nearly) undetectable by carriers.

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High-end peer-to-peer car rental service HiGear shuts down after thefts

High-end peer-to-peer car rental service HiGear shuts down after thefts

I have never thought that renting your own car out via a service that rents to those looking to borrow for a day or more was a good idea. It seems to me that proving whoever rented your ride broke something or burned up a $1,500 set of tires would be next to impossible. The other thing I wondered about was theft. It seems that the peer-to-peer car rental service HiGear found out the problems first hand.

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Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

There comes a time in every operating system's life when it needs to have an emergency patch slapped over a security hold in its guts, and for Windows, that time is today - and it's an emergency. What you're going to see here is a bulletin by the name of MS11-100 that acts as a sort of public service announcement as Microsoft wants you to update your system several weeks before the regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" in mid-January. What this patch does is to cut off access to a security hole that'd allow hackers to launch a DoS attack against people with Microsoft's ASP .NET application framework in place.

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Android 4.0 ICS hacks forge forward with CyanogenMod’s “Trebuchet”

Android 4.0 ICS hacks forge forward with CyanogenMod’s “Trebuchet”

Even though the bulk of the population out here in Android Land aren't yet updated to the newest version of Google's Mobile OS, modifications on the basic user interface of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are in full force, shown here with the CyanogenMod team's Trebuchet launcher, made to make your experience as lovely as possible. What you're seeing is a hacked version of the newest version of Android made perfect as the developer / hacker team CyanogenMod sees it. They've got their newest version, CyanogenMod 9, under development now, and inside you'll find this new look at Ice Cream Sandwich complete with improved widget resizing, auto-rotate, home screen modification, and a whole lot more!

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Stratfor users check if you’ve been hit by Anonymous now

Stratfor users check if you’ve been hit by Anonymous now

This week the customers of global intelligence firm Stratfor fell victim to the hacker amalgamation known as Anonymous, and starting today the folks at Dazzlepod have made a webpage available where you, the user, can check your email to make sure you weren't amongst those hit. The Dazzlepod collective has a searchable database which includes all of the information stolen and dumped by Anonymous over the past few attacks, this able to be searched by you to see if your email is amongst those compromised. A lovely service for those wishing to stay clean!

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Galaxy S II Android 4.0 ICS official early update leaked, TouchWiz intact

Galaxy S II Android 4.0 ICS official early update leaked, TouchWiz intact

What you're about to see is a video of a person using the international edition of the Samsung Galaxy S II with what SamMobile blog says is the first build of Ice Cream Sandwich made for the device by Samsung - what you'll notice here is not just that the device has the newest version of Android on it, but that Samsung's own custom user interface has been fully integrated. When we first saw the TouchWiz that's closest to what you're about to see, it was way back at the start of 2011 at Mobile World Congress (and the famous CTIA Philip Berne event) with the launch of the original Galaxy S II (aka the one you see here), then again in a slightly updated version here in the USA. What this represents is Samsung's continued reliance on said user interface to differentiate their products from the competition.

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Developer reveals hidden Carrier IQ smartphone app logging everything you do

Developer reveals hidden Carrier IQ smartphone app logging everything you do

What you're about to see may send you into a fireball of fury, but before you have a triple heart attack, know this: though this app you might never have heard of is likely currently logging every keystroke you make, they're almost certainly not using your information for anything ill-willed. Of course that's no consolation for the idea that a number of HTC, Samsung, Nokia, and RIM (BlackBerry) phones have this software embedded in them, this perhaps proving the late Steve Jobs right when he said Android keeps track of everything you do -- and what is the response on the part of the Carrier IQ crew? They've tried to sue the fellow who exposed how their application works.

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Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Windows 8 security loophole demoed by researcher

Microsoft's Windows 8 isn't due out in full until fall of next year, but security researcher Peter Kleissner has already found a way to exploit the platform. Kleissner created a Windows 8 bootkit that can bypass the User Account Control using just 14KB of exploit code. It's said to be the first proof-of-concept to find a vulnerability in Windows 8 and he's posted a demo video of the process.

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