The Morning After: New Google initiative keeps tabs on Android security flaws

For Android phones not made by Google. So, most of them.


Just before the weekend, Google revealed a new initiative that helps pick up Android security flaws in non-Pixel devices. The Android Partner Vulnerability Initiative will manage security flaws it discovers, specific to third-party Android devices.

Google didn’t explicitly call out any company names in a blog post, but a bug tracker for the program mentioned several manufacturers. Huawei had issues with insecure device backups in 2019, for example. Oppo and Vivo phones had sideloading vulnerabilities. ZTE had weaknesses in its message service and browser autofill.

Google notified all of the vendors before disclosing the flaws, and most if not all appear to have been fixed. The initiative is conveniently timed at a point when Google itself is trying to sell us on its new Pixel phone series — which doesn’t offer such vulnerabilities. Or maybe I’m extra skeptical on a Monday morning.


Apple sues recycler for allegedly reselling 100,000 iPhones, iPads and Watches

GEEP Canada was supposed to dismantle them, instead.

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Apple has filed a lawsuit against its former contractor, GEEP Canada, for allegedly reselling over 100,000 iPhones, iPads and Watches that were supposed to be disassembled and recycled. Apparently, at least 11,766 pounds of Apple devices left GEEP’s premises without being destroyed.

Apple discovered the resales after auditing more than 500,000 iPhones, Watches and iPads between 2015 and 2017. It discovered that 18 percent of those devices (103,845 in total) were still accessing the internet through cellular networks. That doesn’t count WiFi-only devices, so the figure is likely much higher.

GEEP hasn’t denied the theft, but claims that three employees stole the devices to benefit themselves, not the company. Then again, those employees were, in fact, GEEP’s senior executives. Continue reading.

Tesla will offer a bird's eye parking view if you pay a premium

You'll have to get the Full Self-driving package.

Morning After

A “vector-space” bird’s eye parking view is coming to Teslas, but you’ll need to buy the Full Self-Driving (FSD) package. It’s, well, a lot: an $8,000 upgrade if you buy FSD with a new car, and more than a little prohibitive if you aren’t keen on the bundle’s other features.

It’s unclear exactly how the bird’s eye view will behave, but it will clearly rely on the cameras present on many Teslas to generate a simulated look at your parking space. Musk didn’t say when the feature might be ready. And yes, you might have seen similar-looking features like this on other cars already, like the Taycan, and well, my parents’ Toyota.
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The first 'Monster Hunter' movie teaser sets up an enormous battle

Can Milla Jovovich work her ‘Resident Evil’ magic again?

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After several years of development, finally, we get the first glimpse of the Monster Hunter movie in action. A teaser for Paul W.S. Anderson’s production offers a taste of the climactic battles you’d expect from a MH movie.

Monster Hunter has a passionate fanbase, but it might not be quite as iconic as the lucrative Resident Evil series and the subsequent movie juggernaut — which was mostly helmed by Anderson and starred Jovovich. Continue reading.

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Latest PS5 hands-on demos show more gameplay but no interface


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Some early hands-on sessions for Japanese media means people are finally getting to try Sony’s console. The takeaways? It’s apparently quite silent, so you might not have to worry about a noisy fan detracting from your immersive gaming experience. The DualSense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers add “tactile sensation and weight,” 4gamer said, and the buttons aren’t as noisy as on the PS4’s DualShock 4.

None of the testers got to show the PS5’s interface, however. Sony has promised a “whole new visual language” for the console’s UI, but that, for now, remains a secret.!
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