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Cyanogen Shutting Down All Services; No More Android ROM Updates

Cyanogen Shutting Down All Services; No More Android ROM Updates

December 26, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A bittersweet Christmas and New Year for users and fans of the most popular custom Android ROM, Cyanogen OS. Cyanogen that tried and failed to kill Google's Android operating system is now shutting down the custom services that it provides to phones that run its Cyanogen OS as we know it and the "nightly builds" of said OS on December 31st. Cyanogen came with an ambition to build better versions of the Android operating system than those created by Google itself, but following some technical and potential legal issues, the startup has decided to quit. The planned shutdown of Cyanogen was officially announced late Friday through a very brief blog post made by the company, saying "as part of the ongoing consolidation of Cyanogen," it's shutting down all services and nightly builds on December 31. "The open source project and source code will remain available for anyone who wants to build CyanogenMod personally," the blog reads. What
Gello: Cyanogen's Customizable Web Browser for Android

Gello: Cyanogen's Customizable Web Browser for Android

July 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Get ready for a new Android Browser! Android ROM developer CyanogenMod has announced that it is working on a new browser for Android devices. Dubbed Gello , the open-source browser is based on Google's Chromium project and includes a ton of customization options for Android. The team provided a first look of Gello through a demo video that actually reveals a lot about the new Android browser. Some Specific Features of Gello include: " Save for Offline " Reading Mode Night Mode and Immersive Mode options Extensive site-by-site Privacy and Security Settings, including Ad Blocker Advanced Download Manager that allow you to rename files and select file paths Customized interface , including Tab Animations and Management Moreover, Lots of other granular controls. The Gello web browser would be aimed at those who prefer Android Open Source Project (AOSP) versions instead of Google's Android. The team noted that the Gello browser will not
Wiko Mobiles Can be Remotely Crashed with a Text Message

Wiko Mobiles Can be Remotely Crashed with a Text Message

June 13, 2014Swati Khandelwal
A vulnerability has been identified in Wiko Mobiles that could allow anyone to remotely  force it to shut down abruptly with a text message only. Wiko is  a two-year-old French Mobile manufacturing company known for its cheapest mobiles and smartphones. French  blogger Korben reported that just by sending a  Short Message Service (SMS) with text  "="  (without the quotes) to Wiko mobiles could force them to restart and  knock them off a cellular network. He demonstrated the flaw in a video as shown below: He successfully tested Wiko Mobile flaw with official Android operating system and also reproduced it with custom Android ROM i.e. CyanogenMod, which concludes that the flaw could be in Wiko Mobile Hardware, rather than software. The Flaw was accidentally discovered by a reader, so currently we have no technical explanation that why Wiko mobiles can't behave equal as other smartphones do after receiving 'equal' symbol in SMS. If y
Exploit for most critical Android vulnerability publicly released

Exploit for most critical Android vulnerability publicly released

July 09, 2013Mohit Kumar
What if hackers could take an existing legitimate app or update with a valid digital signature, and modify it in order to use it as a malicious Trojan to access everything on your Android phone or tablet? Last week, researchers from Bluebox Security announced that the Android operating system has been vulnerable to hackers for the past four years, allowing them to modify or manipulate any legitimate application and enabling them to transform it into a Trojan programme. The bug hasn't, so far, been spotted being exploited in the wild, but technical details and a proof-of-concept exploit have been published for a recently announced publicly by Pau Oliva Fora, a mobile security engineer at security firm ViaForensics. Jeff Forristal of Bluebox security stated that the security hole as been around since at least Android 1.6, and it could affect all Android devices i.e. around 900 million devices could be affected by hackers. CyanogenMod , a popular open source d
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