Posts From Pulser_G2

Pulser_G2
Pulser_G2

Developer Admin at xda-developers, interested in everything in mobile and security. A developer and engineer, who would re-write everything in C or Assembler if the time was there.

OEMs and GPL Compliance

At XDA, we like open source. In fact, you could say we love it. We have a GPL policy to ensure users understand the best ways to follow the GPL, and ensure others can make use of their work to improve all our devices. Unfortunately though, OEMs often lag behind the efforts of the hobbyist third-party developers....

Google Editions: Lackluster or Leading Edge?

The interwebz are alight. Debate and argument is intense, following the launch of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Play editions. The Google Play edition moniker, for those  (such as I) who choose to reside under a rock, refers to the fact these devices come minus the manufacturer skins and modifications users are accustomed...

Secure Encryption–An (Oxy)moronic Attempt by Apple?

In case you are someone like I am who doesn't follow the annual "update" of iOS, this is where they make it more like Android and make use of some features Android has had for years (i.e. notification pull-down), and announce a few changes and "new" things the rest of the world has done for...

Android Permissions: Permissively Insecure?

Android, as an operating system, is fairly unique in that it makes users aware of the permissions available to apps in a fairly transparent way. Compared to Blackberry or iOS, which issue granular prompts such as "Can Angry Birds access your location?" or "Can Instagram access your camera to take photos?" There is a somewhat...

[BREAKING] S-OFF Available for the HTC One from Revolutionary

In light of HTC's persistent refusal to give in, and stop wasting their customers' money on their failed attempts to lock down bootloaders, it is rather pleasing to note that the Revolutionary team has made its return to the HTC One forums, to present their early-access developer preview of Revone. Posted by XDA Recognized Developer ieftm,...

[BREAKING] “Top Secret” Court Order Forces Verizon to Hand Over Call Data

The UK newspaper The Guardian has revealed today that US CDMA telecommunications provider Verizon is secretly collecting and disclosing the telephone records of a huge number of subscribers (likely in the order of tens of millions of Americans) to USA's National Security Agency (NSA), often cynically referred to as "Never Say Anything." This classified, top...

Say Sayonara to Google Contacts Sync – Introducing OwnCloud

Welcome to Part 2 of our Say Sayonara to Google series, raising awareness of the options for using Android without Google services. Today, we look at alternative "cloud" services that are Open Source and can be installed on your own server. While there are no doubt many of these available, one that has gained significant attention...

Say Sayonara to the Play Store – Part 1

The Play Store As promised, the first in our series of "Say Sayonara to Google" articles is about the Play Store. Love it or loathe it, the Play Store is popular. It is so popular, in fact, that it is often berated for the poor quality of apps contained within. While Google is making strides to...

Say Sayonara to Google Apps

What is freedom? This is a big question being asked by people around the world over the past few years. Many of us believe (and often rightly so) that we are fairly free. Arguably, this is correct in many countries throughout the world. You have political freedoms and many many more. But do you have...

Compromised Sky Apps and the Security Aftermath

After our earlier article warning users to uninstall the Sky apps from their devices, it's time to take a look at the technical significance of this attack. Firstly, the attackers have managed to do two key things here, each of which should each be impossibly difficult for the Play Store update system to be secure: Gained access...

Sky UK Apps Compromised on Play Store, Uninstall Them!

Today is Sunday, 26th May, and across the world, many people have woken up following a leisurely lie-in to the small notification of an updated app being available. Nothing unusual there, or so you'd think. The only difference is that today, some of these app updates may well have been malicious updates, pushed to some of...

XDA and Google Announce iOS Device Tracker

Today (April 1st 2013), leading mobile technology development forum, XDA-Developers.com, and search giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) have announced a partnership to help map the location of every iOS device in the world. Taking inspiration from previous efforts to map the location of other unwanted objects, XDA-Developers' spokesperson confirmed that a form of crowd-sourcing would be used to...