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Android Update – Google Nexus Devices To Get Monthly Security Updates

In light of the ‘Stagefright’ Exploit that is currently making a splash in the realm of mobile device news, Google has recently announced that it will be implementing monthly updates for certain generation Nexus devices.

More details about the regular monthly updates for Google Nexus devices can be found in the link below.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/05/google-nexus-monthly-security-updates/

https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/4457705?hl=en-CA&ref_topic=3415518

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Android Getting Stagefright?

We all know nothing is bulletproof.  Somewhere, someone will always want to break in and steal your stuff.  Especially now, we carry around  basically a digital ID card, our (smart)phones.  We store anything and everything on it.  We can think we’re safe, but, sadly, we’re just really fooling ourselves.

This dude found this bug found in pretty much all version of Android, and it can be triggered via SMS.  Nexus users will most probably get the patch the soonest.  Lollipop users are also the safest, but not 100% safe.

A patch will be great if it can be sent out swiftly, but with different brands, skins, carriers, it’s tough.  This is where, and I hate to admit it, Apple has a leg up on Google.  Anyway, don’t read any unknown text messages with video attachments.   Even if it’s from someone you know.

Click on link below for full story.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/28/stagefright-android-vulnerability-heartbleed-mobile

Thank you to Alvin for bringing this up.

Android 4.4 – Kit Kat

As of this writing, the newest iteration of Android, version 4 dot Four or better known as Kit Kat is now available.  Well, sort of.  I still haven’t gotten the push for my Nexus 7.  It is on the newly available Nexus 5, which is available for all carriers that’s not named Verizon.  (seriously, WTF?! I am seriously thinking about moving carriers!).  Google Play editions of the HTC One, and GS4 should get the push shortly, as well as developers editions.  Nexus 4‘s should be getting them soon as well.  (again, Verizon does not have any of the dev. versions of the One and GS4, as well as the Nexus 4, seriously, WTF?!).  HTC made a bold announcement that it will try to get Kit Kat out to the One (that’s not a GPE or a DE) within 90 days.   I am so hoping that will come true, they did do good by shipping out 4.3 to all other carriers other than Verizon this past month, and well Big Red’s version will roll out at the end of November.  (again, SERIOUSLY!? why is Verizon holding back on all this stuff, seriously WHY!?).  Anyway, Kit Kat has a slew of new features, and even though it’s only a dot 1 upgrade, it’s still a significant upgrade.  The video below is from MKBHD.  He explains the top 5 features of Kit Kat, and then some.  Enjoy!

 

 

Thank You, Friends

That’s right. I went there, we’re… Friends. And I’m so glad to be able to share this moment of reflection with you all, because The Big Cheese (and of course, NekkedSnake) and I have turned ONE on WordPress. That’s right. We’ve been throwing useless babble, rants, and bad music at you lot for just over a year now.

And we’re all genuinely sorry for slowing down. But we’re getting old-for Pete’s sake, we’re one!-and we try our best to cover what interests us.

Incredibly, we’ve kept such a solid basis of readers after only doing this according to what tickles our fancies. Thankfully several thousand of you share the same fancies!

In the course of the year, we’ve spread word of songs that were unheard of until shortly after we spoke of such (Gangnam Style and Thrift Shop), blamed HTC and Verizon and Samsung for the world’s problems, and updated the bunch of you with great songs and tech news.

So from all of us here at JWAB, thank you!!!! Keep supporting us and we’ll make it our mission to pleasure ourselv-I mean, keep you informed- with what goes on. Stay awesome!

Don’t forget, by the way. Our blog is

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And remember our premise.

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I have joined the Dark Side.

By the Dark Side, I mean the dreaded iPhone nation. I have made the transition from Android to iOS. Now, iSheep, do not revel in this ‘defeat,’ for I’m still Android at heart. Partly why I’m actually documenting this reality is because of my heavy bias.

Let us remember  https://justwroteablog.com/2012/09/15/time-to-catch-up-apple/ , an article I posted much earlier in the days of JWAB.

Read that prior to the rest of this post, that way you get the full experience of my experience.

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Reflections of Facebook

I challenged myself. I surprised all my peers by actually killing myself off of a social network.

Most people that know me would take it upon themselves to call me a social media buff, with an account for nearly everything. A Facebook, a Tumblr (vpshit.tumblr.com), a Twitter (@thisguypatrick), an Instagram (@thisguypatrick), a GetGlue, a Foursquare, Snapchat, a personal Blogger, a Google+, an AIM  (but let’s not kid ourselves here, no one uses that shit anymore), and this currently stagnant WordPress.

Just last week, however, I deactivated my Facebook. I wanted to take time away from the computer, from looking at my phone, from making stupid status updates irrelevant to nearly all of my friends list. And for a bit it worked, barely.

While I no longer automatically click the Facebook bookmark as soon as I open Google Chrome, I do find myself more inclined to open YouTube, Google Music, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Essentially, by taking myself off of one social network, I’ve been able to dedicate more time to other things that require my attention to be on my laptop. And with finals on the way, this does not seem good for me.

I will keep you updated on this.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (DLC)

Even the poster is done 80's style

Even the poster is done 80’s style

So a friend of mine, let’s call him B-Money, asked me if I had played Far Cry 3.  My response was a simple no.  Even though it’s a good game, it was never really on my short list, and I have been sort of staying away from sandbox titles as of late.  Well anyway, B-Money started telling me about the new DLC for it, and well, after the conversation, it is now on my short list, at least the DLC.  Immediately, after I turned on my PC, went to BING, typed in Google, then proceeded to search for Blood Dragon, and just as what B-Money had said, it’s totally over the top, and totally themed after those 80’s cyber cartoons I grew up watching, music, sound effects and all.   (more…)