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Exploit discovered in Siri servers, promises cross-platform access to the foolhardy

A few clever folk have had some fun with Siri lately, first by making it do the time warp with the Fat Mac and then by shoehorning it into an iPhone 3GS. Neither development is quite so intriguing, however, as a purported exploit that enables any device to access to Siri’s remote server. While this certainly holds great potential for Siri apps on numerous platforms, the mystical floodgates to the masses are unlikely to open any time soon. You see, the hackers have since learned that for seamless communication to take place, a unique identifier from an iPhone 4S must be provided to the mothership in Cupertino. While it’s certainly feasible to spoof these bits from an existing device, it’s also likely that Apple would simply blacklist any “unique” identifiers submitted en masse. In other words, unless you have a very trusting friend who’s willing to risk her handset join the naughty list, your best bet is to purchase an iPhone 4S — simply for the identifier alone. At any rate, it seems like a steep price to find a locksmith.

Exploit discovered in Siri servers, promises cross-platform access to the foolhardy originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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911HTC aka 911Sniper is Down for Everyone (Not Just Me)

Woaaah is me, and whoa is everyone else, because our favorite location for HTC ROMs ninja’ed from who knows where, 911HTC aka 911SnIpEr aka is down for the count. We’ve had a longstanding post count expanding by the day here on Android Community coming from the fellow named 911SnIpEr, from the HTC ThunderBolt System Dump and RUU – Leaked and Gigantic post to the brand new HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa Leak Final Software Builds. This appears to have come to a crashing halt over the past 24 hours or so as the site is indeed Down for Everyone.

As you may recall, in a perhaps unrelated event, there was a post by the name of Warning: Leaked HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread radio may brick your phone. This particular build did indeed come from 911HTC, and it’s not outside of the realm of possible reality that HTC figured this puzzle out and sent out the hammer to the home of the leaking ROMs. Is this the end of the ROM party from the HTC camp? Hardly, but it certainly is a situation for you leakers to be attuned to.

Meanwhile stay tuned and we’ll keep hitting the reload button, and of course will keep you updated as to where else you’ll be able to pick up on the leaks from the mothership. On that note, what do you think is next? Some super secret leak as picked up at Computex 2011? We shall see!


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Droid Bionic Release Date SOON [Same for Droid 3, ATRIX Says Verizon]

Whilst traveling through our local strip mall today, we had a chance encounter with a Verizon employee, if you call walking straight up to a Verizon employee and asking a chance encounter, where we learned a few extra small details about three mothership Android phones that are on the 2011 horizon. First, and perhaps most important, the Droid Bionic was on the list for requesting. Upon asking the release date for said phone, the rep smiled knowingly* and said, “while we don’t technically know, between you and me, soon.”

I say knowingly, but it may well have been deviously. Either way, it was an odd expression that your humble narrator would call one of the two odd expressions. After this, the employee noted that he was also “unsure in the same way, but could definitely confirm,” the releases of the Motorola ATRIX and the Droid 3. Whether or not this meant that they’d all be released on the same day (doubtful,) was not all that clear – and he wasn’t giving out any more specific specifics than that!

For more information on these telephones, head back to their respective portals: Droid 3, Motorola Atrix 4G, and Droid Bionic. Then check out a post that’s basically been beating up our post-view charts for the past week: Droid Bionic Release Now Mid-April [Says Verizon]. Can’t wait!


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Amazon clarifies its App Store DRM — it’s not nearly as scary as you thought

Amazon App Store DRM

Remember that blog post from Amazon a couple days back detailing how DRM (digital rights management) would work? Basically, it said if you download an app from the upcoming Amazon App Store, it’d need to check in with the Amazon App Store app on your phone before declaring itself legally downloaded and allowing you to use it. But once it’s done that, it’s status quo, all systems go, business as usual.

It caused a bit of a ruckus, to be sure. 

Only, Amazon apparently left out a couple things. And Thing 1 is a pretty important one: The Amazon DRM only applies to applications that opted to use Amazon’s DRM in the first place.

Oh. Indeed, that makes a difference.So if a developer chooses not to "Apply Amazon DRM to this binary" (that’s the actual upload screen above), it’s just like downloading an application from anywhere else, and it’ll work just fine.

Thing 2 is this: Amazon DRM downloads a token that gives your phone access to use the downloaded application. It’s an offline token, meaning you don’t have some constant connection checking in with the Amazon mothership, draining your battery and worrying your precious sense of personal privacy. In other words, it’s not nearly as scary as you probably first thought. [Amazon]

Amazon clarifies its App Store DRM — it's not nearly as scary as you thought posted originally by Android Central

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