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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.
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!
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]
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