AndroidThis morning Android users around the world are waking to an announcement potentially putting their privacy at risk. In an announcement that seems all too common around the Android OS yet another security flaw has been discovered. This particular issue is based around potential to acquire unrestricted access to any Android devices camera.

Szymon Sidor recently posted a blog post exposing the latest threat to Android users. The vulnerability could potentially allow malicious applications access to get access to and use the camera for both video and photos.

Although the SDK doesn’t allow use of the camera without a preview window on the device’s screen, its seemingly possible to make this window 1 pixel wide by 1 pixel high.. Thus making it almost impossible for the end-user to see. Whats more, with the pixel on the screen – even when the device is powered off the app is still capable of capturing photo and video footage! Once the footage has been captured, the Android SDK allows quick and easy upload to websites or services, so the malicious app developer could immediately start capturing and uploading photos and video without your knowledge.

However this would should up in the data usage charts on your Android device.

Check out Szymon’s video below:


There are many guides available on the net on how to secure your Android device, there are however some simple things to remember:

  • Make sure your Android device is always up to date
  • Consider applications carefully that request access to your camera – do they really need access..?
  • Keep an eye on apps that run in the background
  • Ensure you use 2 factor authentication on your Google account

Privacy has always been somewhat of a concern around the Android OS, however, used with forethought in can be just as safe and secure as any other OS.

Now the news is out I am sure Google will be working as fast as possible to remedy this security flaw.

For a list of all current known Android Security Flaws check the CVE Details site

Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Watch Dogs launches on a wide range of platforms this Tuesday, and as well as breaking pre-order records it’s also boggling minds.

The open world hacking sim might be shaping up to be a contender for game of the year, but it’s insane array of pre-order options and bonuses is leaving gamers with something of a crapshoot. How complicated can it be you ask? Well, take a look for yourself:


Watch Dogs Pre-Orders

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So, that’s a choice of NINE different base games, all with different content. In case that’s not quite enough choice for you, we also have the now obligatory Season Pass add on that will graft additional features on to your edition of choice.

How interested you are in collecting all of these potential additions will depend largely on how much of a completest you are, with add-ons ranging from in game clothing accessories to hour long gameplay expansions.

Pre-order “Special Editions” have been a main stay at the launch of major titles for a long time now, and it’s clear that gamers appreciate a degree of choice. The question is how far this appreciation goes, and whether we are all willing to break out a spreadsheet to decide what we want.

Watch Dogs launches on 27th May on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a spreadsheet to study…


In a recent tweet Mark Russinovich has confirmed Microsoft are working on bringing a “start menu” to the Windows blue screen of death (BSOD)


It’s not yet clear as to when this will be released to end users.. But it’s certainly going to be a game changer, and will make diagnosing BSOD issues a whole load easier!

Well done Microsoft – a true step in the right direction..

Parrot Asteroid Mini

Parrot Asteroid Mini Review


After what seemed like months of hunting around and reading reviews on various makes and models of car kits, including a visit to the Gadget Show in Birmingham.. I finally settled on the Parrot Asteroid Mini.

This is one powerful piece of kit, I have always been a fan of the Parrots, working my way up through the models. However this has been my first with a colour screen, with support for Android market store apps.

One of the biggest selling points of the Asteroid mini for me was the ability to install and use Waze a free community-based GPS navigation system.

[GARD align=”left”]The Mini sports a 3.7 inch full colour display, and a wireless remote (with the option of hard wiring it if required) – although the screen on the mini is not touch screen the controls on the remote make navigating and text entry fairly straight forward.. Granted, a touch screen would be quicker – and perhaps a little less frustrating at times. However the amount of time I spend typing on the device, the jog wheel is sufficient.

The mini can access the net using a  compatible Smartphone or a 3G/4G USB dongle, supported operating systems include Android, iOS, RIM, Symbian, Bada.

The ability to be able to search for music via voice is pretty neat, however I find this can be slightly hit and miss if traveling on noisy road surfaces.. The device is capable of accessing music from a whole range of devices including iPod/iPhone, USB, SD card, Bluetooth, line-in. Whats more the Android app store also has a whole raft of music apps to download, such as Shazam and Deezer

The good:

  • 3.5″ Full Colour display
  • Wireless remote control
  • Back lit remote control (if hardwired)
  • The Android App store

The bad:

My only main complaint about the Asteroid is that the speed it takes to cold boot can sometimes feel like an eternity.. We are talking 2-3 minutes from power on to a usable state.. This is something which maybe resolved in future android releases.

Also the lack of touch screen, or qwerty keyboard may bother some people.



ValveHave you got a monster gaming rig, but sometimes wish you could kick back and play your games from the comfort of the sofa? If so, Valve have some good news for you in the form of a new Steam streaming feature.

The PC gaming giant brought their In-Home Streaming service out of beta today and made it available for all Steam users. The new feature allows gamers to run demanding titles on their main gaming PC, but stream it to other potentially less powerful systems.

As well as opening up the possibility of running the latest AAA titles on an aging laptop while sat on the sofa, this latest move from Valve aligns perfectly with their ambitions to take control of the living room. Valve are keen to expand their Steam platform away from the desk and onto the TV, and the new service will support this ambition alongside their “Big Picture” interface and upcoming Steam Boxes.

At the moment the streaming service does have some limitations. Currently only Windows (Vista and later) machines can function as the host PC, but you are able to use any OS X, Linux or MS system running steam as the receiver. Valve are also recommending that systems are connected via ethernet, but there have been some success stories of people using wireless N networks.

It’s clearly early days for the technology, but the potential for utilising old kit in new ways is exciting. If you’d like to read more about the new feature, check out Valves announcement here.

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