October 25th, 2012 — 2:21am
It’s been over three months since the Acer Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Edition tablet first fell into my lap, and all this time I’ve been using it with nothing but the default software. It took me quite a while to realize that I could actually type words out on it, and at first I used it only for reading e-books, watching movies, and playing music. Of course, now, I’ve already managed to do many other things as well, like play games, send e-mail, connect to other computers remotely, and other fun stuff. I figure now would be a good time to finally publish my full Iconia Tab A510 tablet review.
Initially, I had wanted to write the full review on the tablet itself, relying on nothing more than the on-screen virtual keyboard and the pre-installed copy of Polaris 3.5. Unfortunately, I could never finish it. It wasn’t because typing out stuff on the screen was hard. It just felt a lot easier to do with an actual hardware keyboard. That’s probably one of the few things that will always remain true for devices like the A510 and its ilk. Anyway, to find out more about this particular Android tablet from Acer, simply continue reading.
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October 1st, 2012 — 4:43pm
A software vulnerability first found in a number of smartphones from Samsung and HTC has been revealed as affecting pretty much all kinds of Android devices running version 2.3 Gingerbread and onwards. Apparently, what was first thought as a bug in Samsung’s TouchWiz UI is a problem with Android itself, specifically with the default dialer app which ships with every single Android smartphone and 3G-enabled Android tablet released to date. The dialer bug involves executable USSD codes that normally need to be typed in or dialed, and with it any person with malicious intent could remotely wipe all the data on any Android device via a factory reset and even kill SIM cards completely.
The problem was first discovered by security researcher Ravi Borgaonker and confirmed through testing of devices from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and Sony Ericsson. According to Borgaonker, the Android Security team was informed of this vulnerability in the third week of June 2012. An appropriate software patch was then sent silently to all Android device makers so that the problem could be remedied.
If you have an older Android-powered smartphone or tablet in your possession, you should make it a point to update your device to the latest version of the software if you haven’t already. This should be enough to keep all of your data safe. For now…
[SOURCE | VIA]
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October 1st, 2012 — 4:01am
First introduced at the most recent Mobile World Congress back in February of this year, the Acer Cloud Mobile is now available through Expansys for £290 or about $467 USD. It features a 4.3-inch 1280×720 HD IPS touchscreen display, 1GB RAM, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 8MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and 16GB internal storage. It supports added storage by way of microSD cards and its 1460mAh battery is fully removable. It ships with stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with very minimal UI enhancements, so it should offer users plenty of options for customization.
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