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Samsung, Huawei phones vulnerable to malicious attacks

Even the Pixel series is affected

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Smartphones made by Samsung, including the Galaxy S7, S8, and S9, as well as the Huawei P20, Pixel 1, and Pixel 2 might be susceptible to malicious attacks due to an Android vulnerability.

Google’s Project Zero team looks for high priority vulnerabilities in various systems that can affect the device or the user with immediate effect. They’ve found a new loophole in the Android OS’s kernel code that can be used to help an attacker gain root access to the phone.

The vulnerability can also be combined with another exploit that can lead to a web-based attack through Chrome.

There are hundreds of millions of phones running Android out there, and we all know its completely built by Google. This operating system is easily scalable and can get along almost any hardware configuration. This means the system is also more susceptible to attacks because of the large user base available.

“This issue is rated as high severity on Android and by itself requires installation of a malicious application for potential exploitation,” a spokesperson for the Android Open Source Project said. “Any other vectors, such as via a web browser, require chaining with an additional exploit.”

This means, someone cannot remotely use the vulnerability and a manual installation is required onto the system. Even the plug via Chrome isn’t standalone and needs to depend on another exploit to successfully reach root access.

Google believes the Android zero-day is the work of NSO Group, a fairly popular Israel-based company known to sell exploits and surveillance tools. Though, NSO has denied these claims to The Verge.

A security patch has been made and it’ll be shipped out to phone makers soon. This is the prime reason why Google wants to improve the reachability of OTA updates and pursuing OEMs to quickly release them.

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The Nike React Infinity Run will keep you running

New tech for injury prevention

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Nike is introducing a new cushioning tech that’s meant to help prevent injuries among runners – it’s called the Nike React Infinity Run.

The new cushion is inspired by two of Nike’s previous innovation. First is the Zoom Vaporfly 4% introduced in 2017 — something that many runners were happy about. Not long after, the company introduced the Nike React which focused on giving the runner an energy return. This while remaining soft, resilient, lightweight and durable.

The Nike React Infinity Run combines the best of both tech. Nike React’s energy return on a wider platform and a widened midsole promises to be the answer to less injuries.

Here’s how it works: The Infinity’s rocker-geometry encourages a slight lean forward, moving a runner’s foot strike from heel to midfoot or even forefoot. What that does is create a natural forward feel of propulsion.

The wider platform as well as the supportive foam that accompanies it provides a reassuring feel. The shoe then gently guides the foot in a smooth, straight line, reducing side-to-side wobbling and movement.

Pricing and availability

The Nike React Infinity Run is available at US$ 160 in the US. In the Philippines, it will retail for PhP 8095 and will be exclusively available on January 23 for Nike Members at Nike Park Mall Of Asia opening. Its retail launch is set on January 30, 2020.

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Studio Ghibli films coming to Netflix!

Starting February 2020

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Netflix’s anime library is about to get a major boost as the films from the award-winning Studio Ghibli is set to join the streaming platform.

Starting February 1, 2020, selected films from Studio Ghibli will be available for streaming globally (except US, Canada, and Japan). This was made possible through distribution partner Wild Bunch International.

Renowned titles like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service will be making their way to Netflix. A total of 21 films will all eventually come to Netflix. They will be available in 28 subtitled languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.

The films coming to the Netflix are as follows:

February 1, 2020:

Castle in the Sky (1986),
My Neighbor Totoro (1988),
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989),
Only Yesterday (1991),
Porco Rosso (1992),
Ocean Waves (1993),
Tales from Earthsea (2006)

March 1, 2020:

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984),
Princess Mononoke (1997),
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999),
Spirited Away (2001),
The Cat Returns (2002),
Arrietty (2010),
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

April 1, 2020:

Pom Poko (1994),
Whisper of the Heart (1995),
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004),
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008),
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011),
The Wind Rises (2013),

What’s your favorite Studio Ghibli film?

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McDonald’s introduces their new mobile app

Get exclusive offers when you sign up now

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McDonald’s Philippines starts the new year with a bang by announcing their new and fresh mobile app.

No, this is not the replacement for the existing McDelivery app. What it does is give customers special offers and discounts that can be availed through front counters, take-out booths, and drive-troughs in all McDonald’s stores nationwide.

The interface of the new McDonald’s app

By downloading the new app through the App Store or Google Play, you can get deals such as the Buy One Get One Cheeseburger for PhP 99 or the Big Mac for only PhP 75. Registration is free and doesn’t require any special membership to get future discounts and promos.

Another feature is the Store Locator which helps you find the nearest McDonald’s store in your area. You can also book your next big party at McDonald’s through the McDo Party website.

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