Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip Flaw Threatens 1 Billion Smartphones, Google and Apple Roll Out Fixes

Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip Flaw Threatens 1 Billion Smartphones, Google and Apple Roll Out Fixes


  • The flaw resides in Broadcom Wi-Fi chipsets
  • It could potentially harm 1 billion Android and iOS smartphones
  • Google and Apple have already rolled out a fix for the bug

A Broadcom chip flaw found and demoed by Exodus Intelligence’s Nitay Artenstein exposed a potential critical threat to 1 billion Android and iOS smartphones. This exploit was possible due to a specific Broadcom Wi-Fi chip bug that let the hacker gain remote execution access on smartphones. Fortunately, before this could happen, Google and Apple both have fixed the bug. The Wi-Fi chip is vulnerable to a self-replicating attack, which could spread infect and spread without any user interaction.

Ars Technica reports that this vulnerability was found in the BCM43xx family of Wi-Fi chips manufactured by Broadcom. Artenstein demoed a proof-of-concept attack code that took advantage of the vulnerability at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas recently. This code reportedly fills airwaves with connection requests to nearby devices, and when the request reaches the specified Wi-Fi chipsets’ devices particularly; it rewrites the firmware controlling the chip. Then, the compromised chip sends malicious packets to other exploitable devices, creating a domino effect of sorts. Artenstein has dubbed this bug as ‘Broadpwn’, and this vulnerable chip resides in almost 1 billion smartphones in the market, as mentioned before.

The report states that Artenstein got in touch with Google and Apple both to make them aware about this bug, and Google released a patch early in July to prevent any sort of ripple effect to start. Apple also released a fix two weeks ago as well, preventing a potential self-replicating attack to spread to a large number of devices.

“This research is an attempt to demonstrate what such an attack, and such a bug, will look like. Broadpwn is a fully remote attack against Broadcom’s BCM43xx family of Wi-Fi chipsets, which allows for code execution on the main application processor in both Android and iOS. It is based on an unusually powerful 0-day that allowed us to leverage it into a reliable, fully remote exploit,” Artenstein wrote in a blog post.

In his post, Anrtenstein explains that in order for the attack to begin, targets don’t even have to connect to the malicious network, and simply having Wi-Fi turned on was enough. His attack worked on a number of smartphones, including all iPhone models since the iPhone 5, Google’s Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy Notes 3, and Samsung Galaxy flagship devices from Galaxy S3 to the Galaxy S8 launched this year. The researcher also said that this attack was more vulnerable on smartphones than laptops and computers as they provide limited access to Wi-Fi chipsets, not enabling remote execution at least.


This Startup Netted $75 Million to Wring The Most Out of Your Software

Walkme president Rephael Sweary

WalkMe, a company that helps businesses make the best use of the software they already have, now has $75 million in fresh funding to do that. This Series E round, led by Insight Venture Partners, brings total funding to $167.5 million.

WalkMe’s software tracks what users do with their business applications, collects that knowledge, and then prompts them to action when they run into a problem. WalkMe is also designed to help users who don’t have the time or inclination to study new features to use what they need (and not have to learn what they don’t need.)

“Enterprise companies now use cloud, but cloud changes all the time,” says WalkMe’s president Rephael “Rafi” Sweary. “The appeal is it prompts them to proceed in their processes with all the context in place.”

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Fortune 500 company might use WalkMe to help its salespeople use Salesforce (CRM, +1.07%) and then the HR department with Workday (WDAY, +0.17%).

Major WalkMe customers include Adobe (ADBE, -0.88%), Mastercard (MA, +0.36%), AT&T (T, +3.09%), and Cisco (CSCO, +0.82%).

The company, with primary offices in Tel Aviv and San Francisco, will use the money to build its business in Japan, Germany, and other non-English-speaking markets. And some money will likely go to acquisitions, Sweary says.

The company bought, a mobile analytics specialist, and Jaco, which offers visual analytics, earlier this year. Terms were not disclosed. Other WalkMe investors include Scale Venture Partners and Gemini Israel Ventures.

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Constellation Research analyst Alan Lepofsky puts WalkMe into a category called Digital Adoption Platforms or modern-day help systems.

The big difference between WalkMe and traditional help systems, according to Lepofsky, is that in the background, this software collects information about user behavior and patterns and guides administrators on how to smooth out trouble spots. “This leads to better employee and customer experiences,” Lepofsky says.

Other companies in this online help space include Appcues, AppLearn, Inline Manual, Iridize, Toonimo, and WhatFix, Lepofsky notes.


Gujarat floods: Social media comes to the rescue as govt reaches out to locals, coordinates relief work

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani during an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Banaskatha districts of Gujarat. PTI

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a relief of Rs 500 crore after taking an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Gujarat on Tuesday, many villages around the Deesa city of Banaskantha district continue to remain cut off because the bridges and roads en route have been washed away.

The intensity of the rains has reduced on Wednesday and the relief and rescue efforts continue in north Gujarat. Over 45,000 people in north Gujarat and Saurashtra have been shifted to safer places. As many as 22,000 people have been evacuated from Banskantha, the  worst affected region of the state.

The brighter side of the flood situation is that several dams in drought-prone Saurashtra and northern Gujarat regions are filling up. So, while the rains continue to damage roads and lead to temporary closure of state highways, shortage of water is one area which the BJP will not have to battle with in an election year. Gujarat is slated to go to polls later this year.

Administrative officials maintain that relief and rescue work is on and additional NDRF teams have also been deployed. On Wednesday, more than 100 people were rescued by the army and power had been restored in Dhanera taluka however, over 20 state highways and over 300 village roads continue to be dysfunctional.

So far, at least 83 people have died in monsoon rains since the season began and in the last three days, 10 people have died in floods.

Rescue work in flood affected areas of Banaskantha continues to be on via both air and ground routes and local administrative officials admit that timely alert and evacuation have enabled them to avert a major disaster.

For the administration, the extensive use of social media has also been a boon in reaching out to the locals. Collector of Banskantha, Dilip Rana said, “We have been receiving messages on our Twitter handles and on Whatsapp and we were able to respond immediately.” He said that social media is very useful for coordinating relief work and disseminating information. Principal Secretary Pankaj Kumar has been updating his Twitter account with information about relief and rescue operations and to post alerts. All collectors of the affected areas have been asked to take all alerts on social media and Whatsapp seriously and communicate effectively.Published Date: Jul 26, 2017 03:58 pm | Updated Date: Jul 26, 2017 04:16 pm


Running out of storage space? Another 6GB RAM phone is in the works

Running out of storage space? Another 6GB RAM phone is in the works

Other than that, OnePlus 5 has a 6GB RAM variant as well. So as you can see, manufacturers are focusing more on making smartphones with larger RAM capacity. Now, another device from Chinese brand 360 Mobiles is coming to join the bandwagon. We say this as a handset from 360 Mobiles has made an appearance on GFXBench.

The benchmark listing shows the phone carrying 6GB of RAM. However, apart from the RAM capacity, rest of the specs of the device are quite average. So most probably, it will be a mid-ranger. The 360 Mobiles smartphone appears to be sporting a 5.7-inch display with the resolution density of 1080p.

Under the hood, the device will employ an Octa-core, 64 Bit processor that is clocked at 1.8GHz. Although the name of the chipset is not specified, it is believed to the Snapdragon 652 since the processor is layered with the Adreno 510 GPU on top. On the software front, the device is listed with Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS.

To remind you, 360 Mobiles had also launched a 6GB RAM phone called the 360 N5 a few months back. The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 653 processor. There is a possibility that the phone spotted on GFXBench is a variant of the 360 N5.


Is Chrome OS right for you? A 3-question quiz to find out

Is Chrome OS Right For You?

Google’s Chrome OS is among the world’s most misunderstood computing platforms. Chromebooks are foundationally totally different from conventional PCs, in any case — and consequently, there are a whole lot of misconceptions about how they work and what they will and can’t do.

Since individuals are all the time asking me whether or not a Chromebook may be right for their wants, I assumed I might put collectively a fast information to assist any such wonderers determine it out. Whether it is you or somebody you already know who’s curious, the next three questions ought to assist shed some mild on what the platform’s all about and for whom it is sensible.

1. Do you spend most of your time utilizing the online and net-centric providers?

Think rigorously right here, as the reply may shock you: What do you do most frequently on a pc?

If nearly all of your time is spent in an internet browser — whether or not it is studying information tales, browsing social media, or utilizing net-centric providers like Gmail and Google Docs — then Chrome OS would in all probability meet your wants simply high quality. In reality, there is a good probability it’d truly make issues simpler than what you are used to with a standard PC setup (extra on why in a minute).

Now, it is necessary to word that simply because one thing is “web-centric” does not essentially imply you have to be on-line so as for it to work. One of the most typical misconceptions I hear about Chromebooks is that they are utterly ineffective with out an lively web connection. In actuality, an enormous and ever-increasing variety of Chrome OS-compatible apps works each on-line and off, together with issues like Gmail and Google Docs in addition to calculator apps, calendar apps, information-studying apps, video games, and even Google Play Movies. (You can flick through the “Offline” section of Google’s Chrome Web Store for many more examples.)

The fact is that for most individuals, utilizing a Chromebook offline is not terribly totally different than utilizing a standard PC offline. You aren’t going to find a way to get on the internet or obtain new content material, clearly, however except for issues that inherently require an lively connection, there is not a heck of so much you’d need to do this would not be out there.

2. Do you might have particular local packages that you simply completely want, or might a lot of the belongings you do on a pc be completed with net-centric (and/or Android app) equivalents?

Take a second to take into consideration what packages you employ which are regionally put in in your PC — issues like phrase processors, e-mail apps, picture and video modifying software program, useful resource-intensive video games, or specialty software program you want for your work.

Now take into consideration what number of of these packages might or could not get replaced with net-centric equivalents and/or Android apps — the latter of which at the moment are obtainable to set up and use on a rising variety of Chrome OS units (and make no mistake about it: Their presence is a reasonably large deal).

If you employ Outlook for e mail, for occasion, would you be okay with utilizing both Microsoft’s or Google’s Gmail as an alternative — or with utilizing the Outlook Android app? If you depend on Microsoft Word in your PC, would Microsoft’s Office Online app or Google’s Google Docs utility do the trick simply as properly — or might you get by with the Word Android app, which requires an active subscription for full editing functionality? If you use Adobe Photoshop for image editing, would a web-centric suite like Pixlr be powerful enough for your needs — or would one of the many Android photo-editing apps (Adobe-made or otherwise) be sufficient for your needs?

If the solutions are “yes” and even “maybe,” then Chrome OS might work for you. If, nevertheless, you’ve gotten particular local software program that you simply completely want and that has no appropriate net-centric or Android app equal, shifting right into a Chromebook could be a stretch. While Chrome OS has loads of viable choices for widespread on a regular basis computing duties, you are not going to find any strong multimedia editors designed for the online, nor will you find net-centric variations of many specialty enterprise packages that have been created with Windows in thoughts. The Android app availability might fill a few of these voids, however it may well’t cowl all of them (particularly when it comes to the customized company program class).

There is another asterisk to that: Google provides a easy device referred to as Chrome Remote Desktop that allows you to faucet into a standard PC from a Chromebook and work on it remotely. With that software, you possibly can successfully use local PC software program by way of the Chromebook, offered you’ve got a PC that is on and obtainable for the distant session. It’s not totally superb, however relying in your state of affairs and the way typically you employ the local PC software program, it could be sufficient to bridge the hole.

three. Try dwelling solely within the Chrome browser in your PC for every week, with out opening any local packages. How does it really feel?

This is the actual check. And let’s be clear: In order for this to work, you will in all probability have to make some changes to your routine — switching to net-centric apps like Docs for phrase processing if you have not already, importing any pertinent information to a web-based storage service like Dropbox or Drive, and so forth. Spend a couple of minutes searching via the Chrome Web Store to find the instruments you want, then give it an trustworthy go.

Optional: If you are feeling such as you want the presence of Android apps to bridge the hole, seize Bluestacks — a free PC- and Mac-compatible program that allows you to use Android apps on a traditional-OS pc. It is not good and is way much less native-feeling than what you will get with Chrome OS (it principally simply places an emulated Android pill right into a window in your display, and also you then click on round on it to set up and run no matter apps you need), however for these check-run functions, it must be ok to offer you a primary concept of what types of issues you’ll and will not give you the option to do.

If you possibly can ignore your local PC packages for every week and get all the things you want completed in your browser and/or in Android apps with out a lot hassle, Chrome OS will certainly work for you. If it is a wrestle, it’s your decision to assume twice about going the Chromebook route.

Now, remember that that is merely a simulation — a check of the essential instruments and limitations of the Chrome OS setting. Crucially, whereas the restrictions are comparable, utilizing solely a browser on a PC is not the identical expertise you’d get on an precise Chromebook, Android apps or not. (That’s one other a type of pesky Chrome OS myths.)

As I’ve famous earlier than, the rationale Chrome OS does not run common local apps and act like a standard PC surroundings is as a result of the kind of individual the platform is designed for does not want common local apps or a standard PC surroundings — and eliminating these parts permits some engaging advantages to be added in.

To quote a devastatingly good-looking author I do know:

Startup velocity apart, the Chrome OS techniques make numerous issues about conventional computing environments really feel outdated: the cumbersome setup and set up procedures; the annoying and time-consuming OS upgrades; the necessity to manually replace purposes over time; the necessity to use antivirus software program (and the accompanying probability and potential penalties of an infection); the reliance on difficult drivers; and the inevitable bogged-down, slowed-down impact that all the time appears to occur to PCs after you’ve got had ’em for a number of months.

Plain and easy, for people bought on the cloud-centric idea, Chrome OS can take a lot of the effort out of computing — as a result of because of the platform’s very nature, you do not have to cope with the kinds of annoyances talked about above. By using Google’s common syncing system, the OS additionally permits any Chromebook to look and act like your personal private machine inside moments of your signing in. All of your knowledge, settings, extensions, and purposes are immediately and constantly synced throughout all techniques, so that you’re by no means tied down to anybody system.

With all of these benefits, a Chromebook is usually a refreshing various to the normal PC surroundings — if it is sensible for your wants. And it definitely will not make sense for everybody.

Answer the three questions above, and you will know if it does for you.


Facebook’s Testing Out a New Tool to Help You Connect with Like-Minded Users

Facebook’s Testing Out a New Tool to Help You Connect with Like-Minded Users | Social Media Today

Facebook’s always looking to boost sharing and interaction on the platform – as The Social Network has noted previously:

Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things you want to be connected to — starting with the people you are friends with on Facebook.”

Not only does this encourage more engagement (which is a crucial measure for social platform success), but more sharing means more data, and more data means better ad targeting. Facebook needs to facilitate connection in order to fuel their whole business model.

Which is why their latest test makes sense.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s rolling out a new “Discover People” option which will enable users to connect with others who are interested in similar things as they are, including upcoming events, people who work at the same company or even those who simply live nearby. The new feature was initially tested in Australia and New Zealand but it’s now in the process of being rolled out more widely.

The new option will be available within the options menu (the three lines) – some users will have access already.

Once selected, you’re prompted to update your profile bio and photo to ensure it’s accurate and up to date. Below that, you’re shown a list of all the events for which you’ve registered an interest in attending – when you click into any of these, you’re shown a listing of other people who will be heading along, and you can click onto any profile for more information.

As you can see, clicking on a profile will show you not only who each attendee is, but also any things you have in common with them, helping facilitate connection.

And as noted, in addition to events, you can also see a listing of work colleagues and people who live in the same area, further adding to the connective capacity of the tool.

It’s an interesting option, and it certainly adds something to the Facebook mix – but is connecting with strangers something Facebook users will warm to?

In the case of events – particularly business related functions – the tool makes some sense, and LinkedIn actually offers similar in their new platform prompts, introduced as part of their recent redesign.



[Source:- Socialmediatoday]


Oxygen OS 3.2.6 rolling out for the OnePlus 3

OnePlus has started rolling out Oxygen OS 3.2.6 update for the OnePlus 3 which brings with it several improvements and bug fixes such as Improved camera quality, optimized white balance and improved 1080p video recording.

This is an extremely incremental update and does not bring any new feature or major changes. However, the list of bug fixes, optimisations and improvements is huge.

Full Changelog:
Optimized voice call quality of some IM applications.
Improved adaptive brightness performance
Improved camera quality
Fixed occasional green/yellow issue
Optimized white balance
Improved 1080p video recording
Addressed some bluetooth connection problems for vehicles
Allows third party application to modify ringtone
Optimized battery consumption when scrolling
Optimized touch accuracy when playing games
Added DozeMode switch in Developer options
Added PocketMode switch in Display settings

When can you get it?
The update will be rolling out to OnePlus 3 users over the course of the next few weeks so don’t be frustrated if your OnePlus 3 doesn’t show an update right now.

OnePlus started rolling out the update to a small group of OnePlus 3 owners yesterday and will be expanding the reach of the update today.

In a bid to avoid bugs
OnePlus might be following this approach in order to gauge if there are any problems with the update with a small set of users before the broad rollout after themassive issues past Oxygen OS updates have faced.




[Source:- Techrader]

Dreamweaver Beta 3 is out now


At long last, Adobe has discovered the text editor. Yes, I’m kidding, but let’s not lie to ourselves; the main feature of the DW series has always been the drag ‘n’ drop editor. Sure, you could use it as a code-only editor, but there were always much cheaper alternatives that did it better.

They also did it faster.

Well the new Dreamweaver Beta 3 is out, and Adobe is trying to shake off the specter of versions past. I gave it a whirl, and found plenty to like, and a few things to be sarcastic about— it’s a win-win for me.

First, let’s tackle the latest features, most of which have to do with the “code workspace” (that is, the text editor). Firstly, Dreamweaver now supports PHP 5.6 all the way. That’s great for everybody who hasn’t moved to the latest stable version of PHP, which is 7.0.1—Ah, they’ll get there.

The full screen mode for the text editor now works on Mac. “That’s good, probably,” said the Windows/Linux guy.

You can now compile LESS and SASS on demand, or automatically. Take your pick. Files inside of your “Site” or project folder get compiled automatically. Files outside of the project folder can be compiled by hitting F9.

Lastly, they made some small tweaks and improvements to the find/replace function.

Now I’d like to mention some things that I liked about it when I tried it out:

  • They’re making it even easier to work with media queries in Live Mode. You can add them straight from the rulers on the top and sides now.
  • Emmet seems to be a default feature. Always a win for us front-end guys.
  • They have pre-installed snippets for Bootstrap components, jQuery UI, jQuery Mobile, and other popular frameworks. We can probably expect to see this list grow over time.
  • It really does run a lot faster than I remember it running in the old days. It seems Adobe is pushing for better performance in all of their products, and Dreamweaver got the treatment too.

Dreamweaver is still a huge application, and doesn’t have that beautiful sense of focus that you get from text editors like Atom, Sublime Text, or even Visual Studio Code. It is making a lot of progress in the right direction, though. I can easily see it being used in multidisciplinary teams and agencies, where some might design primarily in live mode, and others focus on the back end.

With the current pricing scheme, it probably won’t be competing with design teams that want a purely visual tool. They’ll still be flocking to the cloud applications.

To justify that monthly price per person, it’s for people who need both.



[Source:- webdesignerdepot]

Instagram’s new video channels will assist you geek out over your obsessions

The organization is including new topicbased totally video channels to the “exploresection of the app. The channels, with a view to be labeled as “picked for you,” will floor based totally on topics you may be inquisitive about.
Instagram first brought video channels to the discover phase of the app in an replace ultimate spring. but the latest replace adds a couple dozen new topical channels that allow users to observe clips around precise pastimes they will have.

The 23 new channels cowl a extensive sort of topics and range from extraordinary unique (“hair braiding” and “computer graphics makeup“) to more preferred pursuits (“fishing” and “ceramics”).

photo: Instagram

The channels are algorithmically generated and curated by using Instagram. The company hasn’t elaborated on how it determines which of them to expose to each person, however we are guessing it is based on the same or comparable elements that electricity the relaxation of explore‘s recommendations, including the accounts you observe and posts you’ve got liked within the past.

Like facebook, Instagram has been step by step ramping up its video efforts in latest months. The app delivered 60-2nd motion pictures and a new video advert layout. those adjustments, in conjunction with a bigger emphasis on video inside the explore segment, appear like paying off — general video viewing time at the platform has increased a hundred and fifty% over the past six months, the company stated in a declaration Thursday. And including 20+ new subject matter channels will in all likelihood handiest growth video engagement for the duration of the platform.

A full list of Instagram’s new subject matterprimarily based channels is under (even though more could be introduced in future updates):

Oddly enjoyable




special effects make-up



Cake redecorating


comedian book Artists



Nail Artists

Hair Tutorials



make-up Tutorials

Ballet Dancers



Makers & Artisans

Baseball players


Google Rolls Out Free Gigabit Internet Service to Public Housing

Many of us might take high-speed Internet access for granted, but for low-income folks it’s a luxury they simply can’t afford. Google hopes to pick up some of that slack.

The company on Wednesday began rolling out a program that will provide free, super-fast Internet connections to people who live in public housing. The first recipients: residents of 100 apartments at the West Bluff housing complex in Kansas City, Missouri. They’ll be able to connect to gigabit Internet service via Google Fiber, at no cost to them or to the Housing Authority of Kansas City.

Eventually, Google hopes to connect up to nine low-income properties in the Kansas City metro area. It then intends to expand the gigabit program to affordable housing communities in the other cities where Google Fiber service is already available (Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas) or planned (Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham).

It’s an extension of a partnership Google announced last year with ConnectHome, a program launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the White House to bring Internet access to more school-age children and families living in public housing.


“The U.S. has some of the most expensive broadband in the world, while lagging far behind other countries in Internet speeds. And for families in affordable housing, cost can be one of the biggest barriers to getting online,” Dennis Kish, vice president for Google Fiber, said in a blog post.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, some 34 million Americans still lack access to broadband, which the agency defines as a 25 megabit connection for download and 3 megabits for upload.


[Source:- NBC]