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Samsung’s Galaxy 3 is Vulnerable to Remote Wiping by Hackers [VIDEO]

Ravi Borgaonkar demonstrating Galaxy handset flaws. (Screengrab)

During a recent security conference in South America, a Berlin-based researcher revealed that Samsung has a major problem with its iPhone challengers, the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy S2 smartphones.

Both can easily be remotely wiped by code embedded in a web page.

Ravi Borgaonkar found that the Galaxy’s “service loading” feature, its method of communicating with application servers, can be exploited with just one line of code tucked away in a web page’s HTML. If the attack is successful, the malicious code reverts the phones to their factory settings. Worse still, once the attack begins, the phone’s user can’t do a thing about it.

That’s bad enough. There’s also this: Read More

Urban Legends

Soon Sanitary Inspection Horrors Will Be Just a QR Code Away

BUT WHY?! (Photo: flickr.com/notionscapital)

Sanitary inspection letter grades make a great rule of thumb, but sometimes you want to know exactly what knocked that diner down from a B to a C. For those times, thanks to a new law, there’ll be QR codes.

The Daily News reports that the City Council has just passed a bill ruling that, starting next year, permits for restaurant and other inspected businesses will include QR codes, which customers can use to access whatever information is publicly available.  Read More


Single-Serving Site of the Day: ‘Pictures of People Scanning QR Codes’


Single-serving sites continue to transcend the outward resemblance of being useful. They’re almost always better when paired with a performative aspect. When done well, The Single-Serving Site as Statement conveys a witty, sharp idea succinctly that offers only marginal functionality, if any. Besides, who needs a legitimately functional single-serving site when Twitter, desktop widgets, feeds, and SEO-baiting Huffington Post searches exist?

For example, while Babes of NPR might be interesting, fun to look at, and appeal to plenty of people, it’s not as useful, funny, or memorable as Did Buzzfeed Hire Anybody New Today?

Which is why, to be modest in praise, the following may be the most perfect single-serving site ever. Read More