June security update coming to Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and  S7 edge owners should feel a little more secure following the latest OTA update sent out to the 2016 flagship duo. The Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930W8VLS2BQF1, while the Galaxy S7 edge update contains software version G935W8VLS2BQF1.

As usual, the changelog doesn’t specify which vulnerabilities were exactly addressed for security reasons. In addition to the June security patch, the update also includes stability and performance optimizations and bug fixes. 
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New Galaxy S8/S8+ patch brings June security update and changes to the navigation bar

A new software update is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices around the globe. Weighing in at 453.72MB, the new update packs the June security update and a few changes to the navigation bar.

For security reasons, Samsung doesn’t specify which vulnerabilities were exactly addressed. However, the changelog mentions that a total of 119 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) related to the Galaxy S phones and Android have been resolved. 
As for the navigation bar, there is some good and bad news. A …

The Logitech Circle 2 is an all-around home security camera for $180

Looking for an easy way to keep an eye on your home even when you are away? Logitech is offering a solution that can do the job for you – a new home security camera called Circle 2.

The Logitech Circle 2 is designed to serve as a simple-to-use, remotely accessed observation tool, which you could use to check what’s happening at your front door or in the living room. The device stands out with its discrete, weatherproof design that makes outdoor, year-round usage an option. There is also a range of additional accessories allowing the camera to be mounted virtually …

Non-Droid Moto Z receives Soak Test that includes Android 7.1.1 and the June security patch

Last week, the Moto Z Play Droid became the first Moto model in the U.S. to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. Today Motorola has started to soak test Android 7.1.1  on the non-Droid version of the Moto Z. Some of those who own the device and subscribe to the Motorola Feedback Network were given the option to participate in the soak test. If you happen to be one of them, you might receive the update today on your handset. Remember, the idea behind these tests is to give the manufacturer feedback on the update so that changes can be made before all users are affected.

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Google fixes Pixel and Pixel XL freezing issues in the latest security update

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones had been plagued by many issues since their release last fall. A small percentage of these problems were caused during the manufacturing process, while others, most of them, were addressed via software updates.

A rather long thread on Google’s product forums contains the reports of many Pixel and Pixel XL owners who claim their devices freeze randomly or when they execute specific operations.

The reports started piling up since November, which means it took Google almost seven months to address some of the freezing …

BlackBerry pushes out June security update for Android phones purchased from the manufacturer

A tweet sent out today from the BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team (SIRT), indicates that the manufacturer has started rolling out the June security update for Android powered BlackBerry models that were purchased from the Shop BlackBerry website. Handsets bought from carriers or retailers will have to follow the update schedule conducted by those phone sellers. With BlackBerry focused on promoting its Android handsets as the most secure to employ the operating system, the company has made a strong effort to keep its security updates up-to-date.

The phones receiving the update include …

Google releases June security patch for Pixel and Nexus devices

As expected, the next security update for the month of June is out, although Google usually pushes these patches slightly earlier. The June security patch is now available for all compatible Pixel and Nexus devices, so if you own one, you might want to check for a new update.

The good news is Google has already published the factory images and OTA files for the June security update, so if it doesn’t yet show on your phone, you can try flashing it manually.

Here are all the devices eligible for this new security patch:

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Here is how much Google pays to those who find Android security holes

Do you know that you can get paid for finding security issues in Android? It is basically what Google offers with its Android Security Rewards (ASR) program, launched about two years ago. Rewards vary wildly depending on the nature of the vulnerability discovered, but Google says the average compensation paid to individuals is $2,150 for every valid claim they make, and dozens of researchers have received payments of $10,000 or more over the last two years. In total, over $1,5 million have been paid so far to teams and individuals contributing with vulnerability reports.
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The Essential Phone will (probably) receive monthly security updates

Officially unveiled yesterday, the Essential Phone will be released sometime in June as a pretty different alternative to most handsets out there. The brainchild of Andy Rubin (co-founder of Android and ex-Googler), the Essential Phone doesn’t feature any logo, and is a near-bezel-less, high-end device made out of titanium, ceramic, and Gorilla Glass 5.

As already announced, the Essential Phone (model number Essential PH-1) will run stock Android 7 Nougat out of the box. But what about software updates? Well, right now, Essential can only say that the company’s …

T-Mobile version of Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge both receive May security update

The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge should feel a little more secure to its owners following an OTA update sent out to the two handsets. The Galaxy S7 is receiving software version G930TUVS4BQE1 while the Galaxy S7 edge update contains software version G935TUVS4BQE1. For some reason, T-Mobile’s support pages do not reflect either one.

Once the update arrives on the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, users need to make sure that they are connected to a Wi-Fi network. If a Wi-Fi connection cannot be made, users should make sure that they are receiving a strong …