Google has released its fifth security update for its Android mobile operating system so far in 2016, this time patching 40 vulnerabilities. Of those, 12 are rated as critical, with two of the critical issues identified as remote code execution vulnerabilities in Android’s much maligned mediaserver component.
Adrian Ludwig, Android’s lead security engineer, wrote on Google+ that Google took the problem seriously. Other Google sources added that they did so because they were aware of the problem via the upstream Linux kernel security team. Perception Point, which had claimed that the “vulnerability has implications for … 66 percent of all Android devices (phones/tablets).” had not bothered to tell them about the problem.
Vancouver, Canada based Intrinsyc Technologies Corp. has expanded its line of Qualcomm Snapdragon based Open-Q computer-on-modules with a tiny module that taps Qualcomm’s 64-bit, Snapdragon 410. The Open-Q 410 is designed for Internet of Things applications like robotics, cameras, set-top-boxes, wearables, medical devices, vending machines, building and home automation, and industrial control.
Google announced an Asus “Chromebit” HDMI stick running Chrome OS, plus four new low-cost Chromebooks, and opened its Android-to-Chrome OS app porting tech.
Google took the Linux and Chrome browser based Chrome OS a step closer to a potential convergence with Android as it announced the first embedded form-factor Chrome OS computer, as well as the most affordable touchscreen Chromebook yet.
Thin-clients are great for security and keeping everyone on the same software platform page but they can be a pain to set up. Dell’s Wyse division, which has been doing thin-clients for decades, has cooked up a new way to avoid the thin-client setup trouble: An Android-powered, universal-thin client called the Wyse Cloud Connect.