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Amazon Music app for Android quietly gets Chromecast support

By Valentina Palladino

(credit: Sam Machkovech)

The Amazon Music app has been around for years and has supported connecting to a number of external devices for music playback. But Google’s Chromecast wasn’t one of them until now. Amazon has quietly updated the Amazon Music app for Android to include Chromecast support, allowing Android users to shoot music from their device to a nearby Chromecast.

The feature was first spotted earlier this month by TechHive when it was mid-rollout. Not all Android users had the ability to connect Amazon Music to a Chromecast at that point, but now it appears the new feature is official. The Amazon Music app page in the Google Play Store includes this update under the What’s New section: “Chromecast Support: You can now select music on your Android device and have the music play on your Chromecast enabled devices.” The app was last updated November 13, 2017.

The Android app could already connect to other Bluetooth devices, but Chromecast support had not been enabled until now. Those Android users who primarily use a Chromecast for all their casting needs will now be able to easily play music from the Amazon Music mobile app through their TV/speaker setup.

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Pixel won’t get KRACK fix until December, but is that really a big deal?

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / *For various interpretations of “Up to date.” (credit: Ron Amadeo)

In October, security researchers discovered a major vulnerability in a Wi-Fi’s WPA2 security called “KRACK.” This “Key Reinstallation Attack” can disrupt the initial encryption handshake that happens when an access point and a device first connect, allowing an attacker to read information assumed to be securely encrypted. It’s possible to totally defeat WPA2 encryption using KRACK, allowing a third party to sniff all the Wi-Fi packets you’re sending out. Any device that uses Wi-Fi and WPA2 is most likely vulnerable to the bug, which at this point is basically every wireless gadget on Earth.

Google and the rest of the OEMs are working to clean up Android’s KRACK epidemic, and on Monday, Google addressed the bug in the November Android Security Bulletin. A patch was posted this week to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository, and at the same time, Google started rolling out a November security update to Google Pixel and Nexus devices. But if you read the bulletin closely, you’ll see the November security patch for Google devices does not contain the KRACK fix.

Google’s Android security bulletin is not the clearest thing on Earth. The company posted three different general Android security bulletins for November on Monday, labeled “2017-11-01,” “2017-11-05,” and “2017-11-06.” The Pixel/Nexus specific security page mentions that Google is pushing out only the “11-05” update to devices, leaving OEMs to deal with the rest. However, Google also had language saying the “11-05” release “addresses all issues in the November 2017 Android Security Bulletin,” which would suggest a KRACK fix.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing is On…a Smartphone?

By Tim

One of the great things about being the editor, admin, supervisor and chief cook and bottle washer of your own site is that you can post any damned thing you want. Now obviously I do not post a lot of smartphone stuff here, but this one is an exception.

The ZTE Axon M foldable smartphone is a very cool, first of it’s kind device! Considering it is made by ZTE and not Samsung or Apple or Asus or HTC, etc, it is very cool!

Currently it appears to be on AT&T and can be found here. I would guess other carriers may pick it up soon. The price is hefty, but certainly less than an iPhone, so this one may be one to consider.

On the other hand you might just want to kick back and watch the waterfall of foldable devices begin and be able to say “remember when ZTE was the only one with a foldable device?”.

This one comes to us from the Unboxing Therapy channel on YouTube and was posted today. I would suggest subscribing to his channel because if nothing else, he is entertaining.

So let us just get to the video and quit with the chatter…

That will be all for now,

Tim

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Android security update fixes KRACK, slaps Band-Aid on Pixel 2 XL screen

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

It’s a new month, and that means a new security update for Android. The November Android security patch is out, and this is more noteworthy than most with its fix for the high-profile key reinstallation attack (KRACK). It also puts some Band-Aids on the newly released Pixel 2 phones.

Google actually released three “November” security patches last night. First there’s the normal “2017-11-01” security patch, which contains all the monthly patches developed on the regular schedule. OEMs get these fixes a full month in advance (so early October in this case), and Google lets the bugs sit around for a whole month, allowing OEMs to port the patch to their phones. A month later, Google discloses the bugs and (theoretically) does a simultaneous release with the Android OEMs and carriers.

Anything higher than the “20xx-xx-01” release exists because Google needed to target a particularly nasty bug in the middle of the month and fast track it through the release system. In this case, we have the “2017-11-05” and “2017-11-06” releases. While the 11/5 patch was mostly about fixing a critical Qualcomm bug, it’s the 11/6 patch that will get the most attention, since it patches the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability.

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A surge of sites and apps are exhausting your CPU to mine cryptocurrency

By Dan Goodin

Enlarge / A cryptocurrency mining farm. (credit: Marco Krohn)

The Internet is awash with covert crypto currency miners that bog down computers and even smartphones with computationally intensive math problems called by hacked or ethically questionable sites.

The latest examples came on Monday with the revelation from antivirus provider Trend Micro that at least two Android apps with as many as 50,000 downloads from Google Play were recently caught putting crypto miners inside a hidden browser window. The miners caused phones running the apps to run JavaScript hosted on Coinhive.com, a site that harnesses the CPUs of millions of PCs to mine the Monero crypto currency. In turn, Coinhive gives participating sites a tiny cut of the relatively small proceeds. Google has since removed the apps, which were known as Recitiamo Santo Rosario Free and SafetyNet Wireless App.

Last week, researchers from security firm Sucuri warned that at least 500 websites running the WordPress content management system alone had been hacked to run the Coinhive mining scripts. Sucuri said other Web platforms—including Magento, Joomla, and Drupal—are also being hacked in large numbers to run the Coinhive programming interface.

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