A serious vulnerability has been found in recent builds of the Linux kernel, allowing any local user to gain root access on an unpatched device… which could include a number of Android phones running Linux kernel 5.8 or later.

In other recent tech news from around the web Google is building an Android feature that will let users save space on their devices by “archiving” infrequently used apps rather than uninstalling them, but it’s up to app developers to support the feature. Amazon has launched its Clubhouse competitors… except it’s really not. Microsoft is bringing support for hardware-accelerated H.264 video playback to Android apps running on Windows 11. And now you can run the Linux-based postmarketOS operating system on the F(x)tec Pro1 smartphone with a slide-out keyboard… assuming you have an older model of the phone.


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  1. I’ve noticed that when I uninstall something from android phones it tends to leave a lot of files and folders lying around anyway, so this is mostly just a standardized thing that a bunch of apps already did.

    Also, I thought the name “Amp” was trademarked by Google. I can see why Amazon is doing this though, they see tiktok’s success and want money, but I doubt people will be really capable of pulling off the same insufferable smug captions and editing, in real time, that cause stupid people to stare endlessly at the dumb garbage that fills up most of tiktok.
    But if for some unforeseen reason it does take off, I feel sorry for the poor kids who are going to have to use it to communicate. People don’t need that kind of pressure to perform and look good in every conversation. It’s been bad enough on social media as it is.