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Earlier this year the folks at Bluebox Security discovered a vulnerability affecting nearly any device running Android 1.6 or later. The company alerted Google, and eventually let the public know.

This week Google confirmed that it’s sent a security patch to partners, but it’s up to individual device makers to update the software for the phones, tablets, and other devices already in the wild — and it’s likely that some older models will never see official updates.

Fortunately there are always unofficial updates. The makers of one of the most popular custom ROMs for Android devices have already started rolling out a new version of CyanogenMod which patches the vulnerability.

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Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.

  • CyanogenMod 10.1.1 begins rolling out with major security updates
    A major security exploit affecting most Android devices was recently unveiled, and while Google has issues a patch, most smartphone and tablet makers have yet to incorporate it into their firmware. The good news is if you’re using the CyanogenMod custom ROM, there’s a new build with the security patch, along with a number of other security fixes. [CyanogenMod]
  • Leaked image of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi3 w/5.5 inch, 1080p display?
    Chinese device and software maker Xiaomi’s next smartphone might have a 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM, and a 13GB camera. ANd this might be what it looks like. Maybe. [GSM Arena]
  • Google Chrome for Windows gets support for high-res displays
    High resolution screens are awesome… unless you hate tiny text. While a growing number of Windows laptops are starting to come with higher-than-1080p displays, many Windows apps aren’t yet optimized to scale text and graphics so that they’re easy to use on those screens. Soon Chrome will be one of the few that does. [CNET]
  • Apple may be moving to IGZO displays for next-gen iPad, MacBook models
    IGZO displays are designed to be brighter and offer higher resolutions than most competing displays, all while using less power. It’s not surprising that there’s a rumor that Apple’s looking at using the technology in its upcoming products. [CNET]
  • Judge: Apple conspired to raise eBook prices, violated anti-trust laws
    There was a time when it was tough to find an eBook that sold for more than $9.99. You can thank Amazon for that. Then Apple got into the eBook game and started pushing $12.99 and $14.99 titles. Apparently it broke anti-trust rules by conspiring with publishers to drive up the prices of digital books. That’s what a judge says, anyway. Don’t be surprised if there’s an appeal. [Reuters]

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