Google’s Adiantum could bring encryption to budget phones (and other devices)

Google has required phone makers to offer storage encryption on most smartphones that have shipped with Android 6.0 or later. But the company has offered exemptions on devices that don’t support hardware-accelerated cryptography. In a nutshell, if you’re buying a modern phone with an ARMv8 processor, it probably supports disk encryption. If you pick up […]

NeTV2 open video development board is also a tool in a legal fight against DRM (crowdfunding)

Hardware hacker and bunnie huang’s latest project is an open source video board aimed at developers. It’s called the NeTV2 and it supports 1080p video at 60 Hz, features two HDMI ports, and is powered by an FPGA and 512MB of RAM. The NeTV 2 board also includes PCIe 2.0 x4 connectors, allowing it to […]

FBI unable to access “nearly half” of mobile devices attempted this year

Concerned that the FBI or other government (or non-government) agencies might be able to access data from your smartphone without permission?Documents uploaded to WikiLeaks in recent months show that the US Central Intelligence Agency has been developing tools for hacking smartphones and other electronic devices for years. But in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, […]

Amazon Fire OS 5 removes support for encryption from Fire tablets (Updated)

Apple may be fighting the FBI in court to resist demands that the company decrypt data on a customer’s smartphone. But Amazon seems to have taken a step in the opposite direction. The recent Fire OS 5 update for Fire tablets and Fire TV media streamers adds new functionality (such as Bluetooth speaker and keyboard […]

Everykey 2.0 is a key to unlock…. everything

Cleveland-based startup Everykey produces a small device that’s designed to unlock practically anything with a password or key (including physical locks and car doors) when you get close to it. Walk away with the Everykey in your pocket and and your computer, phone, and car will lock up tight. The company recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for […]

Lilbits (6-3-2014): Android Wear is coming

LG and Motorola are set to launch two of the first smartwatches running Google’s new Android Wear software this summer, and Google is likely to focus pretty heavily on the new platform at its upcoming Google I/O developer conference later in June. Ahead of the conference, Google has been busy posting plenty of tools for […]

Lilbits (5-28-2014): Google designs its own self driving cars

Google has a habit of working on crazy sci-fi projects like delivering internet access to underserved parts of the globe with balloons and developing cars that drive themselves. Up until recently, those self-driving cars were basically commercially available vehicles that had been retrofitted to work without user input. Now Google’s going all out and building […]

HTTPS Everywhere makes Firefox for Android more secure

HTTPS Everywhere is a plugin for web browsers that does its best to force a secure, HTTPS connection whenever possible. It’s been available for desktop browsers including Firefox, Opera, and Chrome for a while. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced that HTTPS Everywhere is going mobile. You can download and install the plugin using […]