*Another new release this week is the ZTE Geek, a fairly standard 5-incher with a 720p screen, 1GB RAM, wireless charging, and -- most notably -- a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor, the first to use the company's latest mobile chipset.
Unfortunately, for those of you wowed by that clock speed, it doesn't seem likely that the Geek is headed to U.S. shores anytime soon. It's a shame, because I'd be interested in checking out the Geek and any further ZTE developments, which I'm going to assume will be called the ZTE Nerd, ZTE Basement-Dweller, and ZTE Neckbeard.
*From the "in-no-way-terrifying-and-anxiety-inducing" department -- one presenter at the Hack in the Box security event in Amsterdam demonstrated that it's possible to use an Android phone to hack into electronics used on commercial aircraft. According to a report from The Register, researcher Hugo Teso said he can effectively fly a commercial airliner from an Android device, thanks to major vulnerabilities in the software used for navigation and automatic piloting. (Wisely, he did not disclose the exact nature of his exploits.)
Teso, thankfully, noted that the flaws are easily patched and that manufacturers and the FAA are working to solve the problem.
*The Play store got a facelift this week, and Android users should see the more colorful, clean-lined interface popping up on their devices over the course of the next few weeks.
Delays in getting the critically acclaimed One to market have torpedoed HTC's profits, the company reported Monday. This highlights the fact that it wouldn't just be embarrassing for the Taiwanese OEM if Samsung gets the Galaxy S 4 onto the shelves first, despite having announced much later -- it would be potentially catastrophic. HTC has until April 26 to avoid that fate.
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