The Rise Of Mobile Apps

How the rise of mobile apps is making everything easier

How the rise of mobile apps is making everything easier

By on August 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

There was a time when Googling for “how to erase background in Photoshop” meant something. Budding graphical wizards understood that software existed to accomplish fantastical things such as removing a background and coloring it with something else, but the process was complicated. It required supremely expensive software, plenty of time for research, and the patience of Job. But it was easier than doing it by hand, so we were grateful. More →

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Android Vs. iPhone Apps

Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about

By on August 29, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Android is beating iOS in a way that Google will never brag about

Google and Apple never hesitate to brag about things that their platforms supposedly do better than one another but we have a hard time imagining Google bragging about beating iOS in this particular metric. UberGizmo directs our attention to a new report from Pornhub showing that more porn traffic now comes from Android phones than from iPhones. More →

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Google Maps Location Tracking

Google Maps tracks every single step you take – here’s how to stop it

Google Maps tracks every single step you take – here’s how to stop it

By on August 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

Google Maps has completely changed the way people navigate the world. Without having to pay a dime, users are able to find almost any location on the planet, learn about it, and even navigate to it. Of course, “free” always comes at a price with Google as we have discussed at length in the past, and sometimes Google collects far more data than most people are aware. Google’s various services always detail data collection in their terms and conditions, but we all know just about no one actually reads those lengthy jargon-filled disclaimers.

When it comes to Google Maps in particular, you might be shocked at how much private data the app collects — even while it’s not open. More →

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Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt’s curious advice: ‘Know your competition, but don’t copy it’

By on August 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Eric Schmidt’s curious advice: ‘Know your competition, but don’t copy it’

In the latest edition of Talking Schmidt, a series where 9to5Google analyzes Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s most baffling quotes, we take a look at Schmidt’s upcoming book, How Google Works. In order to promote the book, Schmidt took to Google+ and posted the following image. More →

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Smartphone Trade-in

How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launches

By on August 27, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

How to guarantee you get today’s trade-in value for your phone even after the iPhone 6 launches

While months of leaks and rumors have painted what appears to be a very extensive picture of what we can expect from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, nothing is certain until the next-generation iPhone is finally unveiled on stage early next month. Well, almost nothing is certain.

There are a few things we know beyond the shadow of a doubt, and one of them is the fact that there will be a massive influx of used smartphones being sold and traded in as people upgrade to the new iPhone 6. All those trade-ins inevitably drive used phone values down, but as it turns out, there is a simple way to guarantee that you get today’s higher value for your current smartphone even if you don’t trade it in until after the iPhone 6 debuts next month. More →

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Cyanogen Nextbit Android Phone

Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

By on August 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

Top-secret project could produce the most exciting Android phone ever made

Forget the OnePlus One — there could soon be a brand-new Cyanogen-enhanced Android phone coming that will blow other Android phones away. Per Engadget, Cyanogen and a mysterious startup called Nexbit have announced that they’re working together on “something really cool,” although they never specify what that “something” actually is. There are some very good reasons to think it’s going to be a killer new Android phone, however. More →

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Android Phones Ransomware Attacks

Thousands of Android phones are being hijacked by terrifying ransomware

By on August 26, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Thousands of Android phones are being hijacked by terrifying ransomware

Android users beware — another major malware threat has taken the mobile world by storm. According to San Francisco-based security firm Lookout, nearly 900,000 Android phones have been targeted by a form of ransomware called “ScarePackage” in the last 30 days, The New York Times reports.
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OpenSignal Android Fragmentation Report

Research reveals there are almost 19,000 different kinds of Android devices in use

By on August 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM.

Research reveals there are almost 19,000 different kinds of Android devices in use

No wonder you may be having trouble buying the right Android smartphone and/or tablet for you, as there are simply so many devices to choose from. OpenSignal has released its “Android Fragmentation Visualized” report for August 2014, revealing there are 18,796 distinct Android devices this year, a significant increase from last August, when 11,868 devices were registered. More →

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Malware Hack for Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

By on August 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

Researchers learn how to hack your phone’s Gmail app at a stunning 92% success rate

While Android is usually the mobile platform of choice for hackers, new research that’s about to be presented at the USENIX Security Symposium in San Diego shows that it’s actually possible to use a newly discovered trick to steal data from an unsuspecting smartphone users’ apps, whether they’re running Android, iOS or Windows Phone, Phys.org reports. More →

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Free Android Apps Vulnerabilities

Most of your favorite free Android apps leave you open to hackers

By on August 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM.

Most of your favorite free Android apps leave you open to hackers

Security has always been a huge concern for Android users. From seemingly insignificant security flaws to massive outbreaks that make international headlines, it’s never a bad idea to be cautious when downloading a new app or browsing the web. Unfortunately, sometimes even being careful isn’t enough. In a recent analysis, the FireEye Mobile Security Team discovered that 68% of the top 1,000 free apps on Google Play are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. More →

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QBracelet Battery for iPhone and Android

This stylish smart bracelet gives you a smartphone battery boost when you need it most

By on August 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

This stylish smart bracelet gives you a smartphone battery boost when you need it most

The QBracelet from Q Designs is a stylish, lightweight, unisex bracelet that packs a 1,160mAh battery capable of delivering that extra battery boost for your smartphone when you’re on the go – that’s more than 60% of a full iPhone 5s charge, according to the company. The bracelet is currently available for pre-order on the company’s website for $79.99 — that’s $20 off the future retail price — and is compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. More →

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Ignore No More Android App

Ingenious mom comes up with an app that locks her kids’ phones until they call her back

By on August 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM.

Ingenious mom comes up with an app that locks her kids’ phones until they call her back

Sharon Standifird is a mom from Houston, Texas, who had a problem: Her children would not return her calls and texts on time. Frustrated and worried, she decided to take the matter into her own hands and create an app to specifically deal with teenagers who do not answer calls from parents on their smartphones, even though she didn’t actually know how to code. More →

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