Android 5.0 Lollipop Best New Features

5 awesome Android Lollipop features you’ve probably never heard of

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5 awesome Android Lollipop features you’ve probably never heard of

By now we’re all very familiar with the big features Google added to Android with its Lollipop release, highlighted by the addition of its gorgeous Material Design user interface. Droid Life, however, has dug below the surface and has unearthed some lesser known gems in Lollipop that we think are really worth highlighting. More →

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Uber Android App Spying Permissions

Uber’s Android app is reportedly collecting a huge amount of data without your knowledge

By on November 26, 2014 at 10:31 AM.

Uber’s Android app is reportedly collecting a huge amount of data without your knowledge

Uber has been recently hit by various controversies, and it looks like the company’s PR team will have one more thing to clean up: its Android application. According to a report from Joe’s Security Blog and a post on Y Combinato’r Hacker News further detailing the matter, the official Uber Android app might be spying on users, collecting various data that it shouldn’t have access to in the first place. More →

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iPhone and Android Smartphone Health Risks

Here are two ways your iPhone might be killing you softly

By on November 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Here are two ways your iPhone might be killing you softly

For many people nowadays, smartphones such as the iPhone (and any other similar device running Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other mobile operating systems) are ubiquitous, must-have, devices that offer instant access to information and entertainment. And while they’re certainly important gadgets that come in handy during modern-day life, they can also have some negative effects on the human body The Register reports, quoting two different studies. More →

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Google Android Billboard in Times Square

Google takes over Times Square with massive, interactive Android billboard

By on November 25, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

Google takes over Times Square with massive, interactive Android billboard

Even though Android is the dominating smartphone platform when it comes to market share, enjoying huge popularity in many markets, Google appears to be interested in heavily promoting it this holiday season, especially now that Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 have all been launched. Google has taken its Android video commercials — the ones telling the audience that Android is supposed to offer user a unique experience  to a whole new level, Android Central reports, renting ad space on a huge, over 25,000 square feet, billboard in Times Square.

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iPhone vs. Android Tracking

Here’s who is tracking your smartphone – and how to stop them

By on November 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

Here’s who is tracking your smartphone – and how to stop them

One of the problems with smartphones is that spy agencies and advertisers can use them to collect data and keep tabs on users, as many reports have shown in the last 18 months. While companies such as Apple and Google have started encrypting iPhone and Android devices by default, prompting the U.S. government to heavily criticize their encryption practices, that doesn’t mean smartphones are now free from spying. More →

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Google Maps 9.1 for Android Update

Latest Google Maps update brings awesome new features to Android

By on November 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

Latest Google Maps update brings awesome new features to Android

Google has a new Google Maps version out, Android Police reports, which brings some neat new features to this popular Google service. Google Maps 9.1 for Android — available for immediate download by following the source link, in case it hasn’t been already rolled out to your device — will be even more useful when planning trips or when looking for certain locations. More →

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Android Malware: NotCompatible

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

By on November 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.

As many as 4.5 million American Android smartphone users may have been fooled into somehow downloading a complex malicious program on their devices since January 2013, The New Yok Times reports, citing security company Lookout. More →

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iPhone and Android Encryption vs. FBI

Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child

By on November 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child

The U.S. government doesn’t appreciate the increased personal data protection measures tech companies including Apple, Google and others offer their American and international customers following the many reports that detailed the advanced spying and mass data collection tools the NSA has at its disposal. As a result, the government keeps offering tragedy scenarios — that a child will die because law enforcement agencies will not be able to access crucial data on an encrypted phone belonging to a criminal — in its attempt to persuade tech companies to come up with some sort of encryption technology that would give law enforcement agencies access to protected phones and other devices with a warrant, while still protecting other users’ privacy. More →

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Popcorn Time for Android: Offline Playback

Big update brings new features to the ‘Netflix for Pirates’ app for Android

By on November 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

Big update brings new features to the ‘Netflix for Pirates’ app for Android

The developers behind Popcorn Time have come up with a new version for Android devices, available in beta starting today, and its main new feature is offline playback support. In other words, users who like streaming videos through “Netflix for Pirates” will be able to do so even when there’s no Internet connection available. More →

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Black Friday 2014 Sales

These 2 free iPhone and Android apps will help you find the best Black Friday deals

By on November 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

These 2 free iPhone and Android apps will help you find the best Black Friday deals

Black Friday 2014 is now less than two weeks away, and we have shared some of the biggest and most impressive Black Friday sales ever with you over the past few days. Highlights include Best Buy’s big Black Friday sale, more than 165 deals from Samsung, Walmart’s big sale and tons of deals from Target. In all, however, there are thousands of deals to look through and it can definitely get overwhelming.

We recently shared a few mobile apps with you that will help you find the best deals this holiday season and save as much money as possible, and now we can add two more great free apps to that list. More →

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2015 Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung will finally give up on gadget spam next year

By on November 18, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Samsung will finally give up on gadget spam next year

Samsung has used smartphone buyers in previous years to seeing a wide variety of Galaxy-branded smartphone and tablet versions in stores, as the company tried to meet all the various smartphone requirements customers might have, both when it comes to features and prices. While the smartphone spam strategy worked well in Samsung’s favor for a few years, helping the Korean giant get a large share of the Android market by selling plenty of entry-level and mid-range handsets on top of flagship devices, that might not be enough for the company anymore, whose mobile division isn’t as profitable as it used to be.

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Nokia Z Launcher Download

One of the best Android launchers just got even better – and you can finally download it

By on November 18, 2014 at 4:45 AM.

One of the best Android launchers just got even better – and you can finally download it

Nokia surprised the mobile community this past summer when the company unveiled its first ever Android app, Z Launcher. With its devices and services business out of the way and its obligations to Microsoft regarding Windows Phone gone, the company wasted no time in embracing Google’s mobile platform.

Z Launcher, a nifty and intelligent Android launcher that places a user’s most popular apps on the home screen and changes based on the time of the day, was initially released as a pre-beta intended to be made available to 10,000 initial testers.

By the end of its first day of availability, Z Launcher had been downloaded 100,000 times and Nokia had to stop accepting new users. More →

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