Android VPN Client App

Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN

By on August 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Opera just released an Android app that gives you unlimited free VPN

Opera made waves back in April when it announced the addition of unlimited free VPN service to its desktop web browser. VPN, or virtual private networking, is a technology that allows people to mask their actual IP addresses by routing their internet traffic through a third-party server. This way, any software that might collect information about users as they visit a website will not be able to record a user’s actual IP. People also often use VPN services to spoof their region, with the most widely discussed example being people who use a VPN client to make it appear to Netflix as though they’re based in the United States.

VPN services are incredibly valuable to people who protect their privacy while surfing the web, but these services can also have costly subscription plans that limit the amount of data you can use each month. That’s why Opera’s initial announcement was so intriguing, but the company has no intention of stopping with desktop browsing. More →

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Android 7.0 Nougat Download

How to get the Android Nougat upgrade, if your phone is worthy

By on August 22, 2016 at 1:43 PM.

How to get the Android Nougat upgrade, if your phone is worthy

Android Nougat is available today! Well, sorta. Unlike rollouts of things like iOS or even Windows 10, Android updates happen over the course of months and years, not days. But starting today, a small number of lucky users can finally get their hands on the latest and greatest from Google.

Nexus devices should be seeing the upgrade as an over-the-air download today. Devices like the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, and Pixel C are all eligible for the upgrade. Google says that updates are delayed by carrier and region, so if you don’t see the update today, keep trying, as it should appear soon.

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iPhone And Android

iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the smartphone market

By on August 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

iOS and Android inch closer to owning 100% of the smartphone market

The latest research numbers from Gartner reveal that iOS and Android are inching ever closer towards completely owning 100% of the entire global smartphone market. According to the latest figures, sales of Android and iOS handsets during the recent June quarter accounted for 99.1% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Broken down by platform, Android devices accounted for 86.2% of sales while iPhone sales accounted for 12.9% of sales.

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Verizon Bloatware List

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

By on August 17, 2016 at 2:54 PM.

Verizon wants to dump even more bloatware onto your smartphone

Android is the world’s most popular mobile operating system for several reasons. It’s open source, free for smartphone and tablet makers to use, it’s packed full of great features, and so on. But all that freedom comes at a cost for end users. For example, they have to wait months or even years for Android updates that include new features and crucial security fixes. Beyond that, unless they buy unlocked smartphone models directly from the vendor, they also have to deal with all kinds of bloatware that can often cause the user experience to suffer.

Speaking of bloatware, Verizon is one of the worst offenders and now it looks like the company wants to pack even more bloatware onto your next smartphone. More →

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Google Duo iPhone Android

Google’s FaceTime killer ‘Duo’ is now available for iPhone and Android

By on August 16, 2016 at 8:10 AM.

Google’s FaceTime killer ‘Duo’ is now available for iPhone and Android

Google unveiled two new communications apps at Google I/O this year, including messaging app Allo and video calling app Duo. The apps can be seen as great alternatives to Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, respectively, as they’ll also going to work on iPhone, not just Android.

Meanwhile, Google finally released one of them, Duo, which is available for download right away from the App Store and the Google Play store. More →

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Android Malware

New Android malware steals banking information, and spreads through Google’s own network

By on August 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

New Android malware steals banking information, and spreads through Google’s own network

Earlier today, researchers from Kaspersky Lab reported that they recently stumbled across a new piece of sophisticated Android malware designed to steal a user’s banking credentials. In a broad sense, the malware is similar to other schemes we’ve seen before insofar that it uses cleverly thought out phishing schemes designed to trick users into entering in their banking user ID and password.

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Android Phone 8GB RAM

There’s already an Android phone with 8GB of RAM on the way

By on August 12, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

There’s already an Android phone with 8GB of RAM on the way

Some of you may be upset that the Galaxy Note 7 that you wanted to buy this year isn’t going to be available outside of China. You know, the one packing way more than we need in smartphones these days – that’s 6GB of memory if you’re behind with the news. Samsung rationalized its choice to make a 6GB version by saying that it wants to compete better against local brands that keep pushing the envelope when it comes to RAM (though Samsung now seems to be rethinking the decision).

Well, if you roll your eyes when hearing that phones have 6GB of RAM these days, then you’d better prepare yourself. A new report says that Chinese company LeEco will launch a handset with 8GB of RAM early next month, maybe on the same day Apple hosts its iPhone 7 event.

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Donald Trump Twitter

Donald Trump’s angriest tweets are sent from his Android while the nice ones are sent from an iPhone

By on August 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Donald Trump’s angriest tweets are sent from his Android while the nice ones are sent from an iPhone

Over the weekend, Hollywood visual effects director Todd Vaziri (you’ve undoubtedly seen his work in films like Avatar, The Avengers and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) made a casual and rather interesting observation about Donald Trump’s tweeting habits.

After looking at two months worth of Trump tweets, Vaziri noticed that most of Trumps more abrasive and hyperbolic tweets were sent from Android devices. On the flip side, Trumps more benign postings tended to come exclusively from iPhone devices.

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QuadRooter Android Security Verify Apps

Google says that insanely scary new Android vulnerability isn’t really that scary

By on August 10, 2016 at 12:16 PM.

Google says that insanely scary new Android vulnerability isn’t really that scary

A security research company came forward with information detailing a potentially dangerous set of security flaws tied to Qualcomm’s chips that are used in a significant number of mobile devices, saying that more than 900 million Android devices are at risk. However, Google followed up on that research, saying that 90% of those devices should be protected against QuadRooter, even if the actual vulnerabilities aren’t patched.

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Pokemon Go Privacy Issues

Privacy scandal most people don’t remember haunts Pokemon Go CEO most people can’t name

By on August 9, 2016 at 2:50 PM.

Privacy scandal most people don’t remember haunts Pokemon Go CEO most people can’t name

Is Pokemon Go respecting your privacy when it comes to the amount of data it collects? That’s a question you should ask yourself considering that the game does require you to provide the game unlimited access to your location data and camera. And you’d think you should not be worried about Niantic swiping over your data for malicious use – or even spying purposes.

But Niantic’s CEO has already been one of the central figures of a major privacy scandal while at Google, the Google Maps-related Wi-Fi sniffing “program.” You may not remember the whole thing, and you may think it’s not real, but a new report does an excellent job recapping its highlights, painting John Hanke as a CEO that you’d better think twice before trusting.

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Pokemon Go iPhone Android Update Download

Pokemon Go update fixes Pokemon catching bugs, introduces new ‘Nearby’ feature

By on August 9, 2016 at 8:13 AM.

Pokemon Go update fixes Pokemon catching bugs, introduces new ‘Nearby’ feature

Pokemon Go players were furious when Niantic ruined their gaming experience a little over a week ago by releasing an update for Android and iPhone that removed the nearby Pokemon tracking feature, but also by making Pokemon catching a lot harder than before. Niantic explained why it removed the tracker and why it killed third-party Pokemon mapping support, and promised to fix the Pokemon catching bug. On Monday night, they followed through.

Pokemon Go for iPhone (version 1.3.0) and Android (version 0.33) are available to download right away, bringing several important fixes to the game.
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Quadrooter Qualcomm Android Security Flaws

New critical flaw makes even the most secure Android devices vulnerable to hacks

By on August 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

New critical flaw makes even the most secure Android devices vulnerable to hacks

Security researchers have discovered four serious Qualcomm chip flaws that hackers can take advantage of to gain full access to a person’s smartphone. The issues are yet to be patched on most devices, though Nexus handsets have received some security patches since the issues were first discovered.

Even so, some of the hottest Android devices available in stores, including the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, HTC 10, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 6 are already vulnerable. Even the BlackBerry DTEK50, touted as the “most secure Android smartphone,” can be hacked using these flaws. In all, over 900 million Android phones could be hacked. More →

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