How To Encrypt Android Phones

Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone

By on August 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM.

Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone

It seems like every week there’s a major new vulnerability found in Android. What makes this even worse for users is that it will likely take them forever to get desperately needed patches thanks to Android’s fragmented and decentralized software upgrade system. All the same, there is something that you can do right now to improve the security of your Android phone’s data: You can enable encryption on your device. More →

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Android Bloatware

Google is finally solving Android’s bloatware problem

By on August 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM.

Google is finally solving Android’s bloatware problem

If there’s one thing Android and iPhone users have in common, it’s their mutual hatred of bloatware. There’s just something inherently frustrating about getting a new device and seeing pre-loaded applications that you have no use for and, even worse, can’t get rid of.

There is good news on this front, however, as upcoming Android devices won’t be infused with as much bloatware as you’ve grown accustomed to.

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Google Maps Android Update Street View

Google Maps for Android has an awesome new feature – download the update right now

By on August 22, 2015 at 11:01 AM.

Google Maps for Android has an awesome new feature – download the update right now

Google is at it again: The company has thought of a different way it can improve one of its best mobile applications, and you can get it now. Google Maps for Android version 9.13.0 is already available for download and it offers users a small but significant new feature: Fast access to Street View. More →

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OBDII Scanner

Never let your car dealer rip you off again – get a PWOW Car Diagnostic Scanner for $15 on Amazon

By on August 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Never let your car dealer rip you off again – get a PWOW Car Diagnostic Scanner for $15 on Amazon

Stop us if you’ve heard this story before: you’re driving along when a light comes on in the dash on your car. Your service manual doesn’t help at all, so you take a day off of work and bring your car into the dealer… only to find out that the mysterious light on your dash only came on because you forgot to put your gas cap back on after you filled up earlier that week. The cost of your little mistake: Falling behind at work, and $150 for two hours of labor at your car dealer.

With the ELM327 OBDII Car Auto Diagnostic Scanner Adapter Reader from PWOW, you’ll never have to deal with scenarios like this again. More →

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Samsung 18.4 Inch Tablet

Samsung is reportedly working on a truly massive iPad Pro rival

By on August 21, 2015 at 3:50 PM.

Samsung is reportedly working on a truly massive iPad Pro rival

Samsung is reportedly working on a tablet so big that it may even make Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro seem minuscule by comparison. According to SamMobile, the company that popularized the phablet is now hard at work on a tablet with a gargantuan 18.4-inch display.

Based on information obtained by the site, the rumored tablet will sport a TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB of RAM, a respectable 32GB of storage, and to top it all off, a microSD card slot. Rumored to run Android 5.1 Lollipop, the device will reportedly feature an 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a front facing 2.1 megapixel camera.

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Android Lock Pattern

Watch out, Android users: Your lock pattern isn’t as secure as you think

By on August 21, 2015 at 1:35 PM.

Watch out, Android users: Your lock pattern isn’t as secure as you think

While the prevalence of smartphones with fingerprint-based security has increased considerably over the past two years, the vast majority of Android users still rely on tried and true lock patterns to unlock their devices. That said, new research suggests that the lock patterns typically chosen by Android users may not be as hard to crack as previously imagined.

Originally introduced in 2008, Android’s lock pattern screen was presented as both an easier and more secure alternative to traditional numeric passcodes. While a standard four-digit pin gives users 10,000 possible combinations, a secure lock pattern with 9 distinct nodes can yield 389,112 possible patterns. While one might think that this makes Android devices inherently secure, Marte Loge of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology recently explained why your Android lock pattern may be easier to crack than you imagined.

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Opinions
2015 Android Phones Galaxy Note 5 OnePlus 2

Now is the winter of Android fans’ discontent

By on August 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

Now is the winter of Android fans’ discontent

I’ve noticed an uptick in complaining from fans about new flagship Android handsets this year, starting with the HTC One M9 and moving onto the OnePlus 2 and most recently the Galaxy Note 5. Basically, it seems that every major Android phone released this year has one or more glaring flaws or missing features that Android fans simply cannot overlook for one reason or another. More →

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Opera Max Netflix YouTube Data Caps

Use this app to stop Netflix and YouTube from eating all your monthly mobile data

By on August 20, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Use this app to stop Netflix and YouTube from eating all your monthly mobile data

Have you ever received that dreaded text message from your wireless provider that you’ve reached 90% of your data cap before the end of the month? It’s a weird feeling, being scolded by your smartphone, but it’s certainly better than the alternative of the providers just collecting their overage fees at the end of the month.

Still, wouldn’t it be nice to have more control over the data you use when you’re away from a Wi-Fi connection?

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WhatsApp Web iPhone Mac Windows 10

One WhatsApp feature Android received months ago is finally available on iPhone

By on August 20, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

One WhatsApp feature Android received months ago is finally available on iPhone

While iPhone is usually the first device many developers think when creating their apps, that doesn’t always happen. Such is the case with WhatsApp, a popular messaging app purchased by Facebook for a lot of money not too long ago, which is finally rolling out a feature many WhatsApp users might be anxiously waiting for – you know, the ones using iPhones, as the feature has been available on Android for months. More →

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Pac-Man 256 Free Download

You have to download the new free game from the creators of ‘Crossy Road’ immediately

You have to download the new free game from the creators of ‘Crossy Road’ immediately

By on August 19, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

As mobile app stores have become increasingly crowded, it’s been more and more difficult for developers to grab the attention of smartphone and tablet owners. A game really has to stand out to give curious shoppers a reason to download, even if the game’s free, but developer Hipster Whale blew away everyone’s expectations with the release of Crossy Road late last year. More →

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BlackBerry Android Phone Leaked Render

Could BlackBerry be back? Gorgeous leaked phone to run Android

By on August 19, 2015 at 12:50 PM.

Could BlackBerry be back? Gorgeous leaked phone to run Android

OK, so we’ve seen plenty of leaked renders of BlackBerry’s Android phone but they’ve all been missing something: The iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard. Worry not because @evleaks on Wednesday posted a new leaked press render of the upcoming BlackBerry Android device that gives us a terrific view of the device’s slide-out keyboard. More →

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Google Android Security Updates Fix

No more excuses: Google needs to fix Android’s broken update system

By on August 17, 2015 at 3:15 PM.

No more excuses: Google needs to fix Android’s broken update system

We all know the reason why Android phones take much longer to get the latest software compared to iPhones. There are countless different Android hardware vendors out there who sell their phones through several different carriers. Both of these parties install their own software onto devices and when Google issues new software both carriers and OEMs need to test it out with their own apps before issuing an update. But we’re reaching the point where this system just isn’t going to work anymore. More →

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