Netflix iPhone Android App Streaming Quality

Terrific new Netflix tool will help you beat your carrier’s data caps

By on May 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM.

Terrific new Netflix tool will help you beat your carrier’s data caps

Netflix will now let you adjust the video streaming quality in its mobile app, so that you don’t go over your monthly data allotment when watching movies and TV shows over a cellular connection. If you’re on an unlimited plan, that’s probably not something that will affect your mobile experience. But iPhone and Android users who like to watch Netflix shows over cellular plans with limited data will surely appreciate the new settings option.

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Android Marshmallow Market Share

7 months later, Marshmallow is still on just 7.5% of Android devices

By on May 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

7 months later, Marshmallow is still on just 7.5% of Android devices

With seemingly endless resources and thousands of employees at its disposal, it’s hard to believe that Google is still struggling to get a majority of Android users on to a single platform version. And yet, seven months after the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, not even 10% of Android devices have been updated.

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iMessage App Android PieMessage

There’s finally a way to get iMessage support on your Android phone

By on May 3, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

There’s finally a way to get iMessage support on your Android phone

Did you switch from iOS to Android and find yourself missing iMessage? After all, there’s a lot to like about Apple’s text application that features end-to-end encryption, file transfers, and cross-platform support – as long as you’re using either iOS or Mac.

Those Android users who happen to own MacBooks and iMacs will be happy to hear that there’s a new app called PieMessage that brings iMessage support to their Android handset. More →

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Android Malware

Nasty piece of Android malware monitors texts, browser history and banking information

By on May 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Nasty piece of Android malware monitors texts, browser history and banking information

There’s a new piece of nasty Android malware floating around that Android users should be on the lookout for. Masquerading as a update for Google’s mobile Chrome browser, the malware is hosted on webpages designed to look like they are official Google or Android landing pages.

Originally spotted by the security firm Zscaler, the malware is designed to monitor call logs, browser history, text messages and banking information. Once installed, the malware logs the aforementioned data and sends it all back to a remote command and control server. What’s more, Zscaler notes that the malware is capable of checking if a user has any antivirus apps installed, and if so, “terminating them to evade detection.”

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Best Free iPhone Wallpapers

300 free wallpapers that will breathe new life into your iPhone (or Android phone)

300 free wallpapers that will breathe new life into your iPhone (or Android phone)

By on May 2, 2016 at 1:48 PM.

Well, I suppose it was inevitable. Late last week I wrote a quick post about how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours. Long story short, people constantly email me each time I publish an article with a photo of my iPhone at the top. Why? Because they want the wallpapers I use on my iPhone. So in this post I decided to let people in on the not-so-secret secret of how I make the wallpapers I use.

Needless to say, I’ve received about 175 emails since that article ran from people asking me to send them the wallpapers pictured in the post. Let’s try something different this time… More →

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Best iPhone Wallpapers 2016

This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours

This is how I make my iPhone look so much better than yours

By on April 29, 2016 at 10:47 AM.

Every time I publish a post that includes a photo of my iPhone at the top of the page, my email inbox and Twitter DM box fill up a little quicker than usual. Why? People always seem to love the wallpapers I use on my iPhone. I’m not a designer and I don’t do anything particularly special to find wallpapers or to make them, but I do put some effort into the wallpapers I use. There are so few things Apple allows users to do to customize the look of the iPhone, so I try whatever I can to give my phone a little extra flair.

How do I always manage to make my iPhone look so much better than yours? It’s time to let the cat out of the bag. More →

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Android Ransomware Cyber Police iTunes

Creepy new Android ransomware installs itself, demands payment in iTunes gift cards

By on April 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

Creepy new Android ransomware installs itself, demands payment in iTunes gift cards

This brand new Android threat might not affect a large number of users, but it deserves some attention considering its ingenuity. Unlike other malware threats that need to fool the user to install them, this new ransomware-like attack does it automatically, without the owner of the handset knowing what’s happening. Ironically, after locking down the handset, the program demands payment in iTunes gift cards. But thankfully, there is a way to deal with it. More →

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Android Notifications Tips Tricks

New free app gives us the Android notification experience we’ve been waiting for

By on April 21, 2016 at 7:40 PM.

New free app gives us the Android notification experience we’ve been waiting for

If you use an Android device and you aren’t happy with the phone’s default notification system, you can either wait for Android N to further improve it or install Nevolution right now. Currently in beta, Nevolution wants to improve notifications beyond what’s currently available from your average Android app by taking advantage of everything Google has to offer. More →

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Android Security Updates Explained

Android’s ‘toxic hellstew’ of vulnerabilities is slowly getting fixed

By on April 21, 2016 at 4:28 PM.

Android’s ‘toxic hellstew’ of vulnerabilities is slowly getting fixed

Google’s most recent report on Android security reveals that its mobile platform is safer than ever from bugs and malware, but that there’s a long way to go until everyone on Android can feel secure. That’s not to say that Google isn’t working on eliminating bugs and eradicating threats, it’s just that Google can’t control the way OEMs and carriers push out security patches.

Moreover, the report reveals that nearly one in three Android devices will never receive crucial security updates. More →

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iPhone 7 Android Headphone Jack

The iPhone 7 isn’t even out and rivals are already copying a rumored signature feature

By on April 20, 2016 at 1:16 PM.

The iPhone 7 isn’t even out and rivals are already copying a rumored signature feature

Like it or not, Apple is still the company that dictates the future of the smartphone, even though the iPhone isn’t the dominant platform by market share. The features introduced by the iPhone are often found on devices from Apple’s rivals, and the same thing will happen with the iPhone 7.

The handset is reportedly going to lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, a standard feature across just about all consumer devices that output audio. And it’s likely that other smartphone makers are going to follow suit in the future. But one company seems so certain that the 3.5mm headphone port is going to die that it just launched no less than three new Android handsets that all lack the audio jack. More →

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Google Europe Antitrust

Should Android be illegal?

Should Android be illegal?

By on April 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Nothing in this world is free. Whether or not you pay for something with money, you always pay. Google has built a massive empire that revolves around this concept. Nearly all of the services it offers are “free,” from search and email to calendaring, mapping, productivity software and more. But none of those services are actually free — Google collects and analyzes all sorts of crucially important private data about its users in order to help profile them and serve them advertisements that are better targeted than any other ad platform in the world.

The Android platform is also “free” for Google’s vendor partners, but Google is not a charity. Its entire model revolves around a tradeoff: companies can use Android and have access to the Play Store for free so that Google’s various services are front and center among their users. Now, the European Union has charged Google in an antitrust case alleging that Google’s Android platform breaks the law. More →

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Google Android EU Antitrust

European Union files formal antitrust complaint against Google’s Android

By on April 20, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

European Union files formal antitrust complaint against Google’s Android

We knew the European Union was looking into Google’s Android mobile operating system and the company’s business practices surrounding it, so it’s no surprise that the EU decided to file formal antitrust charges against Android. This isn’t the EU’s first probe into Google’s alleged antitrust practices, as a similar search-related investigation is also underway. But now, Google has to defend its decision to prioritize its services on Android OS, including online search.

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