Android Full-Disk Encryption Hacked

Google’s full-disk encryption in Android can be hacked

By on July 4, 2016 at 3:46 PM.

Google’s full-disk encryption in Android can be hacked

We may have thought that Android is just as safe as the iPhone when it comes to encryption, but it looks like Google’s Android operating system has a critical flaw that can be exploited to decrypt a device. Even worse, while there are patches that can fix the issue, it seems that attackers can simply downgrade to a pre-patch state, and then decrypt a target device with ease. More →

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Android Hummer Trojan Malware

Android malware earned a Chinese hacking group over $500,000 per day

By on June 30, 2016 at 11:17 PM.

Android malware earned a Chinese hacking group over $500,000 per day

Android malware is a serious issue that affects millions of people, no matter what you hear from Google. It’s one of the reasons the iPhone is still better than Android after all these years.

We recently learned about a new type of malicious application can masquerade as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Uber to harm users, and now a new report notes that a trojan-type of Android application has infected millions of users, netting the Chinese group of hackers who developed it about $500,000 per day at one point. More →

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Magic Cleaner Photo Cleaning App

This app will help you get rid of all your old photos in an instant

By on June 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

This app will help you get rid of all your old photos in an instant

A few weeks ago, I started receiving incessant notifications on my iPhone that my iCloud storage was nearly full.

You won’t be surprised to learn that a vast majority of that storage space was being taken up by photos and videos I hadn’t sorted through in months, so I proceeded to scroll through the list and delete the ones I didn’t want, one at a time.

Had I known about Magic Cleaner, this process would have been much easier.

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Google Maps Multiple Destinations Android

Google Maps for Android is getting the desktop feature you’ve been waiting for

By on June 30, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Google Maps for Android is getting the desktop feature you’ve been waiting for

One of the coolest Google Maps tricks is being able to set multiple destinations. You no longer have to plan simple A-to-B trips, and then request new directions whenever a new destination comes along. With multiple stops, A-to-B-to-C-to-D routes are easy to set up. However, as useful as the feature is, it also used to be pretty annoying in one significant regard: it was only available on the desktop website, which is hardly convenient when most people rely on iPhone and Android for their navigating. Thankfully, that just changed, and you’re going to be able to use multiple destinations on mobile as well.

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Android Malware

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

By on June 29, 2016 at 5:24 PM.

Don’t fall for this Android malware that pretends to be Uber, Facebook, or WhatsApp

Security researchers from FireEye recently uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of app interfaces from the likes of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware reportedly struck first in  Denmark and is now making its way through a handful of other European countries, including Italy, Germany and Austria.

According to researchers, the malware is spread via a basic yet cleverly deceptive SMS phishing scheme. When a user receives and subsequently clicks on an ostensibly legit link, the malware is downloaded and begins to monitor which apps are active and which apps are running in the background. What happens next is extremely clever: when a user attempts to use an app that the “malware is programmed to target”, the software overlays a fake user interface with “nearly identical credential input UIs as seen in benign apps.” In turn, the malware than asks unassuming users to enter in sensitive information such as their banking credentials or credit card information.

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FaceBook iPhone Android Location

Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends

By on June 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM.

Facebook is tracking your phone’s location to recommend friends

You know who doesn’t like to be spied? Mark Zuckerberg. That’s probably why he covers with tape both the camera and microphone of his Mac. Ironically, though, Facebook does some spying of its own. A new report shows that the giant social network is tracking your phone’s location to suggest friends based on where you’re going. Before you get too paranoid about it, you should know it only tracks your location if it has the permission to do so. You can prevent it from ever happening again by simply going to the settings app on the iPhone or Android device that you’re using. More →

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Android vs. iOS Huawei Operating System

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

By on June 27, 2016 at 2:35 PM.

One of Google’s biggest partners probably isn’t dumping Android after all

For the foreseeable future, Android will be the number one mobile operating system on the planet. It has continued to build an impressive lead over iOS and the countless stragglers who can’t even top 1% of the market share, but that hasn’t stopped some of the industry’s leading Android phone makers from planning for a future that is significantly less dependent on Google’s mobile OS.

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iPhone Online Banking Apps

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

By on June 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Banks are killing the password, and they can thank the iPhone for that

Many distinct entities are looking to kill the password, or replace it with better, more secure ways of logging into several online services. Banks are among them, and it’s easy to understand why. They want to protect their money. In light of the many security breaches that have put at risk the identities and online assets of millions of users, banks are encouraging customers to sign up for in-app biometric authentication methods. Scanning a fingerprint, the eye, or recording voice is a lot easier, and more secure, than logging into online banking services using credentials that hackers can steal or social engineer. And the iPhone is a big reason why banks are looking to kill the password. More →

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How To Get Free Android Apps

How to get paid every week just for using one Google app

By on June 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

How to get paid every week just for using one Google app

Next time you’re waiting on a painfully long line at Starbucks or doing anything where you have some time to kill, there’s a much better way to occupy your time than playing Candy Crush or looking at 700 photos of your friend’s newborn on Facebook. How about spending a few minutes using a great little Google app instead? You’re undoubtedly familiar with many Google apps, but you might not know that there’s one application in particular that Google will actually pay you to use, and that money can then be spent to buy other apps, games, movies, music, books or anything else available in the Google Play store. More →

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Android Vs iOS

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

By on June 23, 2016 at 10:23 AM.

Google’s two biggest partners are both working toward ditching Android

Today, Google’s Android platform and Apple’s iOS platform dominate the mobile landscape. It’s difficult to imagine that ever changing considering how far behind other platforms are at this point, but people said the same thing more than a decade ago when operating systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile ruled the world. Things change and what goes up must come down. What’s interesting, however, is that major Android vendors are already starting to prepare for life after Android despite the platform’s strong position at the moment. More →

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WWDC 2016 Analysis

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

By on June 22, 2016 at 4:40 PM.

WWDC 2016 could be the start of something better

Apple’s WWDC 2016 was one of the most exciting in recent memory. Packed full of non-stop updates to all four major platforms, Jonathan and Zach give first thoughts on some of the new software out of Cupertino, what Android does that could be better than Apple’s approach to the OS, and of course, some talk on Tesla’s future.

Special thanks to Casper for sponsoring this week’s show! Made in the USA, it is an incredible product that starts at just $50.

You can get $50 off your order by visting casper.com/bgr and using the discount code BGR at checkout.

The full episode is embedded below, or you can download it on iTunes. More →

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Nova Launcher Prime Sale

Huge Google Play sale on one of the most popular Android launchers in the world

By on June 21, 2016 at 5:50 PM.

Huge Google Play sale on one of the most popular Android launchers in the world

Some of its fans call Nova Launcher “the best thing that ever happened to Android,” and it may very well be so. The innovative app reimagined the Android experience to give users more control over their smartphones and tablets. For many, it’s a must-have app, so you should consider getting it right now, as it’s available in the Google Play Store for 80% off the regular price. More →

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