Android Malware Accessibility Clickjacking

Half a billion Android devices are impacted by the latest evolution of mobile malware

By on March 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Half a billion Android devices are impacted by the latest evolution of mobile malware

The latest malware scare might be the most terrifying to date.

Mobile security company Skycure co-founders Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit announced at the RSA conference in San Francisco this week that a new form of malware puts a vast majority of Android device users at risk. Called “accessibility clickjacking,” it’s one of the more ingenious methods of gaining access to someone’s phone. More →

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iPhone Security Screen

Serious smartphone security mistakes you need to stop making immediately

Serious smartphone security mistakes you need to stop making immediately

By on March 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM.

One of the biggest stories in tech right now is the ongoing battle between Apple, the FBI and the U.S. government. The FBI is now in possession of an iPhone that had belonged to one of two shooters in the San Bernardino tragedy that took place late last year. 16 people were left dead including the two terrorists who carried out the attack, and another 22 were injured. Now, the FBI wants Apple to provide it with tools that will allow it to break into the recovered phone, and Apple is refusing.

We’ve hit this issue from every angle so we won’t rehash it again in this post. We’ve also heard from a legendary iPhone hacker, who explained how Apple could allow the FBI to access the phone while still protecting our privacy.

This cases raises a number of ethical issues but tangentially, it also serves as a reminder. Is your phone secure? More →

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Voicemail App

This is a sinister solution for killing voicemail, and I can’t wait to try it

This is a sinister solution for killing voicemail, and I can’t wait to try it

By on March 3, 2016 at 9:18 AM.

Like the rotary phone and soon, the gasoline powered car, voicemail’s time has come and gone. We need to kill it. No one wants to hear your awkward tumblings and fumblings as you explain yourself to a digital recorder. And does anyone even listen to voicemails all the way through to the end anymore? Does anyone listen to them at all? We all have caller ID and when we see a missed call, we call or text back. If it’s a blocked number, we don’t want to hear from you anyway.

A new app has now emerged that looks to kill voicemail by annoying your callers as much as they annoy you when they leave you a voicemail. It’s a sinister solution — and if we’re being honest, a pretty terrible one — but I can’t wait to try it. More →

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Best Free Android Apps

How to get hundreds of paid Android apps and games for free

How to get hundreds of paid Android apps and games for free

By on March 2, 2016 at 11:25 AM.

Android users, we don’t want you to feel neglected. We always try to help out with useful tips like when we recently told you about three secret settings that give your Android phone a huge speed boost, but sometimes it’s difficult to avoid. For example, we run a daily series on paid iOS apps that go on sale for free, and people often wonder why we don’t do the same thing with Android apps. The answer is simple: Good Android apps don’t go on sale for free often enough in the Play Store to make a column like that possible.

But don’t despair, Android fans, because in this post we’re going to show you an easy way to get hundreds of paid Android apps without paying a dime. More →

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Android Rock Paper Scissors Commercial

The latest Android commercial takes a big shot at Apple

By on February 29, 2016 at 2:13 PM.

The latest Android commercial takes a big shot at Apple

On Sunday night, capitalizing on the huge audience that tuned in for the 88th Academy Awards, Google debuted a new Android commercial that has everyone buzzing. It’s hard to say whether or not the diversity issue that dominated the conversation prior to the ceremony had anything to do with the inception of this ad, but it certainly seems like it might have.

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How To Find Lost Phone

A secret Google search feature every Android user should know about

A secret Google search feature every Android user should know about

By on February 26, 2016 at 9:43 AM.

We regularly share hidden iPhone features with readers for one simple reason: there’s so much functionality packed into Apple’s iPhone that it’s impossible for anyone to remember it all. The same can be said of Google’s search product, which is why we also dive into Google search tips all the time. For example, check out this post covering 20 search tricks that will change the way you use Google.

There’s one Google search trick in particular that every single Android user needs to know about, and we’ll explain how it works in this post. More →

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Oral-B Genius iPhone Android

The MWC product that I want the most right now… and it’s not a phone

By on February 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

The MWC product that I want the most right now… and it’s not a phone

This year’s Mobile World Congress was rich in announcements, especially for top mobile hardware from some of the most important players in the market. But the one new product I want to buy right now isn’t a smartphone, and it’s not a tablet. What caught my attention was Oral-B’s Genius toothbrush, an iPhone-connected toothbrush that’s supposed to correct or improve your brushing style. More →

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Portable Battery Charger For iPhone

Meet the sleek external battery your iPhone deserves

Meet the sleek external battery your iPhone deserves

By on February 24, 2016 at 1:42 PM.

While Apple is busy building unsightly humpbacked battery packs, other companies in the market haven’t broken stride. There is little question that Apple stands to steal a healthy chunk of external battery business from rivals by promoting its own solution over others, but there are rival cases that are far more innovative and offer much better performance. There are also many consumers — myself included — who don’t want to bulk up their iPhones with a big thick battery case, so external battery packs are a better option.

Mophie is a longtime leader in the space and if you’re after an external battery pack with build quality and a design that matches your iPhone (or Android phone) instead of giving it a hunchback, you’ve just found your next smartphone accessory. More →

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iPhone vs Android

Study finds that Android accounts for 85% of all device failures

By on February 23, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Study finds that Android accounts for 85% of all device failures

In 2016, you might be forgiven for thinking we’ve reached smartphone parity. After all, the difference between an iPhone and a flagship Android device arguably comes down to personal preference at this point. But if we dive a bit deeper, it becomes apparent that the iPhone is still the smartphone to beat once we account for metrics such as reliability and failure rates.

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Android Windows 10 Dual Boot

Bring any old Mac and PC back to life with help of Android

By on February 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Bring any old Mac and PC back to life with help of Android

Not too long ago we told you there’s a way to breath new life into your dying Mac or PC by turning them into Chromebooks. But there’s now an even better trick out there and it involves using Android to save your old, slow Mac or Windows computer.

What good would a touch-based version of Android do to a device that doesn’t have a touchscreen? Not much, but then again your computer won’t be running the same Android build you use on your Android smartphone or tablet. Instead, we’re looking at Jide’s Remix OS for PC, which released a major new announcement at MWC 2016. And don’t worry, it comes complete with support for Google Play store, which means most of your apps will still work.

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Broken Android Phone Robot Video

Guy shows how to make a toy robot out of a broken Android phone

By on February 19, 2016 at 10:45 PM.

Guy shows how to make a toy robot out of a broken Android phone

Even people who are talented at making repairs sometimes break things so bad that they’re impossible to fix. The man who runs the YouTube account ElectroBOOM recently had this happen when he blew out its integrated power-management circuit. After concluding that the phone was completely broken beyond all repair, he and his daughter tried to come up with some way to salvage the parts of the device that still worked. What they created was an adorable toy robot whose main body consists of the head of a toothbrush. More →

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