Android Apps: Personal Data and Location

The amount of personal data some Android apps collect is absolutely shocking

By on December 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM.

The amount of personal data some Android apps collect is absolutely shocking

A new study looking at how mobile Android apps track smartphone users has revealed some interesting facts about Android applications, InfoWorld reports, finding that many apps collect plenty of personal data in an attempt to track users online and serve them targeted ads in the process. More →

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Eric Schmidt on Google Chrome Incognito Mode

Even Eric Schmidt has no idea how privacy works on one of Google’s top products

By on December 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Even Eric Schmidt has no idea how privacy works on one of Google’s top products

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is always an interesting interview — after all, he’s never shied away from offering quirky and memorable quotes in the past — and The Daily Dot has now revealed another memorable Schmidt moment. It turns out the top Google exec has no idea how one of Google’s most important products works when it comes to protecting your privacy while you’re using the Internet.

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Motorola Nexus 6, Moto X and Droid Turbo

Motorola has a massive deal on the Nexus 6, Moto X or Droid Turbo

By on December 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM.

Motorola has a massive deal on the Nexus 6, Moto X or Droid Turbo

Motorola has a special promotion for buyers looking to score new gear this Christmas and is offering them $50 off any $350 purchase, or $100 off any $500 purchase. The sale is good through December 23rd at 11:00 a.m. CT, and it can help you purchase an even cheaper Motorola handset. More →

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iOS 8.1.3 Update Release Date

Apple has a surprise iOS 8.1 update in store

By on December 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple has a surprise iOS 8.1 update in store

Apple has already issued iOS 8.2 betas to developers, with iOS 8.2 expected to be the second major iOS 8 update following the recently released iOS 8.1.2, but the company is apparently also working on an iOS 8.1.3 update that should be released before iOS 8.2 is ready for the masses. More →

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Gmail Google Drive and Security Features

This terrific new Gmail feature will help protect your private data

By on December 17, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

This terrific new Gmail feature will help protect your private data

Gmail, one of the most popular email services around, has received a couple of interesting new features that power users will certainly appreciate. Google announced on the official Gmail blog that its email services has just been upgraded, when it comes to security, revealing on its Google+ Gmail channel a handy new Google Drive feature for Gmail. More →

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Sony Hack: The Interview Canceled

Premiere of Sony’s controversial comedy ‘The Interview’ canceled following threats from hackers

By on December 17, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Premiere of Sony’s controversial comedy ‘The Interview’ canceled following threats from hackers

Sony’s The Interview, a comedy in which reporters are hired by the CIA to assassinate the president of North Korea — and which prompted North Korea to react vehemently against it, making it the first suspect behind the recent Sony Pictures hack — will not be showed in several theaters in the U.S. Reuters reports that the New York premiere of the movie has been canceled, following threats from the hackers that hit Sony in late November. More →

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HTC One: M8 and M7 Android 5.0 Lollipop

Report claims to reveal when the HTC’s One M8 and M7 will get Lollipop

By on December 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Report claims to reveal when the HTC’s One M8 and M7 will get Lollipop

Even though HTC already announced a rather fast Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) flagship handsets, only the Google Play edition versions have received it yet. HTC already confirmed that the regular, unlocked and carrier-branded, HTC One versions should get Lollipop no later than 90 days following the official Android 5.0 release, and it looks like TechTastic has learned more details about the actual rollout. More →

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Google Wallet for iOS: Touch ID Support

Google integrates Apple’s Touch ID security into its own digital wallet app

By on December 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Google integrates Apple’s Touch ID security into its own digital wallet app

One of the main features of the iPhone, especially when it comes to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that can be used for mobile payments in stores, is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home button, which adds an extra layer of security to Apple’s Apple Pay payments app, but also to other applications.

In iOS 8, Apple has opened Touch ID to third-party developers, with Google apparently being one of the companies looking to take advantage of the feature. The company has updated the iOS version of its Google Wallet payments app, adding Touch ID login support, 9to5Google reports. More →

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Google Maps 9.2 for Android Update

There’s a new version of Google Maps for Android that you can grab right now

By on December 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

There’s a new version of Google Maps for Android that you can grab right now

After recently updating Google Maps for Android to Material Design and releasing a bunch of interesting new features in a subsequent update, Google has again updated its popular mapping application for Android. And there’s more good news: You can download it right now.

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HTC Hima (HTC M9) Release Date

New report may reveal launch details for next year’s flagship HTC phone

By on December 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

New report may reveal launch details for next year’s flagship HTC phone

Early leaks have already offered some details about HTC’s upcoming flagship device, codenamed HTC Hima and believed to be the HTC One (M9) handset, but that doesn’t mean the handset will be unveiled anytime soon. More →

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The Hobbit vs. The Office: SNL Parody

The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Hobbit’ meets ‘The Office’ in a hilarious SNL sketch

By on December 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see today: ‘The Hobbit’ meets ‘The Office’ in a hilarious SNL sketch

The Hobbit trilogy and The Office TV series are great shows that’ll likely keep you entertained for hours, but what would you get if these two worlds were somehow merged? That’s a question the Saturday Night Live crew tried to answered in a new sketch last week featuring The Hobbit star Martin Freeman, who also happens to have been a cast memeber in the original version of The Office. More →

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Secure Credit Card Technology

This new tech can make ID theft and credit card forging almost impossible

By on December 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM.

This new tech can make ID theft and credit card forging almost impossible

In light of the many hacks that compromised the security of various retail chains, with hackers being able to steal millions of debit and credit card details that can be used to manufacture forged cards, some researchers believe they have discovered a way to prevent such activities in the future. More →

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Apple Watch Jony Ive

Here’s what a professional watch designer has to say about the Apple Watch

By on December 16, 2014 at 11:22 AM.

Here’s what a professional watch designer has to say about the Apple Watch

Even though Jony Ive was the executive Apple chose to talk about the development of the Apple Watch and the three-year effort that went into the design of the company’s first smartwatch, at least one designer isn’t convinced that Apple’s design guru is the only man who should take credit for the creation of the wearable gadget. More →

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