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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Smallest Android Phone Posh Mobile Micro X S240

Meet the world’s smallest Android phone

By on April 18, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

Meet the world’s smallest Android phone

These days, people love having phones with large displays, even though Apple’s new iPhone SE shows that there’s still a market for smaller phones. Even this new smaller iPhone looks positively huge compared to a new Android phone called the Posh Mobile Micro X S240. Unbox Therapy over the weekend got a first look at this tiny new Android phone, which features a 2.4-inch display, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core processor, a two-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 4.4 KitKat.

What, you didn’t think a smartphone this tiny would actually have high-end specs, did you? More →

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iPhone Android Chat Encrypted Apps

Just about anyone can read your private conversations if you use SMS

By on April 18, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Just about anyone can read your private conversations if you use SMS

Are your iPhone or Android text messages secure? Can anyone intercept them and read their contents? These are questions not many smartphone users ask, but not all text apps offer bulletproof security. In fact, some means of communication offer practically no security at all. Some are better than others at guarding your personal data, whether it’s trivial talk about your favorite sports team, or sharing sensitive documents, pictures and personal data. In fact, some forms of chat are practically impossible to crack.

Meanwhile, if you want to make it as easy as possible for just about anyone to hack your messages and read your private conversations, SMS is definitely the way to go.

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Counter-Strike 1.6 Android Port

One of the most popular PC games of all time now runs on Android phones

By on April 18, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

One of the most popular PC games of all time now runs on Android phones

The average mobile game is never going to compare to a $60 console game, but as smartphones become increasingly powerful, the idea of bringing full-fledged gaming experiences to mobile platforms becomes more and more plausible.

To that end, mobile developer Alibek Omarev has rewritten the client for popular PC FPS Counter-Strike 1.6 to run on Android devices.

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Google Voice Access Download

The only way to get Google’s awesome new app that lets you control your phone by voice

The only way to get Google’s awesome new app that lets you control your phone by voice

By on April 18, 2016 at 10:02 AM.

Apple has always been a market leader when it comes to mobile accessibility features for people with disabilities. And of course as anyone who follows all of our coverage of cool hidden iPhone features knows, accessibility options also provide useful functionality to people without disabilities. While Apple is still the leader in this space, Google has made tremendous strides in recent years by adding new accessibility features with each Android release.

Unfortunately, Google’s best new accessibility app in a long time is currently a closed beta, and it’s no longer available to the general public — unless you’re reading this post, in which case we’ll show you how to get it right now. More →

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iPhone Android Smartphone Features

Think you know what people look for in a new smartphone? Think again

By on April 15, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Think you know what people look for in a new smartphone? Think again

What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a smartphone? Is it the size? The hardware? The camera? A new survey revealed what smartphone buyers look at when purchasing a new iPhone or Android handset and the results are definitely interesting. More →

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No Smartphone For A Week

Can a millennial survive a week without his iPhone?

By on April 15, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Can a millennial survive a week without his iPhone?

You might think that millennials couldn’t possibly survive a full week with their precious smartphones — and you might be right. But it turns out that trying to go without your phone for a week might be beneficial for smartphone users of all ages, and could help them draw some interesting conclusions about the world around them, and their safety. More →

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