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Do you want to keep your private conversations, well, private? The beta of Briar, a darknet messaging system for Android was just released today. The messaging app is intended for users like activists and journalists who need a safe and secure form of communication. Briar does not require servers to function, but instead utilizes a peer-to-peer network. The “messages are synchronized directly between the users' devices” and can sync through Bluetooth, WiFi, or the Tor network. Briar also encrypts all data end-to-end and hides metadata. Overall, Briar promises that identity of the users as well... Read more...
When Apple introduced Live Photos with its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets, it also opened the door for developers to think of creative ways of tapping into the feature. It did not take long for Google to jump on board with Motion Stills, an app that stabilizes Live Photos and lets users view and share them as looping GIFs and and videos. Now that same functionality is available on Android. "From its initial release, the community has been asking us to also make Motion Stills available for Android. We listened to your feedback and today, we're excited to announce that we’re bringing this... Read more...
WikiLeaks has published another set of leaked documents from the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This latest leak is part of WikiLeaks' Vault 7 batch and details a malicious app for Android devices called HighRise. Also called TideCheck, this app allows a remote hacker to redirect or intercept SMS text messages that are sent to a target's cellular phone, and have those communications forwarded to a remote web server.This appears to be an old tool that was used by the CIA, or at least the version described in the leaked documents is an older piece of malware. The accompanying manual... Read more...
Imitation may not be the sincerest or safest form of flattery. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. researchers just revealed that CopyCat Android malware infected 14 million devices worldwide in 2016, and eight million of these infected devices were also rooted. How was this malware so successful? According to Check Point, CopyCat has a modular structure. They noted, “This allows the malware developers to choose and change their strategy and the malware’s behavior on the device to accommodate their current target.” CopyCat mimicked popular apps that were spread through third-party distributors.... Read more...
“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” To be honest, this is the first thing that sprung to mind upon hearing about RED’s new Hydrogen One smartphone. The way RED talks about the Hydrogen One, you would think that the smartphone could cure cancer, but its claim to fame will no doubt be its 5.7-inch holographic display. According to RED, the Hydrogen One’s display is capable of “seamlessly [switching] between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view content, 3D content, and interactive games”. All of these interactions can be achieved with the use of 3D glasses or virtual reality headsets... Read more...
Google just cannot seem to catch a break from European regulators. Fresh off being hit with a record-setting €2.42 billion fine (around $2.7 billion in U.S. currency) for favoring its own shopping search engine in search results over third-party comparison shopping tools, antitrust regulators in the European Union are now considering slapping Google with a subsequent penalty over its Android mobile operating system. Back in April of last year, the European Commission determined that Google was using its dominant Android platform to gain an unfair competitive edge against rivals. An initial team... Read more...
We were given our first glimpse at the Nokia 6 Android smartphone back in January. The Nokia 6, which is produced by HMD Global, was announced as a mid-range fighter, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor, 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch Full HD display, 64GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, 3000 mAh battery and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. Today we’re being given the lowdown on the Nokia 6’s arrival here in the United States. Unfortunately, it looks as though the version of the phone that we will get won’t be as well spec’d. We will receive only 3GB of RAM, while internal storage... Read more...
Here’s the thing about most types of mobile malware in the wild; they’re avoidable. That doesn’t mean, however, if you’re not paying attention--and especially if you’re the type that likes to customize things as the Android platform is so capable of--that you might not stumble into some nasty code deplorables. Such is the case with a new, very sneaky strain of Android ad malware that has been downloaded to literally millions of devices globally, though predominantly in Southeast Asia. AndroidOS_Xavier_AXM, or Xavier for short, as it is more commonly known, is a tricky little payload that has been... Read more...
  There is no question that gamers not only like to take advantage of the latest, fastest, and ultra-realistic 4K games, but sometimes we all would just like to kick back and enjoy games from a “simpler” time. Sega is looking to get in on the action with some of its own retro gaming goodness, and its method of delivering games allows it to reach a potential audience of well over two billion devices. Via its Sega Forever initiative, games will be available (at least initially) on iOS and Android platforms. That provides immediate access to well over 80 percent of the global smartphone market.... Read more...
Are you tired of the current smartphone offerings from the Apple-Samsung duopoly? Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android, may have the right product for you. His startup just introduced its new premium-tier device, the Essential Phone. Rubin recently remarked at the Wired conference, “I think when there's this duopoly with these two guys owning 40 percent of the market, this complacency sets in. And that's the perfect time to start a company with this. Some people are complacent and it needs to be disrupted.” Much like third-place U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile and its brash CEO John Legere... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now it’s time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesn’t have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience even better. The biggest change is that pages will now load even faster, while using less memory, thanks to a revamped JavaScript engine. Chrome’s penchant for devouring memory is well documented, so it’s good to see that Google is continually tackling these... Read more...
We thought that Amazon was done with smartphones for good after its disastrous launch of the Fire Phone. The Fire Phone was initially priced at up to $650 off-contract when it launched as an AT&T-exclusive in 2014. Roughly a year later, the failed smartphone was selling for $130 off-contract. According to a new report this morning, Amazon is looking to make a comeback with a new “Ice” smartphone. It is unknown if Ice will be the official retail branding for the smartphone or if it is just the internal codename. However, it does make a nice counterpart to the flaming disaster that was the Fire... Read more...
Android co-founder Andy Rubin has returned to the spotlight with his new company, Essential, and he’s making waves with the official unveil of his Essential Phone. This is a true flagship smartphone that is powered by the Android operating system (near-stock, of course) and packs in all the latest hardware and a clean, industrial design. The chiseled frame is constructed of titanium and ceramic materials, which should enable it to be more durable than its aluminum-clad competition. Essential proudly displays how an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy aluminum unibody frames will show visible damage (pitting)... Read more...
Google last week released its first developer preview of Android O, the next-generation mobile operating system that will replace Android 7.0 Nougat as the latest and greatest in the Android camp. There has been plenty of buzz surrounding Android O, but Google also talked a little bit about Android Go at is Google I/O developers conference. There has been some confusion about Android Go, including what exactly it is and why you might care. Let's clear things up, shall we? First and foremost, Android Go is not a new operating system. Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android and Google... Read more...
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