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Samsung has updated its two-year-old Flow app to now support unlocking Windows 10 devices using compatible smartphone devices and Windows Hello, a handy security feature that is baked into Microsoft's latest operating system. For this to work, the Samsung-brand smartphone must have a fingerprint scanner, and of course Samsung Flow needs to be installed (it is a free download from Google Play). While not all smartphones support this feature, there are nearly a dozen that do. They include the following handsets (as listed by Samsung on the app's Google Play listing): Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Samsung... Read more...
Silly human, did you really think you would spend this summer lounging at the beach and frolicking at the park? Pshaw! Maybe that is what regular people do, but geeks like us, we take advantage of numerous sales and then bask in the warm glow of our PC monitors! It is not our fault—blame Steam for its Summer Sale, Amazon for its Prime Day extravaganza, and now Google for its markdowns on Google Play.That's right, as if we did not already have plenty of online shops to spend our hard earned cash as we get this summer party started, here comes Google with discounts across the board. Starting today,... 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...
Be careful what you download from Google Play, as auto-clicking adware dubbed “Judy” is believed to have infected up to 36.5 million users. The apps have been deemed as malware, despite their overall high review ratings on Google Play. Judy was found on forty-one apps developed by a Korean company Kiniwini, registered on Google Play as ENISTUDIO corp. Hackers developed bridgehead apps that, once downloaded, established a connection with their Command and Control server (C&C). The server replied with payload that included JavaScript code, a user-agent string and URLs that were controlled by... Read more...
Official app stores are supposed to be safe havens for mobile users to download and install programs and games without fear of mucking up their smartphones and tablets. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Researchers at veteran security outfit Check Point, makers of the popular ZoneAlarm personal firewall, recent detected a new strain of malware on Google Play that seems intent on enlisting the help of unsuspecting users to participate in a botnet. Dubbed "FalseGuide," the researchers discovered the malware hidden inside more than 40 guide apps for games, the oldest of which was uploaded... Read more...
There’s no doubt that the NVIDIA SHIELD TV is an incredibly powerful media platform that not only allows for immersive gaming, but also supports popular 4K streaming services. Powered by a Tegra X1 processor (which also powers the incredibly popular Nintendo Switch), the SHIELD TV does battle with devices like the Apple TV, Fire TV and various Roku models. Today, NVIDIA is expanding the streaming capabilities of the SHIELD TV by adding 4K streaming support for Google Play Movies and TV. The SHIELD TV already had 4K streaming support for services like YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Video (among others),... Read more...
Everybody likes free things, right? Of course we all do, at least when there are no strings attached. Well, we have good news for Android users—at long last, Google has added a "Free App of the Week" section to the Play Store. Just like it sounds, the new section features a paid app that is temporarily available to download for free. This is a great way to beef up your app catalog with paid titles that you otherwise might have skipped over.Image Source: Google Play (Cartoon Network) This week's free app is Card Wars - Adventure Time by Cartoon Network. The app normally runs $2.99 but is currently... Read more...
Super Mario Run launched on December 15th for iOS, but it looks as though Android users won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on the addictive, auto-running side scroller. Nintendo announced via Twitter that eager Mario fans can now pre-register to be notified when the game is officially available on Android. All you have to do is head over to the Google Play Store and press the “Pre-Register” button. Unfortunately, we still don’t have a release date for the Android versions of Super Mario Run, but the very fact that Nintendo has at least put up a landing page should bode well for it... Read more...
It’s not free, but it’s pretty darn close to it. Both Amazon and Google announced today that they are offering customers a single movie rental for the low, low price of $0.99 starting today. For those that simply want to veg out on the couch during the lead-up to Christmas Day, these promotions offer a quick and cheap escape. If you prefer to go the Google route, you can make a quick trip over to the Google Play Movies & TV section and select from thousands of eligible movies (including some 2016 blockbusters). Just a quick glance over the list shows some popular films like Pets, Jason Bourne,... Read more...
Google Play is trying to become more family-friendly. Most families have multiple devices in their households and it can be frustrating attempting to share media between family members. Google just released Google Play Family Library which allows up to six family members to share purchases on Google Play. Customers can now buy eligible apps, games, movies, TV shows, and books in the Play Store, which can now be shared across multiple devices for no additional fee. Customers need to simply add their purchases to their “Family Library”. All purchases added to Family Library are supported in all Android... Read more...
While Pokémon GO and Netflix are fun apps, they can also be huge data drains when not on WiFi. Google Play is investing in improvements to reduce the data that needs to be transferred for app installs and updates, while making data costs more transparent to users. Google recently rolled out a new delta algorithm “bsdiff” that reduces patches by 50% or more. In the past when one updated an app, they would essentially have to redownload the app and the large amount of data that accompanied it. Since 2012, only changes or deltas to APK files have been downloaded and merged with the existing files.... Read more...
The San Diego Comic-Con is not usually known for tech announcements, but a preview of this cool new Google Play feature may be the exception. Google just announced Bubble Zoom which makes the text bubbles in comic books leap off the page. Google can identify speech bubbles and enlarge them on the page thanks to machine learning and image recognition technology. Blobs of text are identified and popup when a user presses the volume button or taps the bottom-right of their screen. This magnification makes it easier to read the comic and even adds a little more action to the reading experience. Bubble... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Google introduced its "App Runtime for Chrome" - ARC for short. With it, the company allowed certain Android apps to be ported over to Chrome OS, helping bolster that platform's software portfolio. Since then, we've seen ARC help apps come to other platforms, including Windows and Mac OS X. Since its introduction, it's felt a bit like ARC would eventually lead up to allowing all Android apps to run on Chrome OS, and thanks to a new leak, we've received the first hint that it could happen sooner rather than later. Image Source: InauspiciousPagan The upcoming feature was discovered... Read more...
Nintendo has been itching for a hit in the gaming space for quite a while, as the Wii U has been somewhat of a disappointment for the gaming giant. However, Nintendo has redeemed itself in the mobile sector with its Miitomo app, which recently launched in its home market of Japan. Miitomo proved to be so popular that it racked up over a million downloads in just three days. The success of Miitomo was also enough to send Nintendo shares upwards 8 percent last week upon the announcement of the impressive adoption rate. Nintendo shares may see an even bigger uptick later this week, because it’s been... Read more...
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