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Android malware that has the ability to spy on users and perform other nefarious tasks seem to be a dime a dozen these days. However, a new piece of Android malware is making the rounds, and it's loaded to the brim with sophisticated spying capabilities that have never been seen before. Dubbed Skygofree, the malware was first developed back in 2014 and has gone through a number of code rewrites since then. In its most current iteration, the number of features that are at its disposal are quite remarkable. Kaspersky labels Skygofree as "multi-stage spyware that gives attackers full remote control... Read more...
They say that we all have a doppelganger out there; someone who looks almost just like we do. Google recently updated its Arts & Culture app and it suddenly went viral. The update lets users of the app snap a selfie and then it uses AI to search famous artworks for your artsy doppelganger. For some people, the app did a very good job matching them up. If you have never used the Arts & Culture app, it has been around since last year and was originally meant to let users browse famous art from hundreds of museums around the world. The portrait feature launched in an update last month and... Read more...
If you make video calls on your Android device, then you're probably familiar with Duo, Google's app that was designed exactly for that (basically a Hangouts replacement). One of the app's shortcomings has been an inability to call people who not on your contacts list and have not registered with the service. Well, we have good news—Google has not added that feature, allowing Duo users to dial up and video chat with anyone on their contacts list. This works with audio-only calls as well. Users who received a call from a Duo user but do not have Duo installed themselves can answer the call... Read more...
Razer has debuted a rather interesting notebook concept at CES 2018 -- one that harks back to similar efforts that we've seen from companies like Hewlett-Packard. Called Protect Linda, the system consists of what is essentially an ultraportable laptop "dock" that by itself is pretty useless. However, once you plug in a Razer Phone, it springs to life as a fully functioning mobile productivity machine. The laptop includes a 13.3-inch Quad HD display that operates at 120Hz, and features a built-in backlit keyboard that is powered by Razer Chroma technology. Given that the notebook is running Android... Read more...
Malware writes are a shifty bunch. If anyone needs further proof of that, Symantec has it, in the form of a warning over a new Android "Fakeapp" malware variant that spoofs Uber, the popular ridesharing service, to cover its tracks. While it may look innocent, the Fakeapp malware pulls its usual dirty tricks, including the theft of personal and sensitive information such as credit card details. "The Fakeapp variant we found had a spoofed Uber application user interface (UI) which pops up on the user’s device screen in regular intervals until the user gets tricked into entering their Uber... Read more...
There's no question that when it comes to the flagship smartphone market, 2018 will be the year of the Snapdragon 845. Qualcomm announced the processor earlier this month, and revealed that it will be manufactured on a 10nm FinFET process (like its Snapdragon 835 predecessor) by Samsung. The Snapdragon 845 will also incorporate Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 gigabit LTE modem (Cat. 18, 1.2Gbps). A leak, which was sourced from Weibo, sheds light on a number of new smartphones that will arrive in 2018 featuring the Snapdragon 845. Given how many Android OEMs flocked to the Snapdragon 835, there aren't... Read more...
Lithium-ion batteries degrade over time, that is just the way is, unfortunately. To deal with that, Apple made the unpopular decision to throttle the performance of some older iPhone models by way of an iOS update, and then hid that fact from the public until a collection of benchmarks essentially outed the company. Striking while the iron is hot, several Android phone makers have come and said they have not (and will not) slow down older handsets. Samsung and LG, two of the biggest Android phone players on the playground, are the latest to issue statements on the matter. Both of them told Phone... Read more...
Chrome OS fans will soon be receiving a feature that many have been wanting since support for Android apps rolled out. The new feature is Android Parallel Tasks, and it is tipped for release in Chrome OS 64. This feature will give Chromebook users the ability to have Android apps continue to run in the background when they click away. Currently, if you are running an app or game that needs real-time data like Google Analytics, the second you click away from that app it pauses. With Android Parallel Tasks, the apps would continue to run in the background, just as you would expect on other desktops... Read more...
NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden has built a security app for Android phones that is mostly geared towards investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of being kidnapped or even killed, though anyone with a mind towards security can use it. The app is called Haven, and it leverages the cameras, microphone, and various sensors on a phone to become a portable surveillance device. "Haven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy. It is an Android application that leverages on-device sensors to provide... Read more...
Google is giving Android developers a heads up that in the not-too-distant future, they will be required to offer 64-bit versions of their apps alongside 32-bit versions. When the restriction goes into effect, it will apply both to new apps, and existing ones that are updated. This is one of three measures Google is taking to improve app security and performance "to ensure everyone has a positive experience." For developers, the change in policy should not come as a shock to the system. Android has supported 64-bit apps since Android 5.0 Lollipop started rolling out to users in late 2014. Developers... Read more...
We know all too well about the dangers of cryptocurrency mining malware that can invade our PCs. We've also seen unscrupulous websites that run mining software in the background, sapping valuable resources. Now, it seems as though we need to be on the lookout for mining malware that can invade our smartphones. Kaspersky Lab warns that the malware, Tojan.AndroidOS.Loapi or "Loapi", is targeting the Android platform. The security firm warns that Loapi can be distributed via advertisement campaigns (which can cause redirects to malicious websites that download infected packages to your device). But... Read more...
Samsung has pulled the wraps off a pair of smartphones that may appeal to the users out there who can’t bring themselves to part with $1,000 for a high-end device. The new devices are the 2018 versions of the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus. As you would expect, other than the size of the screen the two devices are very similar. Both have metal and glass designs, Infinity Displays, and rounded display corners. Both have an annoyingly-placed rear fingerprint scanner, which is beneath the 16MP main camera. The main cameras on both do have LED flash for better images in low-light. One substantial change... Read more...
There have been plenty of rumors and leaks about a Samsung Galaxy device with a folding screen flying around over the last few months. A new patent application surfaced recently that outlines a folding Galaxy device with two screens. It looks very much like the device in Microsoft's patent with dual folding screens that surfaced over the weekend. This new Samsung Galaxy device seen in the patent isn’t to be confused with the seamless folding screen device that has been rumored so frequently of late. The device in the patent application clearly has two separate screens that are attached... Read more...
Google has a new version of its Chrome web browser for mobile devices, Chrome 63, and it is making it available first for Android users. It is a bit of an unusual move, as typically Google updates its Chrome browser for both Android and iOS at the same time. For this round, however, Chrome 63 for Android is releasing before it ends up on iOS, bringing with it a new site permissions dialog and some other changes. In the past, permissions would appear on a dialog box that slides up from the bottom, and would often be ignored. But with the update to Chrome 63, permissions appear as a pop-up dialog... Read more...
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