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Android

Black Hat hackers show off Android vulnerabilities in NFC and Google Play Store

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Google, like all tech companies, is in a constant battle with hackers to expose and close security holes in products like Android. At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, hackers demonstrated multiple ways i…

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Android News

Android piracy forced Dead Trigger to become a free game

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Those dirty, stinking pirates have claimed another victim in highly-rated zombie shooter Dead Trigger. Following rampant piracy of the $0.99 game, developer MadFinger Games decided to do away with the pric…

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Android

Android Jelly Bean Face Unlock has new Blink requirement, works faster [VIDEO]

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Face Unlock launched with a bit of controversy and skepticism because it was easy to game the system. A person could hold up a picture of the device owner and unlock the phone because the unlock screen required on…

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Android App Reviews

misHaps shows important contact info if a phone is lost or you become incapacitated [App Reviews]

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One of most underrated features in Android 3.0+ is the ability to put a message on the lock screen. It’s a great way to have the security of the lock screen but still have a way to let someone who finds the phon…

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Videos

Passwords are for suckers. Nuance Dragon ID uses voice recognition to unlock phone features

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Nuance has unveiled a feature that doesn’t ask users to make a gesture, key in some numbers, or even show their pretty faces. Instead, it asks only that you speak and be heard. Nuance’s DragonID for…

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Android

Google Play anti-malware system has potential security hole, Google’s probably patching it now

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Summer has been quiet, so it looks like it’s time for the first Android scare of the season. This time, there’s actually a little bit of bite to the bark of researchers who have discovered a potentia…

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Sprint

Sprint Guardian combines Lookout and Safely to find lost phones and monitor your child’s phone

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Sprint announced today that it would soon deliver two bundled services designed to increase the safety of family members and protect the devices that they own. The Sprint Guardian service will combine the fea…

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Android App Reviews

AppBrain Ad Detector exposes apps that spam ads and have questionable privacy permissions

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I recently reviewed an app that some readers expressed concerns about permission requests and its use of ads in the notification window. While I often warn about checking permissions prior to installing, I wa…

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Finance

Google restores Google Wallet prepaid cards, other vulnerability still in play

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After discovering that Google Wallet is susceptible to a simple exploit that removes a user’s PIN and exposes funds to prepaid cards, Google disabled the ability to add money to a prepaid Google Wallet c…

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Finance

Google responds to Google Wallet hacking claim, points out the obvious

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A security company announced yesterday that it has discovered a “significant vulnerability in the Google Wallet mobile phone payment system.” The company found that a Wallet PIN is susceptibl…

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Android OS

Google reveals malware-scanning feature to screen Android Market apps

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In light of the many reports of alleged malware scares on Android, users might get the misconception that Google doesn’t care about Android security. The fact that so few of those scare ever involve the A…

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Android

Face Unlock is not about security – it’s about the novelty [Video]

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Following Google’s unveiling of the Galaxy Nexus last October, Face Unlock was one of the features that intrigued me most. I wondered how accurate it would be, how secure it could prove, and if this was re…

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Android

Android malware predicted to have a big year in 2012, says Lookout Mobile Security

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The rise of mobile malware has been an issue affecting mainly smartphones in Europe and Asia, but that’s likely to change next year according to Lookout Mobile Security. In its 2012 Mobile Threat Predic…

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AT&T

Carrier IQ and carrier clients reiterate: we are not spying on

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Responding to allegations that it logs all user activity, Carrier IQ has once again defended its product and said emphatically that it does not spy on users or record their private data for questionable purcha…

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HTC

Sprint and HTC subcontractor accused of logging user data in non-secure, invasive manner [Video]

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When security researcher Trevor Eckhart discovered that CarrierIQ was logging a surprising amount of data, the company promptly sent Eckhart a cease-and-desist letter that threatened legal action if he di…

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