Posts Tagged ‘android’

Lookout – New, Sneaky Android Adware tries to Root Phones

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Yet another reason to avoid sites that offer repackaged Android apps …

Android is without doubt the most popular mobile operating system out there. While other mobile systems may be more popular in certain regions, it is Android that is dominating most markets. Security firm Lookout discovered a new form of Android adware recently that goes through great length to make sure it stays on the device it has infected.

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Windows 10 May Already be on your PC even if You don’t Want It

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Here comes Windows 10 … whether you want it or not.

Microsoft is betting big on Windows 10 and the operating system’s adoption rate in the next few years. The company mentioned more than once that it plans to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices in that time. The operating system is off to a good start thanks to the free-for-nearly-everyone offer that Microsoft announced to the surprise of many.

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Beware, Your Android Phone Might come with Preloaded Spyware

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I have a hard time understanding why companies that rely on profits from e-commerce would do stupid stuff like this that essentially erodes public confidence in e-commerce.

Computer users know for quite some time that buying new PCs does not necessarily mean that the computer is clean, lean and ready for use immediately. Most computer manufacturers push so called “crapware” on PCs, trial software for instance, to increase their bottom line while only a few don’t or want you to pay extra for cleaning the crapware that they have put on it.

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NoSuchApp for Android Highlights Apps Secretly Connecting to Tracking Sites

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The percentage of Apps that secretly connecting to tracking sites is pretty amazing. No matter what you do online, somebody is taking notes.

When it comes to knowing what apps do and don’t do on Android, there is little that average users can find out in advance or after installation. While the requested permissions may provide information about data the app may access or modify, and also about network or Internet connections it may establish, nothing is provide in detail. For instance, you may know that an app connects to the Internet based on its permission requests but you don’t know to which sites and often why.

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Web Alert is a Powerful Website Monitoring App for Android

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

This sounds like it would be useful for keeping track of updates at sites that one follows, and also useful for keeping track of comments on one’s own blog.

Web Alert is a free application for Android devices that monitors websites or parts of websites and notifies you of changes. It can be quite useful to keep an eye on websites: from monitoring the price of items on shopping sites to making sure you are notified the minute new content is added to a site.

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WiFi Map Pro Passwords Reveals Open Wireless Hotspots

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

This sounds like a pretty useful app … providing that other users in your service area have gone to the trouble of registering a few local wireless hotspots.

You have two core options to connect to the Internet with your smartphone or mobile device: WiFi or using mobile connections. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. While you may run into privacy issues while using wireless connections that you don’t have full control over, mobile connections are often limited bandwidth-wise which means that you may increase your mobile bill using them or limit the connectivity options once you hit a certain threshold.

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Tracking Protection Lands in Firefox Nightly for Android

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Regardless of privacy and security issues, it’s always struck me as annoying and creepy when web sites continually track user online activity. Nobody likes nosy folks who are always prying into other peoples’ business.

Mozilla added the new tracking protection feature to Firefox Nightly for Windows, Linux and Mac systems in November 2014. The feature uses block lists of domains and sites that are known to track users. When enabled, communication is blocked to those servers on the Internet to improve user privacy.

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Check for Hidden Android Device Administrators

Friday, December 12th, 2014

This app sounds like it would be particularly useful for folks who are still using older Android devices.

Device Administration on Android is a powerful API that was first introduced in Android 2.2. It offers features at the system level which makes available features such as remotely wiping the storage on a device or enforcing password policies. Apps that require Device Administrator privileges prompt users to do so and when users confirm the rights have access to the API.

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Firefox 34 – Here’s what’s New

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Another week and another update to Firefox. At this rate, they’ll be up to Firefox 153 in no time at all.

Mozilla is rolling out updates for specific versions of the web browser. If you are running a non-stable build you may have already received updates last week as Mozilla postponed the release of the stable version and the ESR version by one week to get additional development time to stabilize development. This means that stable users will receive the upgrade to version 34, Beta users to 35, Developer Edition (former Aurora) users to version 36, and Nightly users to 37.

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Memorize Japanese Hiragana and Katakana with Kana for Android

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Your Android can now teach you how to read and write Japanese (providing that you’ve got a bit of free time on your hands.)

One of the main challenges of learning Japanese is to learn the Japanese alphabets. That’s different from learning a modern Latin alphabet language such as English, German or French and the main reason for that is that you have to memorize a lot more than the 26 or so characters Latin alphabets are comprised of. With Japanese, you have to memorize both the Hiragana and Katakana alphabet and on top of all that the Kanji as well.

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