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  • EU fines Google $5 billion over Android antitrust abuse

    07/18/2018 7:06:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.cnbc.com ^ | 07/18/2018 | Jillian D'Onfro | Ryan Browne
    The European Union hit Google with a record antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system. It ordered Google to put an end to illegal conduct within 90 days, or else face additional charges of up to 5 percent of Alphabet's average daily worldwide turnover. The ruling comes little over a year after the EU fined the company $2.7 billion for favoring its shopping service over competitors. European Union regulators have slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is...
  • Android malware is infecting Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks

    06/12/2018 6:00:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    the verge ^ | 06/12/2018 | Rachel England
    The worm, called ADB.Miner, installs itself as an app called "Test" under the package name "com.google.time.timer". Once it's infected a device, it eats up resources mining cryptocurrency -- devices will become slow, video playback will stop abruptly and a notification saying "Test" with the green Android robot icon will appear randomly on screen. If you've never played around with your Fire TV's developer options (which are off by default), you'll be safe from the virus. If, however, you've allowed ADB debugging or apps from unknown sources, your device is at risk -- switch both to off. If you suspect you've...
  • Google Senior Engineer Alon Altman Wanted to Sabotage Trump’s Android Phone, Ban His Gmail Account

    04/19/2018 11:37:41 AM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-19-2018 | Allum Bokhari
    Alon Altman, a senior software engineer at Google, pressured the company to sabotage President Trump’s Android phone, according to new evidence released via James Damore’s class-action lawsuit against the company. Calling on the tech giant to use the “full economic force [of] Google for good”, Altman also suggested deleting the gmail accounts of Trump, his administration, and his aides for “abuse.” Altman – who is still employed by the tech giant – also called on Google to blacklist “alt-right’ sites on the Google ad network (she falsely included Breitbart News in this category — an assertion refuted by a Harvard...
  • iPhone X Made 5x the Profit of 600 Android OEMs Combined

    04/18/2018 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    iDropNews ^ | April 17, 2018 | By Mike Peterson
    image Tom's Guide Apple remained the most profitable smartphone brand through the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new market research report. The Cupertino tech giant managed to capture 86 percent of the total smartphone market profits Q4 2017, even though the premium handset segment didn’t grow as expected, according to a new report by Counterpoint Research (via CNBC). Additionally, the iPhone X accounted for 21 percent of total revenue and 35 percent total of the profits made by the entire industry in the fourth quarter — allowing Apple to grow about 1 percent, year-over-year. That’s despite the fact...
  • Facebook Denies Collecting Call and SMS Data Without Permission (Link Only per copyright)

    03/26/2018 1:48:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    PCMag (Link Only per copyright requirement) | March 26, 2018 | By Matthew Humphries
    Android users are apparently giving FaceBook the OK to go ahead and mine them for data, probably without realizing it! LINK ONLY PER COPYRIGHT REQUIREMENTS.
  • iPhone protected you from Facebook call scraping. Android, not so much.

    03/25/2018 8:05:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    iMore ^ | March 25, 2018 | Renee Ritchie
    Facebook scraped call, SMS data for years from Android phones. iPhones never allowed this. Ten Minute Video When you think there's something lurking in the dark, you turn on the lights. And, now that Facebook's data harvesting, hoarding, and exploitation is being lit up by the internet version of the Bat Signal, more and more problems are being discovered. Most recently: That Facebook was scraping call and SMS logs of Android phone users. And yes, this is what happens when neither your operating system nor your app care about your privacy. From ArsTechnica: "This past week, a New Zealand man...
  • Samsung Galaxy S9: A cheat sheet

    02/26/2018 10:01:03 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | February 25, 2018, 1:23 PM PST | By Jason Hiner
    The 2018 version of Samsung's flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, are here. And, they sport several new features to appeal to professionals and the enterprise. The Samsung Galaxy S9 closes the gap between smartphones and computers. With a desktop-class processor, 5.8-inch, 2960x1440-pixel display (6.2-inch on the S9 Plus), built-in stereo sound, and an improved DeX experience for docking the phone and running it as a full PC, the S9 and S9 Plus come closer than any smartphones yet to offering a true desktop replacement for workers. And, the company smartly chose to build on the program it...
  • Here comes Samsung's answer to the iPhone X

    02/22/2018 10:11:00 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    C/Net ^ | February 22, 2018 | SHARA TIBKEN
    Apple wowed the world with its iPhone X. Now it's Samsung's turn. The South Korean electronics giant on Sunday will unveil its latest phone, the Galaxy S9, at its Unpacked event at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung's invitation for the launch featured the number nine -- for the name of the device -- as well as the teaser, "The Camera. Reimagined." The Galaxy S series is Samsung's most important product line. If you own an Android phone, the odds are pretty high that it bears a Samsung logo. Last year, about one out of every...
  • (Vanity) Are Any Freepes Familiar With Orbot (TOR for Android)?

    02/19/2018 12:27:58 PM PST · by holymoly · 5 replies
    Orbot ^ | 02/19/2018 | Me
    I ask, because I recently noticed the DuckDuckGo mobile privacy browser integrates support for TOR/Orbot. (Under "Settings" is the option to enable TOR.) Relevant URLs: Orbot: https://guardianproject.info/apps/orbot/ DuckDuckGo browser at F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/packages/com.duckduckgo.mobile.android/
  • Android malware is taking over phones to mine for cryptocurrency

    02/16/2018 12:06:12 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    truepundit.com ^ | Posted on February 14, 2018 | by True Pundit Staff
    Malwarebytes first discovered the malware when investigating a separate campaign late last month. Specifically, the team was testing a malvertising chain on Windows and Chrome that would lead to tech support scams, but when they tested the same chain on Android, they were “redirected via a series of hops to that cryptomining page.” The page in question features a warning message and a CAPTCHA code. Until the user enters the code, the website will proceed to mine Monero cryptocurrency (XMR) at full speed. Malwarebytes found several identical domains, all of which use the same CAPTCHA code. The first was registered...
  • Analysts Are Bailing on Apple Stock

    01/31/2018 4:21:13 PM PST · by fireman15 · 67 replies
    www.extremetech.com ^ | January 31, 2018 | Wayne Duggan
    "We expect a meaningful guide lower when the company reports on Thursday night, on the order of $5 to $6 billion compared to consensus revenue estimates," Long says. While the global iPhone user base is still growing, Long says users are keeping their devices longer, a trend that could continue in 2018 if the next model iPhones are not particularly impressive. He also says Apple may finally be losing its iPhone pricing power. "Following 10 years where [average selling prices] have generally moved higher, we believe prices will plateau as with the rest of the industry," Long says. BMO has...
  • How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • Why real hackers prefer Linux over Windows and Mac

    09/19/2016 8:08:27 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 13 replies
    Techworm.net ^ | September 18, 2016 | Vijay Prabhu
    "Today we look at the reason why hackers always prefer Linux over Mac, Windows, and other operating systems. You may have your own reasons for choosing Linux but what do hackers really look forward to while working with Linux."
  • Qualcomm’s crazy new Snapdragon chips are a lot more than just faster

    12/11/2017 10:54:10 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | December 10, 2016 | By David Cogen and Will Nicol
    ItÂ’s almost hard to believe that in under a century, computers have advanced from occupying hundreds of square feet, to fitting into the palm of your hand. Even wilder is that the tiny machinery in a smartphone can process far more data, far more quickly than the behemoths of old. DonÂ’t spend too much time marveling at the advances of the past, however, because the future is only going to get more wild. Among the most exciting things coming to smartphones soon is QualcommÂ’s Snapdragon 845, a mighty chip that will enable the next generation of mobile devices to do...
  • Samsung DeX's Expanding Ecosystem Pushes the Possibilities of the Smartphone

    10/19/2017 10:57:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    samsungmobilepress.com ^ | 19 October 2017 | phoronix
    TAG Samsung DeX, SDC, SDC2017 Multimedia Download At Samsung, we continuously ask ourselves what else is possible, and what else we can do to bring a better experience for our users. Samsung DeX was literally drawn on a piece of paper after asking these simple but important questions and became what it is today, bringing a desktop-like experience to your smartphone.We brought this desktop-like experience to our users, realizing that they want the convenience of their mobile device but also sometimes need the tried-and-true desktop computing environment, especially when it comes to interacting with productivity tools and entertainment contents...
  • iPhone 8 is so much faster than Android that even Geekbench creator can’t believe it

    10/04/2017 11:38:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 87 replies
    BGR ^ | September 29, 2017 | By Yoni Heisler
    Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR The A11 Bionic moniker may admittedly be nothing more than a marketing gimmick, but Apple’s next-gen processor is nothing short of a monster. In the days leading up to and following Apple’s iPhone media event, the iPhone 8 Geekbench 4 scores from Primate Labs’ Geekbench test were truly jarring. So while iOS and Android have arguably come close to reaching feature-parity in recent years, the overall system performance provided by Apple’s custom-designed A-x processors continues to leave Android handsets in the dust.In fact, with Apple’s new flagship iPhone models running more than 50% faster than...
  • Google Is Now Censoring Gab (It's An Uncensored Youtube)

    08/17/2017 6:45:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    Gab ^ | 08/17/17
  • Pre-installed Trojan in Cheap Android Devices Steal Data, Intercept Chats

    07/31/2017 3:57:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Hackread ^ | July 30, 2017
    Pre-installed Trojan in Cheap Android Devices Steal Data, Intercept Chats Android devices are one of the most vulnerable mobile OS (operating systems) due to its open source nature. But what would a user do if their device is delivered to them with a pre-installed malware? Well, Let’s talk about that. IT security researchers at Dr. Web, a Russian cyber security firm has discovered that a number of Android devices including Leagoo M8, Leagoo M5 Plus, Nomu S20 and Nomu S10 have a malicious program built into the firmware. Dubbed Triada by researchers the Trojan is embedded in the Zygote component’s...
  • Sneaky Android Virus Can Inject Itself Into System Files And Cover Its Tracks

    06/13/2017 5:11:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 13, 2017 | By Adam Ismail
    Why it matters to you New mobile malware pops up all the time, and it's as important as ever to be wary of the apps you download.Every week or so, there’s a new form of Android malware discovered that works in a unique way from what’s come before. Fortunately, in most cases, Google and third-party security experts identify the offenders before they do any serious damage. Kaspersky has just discovered one such Trojan, called Dvmap, located in an unassuming game on the Google Play Store called Colourblock with an unprecedented tactic — it injects code into the Android system library.According...
  • SPY PHONE Secret messages hidden in TV adverts can order smartphones to spy on people (TRUNC)

    05/08/2017 11:57:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 8th May 2017, 11:51 am | By Jasper Hamill
    Popular apps downloaded by millions of people are always on the look out for clandestine broadcasts which order them to begin snooping on citizens SECRET messages hidden in television adverts can order smartphones to quietly spy on their owners. That’s the shocking revelation in a new piece of research which exposes the scary snooping techniques corporations are using to pry into ordinary people’s lives in unprecedented detail. Television adverts can order a smartphone to begin surveilling its owner Television adverts can order a smartphone to begin surveilling its owner A team of German academics have noticed a huge growth in...