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  • Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that Apple's iPhone is already delivering

    11/21/2015 5:29:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have. Source: Samsung Samsung will "lead by following" Apple Watch Samsung LSI marketing team head Kyushu Hong spoke at length about "Innovation for the next mobile experience," outlining plans to introduce a "Bio Processor" chip that packed a series of components related to health related data recording. Source: Samsung Asked when the new chip would be introduced and when Samsung expected it to become...
  • This Android malware is so bad, you might be better off buying a new phone

    11/06/2015 9:18:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mashable ^ | November 6, 2015 | BY STAN SCHROEDER
    We've seen Android malware that takes your photos and videos for ransom, and there's one that can mimic your phone's shutdown process and spy on you even though the phone appears to be off. But a new family of malware, detailed by security firm Lookout on Wednesday, is probably the scariest we've heard of: It's so hard to remove that, in some cases, victims might be better off just buying a new device. Lookout's researchers have found 20,000 samples of three pieces of malware, named Shedun, Shuanet, and ShiftyBug, which share a lot of the same code and use similar...
  • New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove (Link only due to copyright)

    11/04/2015 4:25:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | Nov 4, 2015 2:15pm PST | by Dan Goodin -
    This is a bad Android Root Kit baddy. . . as the headline says, it is almost impossible to remove from Android devices. More information at Ars Technica's site (link only due to copyright concerns): New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove
  • Android and Chrome OS may be combined as early as next year

    10/30/2015 5:15:14 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 7 replies
    Engadget Online ^ | 10/29/15 | Nathan Ingraham
    For years, people have wondered if Google would merge its Android and Chrome operating systems, and the company has steadfastly held to them important but distinct pieces of its strategy. That might be changing: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has been working for two years to merge Chrome OS and Android.
  • Google is killing Chrome OS and putting all its chips on Android

    10/29/2015 5:08:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/29/2015 | Alexei Oreskovic
    Google will fold its Chrome operating system used in personal computers into the Android mobile OS, according to The Wall Street Journal. Beginning in 2017, Google will only have a single operating system on the market, with Android featured on tablets, smartphones, and notebook computers. Google will show an early version of the new unified Android OS next year, The WSJ said, citing anonymous sources. The move should help unify Google's software efforts and make its platform more appealing to third-party software developers. Until now Google has maintained a clear delineation between its two operating systems, The Chrome OS, based...
  • Amazons $50 Fire tablet reviewed: Surprisingly, it doesnt suck

    10/26/2015 8:31:18 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 45 replies
    Ars Technica UK | Oct 24, 2015 4:25am PDT | Mark Walton
    Ars Technica UK published an article that might be of interest to those of you considering purchasing or already owning a Tablet. In summary, and in comparison with other similar tablets the Fire tablet comes out surprisingly well.
  • Here's how hackers can remotely access, control Siri, Google Now from 16 feet away (iphone/android)

    10/16/2015 9:14:16 AM PDT · by Vision Thing · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Khier Casino
    Apple's Siri will listen to anyone even hackers. French researchers have discovered a way to remotely gain access to Siri and Google Now on iOS and Android, respectively. The research team from ANSSI a French government agency specializing in information security were then able to control the intelligent personal assistants by using headphones with built-in microphones as antennas. Hackers could use radio waves transmitted from the antenna of the headphones to eavesdrop on private conversations, send the device browser to a malware site or shoot spam and phishing messages through email and social media sites such...
  • Android Marshmallow Rollout

    10/07/2015 5:52:25 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 7 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | 10/6/2015 | James Rogerson
    Who is getting what, and when ANDROID PING!Android Ping! If you want on or off the Android Ping List, Freepmail me.
  • 'Stagefright 2.0' bug menaces over a billion Android devices

    10/01/2015 6:24:16 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 12 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 2 2015 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a second set of serious vulnerabilities in Google's Android mobile operating system, leaving over a billion new and old devices open to attack. Dubbed Stagefright 2.0, the newly discovered vulnerabilities stem from two flaws in how Android handles audio and video files. It was found by Joshua Drake of security vendor Zimperium, who also discovered the original Stagefright vulnerability affecting just under a billion Android devices in July this year. The first Stagefright flaw in the Android media processing software library allowed attackers to send a specially crafted multimedia messaging service (MMS) missive which, when received in...
  • Apple Event Live Stream

    09/09/2015 10:00:22 AM PDT · by zeebee · 34 replies
    Analysts and industry insiders predict that Apple will unveil updated iPhones along with an Apple TV revamp that may signal a push into the online television streaming sector, dominated by Netflix.
  • Porn app took secret photos of users

    09/08/2015 11:16:14 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 57 replies ^ | 7 September 2015 | BBC staff
    A malicious Android app that held people to ransom has been found by US security firm Zscaler. Adult Player appeared to offer pornography, but secretly took pictures of users with the phone's front-facing camera. It then locked the user's device and displayed a demand for $500 (330) which was difficult to bypass. One security expert told the BBC that ransomware was a lucrative and growing area of cybercrime. Ransomware The Adult Player app demanded a payment of $500 (330). Apps which demand money from people with a threat to release private information, or wipe a device, are known as ransomware....
  • Apple fans fooled by Dutch humorists into thinking Android is iOS 9

    09/03/2015 7:57:54 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 18 replies
    Android Community ^ | August 6, 2015 | Ida Torres
    Apple fanboys have often been accused of worshipping anything that comes from the brand, even though the rest of the world is saying it sucks or its nothing special anymore (I guess thats why they call them fanboys). Some Dutch humor artists decided to test this out, pretending to show them the new iOS9, which is in fact just an Android OS loaded onto an iPhone, Predictably, the results were hilarious. Well, it would be funny if you were an Android fan or even user, not so much if you were one of said fanboys. What these humor artists did...
  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech via Mac Daily News ^ | September 2, 2015 | Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
    The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending July 2015 shows continued market share losses for the Android OS across Europe’s five largest markets. Europe’s big five markets are Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.“Android market share in Europe was negatively impacted by challenging market dynamics in Germany, France, and Great Britain,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in a statement. “In the U.S., performance was more of a level field between the two leading operating systems, as the iOS market share decline and Android share gain both decelerated.”“The...
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsofts digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Googles popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistants functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • M is for Marshmallow: Google names its next Android update

    08/17/2015 10:50:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    C-Net News ^ | August 17, 2015 | by Richard Nieva
    The search giant unveils the name of its next update for smartphones and tablets. Some key features include a new mobile payments system and some tricks for the company's digital assistant, Google Now. Google's update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow.The software, previously only referred to as Android M, was announced in May during Google I/O, the search giant's annual developer conference.The moniker follows Google's whimsical naming convention for new versions of Android. The company typically names its software updates alphabetically and after sweets. For example, the most current version of Android...
  • Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers (Link only due to copyright)

    08/13/2015 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | by Dan Goodin
    Faulty Stagefright patch and newly reported sandbox bypass leave users exposed. Link only due to copyright infringement issues from Ars Technica. Read more at the link. READ THE ARTICLE AT ARS TECHNICA: Android security on the ropes with one-two punch from researchers
  • Waiting for Androids inevitable security Armageddon (Link Only due to copyright issues)

    08/11/2015 9:33:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | August 10, 2015
    Supported Android 5.1 Devices that might be updated to patch security issues and All Others that will not be updated. LINK TO THE ARTICLE: Editorial: Android's update strategy doesn't scale, and that's recipe for disaster. Read the article at the link above. . . cannot be posted on FreeRepublic due to copyright issues.
  • HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

    08/11/2015 8:59:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | August 10, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox. Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder. "Any unprivileged processes or apps can steal users fingerprints by reading this file," the team says, adding that the images can be made into clear prints by adding some padding.It is one of four vulnerability scenarios in which biometric...
  • Certifi-gate: Hundreds of Millions of Android Devices Could Be Pwned

    08/07/2015 12:23:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Checkpoint ^ | August 6, 2015 | by Check Point Research Team
    Check Point today released details about Certifi-gate, a previously unknown vulnerability in the architecture of popular mobile Remote Support Tools (RSTs) used by virtually every Android device manufacturer and network service provider. The Check Point mobile threat research team disclosed its findings at a briefing session at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas, NV this morning.What is Certifi-gate?Certifi-gate is a set of vulnerabilities in the authroization methods between mobile Remote Support Tool (mRST) apps and system-level plugs on a device. mRSTs allow remote personnel to offer customers personalized technical support for their devices by replicating a device’s screen and by...
  • Nvidia Recalls 88,000 Shield Tablets, Citing Fire Hazard

    08/02/2015 8:50:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal Total Return ^ | July 31, 2015 11:08 a.m. ET | By ANGELA CHEN
    Nvidia Corp. has recalled about 88,000 of its Shield tablets sold in the U.S. and Canada because the lithium-ion battery can overheat and become a fire hazard. The products recalled are, specifically, eight-inch tablets sold between July 2014 and July 2015 at places such as, and GameStop. The model numbers, seen are on the left-side edge of the devices, P1761, P1761W and P1761WX. Nvidia didnt say how many...
  • New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state (Link Only)

    07/30/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Ars Technica LINK ONLY | July 30, 2015 | by Dan Goodin
    This is a link only due to copyright considerations, please read the article at the original website: New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state Malformed video files can be used to crash half of all Android phones.
  • Gaping Flaw in Android Cellular

    07/27/2015 6:36:19 AM PDT · by S.O.S121.500 · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/27/15 | Aarti Shahani
    Excerpt per posting rules: In this attack, the target would not need to goof up open an attachment or download a file that's corrupt. The malicious code would take over instantly, the moment you receive a text message.
  • You can now use any Android app on your Mac w/ BlueStacks App Player

    07/01/2015 11:34:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | July 1, 2015
    Crossy Road on Mac with BlueStacks BlueStacks, a free desktop Android emulator that lets users play any mobile game or app on the big screen with a mouse and keyboard, has mostly been limited to PC users until today. But Mac users are about to get access to the software that the company says already has around 90 million users on Windows. While the app arrived briefly as an alpha release of Mac users back in 2012, this morning the company is launching an official release of the popular BlueStacks App Player software for Mac for the first time, allowing...
  • U.S. Supreme Court lets Oracle press case that Google copied Java in rush to make Android

    06/29/2015 3:36:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Mac Daily Newsws ^ | Jun 29, 2015 6:32 AM PDT
  • What your smartphone says about your waistline Nicholas Wells

    06/25/2015 5:08:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 25, 2015 | Nicholas Wells
    If you're sipping your lunch, you probably have an iPhone. If you're enjoying pizza from Little Caesars, you're probably on Android. Consumer choices have always been about picking this or that, and the current either/or decision is between smartphone operating systems. Your choice when it comes to operating systems says a lot about you, including what you like to eat, according to data provided to CNBC by NPD Group's Checkout Tracking. IPhone users were much more likely to go for a liquid lunch, with soup and smoothies taking the top spots for iOS choices. Soup had an iPhone-to-Android index of...
  • Pre-installed keyboard leaves 600 million Samsung smartphones vulnerable to hackers

    06/17/2015 9:32:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | June 17, 2015 | By Robert Nazarian
    If your rocking a Samsung smartphone, you could be vulnerable to hackers, thanks to a preinstalled keyboard on your device.The vulnerability was discovered by Ryan Welton from mobile security specialists NowSecure. The issue is with the preinstalled Swift keyboard which looks for language pack updates over an unencrypted line. Welton found that a hacker could create a spoof proxy server and send a fake update to the device with malicious code. The hacker could then exploit the device by eavesdropping on incoming and outgoing messages or voice calls, access personal data such as pictures or text messages, tamper with apps,...
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

    05/04/2015 6:10:52 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | May 1, 2015 | Not Listed
    Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites. There are essentially two starkly different environments in which to download apps. The first is Apples app store, which carefully vets apps before allowing only those deemed fit to appear. The second is the Google Play store, which is more open because Google exercises a lighter touch in vetting apps, only excluding those that are obviously malicious. But because Google Play is more open, the apps it offers span a much wider quality range. Many connect to ad-related sites...
  • 5 Awesome Windows 10 Announcements Microsoft Just Made

    04/29/2015 1:54:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Paste ^ | 04/29/2015 | By Luke Larsen
    At their long, developer-focused Build conference this morning, Microsoft announced a plethora of new things regarding Windows 10 and its new identity as a service-based company. Windows 10 is the company’s new attempt at recapturing the interest of longtime Windows 7 users, after a fairly limited turnout for Windows 8.In case you haven’t heard, yes—Microsoft skipped “Windows 9” and went straight to Windows 10. The good news is that the OS looks to be a pretty balanced and powerful system that takes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and finds a happy medium in between the two....
  • Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings

    04/17/2015 11:43:02 AM PDT · by mykroar · 62 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 4/17/2015 | Smoking Gun
    A drunken argument over whether Android or Apple smartphones were superior turned violent early today when two Oklahoma roommates began assaulting each other during the bloody telecommunications debate. According to Tulsa police, Jiaro Mendez and Elias Acevedo were outside their apartment around 1 AM when their phone quarrel moved to the stabbing stage. As they tussled in a parking lot, Acevedo allegedly struck Mendez in the back of the head with a beer bottle. When cops subsequently apprehended Acevedo, he was covered in blood and also had several lacerations on his body from the fight. Both men were treated for...
  • Microsoft goes rogue: Windows on Android

    04/10/2015 6:24:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 3, 2015 | Evan Blass
    At a recent Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China, Windows chief Terry Myerson revealed a number of newsworthy tidbits about Windows 10,... At the very end of the news items, almost as an aside, came word of a unprecedented trial that Microsoft is undertaking "in partnership" with popular Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi. According to Myerson, a select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 owners (power users, he calls them) will be invited to test out a custom Windows 10 ROM on their devices. Devices that ship running not Windows out of the box, but Android. Let me restate that, so...
  • (Microsoft) Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android (Killer Pocket Scanner App)

    04/06/2015 10:35:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 50 replies
    Microsoft Office Blogs ^ | April 2, 2015 | OneNote Team
    Just over a year ago, we introduced Office Lens for Windows Phoneand over that time the app has become one of the most popular free apps on Windows Phone, with an average rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5) from more than 18,500 reviews. Today, were releasing Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones. Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner and it works with OneNote so youll never lose a thing. Use it to take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notesthen let Office Lens crop, enhance and...
  • Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands

    08/09/2011 5:46:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 77 replies
    FOSS Patents ^ | August 9, 2011 | Florian Mueller
    The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring with immediate effect all distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands on the grounds of an alleged infringement of Apple's iPad-related [European] Community design no. 000181607-0001. I can confirm that Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting the same Community design. This was also confirmed by a court in The Hague to Dutch website Webwereld. There are differences in competition law between Germany and the Netherlands,...
  • Apple Took 89% Of Q4 Smartphone Profits With Android OEMs In A Race To The Bottom

    02/26/2015 7:06:24 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 46 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 2/26/15 | Ingrid Lunden
    Googles Android has gobbled up market share world wide, now accounting for over 80% of all smartphone shipped globally. But when it comes to actually making money, Apple is eating all the profits as it continues its focus on premium devices. Today Strategy Analytics said that Apple in Q4 last year accounted for 89% of all smartphone profits, equating to $18.8 billion, with Android taking only 11%, or $2.4 billion. The blow for Android is softened only slightly less so only by the fact that other platform players like Microsoft, Blackberry and Firefox seemingly made no profit at all.
  • How Apple and Google are Killing Microsoft

    01/06/2015 8:51:33 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 152 replies
    T-GAAP ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | by: Mark Reschke
    The long reigning king of the desktop OS is in trouble. Microsofts CEO, Satya Nadella, is rapidly steering the company into the back office and service spaces, while their nascent mobile and desktop platforms are crumbling around them. Microsoft is putting on a brave face continuing to heavily advertise the 2-in-1 Surface debacle, but Nadella is only buying time, as he must surely know that Apple and Google is the two-headed beast that Microsoft can not stop. In less than a decade, Microsoft will be associated with IBM or Oracle, not Apple or Google. Apples iOS is poised for...
  • Apples iPhone Overtakes Android In US Sales For The First Time Since 2012

    02/04/2015 7:31:52 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 97 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 2-3-15 | Ingrid Lunden
    Apple, in its flush of new, bigger iPhone 6 handsets, has been selling record numbers of its older and newer model smartphones in the last few months, and now its passed another significant milestone: it has managed to overtake sales of Android devices in the key market of the U.S. for the first time in three years. [more below]
  • iOS 8 Adoption Rate Hits 72% As Android Lollipop Distribution Reaches 1.6%

    02/04/2015 12:22:24 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 39 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | Tuesday February 3, 2015 11:57 am PST | by Juli Clover
    Apples newest operating system, iOS 8, is installed on 72 percent of iOS devices almost five months after it first launched in September of 2014, according to new numbers Apple shared on its App Store support page for developers. Installation numbers are up 9 percent since mid-December and have jumped 3 percent since January 20, following the launch of iOS 8.1.3 at the end of the month. As iOS 8 adoption grows, the number of users running iOS 7 has dropped to 25 percent. 3 percent of users continue to use an earlier operating system. iOS 8 adoption has been...
  • Malicious Google Play apps (may have) hosed millions of Android handsets

    02/04/2015 1:37:16 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Ars Technica | February 3, 2015 | By Dan Goodin
    As per copyright requirements, link only: Malicious Google Play apps (may have) hosed millions of Android handsets Android users need to read this article. . . your phone may be infected and you may not know it. It may take weeks before the malware raises its head and releases its malicious payload. Specific apps are listed.
  • Tim Cook Defused Steve Jobs' Thermonuclear War, Then He Took Down Android

    01/31/2015 10:16:59 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 314 replies
    Forbes ^ | Saturday, January 31, 2015 | Evan Spence
    Ive already spoken about one of the plays made by Apple and Tim Cook to damage Android. This was the push to 64-bit computing in the iPhone 5S. As that smartphone was announced, the roadmaps for Android devices did not have 64-bit computing planned in the near future. Manufacturers and component suppliers were bounced into making bold claims that they would join Apple in the 64-bit world. They had no choice but to do this. Androids success was built around the promise of being faster, better, and stronger than its rival OS. If Apple was 64-bit, Android had to be...
  • Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

    01/30/2015 5:30:07 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 25 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | January 29, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market. Samsung's collapse in profits caused by Apple, not Xiaomi While Apple's critics might prefer to credit Xiaomi for Samsung's decline, the South Korean giant's plummeting profitability is not due to a major drop in its low priced, high volume phones and tablets but rather an implosion of Samsung's profitable, high end...
  • Apples iPhone 6 Success Is Mostly Androids Loss, Giving iPhone Plenty Of Room To Grow

    01/29/2015 4:08:37 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 31 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 1-29-15 | Darrell Etherington
    Apples newest iPhone customers arent just old customers upgrading older devices in fact, the vast majority are migrating from other platforms. Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that a large percentage of consumers buying iPhones lately are coming from devices that arent iPhones, and that most of those are shifting over from Android. This is potentially better news for Apple than its record-breaking 74.5 million iPhones sold during the past quarter, because it means theres plenty of headroom to improve on that number in the future. A lot of the apprehension that crops...
  • Three things I envy about Windows Phone 10, as an Android user

    01/28/2015 12:25:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    PocketNow ^ | 01/28/2015 | Joe Levi
    Microsoft sure does like to change the way things are named! Windows CE gave way to Handheld PC and Palm PC, then to Palm-Sized PC, then Pocket PC was replaced by Windows Mobile Standard, Professional, and Classic. Windows Phone came along when Microsoft rebooted the platform in the wake of competition from Apple and Android. Windows Phone 7 was followed by Windows Phone 7.5, then 8.0, and most recently 8.1. Did I miss any? Are you confused yet? Then again, one could argue whether or not Microsoft’s naming has been more or less confusing than Android’s “sweet tooth” classification (it...
  • What BlackBerry's CEO Wants From Apple

    01/22/2015 11:43:37 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 1-22-15 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    BlackBerry's CEO John Chen wants companies to stop "discriminatory practices" against BlackBerry by not allowing them to use certain apps. Chen called out Apple and Netflix in a blog post about net neutrality and what he called a "two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem" where developers create apps only for iOS and Android devices. "Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service," he wrote. Apple's iMessage service is only available to customers using the company's ecosystem of devices. Calling out Netflix, Chen said...
  • To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhones camera

    01/13/2015 11:09:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 94 replies
    The Verge ^ | January 13, 2015 10:11 am | By Vlad Savov
    Speed kills, and the iPhone goes from 0 to a good picture faster than anything else I was at Intels CES booth, composing a photo with my Android smartphone, when a pair of anonymous hands thrust a shining iPhone 6 Plus into my line of vision. A nonchalant tap of the camera shutter button later, the hands were pulling back, having captured a stupendously clear and sharp picture on the first attempt. By the time Id completed my routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself, the dude whod beaten me to a better shot with none of the effort...
  • Secretive Military Tech Company Announces Augmented Reality Glasses For Consumers

    01/02/2015 12:08:01 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/02/15 | Aaron Tilley
    The glasses can do everything its military-grade specs can dodisplay high-definition video, record video, lay visuals over the real worldbut will be 30 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter, and theyll look a little less awkward. ODGs augmented reality glasses come packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a global navigation satellite system; and sensors for figuring out where youre looking. The glasses can do pretty much anything a tablet can do. Watching a movie on the glasses is something akin to watching a high-def movie on a 65-inch TV from across the room. The glasses also...
  • What is the best flash app for Samsung Note III phone

    12/25/2014 10:04:47 AM PST · by citizen · 27 replies
    n/a | Dec 25 2014 | self
    I want to load an android app for flash player on my Samsung Note III phone. Model SM-N900V Android OS 4.4.2 I read that this is possible. I'm not all that technical so an app I could download and run would be great.
  • Mac and Linux come under attack as the threat landscape shifts

    12/07/2014 8:46:24 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Beta News ^ | December 4, 2014 | By Ian Barker
    The latest monthly report from internet security specialist Doctor Web shows that whilst Windows and Android users have no cause for complacency, November saw substantial numbers of malicious programs aimed at Mac OS X and Linux platforms. Trojans remain the most popular form of attack making up 8.7 percent of all malware detected. Trojan.InstallCore.12, which installs different adware, toolbars and browser extensions, ranks first. BackDoor.Andromeda.404, which downloads other malicious programs into an infected system when commanded to do so by intruders, ranks second. In November BackDoor.Andromeda.404 was distributed in large quantities by email thanks to a mass spam campaign. It...
  • Android tablets at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart found to with security flaws, malware

    11/26/2014 12:42:15 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 01:14 pm | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    All of the dozen different "doorbuster" Android tablets Bluebox examined were found to include unpatched Android vulnerabilities including Masterkey, FakeID, Heartbleed and Futex, while more than a quarter were sold with security misconfigurations or active backdoors installed. Bluebox discovered Android's Masterkey "zombie botnet" vulnerability last year and detailed FakeID super malware earlier this summer. While Google has released patches for both flawsin addition to Android's Heartbleed and Futex bugsthe fact is that major retailers are actively promoting new Android products that still harbor these unpatched vulnerabilities. Several devices also ship with remote exploits wide open, block access to Google Play...
  • Nokia re-enters consumer electronics with 7.9-inch iPad mini knockoff

    11/19/2014 11:35:22 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:54 pm
    Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet, Matti Huuhtanen reports for The Associated Press. It will launch a 7.9-inch device early next year in China, the worlds biggest market, before selling it elsewhere. The device will be manufactured by Foxconn, which makes Apples handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership with Microsoft in 2011. That partnership ended unsuccessfully in April, Nokia sold its cellphones unit to...
  • In strategy shift, Microsoft Office unlocks free editing on iOS and Android tablets and phones

    11/06/2014 11:21:01 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    GeekWire ^ | November 6, 2014 at 6:00 am | BY TODD BISHOP
    PowerPoint for iPad is one of the Office apps where Microsoft will now let users create and edit documents for free. In a significant change for its flagship software applications, and a potentially risky move for its business, Microsoft will let users create and edit documents without a paid subscription in its Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps on iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. The change, announced this morning, makes Microsoft more competitive by eliminating one of the biggest criticisms of the Office apps for iPad the requirement to pay for an annual Office 365 subscription of...