Thousands of Android Apps Are Silently Accessing Your Data

Thousands of Android Apps Are Silently Accessing Your Data

More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found.

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

$13 a month (7-day free trial), Android and iOS.It's packed with curated music and spoken word tracks to help you take life a little more easily, as well as guided meditations of various durations so you can pick them out based on how much time you can spare.

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

If you’ve spent years sending private messages, videos and photos over WhatsApp on your iPhone, then you should think twice about switching to Android.

This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday.

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones

“We wanted to understand how easy it is for someone to be able to penetrate the device without the user downloading an application,” says Kryptowire CEO Angelos Stavrou.

146 New Android Bugs, an Audio Porn Streaming Site, and More News

146 New Android Bugs, an Audio Porn Streaming Site, and More News

Android users are groaning and websites are moaning, but first: a cartoon about what to do with a broken laptop .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.146 new vulnerabilities all come preinstalled on Android phones.

Our Favorite Android Phone Is on Sale Right Now

Our Favorite Android Phone Is on Sale Right Now

The Google Pixel 3A XL costs $429 ($50 off) at Amazon and $380 at Best Buy ($100 off).The Google Pixel 3A XL costs $429 ($50 off) at Amazon and $380 at Best Buy ($100 off).

Ancient Sippy Cups, A Full-Control Android Hack, and More News

Ancient Sippy Cups, A Full-Control Android Hack, and More News

It turns out ancient babies drank animal milk out of teeny cups, a bug in some Android phones gives hackers complete control, and the film Joker broke a box office record.

A Bug in Popular Android Phones Gives Hackers Full Control

A Bug in Popular Android Phones Gives Hackers Full Control

And we explained how the new Incognito Mode for Google Maps helps cover your tracks—and more importantly, all the ways in which it doesn't.For one thing, the affected devices are mostly older, although in many cases still widely in use.

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

It will run on an Intel heterogeneous chip, designed for smaller form factors, and it will run on a new version of the OS called Windows 10X, which is designed for dual-screen PCs. The Surface Duo, which at first glance looks like a Mini Me of the Surface Neo, is in many ways a completely different product.

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You

Both Android and iOS force apps to use a special "ad ID" for tracking smartphones, which gets linked to whatever data marketers collect from you.

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

GM's Search for In-Car Tech Lands on Google

Sign up here !Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which let drivers project their phone’s interface onto the center screen, are each available in more than 400 car models globally; many offer both systems.

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Why 'Zero Day' Android Hacking Now Costs More Than iOS Attacks

Shwartz says that a web-based attack that targets a high-end Android phone can now sell for more than $2 million non-exclusively, meaning that the researcher can sell it for that price to multiple buyers.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China.#Huawei #android #China #operating systems #smartphones.

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

Distributed largely through the third-party Android app store 9Apps, the adware was originally a more clunky, obvious type of malware that masqueraded as legitimate apps but asked for a suspicious number of device permissions to run and displayed a lot of intrusive ads.

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Isn’t the Next 'Pokémon Go.' Good

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is currently the most downloaded free game on both Android and iOS. It’s not even the best-performing Harry Potter game in recent memory: A decidedly non-AR entry called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery racked up seven times as much revenue as Wizards Unite in its first four days after launch, when you compare the same markets.

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

On Monday, the US government agreed to a 90-day exception to the export restrictions that allow Huawei to deal with US companies to support existing products. Even without the 90-day exemption, Huawei will still be able to use Google's open source Android operating system for its phones.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Throws the Doors Open Ahead of Build

Not only that it has changed, but that Microsoft has evolved its strategy during a time when some of its top competitors are selling you on software that locks you in—platforms that are so closed that “AOL will feel like a very open world compared to the kind of worlds that both Android and iOS have built,” Nadella says.

How Android Fought an Epic Botnet—and Won

How Android Fought an Epic Botnet—and Won

Google Play Protect , which helps weed out bogus Android apps, has been increasingly able to detect when Chamois is running on a device and disable it.

Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Ahead of her talk, Galperin has notched her first win: Russian security firm Kaspersky announced today that it will make a significant change to how its antivirus software treats stalkerware on Android phones, where it's far more common than on iPhones.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Google Play Store Has a Malware Problem. Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Change your Facebook password. Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally.

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

An Android Vulnerability Went Unfixed for Over Five Years

But Toshin points out that attackers could also use the bug to gain inappropriate device access by tricking users into clicking a malicious link that would then open through Android's Instant App feature.

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

Most Android Antivirus Apps Are Garbage

In a survey of 250 antivirus apps found in the Google Play Store, only 80 demonstrated basic competence at their jobs by detecting 30 percent or more of the 2,000 malicious apps AV-Comparatives threw at them.

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function

Twitter Debuts an In-App Camera Function Sam Mellish/Getty Images It’s a famous origin story, and one you probably already know. Starting today and rolling out over the next week or so, users of the Twitter app on iOS and Android will be able to take and post photos using an in-app camera.

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Android Is Helping Kill Passwords on a Billion Devices

Google's Brand points out that under FIDO2, developers will even be able to streamline their mobile browser and local app sign-in infrastructure so a user can set up password-less login on the web, and have that same easy authentication step carry over to the service's app or vice versa.

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week

10 Android Phone Deals, and Our Favorite Bargains This Week Smartphone season started early this year. Samsung showed off five new Galaxy phones, including three Galaxy S10 models available for preorder right now.

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

Android Users: Check This Facebook Location Privacy Setting ASAP

(If you already had Location History turned off, nothing changes.) Facebook will also be inserting a notice into your News Feed to alert you to the change and offering a link to manage settings.

Google's Making It Easier to Encrypt Even Cheap Android Phones

Google's Making It Easier to Encrypt Even Cheap Android Phones

"The design is solid, based on trusted components, and likely to adequately protect users of the products integrating this new algorithm." The Google researchers says that they are confident in Adiantum's integrity, and they hope it will help call attention to the importance of storage encryption for IoT and other low-resource devices.

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