Archive for the ‘Android’ Category

As mobile users, most of us follow the standard precautions in the ongoing fight against malicious software, but as the defenses become more adept to dealing with such intrusions, attackers also dream up more advanced, cunning ways of sneaking into our devices and extracting data. A new type of spyware, which appears to have originated from Hong Kong, is said to affect iOS users who’ve opted to jailbreak their devices, and according to experts on the matter, may also be connected to a similar piece of unwanted software lurking on Google’s Android.

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Pebble has announced an improvement to the fleet of fitness-tracking features it first rolled out in an update earlier on this year, and along with the enhanced functionality, has also revised the prices of its line-up. Notably, it brings the cost of the entry-level Pebble down to $99, hitting the sub-$100 category for the very first time, and with the premium Pebble Steel now only costing $199, it’s clear that the likes of Apple Watch and Android Wear are ramping up the pressure on the start-up.

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The biggest stories in technology these days tend to be about smartphones. Even with smartwatches threatening to take over as the most talked about, highly anticipated hardware releases going, the not-so-humble smartphone still manages to truly capture the imagination like few other new releases.

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The roll out of the Galaxy Note 4 has been brought forward by Samsung in a somewhat hurried attempt to compete with the unforeseen popularity of Apple’s two new iPhones, but in its haste, the Korean outfit may have released some units with a quite significant design issue. As the Tizen maker’s Cupertino rival looks to recover from the Bendgate issue, it has emerged that some Note 4 users have discovered quite a large gap between the display and the outer frame – sizeable enough to fit a business card or a couple of sheets of paper – and given the asking price of the latest installment to the iconic phablet series, it’s not exactly the kind of build quality that said users would’ve expected.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 was among the first major mobile announcements of this busy month, with the Korean outfit once again utilizing the IFA expo in Berlin, Germany to showcase its latest phablet. With a sharpened display, bumped processor and improved camera, it’s certainly a healthy upgrade on last year’s Note 3, and unsurprisingly, Sammy has been promoting it non-stop. In the latest, the Tizen maker has just rolled out a new ad, and with pre-orders now being taken in the United States, seeks to convince consumers that the Note 4 is the device to own.

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Google’s Nexus line of smartphones and tablets have long since offered consumers a completely unadulterated Android experience, as well as decent hardware, at a price considerably lower than competitors. After last year’s Nexus 5, which was manufactured by LG, Google’s very own Motorola has been tasked with the role of building its successor, which is expected to arrive at some point in the coming weeks. Now, we have a couple of leaked snaps that apparently allow use a sneak preview of what’s in store, and below, you can check it out.

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With all the excitement about Apple’s first 5.5-inch iPhone clouding everyone’s minds, it’s easy to forget that Samsung is already the king of the giant smartphone thanks to its Galaxy Note line of handsets.

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Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are barely out, and akin to the famous Antennagate that plagued the iPhone 4 when it was revealed, these two have sprouted a new debate over the “Bendgate” fiasco as it is being called. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, Bendgate essentially refers to the iPhone 6 Plus getting bent under pressure, or, in some cases, just by being kept in the pocket for extended periods of time.

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We love a freebie or two here, and although it’s been a while since we’ve posted a paid apps gone free article for our Android-wielding readers, we believe that today’s mammoth list was well worth the wait. Not only does the list of 20+ apps offer a combined saving well in excess of $100, but there are some huge apps and titles in there from big-name companies like SEGA, Autodesk. If your Android device is in need of some new content, we’ve all of the details coming right up for you after the leap.

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If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, but took the opportunity to pass on Apple’s recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the hope that rumors pertaining to the Google Nexus 6 might be true, then you could be in luck.

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Social media has been abuzz over the past 24 hours with reports that the iPhone 6 Plus has a bit of a problem, in that the aluminum shell appears to bend while in users’ pockets with apparently very little force being applied. The controversy has sparked a fierce debate on Twitter, and while some believe that Apple’s own design is at fault, others are of the opinion that if you sit on your device or place it in a precarious position, then you’re basically asking for trouble. Apple has yet to make a comment, and given that the scale of the issue doesn’t seem to be widespread, there’s no telling whether the company will release a statement on the matter, but for the sake of entertainment / argument, one YouTuber has also carried out the ‘bend test’ on a Samsung Galaxy S4. Does it bend? Find out after the fold.

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Samsung’s share price had dipped to its lowest in two years, and although the continued rumor cycle and subsequent release of Apple’s iPhone 6 was one of a number of factors outlined in a new report, there’s no question that its Californian rival’s decision to roll out two larger-displaying handsets has hurt the Tizen maker.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, which was announced prior to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier on this month, has still yet to make general release, but with ten million units of Apple’s new duo of devices sold over the first weekend alone, Sammy is now pulling out all the stops to ensure that its just-showcased handset reaches the end user as soon as possible.

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Samsung never seems to take a break from releasing smartphones, and having only rolled out the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge earlier on this month, has just taken the wraps off the successor to the Galaxy Mega. Like the original handset – it’s hard to call it a handset given the sheer size of the thing – the Galaxy Mega packs a sizeable display, pushing the 5.8-inch diameter of the previous version up to the 6-inch mark. As was the case before, though, the specs are nothing to write home about, so if you’re seeking mid-range performance over a large canvas, join us below for the finer details.

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We’ve already seen how Android can be run on a PC or Mac via the BlueStacks app, and with the official App Runtime for Chrome extension having recently brought this power to Chrome OS, we got a glimpse into a future where the search giant’s mobile and desktop operating systems join forces. The fact that it was limited to Chrome OS and only worked with certain apps was a bit of a bummer, mind, and so it has taken the dogged work of a hacker to give App Runtime for Chrome its customary license to roam. Thanks to the endeavors of this one individual, Android can now essentially be run on any desktop OS where the Chrome browser is present, and although it’s a little rough around the edges, it’s nonetheless very exciting.

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It was offered by a number of analysts even prior to the iPhone 6′s release that Apple’s decision to enlarge the display would not only prompt a record number of upgrades – which pre-order numbers appear to back up – but that also, Android users would switch in their droves. Given that the general sale has yet to commence throughout the world as yet, it’s hard to make any definitive judgments, but according to one report, quite a few Droidsters have ditched Google’s platform for the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus on iOS 8.

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The Pebble smartwatch, which generated a colossal amount of hype when it emerged on Kickstarter, has essentially kick-started the market for wrist-worn gadgetry, and while the team behind this wondrously successful device have worked tirelessly in updating and improving it, there’s also a feeling that Android Wear and the new Apple Watch range will be too much for an outfit like Pebble to compete with. Nevertheless, the Pebble is still in a very strong position all told, and today, has pushed a significant firmware update that includes a myriad of features. Details, as ever, can be seen after the fold.

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Want to permanently SIM unlock your HTC One M8 Android smartphone and use any SIM card with it? Here’s a complete step by step tutorial on how to do so.

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It was suggested in the build-up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, particularly by analysts, that Apple’s decision to increase the display real estate would prompt a surge in upgrades. The same reports also indicated that hordes of Android users would jump ship, and the 4+ million pre-orders of the Cupertino company’s latest smartphone would appear to corroborate this notion. While, for existing iPhone users, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will seem familiar for the most part, those making the leap from Android mightn’t be as seamless, and so, rather nobly, Apple has prepped a guide on how those switching allegiances can do so painlessly.

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How would you feel about one single keyboard accessory that works with your smartphone or tablet, regardless of the platform that powers it? Microsoft has today introduced its new “Universal Mobile Keyboard” that can function with Apple iPads, iPhones, Android powered smartphones and tablets as well as all Windows based tablets that contain Bluetooth Human Interface Device support (HID) and are 10mm or thinner.

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