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Google gets outside aid to tidy up Android’s malware mess

Google gets outside aid to tidy up Android’s malware mess

Ron Amadeo Android has a bit of a malware problem. The open ecosystem's flexibility also makes it relatively easy for tainted apps to circulate on third-party app stores or malicious websites. Worse still, malware-ridden apps sneak into the official Play Store with disappointing frequency. After grappling with the issue for a decade, Google is calling…
Economical, unpatched phones put billions of users’ personal privacy at threat

Economical, unpatched phones put billions of users’ personal privacy at threat

Enlarge / Cellphones charging in the Philippines at a station run by generator in 2013, while power was out in the wake of tyhpoon Haiyan. Privacy, it seems, is increasingly a luxury reserved for those who can afford it. "Free" services are rarely free, and in the 21st century, the adage seems to be that…
Microsoft introducing public xCloud streaming test on Android in October

Microsoft introducing public xCloud streaming test on Android in October

Enlarge / Who needs a portable Xbox when you can stream Gears 5 to your Android phone? That seems to be Microsoft's proposition with an upcoming xCloud streaming test. Roughly one year after announcing plans for its Project xCloud game streaming service, Microsoft will roll out a public test of xCloud next month for Android…
Volkswagen’s vibrant strategy to produce a brand-new automobile os

Volkswagen’s vibrant strategy to produce a brand-new automobile os

Aurich Lawson FRANKFURT, GERMANY—The cars we drive are increasingly defined as much by the software they run as their engines or chassis. It started slowly. Discrete electronic control units started to appear under the hood, controlling fuel management or anti-lock brakes. New functions required new code, run on new little black boxes, metastasizing to the…
Android is preparing to release an Apple Health Records look-alike (AAPL)

Android is preparing to release an Apple Health Records look-alike (AAPL)

A handful of collaborators — including UC San Francisco (UCSF) and research firm Sage Bionetworks — are joining forces to create an open-source Apple Health Records equivalent for Android smartphone users to fuel increased access and shareability of health records and aggregate a repository of health data. Dubbed CommonHealth, the service will go live in…
An excess of iOS 0-days presses their cost listed below expense of those for Android

An excess of iOS 0-days presses their cost listed below expense...

For the first time ever, the security exploit broker Zerodium is paying a higher price for zero-day attacks that target Android than it pays for comparable attacks targeting iOS. An updated price list published Tuesday shows Zerodium will now pay $2.5 million apiece for “full chain (Zero-Click) with persistence” Android zero-days compared with $2 million…
Galaxy Note10 hands-on: Samsung falls back the competitors

Galaxy Note10 hands-on: Samsung falls back the competitors

The Galaxy Note10. Ron Amadeo The S-Pen can now be used as a magic wand. Ron Amadeo Here are both sizes, the Note10+ and Note10. Ron Amadeo The bottom of the phone. Note the lack of a headphone jack. Ron Amadeo The hole-punch camera. Ron Amadeo The back camera setup of the Note10+. You can…
Google Pixel 4 will apparently get on the 90 Hz screen bandwagon

Google Pixel 4 will apparently get on the 90 Hz screen...

OnLeaks' Pixel 4 XL render. The notch is gone, and so is the bottom front speaker. Google's new diagram of the Pixel 4. There's FaceID and Soli technology in there. Another angle of the render. This shows the bottom edge, which has no headphone jack and two speaker grills. Most likely there is one speaker,…
From ‘Android Andy’ to declared ‘sex ring’ leader– the fluctuate of Google officer Andy Rubin (GOOGL)

From ‘Android Andy’ to declared ‘sex ring’ leader– the fluctuate of...

Andy Rubin's fall from grace in the tech world has dragged out over two years. The inventor of Android — the OS used by nearly 87% of world's smartphones — has had a 30-year career in software engineering in Silicon Valley. His life seemed to be on track as one of the heroes of the…
The Very Best Method to Monitor Your Kid’s Pals in Your Phone

The Very Best Method to Monitor Your Kid’s Pals in Your...

Photo: Pexels As the mother of a six-year-old, my phone is filled with contacts such as “Mary LeilasMom” and “Dana MaddiesDad.” It’s how I keep track of my daughter’s new friends and the personal assistants who keep their schedules (AKA their “parents”). This labeling method helps my brain connect the adult to the child, but…

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