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6 ANDROID NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS TO START 2017 OFF RIGHT

The beginning of a few year is often seen as an opportunity to right some wrongs and try to pick up positive habits. There’s no reason New Year’s resolutions have to be all serious life-changing stuff like losing weight or quitting smoking, though. This is a good time to step back and think about ways to make your Android experience better. Unlike your pledge to hit the gym every day in 2017, here are six Android resolutions you can actually…

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8 Cool Free Code Editors for Android

Programming can be a nightmare, if you don’t have the right development tools that allow you to write and test source code without being overwhelming. Coding on the computer is the best way, but it surely can’t beat the convenience of viewing or editing source code from anywhere. This is where mobile devices come in handy. Your smartphone and tablet can also be used as a development tool. Google Play Store is full of apps for all your coding needs, ranging from code…

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Google has released 16 patches for Android

Google has released 16 patches for Android, including one for a critical remote execution vulnerability in the operating system's mediaserver. The company's Nexus devices will receive an over-the-air update. Google's partners were notified no later than Feb. 1 of the fixes, giving them more than a month to prepare. The vulnerabilities in mediaserver could be exploited if malicious content is displayed or played on a device, such as an MMS, email, or if the browser plays some type of media,…

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Google can unlock 74% of Android devices without user permission

Last week, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance released a whitepaper calling for the federal government to pass laws mandating that Google, Apple, and any other smartphone vendor build deliberate backdoors into their devices. Ever since iOS 8, Apple has automatically enabled full-phone encryption. As of this writing, 61.8% of all Apple devices are running iOS 9, 20.1% are on iOS 8, and just 13.4% are on iOS 7. The total number of Apple users on iOS 7 or below is…

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Google Fit Updated With Personal Trainer for Android Wear and More

Google has started rolling out an update for its Fit app that now includes a personal trainer app for Android Wear, a home screen widget, apart from new monthly and weekly summary views. The new Fit Challenge app for Android Wear shows users how to properly do exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups and squats using messages and animations. Users can choose any one of the exercises followed by a difficulty level. The Activity Screen shows the progress and informs them…

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Android apps now ask for over 200 kinds of permissions

If you’ve got Android, you know it shows you a list of permissions an app wants you to accept during installation — and often, it seems like the app wants permission to do an awful lot of things. Pew Research must have had the same thought, because the company looked at the 1,041,336 apps in Google Play back between June and September 2014 and found 235 different kinds of permissions requested. In the report, Pew said that in the year since they collected the data, Android had…

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Google confirms it isn’t selling the Nexus 5 anymore

If you want the Nexus 5, you won’t find it in the new Google Store. Google confirmed it’s done selling the last-generation flagship, a real downer for those who want a stock Android device that’s a more practical size (and price) than the Nexus 6. While our Nexus 6 review found a lot to like in this gargantuan sized phone, it’s definitely not for everyone. If mining the used phone market for a Nexus 5 or recently retired Google Play Editiondevice…

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Google criticized for not attacking security flaw in older devices

The alarm bell is once again ringing over Android security. A Forbes report cites security experts dinging Google over the company’s decision to no longer issue security updates for WebView in devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or lower. WebView is a key component of the Android OS that lets apps show web content inside of an app instead of kicking you over to a browser. It may be used in RSS readers or other applications that connect you to…

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Fake mobile phone towers used to hack phones

MYSTERIOUS fake mobile phone towers have been found across America. Nobody knows who owns them and they’re listening in on unsuspecting users. They look identical to any other mobile phone mast and you wouldn’t think twice they could be for anything other than providing a good signal, except seventeen 17 towers were discovered after it was found data was being leaked from owners’ handsets. HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS SAFE A report by privacy website welivesecurity claims the…