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The Nexus 10, Lollipop, and the problem with big Android tablets

posted onNovember 17, 2014
by l33tdawg

I've never been tempted to buy a large widescreen tablet. They're good at certain things, but they're too wide for everything onscreen to be reachable if you're holding it with both hands. They're too tall for portrait mode to be comfortable for long stretches. One-handed use is generally tolerable at best. Smaller widescreen tablets like the Nexus 7 are nice because they're closer in size and heft to books, but 10-inch-and-up widescreen tablets have always been too gawky for my taste.

Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed

posted onNovember 13, 2014
by l33tdawg

Android updates don't matter anymore—or at least that's what many people think. Back-to-back-to-back Jelly Bean releases and a KitKat release seemed to only polish what already existed. When Google took the wraps off of "Android L" at Google I/O, though, it was clear that this release was different.

Google Play app spread SMS trojan for more than a year

posted onNovember 13, 2014
by l33tdawg

An app recently available in the Google Play store claimed to be a download for wallpapers, videos and music, but in reality, it was a SMS trojan app.

The package name “com.FREE_APPS_435.android” tricked victims by getting them to allow the app to access their SMS messages, according to a Malwarebytes blog post. If a user clicked through the app's Google Play homepage to the developer's website, they found two banners and links.

Is the Chinese government spying on Hong Kong protesters’ phones?

posted onOctober 3, 2014
by l33tdawg

Malware-based espionage targeting political activists and other opposition is nothing new, especially when it comes to opponents of the Chinese government. But there have been few attempts at hacking activists more widespread and sophisticated than the current wave of spyware targeting the mobile devices of members of Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution.”

Google reportedly tried to buy Cyanogen

posted onOctober 3, 2014
by l33tdawg

A report from The Information (subscription required) claims that Google tried to buy Cyanogen, Inc, the maker of the custom Android ROM CyanogenMod. According to the report, Cyanogen's chief executive told shareholders that Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Android at Google, met with the company and "expressed interest in acquiring the firm." The report says Cyanogen Inc. declined the offer, saying that it was still growing.

Android smartphones are too far ahead for iPhones to ever catch up

posted onSeptember 12, 2014
by l33tdawg

Apple has finally conceded that big screens are better, as its new iPhones offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. It has also finally conceded that a mobile operating system is better when it's more open, as iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards and inter-app communication. It's almost like Apple is saying that Steve Jobs was wrong while rival Android manufacturers and Google were right all along. Oh, the horror. How will Apple fanbois be able to explain this?

List of five million 'Gmail passwords' leaked

posted onSeptember 11, 2014
by l33tdawg

It might be time to change some of your passwords - again. But if you've used a Gmail password that's unique from other accounts, you might not have to worry.

A list of almost 5 million combinations of Gmail addresses and passwords was posted online on Tuesday. But the passwords seem to be old, and they don't appear to actually belong to Gmail accounts. Instead, it seems that many of the passwords were taken from websites where users used their Gmail addresses to register, according to some of the leak's victims as well as security experts.