Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:07:26 -0500

Are Android Password Manager Apps Secure?Do you use a password manager on your mobile device? To prove this, Australian researcher Xiao Bao Clark has created an Android app called ClipCaster. Without even requiring any permissions, ClipCaster can "sniff" passwords from many password managers, and display those passwords in unencrypted plain text.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:40:14 -0500

One of the world’s best gadget reviewers reveals his favorite 2014 smartphonesOver the past year, we’ve repeatedly highlighted the work of Marques Brownlee, who has emerged as one of the best gadget reviewers on the planet. On Twitter Monday, Brownlee revealed his five favorite smartphones released this year, in no particular order: The Google Play Edition of the HTC One M8, the OnePlus One, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Nexus 6. RELATED: In-depth video review shows you all of the OnePlus One’s best features As you can see from the above list, Brownlee seems to like big phones. The HTC One (M8) is by far the smallest device on this list and it measures in at 5 inches. All of the other devices, from the


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:45:02 -0500

This is what an old man Terminator looks likeWhen Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 in Terminator Genisys next year, he'll do so as an older version of the T-800 killing machine. But what does a grizzled android look like? According to Twitter user @sicky_south, a German tour group found out.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:20:00 -0500

Google Maps Features to Ease Thanksgiving TravelGoogle Maps released a few new updates this month that could come in handy just in time for the Thanksgiving rush.The latest iteration of the Google Maps app for Android now offers users the weather. While it's not necessarily that helpful for traveling to Grandma's house 20 miles away, having the extra guidance could make all the difference for holiday road trips.Another subtle but helpful Android update: Tap the pin that comes up for your destination, and you'll be treated to more details about the area. ...


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:23:43 -0500

United Airlines has expanded their personal device entertainment program for Android users.United Airlines has expanded its in-flight entertainment technology so that Android users can wirelessly stream movies and TV shows on their tablets and mobile phones.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:42:05 -0500

Smartwatches, Galaxy Note Edge, Android tablets (MobileTechRoundup show #333)There are plenty of smartwatch options and in MoTR #333, Matthew and Kevin discuss one that may be best for them. They also chat about a couple of surprising new Android-compatible tablets.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:10:00 -0500

BlackBerry Black Friday promo offers $200 off an unlocked Passport, $275 off Z30The BlackBerry Passport is the best BlackBerry smartphone ever and this week you can pick one up for just $499. The one year old BlackBerry Z30 is also priced low for the next week.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:25:15 -0500

Amazon’s crazy pre-Black Friday sale is live right now – new deals every 10 minutesBlack Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year each year, but only rookies actually wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start taking advantage of big Black Friday sales. We have shared everything you need to know about Black Friday 2014 sales from major retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more, but we also told you about Amazon’s huge pre-Black Friday sale that offers hundreds of deals on all kinds of different products. Well, that massive sale is now underway and new deals will be made available every 10 minutes on Amazon’s special Black Friday page. MORE BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Visit our huge Black Friday 2014 hub! Here are some of the crazy deals Amazon is offering in the days ahead of


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:07:08 -0500

Vest for the Deaf Translates Speech Into VibrationsScott Novich and David Eagleman, neuroscientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are developing a device that relies on sensory substitution, which involves feeding information from one sense into another.  For example, a New York-based company called Tactile Navigation Tools is creating a vest that can transform spatial information into vibrations to aid blind people. A microphone on the vest captures sounds from the environment and feeds them into an Android tablet or smartphone, which extracts the audio relevant to speech and converts it into unique patterns of vibration in about two dozen tiny buzzers (similar to the ones found in a cellphone). They compared two different algorithms for translating words into vibration. The researchers are still collecting data, but preliminary results suggest that both the deaf and hearing participants can learn to interpret spoken words as patterns of vibration on the skin.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:42:02 -0500

Will Samsung's scaling back be enough?In an attempt to right their sinking ship, Samsung is about to scale way back. Jack Wallen offers up what he believes is a much better solution for the giant in the industry.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:15:26 -0500

Sequel to 2014′s most exciting Android phone detailed in big leakThere were several fantastic Android smartphones that debuted in 2014. What started as a very boring year for smartphone fans ended up packing much more action than we expected, thanks in large part to a handful of surprising Motorola handsets and a few other gems that launched in the second half. But there was one smartphone that most people in America have probably never heard of that ended up being the most exciting Android handset of the year for serious Android fans, and its sequel may have just been detailed for the first time. DON’T MISS: Droid Turbo review: Motorola had to leave Google to become the king of Android We typically pass over reports that cite just one single source


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:15:00 -0500

Android 5.0 Lollipop embraces the enterpriseWith version 5.0, Android makes the work of enterprise admins much easier. Security is stronger and more standardized. Android fragmentation is crumbling.


Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:02:05 -0500

Apple to donate profit portion from Black Friday for AIDS fightThe tech giant has promised to release a portion of profit gained from Friday's shopping event to help in the global fight against AIDS.


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:22:00 -0500

Pebble updates bring support for 80 languages and notifications for all Android appsPebble continues to release firmware and smartphone application updates to improve their smartwatch experiences. The latest Android update is sure to please Pebble owners.


Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500

Top Android news of the week: Lollipop not so sweet, Dropbox in Office, Nokia risesThis week we had reports of Lollipop rendering devices useless, Office for Android getting Dropbox support, and Nokia released an Android tablet.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:15:52 -0500

New leak gives another look at what Lollipop will look like on your HTC One (M8)There have been a lot of great Android phones released this year but we still have a soft spot in our hearts for the HTC One (M8), which really saw HTC make some excellent refinements and improvements to its already outstanding hardware design. And the good news is that the One (M8) will soon get a whole lot better with the addition of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is one of the best new releases of Android we’ve seen yet. RELATED: New leak shows what your HTC One (M8) will look like with Android 5.0 Lollipop On Twitter, ROM developer 


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:50 -0500

How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 LollipopThere is absolutely no question that Adobe Flash took a massive hit when late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made it his personal mission to crush the shaky web tech and replace it with HTML5. Flash will someday be completely extinct as a result of that crusade, but it’s still hanging on for the time being and many websites will continue to make use of Flash for years to come. People always talk about how phones and tablets are replacing desktop and laptop computers, but can they really be considered a suitable replacement if they can’t even properly display the millions of websites that still use Flash? If you have an Android device and want to truly experience everything various websites have to


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:35:40 -0500

Europe is about to go nuclear on GoogleIt turns out the Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations against Google were only the beginning. The Financial Times reports that the European Union’s parliament is working on a proposal to force Google to unbundle its major search business from all its other services. In other words, it sounds like Google will have to keep data on what you search for separate from all of the other services it offers, such as Gmail, Google Maps and more. It also sounds like Google would be prohibited from giving favorable treatment in its search results to its own services. RELATED: Google is facing Android antitrust issues in Europe “A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that ‘unbundling search engines from


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:20:08 -0500

Here’s who is tracking your smartphone – and how to stop themOne of the problems with smartphones is that spy agencies and advertisers can use them to collect data and keep tabs on users, as many reports have shown in the last 18 months. While companies such as Apple and Google have started encrypting iPhone and Android devices by default, prompting the U.S. government to heavily criticize their encryption practices, that doesn’t mean smartphones are now free from spying. FROM EARLIER: Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child Those of you who want to take additional steps to protect your data should check out WhoIsHostingThis’ massive infographic that reveals more details covering who can spy on your handset, how it’s done and what steps can be taken to


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:26:06 -0500

AT&T announces rugged Sonim XP6 Android device with focus on communicationsMany workers perform their duties out in harsh environmental conditions and the new Sonim XP6 is built to help them maintain communications through it all.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:10:55 -0500

Latest Google Maps update brings awesome new features to AndroidGoogle has a new Google Maps version out, Android Police reports, which brings some neat new features to this popular Google service. Google Maps 9.1 for Android — available for immediate download by following the source link, in case it hasn’t been already rolled out to your device — will be even more useful when planning trips or when looking for certain locations. FROM EARLIER: Here’s an awesome new Google Maps trick everyone should know The application will now show more details about a destination or a place you’re looking for, including weather information and fun facts about various locations, as seen in the image above. Additionally, the publication says that Google Maps will respond to users’ spoken requests to either show or


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:26:33 -0500

Video: BlackBerry explains why your iPhone is too wimpy to ‘work wide’As we’ve noted before, the BlackBerry Passport isn’t for the faint of heart — it’s a manly tool to be used for real work, and if its large square display and wide boxy frame intimidate you, then tough! BlackBerry this month put up a new video that once again shows the advantage of having a large square display like the one on the Passport gives you the ability to get more real work done, especially when compared to a svelte little display like the one on your iPhone. RELATED: Tech reporter explains why she dumped her iPhone for the ‘sexy’ BlackBerry Passport The video depicts two people getting off an airplane and looking up directions to a certain location in


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:48:17 -0500

President Barack Obama signals to his aides and staff that he will return to the White House because he forgot something before his departure on Marine One helicopter, Friday, Nov., 21, 2014, in Washington. Obama is traveling to Las Vegas to promote an executive order that would offer temporary legal status to millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally and set off a new fight with Republicans in Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Anyone can relate. You get in your mode of transport -- car, boat, helicopter -- and you realize you forgot something: glasses, wallet, cell phone.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:55:32 -0500

Everything you need to know about Amazon’s crazy Black Friday doorbuster dealsAmazon has announced its Black Friday 2014 sale plans, joining the many other retailers competing fiercely for customers’ business on the most important shopping day of the upcoming holiday season. The giant retailer said in a press release that it plans to offer users eight days of Black Friday deals, with a new deal being listed every ten minutes starting with November 21st. For more great Black Friday deals, visit our Black Friday 2014 hub! Amazon will offer buyers “three coveted Deals of the Day on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, in addition to the “thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals” it’ll offer online (see the source links beneath this post). Amazon Prime members will also receive 30 minutes of early access to “select Lighting Deals, including


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:30:24 -0500

Video: This is what Android Lollipop looks like on the Galaxy S5Google’s latest Android update, Android 5.0, is hotly anticipated for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the bold new look of Material Design, which uses bright colors, layering and subtle shadows to create a user experience akin to interacting with real physical materials. The new look rockets the Android platform into the future, and it is supported by a number of great new features such as multiple user support, a new notification system and battery life improvements. The wait for Lollipop is painful indeed, but now we can tide you over with an in-depth video that gives you an early look at Android 5.0 running on a Galaxy S5. DON’T MISS: This is one of the best new features in Android


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:30:28 -0500

How to boost Nexus 6 performance… and why you can’t do it just yetGoogle’s recently released and hard-to-find Nexus 6 is likely the company’s best Nexus smartphone to date, but it can of course still be improved. In fact, when looking at storage performance, AnandTech discovered that because the Nexus 6 comes with full data encryption, its read and write memory performance has taken a significant hit. FROM EARLIER: Why the government keeps telling you iPhone encryption will eventually kill a child “[One factor affecting the results of the benchmarks on the Nexus 6 specifically is Android Lollipop’s Full Disk Encryption (FDE). Android has actually had this ability since Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but Lollipop is the first time it’s being enabled by default on new devices,” the publication wrote. “When FDE is enabled, all writes


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:27:06 -0500

Compared to iOS, Android Lollipop adoption rates suckPop quiz time. Thirteen days following the release of iOS 8, adoption rates had hit 40 percent. What do you think the adoption rate for Android 5.0 Lollipop was after the same period of time?


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:50:00 -0500

Complex Android malware believed to have infected up to 4.5M smartphones in the U.S.As many as 4.5 million American Android smartphone users may have been fooled into somehow downloading a complex malicious program on their devices since January 2013, The New Yok Times reports, citing security company Lookout. FROM EARLIER: FTC cracks down on massive ‘PC cleaner’ security scam Called “NotCompatible,” the malware has reached its third version, which is even more sophisticated than predecessors — Lookout said about it that it “has set a new bar for mobile malware sophistication and operational complexity.” In order to ultimately infect smartphones, hackers have used various techniques, such as infecting legitimate sites with malicious code that’s automatically downloaded when a user visits that site from an Android phone, or by sending spam messages that offer fake


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:43:14 -0500

Z Launcher nails the Android home screen launcherIf you're looking for a replacement home screen launcher that is as elegant as it is efficient, Jack Wallen has just what you're looking for.


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:45:45 -0500
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mobile phones and other technological innovations can be "game changers" in securing children’s rights, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said at the launch of its first crowd-sourced report on Thursday. UNICEF's flagship annual report State of the World's Children showcases cutting-edge innovations for children, from urine-powered generators to mobile phone-generated birth certificates, and invites readers to share their own ideas. ...
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:45:16 -0500

Europe is about to go nuclear on GoogleWhile the smartphone patent wars have (thankfully) cooled down a lot over the last year, that doesn’t mean major tech companies aren’t still suing one another over patents on a pretty frequent basis. Reuters reports that yet another major patent lawsuit is now in the books after Google agreed to settle with Rockstar, a patent consortium with backers that include Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Sony. RELATED: Apple may not be behind the World Patent War against Google after all Rockstar rose to prominence in 2011 when it outbid Google and purchased 6,000 patents from Nortel for $4.5 billion. Two years later, it filed a lawsuit against Google over patents that related to advertising and search, which just happen to be the two


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:55:49 -0500

This smartphone maker says it’ll be bigger than Apple and Samsung soonThe rivalry between Apple and Samsung receives more attention that any other battle in the smartphone world, but while the two heavy hitters were duking it out, a small Chinese phone maker swiftly ascended to the No. 3 spot in the industry. Xiaomi, founded in 2010, has surpassed some of the market’s biggest names, including Sony, LG and HTC. According to Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun, this is just the beginning. FROM EARLIER: Shots fired: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra says iPhone 6 looks so good because it swiped features from HTC Speaking at the World Internet Conference in China this week, Jun made the bold claim that Xiaomi will surpass Apple and Samsung within the next 5-10 years. This might sound ludicrous to anyone living outside of


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:55:08 -0500

You have to try this hidden game in Google’s mobile Chrome browserGoogle knows that it’s a bummer when your phone has no Wi-Fi or LTE connection. Because of this, it’s hidden a game in its Chrome mobile browser that you can play when your phone isn’t connected to the web. RELATED: This secret tweak will make your Android phone run much faster How do you access this game, do you ask? It’s quite simple: First, make sure you have the latest version of Chrome installed onto your Android device. Next, go to the Settings menu and turn off both your Wi-Fi and mobile data connections. Next, open up a new tab in Chrome and try to go to a webpage. You’ll be given a message that you are offline that also features


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:47:17 -0500

This Nov. 18, 2014 photo shows the Kodak Pixpro SL25 in Decatur, Ga. The Pixpro is a camera that connects wirelessly to the user's smartphone and takes high-resolution photos and video while framing the image on the phone's screen. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)ATLANTA (AP) — Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by.


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:30:32 -0500

New leak offers our first look at Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Galaxy Note 3It’s easy to see why Android 5.0 Lollipop is one of the most anticipated updates in the history of Google’s mobile operating system, but many Android users are having to wait their turn to download it to their own smartphones. To help ease the pain, SamMobile has been releasing exclusive video previews of the update on various smartphones. This week, two of the highlights have included the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, the second-newest generation of Samsung devices. READ MORE: This is one of the best new features in Android 5.0, and you don’t even know about it As you might have expected, Android 5.0 doesn’t change much between the various Samsung devices, but until the final build is made


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:51:30 -0500

Why the best Android smartphone could be the Droid TurboTechRepublic's Android specialist, Jack Wallen, takes a look at the Droid Turbo and explains why it may very well be the best Android phone that you've never heard of.


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:35:19 -0500

An employee answers phone calls at the switchboard of the Google office in ZurichBy Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - Google Inc has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though terms of the deal were not disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple Inc as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt. In October last year, Rockstar sued Google and several handset manufacturers whose phones operate on Google's Android operating system. ...


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:30:02 -0500

Skylanders Trap Team on iOS is now physically available in Apple stores for the first time everThe iOS version of Skylanders Trap Team is now available as a physical starter pack in Apple retail stores nationwide for the first time ever, Activision announced today. The Trap Team Starter Pack for iPad includes a free download for the game, a wireless portal, two figures, two traps, a trap collection tray, character poster and five AAA batteries. The pack is also available for purchase on the Apple Online Store for $74.95. Skylanders Trap Team is also available on Android tablets, the Kindle Fire, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:13:00 -0500
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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:08:00 -0500

Call of Duty: Heroes ReleasedFree-to-play strategy game available now for iOS devices; coming to Android later.