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3 years ago

Dolphin Browser responds to allegations of data mining

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Several days ago we (and likely many others) were contacted about a potentially serious security issue with Dolphin Browser.  Apparently, quite a bit of information about your browsing session, including URL data for secure websites and search strings, was being forwarded to a remote server -- http://en.mywebzines.com.  We tore things apart and verified it, sure enough, it was happening and we were concerned.  Today the folks at Dolphin Browser have responded:

With roughly 300 Webzines supported at the moment, it was necessary for the client to check the current user URL against a database housing these 300 Webzine columns...None of these URLs have ever been stored by Dolphin, instead being used to cross-index if a Webzine for the current site exists. If it does, the current site is immediately converted to Webzine format; if not, it remains the standard mobile site. Again, none of this process is stored on the backend of our servers and we are deeply sorry that this was not made clear to our users from the beginning.

While the security nerd inside of us still cringes a bit at this, it's a perfectly reasonable explanation.  It's also the best way to handle the situation -- Webzine is pretty cool, and we don't want to have to maintain that database of 300 supported sites on our devices.  This should have been presented to the user before using the Webzine feature, but Dolphin Browser isn't evil.  We're glad they took the time to explain the whole mess, and now we can go back to using it.  Read the concerns, and Dolphin's entire response at the source links.

More: XDA-DevelopersDolphin Browser blog

Thanks, CB!

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3 years ago

University of Phoenix Android app now available

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Going to class online is gaining in popularity, and many people rely on online schools like the University of Phoenix for their education. The University of Phoenix realizes many of us use smartphones daily, and they wanted to make things easier for their students, so they have developed an application that is now available on Android. Setting time aside to attend your class is one thing, but trying to keep up with class discussions, grade postsings and all the other jazz that goes with it is where it gets tricky, but this is where the app comes into play with features like:

  • Participate in online classroom discussion forums
  • Draft and post to discussion threads, and reply to your classmates’ posts
  • View, edit and save drafts of your discussion posts
  • View message flags, discussion questions and class announcements
  • Receive real-time alerts when grades are posted
  • Receive real-time alerts when your instructor posts new threads or responds to your messages

If you are currently attending University of Phoenix, or know someone who is, hit the break for download links to get this free application on your Android device today!

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3 years ago

Samsung bringing S-Pen SDK to developers in December

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During Thursday's presentation at the Samsung Galaxy Note World Tour event in London, the S-Pen stylus was extensively shown off including a local artist creating the image seen here. Further enhancing their commitment to the device, and that it isn't a mere gimmick they also announced that an SDK for it will be available from December. 

Samsung are obviously keen to push the technology, and to engage the third-party developers in taking advantage of the device. They also unveiled the first batch of third-party applications designed specifically for the Note -- Omnisketch, Comic Book and Sooner Workplace.

The first two are the creative, arty type of app that we're bound to see plenty of appearing for the Note. Sooner Workplace however is the first application to take advantage of the obvious enterprise use case for the Note, including collaboration on documents among it's features. 

If you haven't already, check out our hands on with the Galaxy Note during last nights European launch event.

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3 years ago

Google+ expands to Gapps

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Finally, Google has opened up Google+ to Gapps users. That means if your sole Google account (and we do realize there are some of you out there) is run through Google Apps, you can now use that account for Google+. You'll have the same features as everyone else, and the ability to share with everyone on your domain, even if you haven't added them all to a circle. Very cool.

Source: Google Enterprise blog

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Open Sea

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Open Sea for Android

Who hasn't dreamed of being Moses, parting the Red Sea, right? Just us? No matter. With Open Sea, that's exactly what you do. You're "Mo" (get it?), the "prophetic leader" who "urges people to flee across the sea ... by foot."

Gameplay's pretty simple. You've got several sections of sea you need to move out of the way. Tap, and begone! It does get a little trickier, with multiple groups of follwers making the trek, and mummies and other obstacles getting in the way. But you can strike back as well, and hopefully take a little less an 40 years to get things done.

Open Sea is available as an abreivated "lite" version or as a 99-cent download. We've got hands-on video and download links to the paid version after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Game Mini Review: Word Farm

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Word games are always a great way to pass some time along while getting to stimulate your brain a bit in the process. Word Farm is a great free application available in the Android market that allows you to spend countless hours connecting letters to form words. The concept of the game is quite simple, connect the letters on the board to form as many words as possible in the minute time frame that is given. 

The first few games are quite tough, it is a great challenge to connect the letters and form words, and submit them all while keeping your eye off the timer. After getting the hang of a few games I was moving through them much quicker, the score continued to rise and rise, and before I knew it a whole hour had passed. The game offers in app purchases which allow you to buy various power-ups and other items to help your score rise, and allow you to beat some of your friends in score.

For the ever so lovely price of free, there is really no reason to skip out on downloading this game and giving it a shot. So, get to downloading, and be sure to let us know your scores! Hit the break for a few more screen shots and the download links.

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3 years ago

More clues hinting towards a Google Music store uncovered

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Grab your phone, make sure you're not signed into your Google account in the browser, and head to music.google.com.  You'll see the above, with a big fat (non-working) link to the Android Market's music page (https://market.android.com/music).  It doesn't take much imagination to see how this relates to the rumors that Google is planning to open its own music store, and have it tied into your current Google Music Beta account.  

It's widely believed that Google Music was supposed to launch with such a service, but content deals couldn't be made and those plans were scrapped -- leaving a free storage locker for 20,000 of your own songs you can stream anywhere.  The addition of an Amazon-esque music store, tied directly to your existing Google checkout account, sounds like a winner to us.  Keep it DRM free, allow me to easily download purchased content to my phone or computer, and you have a customer for life, Google.

Source: News on Droid (German); via TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Shadowgun now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices

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Here's what you've been waiting for if your an Android fan and love to play action shooters -- Shadowgun (see our early review) is now available in the Android Market for Tegra 2 devices.  It's got killer graphics (console quality, I kid you not), a great storyline, and will give you hours and hours of gameplay.  It's by far one of the best mobile games on any platform.  I've been playing the press copy for a bit on both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the LG G2X, and have been itching to get the full version myself. 

You'll find download links after the break, as well as the video trailer (it's a must watch).  Shadowgun is $4.99, and runs on Tegra 2 devices with Android 2.2 or higher.

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3 years ago

Halloween Clock - Give your home screen a spooky Halloween look

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Even though I'm 30 years old, I still get excited for Halloween. I don't go out trick-or-treating anymore obviously but I still enjoy having a few spooky decorations around and my phone isn't any exception to that. It's all about halloween ringtones, wallpapers and yes -- even clocks. Halloween Clock is one addition to help get you in the 'spirit' of the season:

  • Four different skins to choose from (wood, wrought iron, stone, and brick).
  • Each skin switches to day and night versions on its own (or choose any skin you'd like to remain static).
  • Moon and sun rise and set as the day goes on (or choose your favorite position to remain static).
  • Space for two customizable launchers. App icons look like they're nestled right in the grass!
  • 12 and 24 hour modes.

Set up is easy and it looks great on any device. Halloween Clock is a paid app but coming in at only $1 -- you'll not need to rob any graves to get it. If you're looking to add some nice Halloween style to your device give it a look, download is past the break.

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3 years ago

Android Kids App: Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton

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If you have young kids, chances are you've got a Sandra Boynton book or two. A third Boynton book -- "Barnyard Dance!" -- is now available for Android smartphones and tablets. It's going for $2.99 in the Android Market and sits along side "Moo, Baa, La La La!" and "The Going to Bed Book." We've got demo video and download links after the break.

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3 years ago

Winamp, Mac, and Android finally ready to play nice

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Winamp, Android, and Mac: the forbidden love triangle is finally ready to play nice, thanks to the newly released Winamp for Mac Sync Beta. Now, you'll finally be able to sync your Mac's music with your Android device, just as Winamp has always worked on Windows. If you're new to Winamp, here's the gist: once Winamp is downloaded to your computer, you'll be able to import all of your music with one click. Once imported, you can sync your music wirelessly (or with a wire, if you choose) with your Android and play individual files or entire playlists no matter how far from home you are (your computer will have to remain on for Winamp to work). Winamp's Android app is available for download from the Android Market below, though remember that to begin using the program on your Mac, you'll need Winamp for Mac Sync Beta, available at the source link. 

Source: Winamp

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3 years ago

WidgetLocker Lockscreen - Now with Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Sense 3 sliders

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Everyone likes to tweak their device a little, and one of the apps that can help you achieve some visual and functional tweaks is WidgetLocker Lockscreen. Having been updated to v2.2 -- some new sliders have been added such as the ones from Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb and Sense 3 which can give your device lockscreen a whole new look. Some other additions came with the update as well as some bug fixes:

  • Customizable Clock
  • Tablet Optimizations, Hardware Acceleration
  • Improved Preferences and Slider Setup Interfaces
  • User selectable app shortcut icons

Fixes:

  • Moto OTA Conflict (Battery problems)
  • Keyboard focus bug (SMS Popup apps)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich Compatibility
  • Unlock-With-WiFi Compatibility
  • Misc fixes and optimizations

We've written up a quick app review WidgetLocker Lockscreen previously, so if you're looking to learn more make sure you give it a look. You'll find the download link to the latest version past the break, remember -- it is a paid app but well worth the buy in cost if you're looking for easy tweaks.

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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Wind-up Knight

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Stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight for Android. Wait. Read this first. Then stop what you're doing and download Wind-up Knight, which has been gaining great kudos and buzz just hours after its release.

Wind-up Knight is a side-scroller that's reminscient of Super Mario Brothers -- you'll be collecting coins while dispatching creatures, all in the name of saving a princess. But it's not a mere two-dimensional side-scroller -- this sucker's got depth. And the graphics, while simple, also don't overpower the gameplay, a problem we've seen in other games. The controls are simple as well. Your character runs on his own (hint: You'll need to go left sometimes), and you're left iwth jumping and rolling and attacking.

Wind-up Knight is a free game, but you'll need to collect weapons and armor along the way. And you can upgrade as quickly as you want, thanks to in-app purchasing. Want a bad-ass sword without having to save up currency? You can buy 10,000 Note for a $9.99US. Of course, that's the trick, right? You'll likely end up spending far more within the game than you would if you paid $1.99, or $2.99 -- heck, we'd probably easily go $5 for Wind-up Knight -- up front. But on the other hand, with 50 levels and great gameplay, you're getting your money's worth. And you don't actually have to purchase the more-expensive weapons to complete the game. But it's very, very tempting.

One downside of all that in-app purchasing, though, is that you can't switch devices. If you upgrade on a tablet, you won't have those weapons and armor on a phone, unless you repurchase them. (Hopefully Google does something about that at some point.

Anyhoo, we've distracted you long enough. Hit up the download links and check out our hands-on video after the break.

Update: Ooo. So after a few levels, you have the one-time option to upgrade to the full version at a discounted $3.99. We're all for in-app purchases, but the upselling is starting to be a bit much here.

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3 years ago

TripCase for Android moves into v2.4.1 - Brings back offline mode, adds combined trips and expense reports

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TripCase has rolled out their latest update bumping the app up to v2.4.1. Previously, the offline feature of the app was removed but has now made its triumphant return along with the ability to combine trips and keep better expense reports. If you're not yet familiar with TripCase, it's a pretty awesome app to be packing when travelling.

Features:

  • Easily map locations and events in your trip itinerary
  • Share your trip with people you trust on social networks
  • Airplane mode
  • Add trip details from multiple sources
  • Car rental information
  • Hotel descriptions and photos
  • Flight status, delays, cancellations and gate changes
  • See alternate flight schedules

If you opt for the Pro package, you'll get even more features such as SMS alerts, seat maps, airline flight schedules and even a rewards bonus program. With the latest update addressing the offline issue, it's worth checking out especially if you have some holiday travels coming up. Better to be prepared ahead of time with the tools to help you then be left scrambling.

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3 years ago

Garmin releases first fitness app -- Garmin Fit

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Garmin has long been a name synonymous with GPS systems, and now they have released their first fitness application for Android and iOS.  Says Dan Bartel, Garmin's VP of worldwide sales:

Garmin Fit is the ideal solution for users who are new to the fitness tracking landscape and for those looking to stay totally connected.  To be able to utilize Garmin’s powerful fitness accessories with the same device that plays music, makes calls and uploads workouts automatically to share and analyze, makes Garmin Fit a must have app.

Yes, Garmin's app is cloud-capable.  Users will be able to upload workout activity to their account at Garmin Connect with useful annotations, and via the web can easily track and share that data.  The last 30 days of this data will be displayed on the Android app, as well as charts and reports.  Add in the ability to track metrics such as speed, pace, distance, time, calories, and you have one serious fitness application.  The Garmin Fit app sells for $0.99 in the Market, you can find download links and the press release after the break.

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