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4 years ago

That big, scary call recording malware isn't in the Android Market

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ZOMG THERE'S MALWARE THAT CAN RECORD MY PHONE CALLS AND LOOSEN MY TEETH WHILE I SLEEP AT NIGHT!

Here we go again, folks. Look -- malware, by definition, is bad and absolutely should be taken seriously. So when Total Defense (née CA Community -- it's a rebranding thing) points out that it's possible for some rogue code to record your phone calls and even send them off to some far-away land (China, of course), well, it's something that we all need to pay attention to.

But things also need a little perspective. Total Defense tells us that it's received just four cases of this malware, from 13 unique sources, for 14 total incidents, and TD can't tell us with any specificity just how prevalent this piece of malware is. There are more than 550,000 Android devices being activated every day. Perspective, ya know.

Now, as far as your likelihood of being affected by this piece of malware, Total Defense tells us: "there are very high chances as anybody can customize this to lure their victims to fall into the trap." Scary, ain't it? Only, here's the thing, and it's an important one for most of you: Not a single instance of this malware was reported from coming from an app in the Android Market. That's not to say malicious apps haven't made it into the Market before -- it's happened, and it'll happen again, and we suspect Google will act as swiftly as it has in the past.

But unless you're wandering around app "stores" you probably shouldn't be wondering around in the first place, we wouldn't worry too much.

More: Total Defense

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4 years ago

NVIDIA: Kal-El quad-core tablets coming this fall, phones in early 2012

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It's been about six months since we got our first look at NVIDIA's quad-core test platform -- codenamed "Kal-El" -- and it pretty much floored us. The initial window for seeing any sort of Kal-El device at the time was said to be August. But initial time frames are just that -- initial.

NVIDIA now tells us the following:

“Project Kal-El-powered tablets are coming this Fall, and phones around the CES 2012 timeframe.”

You read that right. We'll see quad-core phones about a year after first seeing dual-core phones and tablets. Now that doesn't mean you'll be buying a quad-core phone come CES (which is scheduled for Jan. 10-13), but figure if they're announced then, we could see them in the spring or early summer.

One other thing of note: While people have been throwing around the Tegra 3 name for the next-gen platform (NVIDIA's dual-core platform is Tegra 2), Kal-El is still just a code name, and Tegra 3's not official. Just sayin'.

Regardless, as powerful as 2011 has been, 2012's going to be even more so. Hit the break for our hands-on with Kal-El from Mobile World Congress.

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4 years ago

Everything's bigger in Texas, especially the Samsung Galaxy Tab 184

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Texas does things big. So does Samsung, which also happens to have a pretty major presence in Dallas. And Android Central reader DEGrubbsIII spoted this Galaxy Tab 160 184 lurking around the Terminal C gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. That's 16 46-inch flat-screens done up as one giant Galaxy Tab. (Not sure how he figured out the size, but we're not climbing up there.)

Pretty darn cool. Question is, does it have TouchWiz?

Thanks, DEGrubbsIII!

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4 years ago

Fido LG Optimus 2X gets priced at $425 outright

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The other day it leaked out that Fido was going to be adding a few new Android devices to their lineup, one of which was the LG Optimus 2X. At the time, no pricing details were available for any of the devices but that's starting to change with the LG Optimus 2X pricing now available. When released on Fido, you'll be looking at $425 no-term, $375 on a two-year and only $100 with a new three-year contract. You will have to deal with Android 2.2 but the documentation assures us Android 2.3 is coming soon.

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson Urishi ST18a coming to Telus

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Telus has been going hard after Android devices as of late but their most recent roadmap shows a decline in that pattern. That's not to say it won't pick up again later but for now, they have only one new device listed being the Sony Ericsson Urishi ST18a. Although that appears to be an internal name for the device, all signs point to this device being the previously announced Xperia Ray. The Ray is a 3.3-inch phone running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz CPU and has a 8.1MP rear camera as well as a shooter on the front.

Source: BGR

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4 years ago

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide to show off its camera at BlogHer '11

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The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide (see our review) will be featured at BlogHer, the nation's most prominent women's blogging conference. At the event, Aug. 4-6 in San Diego, T-Mobile will have a photo booth set up to display the device's best feature: the camera.

The myTouch 4G Slide features an 8MP camera, which has a backside illuminated sensor and zero shutter leg. It can also record videos in full 1080p HD. The photo booth will allow participants the chance to try out the camera, then print or share to their favorite online sharing service.

T-Mobile is also giving some devices away via their Twitter feed to attendees and people who were not able to attend on Facebook and Twitter during the weekend.

BlogHer attendees who are interested in other devices T-Mobile has to offer will also be able to play with the HTC Sensation 4G, T-Mobile G-Slate and HTC Wildfire S.

Source: T-Mobile

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4 years ago

Samsung Droid Charge case review: Body Glove Snap-On

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Let's say you're looking for protection, but not quite that tank-like protection. Maybe one notch down, if we had to choose. Fortunately, there's something for everyone, and for you, we've got the Body Glove Snap-on for Samsung Droid Charge.

Boasting a two-piece, snap-on body design, the Body Glove Snap-On promises to be there for you (and your phone) when things get a little dicey. It's got a kind of hard Styrofoam feel to it, but it's definitely tougher than that.

The not-really-Styrofoam material is unbelievably light in your hand, which is great for those people who worry about their case adding lots of weight and bulk. It doesn't add much thickness to the handset, and it also leaves all of your ports uncovered, so no fumbling with gel skins here.

The inside of the back piece is covered in a soft, felt-like material (might be real felt, come to think of it), which keeps the back of your phone nice and cozy while it's wrapped up in the loving hug of protection. You've also got the speaker uncovered on the back and a slit on the bottom of the case to help you take the case apart, which isn't something we see too often.

Overall, it feels like a great case designed to meet the needs of the average consumer, but not quite the Chuck-Norris-punching-bear-in-face consumer. If you're looking to pick one up, you can find the Body Glove Snap-On for Samsung Droid Charge in the Android Central Store for $24.95.

More pictures can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Sprint's training up on the Samsung Conquer 4G

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Hey, look at that. Seems someone's training up on how to sell the Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint. There's really nothing here we didn't already know -- 3.5-inch display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, 32GB of memory, Swype, and so on and so forth. Plus, it's got Sprint ID, if you're into that sort of thing.

What we still don't have is any sort of launch date -- or even an official acknowledgement that it exists -- though we do have that leak from Sam's Club that said it'd been pushed to late August. All things in due time, we suppose.

Thanks, anon!

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4 years ago

Previewing the Touchwiz UX update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Samsung recently confirmed that its Touchwiz UX update would start rolling out to early adopters after a special launch event on Aug. 3 in New York City. For those of us who already purchased a tablet, this is the "optional" update that Samsung told us about when they launched the Tab 10.1 back in June. If you don't have a Tab yet but plan on purchasing one in the coming months, expect this to be the software your device ships with.

While the normal update isn't available yet, Calkulin over at XDA developers was able to compile a stable ROM using the Touchwiz leak that appeared long enough to be nabbed by t3rabyte before Samsung pulled it again.  The ROM appears to be completely stock (all files, including "bundled software" appear to be present) so I thought it would be a good time to preview the changes you should expect, and why you just might want to accept the update when it comes.  Join me after the break as I go over what you can expect.

ROM Source: XDA

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4 years ago

Naughty Cities tells you the good places to go to be bad

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Now, I didn't watch this entire "Naughty Cities" video, but after answering the initial questions for myself, I don't have to.

  • Looking for something to do tonight? Sure, but not too late.
  • Am I new to town? Yep.
  • Do I find myself going to the same clubs all the time? Yeah, but it's just so hard to find a good malted these days.
  • Is it time I find something really exciting to do tonight? Absolutely. Like staying up knitting.

I'm sold. Not even going to watch the rest of the video. Sure I'm not missing anything. Of course, I'm not sure what they mean by naughty -- probably just a place that's open past 8 p.m., or maybe one that has dancing.

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4 years ago

Tattoo Tycoon for Android takes a needle to The Sims

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Wanna run your own tattoo shop by have a fear of needles, navels and an aversion to tramp stamps? Maybe give Tattoo Tycoon a try. It looks to be a mix of The Sims and L.A. Ink, without the hassle having to deal with actual people. Build your shop, hire employees, then snag some ink and do some sweet tribal tattoos. Cause you can never see enough of them.

This free version of Tattoo Tycoon is free, supported by ads. Download links are after the break.

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4 years ago

Foxconn's robots will have ... something ... to do with Android

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If you haven't heard, Foxconn -- the Chinese tech manufacturer that supplies parts for just about everything -- apparently is looking to replace a bunch of human workers with robots (instead of making robots out of human workers, we suppose).

And now, because we can, we present NMA's take on the whole thing, as only NMA can. Android is mentioned, so there's a sliver of actual news here, right?

Source: NMA

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4 years ago

Android Developer Labs 2011 - Submit your registrations now!

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Over at the Android Developers Blog they've just announced the dates for the Android Developer Labs 2011. The goals for this years events are aimed at optimizing Android apps for tablets, more specifically - how to create high-quality tablet apps that are both polished and have a great user experience. Need to know the when and where details?

Everyone is welcome to register using the links above but only a select few from the registration forms will be selected to be among the attendees. The better your app idea, and the more potential it has of being a great app -- the better chance you have of getting in.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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4 years ago

Leaked Verizon MAP notice suggests some heavyweight devices on deck

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Verizon is preparing to introduce four new Android devices to the market, according to a leaked screenshot obtained by the good people over at Droid-Life. The MAP, or minimum advertised price memo, lists Motorola and LG with one device each and HTC with two on deck, though it fails mention release dates, prices, or specs.

The Motorola MOTXT875 is better known as the Droid Bionic, but that's where the hard info ends. Gossip suggests that the HTC 6425LVW is the rumored HTC Vigor, said to pack a 720p display, 1.5 dual core processor, and Adreno 220 GPU. The LG-VS920 is most likely the sequel to the Revolution, while the HTC ADR 6330 may or may not be the alternatively-colored Incredible 2. Again, this is more speculation than hard evidence, but with Verizon beginning to mention this upcoming wave of devices, it's likely we'll see much more information in the coming weeks.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Honeycomb beta for Logitech Revue leaked

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The Honeycomb (Android 3.1) beta for the Logitech Revue has been leaked out, and is now available for you to download and flash to your Revue, should you like living on the edge.  Yes, that's an important consideration as this is really beta, and you can't roll back should you decide to give it a try.  If that doesn't deter you, flashing it is fairly easy -- no root required:

  • Copy the file (grab it from the source link) to the root directory of a FAT32 USB drive
  • Plug the USB drive into your Revue, then unplug the power to the unit.
  • Plug it back in, count one Mississippi (I'm not kidding), then hold down the connect button and keep it held down.
  • The Revue will reboot, you will drop your TV signal, and and see the Revue logo again.  At this point, let go of the button.
  • The GTV logo will then show up, with an arrow and a horizontal "barbershop scroll." At this point, on your Revue's keyboard, press the FN key (in yellow) and the left arrow (to the left of the OK button). It will then come up to a recovery menu.
  • Hit "Apply update from sdcard:/update.zip"
  • The Revue will verify the update, and reboot. It is installing an updated bootloader and recovery image (both, heavily encrypted).
  • The Revue will then come back on, and flash the latest kernel and system files. Once this is done, the box will reboot again.
  • This bootup may take a few minutes, at first you will see the Revue logo, then the Google TV logo, then the "new" logo (a grey tv over a ball glowing red). Just wait it out.
  • You can then begin setup, as normal. You may notice some crashes - this software is still beta, you should be able to force close and continue.

Remember, this may be permanent, and will be buggy.  If you try it, be sure to get in the forums to discuss.  Makes that $99 pretty well spent doesn't it?

Source: GTV Hacker via Android Central forums

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