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4 years ago

RuFraud malware causes premium SMS charges for folks in Asia and Europe, apps pulled from Market

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The folks over at Lookout have warned us about a new malware threat, this time targeted at users outside of North America.  The RuFraud malware will sign up users in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Great Britain, Italy, Israel, France, and Germany to a premium SMS service by hiding inside apps that pretend to be download helpers for popular games and utilities, or wallpaper apps from movies like TwilightThis particular bit of malware does not affect users in other countries.

While most of the affected applications are found on file-sharing sites and unofficial markets, some have appeared in the official Android Market.  The first batch were removed by Google after Lookout contacted them, and having only a "handful" of downloads they did not affect very many users.  Unfortunately, 13 new apps were later uploaded that had been downloaded over 14,000 times before they were pulled.  Lookout has been updated to remove and clean these apps from your phone if you downloaded them, and we expect other malware scanning applications will have followed suit.

A quick tip: It really sucks when popular applications (or Nexus phones) aren't available in your location.  We understand.  But any app that claims to be a helper to download an app that's otherwise unavailable is definitely suspicious.  Don't use them.  If the apps are free, ask your friends.  Ask on forums.  Root your phone, or use an app that disguises your location and opens the Market.  I'm not condoning piracy here, but I'm a realist -- if you're going to circumvent measures that keep these apps from you, do it the smart way.

Source: Lookout

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4 years ago

Best Buy called, Rezound as a multimedia device? [From the Forums]

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With another week now kicked off, we're getting stoked for what this week will bring and hope you'll join us for it all. If you missed out on anything from the weekend, be sure to get caught up. Plus, our forums are open 24/7 so jump on in if you've got something to say.

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4 years ago

Adobe Flash Player for Android updated with bug and security fixes, still no Ice Cream Sandwich support

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Adobe has updated Flash Player for Android to version 11.1.111.5, which fixes video streaming issues on the Galaxy S II, adds support for 1080p video on Tegra 3 devices like the Transformer Prime, and generic fixes for video decoding and playback.  It's a recommended update, even if you don't own one of the aforementioned devices, so hit the market and update or grab the link after the break.  Adobe did promise to keep supporting the Android Flash Player, and while nobody doubted them, it's still nice to see them hold true to their word.

Unfortunately, this update doesn't yet enable Flash on the Galaxy Nexus or any preliminary ICS build for other devices.  We still expect to see that soon, and we'll let you know as soon as it's available.

More: Adobe

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4 years ago

Verizon prepping a 4G LTE Xperia Play?

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Are you a fan of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, but not so much a fan of it only being a 3G device on Verizon? You might well soon get to have the best of both words, if this internal traning registration is on the level. We're told the Dec. 12 and Dec. 14 training indeed is for Big Red, and we've confirmed with a second source that indeed an LTE Xperia Play exists. 

So will we see it? And when will we see it? News at 11.

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4 years ago

Toshiba Thrive 7-Inch tablet now available in Canada

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Back in September when it was intially announced Toshiba had stated an expected release date of December for the Toshia Thrive 7-Inch and they've managed to stick to that -- at least in Canada.

The Android 3.2 powered 7-Inch tablet brings a 1280x800 resolution with Toshiba's Adaptive Display and Resolution+ video enhancements, stereo speakers, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, in either 16 or 32-gigabytes sizes with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual processor. Plus, you get plenty of ports to make use of such as a miniUSB, microHDMI and a microSD card slot.

When it comes to price, you're not totally breaking the bank here. You'll be able to pick one up right now from Future Shop for only $370 -- that's not bad, all things considered.

Source: Futureshop

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4 years ago

HTC Amaze 4G update starts rolling out today, brings bug fixes and Wifi calling

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It's not Ice Cream Sandwich.

Now that we have that out of the way, the HTC Amaze 4G has a new OTA starting to roll out today, one that brings Wifi calling and a few software fixes to users of the best looking phone ever made.  Besides Wifi calling, the fixes are:

  • Improvements to Bluetooth connection
  • Clock widget not updating with time zone change
  • Improvement to Twitter and Peep application
  • Improved Wifi  connection

So we're not looking at a huge milestone in the software development of the Amaze, but take it from me -- Wifi calling is sweet and reason enough to look forward to this one.  You'll see it soon (the initial rollout begins today, and continues until Jan. 20 2012), and it promises to be a painless update.  Like all promises, that can be broken, so keep an eye on the Amaze 4G forums to stay abreast of any issues folks are finding. 

Source: T-Mobile; via TMoNews

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4 years ago

How to use Google Music

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Make no mistake -- Android is multimedia-centric, and it does a darn fine job of it.  Whether you want to copy media to your device's storage, or want to stream from the cloud, Android, especially since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, can turn your phone or tablet into a great media player.  We're going to have a look at using Google Music, Google's storage-locker style streaming music application.

Read on for a walkthrough of how to use Google Music on the web and adding media, as well as playing it back on your Android device.

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4 years ago

3G version of Sony Tablet S showing up in the UK

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A new variant of the Pope's favourite tablet, the Sony Tablet S, is now showing up for sale in the UK, the promised 3G version of Sony's Honeycomb offering. 

Costing £449 and shipping with Android 3.2, the 3G Tablet S is only available in the 16GB size. It also weighs a touch more than the wifi only version as you would expect, but otherwise all specs remain the same. Check the source link for more information.

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Bolt Browser discontinued

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Bad news for fans of the Bolt browser for Android -- it's been discontinued follwing the split of its parent company, Bitstream. The message at boltbrowser.com says it all:

The free BOLT mobile browsing service will be discontinued. Unfortunately, the economic circumstances prevent us from running a free service going forward. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your loyalty and support. 

And that, folks, is that.

Source: Bolt; More: BitStream; via CrackBerry

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4 years ago

Droid XYBOARD tablets are now on sale in stores

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If you've been itching to get your hands on a Droid XYBOARD, the sequel to Motorola's XOOM, you can now purchase one at your local Verizon Wireless retail store. The XYBOARD packs a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, an IPS, Gorilla Glass-coated display, and an LTE radio, and comes in 10.1 and 8.2-inch flavors. The 10.1-inch XYBOARD is priced at $529.99, $629.99, and $729.99 for the 16, 32, and 64GB models respectively, while the 8.2-incher will set you back $429.99 and $529.99 for 16 or 32 GBs. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

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4 years ago

Samsung announces 300 million handsets sold in 2011

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Samsung announced today that it has reached a major milestone in global sales, with 300 million handsets sold in 2011. Driving the momentum, Samsung says, is its Galaxy S line, which includes the original Galaxy S devices as well as the Galaxy S II smartphones, the latter having reached 10 million units sold faster than any device in the company's history. With the American release of the Galaxy Nexus, ongoing patent battles with Apple, and next year's revamped Galaxy tablets all on the horizon, it'll certainly be worth keeping an eye on whether or not Samsung can keep its momentum going into 2012. The full presser follows the break.

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4 years ago

Rogers LTE goes live in greater Vancouver, Toronto metros

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Rogers announced today that its LTE service is now live in more cities in the greater Toronto and Vancouver area. Rogers says that its 4G network will cover 30% of the Canadian population by year's end. Cities in the Toronto area that are now covered include:

  • Mississagua
  • Brampton
  • Vaughan
  • Richmond Hill
  • Markham

And in the west:

  • West Vancouver
  • North Vancouver
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Langley
  • Surey
  • Maple Ridge

Sounds like it's time for you all to treat yourself to the Galaxy S II LTE, HTC Raider, or the HTC Jetstream LTE. 

Source: Roger's Redboard

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4 years ago

BBC iPlayer update coming in the new year, finally bringing 3G streaming

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The BBC have come out today with some information regarding a future update to their Android offering, which will finally bring 3G streaming to the application. 

With 1.2 million downloads on Android alone, the decision to bring 3G streaming to the iPlayer will prove to be a popular one. The BBC have been working alongside British carriers to introduce the feature while keeping the viewing experience of a high quality. They're not quite finished with the Android version yet, as there's still work to be done "to improve the video playback experience." They expect to launch the updated app in the new year.

Source: BBC

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4 years ago

Google Wallet rumoured to land in the UK before 2012 Olympics

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2012 is a big year for the United Kingdom, with London playing host to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. According to a French newspaper, Google might also be along for the ride launching Google Wallet in the UK in time for the games. 

A report in Les Echos suggests that Google is in talks with banks and retailers on our side of the pond to get the service up and running by March next year. Otherwise the article is pretty vague, and we've yet to hear anything from Google on the matter.

Source: Les Echos via Techradar UK

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4 years ago

NOOK Color to receive OTA update this week, includes Netflix support

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Barnes & Noble has announced that they will roll out a software update for the NOOK Color that includes Netflix support. The update will be software version 1.4.1 and will include:

  • Netflix support, as mentioned above
  • Comic and graphic novels
  • New PagePerfect NOOK books
  • The ability to read books in portrait or landscape mode

The update will be an OTA that will roll out beginning today. It will automatically download to your NOOK once you're on Wi-Fi and the device is idle. If you absolutely have to have the update right now, here is the link to the manual update.

Source: Barnes & Noble; More: Nook Color forums

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