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ZTE says its equipment is safe, poses no threat to U.S. national security

We reported yesterday on a U.S. Congressional report suggesting that ZTE and Huawei should be blocked from operating within the U.S. for national security reasons. The report singled out both companies with allegations of corruption, bribery and possible influence by the Chinese government. Hot...
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Lockitron announces new NFC, Bluetooth, and SMS-friendly door unlocker

Lockitron has recently announced their latest and greatest smart deadbolt access system, complete with remote door unlocking, per-user access control, access via SMS or NFC, and a knock sensor. There's a dedicated Android app to handle everything, while the door unit itself connects over your home...
Short URL

Stop clicking random short URL links

I've been ranting about this all week, so I'm taking a few minutes to blog about it here. Hopefully it does a little bit of good. By now, everyone knows that OMG clicking a link can maybe reset your Samsung phone and erase all your data!!!11!! Unfortunately, it's true for a good many phones out...
Android security

From the Android Forums: Android security

Twinmomma416 asks in the Android Central forums, My contract with AT&T is up, and we are switching providers due to limited tower availability near our home. We will be switching to Sprint which does surprisingly well where we are at. I was a BlackBerry power user who switched to iPhone two...
Google Play services

Google Play services bringing new OAuth tools to Android

Google is rolling out Google Play services starting today, bringing another of the great developer tools they showcased at Google I/O to the public. For those of us that aren't developers, it's pretty easy to wrap your head around. If your device runs Froyo or higher and has access to the Google...
Samsung Reset

Major security vulnerability in some Samsung phones could trigger factory reset via web page

Update, 09/26: Samsung has told us that the latest Galaxy S3 firmware fixes this exploit. Our own testing has shown other phones, particularly Galaxy S2 models, may still be at risk, however. If you're still concerned, you can check our USSD vulnerability test to see if your phone is vulnerable. A...
X-Ray app

FUD fighting: Every smart device has unpatched vulnerabilities

OMG! Have you heard? Half of all Android devices have unpatched vulnerabilities, and are out there, sharing the same air as we are! The horror! That's the feeling you'll get if you poke around the Internet today and read a blog or two, where folks are talking about a study from Duo Security, a...
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Verizon launches McAfee-powered Android security suite

Verizon has just launched a mobile security service powered by McAfee with a whole bunch of useful security tools. The free version provides protection against spyware keyloggers, and potentially harmful sites that are visited in the native Android browser. For $1.99/month (or $1/month if you have...
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Latest Dropbox beta adds 2-step verification

Many of us use Dropbox in varying capacities (see what I did there?), and when we do, we often use it as crucial backup storage for data that's important to us. If it wasn't important, we probably wouldn't bother backing it up now would we? If you take your security seriously, and by now we hope...
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Amber Alert GPS review - if you can't hide yo' kids, at least track 'em

With back to school season around the corner, some parents may be getting antsy about having their young ‘uns out in the big wide world. Luckily, thanks to phones and stand-alone GPS units, mindful moms and dads can track the little buggers every moment of every day. Amber Alerts, the long-...
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Gallery Lock review - where to hide pictures on your Android device

Do you have pictures on your phone that you don’t want just anybody to see? Don’t answer that, just plead the fifth. Gallery Lock is a free, secure app to hide your personal pictures from prying eyes. Tucked away behind a the phone dialler is a secret gallery that isn’t viewable from other spots...
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No excuses: It's time to turn on two-step authentication

Your Google account holds your e-mail, apps, music, books, documents, cloud storage, credit cards and more. It’s time to protect that stuff with more than a simple password. If you’ve been watching the wider tech world over the past couple of days, you’ll be familiar with the recent misfortune...
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A brilliant look at one man's mobile life over six months

What does your mobile carrier know about you? Just how much information do they collect? And what the hell does it look like? German Green politician Malte Spitz has a brilliant TED talk showing what happened when he fought Deutsche Telekom to see just what was being collected under a European law...
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Android NFC 'hacking' is ingenious, but not yet dangerous

The Black Hat conference takes place in Las Vegas this week, where hackers, security experts and representatives from major companies meet to discuss all things relating to information security. If you're following the news out of the conference today, you may have come across reports of a new...
Android unlocked

Ask AC: What is 'unlocked'?

Is your Android phone's bootloader unlocked? Is it SIM unlocked? What's the difference? There's been a bit of confusion in the blogs the past few days over unlocking phones. Maybe you're wondering about an unlocked bootloader. Or maybe you need something that's SIM unlocked. Or maybe you want to...
Nexus 7

Why Nexus devices have no SD card

The Internet is hard at work debating the merits of the Nexus 7 tablet, and the biggest arguments are about the lack of expandable storage, or an SD card, as you likely know it. It seems like everyone and their brother has a theory about why the hottest tablet to hit Android so far will be...
Sprint Galaxy S III

Sprint Galaxy S III getting another update

Don't get your hopes up folks, it's not Jellybean but there will be an OTA update rolling for the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III over the course of the next four days. Unfortunately Sprint hasn't provided too much information about the update other than the fact that it is a "Google...
AYYYYYYY!

Microsoft, Sophos security might have jumped the gun on that scary Android botnet thing

That was quick! Security researchers at Microsoft and Sophos say they may have spoke a bit too soon about Android phones hosting a BotNet and spamming through Yahoo mail servers. Terry Zink, one of the discovers of the issue, said the following on his MSDN security blog: Yes, it’s entirely...
Take the blue pill

Android 'BotNet' is that little extra you get for pirating apps

It's been a while since we saw an Android security scare, but the word "BotNet" attached to this one makes up for it. It appears that users in Chile, Indonesia, Lebanon, Oman, the Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela have compromised Android phones are have been...
OMG security scare!

Android developers demystify application security (the sky is not falling!)

As soon as the schedule for Google I/O 2012's developer sessions was announced, I knew the Security and Privacy in Android Apps session was going to be a must-attend session. The Internet and its FUD machine gives Android security a lot of bad press, and while some of it is warranted, some of it...

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