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New Malicious Code Found, Infected Apps Suspended

by: Chit AgustinJune 15, 2011

Lately, new malicious encryption and/or code – known as Plankton – was identified on the Android Market creeping in and around various apps, thanks to a security researcher.

Surprisingly, it was found lurking inside some apps associated with Angry Birds. The one responsible for the code was smart enough to run it as a background service thus making it tough(er) to be detected. Once the malicious code gets on your device, its objective is to somehow hack your Android smartphone or tablet and give an unknown user access to your device remotely.

The malicious code was first identified by NC State University Computer Science professor Xuxian Jiang. Plankton is unlike any [...]

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5 Free Android Apps That Will Save You Some Cash

by: MinaJune 15, 2011

With Android now having the most free apps in the world, here are five apps that are not only advantageous because they’re free, but because they will help you save a fortune.

Amazon Kindle

The Kindle app which will let you read e-books wherever you are is free to download. It’s a good news for bookworms who don’t have a preference for a reading setting, since the Kindle Store currently holds more than a million free books to download, as well as low-priced commercial e-books. Plus, no need to buy another device just to read books *ahem Kindle ahem*.


Using GPS technology, Vouchercloud will bring right to your [...]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Android is Still Better Than Apple’s iOS 5

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 14, 2011

The whole mobile industry is abuzz with excitement over Apple’s latest update to iOS. Some industry pundits are opining that, just like past iPhone updates, iOS 5 is simply playing catchup to what Android already offers. Even Engadget has put Apple on the offensive, declaring the Samsung Galaxy S II “the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, [potentially] the best smartphone, period.” That can’t make Apple evangelists too happy.

Competition between the world’s two most popular OSes will go on and get fiercer by the day.  Over time and with each update, head-to-head comparisons between these two mammoths will reveal striking [...]

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Verizon Readies Gingerbread Upgrade for Motorola DROID 2 Global

by: Elmer MontejoJune 14, 2011

The Motorola DROID X recently received Gingerbread upgrades. Now it’s time for the Motorola DROID 2 Global.

A Motorola employee vowed last month that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Motorola DROID 2 Global should be coming before the third quarter of the year ends. The third quarter hasn’t even begun yet, and Motorola has already put out the upgrade for the DROID 2 Global. But, not yet for mass rollout for now.

Verizon is still conducting a soak test of the Gingerbread upgrade (Version.4.5.600.A956.Verizon.en.US), and it will be initially available to only some users of the DROID 2 Global. Once Verizon finishes sorting out the bugs and irons [...]

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Motorola Droid 3’s Secrets Revealed [Benchmarks, Hands-On Pictures]

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 14, 2011

The Motorola Droid 3 is one of the most hotly anticipated QWERTY Superphones of 2011, and apparently, has a few major weaknesses which are starting to surface. Unfortunately, it is looking like the Motorola Droid 3 will only have 512MB of RAM, which is having a negative impact on some of the benchmarks that are starting to emerge. The handset is looking to be Verizon bound on July 7th, and features specs that impress in other areas.

Great shot of the upcoming Motorola Droid 3

It is looking likely that it will have a very powerful TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1Ghz processor, and a 4 inch qHD 540×960 display. Don’t [...]

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Sprint to Launch Samsung Conquer 4G on July 24

by: Elmer MontejoJune 13, 2011

Just over the weekend, the folks from PocketNow were tipped with an updated inventory sheet that allegedly lists unannounced devices with their corresponding release dates. The updated inventory sheet showed that handset model SPH-D600 will be launched as the Samsung Conquer 4G on July 24.

The Samsung Conquer 4G will be launched on Sprint as part of the carrier’s portfolio of mid-end phones. One of its attractions (a rare one, I dare say) is that it comes preinstalled with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while almost all of its peers only have Android’s softer version: Android 2.2 Froyo.

According to leak sources, the Samsung Conquer 4G (SPH-D600) will bear the [...]

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Verizon’s Motorola Droid 3 Release Date Confirmed?

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 12, 2011

It wasn’t too long ago that we saw, watched, and caught wind of the Motorola Droid 3. What we had heard was that it was on track for a late June, early July release, and folks, it looks like those dates are going to pan out. While rumors surrounding previous devices have been wrong before, we think it’s likely that the Motorola Droid 3 will be launched on or around July 7th, which is less than a month from now.

Of course, what rumor is any good without credible backing? Well, in this case, the boys over at Droid-life have “been hearing from close friends that Big Red is currently targeting July 7 the to make the date official.”

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Sprint’s Unannounced Androids Leaked for 2011?

by: Darryl DoakJune 12, 2011

Carriers usually like to keep a tight lip over their future handset offerings. But, every once in a while, someone gets a screenshot that ruins the secrecy. Crackberry has received a couple screen shots of the Sprint Inventory Sheet which tipped them to future Blackberry handsets soon to be released, but this also reveals some handsets on the way that we previously didnt know the release dates for, and in some cases, didn’t know existed at all. Lets start at the top of the list and work our way down to see what sort of Android goodness we can expect.

HTC Evo View 4G

HTC Evo View 4G – “4G 7″ tablet”, SKU: ATP515CKIT, Release Date: 6/24/11 [...]

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Ten Excellent Android Apps For Comic Lovers

by: MiguelJune 11, 2011

Here is an awesome list of 10 comic apps for the comic-hungry. Ideal for those who enjoy a healthy diet of graphic storytelling, not only are these apps the perfect digital medium for e-reading, but they are all free. Whether it’s Manga, American, Euromerican (?) or the underground variety, these apps a re tailor made for every manner of taste out there.

jjComics Viewer

A timeless classic? Dig this: jjViewer was the first of its kind. Back then, it broke new ground as the only comic viewer app on Android. Quite a feat. It’s still relevant today and has a solid track record behind it.


A renowned image viewer that’s [...]

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Future Android, Apple Tablets Will Cost $300, Says Analyst

by: Darcy LaCouveeJune 11, 2011

Tablets are a hot commodity these days, there’s no doubt about that. As consumer interest continues to build, there is one simple barrier to truly substantial and rapid adoption: price. With new models arriving every month, Motorola Asus, Acer, and HTC are all gunning up for the pricewar showdown, which will likely mimic what happened with netbooks previously. Think about it – razor thin margins, special features vying for your attention – it all sounds pretty good right?

A tablet price war will begin sooner than we all think

Speaking at Open Mobile Summit, analyst Richard Windsor articulated that tablet pricing is about to [...]

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