Yesterday, I wrote about evidence that suggested the existence of an Android botnet which was under control of spammers and is being used to send out spam via Yahoo! Mail. The accusation came from Terry Zink over at Microsoft.
Of course, once Google heard about this, they weren’t too happy! The creators of Android issued the following statement: “The evidence does not support the Android botnet claim. Our analysis suggests that spammers are using infected computers and a fake mobile signature to try to bypass anti-spam mechanisms in the email platform they’re using.” So the question is who is right?
In light of the “scandal”, [...]
Cyber security experts from Microsoft have spotted real-world examples of spam email sent, not from a dedicated spam server, but from Android phones. The spam being sent is the run-of-the-mill type trying to sell fake Rolex watches and other items (which can’t be mentioned in polite conversation) and their existence implies that the spammers have control of an Android based botnet. A botnet is a group of private resources (traditionally desktop PCs or servers) which have been infected with malware. Once infected the spammers can control the device and use it to send spam emails. This way they don’t consume their own resources in sending the [...]
Bat-and-ball games, for some reason, attract a hefty number of fans the world over. Baseball, softball, and cricket are three of the more famous variations of bat-and-ball games, cricket being the most famous.
Surprised it’s not baseball? Apparently cricket sits in the second spot as the world’s most popular sport, next to football. The sport’s popularity is mainly due to its large number of fans in India, Australia, and some parts of Asia and Europe. The sport was the brainchild of the British, so it’s really not surprising to know that those areas got hooked with it, since these places were once colonized by the British Empire.
The official Android app for Yahoo!’s popular photo service Flickr is now ready for download free from the Android Market.
The Flickr app for Android, however, is initially available to only a limited number of countries worldwide and works only for devices with Android 2.1 Eclair upwards.
Yahoo! has yet to confirm whether it will be releasing a Flickr app optimized for Android 3.x Honeycomb tablets.
Since the Flickr app is relatively new to the Android environment, we could not expect the first versions to work perfectly on some Android devices.
But, if it does, you are one of the fortunate few to enjoy this great app.
The Flickr app allows Android [...]
It seems that all of the sudden, the owners of Hulu, may have changed their minds about selling Hulu. Either that, or they want the bid prices to go higher, and this may be a way to do that.
Over the past week of bidding, the price gap between what the bidders are offering and what the Hulu owners are willing to accept, has widened. Bids have gone from as low as $500 million, to $2 billion, with the most serious bidders being Google, Amazon, DirecTV Group and DISH Network.
Yahoo wanted Hulu badly, too, but seeing how they’re low on cash lately, and their CEO just got fired, it was probably best for them to stay out of this one, at least until they find a [...]
Android users can now skip the stock music app with Play, an app developed by Yahoo! for free. Aside from being a music player, Play allows automatic scrobbling to Last.fm, identifies songs similar to Shazam’s capability, and create playlists depending on a song or a mood, which is iTunes genius.
At first look, Play looks bare without the option to purchase songs (Yahoo! says that will follow soon.), or the ability to play from the cloud or from Google Music (It is from Yahoo!, to begin with). However, it has its pros too, like being considerably faster than the Android music app. It also takes care of missing album art, as it will automatically download it for you if [...]
In a move that might surprise some, it appears that AT&T has had Motorola configure it’s BACKFLIP smartphone to use Yahoo! as the search engine of choice. Yahoo! and AT&T have an ongoing agreement that stipulates that Yahoo! is the default search engine on AT&T’s MEdia Net web portal.
As a result, there’s no voice searching capability on the phone and the Google search homescreen widget is nowhere to be found. Yahoo is also the default search engine in the BACKFLIP’s web browser.