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Help! My Android has malware!

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 01:52 PM PST

What to do if you think you've got an infected Android phone or tablet

We've talked about antivirus apps for Android a little, specifically if you really need to use one at all. It's a good thing to talk about and sort through all the FUD and nonsense about malware on our smartphones and tablets.

Today, we're going to talk about what to do if you think you might be infected by malware. There's always plenty of discussion (and sometimes a bit of fear-mongering) about how to prevent malware on Android, but very little about what to do if it happens to you. Prevention is still the best idea, whether it's from careful monitoring of the things you do or by using an app to monitor for you, but you can survive a malware attack.

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Top free antivirus apps for Android

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 01:52 PM PST

There are a ton of options when it comes to antivirus apps on your Android phone or tablet — but there are only a handful of truly free ones. Many offer free features, with more robust features available as at a premium or subscription basis. You can get just as many great features from an unrestricted free app however. And in this case we're talking all-the-way free.

So while we still contend that you don't necessarily need a virus scanner on Android, it's still a conversation we're going to have, and we're going to look at some of the apps that are currently available.

All of these apps offer the basics like virus and malware scanning, but a few also have features that go beyond, like app managers, app locks, privacy controls, phone finder, remote wipe and more. So if you're looking for a great free antivirus app for Android, look no further than these apps.

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Samsung Gear VR is to blame for the Galaxy Note 4 not having Android 5.0 Lollipop

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 11:48 AM PST


Owners of the Galaxy Note 4 are probably wondering where the Android 5.0 Lollipop update is. The device is the newest to be released by Samsung and the software launched right around the same time as the Galaxy Note 4. Apparently, Oculus is to blame. The company behind Samsung's Gear VR is busy adjusting the kernel specifically for the headset.

Source: @Faryaab

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[APK Download] Titanium Backup Updated To v7.0.0 With Better Lollipop And CM12 Support

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 11:46 AM PST


Not long after some test builds were found in the wild, Titanium Backup has started pushing version 7.0.0 via the Play Store. The big jump in version number from is not all that indicative of the changes, as most users still won't notice much in the way of changes. Still, there are some improvements that are always welcome.

What's New?

Here's the full changelog:

  • Added support for storing backups into any DocumentsProvider (eg: on external SD card) on Android 5.0+.

[APK Download] Titanium Backup Updated To v7.0.0 With Better Lollipop And CM12 Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Odd Bot Out Is An Adorable Little Platformer-Physics Puzzle Game Staring A Robot Reject

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 11:45 AM PST

unnamed (6) Physics games are thick on the ground on mobile platforms. And to be honest, Off Bot Out from developer Martin Magni doesn't seem to offer much in the way of new ideas... at least at the start. But building on the basic tools introduced in the first few levels and expanding on them with a surprisingly rich physics engine, the game gets much more complex very quickly. Before long Odd Bot out becomes something that is, if not wholly unique, then certainly special.

Odd Bot Out Is An Adorable Little Platformer-Physics Puzzle Game Staring A Robot Reject was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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TUDIA case for HTC One (M9) could indicate what it looks like

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 11:32 AM PST


The HTC One (M9) will be introduced to the world on March 1 but we are learning about the device well before then. On Amazon, a TUDIA case for the upcoming handset was posted and customers can pre-order now. The case itself is obviously not what we are concerned with. Instead, attention is being given to the rendered handset encased.

Hit the break for more.

The rear of the handset shown here has dual LED flash next to the camera which its predecessor, the HTC One (M8), had as well. The Duo Camera setup is gone. HTC will be waving goodbye to its UltraPixel technology and welcome megapixels with a larger lens.

The problem here, though, is that it does not match the appearance of the One (M9) and One (M9) Plus that surfaced just a few days ago. The front camera is positioned to the far right rather than being centered like the Desire EYE. Also, the front speakers remain unchanged despite it being said that HTC would opt for a setup similar to the Nexus 9.

The Amazon listing says that the TUDIA case will be released on February 9; however, don't expect to be putting an HTC One (M9) into it for a few weeks.

Source: Amazon

Via: Phone Arena

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Carriers just torpedoed their strongest argument against net neutrality

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 09:57 AM PST

FileThis Automatically Fetches Paperwork From Hundreds Of Sources And Saves Them To The Cloud

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 09:35 AM PST

unnamed (1) Bank statements. Insurance policies. Credit card bills. All of these are things that you should hang on to, and you might not. FileThis is a service that hopes to make proper filing as easy and painless as possible by automatically fetching those documents and dropping them right into your cloud storage service of choice. It's kind of like having one of those automatic scanners... without all that, you know, tedious scanning.

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Report: Samsung Galaxy S4 receiving Lollipop 5.0.1 in Russia

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 08:12 AM PST

Can't watch the Super Bowl? Use these Android apps instead

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 07:53 AM PST

Whether you're just "in it for the commercials" or you're cheering on a team, you can watch from mobile if you have to

We can't all be comfortably seated in the best spot in the living room with a huge plate of wings and a threatening glare toward anyone who dares to even think about touching the remote control this Sunday night. For reasons passing understanding, Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday yet. As a result, you may have obligations that put you somewhere that doesn't have the big game playing. The good news is there are mobile options if you're able to watch. The bad news is, if you want to watch live, there's not a lot of them.

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Grab a skin case for your Galaxy S4 today for only $2.95

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 07:53 AM PST

The Mobi S-Line Case is a slim, form-fitting TPU cover that wraps around your Galaxy S4 to protect against drops and scratches while providing an enhanced grip. It adds very little bulk and is completely flexible, making installing and removing the case very easy. Comes in 8 colors, too!

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iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount review

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 06:52 AM PST

Hold me tender with this smartphone car kit

The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount is quite a mouthful. It's also quite a handful when you pick it up, as it resembles some sort of unholy union between a medieval torture device and a siege engine. Don't get me wrong, the iOttie is a wonderful mount with a lot of bells, whistles, and especially a lot of moving parts. It's also sporting a budget friendly price, but do all those moving parts add up to a stand that's worthy of your dashboard or a massive mechanical migraine?

Stick around.

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The world seems to be ending in Mophie's first Super Bowl ad

Posted: 31 Jan 2015 06:37 AM PST

Smartphone battery case company Mophie has decided to join the Super Bowl TV commercial train for the first time this year, and they have already posted their 30-second commercial online. The ad shows the entire world on the brink of destruction.

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HTC delays Lollipop update for carrier variants of the One M7 and One M8

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 09:38 PM PST

Lollipop update for certain One M8 HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, announced today that the company will not be able to meet its promise of updating the One M7 and One M8 to Lollipop within 90 days from the day of the release of the code. Even before Google had released Android 5.0, HTC had announced that it

The post HTC delays Lollipop update for carrier variants of the One M7 and One M8 appeared first on Cult of Android.

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Google releases Project Tango from ATAP

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 07:34 PM PST


Google recently moved their Google Glass project from the Google[x] lab to a new home with the Nest team. Now they are graduating another project from its development home. Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, has announced that they are "transitioning" Project Tango out of their group, although it is unclear where Project Tango is going to end up within the Google organization.

Project Tango launched a couple years and ATAP indicated that was long enough for a project to exist within ATAP. Project Tango is an attempt to bring technology that can build a virtual 3D map based on sensors detecting a device's position in space. As an example, the team used their technology to build some self-propelled SPHERES for NASA to use in space.

Google indicates they are "committed to moving the technology forward" but no other details were available about how that is going to pan out.

source: +Google ATAP

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Moto G (2014) with LTE goes up for sale in Brazil

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 06:37 PM PST

After first rearing its head roughly a month ago, the new LTE version of Motorola's second generation Moto G is now available for sale in Brazil.

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HTC to miss Android Lollipop update for flagship devices

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 06:32 PM PST


This weekend was supposed to be the deadline for HTC to update the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) with Android Lollipop. However, Mo Versi with HTC has issued a statement via the HTC web site to let owners of carrier versions of those devices know the update is not going to happen. Versi indicates HTC decided to opt for ensuring the "rollout is right" even if it means missing the target date of 90 days after Google released the code.

In the statement, Versi indicates part of the problem has been on Google's end as they work to "address several issues with this release" referring to Lollipop. HTC points out that the Google Play, Unlocked, and Developer Edition of the HTC One (M8) have received the Lollipop update already. However, other versions such as those sold by the carriers are still not ready. Versi says that if the update does not "result in an even better experience with your device" it would defeat the purpose of the update.

HTC has not issued a revised timeline for the update to be available for the affected versions. They invite owners of the impacted devices to continue to watch their Software Updates page and their @HTCUSA Twitter account for updates.

source: HTC

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Project Tango officially graduates out of Google ATAP and to an official Google project

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 06:03 PM PST

Project Tango Google featured large

After learning that Google Glass had officially moved out of Google X labs (and, as we later learned, being reboot), another experimental project at Google is moving on up. This time, graduating out of Google's Advanced Technologies and Project group (a more mobile focused counterpart to Google X) is Project Tango, Google's 3D mapping project we saw introduced last year and more recently, via the the Project Tango tablet.

project tango tablet

The boys at Google ATAP announced the news on their Google+ page where they mention the project has officially made its way out of ATAP and into a new home within Google. The ATAP team — which strives for innovation by setting up temporary project teams with ambitious goals and short 2 year deadlines — wasn't revealing exactly where Project Tango will go from here, or how we'll see it implemented in future devices, but it's clear this isn't the last we've seen out of the technology.

As a refresher, Project Tango looks to give mobile devices (and possibly robots?) a "human-scale understanding" of space and motion using a combination of cameras and sensors and was one of 11 projects the Google ATAP team was working on (the Project Ara modular smartphone being another). We're extremely excited and hopeful at what Google has in store for 2015. Should be a real interesting year.


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Motorola Moto G (2014) LTE model makes its way to Brazil

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 05:43 PM PST

TYLT promo knocks $25 off Energi Sliding Power Cases for Galaxy S5, S4

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 05:37 PM PST

For those of you looking to inject a little more juice into your Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S5, TYLT has announced a new promotion that knocks $25 off of its Energi Sliding Power Cases for the two devices. With the cases regularly priced at $80 for the S5 and $50 for the S4, this marks a fairly substantial discount.

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Deal Alert: Grab an unlocked 32GB LG G Flex for $230 from Ebay

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 04:40 PM PST

HTC won’t meet its 90-day update goal for Lollipop

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 04:19 PM PST

HTC has announced that it will be unable to meet its 90-day update goal for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Last year, HTC began the HTC Advantage program for HTC One devices, which promised that major Android updates would be released within 90 days of the final source, among other perks. The test of this came when Android 5.0 Lollipop was announced, which marked one of the largest Android updates to date.

HTC managed to make the cut for the Google Play, Developer and unlocked versions of the One (M8), but the U.S. carrier versions are still lacking their taste of Lollipop. The One (M7), which is also a part of the program, has yet to see Lollipop on any variant except for the Google Play edition. HTC says that the delay has stemmed from issues with Lollipop, which HTC has been working to fix and incorporate into its build that also contains HTC Sense.

The company has said that carrier testing is underway and that Lollipop should be available very soon, making it close to the 90-day deadline, but not quite reaching it. Frustrating as it is, it would have been a much worse situation had HTC pushed out buggy, unstable software updates. It's better to take a few extra days and iron out the problems than it is to get a half-baked update.

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An Update on Our Lollipop Rollout

Delivering major Android updates to our flagship phones has been a top priority for us because, just like you, we love having the latest and greatest software as soon as possible. By setting the 90-day goal to deliver these updates a few years ago, we have driven change within our own company as well as in the industry. Today you are seeing updates much sooner even from other OEMs. We also brought a new level of transparency to the process and the ability to track the status of the updates in real time when we launched the software updates page on HTC.com, which is also being replicated by other OEMs.

In the spirit of continued transparency, I wanted to share a quick update on where we're at with our Android Lollipop rollout process. We've been working hard in the labs with Google and our carrier partners ever since the code release and are making great progress so far, but if you've been following the progress of this rollout you will know that Google has had to address several issues with this release. We've been diligently working to fix some of them on our end and incorporating Google's fixes as quickly as possible, but despite everyone's best efforts some carrier versions of the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) will not meet our 90 day goal, which is February 1st. While we are committed to delivering within this time period, we are even more committed to ensuring these updates result in an even better experience with your device because that is what the updates are intended to do.

We are continuing to push hard to deliver Lollipop to all devices as near the 90-day mark as possible, but we are taking every precaution to ensure the rollout is right and we aren't willing to compromise at your expense. As of today, we've rolled out to Google Play, Unlocked, and Developer Editions of the HTC One (M8). We're still working through the testing process with our partners and hope to have good news to share soon. We promise to keep you updated in real-time as additional devices receive the update on our Software Updates page and @HTCUSA on Twitter.

Thanks for your patience and feel free to reach out on Twitter if you have any additional questions.

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