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Android App Reviews

misHaps shows important contact info if a phone is lost or you become incapacitated [App Reviews]

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One of most underrated features in Android 3.0+ is the ability to put a message on the lock screen. It’s a great way to have the security of the lock screen but still have a way to let someone who finds the phon…

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Commmunication

Google Voice adds new controls for anonymous and unknown callers (Website only)

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Google Voice was recently updated to give users more control over how to respond to certain groups of people and members of their Google+ Circles. A new update rolling out now will also gives users control over h…

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Google

Google Drive TOS got you spooked? Don’t be, it’s standard for all Google services

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After yesterday’s Google Drive announcement, I tweeted that I would wait before deciding to make the permanent switch from Dropbox to Drive. However, a few Twitter followers were uneasy about the Term…

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Android App Reviews

AppBrain Ad Detector exposes apps that spam ads and have questionable privacy permissions

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I recently reviewed an app that some readers expressed concerns about permission requests and its use of ads in the notification window. While I often warn about checking permissions prior to installing, I wa…

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AT&T

Carrier IQ and carrier clients reiterate: we are not spying on

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Responding to allegations that it logs all user activity, Carrier IQ has once again defended its product and said emphatically that it does not spy on users or record their private data for questionable purcha…

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HTC

Sprint and HTC subcontractor accused of logging user data in non-secure, invasive manner [Video]

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When security researcher Trevor Eckhart discovered that CarrierIQ was logging a surprising amount of data, the company promptly sent Eckhart a cease-and-desist letter that threatened legal action if he di…

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Android

[Security Alert] Android trojan that records your calls

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It seems like only yesterday that they only time I had to worry about a trojan was when I went to questionable websites on my PC. Now, I hear about new threats to my security everyday on my Android device. Security r…

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Android

CyanogenMod lets users select which permissions Android apps can access [Video]

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Researchers at NC State University announced last month that they discovered a way to give Android users direct control over their data. The researchers suggested that no one should be forced to accept every p…

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Android

Android Market filters mature content but has one fatal flaw

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Among the many, many, changes to the Android Market announced in recent weeks, Android users can now personalize their Market by filtering out apps marked as mature. Turning on app ratings will then block Andr…

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Android OS

Don’t let tech ignorance lead to foolish lawsuits [Android location scares]

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There are two residents of Oakland County, Michigan, who have decided to sue Google because of Android tracking issues. The HTC Inspire 4G owners claim that Android tracking phones exposes users to a “s…

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Android OS

Researchers find way to restrict which data Android apps access, put privacy options in user’s hand

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There’s an Android security scare happening at least once a month. Most of these are overblown, rehashed non-issues, but there are legit concerns about Android malware and privacy leaks. Researchers…

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Tools

Lookout adds remote wipe/lock, premium privacy and backup options

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Lookout, Inc., has updated its Lookout Mobile Security app to include some new premium features. Fans of the security app that monitors spyware, backups data, and locates phone position – for free R…

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Tools

Seenearly monitors what your spouse, kids, or employees do on their phones

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There was a time when jealous girlfriends checked their boyfriend’s beeper to search for clues of a cheating spouse. Today, people can track their loved ones online. Seenearly is an app that can be insta…

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Android OS

Researchers claim Android apps are sending private data to advertisers

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Android already requires that applications display a list of permissions it plans to access. But researchers from Duke University and Penn State say that there are apps sending personal data to “onlin…

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Uncategorized

Privacy Star keeps annoying folks off your Android phone. Win a FREE copy [CONTESTS]

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I don’t know who had my number before I inherited it back in 2008, but he or she ran afoul of some very persistent Spanish-language telemarketers. I randomly get calls from numbers I’m unfamiliar w…

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