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Android Malware Warning by Symantec

Android Malware Warning by Symantec

Here’s an eye opener for all Android users. Symantec, the makers of Norton Internet Security, have issued a stern warning about several different app publishers that have been found to be pushing out a threatening virus called “Android Counter-clank”. This bot-like threat is a new variation of the threat Android.Tonclank. The malicious code is attached in a package called “apperhand” to the main application and when executed it can carry out certain actions and STEAL INFORMATION FROM THE DEVICE. It can also place a new Search icon on the Home Screen. When you combine the number of downloads for all these malicious apps you get 1,000,000 to 5,000,000 installations, which is the widest reach reported for any malware yet this year. The threat is limited to people who have installed apps from the following list OF publishers. You will notice that several of the apps are given similar names to legitimate apps. If you have a similarly named app, make sure to check the publisher’s name (point to be noted here is that even though there are a number of different Hearts Live Wallpaper apps, only the ones developed by  iApps7 Inc. is the malicious one), because more than likely you have a legitimate app and hence are not affected. iApps7 Inc Counter Elite Force Counter Strike Ground Force CounterStrike Hit Enemy Heart Live Wallpaper Hit Counter Terrorist Stripper Touch girl Ogre Games Balloon Game Deal & Be Millionaire Wild Man redmicapps Pretty women lingerie puzzle Sexy Girls Photo Game Sexy Girls Puzzle Sexy Women Puzzle If you have been affected, Symantec provides removal instructions using their Norton Mobile Security here. Some of the named apps are still in the Android Market, but will likely be removed soon by Google. This serves as another reminder to always check the permission requests very carefully before you install any new apps new, especially those made by lesser known publishers. Just because an app is in the Market doesn’t guarantee it is safe, and be especially careful for non-Market apps. Source: E-Security...

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Android apps can now run on Blackberry Playbook

Android apps can now run on Blackberry Playbook

Blackberry’s most powerful competitor was Android. Now it seems Blackberry has found a way to even things a little. Blackberry’s Playbook is a tablet, which was quite successful, as expected from Blackberry. A recent software modification by RIM on the Playbook made it possible that the apps made for Android OS can now run very fine on Blackberry Playbook. All you need to do is update the software of your Playbook to the free 2.0 version. RIM has made some improvements in the new software update v.20 as well. Now, the favorite icons dock is at the top of the apps menu page in the home screen also allowing users to create folders just like in Android and iOS. There are a few more apps for email, calendar etc. Contacts option in Playbook will support cloud synchronizing after the update. That is, you can use your Blackberry phone to make changes to calendars and contacts in the Playbook. Gmail sync, Yahoo sync, hotmail sync are the extra additions Docs-to-Go has also been improved mainly to include Powerpoint editing....

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A sleek android beast from Sharp

A sleek android beast from Sharp

The upcoming ambience in the smartphone is going to be very exciting, because wonderful prospects in the form of different Android gadgets would inundate the market and will create everlasting impression on the potential users. Advent of the AQUOUS phone has reinstated the fact about the technological excellence of Sharp, which is bound to capture eye balls in huge numbers. Sharp Targeting Niche Market The company has created an exclusive smart phone targeting the niche market with its superb sleek design and continued emphasis of the company on excellence. Armed with 3.2 inch touch screen, the gadget is an absolute delight for the people because it delivers image on the screen with absolute clarity and panache. A superbly immaculate resolution with 8 mega pixels of configuration would go a long way in delivering impeccable performance to the customers. An eye catching feature called TV tuner application along with the NFC attribute would go a long way in performing range of functions without hiccups. Versatility of the gadget is a proven magic wand, making it hugely popular over a period of...

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Pentile Screens and Galaxy Nexus- Will the Display Suck?

Pentile Screens and Galaxy Nexus- Will the Display Suck?

A new TechCrunch article lambastes the usage of a pentile screen on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This means that the display, instead of a even red-green-blue pixel distribution, has the colors randomly scattered about. In theory, pentile displays can increase resolution of the screen and increase the number of visible pixels. However, it has potential downfalls of causing blurry or choppy graphics. The Samsung Galaxy S also had a pentile screen. The Galaxy Nexus, set to release in mid-November, is set to be one of the hottest Android 4.0 cellphones of the 2011 holiday season. Below in a graphic comparing the differences between pentile and standard...

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Extended Battery Life

Found this while surfing for Android specs: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25319/complete-guide-to-maximizing-your-android-phones-battery-life/ So far people have responded positively to the tweaks on this page and the results are well worth giving this a shot. Power to the people!  

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Wake Lock Problem Solution For EVO

Wake Lock Problem Solution For EVO

HTC EVO 4G is a great phone but the Wake Lock problem has been there for a while with no proper solution. Yes, I am referring to the problem that keeps the phone awake even if you put it on sleep and the phone keeps on losing the battery. We now have the solution to this , thanks to the xda member JBabey. The solution/fix is not rom type dependent and you can have it regardless of having Sense rom or an AOSP rom . Here goes the Fix The fix is a combination of… Radio: 2.15.00.05.02 PRI: 1.77_003 NV: 1.90_003 WiMAX: 27243 GPS: KingdomROM GPS “.so” file -Download the below PC36IMG.zip It is a custom Combo Radio installation I created that will set your Radio/Pri/NV/WiMAX to the above settings -Move the PC36IMG.zip file to the root of your SD-Card and reboot the phone into bootloader. It will load the file and prompt you for an update, you will see on the left 3 items that will be upgraded on your handset. Hit volume up to accept -Reboot the phone after the Radio update, go ahead and remove the PC36IMG.zip file from the sd-card and put it in a safe place -Download “GPS_FIX_Flashable_Kingdom.zip” and put on your SD-Card -Reboot into Recovery (I highly recommend AmonRA 2.3) -Wipe Cache & Dalvik Cache. Now wipe them again just to be safe -Choose “Install zip file from SDCard” -Navigate to GPS_FIX_Flashable_Kingdom.zip and choose install -Once installed go down to “Other” and “Fix UID mismatches” -Reboot the phone __________________________________________________ ____________ Now heres the weird and tricky part so listen closely. At this time you will still see the Android System in your battery stats. This is normal. To see the fix, you need to charge your phone fully to 100%…. and honestly give it an extra 10-15m on the charger after it says its full. Now….. REBOOT the phone when you pull it off the charger. Use the phone a little bit, make a phone call… it may still pop up around 5%…. again this is normal….. after 2-3 hours however it will be gone, completely and utterly gone… it will never show up again. I have tested this on 5 handsets hardware revision 0002 0003 & 0004, and about 6-7 ROMS both AOSP & Sense and have yet to see Android OS re-appear. This is not to say that it will work for everyone, but I think that after my testing, there’s an excellent chance that this will work for you. Please leave feedback if this works or does not work for you please so that everyone can benefit from your experience, either good or bad. Please, please please, follow the final instructions carefully,...

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