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Google’s new service “Bouncing” off Malware

Google’s new service “Bouncing” off Malware

Malware has been an issue for Android users for quite a while now. Thus we can see a lot of Antivirus apps in the market these days. Google has come up with an apt response to this issue, in the form of a malware scanning app codenamed ‘Bouncer’. Here’s how Bouncer actually works: Once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously analyzed apps to detect possible red flags. We actually run every application on Google’s cloud infrastructure and simulate how it will run on an Android device to look for hidden, malicious behavior. We also analyze new developer accounts to help prevent malicious and repeat-offending developers from coming back. The above states that this app scans every single app on the market. This is done automatically  through a back end process. The market  is found on their personal cloud storage systems, Thus it gets to check all the applications that exist in the market for any sort of malware. According to Google malware reports have dropped down to 40 % in the last year . Google has also stated the 3rd Party Antivirus apps on android always talk about viruses or malware outside the market. This includes apps you find on pirated sites, apps that exist in other “app stores”, like say the ones in China, and so on. While Google is always looking to improve Android’s security, which is already a very secure OS compared to say Windows for most of its lifecycle, but ultimately, if you decide to get an application from outside their own Market, and from an untrusted source, then there’s little blame you can put on Google for that, and you just need to be more careful with what you’re installing. Freedom to install anything you want from anywhere comes with a price – and that price must be paid in responsibility and vigilance. Google has confirmed that Bouncer will scan for recently uploaded Trojans and suspicious files, alerting as soon as its scans pick up anything. Thus, not letting it spread in the market. Only time will tell if Google’s Bouncer is able to “Bounce” off some serious threat from any Malware or Trojan trying to get into the market. Source:  Google Mobile Blog...

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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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