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    How to avoid malware on smart phones

    Q: Are smart phones vulnerable to the same kinds of security problems that plague PCs, and if so, what can users do to avoid them?

    A: Android phones are becoming fertile ground for viruses and other malware. So far, iPhones have not been particularly vulnerable, partly because the iPhone operating system is harder to crack than the Android system, which is built on open-source software. And until recently, Apple did a better job of monitoring new apps for its App Store than Google did for the Android Play Store.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, malware, smartphone, virus, cell, cellphone, apple,
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    Android Phone Case Review: Seidio Surface Case for HTC EVO 4G LTE Review

    Seidio has released several protective cases for the recently released HTC EVO 4G LTE Android smartphone on Sprint. Among the new collection of cases, the Surface case is the thinnest and offers convenience of using the smartphone without adding lots of bulk or weight. The Seidio Surface case matches the curves of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and comes in five colors including black, glossed white, garnet red, amethyst and royal blue. The case is also affordable and can work with Seidio’s other accessories like holsters and car kits.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, phone case, review, seidio, htc evo 4g lte, cell, cellphone, smartphone,
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    Customize Android with ‘skins’

    As Android, iOS, and Windows Phone evolve and mature as operating systems, they are all gradually building up a standardized set of features that every smartphone or tablet should have: multiple email accounts, good gaming performance, and integrated social media.

    One of the main ways Android still manages to differentiate itself from its rivals is the number of simple customization options it offers. Launchers are one of the easiest ways to add a personal touch to your Android device. You’ll find some absolutely great ones available from Google Play that can add great art and better functionality to your device.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, skins, customize, ios, windows, smartphone,
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    Android 5 Jelly Bean: I Say Innovation, You Say Fragmentation…

    Ah, June. The beginning of summer, when the kids are finally released from school, and Gadgets are finally released from the Purgatory between Digitimes Taiwan rumor and Midwestern Best Buy store shelf.

    The hottest gadget rumor, lately even hotter than the iPhone 5, and wayyy hotter than the quickly-dismissed Facebook phone, is the Google Nexus tablet. This would be Google’s second attempt at mobile hardware - its Google Nexus smartphone was a non-starter. It will allegedly be built by Asus, not Google’s recently-swallowed Motorola Mobility, and run Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chipset. It will be 7 inches, cost a Kindle-matching $200 and be the debut of the latest Android update, version 5.0, aka Jelly Bean.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, android 5, jellybean, iphone 5, facebook phone, google nexus tablet, smartphone,
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    Android 4.0 tablet for under $400? Say hello to the IdeaTab

    Lenovo this week took the wraps off the IdeaTab S2109, an Android 4.0-powered tablet purpose-built for media consumption. The IdeaTab S2109, which will sell for $349 – $150 less than the cheapest iPad – ships with a dual-core CPU, 720p HD playback, 1GB of system memory, and a sleek 9.7-inch frame. Lenovo says its latest tablet will be available early next month at Office Depot stores and on the Lenovo site.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, android 4.0, tablet, smartphone,
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    Google Says Android, Chrome OS Will Eventually Converge

    There’s no Chrome OS tablet in the works. Instead, the notebook OS will converge with Android.

    During a briefing on Tuesday to introduce the new Samsung Chromebook and Chromebox, Google’s vice president of engineering Linus Upson said that the company is not working on a Chrome OS tablet. Instead, Google expects to see a slow convergence between Chrome OS and its popular mobile platform for tablets and smartphones, Android.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, chrome os, samsung chromebook, tablet, smartphone,
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    Android users targeted in Angry Birds malware scam

    Nearly 1,400 UK Android smartphone users have been hit by premium-rate phone scams that cost them up to £15 when they opened fake versions of game apps including Angry Birds, Assassin’s Creed and Cut the Rope.

    The malicious programs attacked phones running Google’s Android mobile software, which now makes up the majority of sales in the UK. They were posted to Google’s official Android Marketplace (since renamed Google Play) in mid-November; the first complaint followed weeks later. In all, 1,391 people in the UK were affected and were falsely charged a total of £27,850. An unknown number were affected in 17 other countries where the scam was run.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, angry birds, malware, virus, scam, smartphone,
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    Android Now Corners 60% of Market, Q1 Report Says

    The Android invasion continues to sweep the globe, bumping up against the 60 percent mark in a research firm survey on quarterly market share.

    At the same time, the news gets worse for one-time champion Research In Motion, whose BlackBerry devices’ share slipped to single digits at 6.4 percent, less than half its market share in the first quarter of 2011.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, market, sales, smartphone, cell, cellphone,
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    Google’s Motorola buy seen boosting Android in workplace

    With the closing of Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility this week, talk of the possibilities for Android in the enterprise has spiked.

    While Android has taken the consumer market by storm — the OS runs 59% of smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2012 — IT managers remain wary that maintaining security and control of consumer Android devices devices used by workers may be difficult if not impossible, according to various surveys.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, motorola, smartphone, cell, cellphone,
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    Smartphone Review: HTC One S

    It’s not easy to compete with the iPhone and the wonder of iTunes gaming.

    Ever since Apple first unveiled its touchscreen masterpiece back in 2007 (seems like eons longer, doesn’t it?), the world’s other smartphone manufacturers have been long chasing their tails.

    Count HTC among the companies battling oh-so-hard to catch up. But after a shaky 2011, it reinvents itself with the new HTC One S. And this almost-invisible smartphone, a T-Mobile offering that debuted in early May, just may make you think about putting down your iPhone and giving Android another chance.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, smartphone, review, htc one s, iphone, itunee,
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    Nexus Smartphones: Who Wins, Who Loses if Google Launches Android 5.0 in Multiple Handsets?

    This fall, with the expected release of Android 5.0, Google might completely reinvent its Nexus smartphone program: Instead of partnering with a single handset manufacturer to launch a single flagship Nexus phone, Google could release as many as five Nexus-branded smartphones, each running a pure, unadulterated version of the company’s next operating system.

    This move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal last week, would be a bold reboot of Google’s Nexus program. For the past three years, if consumers wanted to purchase a phone running the latest Android OS unsullied by carrier- or manufacturer-installed interface skins or bloatware, they looked directly to Nexus handsets.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, nexus, smartphone, cell, cellphone, android 5, update, upgrade,
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    Android this week: Hot home screens; more Nexus partners; Galaxy S III pre-orders

    Even with manufacturer “skins”, Android tablet home screens haven’t been much more useful than those on Android smartphones, even though the slates have larger displays. One third-party software developer wants to change that and it’s using Kickstarter to fund the effort. A $5 pledge will get you a copy of Chameleon; an intelligent, customizable home screen app for Android tablets.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, tablet, smartphone, cell, cellphone,
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    Android hackers honing skills in Russia

    The malware business growing around Google Android — now the leading smartphone operating system — is still in its infancy. Today, many of the apps built to steal money from Android users originate from Russia and China, so criminal gangs there have become cyber-trailblazers.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, hackers, hacking, russia, smartphone, cell, cellphone,
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    How to make custom ringtones for your iPhone, Android, or Windows phone

    Long ago, the only way to get custom ringtones on your phone was by purchasing them from your service provider. At about $1-2, this method is still an option today, but luckily, you can now create your own ringtones for free and load them onto your device.

    With this do-it-yourself method, you’ll be able to turn any piece of audio into a ringtone—any part of your favorite song (not just the chorus), or even audio from a YouTube video. If you’d like to do the latter, you can extract audio from any YouTube video using this tutorial.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, ringtones, iphone, windows, cell, cellphone, smartphone,
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    Google shifting its Android strategy, seeks to fix fragmentation

    Google is changing the way it approaches the production of new Android smartphones, seeking to end fragmentation among phones running the many different versions of its OS.

    For its upcoming line of Nexus smartphones and tablets, Google will give early access to up to five manufacturers in order to bring some form of unity to the devices running the Android operating system.

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    Tagged: google, android, news, smartphone, cell, cellphone, tablet, nexus,
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