by on January 20, 2020
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom on Friday said it has closed a deal with China’s Huawei Technologies for the use of its maps and services in smartphone apps.   Huawei was forced to develop its own operating system for smartphones, after it was effectively blacklisted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration last year out of concerns over national security. ...
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by on November 11, 2019
Google’s Play Store is not the safe environment it should be. Anyone with even a passing interest in mobile device security will have seen countless stories disclosing the scale of threats facing device users, as malicious apps have bypassed security systems to access the official marketplace and trick users into installing threats. Now, at long last, Google has admitted the scale of the problem. “The Android ecosystem,” the U.S. tech giant says “is thriving with over 2.5 billion devices, but th...
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by on September 13, 2019
I wanted to mirror my Android phone on the Ubuntu desktop over USB, but didn’t want to install an app on my phone or subscribe to a service. A canny bit of Googling threw up a neat solution: a free, open-source tool designed precisely for this purpose. And in this post I’m gonna tell you a bit more about it. ...
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by on July 20, 2019
My first Android phone was the original Motorola Droid, which I purchased and loved using despite its abysmal anti-woman marketing campaign. And one of the things I loved about it was that it had an interchangeable battery. I always kept an extra charged battery on hand, and simply swapped them out when needed. It was a lot more convenient and lightweight than dragging around a heavy battery pack, and kept the phone going strong over the course of the busiest workday. But as phone designs change...
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by on July 11, 2019
As many as 25 million Android phones have been hit with malware that replaces installed apps like WhatsApp with evil versions that serve up adverts, cybersecurity researchers warned Wednesday. Dubbed Agent Smith, the malware abuses previously-known weaknesses in the Android operating system, making updating to the latest, patched version of Google's operating system a priority, Israeli security company Check Point said. Most victims are based in India, where as many as 15 million were infe...
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by on June 15, 2019
It appears the launch of Huawei's Android replacement, HongMeng, is getting closer. Recently, the second largest smartphone maker in the world began filing to trademark the OS in a handful of countries. Currently, the list includes countries such as Australia, Canada, Cambodia, the European Union, Mexico, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and several more. One of the biggest casualties from the U.S. ban on Huawei was losing direct access to the Android operating system and the Play S...
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by on April 12, 2019
The dream of being able to run Android apps on Linux distributions like Ubuntu is a step closer to reality, thanks to a promising new open-source project called ‘SPURV‘. ‘SPURV’ is an experimental containerised Android environment that can run Android apps alongside regular desktop Linux apps under Wayland. It’s the work of Collabora, a UK-based open-source software consultancy and development outfit, who unveiled their experimental new project in a blog post. ...
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