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Grandma malware warning: smartphone app downloads of death

Grandma malware warning: smartphone app downloads of death

If you're reading this article, chances are you're the person in your family that does all the tech support. Today we've got a bit of a warning for you from the likes of a developer by the name of Rudis Muiznieks. This fellow bared his soul this week in an article all about how he used to work for a company that spammed desktop and mobile computer users with apps and data-harvesting software. It occurred to us that some readers might never have heard of one of this phantom company's methods, and should therefor be informed and warned.

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Moto G Review 2015 (3rd Gen)

Moto G Review 2015 (3rd Gen)

Motorola continues to run the low-cost mid-range smartphone game with their 3rd-generation Moto G here in the year 2015. When they released the first Moto G we were skeptical - how could a smartphone that doesn't cost more than a couple hundred dollars be worth using? As it turned out, the device wasn't half bad, and with Motorola's continued software support YEARS later, we've grown nothing but more confident in the company's ability to create the best low-cost smartphone line around.

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Google did not just turn into Alphabet

Google did not just turn into Alphabet

In the past half-day since Google announced Alphabet, there's been just as much confusion as there has been understanding. What Google didn't do was turn themselves into a different company. What Google DID do was to create an umbrella company that's able to better handle all the strange or otherwise non-Googley projects they've found themselves creating over the past few years. Google isn't done, and you're not going to be "Alphabetting" anything when you need to search the internet.

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Galaxy Note 5 detail run-down released: every single photo

Galaxy Note 5 detail run-down released: every single photo

With only a few more days left before the final Unpacked event, Samsung hype for the Galaxy Note 5 reaches a fever pitch. Today we're having a near-final look at what the device will bring to the world of hard-working smartphones in a large-screen fashion. Expect the S Pen to make a glorious return with new features that trump previous releases while the king of large smartphones holds sway over the rest of the Android world here in the USA and internationally.

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Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

Stagefright patches hitting Galaxy S5, Note 4, Note Edge on T-Mobile & Verizon

While Google's Nexus devices have already been confirmed to be some of the first phones to get patched for the recent Android vulnerability Stagefright, other major devices, especially Samsung's flagships, are still at risk. While there's still no word on when the company's newest models, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will get updated, a number of their older phones are getting fixes today from carriers Verizon and T-Mobile, including the Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge.

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OnePlus 2 fans in North America will have to wait 2-3 weeks more

OnePlus 2 fans in North America will have to wait 2-3 weeks more

Is this an omen of things to come? The self-proclaimed "2016 flagship killer" hasn't even begun shipping yet and it's already a bit of bad news, at least for those in the US and Canada. OnePlus has revealed that the OnePlus 2's North American tour will begin almost a month later than intended. To be exact, "2 to 3 weeks after shipments to Europe". This despite claiming that production is in full swing. Without further explanation, we can only wonder about the reason for the delay.

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Snapchat’s new ‘Travel Mode’ reduces data usage

Snapchat’s new ‘Travel Mode’ reduces data usage

Snapchat has pushed out updates for its Android and iOS apps, and they both benefit from a handful of new features as a result. For iPhone and Android users, the update brings a trio of new welcomed features, the most important of which is 'Travel Mode', which cuts down on how much data the apps use. That feature is particularly appropriate considering how, earlier this year, Snapchat had an issue that caused it to gobble up massive quantities of users' data.

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Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet is a company created by the founders of Google. At its inception, Alphabet will have Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. As Alphabet is created, Google will be slimmed down, and Sundar Pichai will become CEO. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., and several companies that were previously subsidiaries of Google will instead come under the Alphabet umbrella. Alphabet is "mostly a collection of companies." The largest of these companies is Google.

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Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

Security issues in some Android handsets leave fingerprints exposed

A team of researchers with FireEye have discovered a serious security vulnerability in some Android phones involving biometric security. The flaw leaves fingerprints open to hackers by storing them in a "world readable" folder as an image file. Both the HTC One Max and the Samsung Galaxy S5 were cited as vulnerable, but other Android phones from other manufacturers could also be at risk. The HTC One Max was cited as being the most vulnerable, however, storing the fingerprints as unencrypted BMP files that could be read by any unprivileged app or process.

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Picpal takes Snapchat-like sharing to a new, more interesting place

Picpal takes Snapchat-like sharing to a new, more interesting place

The app Picpal takes real-time selfie-collages with an app that amps up the entertainment and ease of use presented in Snapchat. With this app, users take a snap of themselves with their phone and send it off to one or more friends. Those friends have a limited time to respond. When they do respond, they take a photo with their device that is then added to the collage. What results is an awesome piece of media that's unique to this new social networking experience.

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Hangouts 4.0 for Android is finally here

Hangouts 4.0 for Android is finally here

Drop the pitchforks, Android users, because Google has finally released Hangouts 4.0 for your favorite Nexus, Galaxy, or other Android device. Following on more than a month from the Hangouts 4.0 for iPhone launch, the version for Google's own OS gets the fancy new Material Design UI to please the eyes, as well as a promised improvement in performance for those who were losing patience with the messaging client.

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