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Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Here’s how Google Play scans your Android phone

Google has a system enacted through Google Play for Android devices called Verify Apps. Google's latest Android Security State of the Union (for the year 2014) includes clarification on what the company is scanning on your phone - both inside Google Play-downloaded apps and in apps you've downloaded elsewhere. Verify Apps scans your phone's apps for security risks in Google Play apps, and Safety Net provides protection for (and from) apps outside of Google Play. Yes, Google Play is scanning your phone - no, it's not something to freak out about.

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Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

Rithm wants to challenge Spotify with streaming music & chat

As you may have noticed, streaming music is a hot topic lately. With Apple readying some sort of streaming service and Jay Z trying to democratize artist royalties with Tidal, there’s a lot of buzz about streaming lately. Much like messaging, streaming music is now ubiquitous, with most opting to subscribe rather than buy. A new service, Rithm, wants to encompass all your needs, offering both streaming and messaging in one place. They’re also undercutting the pricing model of $9.99/month by about 60%.

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Google’s 2014 Android Security State of the Union

Google’s 2014 Android Security State of the Union

This week Google has released their 2014 Android Security Year in Review, also known as their Android Security State of the Union. The year 2014 was big for Android in that there were two major updates to the ecosystem in a 12 month period, both Android 4.4 KitKat and a preview for Android L, what would eventually become Android 5.0 Lollipop. In this year, Google gave security a kick in the pants. Full disk encryption improvements, secure multi-user support, and improved authentication are just three of the collection of locks Google has snapped on their open mobile operating system Android.

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Microsoft’s scanner app, Office Lens, lands on iOS & Android

Microsoft’s scanner app, Office Lens, lands on iOS & Android

To better combat the need for actual paper, Microsoft is rolling out a new app. Office Lens, which is available starting today for iOS and Android, allows you to scan a piece of paper with your mobile device’s camera, then have it morphed into an editable digital copy. You can also scan a whiteboard presentation if you like, and pics don’t have to be taken straight-on. If you’re cramped for room, you can take a picture at an angle, and the app will turn it to a forward-facing document for you.

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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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Waze iOS update brings all the cool stuff Android already had

Waze iOS update brings all the cool stuff Android already had

Waze is fantastic for a variety of reasons. A large part of why people use the service is to alert one another to traffic conditions or law enforcement speed traps. Some even use Waze as their lone navigation app. Recently, Waze was updated to provide AMBER Alerts too, bringing a lot more community context to your drive. In a recent blog post, Waze announced they were updating their iOS version as well, bringing a lot of great new stuff to both platforms.

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Outlook Preview updated: more useful, still worrisome

Outlook Preview updated: more useful, still worrisome

Continuing its push to have its core productivity software available in other platforms as well, Microsoft has just announced an update to its Outlook Preview app for both iOS and Android. Truth be told, the initial release was already impressive, for a first release, that is, supporting multiple email service providers and swipe gestures. Something perhaps unexpected of Microsoft. This update only makes things sweeter, with better contact handling, 3-day calendar views, and improved search. Sadly, it doesn't address one of the biggest concerns users and companies have with the app.

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Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Looks like things are about to get real and about to get messy. At least as far as Google and Microsoft are concerned. It's no secret that Microsoft is going to provide a way for Xiaomi Mi 4 owners to wipe Android off their device and install a preview of Windows 10 for phones instead. And while there a few caveats to that story, it does practically mean that Microsoft is trying to take a nibble out of Google's pie in China. Now just a few weeks later, this video appears showing that exact setup, and the result might give Google reason to worry.

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LG G3’s Google Cardboard VR tandem comes to the US

LG G3’s Google Cardboard VR tandem comes to the US

Jealous of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's, and soon Galaxy S6's, VR bent but more of an LG kind of user? Well, no reason to be jealous anymore. At least if you still haven't gotten the company's 2014 flagship. As revealed last February, LG will be offering a free Google Cardboard manufactured specifically for the LG G3, but getting one might not be as easy as it first seems. While this VR promotion has finally landed on US shores, it isn't going to last forever.

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Google Cardboard art show turns platform into canvas

Google Cardboard art show turns platform into canvas

Not only does Google Cardboard provide a platform for Android smartphones to enter virtual reality, they're a fabulous platform for art as well. Using the original Google Cardboard unit as canvas, artists from across the country were asked to design, modify, and decorate. The "Dreams Incarnated" show took place on April 1st (no jokes, no pranks) at SERVICE in Portland Oregon. These viewfinders will be put up for sale on the 2nd of April to raise cash for the nonprofit known as p:ear.

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