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Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Installer Hijacking affects almost half of Android devices

Android has a reputation for having a more open platform and ecosystem than, say, iOS, but, sadly, it is probably also notorious for sometimes being too open to malware as well. Of course, like any other software, it has its own fair share of vulnerabilities, but given its popularity and reach, sometimes those can be quite frightening. Take for example this "Android Installer Hijacking" technique that hails back from 2014, which could install malware on a user's Android device, naturally without the user being aware of it.

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Facebook tipped to reveal Parse for Internet of Things at F8

Facebook tipped to reveal Parse for Internet of Things at F8

Facebook is gearing up for its F8 conference and it looks as if a text alert was accidentally sent out a bit early by someone running the event. The text message went out to multiple people according to reports and shines a bit of light on what Facebook plans to unveil during the conference. The text specifically talks about three new offerings.

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Apple patent points to real-time location tracking

Apple patent points to real-time location tracking

In the ‘Messages’ app on your iPhone, it’s possible to see where the people you’re chatting with are on a map, should they share their location. The feature was touted as a reason we should all have Family Sharing groups, as keeping track of each other is sometimes critical. Apple’s Find My Friends app is central for letting you know where all your contacts may be on a map, and a newly granted patent takes the location sharing much further, possibly allowing for location tracking.

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Facebook ‘On This Day’ brings nostalgia in fewer clicks

Facebook ‘On This Day’ brings nostalgia in fewer clicks

Many of us have photos in Facebook we keep there for safekeeping. The ability to upload pics and have them stored in the cloud is a nice feature for Facebook. Nostalgia is also one reason many keep those old photos lying around digitally, where a quick trip down memory lane is just a few clicks away. Today, Facebook is announcing less clicks to get you to memory lane, as a new feature named “On This Day” is being rolled out.

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Gone intros ‘Gone Lite’ with UPS shipping to declutter your life

Gone intros ‘Gone Lite’ with UPS shipping to declutter your life

When you want to sell something, Craigslist is probably the easiest way to do that. Unfortunately, Craigslist is also terrible. What if something that easy to use weren’t full of people trying to lowball you? Gone, a startup that launched out of Austin to help sell the junk you’ve got lying around, has come full circle. Initially launched in limited markets, Gone is now partnering with UPS to get your stuff out the door, and introducing a new service to make the process of unloading your clutter simpler for everyone.

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Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Microsoft simplified Azure for Developers with ‘Azure App Service’

Today, Microsoft is announcing Azure App Service, which brings together a few of their Azure services under one umbrella offering. Now, Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services, and Azure BizTalk Services will simply be known as Azure App Service, with one central location in the cloud. The aim is to make using Azure easier for Developers, who can now look to one central spot for all their deployment needs. It also satisfies Microsoft’s ‘write once and deploy everywhere’ goal of late.

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Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram’s new Layout app arrives for your collages

Instagram is great for scrolling through a seemingly endless array of pics from folks all over the globe, but single snaps sometimes fail to tell the entire narrative. Collages can do a much better job of that, which is probably why Instagram is introducing Layout. The new app lets you cobble together multiple shots into one image, taken from your camera roll. Instagram has some custom layouts ready for you, and a facial detection algorithm that will make piecing pics of friends together much easier.

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Jot Touch review — sensitive stylus perfection

Jot Touch review — sensitive stylus perfection

The stylus is not necessary for your day-to-day existence, we’d bet. You may think of a stylus as something you’re just not in need of, and you might be right. Though there have been a lot of really good styli of late, it’s still a relatively niche market. In that niche, though, some champions emerge. FiftyThree has their Pencil, which works in conjunction with the Paper app. Adonit has their Jot Touch, which works in unison with Forge (as well as a few other popular apps). Do the tandem warrant the asking price, though?

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SlideMail app can help you get through email quickly & effectively

SlideMail app can help you get through email quickly & effectively

How many emails do you have in your inbox? More to the point, how many of them are sitting there waiting for you to add an event to your calendar before being tucked into a folder or trashed? If the answer is “way too many”, a new email app might actually help. Called SlideMail, the app is meant to help bad email actors efficiently sort through their digital mail. With a bit of time, SlideMail actually learns how you react to email, and encourages better habits.

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Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

Apple Watch: Airline companies are the latest to develop new apps

With the Apple Watch hitting the market April 24th, developers are rushing to get their apps ready in time, including the big airline companies. Each airline wants to make it as easy and care-free as possible to fly with them. As a frequent flyer myself, I will welcome any innovations that alleviate even a fraction of the stress of frantic air travel. Let's take a look at the new apps underway from American, British Airways, Delta, and United Airlines. Rumor is, they plan to make the most of the smartwatch's at-a-glance display.

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