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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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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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EE keeps subscribers powered with Power Bar chargers

EE keeps subscribers powered with Power Bar chargers

We all know the pain of having a smartphone that doesn’t quite have the battery life to keep you going all day. EE wants customers to keep going and use their mobile plan and has come up with an idea to help keep your device charged. EE has launched a program that is called Power to the People and will allow any mobile user or broadband customer to get a free Power Bar charger.

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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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HTC One M8s unveiled: 13MP camera, BoomSound, and more

HTC One M8s unveiled: 13MP camera, BoomSound, and more

HTC has introduced the HTC One M8s, a new mobile offering with a 5-inch FHD display and all the fine trimmings you'd expect: a higher-end camera, high-quality audio, HTC's own software, and a design that's the same as the already available HTC One M8 (the latter of which we've fully reviewed). The maker is planning to launch the handset in three different colors -- Amber Gold, Glacial Silver, and Gunmetal Gray -- in different markets. We've all the details after the break!

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Facebook’s Riff is a collaborative video app, like Vine on steroids

Facebook’s Riff is a collaborative video app, like Vine on steroids

Facebook just released their newest app, Riff, a collaborative video app that lets you create video clips, share them with friends, and see what new clip they add-on to it. You can watch videos made by friends, or join a video by adding your own clip. Riff is trying to let users crowdsource the next viral video. Think about viral video phenomenon The Harlem Shake. Sure it was shot lived, but more importantly, it was idea that was easy to copy, contribute and share. Riff seems to have it figured out by letting you contribute and share in a single app, making the entire production of these video memes as easy as possible.

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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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Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

Huawei Honor 6 Plus Review

After a few weeks of use, one thing is clear: with the Honor 6 Plus, Huawei isn't messing around. While this device will not be released internationally - nor will it be coming to the United States - Huawei has delivered a smartphone that's worthy of your attention. In the future, we hope, Huawei will be able to continue their path to highest quality as they reach the United States with devices in the near future. For now - here's what they've got brewing in the Honor line of smartphones with the 6 Plus.

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