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Security researchers developed a method to automatically track Android shady apps

  • 04/05/2015 at 22:07 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Smartphone SpyAnyone who has owned any kind of Android run device, from their phones to their Chromebooks, is well aware that their apps can be a crapshoot. But now a new method for auto tracking apps that connect to data mining or ad sites could offer a potential solution.

The problem comes down to the way Google allows apps to appear in the Google Play store. Being a company that is based on open products, they have run their apps in the same way. Horrible programs can be sold, and it is allowed, as long as there is no deliberately malicious intent such as phishing or financial scamming.

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US and UK spy agencies scan mobile apps for user info

  • 27/01/2014 at 21:21 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • News

Smartphone SpyThe US’s NSA and the UK’s GCHQ have reportedly been long since lurking within mobile apps to capture use demographic information, such as name, age, sex and location.

Reports from British intelligence have claimed that mobile apps have been a hot commodity from spy agencies. Among the most valuable are those apps that remain very open, “leaking” data such as GPS coordinates of users continuously. But any that they could build a back door into offer a potential platform for exploitation.

This is not a new concept. Documents that have previously been unreleased, originally provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, show that the US and UK began plans for this project as far back as 2007.

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New Dating Apps – A Brush with Love

Dating AppsJulie Johnson has a routine to her date nights. She prepares her makeup and brushes her hair. She next gets to her phone with dreams of locating the right guy who might be just around the next corner, literally.

Julie, is a college student in her early twenties, studying Sociology at UC Berkeley. She is just one of many her age who are diving into the new cell phone apps that help them with instant dating. It helps them find someone to go for drinks with, for example.

Dating people from Online is getting increasingly risky. Used to be you would meet someone in a chat room and chit chat for months before deciding to meet face to face. Even then, you would go with a friend to stay safe. Eventually, people got braver and more trusting of those Online buddies and went alone, but in a crowded, public place, like a mall.

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Apple takes the best out of their Apps

  • 14/06/2011 at 18:48 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple App IconIt is no secret that Apple has done what no other company has been able to. Not only have they created a number one phone, but they have reinvented the way that music and apps are purchased.

However, the truth is that their developers have encountered problems along the way. There have been at least 500,000 different apps that have been created throughout Apple’s history. Some of them were banned and others were released to the public.

Not everything is negative. A clear example of a successful app is Camera+, which was created by a team led by Lisa Bettany. Reports show that the app itself had been downloaded 3 million times, perhaps even more. This has collected a total of $2.7 million dollars.

However, despite the obvious success of this app, Apple removed it from their store stating that one of its new features went against their license agreement. The developers of Camera+ had included a feature called VolumeSnap which would allow the user to snap a picture using the volume button. Apple replied that this could puzzle the user and therefore proceeded to remove the app completely.

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