apps

Tue
29
Nov
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Google Android Malware Up 472% Since July: Report

Usually the term 'malware' is synonymous with PC infections that result in frustratingly sluggish computer performance. But now, the same term may be associated with mobile devices just as much as PCs, as the number of mobile malware infections ... skyrocket. According to a new report from Juniper Networks, the number of Google Android applications laced with malware has jumped a staggering 472 per cent since July, 2011. Android users now face a constantly growing wave of threats that isn't likely to abate any time soon. (Source: tomsguide.com ) "Tens of Thousands" of Malcious Apps ... (view more)

Fri
05
Aug
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New SmartPhone Trojan Records Phone Conversations

A new Trojan virus affecting Android smartphones reportedly records and stores personal conversations. It's a step up from previous Trojans of this variety, which to this point have only recorded text-based information. The smartphone virus' ... existence was recently discovered by researchers at CA Technologies, who report that the Trojan is significantly more threatening than previous malicious software of this kind affecting mobile devices. In the past, Trojans like this were able to note how long a call lasted, who was involved in a conversation, and was able to record text messages. (Source ... (view more)

Wed
20
Jul
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Apple App Store Purchases to Grow 61% in 2011

According to one industry analyst, digital purchases from Apple's App Store should increase 61 per cent this year. It's also expected that the average iOS device owner will purchase and download 83 apps in 2011. The predictions come to us from Piper ... Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who provided them in a letter to investors earlier this week. (Source: time.com ) "We believe this trend points to the increasing importance of an app store with a broad selection of tested apps to drive device sales," Munster noted. "Smartphone users are showing an increasing appetite to use apps to add features to ... (view more)

Fri
04
Mar
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MS Encourages Employees to Develop Smartphone Apps

In an effort to capitalize on the rising popularity of smartphone apps, Microsoft is now allowing their employees to moonlight as self-directed entrepreneurs to help improve the image of the company in the mobile market. To make smartphones that ... house their Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system more marketable in an industry dominated by iPhone and Android-based devices , Microsoft is planning to offer their prospective customers more apps than any other smartphone on the market. App Rules Relaxed in Light of Development While an admirable endeavor, putting the plan into practice still ... (view more)

Tue
04
Jan
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WSJ Report: Mobile Apps Snoop, Sell Personal Data

A recent Wall Street Journal report has revealed that some popular mobile apps have been sending personal data of their users to third parties without consent. A whopping 56 applications using the Apple iPhone and Google Android systems were found ... guilty of such practices. In a recent statement, Alex Deane, director of Big Brother Watch, was outraged with such activity. Founded in 2009, Big Brother Watch is a British-based group dedicated to combating intrusions of privacy and protecting civil liberties. Personal Info Breach "Alarming News" "This is alarming news. Most users of ... (view more)

Wed
20
Oct
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Facebook Admits Unintended Privacy Breach

Facebook has confirmed that user details have been revealed to advertisers inappropriately. Unlike many previous privacy disputes on the site, this appears to be a genuine error. The issue involves applications, the add-on games and tools that run ... on the site but are controlled by third-party companies. The most popular examples include games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Generally, when users install such an application, they grant specific permissions for the app's creators to access their accounts in some fashion; for example to automatically post on the user's page when they achieve a ... (view more)

Fri
27
Aug
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Windows Phone 7 App Policies Firm, But Fair

Microsoft says its Windows Phone 7 developer tools have already been downloaded more than 300,000 times. The firm hopes this means there will be plenty of apps available to help the new system compete with rivals such as the iPhone and Android. ... Microsoft confirmed that the final edition of the developer toolkit will be released on September 16th, 2010: a package that should contain everything developers need to make sure their apps work when the phones go on sale. (Source: arstechnica.com ) Thus, we now have the clearest indication yet that phones carrying the new operating system should be ... (view more)

Thu
12
Aug
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Android Wallpaper App Harvests Personal Data

Those wanting to jazz up their Google Android phones better watch out for a new malware that masquerades as a wallpaper application. While aesthetically appealing, the malware rooted behind the wallpaper strips personal data and sends it away to a ... remote server. The mal-app (malware app) targets phone numbers, subscriber identity and voicemail passwords. The vulnerability was uncovered by the US-based security company Lookout, which is currently working on the App Genome Project, a website designed to uncover apps with malicious code embedded. Malware Source Identified Fortunately, the source ... (view more)

Tue
10
Aug
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Your Smartphone App May be Watching You: Report

Computer users aren't the only ones who need to worry about their privacy and security. A new report from San Francisco-based Lookout Inc., a mobile phone security firm, reveals that smart phone applications may be closely monitoring users and ... relaying that information to others. (Source: yahoo.com ) Personal Data Secretly Transmitted to Third Parties Nearly 300,000 free applications for Apple's iPhone and phones built around Google's Android software were scanned by Lookout, Inc. Results of those scans found that many of those apps were secretly pulling sensitive data off user phones and ... (view more)

Fri
20
Nov
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'All My Apps', and 'Format Recovery For Email'

All My Apps All your applications can be installed on your new PC with one click. Should you need to reinstall your system, Allmyapps takes care of reinstalling all your favorite applications in the blink of an eye. Extremely handy in the age of ... spyware and flimsy laptop and netbook casing! http://www.allmyapps.com Format Recovery For Email Format Recovery for Email is free software that can recover email from a damaged dbx file or deleted dbx file or re-installed Windows drive. The mail fragment can be saved as an EML file. It supports Outlook Express and Foxmail format. Even if the file ... (view more)

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