Tag Archive: Android


Android and Chill: I almost miss everything being broken

Android is a lot better than it used to be, but those early days were really fun.

I waited in line to buy the G1 at an Alexandria, Virginia T-Mobile store. Yes, there was a line — in San Francisco and New York there were even people camping out. The phone I was buying wasn’t going to replace whatever beat-to-hell BlackBerry I was using back then, I didn’t even have T-Mobile service where I lived (though  [Read More…]

Why Android malware scares are almost never as bad as they seem

Headlines shout about hundreds of millions being vulnerable. But they ignore a vital part of Android’s security which stops app-based malware dead in its tracks.

Whether it’s QuadRooter earlier in 2016, or Gooligan more recently, the news is full of reports of terrifying Android security vulnerabilities. Often they’re brought to light by security companies with a product to sell, and blown out of all proportion by the mainstream press.

Research like this is important work done  [Read More…]

Chuwi HiBox MiniPC dual boots Android and Windows 10 and only costs $150

Is it getting to be that time where you need to consider a new PC for the home or office? What are your needs? Do you spend a lot of time using a particular platform such as Windows or Android? What if you find that you need to work with both? Now what? If you’re

First look: Android 7.0 Nougat on OnePlus 3 + 3T

Android 7.0 + OxygenOS 4.0 update adds software tweaks from the OnePlus 3T, along with small visual refresh and new Nougat features.

OnePlus recently released its first Android 7.0 beta build for the OnePlus 3, bringing the phone up to the latest (stable) version of the Android, while also including features from OxygenOS 3.5 on the OnePlus 3T. Because the OnePlus 3 and 3T are set to remain on the same software track going forwards, the  [Read More…]

Steal This Look – Give your Android a makeover in five minutes or less (Retro Gaming)

You like video games, right? Of course you do. If you’re a fan of the classic games of the 8-bit era, then this look is for you. Turn your phone into the perfect representation of the golden age of gaming, or fill your home screen with your favorite characters. Whatever way you want to do

How to hack-proof your Android in 2016

It is sometimes easy to overlook the importance of ensuring our smartphones are secure. We all know that our laptops and desktops need to be equipped with anti-virus protection, firewalls, and various other tools. But too many people still get swept up in the excitement of new apps and functions, and overlook the importance of

Just get a new MacBook Pro? Now is the perfect time to move to Android

USB-C is the port all of our new electronics will be using, except for the iPhone. Android is ready to hook up with your sexy new MacBook Pro.

Apple’s new MacBook Pro was met with the same controversy that many new products garner. You can’t please everyone, and there will always be a change or an omission that gets some folks riled up. We all do it, all the time, and this time was no exception.  [Read More…]

Gooligan Android malware found to have infected 1 million Google accounts

If you’re in the habit of installing applications from third party app stores (meaning not from the Google Play Store) then you might want to listen to this. Apparently there’s a new malware in town going by the name of Gooligan, which is capable of doing nasty things to your Google account. Gooligan was unearthed

Android Auto finally gets blessed with “OK Google” support

Android Auto has been around for about two years, but only supports about 200 car models. But with the advent of the Android Auto app for Android, Google extended the availability of the service to basically anyone with a car and an Android 5.0 Lollipop or later device. Today, Android Auto is getting a feature

All SwiftKey themes for Android and iOS are now free

SwiftKey is a pretty cool keyboard. It’s smart, too, and is the driving tech behind some other keyboards we really like. And starting today, all the themes that make it something other than boring black are free.

Getting them installed is easy. Slide or tap on the hamburger (the three vertical lines that open a menu) to the left of the Swiftkey prediction bar. Open the Themes panel and head to the SwiftKey store. You’ll find about  [Read More…]