Two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are frauds


Only 23 Android antivirus apps had a 100 percent detection rate with no false positives.

An organization specialized in testing antivirus products concluded in a report published this week that roughly two-thirds of all Android antivirus apps are a sham and don’t work as advertised.

The report, published by Austrian antivirus testing outfit AV-Comparatives, was the result of a grueling testing process that took place in January this year and during which the organization’s staff looked at 250 Android antivirus apps available on the official Google Play Store.

The report’s results are tragicomical –with antivirus apps detecting themselves as malware– and come to show the sorry state of Android antivirus industry, which appears to be filled with more snake-oilers than actual cyber-security vendors.

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Android is helping kill passwords on a billion devices


IT’S MORE IMPORTANT than ever to manage your passwords online, and also harder to keep up with them. That’s a bad combination. So the FIDO Alliance—a consortium that develops open source authentication standards—has pushed to expand its secure login protocols to make seamless logins a reality. Now Android’s on board, which means 1 billion devices can say goodbye to passwords in more digital services than seen before.

On Monday, Google and the FIDO Alliance announced that Android has added certified support for the FIDO2 standard, meaning the vast majority of devices running Android 7 or later will now be able to handle password-less logins in mobile browsers like Chrome. Android already offered secure FIDO login options for mobile apps, where you authenticate using a phone’s fingerprint scanner or with a hardware dongle like a YubiKey. But FIDO2 support will make it possible to use these easy authentication steps for web services in a mobile browser, instead of having the tedious task of typing in your password every time you want to log in to an account. Web developers can now design their sites to interact with Android’s FIDO2 management infrastructure.

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How the future of wearables will impact the mobile market: report


In recent months, there have been a lot of changes to the mobile platform landscape. Innovative reimaginings of the way we connect with the world, new products and undeniably out-of-the-box features have made it an exciting time for consumers and the industry alike. But these big, bold changes have also created some uncertainty (and even anxiety) about where these moves are taking the market – especially the critical wearables segment.

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Foxconn wants to use robots to lower cost of smartphones


Foxconn, one of the largest private employers in the world with 1.3 million workers, makes many of the smartphones and tablets used today, including Apple iPhones and iPads, and some android smartphones.  The CEO of Foxconn has indicated that he wants to reduce the workforce by using robots.  Continue reading… “Foxconn wants to use robots to lower cost of smartphones”

Abusive Spouses are Using Spyware to Track their Victims


The use of surveillance software by abusive spouses to monitor the phones and computers of their partners secretly has reached “epidemic proportions” and police are ill-equipped to tackle it, domestic violence campaigners have warned.

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How Facebook, Google, and Apple are tracking you without cookies


Whether, you’re using an iOS or Android device, you are able to turn off most of the tracking mechanisms.

The lifespan of the tracking cookie is about to expire. With the rapid emergence of mobile devices. Facebook, Google, and Apple have turned to new and more potent methods for advertisers to keep track of you across multiple devices.



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Dyson enters race to provide ‘advanced household androids’ for all


Dyson Vacuum entrepreneur to announce new robotics laboratory in London.

Sir James Dyson, the British entrepreneur,  has outlined his vision for a new era of household android robots that will be able to clean the windows, guard property – and, presumably, vacuum the carpet.



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Android is becoming the operating system for the Internet of Things

Android is everywhere.

The work space of Ken Oyadomari at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., looks like a triage tent for smartphones. Dozens of disassembled devices parts are strewn on workbenches. A small team of young engineers picks through the electronic carnage, carefully extracting playing card-size motherboards—the microprocessing heart of most computers—that will be repurposed as the brains of spacecraft no bigger than a softball. Satellites usually cost millions of dollars to build and launch. The price of Oyadomari’s nanosats, as they’ve become known, is around $15,000 and dropping. He expects them to be affordable for high school science classes, individual hobbyists, or anyone who wants to perform science experiments in space.



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