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  1. Everyone who knows anything about computers knows that Windows won the war for the desktop a long time ago. Even today, it holds an impressive 84.1 percent of that market. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the battlefield has shifted. In 2012, Android could claim just 2.2 percent of the total OS market (desktop PCs, laptop PCs and smart devices), compared to a hefty 82 percent market share for Microsoft’s Windows. Fast forward to 2017, and the picture is startlingly different. Windows’ market share has dropped to 38.6 percent, with Google’s Android rapidly closing the gap, claiming 37.4 percent. Apple’s iOS comes in a distant third with 12.99 percent. If the trend continues, then by next year, Android will surpass Windows as the most used OS in the world. Microsoft was slow to realize the seismic shift in the marketplace, and once it did, the company’s initial forays into the newly emerging market were clumsy with a number of false starts. The release of Windows 10 represents the company’s latest effort and is their strongest offering to date. At this point, despite the strength of Microsoft’s latest offering, it is all but certain that Android will overtake Windows as the dominant OS. What remains to be seen, however, is whether Windows 10 will allow Microsoft to reclaim the throne. If you look at the numbers from just five years ago, suggesting that Android would one day dominate Windows would have been laughable. It was simply unthinkable, and yet, this is the current state of the market. It matters because it underscores the significance of the shift away from PCs and laptops to handheld devices. That shift will alter, perhaps significantly, the shape and functionality of software for years, if not decades to come. Since computers first entered our homes, Microsoft has been firmly in the driver’s seat. That is about to change. It’s a brave new world. By dstech http://www.dstech.net/2017/03/25/windows-slated-to-get-surpassed-by-android-as-most-used-os/
  2. Adguard provides you with a reliable and manageable protection that immediately and without your participation filters the loading web pages. Adguard removes all the annoying ads, blocks loading of dangerous websites, and will not allow anyone to track your activities on the Internet. When processing a web page, Adguard does several things at once: Removes ads and online tracking code directly from the page. Checks a page against our database of phishing and malicious sites. Checks apps downloaded from unknown sources. Premium Features: Protection against malicious and phishing sites. Our blacklists contain millions of websites. With Adguard you are protected from online threats! Improved ad blocking. The highest filtering quality. Premium technical support. We will help you with any problem in the shortest time possible. WHAT'S NEW Changelog: As we prepare for the official release of v2.9, here's a release candidate with fixes to some, mostly minor, bugs. If all goes well, this version will become Adguard 2.9. [Changed] Updated default HTTPS exclusions list #1116 [Changed] Locale-specific number format is used now on the main screen #1117 [Fixed] "Android OS" cannot be found in the "Apps Management" section #1114 [Fixed] Amazon license check hangs while doing the background check #1121 [Fixed] 'Learn more' button link resolves to an undefined page #1113 [Fixed] An attempt to get a license from within the app makes Adguard crash when there's no browser installed #1112 Homepage Download 2.9.43 RC Untouched - Removed Download 2.9.44 RC Untouched - New Download Stable Untouched PREMIUM features Unlocked No patched credits watermarks Download Patched: @Recruit: Read below points for answers. I'm doing this only after consulting mods months earlier multiple times - sample here. Mods said as long as there are no links, this thread is good. Since u notified, I've updated the topic name. Currently edited again since patches are added. Also, premium is not a problem in topic since paid users are premium users and they get the same update and same changelog. No need for patched version. Also, who will give likes when there is clear note on downloads. One has to open the thread to give likes. Hence, it is surely not for likes and I'm posting sooner after release to notify changelog and untouched d/w. Once patch released, will update.
  3. KS-PRO & KS-PROID PhabTop Powered by Snapdragon Microsoft and Qualcomm announced in late 2016 one of the most ambitious projects since the release of Windows 10: the full version of the desktop operating system on ARM processors, with the Snapdragon 835 said to be the first chip to bring this to production. While the first Snapdragon devices running full Windows 10 are expected to launch later this year, a company named Khiron-Sigma (also referred to as K∑) is trying to develop an UMPC (ultra mobile portable computer) running Android Nougat and Windows 10 powered by an ARM chip. Hoping to fund the project with a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the firm is building two different versions for each operating system: the KS-PROID with Android and the KS-PRO with full Windows 10. Both models would come with the same specs, including an 8-inch AMOLED screen with touch support, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage with microSD card support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, LTE, USB Type-C, headphone jack, a QWERTY keyboard, fingerprint scanner, and 10307 mAh battery with Quick Charge. Windows 10 launch early next year The Android version is projected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year with a price tag of $450, while the Windows 10 sibling should be on display at CES next year and then go on sale for $600. Khiron-Sigma says this is just the beginning of a bigger series of products running Windows 10 on ARM chips, and models for students, for emerging markets, and even a device for gaming are already planned. “We have experience bringing products to market as well as being fully aware of the struggles of getting a product manufactured, to assure the success of this campaign we are leading with our flagship product which will be one unit, one colour and one spec,” the firm says. At this point, the campaign has raised a little over $27,000 out of the $300,000 goal, but in case the fundraising fails, the firm says it plans to refund the money and then start over once again until its device makes it to the market. Source
  4. Mozilla Firefox 52.0.2 ESR RC 1 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2esr.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2esr.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2esr-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Mozilla Firefox 52.0.2 RC 1 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.2.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/build1/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 52.0.2 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0.2-candidates/
  5. Nokia Android Smartphones Coming To US, Launching "In 120 Markets At Same Time In Q2 2017" At last month's Mobile World Congress, HMD Global unveiled two new Nokia-branded Android smartphones; the lower-end 3, and the mid-range 5. They'll join the more premium Nokia 6, which HMD released in China earlier this year, in what the company described as a 'global' launch in the second quarter of 2017. HMD wasn't any more specific about its plans at the time - and a vague term like 'global' left plenty of room for interpretation. Many potential buyers were also left wondering if that global launch would include the United States. HMD has now confirmed that its devices will indeed go on sale in the US, in response to an enquiry on Twitter: As for its 'global' release, the company hasn't yet provided a full list of countries, but it has offered a clearer indication of the scale of its upcoming launch. In a statement to NPU, HMD said that it "has ambitious plans to release Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in 120 markets at [the] same time in Q2 2017". A UK retailer recently revealed that the handsets are expected to go on sale there in May. HMD also confirmed last week that it will deliver monthly Android security updates to its devices, along with regular feature updates for the OS. Courtesy: @NokiaMobile via Phone Arena / NPU Source
  6. Zemana Mobile Antivirus Premium v1.6.1 [Unlocked] Overview: Zemana Mobile Antivirus is designed to protect your Android device and tablet from any kind of latest mobile threats such as malware, spyware, virus, keylogger, Trojan and to keep your personal data safe with its famous anti-keylogging feature. Zemana Mobile Antivirus is designed to protect your Android device and tablet from any kind of latest mobile threats such as malware, spyware, virus, keylogger, Trojan and to keep your personal data safe with its famous anti-keylogging feature. Join Zemana Mobile Antivirus community and: ✔ Scan your Android device 5x faster ✔ Protect your device from for malware, spyware, virus, and phishing attacks ✔ Preserve your private data, with our anti-keylogging feature*, by catching malicious keyboard applications, password managers and SMS applications(NEW) ✔ Stay safe from latest threats with our always-up-to-date virus database Zemana Mobile Antivirus has been tested and certified by #1 Antivirus testing house AVTEST. With Zemana Mobile Antivirus your Android device and tablet will get the most efficient antivirus and privacy protection. It is a lightweight security app that has no impact on your battery life and it’s easy to use. ANDROID ANTIVIRUS SECURITY – PREMIUM FEATURES (Try 15 days FREE) ★ Real time protection Automatically scans newly installed applications. There is no need to initiate manual scan in order to stay safe. Your Android device is protected 24/7 from virus, malware, spyware, keylogger and any other security threat. ★ Automatic DB updates Keeps your Android device stay in sync with the up-to-date threat database so you stay protected from the latest security threats. ★ Anti–Keylogger protection* Detects and blocks malicious keyboard applications, password managers and malicious SMS applications(NEW) that are able to track everything you type. ★ 24/7 Technical Support Stay worry-free. If a threat emerges that doesn’t want to go away, our engineers will connect to your Android device and clean up the infection manually. Install Zemana Mobile Antivirus FREE and scan your Android device with the fastest and most effective antivirus scan and your Android device and tablet will always be malware free. ► Upgrade now to Premium version of Zemana Mobile Antivirus and protect multiple devices in your household with advanced and proactive antivirus solution. Zemana Mobile Antivirus is available in 16 languages: English, Turkish, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Indonesian, Polish, Vietnamese, Bengali, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Bosnian, Croatian, Korean, Hungarian * Some legitimate keyboard applications are modified by hackers which gives them access to track everything you type; due to the anti-keylogger they will be detected and blocked by Zemana Mobile Antivirus as malicious. For the latest antivirus and security updates see: http://blog.zemana.com Requirements: 2.3+ What's New Fixed a bug in premium system Internal Improvements for better usage statistics Minor improvements and bug fixes This app has NO advertisements Download Instructions: Lifetime Subscription Unlocked Downloads - [APK - RAR]: Downloads - [APK]:
  7. Adguard [PC - Android - Browser Extension] Website - History-Blog-Forum Links: Adguard for PC 60 MTE l MalwareTips Edition [60 Days Trial] Online Installer l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adguard for PC Stable: l Changelog 6.1.314.1628 l Standalone 6.1.314.1628.exe l OR l Standalone 6.1.314.1628.exe l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adguard for Android: l Changelog 2.8.76 l Standalone 2.8.76.apk l Standalone 2.8.76 Via github channel l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adguard Browser Extensions: l Changelog l Download Links for All Browser l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adguard for Mac version: l Changelog 1.4.1 (377) l Standalone 1.4.1 (377).dmg l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Medicines & Workaround. l Adguard 6.1.314.1628 Premium License Patch by MrSzzS l l Adguard for Windows 180 days Trial Reset 1.0.0.8 By Alker l l Adguard [Special Version] Free Trial For 180 Days l l Obtaining One Year Standard Bonus License l l Adguard for Android Premium [Latest Stable Version] l l Adguard - Windows / Android / Mac [ Request Key ] By zavana l l (Mac) Adguard MacOSX 1.4.1 (377) Preactivated l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Important Topic Replies: Adguard How To Backup/Restore Activation How to Backup/Restore Previous Setting Removal Instructions for Adguard --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Knowledge-base: How to use Adguard simultaneously with NoScript
  8. The adware infected apps Researchers over at ESET have discovered 87 malicious apps disguised as mods for Minecraft on the official Google Play app store. Nearly 1 million users had installed them before Google pulled them from the store. According to ESET's report, these 87 apps were pestering Android gamers with aggressive ads and scam activity. Researchers have divided the large number of apps into two categories - ad-displaying downloaders and fake apps redirecting users to scam websites. For the first category, ESET found 14 fake apps impersonating Minecraft mods with up to 80,000 installs. They all have low ratings due to the aggressive ads they deliver to users so, normally, they should be easy to avoid by users. The other category trying to scam users contains 73 apps. In total, they had about 910,000 installs since being uploaded to Google Play somewhere between January and March 2017, depending on the app. Bury you in ads and spam What did these apps do? Well, when you launched one, they displayed a screen with a download button. Tapping that button doesn't download any mods, as promised, but rather redirects the user to a website that opens via the user's preferred browser and displays "all kinds of obtrusive content." The list varies from ads, surveys, free coupon offers, jackpot wins, porn, fake updates, and fake virus warnings. “To prevent getting tricked by fake apps and malware, always opt for official app markets,” Lukáš Štefanko, Malware researcher at ESET, reminds users. “Be extra cautious when downloading third-party apps offering additional functions to existing applications. It also helps to check the popularity of the app by numbers of installs, ratings and, most importantly, content of reviews - in the case of these apps, low ratings and angry reviews should have been a good enough indicator of their untrustworthiness.“ If you've fallen victim to one of these apps and want to remove them, go to Settings -> Security -> Device administrators. Then, you can uninstall the apps by going to Settings -> Application Manager. Source
  9. Plants vs. Zombies 2 v5.6.1 (Mod) Overview: "Best Games of 2013" Collection on Google Play "Best Games of 2013" Collection on Google Play Play the sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure with over 30 Game of the Year awards. Meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing ways to protect your brain. This app offers in-app purchases. You may restrict in-app purchasing using your device settings. 100 Million Downloads a?? This app has received more than 100 million overall downloads. Winner: Best Mobile Game at E3 a?? Game Informer Winner: Best Mobile Game 2013 a?? Mashable Winner: Game of the Year 2013 a?? Slide to Play Game Features NEW PLANTS! NEW ZOMBIES! Meet Fire Peashooter, Pepper-pult, Bonk Choy, Laser Bean, Pea-nut, and the prickly Homing Thistle: Just a few of the powerful new plants that will defend your lawn through time. Go toe-to-missing-toe with dozens of new zombies including Troglobite, Swashbuckler Zombie, Chicken Wrangler Zombie, Jetpack Zombie, Wizard Zombie, Mermaid Imp and Weasel Hoarder a?? the wiliest zombie of them all! AMAZING WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR BRAIN Choose your plants wisely for each level and plot out your winning strategy. Use Plant Food to supercharge your plants when you need it most. Freeze, flick and zap zombies off your lawn, using your fingers with simple touch controls. GET CRACKING IN VASEBREAKER Defeat endless zombie waves in Vasebreaker, the #1 mini-game from Plants vs. Zombies. Use smashing power-ups like the Butterizer, X-Ray vase vision and more. UNLOCK YOUR ZEN GARDEN Battle zombies to win sprouts, then plant them in your very own Zen Garden. Tend to it carefully and be rewarded with extra BOOM in your blooms. LOOK OUT! ZOMBOT TUSKMASTER 10,000 BC! Take on Zomboss at the end of each new world. Hea??s coming for you with a host of diabolical inventions designed to challenge your best defenses! NEW LEVELS OF EXCITEMENT Unlock ultra-challenging endless levels in every world a?? Pyramid of Doom, Dead Man's Booty, Big Bad Butte, Terror from Tomorrow, Arthura??s Challenge, Tiki Torch-er and Icebound Battleground. EXPLORE MORE WITH THE TRAVEL LOG Stumped about where to go next? Consult your Travel Log to embark on exciting Quests created just for you. Complete Quests and level up by earning points and prizes. Requirements: Requires Android 3.0 (Gingerbread); ARMv7 1.0 Ghz or higher; 1 GB of RAMa?¨ Features may vary by mobile device Follow us on twitter.com/PlantsvsZombiesa?¨ Find us on www.facebook.com/PlantsversusZombiesa?¨ Visit the Plants vs. Zombies store: http://www.pvzstore.com User Agreement: terms.ea.com Visit https://help.ea.com/ for assistance or inquiries. Requires acceptance of EA's Privacy & Cookie Policy and User Agreement. What's New: This update includes: Parsnip, the happy, snappy, all-new premium plant Sweet Potato, back for a tasty return Sneaky zombies dressed up as waiters, chefs, diners, and delicious dishes Plus, fun new costumes for your plants Thanks for playing, plant fans! Be sure to rate us after each update. Downloads:
  10. Android also cracks down on risky apps and more Google has shared the results of its past year of stepping up Android security, showing not just how the mobile platform has cut down on malicious apps and other hazards, but its plan to roll out security updates to users faster than before. Throughout 2017, Google plans to improve regular security updates for the Android platform, streamlining the process so that manufacturers can get patches and updates out in a more timely manner across devices, according to Android Security Team's own Adrian Ludwig and Mel Miller. This move not only means a more consistent schedule for security updates, but helps Android mend its reputation for slow updates (as seen in the less-than-expedient release of Android Nougat) compared to its competition, Apple, which benefits from quicker, platform-wide updates thanks to its closed platform. Google also hopes its advances in machine learning will make it even more proactive at stopping cyber ne'er-do-wells, saying such technology can "significantly" improve its catch rate of harmful apps both inside and outside the Google Play Store. Lessons learned Android was able to beef up its security this past year using several new features such as Smart Lock, Safe Browsing, and Google-backed security APIs for third-party developers, according to Google's main report. From 2015-2016, Android's own Verify Apps feature claims to have dropped the amount of malicious activities via Google Play Store app to all-time lows, such lowering install rates of trojans by over 50% to just 0.016% of installs among the tech giant's 1.4 billion-strong user base. Backdoors and unauthorized loaders were also down, making up less than even a hundredth of a percent of installs in 2016. Phishing apps took an especially hard hit, down over 70% the previous year to an install rate of 0.0018%. Google boasts that by the end of 2016 only 0.05% of devices that downloaded apps exclusively from the Google Play Store has software that was potentially harmful, down from 0.15% in 2015. Curious to learn more? Android included full webinar as a companion piece to its annual security report, which you can watch below: Source
  11. Keep in mind that this app is configured for a demo IPTV portal for testing purposes. If you want to use the app you have to configure the app for your IPTV provider. The app doesn't support m3u (or any others) playlists. ============ NOTE: This app is designed to be used by experienced users. To work correctly it must be configured first and if you've never configured IPTV boxes it may be difficult for you to configuring it. Keep in mind, that this app contains a lot of settings that has to be configured before it may be used by a user(read wiki first). If you do something wrong you may make the app unable to work. What's New v0.9.05 * Update Exo player to v2.3.0 * Fixed compatibility with some portals * Fixed issue with software remote controls on some devices * Fixed some other issues. Requirements: 4.0 + Download: ARM7 v0.9.05.02: Site: https://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/04W9CKA0/StbEmu_Pro_ARM7_0.9.05.02.apk_links x86 v0.9.05.03: Site: https://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/14QXDDOY/StbEmu_Pro_x86_0.9.05.03.apk_links Tested and working.
  12. LineageOS Reaches Over A Million Installations, Adds More Devices To Its Roster After the collapse of Cyanogen, LineageOS rose from its ashes to create a new community and alternative Android OS. For the past several months, the team has been busy, releasing builds for an immense amount of devices. Now, it has been revealed that the team has hit a milestone with over one million installations. To be clear, the team did state that this doesn't necessarily mean that LineageOS has been installed on over a million devices, but that the OS itself has been installed over a million times. In addition to the announcement, it was revealed that there would be some updates to the OS which are listed below. Per usual, devices have been added to the 14.1 roster like the international and Verizon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the international version of the LG G5, and the LG V20 for T-Mobile. As for 13.0 devices, you'll be looking at mainly Motorola handsets with the Droid 4, Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and Photon Q. More Info: LineageOS Source
  13. VLC for Android - 2.1.2 Beta Overview: VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. This is the port of VLC media player to the Android™ platform. VLC for Android can play any video and audio files, as well as network streams and DVD ISOs, like the desktop version of VLC. VLC for Android is a full audio player, with a complete database, an equalizer and filters, playing all weird audio formats. Exisitng Features in 2.0.6 Stable: Plays all files, in all formats, like the classic VLC. Audio and video media library, with full search. Support for network streams, including HLS. Supports Android Version 2.2 (platform-8) or later. Supports ARMv6, ARMv7, ARMv8 / AArch64, MIPS and x86. Supports secondary display. Subtitles support, embedded and external, including ASS and DVD subtitles. Multi audio or subtitles tracks selection. Multi-core decoding. Supports full hardware decoding. Gestures, headphones control. Audio equalizer New Features in 2.1 Beta: Changelog: Downloads - VLC for Android 2.1.2 Beta: ARM v7: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv7.apk or ARM v7[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv7.apk ARM v7 SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv7.apk.sha256 or ARM v7 SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv7.apk.sha256 ARM v8: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv8.apk or ARM v8[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv8.apk ARM v8 SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv8.apk.sha256 or ARM v8 SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-ARMv8.apk.sha256 MIPS: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS.apk or MIPS[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS.apk MIPS SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS.apk.sha256 or MIPS SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS.apk.sha256 MIPS 64: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS64.apk or MIPS 64[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS64.apk MIPS 64 SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS64.apk.sha256 or MIPS 64 SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-MIPS64.apk.sha256 Android x86: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86.apk or Android x86[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86.apk Android x86 SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86.apk.sha256 or Android x86 SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86.apk.sha256 Android x64: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86_64.apk or Android x64[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86_64.apk Android x64 SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86_64.apk.sha256 or Android x64 SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2-x86_64.apk.sha256 Other: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2.tar.gz or Other[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2.tar.gz Other SHA-256: https://downloads.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2.tar.gz.sha256 or Other SHA-256[Mirrors]: https://get.videolan.org/testing/android/2.1.2/VLC-Android-2.1.2.tar.gz.sha256 Older Stable Versions APK available here or here[Mirrors]. Older BETA Version 1.9.0 & later APK available here or here[Mirrors].
  14. I am just copying the important chunks from this article The recent leaks reveal how, for years, CIA was busy hacking into many consumer electronics devices, including Wi-Fi routers, Samsung Smart TVs, iPhones and Android-powered devices. According to the documents, the agency employed specialized tools to exploit the security vulnerabilities in these devices and recorded videos, audio conversations, text messages, or anything that could help them keep tabs on the owners of those devices. According to WikiLeaks, many malwares and hacking tools were developed by EDG (Engineering Development Group), one of CIA’s own software development group, while some tools and applications were acquired from other government agencies or third-party dealers. The CIA dubbed these third-parties as their partners, and used codenames like SurfsUp, Peppermint, Anglerfish and Fangtooth. Forbes reported that these vulnerabilities are worth a lot in the market, i.e., over $1 million for every bug. Severity of the leaks: The malware created by CIA for hacking into users’ personal gadgets are so effective that they can safely bypass even the most popular security programs. Amongst Different OSs, Android Attracted the Most Exploits The popular Smartphone Operating System, Android, enjoys a major market share in the Smartphone industry. Perhaps, that’s what makes it one of the important targets for the Central Intelligence Agency. Amongst the many exploits reported by WikiLeaks, a good chunk of those exploits were especially developed to break into Android devices and applications. Chronos, purchased from Anglerish, exploits the security weaknesses of Android devices that are running on 4.0 Dugrito, another tool by Anglerfish, is a remote access exploit that hits devices running 4.0 – 4.1.2 Flamekimmer, a tool by SurfsUp, hits devices that use Broadcom Wi-fi chipsets, running OS 4.4.4 RCE bugs, by Anglerfish, Fangtooth, NSA and GCHQ, are remote access exploits that can be used for hacking into any device from anywhere Dragonfly, currently no information available except that it is a RCE bug for Android security exploits Sulfur, by Fangtooth, one of the most critical exploits that hits the kernel files of Android, leaking information remotely RoidRage, another tool that allows hackers to have remote access of the hacked device At first, WikiLeaks provided detailed information on these Android exploits by CIA but it later redacted the pages to prevent the actual codes from getting into the wrong hands.
  15. Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Beta 3 Firefox is the award winning next generation browser from Mozilla. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely, and more efficiently than with any other browser. Make the switch today - Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose. Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox's built in popup blocker. View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business. Homepage Changelog Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows en-US Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows All Languages Download - Other OS Download - Android Official Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/53.0b3-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/53.0b3-candidates/build1/
  16. LuckyPatcher v5.0.0 Description: This android application helps you to break the Android Market License Verification and remove ads on android applications. Removing google ads from android application dramatically increase your battery life of your android device. Know: Although stable, functioning of Lucky Patcher can't be guaranteed at 100%. So you are solely responsible of use of this application. Under no circumstances Netbew be responsible for any problems caused to your device (rebooting loop, unstable system, etc...). What's New: ~ Hot fix bug to get dalvik cache; ~ Try fix InApp and patches for Android L; ~ And custom patch; ~ Fix bug with binder widges Download Link http://tusfiles.net/c6z69x1epv9n
  17. In this article, I have compiled a list of 5 free Sound meter Android apps to measure environmental noise. These Android apps will measure the noise around you and display a real-time graph of the noise level readings. These apps will tell you the current noise level and other stats like peak noise, minimum, and average noise levels. Some of the apps can even show the current noise levels in the Android notification area. This allows you to quickly check noise levels any time you want. However, these noise meter apps can’t measure higher noise levels due to the limitations of devices. Some of the noise meter apps also let you measure the light intensity. Sound Meter by Smart Tools: Sound Meter is a free Android app to measure noise from your surrounding environment. It uses the microphone in your device to measure noise around you in decibels. A real-time graph of the noise level is also plotted by the app and you can also get to know the smallest, average, and the highest noise level value. The best part is that you can pause the noise recordings and even reset it. It also keeps the phone screen on while monitoring noise around you. Do note that it can’t measure the high noise levels due to the limitations of devices. However, it can be used perfectly to monitor noise levels in homes, traffic, or in a library, etc. In addition to this, it also gives you the option to capture the screenshot of the app with just a tap on the Camera button. The pro version of the app also allows you to log the recorded noise levels to a CSV file. Read Sound Meter detailed review. Noise Meter: Noise Meter is another free Android sound meter app to log environmental noise. It updates the noise levels in the real-time and shows you the peak, mean, and minimum noise levels in decibels. This app gives you the option to choose whether you want to keep the screen on while measuring noise level readings, hide the status bar, and see the peak, max, and min noise levels. Another good aspect of this app is that it supports multiple languages like Arabic, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, etc. In addition to noise, you can also measure light intensity in lux. In order to measure light intensity, open the app preferences and then Input>>Input type>>Light. After that, you can see the real-time measure of light intensity on its main interface. Another exciting feature of this sound meter app is that you can run the measurement process in the background and change its update frequency from 0.5 sec to 10 minutes. Sound Meter by Abc Apps: Sound Meter by Abc Apps is a free Android app to measure sound pressure levels of your surroundings. Just like other noise meter apps on my list, it shows a real-time gauge of the noise levels. It also calculates the minimum, maximum, and average noise level while measuring noise from the environment. It also plots a real-time graph of the noise level readings. In addition to this, you can also pause and reset noise measuring process. You can also choose to keep the screen on while recording noise levels. Check it out from the link above. Sound Analyzer App: Sound Analyzer App is another Android app to test noise levels. It is quite an advanced Android noise meter app as it shows various other sound parameters as well which I am not quite aware of. So, any person with expertise in sound analyzing can take the best out of this app. As per our intentions. we just need to measure the noise level from our surroundinds which this app can do effortlessly in the real-time. Just like most of the other apps, it shows a real-time graph of the noise levels and also the peak and minimum sound level. In addition to this, you can also pause, resume, and reset the noise measurement process with this app. Deciber: Deciber is the last Android app on my list to measure environmental noise levels. An Interesting feature of Deciber is that it uses the camera of your phone to display the photo of your surroundings in the app interface. You can then take a screenshot which will capture the noisy thing or any noisy environment with the sound pressure level. After that, you can share the captured screenshot to anyone to prove that you were in a noisy environment or so. It measures the noise in decibels and frequency in hertz and also it updates the noise readings in real-time. Read the detailed review of Deciber. Verdict: In this article, I introduced you to 5 free Android apps to measure noise levels. So, if you want to check out the current noise level in your surroundings, then these apps will show you a real-time update of it. All the apps are quite similar as they show a real-time noise level and update it every few seconds but some apps provide some additional features like measuring light intensity, change the update frequency, measure noise levels in the background, and many others. Article source
  18. Adguard provides you with a reliable and manageable protection that immediately and without your participation filters the loading web pages. Adguard removes all the annoying ads, blocks loading of dangerous websites, and will not allow anyone to track your activities on the Internet. When processing a web page, Adguard does several things at once: Removes ads and online tracking code directly from the page. Checks a page against our database of phishing and malicious sites. Checks apps downloaded from unknown sources. Premium Features: Protection against malicious and phishing sites. Our blacklists contain millions of websites. With Adguard you are protected from online threats! Improved ad blocking. The highest filtering quality. Premium technical support. We will help you with any problem in the shortest time possible. WHAT'S NEW Changelog: This beta is nowhere near as rich of the new features as some of the latest releases, but it considerably improves the app's performance, speeds up many of the processes and fixes several bugs. Networking [Fixed] HTTPS filtering in Nougat-targeted apps #979 [Improved] Active proxy connections closing time is reduced #990 [Imporved] AG styles are protected from disabling now #947 UI [Changed] 'Removed apps' package icons now appear inactive in the apps list #1105 [Fixed] Incorrect protection status is shown in side menu #1101 [Fixed] FAQ UI is broken on Android 5.1.1 when you highlight the text #1097 [Fixed] The quick settings tile doesn't highlight/shade when you toggle the protection #1100 [Improved] 'App details' activity is sped up considerably #1099 Other issues [Fixed] Compatibility issues [Fixed] Crash on the app update #1077 [Improved] UDP connections handling reworked #906 Homepage Download 2.9.37 Beta Untouched Download Stable Untouched PREMIUM features Unlocked No patched credits watermarks Download Patched:
  19. Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2052.0.1.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/build2/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 52.0.1 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0.1-candidates/
  20. Telegram v3.18.0 Beta Overview: Pure instant messaging — simple, fast, secure, and synced across all your devices. Over 100 million active users in two and a half years. FAST: Telegram is the fastest messaging app on the market, connecting people via a unique, distributed network of data centers around the globe. SYNCED: You can access your messages from all your devices at once. Start typing on your phone and finish the message from your tablet or laptop. Never lose your data again. UNLIMITED: You can send media and files, without any limits on their type and size. Your entire chat history will require no disk space on your device, and will be securely stored in the Telegram cloud for as long as you need it. SECURE: We made it our mission to provide the best security combined with ease of use. Everything on Telegram, including chats, groups, media, etc. is encrypted using a combination of 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, 2048-bit RSA encryption, and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange. POWERFUL: You can create group chats for up to 5,000 members, share large videos, documents of any type (.DOC, .MP3, .ZIP, etc.), and even set up bots for specific tasks. It's the perfect tool for hosting online communities and coordinating teamwork. RELIABLE: Built to deliver your messages in the minimum bytes possible, Telegram is the most reliable messaging system ever made. It works even on the weakest mobile connections. FUN: Telegram has powerful photo and video editing tools and an open sticker/GIF platform to cater to all your expressive needs. SIMPLE: While providing an unprecedented array of features, we are taking great care to keep the interface clean. With its minimalist design, Telegram is lean and easy to use. 100% FREE & NO ADS: Telegram is free and will always be free. We are not going to sell ads or introduce subscription fees. PRIVATE: We take your privacy seriously and will never give third parties access to your data. For those interested in maximum privacy, Telegram offers Secret Chats. Secret Chat messages can be programmed to self-destruct automatically from both participating devices. This way you can send all types of disappearing content — messages, photos, videos, and even files. Secret Chats use end-to-end encryption to ensure that a message can only be read by its intended recipient. We keep expanding the boundaries of what you can do with a messaging app. Don’t wait years for older messengers to catch up with Telegram — join the revolution today. Requirements: 4.0+ What's New: Mar 15 | v3.18 New! Added the possibility of routine Voice Calls through connected Bluetooth devices New! Email hint and verification for Payment methods and invoice creation New! Customized ringtone per user New! Busy and network issues recognition for VoIP New! Slow connection enhancements New! Additional: I am not fully sure. But Telegram might be giving an option to record calls also. This app has NO advertisements Downloads: Note: To make use of the voice calls feature, both the end-users should have this specific version. Mirror:
  21. Smartphone OS sales share The latest Kantar World Panel report reveals market trends in the past period, providing an insight into smartphone OS sales. The study shows that iOS continued to grow in most regions, except for Japan, Spain and Urban China. On the other hand, Android grew in the US, and accounted for 74.3% of smartphone sales, an increase from 72.9% in the three months ending January 2016. iOS recorded a share of 22.7%, while iPhone 7 remained the top-selling smartphone in major European countries. Newly announced Nokia 3, 5 and 6 smartphones are said to leave a mark in European markets, especially since Nokia accounted for 6% of phone sales in EU5 at the start of 2016. It was the fourth largest brand in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Android dominates the market in Asia with 83.2% of smartphone sold, after increasing 9.3% during the three months period ending January 2017, while Huawei continued to account for over a quarter of smartphone sales at 26.6% for the three months ending January 2017. Apple is the second largest smartphone seller in Asia with 16.6%, but continues to experience year-on-year decline resulted from increased competition from local manufacturers. 70% of the US market is dominated by Apple and Samsung The numbers are quite different in the US, where Android accounts for 56.4% of smartphone sales, down 1.8% from a year earlier. iOS’ share is 42% of sales, up 2.9% year-on-year, while 70% of the US domestic market is dominated by Apple and Samsung, with LG being the third largest manufacturer and accounting for 11.1% of sales. The report mentions that Android and iOS will soon be the only two smartphone ecosystems moving forward, while phone manufacturers will have to adapt in order to remain competitive on the market. In addition, no other mobile OS has the capacity to challenge Android and iOS, and the situation won’t change in the near future. Source
  22. Mozilla Firefox 53.0 Beta 2 Firefox is the award winning next generation browser from Mozilla. Firefox empowers you to browse faster, more safely, and more efficiently than with any other browser. Make the switch today - Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose. Stop annoying popup ads in their tracks with Firefox's built in popup blocker. View more than one web page in a single window with this time saving feature. Open links in the background so that they're ready for viewing when you're ready to read them. Built with your security in mind, Firefox keeps your computer safe from malicious spyware by not loading harmful ActiveX controls. A comprehensive set of privacy tools keep your online activity your business. Homepage Changelog Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows en-US Download | 32-bit | Download | 64-bit - Windows All Languages Download - Other OS Download - Android Official Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/53.0b2-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/53.0b2-candidates/build1/
  23. Google takes down Chamois Google has just taken down a huge family of malicious Android apps it named Chamois. According to the company, these apps may have infected millions of devices. Chamois, named after a type of mountain goat, is just the latest attempt to take advantage of the massive Android range of devices in a large-scale ad fraud. In the past, Hummingbad infected about 10 million devices at its peak, earning the attackers behind it over $300,000 a month. "We detected Chamois during a routine ad traffic quality evaluation. We analyzed malicious apps based on Chamois and found that they employed several methods to avoid detection and tried to trick users into clicking ads by displaying deceptive graphics. This sometimes resulted in downloading of other apps that commit SMS fraud. So we blocked the Chamois app family using Verify Apps and also kicked out bad actors who were trying to game our ad system," reads a blog post signed by the company's Security Software Engineers Bernhard Grill, Megan Ruthven and Xin Zhao. Given Google's previous experience with ad fraud apps like this one helped quite a bit in taking swift action to protect Android users and advertisers alike. The intricacies of Chamois It seems the malicious apps didn't appear in the device's app list so users couldn't even see it to uninstall it, as it often happens with this type of tools. This is where Verify Apps comes into play, a tool Google developed to help users discover potentially harmful applications and delete them. According to Google, Chamois was one of the largest families of malicious apps seen on Android to date, being distributed through multiple channels. Chamois had a number of features that made it unusual. For instance, its code was executed in 4 distinct stages using different file formats. This multi-stage process made it more complicated to immediately identify apps in this family as harmful because the layers have to be peeled first to reach the malicious part. The Chamois family The Chamois family apps could also evade detection by using obfuscation and anti-analysis techniques, which were countered by Google's systems. Furthermore, apps also used a custom, encrypted file storage for its config files, as well as additional code that required deeper analysis to understand the dangers of the app. Google says it went through more than 100,000 lines of sophisticated code to better understand Chamois. The company did not reveal any of the infected app names, but we assume they've all been taken care of already. Source
  24. Google’s Android is big on customization features, as any Android-running smartphone user has the option to change the launcher, wallpaper, app icons, and do much more on their devices. The Play Store offers a plenitude of options, there’s only the question of which one to pick. Google has sought to answer this question and introduced a new section on its official Android website. Android.com is filled with all sorts of tips and information on how to use Android-running phones and make the most out of their features. Question in myAndroid Taste Test MyAndroid Taste Test requires you to take only a few minutes and answer a few fun questions to see which wallpaper, icons, launcher and other customization options best suit them. Interestingly, the first page includes a picture of the G6, the latest premium smartphone from LG. Get suggestions of wallpapers, icons and launchers The questions are based on your preferences when it comes to images, as well as information displayed on the home screen of your smartphone. You will have to pick from monochromatic or multicolor, warm or cold colors, vibrant or muted, and so on. You will also have to pick between types of animation, patterns, shapes, as well as pick from getting weather information, the news or quick access to music. Google also requires you to specify whether you’re an Android beginner, intermediate user or expert. Results of myAndroid Taste Test Once you’ve completed the test, you will receive suggestions of wallpapers that best suit your preferences, launchers that provide info on the home screen based on what you want to see first, as well as themes for icons and more. Google also provides you with shortcuts to applications in the Play Store, so you can get widgets and keyboard themes that best suit you. If you’ve completed the test on your computer, you can access the links and push installs to your smartphone, so you wouldn’t have to manually search for the apps on your mobile device. Source
  25. Security flaws smash worthless privacy protection Analysis To protect mobile devices from being tracked as they move through Wi-Fi-rich environments, there's a technique known as MAC address randomization. This replaces the number that uniquely identifies a device's wireless hardware with randomly generated values. In theory, this prevents scumbags from tracking devices from network to network, and by extension the individuals using them, because the devices in question call out to these nearby networks using different hardware identifiers. It's a real issue because stores can buy Wi-Fi equipment that logs smartphones' MAC addresses, so that shoppers are recognized by their handheld when they next walk in, or walk into affiliate shop with the same creepy system present. This could be used to alert assistants, or to follow people from department to department, store to store, and then sell that data to marketers and ad companies. Public wireless hotspots can do the same. Transport for London in the UK, for instance, used these techniques to study Tube passengers. Regularly changing a device's MAC address is supposed to defeat this tracking. But it turns out to be completely worthless, due to a combination of implementation flaws and vulnerabilities. That and the fact that MAC address randomization is not enabled on the majority of Android phones. In a paper published on Wednesday, US Naval Academy researchers report that they were able to "track 100 per cent of devices using randomization, regardless of manufacturer, by exploiting a previously unknown flaw in the way existing wireless chipsets handle low-level control frames." Beyond this one vulnerability, an active RTS (Request to Send) attack, the researchers also identify several alternative deanonymization techniques that work against certain types of devices. Cellular radio hardware has its own set of security and privacy issues; these are not considered in the Naval Academy study, which focuses on Android and iOS devices. Each 802.11 network interface in a mobile phone has a 48-bit MAC address layer-2 hardware identifier, one that's supposed to be persistent and globally unique. Hardware makers can register with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to buy a block of MAC addresses for their networking products: the manufacturer is assigned a three-byte Organizationally Unique Identifier, or OUI, with is combined with an additional three-byte identifier that can be set to any value. Put those six bytes together, and you've got a 48-bit MAC address that should be globally unique for each device. The IEEE's registration system makes it easy to identify the maker of a particular piece of network hardware. The IEEE also provides the ability to purchase a private OUI that's not associated with a company name, but according to the researchers "this additional privacy feature is not currently used by any major manufacturers that we are aware of." Alternatively, the IEEE offers a Company Identifier, or CID, which is another three-byte prefix that can be combined with three additional bytes to form 48-bit MAC addresses. CID addresses can be used in situations where global uniqueness is not required. These CID numbers tend to be used for MAC address randomization and are usually transmitted when a device unassociated with a specific access point broadcasts 802.11 probe requests, the paper explains. The researchers focused on devices unassociated with a network access point – as might happen when walking down the street through various Wi-Fi networks – rather than those associated and authenticated with a specific access point, where the privacy concerns differ and unique global MAC addresses come into play. Unmasking Previous security research has shown that flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) protocol can be used to reverse engineer a device's globally unique MAC address through a technique called Universally Unique IDentifier-Enrollee (UUID-E) reversal. The US Naval Academy study builds upon that work by focusing on randomized MAC address implementations. The researchers found that "the overwhelming majority of Android devices are not implementing the available randomization capabilities built into the Android OS," which makes such Android devices trivial to track. It's not clear why this is the case, but the researchers speculate that 802.11 chipset and firmware incompatibilities might be part of it. Samsung v Apple Surprisingly, Samsung devices, which accounted for 23 per cent of the researcher's Android data set, show no evidence of implementing MAC address randomization. Apple, meanwhile, introduced MAC address randomization in iOS 8, only to break it in iOS 10. While the researchers were evaluating devices last year, Apple launched iOS 10 and changed its network probe broadcasts to include a distinct Information Element (IE), data added to Wi-Fi management frames to extend the Wi-Fi protocol. "Inexplicably the addition of an Apple vendor-specific IE was added to all transmitted probe requests," the paper explains. "This made identification of iOS 10 Apple devices trivial regardless of the use of MAC address randomization." This shortcoming aside, Apple handles randomization correctly, in the sense that it properly randomizes the full 48-bits available for MAC addresses (with the exception of the Universal/Local bit, set to distinguish between global MAC addresses and the local ones used for randomization, and the Unicast/Multicast Bit). The researchers find this interesting because the IEEE charges a fee for using the first three bytes of that space for CID prefixes, "meaning that Apple is freely making use of address space that other companies have paid for." In a phone interview with The Register, Travis Mayberry, assistant professor at the US Naval Academy and one of the paper's co-authors, expressed surprise that something like 70 per cent of Android phones tested did not implement MAC address randomization. "It's strange that Android was so vulnerable," he said. "It's just really bad at doing what it was supposed to do." 'Closest to being pretty good' Apple, meanwhile, fared better in terms of effort, though not results. "Apple is the closest to being pretty good," Mayberry said, but noted that Apple devices, despite the advantage of hardware consistency, are still vulnerable to an RTS (Request to Send) attack. Sending RTS frames to an Apple phone forces the device to reveal its global unique MAC address, rather than the randomized one normally presented to the hotspot. "No matter how hard you try, you can't defend against that because it's a property of the wireless chip itself," said Mayberry. There was single Android phone that fared well. "The one Android phone that was resistant to our passive attacks was the CAT S60 which is some kind of 'tough' phone used on construction sites and the like," Mayberry explained in an email. "It did not have a recognizable fingerprint and did not ever transmit its global MAC except when associating. It was still vulnerable to our active RTS attack though, since like I said, that is a problem with the actual chips and effects every phone." Mayberry was at a loss to explain why Apple shot itself in the foot by adding a trackable identifier to a system that previously worked well. "I initially thought it might be to support some of the 'continuity' features where multiple apple devices can discover and exchange stuff like open browser tabs and clipboard contents but that came out in earlier versions of iOS," he said. "It also might be linked to the HomeKit features that they added in iOS to control IoT devices. Basically it would have to be to purposefully identify and discover other Apple devices that are not associated, otherwise we wouldn't see it in probe requests. All of this is pure speculation though and we really don't have a strong reason for it." Mayberry said he hoped the research would help the industry understand the consequences of everyone doing things differently. There's no generally accepted way to handle MAC address randomization. "There are so many phones not using it," he said. "There should be a standard." By Thomas Claburn https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/10/mac_address_randomization/