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  1. Quick Tip Today am gonna show you how you can download your favorite Android Apps directly from Google Play Store. From the Play Store, search for your favorite app, copy the link with the app id visit apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/ Paste the link and click generate download link. Wait for some seconds as your download link is been generated. After some few seconds, your link should be ready for download. eNJOy!!! source: thetechblog
  2. Mozilla is working on a new web browser for Android to replace the currently available Firefox for Android mobile browser. Firefox users who use the browser on Android may have noticed that development slowed down in recent time. Updates are still released regularly but they address issues such as slowdowns, crashes, or security issues for the most part. The core reason for that is that Mozilla's working on Fenix, a new mobile browser for Android. Fenix is based on Android Components and GeckoView. In other words, Fenix will be powered by built-in components on Android and Mozilla's GeckoView. Note: The following is based on mockups and not the final product. Things may change during development. Mockups are useful, however, to get a first impression of a product. First Firefox Fenix for Android mockups The very first thing that Firefox for Android users may notice is that the address bar is shown at the bottom of the interface in the screenshot. The current version of Firefox for Android displays the address bar and menus at the top; Firefox Rocket / Firefox Lite, another mobile browser for Android by Mozilla, divides the interface. The mobile browser displays the address bar at the top but the menu bar at the bottom of the browser interface. Fenix moves the entire browser chrome to the bottom. Users find the address bar, home button, and menu listed there. The menu displays important options such as back, forward and reload buttons, new tab and private tab creation options, an option to switch to the desktop site, and to open the settings or the library. The Library provides access to bookmarks, downloads, the browsing history, and other features on the desktop, and it seems likely that the new Firefox for Android will provide similar functionality. Barely visible in the screenshot is another toolbar on top of the address bar. It is a quick actions toolbar to use favorites among other things. The start screen of the new mobile browser displays a unified search and address field, and the current or recent sessions. Current session lists open tabs in the browser while recent session tabs groups of tabs that were open previously in the browser. All tabs open in Fenix at the time of closing are automatically added to a new session that users may access in the future. Mozilla plans to integrate other core features into Fenix such as tracking protection or the ability to display websites offline. Closing Words Work on Fenix continues and Mozilla has not revealed yet when Fenix will become available and how the organization plans to get Firefox for Android users to migrate to the new browser. Source: Firefox Fenix for Android mockups (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  3. I have started this sub-section for Android Games to keep Android mobile games free from applications / themes. All nsane members are requested to post Games here. If admins as requested creates a sub-forum for it at any stage, this thread will be merged later. For posting guidelines, please refer to this post: //www.nsaneforums.com/topic/220597-guidelines-and-templates/ PS: Admin, thanks for listening to Android sub-forum request.
  4. Facebook's data collecting practices have once again been called into question, after a new report revealed that it "routinely tracked" people who do not use the app. Privacy International analysed 34 apps on the Android mobile operating system with user bases of between 10 and 500 million. The charity began the study after the scandal surrounding the now defunct London based political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients and using it to influence the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election or the UK Brexit referendum. Privacy International researchers found that 23 apps sent data to Facebook the moment a user opened them. Their report, which was presented at Chaos Computer Congress in Leipzig, Germany, stated: "Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools. App developers share data with Facebook through the Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK), a set of software development tools that help developers build apps for a specific operating system." Watch more Is Facebook finished? 'We're not far from Zuckerberg subpoena' The apps included language-learning tool Duolingo, job database Indeed and flight search engine Skyscanner – all of which were tested between August and December 2018. When contacted by Privacy International, Skyscanner said it had updated its data-collecting practices in the wake of the report. "Since receiving your letter, we released an update to our app as a priority which will stop the transmission of data via the Facebook SDK," the firm told Privacy International. Facebook told Privacy International that sharing data is "common practice for many companies" and is useful for both users and the companies involved. "This information is important for helping developers understand how to improve their apps and for helping people receive relevant advertising in a privacy-protective way," Facebook said. "We do this in a transparent manner by explaining the practice through our Data Policy and Cookies Policy, and by using Google's advertising identifier, which can be controlled centrally by people using their device settings." source
  5. Attackers could craft a campaign that makes use of the device profile in order to exploit any vulnerabilities in a targeted fashion. Google has issued a partial fix for an Android issue dating back to 2015 – after originally rejecting the bug report on the grounds of the mobile OS “working as intended.” The issue – which still doesn’t have a CVE designation despite being partially addressed as a problem – has to do with how Android uses Google’s Chrome browser. Chrome is the default browser for Android devices, and it also enables the WebView and Custom Tabs APIs, which let applications render web content within the apps themselves without opening a separate browser window. According to Nightwatch Cybersecurity, Chrome and applications that use the associated APIs leak information about the hardware model, firmware version and security patch level of the device on which they are running. “This information can be used for track users and fingerprint devices,” said Nightwatch researcher Yakov Shafranovich, in a post last week. “It can also be used to determine which vulnerabilities a particular device is vulnerable to in order to target exploits.” According to Nightwatch, which discovered the problem three years ago, whenever Chrome sends a request out to a web server for a page’s content, it includes a range of HTTP headers. The User-Agent header in particular is problematic, according to the firm, because it includes the Android version number and build tag information; the latter identifies both the device name and its firmware build. “For many devices, this can be used to identify not only the device itself, but also the carrier on which it is running and from that the country,” explained Shafranovich. “It can also be used to determine which security patch level is on the device and which vulnerabilities the device is vulnerable to.” The User-Agent header is widely accessible and is often used by web servers to help identify the scope of reported interoperability problems, to work around or tailor responses to avoid particular user-agent limitations, and for analytics regarding browser or operating system use. Thus, an attacker can simply set up a malicious web site as a watering hole (or could drive traffic there via spam and social engineering), and craft a campaign that makes use of the intel coming from visiting devices in order to exploit any vulnerabilities in a targeted fashion. Google partially fixed the issue with the release of Chrome v70, after a new bug report was filed earlier in the year, but the problem overview wasn’t published by Nightwatch until after Christmas. “The fix hides the firmware information while retaining the hardware model identifier … The device model number remains,” said Shafranovich. He added, “The fix only applies to the Chrome application itself, and not to the WebView implementation used by application developers as per the following explanation [from Google]: ‘Does not apply the change to Android Web View as mandated by the Android Compatibility Definition Document.'” Users should upgrade to version 70 or later, and to fix applications that contain WebView usage, app developers should take care to manually override the User Agent configuration in their apps, according to Nightwatch. “While many are reluctant to do [the latter out of fear of losing] compatibility, we would like to suggest the approach of using the default user agent and erasing the build and model information in it,” the researcher noted. Source
  6. This thread will be based on Android roms and mods. Anyone needing help regards to roms, kernels, mods etc can decision here.. This thread will help user with there device or any problem they are having.. Disclaimer:
  7. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Just in time for the holidays, Samsung has begun releasing its Android Pie update for the Galaxy S9. SamMobile was first to notice the German release, while other users on Twitter and Reddit have seen the update become available in the Netherlands and Slovakia as well. Along with the upgrades made by Google, Android Pie on the S9 also brings Samsung’s One UI, a new user experience which is intended to make apps easier to use on larger phones, amongst other improvements. Although this latest update has come to Samsung’s devices a lot more quickly than previous versions of Android did, the South Korean firm is still lagging behind the likes of Nokia, OnePlus, and even HTC with its update schedule. Google has previously attempted to speed up the adoption of new Android versions with Project Treble, but despite the program’s introduction in early 2017 only 21.5 percent of Android devices were running Android Oreo or later as of late October this year. Samsung is getting faster at issuing its Android updates. Galaxy S8 owners had to wait seven months after Oreo’s original release before it was available for their devices, while Android Nougat took at least five months to arrive on the Galaxy S7. At its annual developer’s conference, Samsung had said that it expected to release Pie in January 2019, which is when we should expect the full global rollout of the new software. source
  8. 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 6.1.331.1732 l Standalone 6.1.331.1732.exe l --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adguard for Android: l Changelog 2.9.135 l Standalone 2.9135.apk 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 6.1.331.1732 Premium License Patch by MrSzzS l l Adguard for Windows 180 days Trial Reset 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
  9. Following a couple weeks of testing with beta users, Microsoft Launcher version 5.1 is now generally available on Android phones. With this latest update, Microsoft continues to integrate its different notes and tasks manager solutions: there’s a new card that show tasks created in Microsoft To-Do or Outlook, and there’s also a new Notes card that includes content from Outlook, Sticky Notes and OneNote. This update also puts the emphasis on digital health, with a new screen time card that can give you some insights about your most used apps. The Microsoft Launcher has quickly become one of the company’s most important Android apps, and it’s pretty much a must-have for the Microsoft fan using Android smartphones. The app can provide quick access to Microsoft apps and services including Cortana, as well as your Windows 10 Timeline (which is now also accessible from Microsoft Edge on Android). We’re looking forward to seeing how the Android Launcher will continue to evolve in 2019, let us know in the comments what are the other new features you would like to see being added next year. source
  10. Just before Christmas, Microsoft has decided to offer those using its Android launcher a nice present in the form of a major update. The latest version of Microsoft Launcher adds integration with some of the Redmond-based company's other mobile apps like Sticky Notes and To-Do, but it also brings Cortana support. For those of you who've been using the beta version of Microsoft Launcher, the latest update is nothing new since all the features and improvements announced recently are part of the previous beta build. But just in case you're not running the beta version of Microsoft Launcher, here are the most important changes the new update adds to the Android app. Track your screen time, app usage and phone unlocks with the new screen time card. You can even use the screen time widget to view this info on your home screen; The Launcher To Do card now shows tasks from apps like Microsoft To Do, Outlook and Skype; The Launcher Notes card now shows your Notes from Sticky Notes on Windows, Outlook, Cortana and OneNote mobile; Cortana now has an updated card with support for commute/traffic and multi-commitments; “Hey Cortana” is now enabled as a beta feature for the en-us market; Cortana support is now available in the ES-ES market; Bing mini-answers now shows you quick answers for stocks and currency in the Launcher Search bar. Competition on the Android launcher market is quite fierce, but Microsoft Launcher sits at more than 10 million downloads in the Google Play Store, so the developers must do something right. Still, some would argue that the Microsoft Launcher's overall design needs a refresh, but that might come sooner than we think. For the time being, Microsoft has other improvements and new features on its agenda, so let's just enjoy them as they're being delivered in a nice and timely manner source
  11. CCleaner v4.6.4 [Professional Mod] Requirements: 4.1+ Overview: Piriform, the makers of the world’s most popular PC and Mac cleaning software bring you CCleaner for Android. Remove junk, reclaim space, monitor your system and browse safely. Become the Master of your own device with the ultimate cleaning app for your Android! Optimize and Clean ● Speed up your phone and remove junk safely ● Clean application cache, download folders, browser history, clipboard content and more ● Delete call logs and SMS messages individually, in bulk, by age or by contact Reclaim Storage Space ● Streamline your Android smartphone or tablet ● Quickly and easily uninstall multiple unwanted applications ● Free up valuable storage space on your device Easy to Use ● Optimize your Android in just a few clicks ● Simple, intuitive user interface which is easy to navigate ● Totally free from Ads and clutter ● Fast, compact and efficient with low memory and CPU usage Monitor your System ● Check the usage of your CPU ● Keep track of your RAM and internal storage space ● Check out your battery levels and temperature WHAT'S NEW - Delivering our new GDPR-focused data privacy and security benefits to all of our users worldwide. - Introducing new privacy controls under Personal Privacy settings. - Free users will be asked to provide consent for ad personalization, or you can opt out of third-party ads by upgrading to Pro ★★★ MOD Pro ★★★ PRO features Unlocked; No startup Promo Page; Ads Removed; Analytics disabled; All ads and services calls from Activity removed; Graphics optimized by Zipalign. This app has no advertisements Google Play Download: Site: https://megaup.net Sharecode[?]: /4N74/CCleaner-Professional-v4.6.4_build_714445300-Mod.apk
  12. Telegram for Desktop is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers. Download Telegram Offline Installer Setup for PC! With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 1000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. You can download Telegram for PC offline installer from our site by clicking on free download button. What can you do with Telegram? Connect from most remote locations. Coordinate groups of up to 1000 members. Synchronize your chats across all your devices. Send documents of any type. Encrypt personal and business secrets. Destruct your messages with a timer. Store your media in the cloud. Build your own tools on our API. Enjoy feedback from your customers. Changelog v 1.3.14: Fix a crash in calls. v 1.3.13: Export data from individual chats using the '...' menu. Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. Support for Telegram Passport 1.1 and improved password hashing algorithm to better protect Telegram Passport data. v 1.3.12: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.11: Added a new night theme. You can now assign custom themes as night and day themes to quickly switch between them. v 1.3.10: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.9 Mark chats in the chat list as Read or Unread. Improved censorship circumvention. v 1.3.8: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.7: Push fixes to stable version. v 1.3.6: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.5: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.4: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.3: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.2: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.1: Bug fixes and other minor improvements. v 1.3.0: Improved censorship circumvention. Improved stability when working through proxy servers. Save several proxy servers to quickly switch between them in Settings. Use proxy for calls. Emoji and text replacement now happens immediately after typing (instead of after sending) and can be rolled back using Backspace or CTRL/CMD + Z. Replacement no longer happens when pasting text. Added formatting shortcuts. Select text and use: CTRL/CMD + B/I for bold and italic CTRL/CMD + K to create or edit a custom link CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + M for monospace font CTRL/CMD + SHIFT + N to clear formatting Homepage Changelog - only major versions Github page - Source code & all builds changelog FAQ ███ Desktop Windows or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.14.exe Portable or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.14.zip Mac or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.14.dmg App Store or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/telegram-desktop/id946399090 Linux x64 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.14.tar.xz Linux x86 or Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.14.tar.xz v1.3.13: Win Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tsetup.1.3.13.exe Portable Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tsetup/tportable.1.3.13.zip Mac Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tmac/tsetup.1.3.13.dmg Linux x64 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux/tsetup.1.3.13.tar.xz Linux x86 Direct Link: https://updates.tdesktop.com/tlinux32/tsetup32.1.3.13.tar.xz ███ Phone Android or Direct Link Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger iphone / ipad or Direct Link App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/telegram-messenger/id686449807 Windows Phone
  13. Still likely to end the year ahead THE GAP BETWEEN Windows 7 and Windows 10 use on traditional desktops and laptops continues to narrow, despite the fact that both operating systems lost a small amount of ground this month in the figures produced by Netmarketshare. Windows 7 drops to 38.89 per cent (-0.46) with Windows 10 continuing to snap at its heels at 38.14 (-0.14), meaning that the difference is now just 0.75 per cent, which suggests that Microsoft is still on target to finally overtake itself before the year is out. Just. Possibly. Windows 8.x is now 5.52 per cent (-0.29), with the vast majority on version 8.1. Windows XP has a slight bounce to 4.23 (+0.63). We've stopped mentioning Vista now, such is its rarity. Although the figures from Netmarketshare have a margin of error (or put another way, we take them with a slight pinch of salt) the fact that Windows 10 hasn't grown as a result of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which both fell in this period is a bit of a curveball - in fact most of the movement has been on the Apple front in the wake of its new Macbook Air made of old tin cans and string. As you'd expect, the latest version, macOS 10.14 has seen the biggest gains of the month standing at 3.57 (+1.52), though the rate of upgrade has been slow by Mac user standards, macOS 10.13 has dropped to 3.2 (-1.43) but it hasn't been the usual swift handover. Even macOS 10.12 still has 1.36 (-0.22) and macOS 10.11 has 1.14 (0.23) which is actually a slight rise. The Linux-based systems continue to hover around the same point - Ubuntu on 0.57 (-0.05), Chrome OS on 0.32 (-0.01) and the rest on 1.47 (0.09). Worth noting there are more people using Mac OS X 10.10 and "Unknown" than Chrome OS right now - though it still has the lead in the browser market. When we remove the filter and look at market share amongst all device types - that is to say any device that has connected to the internet during November, the story changes. Window 7 (which, lest we forget is almost exclusively desktop/laptop machine anyway) is the most popular operating system in the world with 16.08 per cent. Windows 10 comes second with 15.77 and Android 8.0 has 8.62. Generically though, Android is in the lead - 39.34 per cent. Windows stands at 35.98. iOS has 18.51 per cent and Mac OS, 4.02. Linux has 0.88 and despite its popularity is schools, Chrome OS has 0.13. For completeness, below them is Series 40 (Symbian) at 0.04, Windows Phone OS at 0.03 and RIM OS (Blackberry) at just 0.01 per cent market share. Source
  14. Like almost every company that’s ever tried to build a tablet What is a tablet? What is a tablet supposed to be and do? Nine years ago, these questions were foremost in debates about new technology, as Apple was preparing to introduce its first iPad and rival companies were rushing to beat it to the punch. CES 2010 gave us one answer in the form of the 8.9-inch HP Slate, a Windows 7 PC running on an Intel Atom processor. A few weeks later, Apple’s iPad made its debut with a 9.7-inch screen and mobile chips and software. And then a year after that, Google released a version of Android called Honeycomb that was tailored specifically for tablets. No one understood tablets back then; everyone was guessing. Apple originally envisioned the iPad as the glossy magazine equivalent of Amazon’s Kindle. The iPad would be more interactive, it would have apps, but a major part of its appeal was supposed to come from “digital magazines” and comic books created for the platform. Publishers quickly found that idea too costly to sustain, and Apple discovered people were using the iPad for many other purposes as well. The company’s initial reluctance to offer a stylus or a keyboard has since turned into multiple generations of keyboard covers and Apple Pencils. Apple’s iPad development has been characterized by learning, adapting, and evolving. What has Google done in that time? Well, the Mountain View company has taken over the smartphone world with Android, so there’s that. But translating that operating system (OS) to tablets has been a tragic, chronic failure for Google. The Motorola Xoom and Xyboard, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the 13-inch Toshiba Excite, and a litany of others from Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and Google have shown promise only to ultimately disappoint. Android on tablets has only ever been somewhat appealing on a couple of 7-inch devices — the Google Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab — and on task-specific tablets like Amazon’s Fire HD and Nvidia’s Shield Tablet, both of which are more about the content than the OS. The reason for Android’s failure as a tablet OS should be obvious. Android is made for smartphones. Its system requirements are aligned with a smartphone’s capabilities, its app library is made to fit a smartphone’s screen, and all of its core usability features are built for a smartphone’s vertical orientation. Granted, phone displays have kept growing over the past decade, but they’re likely to find their ceiling right around the point where they reach the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab’s dimensions. Android is not infinitely expandable. Putting Android on a 10-inch (or larger) tablet makes as much sense as trying to find clothes for Yao Ming in a regular store. Sure, you might dig up some scarves, ties, and belts that are a fit, but most things will be a total mismatch. Google got that message after its series of embarrassing flops. But instead of going to a tailor, the company just started looking in the clown costume aisle with its Chrome OS, as exhibited by the distinctly doofy Pixel Slate. Android is an operating system designed for phones, Chrome OS is an operating system designed for laptops, and the mix of Android apps and Chrome software that Google serves on the Pixel Slate is a buggy mess. It’s easy to fall into the trap of looking at a tablet’s display size and say, “It’s like a laptop, so put laptop software on it,” or to consider its touchscreen and declare, “It’s just an enlarged phone.” Easy and wrong. Tablets, despite being proximate to both phones and laptops, are unique. To have a good tablet experience, you need an OS that is made specifically for that task. It must offer an intuitive touchscreen interface, like a phone, but it should also make full use of its greater screen real estate and higher spec ceiling. Apple’s iPad is, of course, the role model for how this is done. Apple has developed custom X editions of its iPhone chips for use in the iPad, taking advantage of the larger battery and better cooling of the tablet. The company has also dedicated major iOS releases to improving iPad functionality, even while the iPhone remains its most important product. That, together with a historic willingness among app developers to create iPad-specific apps, generates a distinct iPad-only user experience. So long as Google keeps trying to cram its software for other platforms onto a tablet, it will continue to suffer the ignominy of failure. Android Wear on smartwatches, now renamed Wear OS, has been another instructive example of what should be a very simple concept: if you want to build the best possible version of any gadget, the software for it has to be designed for it. Someone at Google really ought to consult Microsoft’s long, abortive history of trying to slim Windows down just enough to make it fit onto mobile devices. (The Surface Pro 2-in-1s of today are good, but they’re still more laptop than tablet.) There’s also Intel’s spectacularly profligate run of pseudo-mobile chips that were just trimmed-down laptop and desktop processors. The future of technology will be defined by more software specialization, not less. Even today, the best fitness trackers have featherlight software built specifically for the efficient processing of biometric data. The best cameras — something Google knows a lot about — are defined by highly customized, multilayered exploitation of the basic hardware. Good software, in spite of its name, is incredibly hard to do. That’s what makes it tempting for pragmatic companies to try and take shortcuts, as every PC manufacturer shipping a copy of Windows or every phone maker relying on Android tends to do. But Google isn’t just another company, and its competition, Apple’s iPad, isn’t just another formulaic slab of transistors and pixels. To take on the iPad, Google needs to give up its Dr. Frankenstein act and just take the time to craft a tablet from fresh parts. The truth is that just about anyone in tech can build a good tablet, but very few have yet been able to build a good tablet experience. Source
  15. Hope that free lunch was delicious WHEN JANET JACKSON and Luther Vandross sang that "the best things in life are free", they probably didn't have VPN apps in mind, given the year was 1992 and the song was recorded for a 5.5-rated crime comedy caper. Just as well, because if you currently do get your VPN fix free of charge, it's worth considering what the payoff might involve. As the old adage says: if you're not paying for the product, you are the product. According to a new investigation from Metric Labs - the company behind Top10VPN - the majority of the top-ranking free VPN apps on Google Play and the Apple App Store are either based in China, or have some kind of Chinese ownership. If that doesn't immediately raise a flag as red as China's, this is why it should: the Chinese government has been clamping down on VPN software in recent years, and any private data funnelled through them may well not remain private for long. In all, 17 out of the 30 apps analysed had links to China, and 86 per cent had huge privacy issues to boot. Some simply provided no information about whether data was logged or shared with third parties, while others used generic privacy policies with no relevance to VPNs. Others had no policy at all, but several explicitly revealed sharing information with China. If these weren't alarming enough, the professionalism of the outfits should also be called into question. 64 per cent didn't have a dedicated website, with several having no online presence at all. 55 cent of those that bothered with a privacy policy stuck them on a WordPress site with ads, or whacked them straight into a file on PasteBin. And 52 per cent of support email addresses used free, personal domains like Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail. Oh, and 83 per cent ignored emails sent to them. While none of these things are proof of dubious practices, it should at least give you pause for thought. If you care enough about privacy to download a VPN, maybe pay the people you're relying on protecting it in future? Source
  16. Dozens of Android users are reporting that the Instagram app isn’t working for them as of Saturday morning, with some posting about problems on mobile on Twitter since late Friday. At least one user reported that logging on led to a blank white screen. As writer Andrew LaSane pointed out on Twitter, the company doesn’t currently list any known issues on its website in spite of the fact that users have been reporting the bug on social media for more than 12 hours. Neither Instagram nor its parent company Facebook had issued any formal response to the complaints as of publication. Some Twitter users said that heading to Settings in the app, forcing a stop, and clearing the cache and data seemed to fix the issue. The apparent Android glitch isn’t the only problem Instagram users have dealt with this week. The Information reported Friday that the social media company reached out to its some users earlier this week about a security flaw that exposed their passwords. Instagram reportedly told its users on Thursday that the platform’s “Download Your Data” tool put their passwords at risk by including them in the URLs of their browsers. A company spokesperson said the issue affected “a very small number of people,” according to the Information, but the company still advised some users to clear their browser history and update their password. Gizmodo has reached out to Instagram about both issues and we’ll update when we hear back. Source
  17. Google is giving developers tools to push users into updating their apps. Google is giving Android developers a new application programming interface (API) that lets them force users into updating to the latest version of their app. Google revealed at its Android Dev Summit this week that developers will be able to use the new In-app Updates API to create an immediate or flexible in-app update process, which either forces or nudges a user to update an app. Developers can choose which approach is more suitable, depending on how urgent it is that users should update. For example, developers could use the immediate process for critical security updates. After the user opens an app, a full-screen prompt to update is launched that prevents users from using the app until it has been updated. The flexible update allows the user to continue using the app while the update is downloaded. The API should help developers address serious issues if they've rolled out an app with a major bug. However, it also offers developers a way to bump users up to the latest version of an app if they've built a bunch of new features and want all users to have access to them. Google also provided some updates to Kotlin, which according to GitHub, is the fastest-growing language in terms of contributors. This month over 118,000 new projects using Kotlin started in Android Studio, marking a 10-fold increase on last year, according to Google. Google yesterday also revealed how Android would support different types of 'foldables'. It will support two broad classes: foldable devices like Samsung's Infinity Flex device, which has one screen when folded, and devices like the new FlexPai, which has two-screens when folded. Android will offer developers "screen continuity" so that when users start a video on the small screen, it seamlessly transfers to the larger screen as it's unfolded. Source
  18. Almost a year after promising to release software that would let you turn select Android phones into full-fledged Linux PCs, Samsung is now allowing users to sign up for its Linux on DeX beta program and the company says the private beta will officially launch November 12th. In a nutshell, the software works by allowing you to download a desktop Linux distribution, set it up on a container, and launch it as if it were an Android app. The cool thing is that by supporting Samsung’s DeX platform, you can connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to your phone and use it like a desktop computer — while running desktop Linux apps. Samsung is accepting signups for the beta until December 14th and once you’re accepted into the program you’ll be prompted to install an app on your phone. You can either download a Linux image within the app or directly from Samsung’s website. For now Linux on DeX has a few significant limitations: The only operating system that’s officially supported so far is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The only two devices that are officially supported are the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Only apps that are compiled for ARM 64-bit processors will “operate properly.” It’s possible that you might be able to get other operating systems to work with some tinkering, but Samsung says the disk image available for download from its site has been optimized for the DeX platform. The disk image itself is about 3.6 GB, but Samsung says you’ll probably want at least 8GB of free space on your device, as well as 4GB of RAM. If you plan to install additional packages, you’ll need more free space. Samsung notes that Linux on DeX runs in full-screen mode, but you can return to the Android user interface by moving the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen and leaving it there for a second or so to bring up the Android navigation buttons. Don’t need a graphical user interface? Folks who are comfortable with a command line can use a terminal app to interact with Linux without switching to DeX mode. Source
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  20. You shouldn't profit from punishment The lawyer leading the complaints against Alphabet in the EU Android case doesn’t sound impressed by giant ad-slinger’s proposed remedy. Not one bit. While appealing the verdict, Google has also proposed separating its Android bundle into two parts, charging for the part that includes the Play app store. And this is the bit that vexes Thomas Vinje, the Clifford Chance lawyer and the legal counsel and spokesperson for FairSearch, a group representing Google’s critics. Since access to a broad range of apps is vital to making a competitive phone - see the fate of Windows Phone and BB10 - and no other App Store has Google’s depth, phone-makers view involvement with the Google Play Store as mandatory. “By tying the remainder of these apps to the Play store, Google is still leveraging the Play store’s dominance into the market for those other apps,” Vinje wrote in a blog post. “This directly goes against the aim of the decision - to ensure that consumers are exposed to a wider variety of apps which compete with Google’s. In addition, the remedy is unlikely to put an end to Google’s access to data generated by using apps.” The latter refers to the fact that researchers have found that over 88.4 per cent of Android apps studied transmit data back to the Google mothership (pdf). Not so surprising as Google is built around an advertising machine, and this machine helps app developers monetise their apps. Vinje also noted that this remedy proposal, like the “auction” remedy Google proposed in response to a complaint about vertical search - creates a new revenue stream for Google. A leaked schedule of prices indicates that Google wants as much as $40 per device for flagships. This would be offset if phone-makers then agreed to bundle the “free” portion of the bundle - that includes Google Search. “Further enforcement action may be necessary to end Google’s leveraging of its mobile dominance to increase its data hegemony,” Vinje first suggested back in July. He’s likely to raise the volume of that request now. Source
  21. A former Google senior executive, who reportedly received a £70m pay-off after he was accused of sexual harassment by an employee, has hit back at the allegations, saying they are part of a "smear campaign". Andy Rubin, who invented the Android smartphone software, received four years of payments after leaving the internet giant in 2014. He allegedly coerced an employee into performing a sex act on him in a hotel room in 2013, The New York Times reported. When a sexual misconduct claim was made against Rubin, Google asked him to resign. The company is reported to have paid him millions of dollars each month, totalling $90m (£70m) over four years, when he left. It did not reveal the allegation, instead praising him for his work. Mr Rubin, who joined Google in 2005, tweeted that The New York Times report contained "numerous inaccuracies about my employment at Google and wild exaggeration about my compensation". "Specifically, I never coerced a woman to have sex in a hotel room. These false allegations are part of a smear campaign to disparage me during a divorce and custody battle," he said. "Also, I am deeply troubled that anonymous Google executives are commenting about my personnel file and misrepresenting the facts." Mr Rubin began dating his accuser while married to his former wife in 2012. In March the following year his accuser tried to break off the relationship, according to The New York Times. They agreed to meet in a hotel, where Mr Rubin is alleged to have pressured her into performing a sex act, and the relationship ended that evening. A year later, the accuser filed a complaint to Google’s human resources department and told officials about the relationship. Google opened an investigation, during which time the company's board of directors awarded Mr Rubin $150m in shares. It is unclear whether the board were aware of the allegations at this time. The New York Times also reported that Google's security staff had found bondage videos on Mr Rubin's computer, and his ex-wife had claimed he had multiple "ownership relationships" with women while they were married. According to the paper, Google upheld the accuser’s complaint and its chief executive Larry Page told Mr Rubin he should leave in 2014. They reported that he was given an exit package worth $2.5m a month for the first two years and $1.25m a month for the following two, in return for his silence and a promise not to work for rivals. The last of these payments is due next month. Divorce papers filed by Mr Rubin’s ex wife Rie Rubin, who he met at Google, reveal that the 55-year-old's net worth has ballooned since leaving Google. He is now worth about $350m. The sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Rubin were reported earlier this year but this is the first time the nature of the accusation and the financial terms have been laid out. It is not the first time Google has been reported to have paid out to staff accused of sexual misconduct. Dr Richard De Vaul, whose official title is “director of mad science” on Google’s secretive research division, X was accused of using job interviews to screen girlfriends for his poly amorous relationship with his wife. He remains at X. Mr DeVaul issued a statement apologising for his “error of judgment". Former head of search Amit Singhal was accused of groping a worker in 2015. He was paid off and went to work at Uber, who dismissed him when the allegations were reported in the press. Mr Singhal denied being involved in any harassment. A spokesman for Mr Rubin told The New York Times that any relationship he had at Google had been consensual and that he had left the company of his own accord. Google said it took a "hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority". Google's chief executive sent an email to employees regarding The New York Times article in which he admitted it was "difficult to read". He said that 48 people had been terminated for sexual harassment including 13 who were senior managers and that none of them received an exit package. "We’ve also updated our policy to require all Vice Presidents and Senior Vice Presidents to disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict," he added. Source
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  23. Epic details technical, security hurdles of "indie" mobile launch In bringing Fortnite to Android this summer, Epic gambled that the biggest video game phenomenon in the world could find success without relying on the centralized Google Play storefront (and its 30 percent cut of all revenues). That gamble seems to have paid off so far—Epic reports 15 million Fortnite downloads and 23 million players on Android just 21 days after the game's beta release. For context, the iOS version of the game saw roughly 11 million installations in its first month, according to analysis firm Sensor Tower, though the first two weeks of that period were a more limited "closed beta." It took the iOS version of Fortnite about three months to reach 100 million downloads, according to analysis firm Apptopia. Technical hurdles The Android launch numbers come directly from Epic, which goes on to detail the technical challenges of the Android port in a lengthy blog post. Epic has so far limited the Fortnite Android beta to a small set of handsets released in the last two years, a fact that means 92 percent of Android Fortnite players are running Android 8 or newer. Despite working with the up-to-date software, the Fortnite team ran into a lot of headaches managing Android's fragmented hardware universe. Memory management was chief among these problems: Epic found that even freshly restarted phones only allowed 50 to 75 percent of their total memory to be allocated by the game. Apps running in the background could cause persistent memory headaches, too, especially since some of those apps would automatically restart after Android tried to reclaim their memory footprints. Such memory issues on 4GB phones were behind the laggy, stuttering performance we initially saw in our tests on the Galaxy S8+, Epic previously said. Epic says it also ran into bugs in the early Vulkan API drivers supported by some recent Android phones, making OpenGL faster than Vulkan on most devices (though Vulkan ran 20 percent faster on the Samsung S9+ and Note 9). "The industry have had a decade to optimize and harden their implementations of OpenGL," Epic noted. "Vulkan is a more complex API and will take some time to reach the same level of maturity." The blog post notably addresses the spate of malware developers that have tried to direct users to download fake Fortnite installers onto their devices. "So far, Epic has instigated action on 47 unauthorized 'Fortnite for Android' websites, many of which appear to be run by the same bad actors," the company said. Epic says it's working with browser makers and a third-party anti-fraud detection site to find and fight these sites as they pop up. Source
  24. Researchers have discovered a weakness in all version of Android except 9, the most recent release, that can allow an attacker to gather sensitive information such as the MAC address and BSSID name and pinpoint the location of an affected device. The vulnerability is a result of the way that Android broadcasts device information to apps installed on a device. The operating system uses a mechanism known as an intent to send out information between processes or applications, and some of the information about the device’s WiFi network interface sent via a pair of intents can be used by an attacker to track a device closely. “Android OS broadcasts information about the WiFi connection and the WiFi network interface on a regular basis using two intents: WifiManager’s NETWORK_STATE_CHANGED_ACTION and WifiP2pManager’s WIFI_P2P_THIS_DEVICE_CHANGED_ACTION. This information includes the MAC address of the device, the BSSID and network name of the WiFi access point, and various networking information such as the local IP range, gateway IP and DNS server addresses. This information is available to all applications running on the user’s device,” Yakov Shafranovich of Nightwatch Cybersecurity wrote in an advisory on the vulnerability. “While applications can also access this information via the WifiManager, this normally requires the “ACCESS_WIFI_STATE” permission in the application manifest. Geolocation via WiFi normally requires the “ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION” or “ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION” permissions.” A malicious app--or just one that is listening for the right broadcasts from Android--would be able to identify any individual Android device and geolocate it. An attacker could use this weaknesses to track a given device, presumably without the user’s knowledge. Although Android has had MAC address randomization implemented since version 6, released in 2015, Shafranovich research showed that an attacker can get around this restriction. The Android update process is a slow one, thanks to the fact that device manufacturers have to push new versions to carriers, which then roll them out to users. “Also, on Android versions 6.0 and later, the real MAC address of the device is no longer available via APIs and will always return the address “02:00:00:00:00:00”. However, an application listening for system broadcasts does not need these permissions thus allowing this information to be captured without the knowledge of the user and the real MAC address being captured even on Android 6 or higher,” Shafranovich said. MAC addresses are hardware identifiers that serve as unique IDs for devices. Those IDs are permanent, so an attacker who can capture that number and other information about the device can follow the device’s movements. “Because MAC addresses do not change and are tied to hardware, this can be used to uniquely identify and track any Android device even when MAC address randomization is used. The network name and/or BSSID can be used to geolocate users via a lookup against a database like WiGLE or SkyHook. Other networking information can be used by rogue apps to further explore and attack the local WiFi network,” Shafranovich said. Google has implemented a fix for this weakness in Android 9, which the company released earlier this month. That update has already landed for people who own Google’s Pixel devices and will be available for other Android devices in the coming weeks. But the Android update process is a slow one, thanks to the fact that device manufacturers have to push new versions to carriers, which then roll them out to users. If they choose to. Source
  25. Today’s Telegram update brings you an easy way to save conversations on your disk. In just a few taps, you can export some (or all) of your chats, including photos and other media they contain. As a result you’ll get all your data accessible offline in JSON-format or in beautifully formatted HTML. Data Export Results To use this feature, make sure you have the latest version of Telegram Desktop installed on your computer, then click Settings > Export Telegram data. This tool will be particularly useful for users who have millions of messages and can’t easily access the oldest parts of their messaging history. You can export individual chats by opening the … menu in any chat and choosing Export chat history. Exceptions in Notifications Telegram was the first app to give its users notorious flexibility in fine-tuning how their message notifications work. Today we are taking this further by adding Exceptions to the notifications settings, where you can see which chats are excluded from the global settings you defined in Settings > Notifications. Notifications Exceptions Muting all chats but a few (or vice versa) has never been easier. Improved Telegram Passport We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception of Telegram Passport – the tool to log into third-party apps that require real-life identity. Just two weeks after its launch, Passport can be used to sign up for many services, from established sharing economy services to blockchain startups. To name just a few projects that integrated Telegram Passport: Sum & Substance (KYC & user verification), CEX.IO and Xena (cryptocurrency exchanges), CryptoPay (wallet), YouDrive (carsharing), Profi and Worki (job marketplaces), Minter Network and Minexcoin (blockchain startups), KICKICO, Cryptonomos and ICOadmin (ICO platforms). Building on this success, today we’re upgrading Passport to support names in original languages and additional types of documents. We’ve also strengthened the algorithms that encrypt Passport data to better protect your data against hacking attacks coming from Telegram (however unlikely those may seem). This way we further ensure that only you have access to your private data. Source Code and APIs As always, you do not have to take our word on how our encryption works. The updated source code of Telegram apps reflecting all of today’s changes is available on GitHub and open for everybody to review. If you are a developer of a service that requires identity verification, make sure you check out these docs explaining how Telegram Passport can be integrated into your app. Source
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