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SnoopSnitch for Android detects possible smartphone data theft

Security Research Labs (SRLabs) is a German outfit that has released an interesting security app called SnoopSnitch – the app basically alerts users if someone is trying to spy on their mobile phone. The app can detect if someone is using International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers – along with other Android vulnerabilities – to spy on a device.

More rumored specs of the Sony Xperia Z4 leaked

Late last year, we were talking about rumors of Sony crazily launching its next flagship phone, the Sony Xperia Z4, in January at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Fortunately for us, CES has come and gone, and the world is still a bit sane as we know it – no launch from Sony in January. But more and more rumors point to an unveiling in March at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – as more info about the specs of the Xperia Z4 continue to leak out.

HTC HD2 boots up with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Apart from the Nexus S, there’s another device that has received a long list of upgraded Android versions – this is the HTC Leo, more popularly known as the HTC HD2. This is a testament to the versatile hardware build of the device that years after its release, it is still able to boot and run Android 5.0.

CyanogenMod now officially supports Android One

It might have taken a while, but a lot of Android One users would probably be very happy to know that CyanogenMod, the popular aftermarket software outfit that tweaks Android into a better version of itself, is now giving it official support. There are only three devices under this Android umbrella, and all three are getting some CM11 love.

Project Ara releases new MDK ahead of second developers conference

Our favorite modular phone guys, Project Ara, has just made public the second version of their Module Developers Kit (MDK) – which basically contains all you need to know if you want to create a module for Project Ara based on the Spiral 2 prototype. This was done ahead of the Ara Developers Conference slated on February 14 – we guess that the contents of the MDK will be big talking points on the conference itself.

Polaroid Selfie smartphone could be in legal trouble with Oppo

When the Polaroid Selfie smartphone was launched at CES 2015, there was this sneaking feeling at the back of this tech hack’s mind that the cute rotating camera – the highlight of Polaroid’s new smartphone – looked strangely and dangerously like China-based outfit Oppo’s N1 and N3. It wasn’t long until the news finally reached Oppo, and here we are, with Polaroid in possible legal trouble for this very reason.

AMPL powered backpack solves charging issues, debuted at CES

Modern society has been so reliant on its gadgets that running out of battery power is a very real – and in most cases, a very stressful – issue for most. That is why mobile power banks are in vogue these days. But the AMPL powered backpack presents a novel solution to the issue – a backpack with charging capabilities so that if you are not using your gadgets, they can be in your bag and charging at the same time.
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