Author Archives: Sam Koutroulakis


Google’s “Bouncer” may not protect us from all Android malware

We're not going to lie, when Google introduced its "Bouncer" solution to the malware problem evident in the Android Market - it was comforting to know they would take antivirus protection into their own hands. Well, it seems that may not make a lick of difference for some rare cases. Professor Xuxian Jiang at North Carolina State University have recently found a new form of malware threatening Android's security.

Rdio app undergoes a facelift, Android 4.0 support included

Those of you who were Rdio users prior to purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Nexus were probably wondering when it would be updated to Android 4.0. It is now perfectly compatible, and even underwent a much welcomed UI transformation. Like other music streaming apps, Rdio offers an great collection of over 12 million songs that can be instantly streamed to any Android device.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 6, 2012

We had quite a few stories today, and the most interesting may well be the rumor of some Android-based HUD glasses from Google. There have been rumors suggesting a secret project is in the works to bring some augmented reality glasses to public testing soon. It will apparently only be for one eye, and on the side. Unfortunately, it's not likely they will be see through - so don't plan on becoming a 'terminator' quite yet.

Android Community Weekly: February 4, 2012

This week in tech news, we see a number of software updates, preparations by companies for the Super Bowl, and even a few official device reviews. Monday, Motorola began to offer a bootloader-unlocked RAZR XT910 'Developer Edition'. It is currently available for €499 ($657), but only in Europe for the time being. ClockworkMod Touch by 'Koush' was released in Beta form early on this week as well. It has had steady updates throughout the week, and it's obvious he wants to implement the new features on as many devices with a strong developmental following as possible.

Costco offering Verizon Galaxy Nexus for $219, extended battery included

It's not too late to snag a Verizon Galaxy Nexus for a great price! Sure its been out for a while, but it's still one of the best phones available. Costco is offering it for $219.99 with a new 2-year contract, but also throwing in a free 2100mAh extended battery. Seeing as the battery would normally cost $49.99 from Verizon, this is a great deal!

Verizon releases clip on ‘Unified Communications and Collaboration’

Dubbed Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) by Verizon Wireless, the company has released a video describing how it simplifies a user's work experience, and prepares them for a more secure future. It's tough to tell if we're seeing anything new through this clip, as most of this could be put together prior to it. It seems they've only termed wireless unity 'UCC'.

Angry Birds possibly teams up with KISS frontman Gene Simmons

What sounds better than Angry Birds launching through the air to blow up evil green pigs? Launching Angry Birds with painted KISS faces! Alright, it's not for sure so don't get too excited - but Gene Simmons, the frontman for KISS, has supposedly spilled the beans about a KISS-Angry Birds partnership.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 3, 2012

After pulling together today's top stories, you may have missed a terrible incident where refurbished XOOM units from Woot contained previous user data! Apparently, between March to October of 2011, refurbishing companies were apparently wiping the devices improperly. If you have fallen victim to this, Motorola will help pay for a 2 year subscription to Experian to make sure your credit hadn't been adversely affected.

Motorola releasing performance update for ATRIX 2 now

Motorola has just now started rolling out a major software update improving both performance, as well as security. Update v55.13.25 will completely remove Carrier IQ from the device, and if you don't exactly know what that is - navigate here. You'll see about 9 fixes, and of them improved picture clarity delivered from the camera will be most noticeable.