Android security chief: anti-virus apps are overrated

When you are partly in charge of making a product, of course you want to project your product in the best light possible. But when Google's chief security engineer for all things Android, Adrian Ludwig, downplayed the value of anti-virus apps before Google I/O 2014, he might have projected a different and harmful image instead. While he claims that majority of users won't benefit from malware-hunting apps on Android, the number of malware on the platform, even those that get through Google Play Store's own bouncers, prove otherwise.

Wear Mini Launcher gives quick access to smartwatch apps

While smartwatches are supposed to make our lives easier by letting us read notifications and do tasks without opening our devices, it’s still in its early stages and so it’s still a pain to use sometimes. It takes users a few steps to open an app, even with the voice prompt feature. Wear Mini Launcher is a new app created for wearables, specifically to give easy access to locally installed apps on your smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active survives lawnmower crunching

When I think of a phone made for “rugged”, I will most likely point back to my venerable old Nokia 6250, and not to the Galaxy S4 Active which Samsung purports to be a ruggedized version of its 2013 flagship phone. Believe us that when they thought of the moniker “active”, they were not thinking of being “crunched by a lawnmower” kind of active. But this unit, although a bit worse for wear (just a tiny bit), miraculously survived the lawnmower treatment.

Customizable Quick Settings considered for Android L

If you’re a true blue fan, this piece of news might just get you thanking whatever Android gods you subscribe to (Cyanogen?), as Google has indicated that it is actually considering a customizable “Quick Settings” feature in the upcoming Android L, scheduled to launch within the year. And we can tell that if you have been using Android for a while now, this may just increase the value of keeping a stock version of the OS rather than a tweaked one.

Microsoft OneNote for Android beta program opens

We get that Evernote got here first, and is rightly claiming a majority of the market. Maybe that is why Microsoft is opening itself to suggestions from users as it tests out the Android beta for note-taking and archiving software OneNote, as announced on the Microsoft Office blog yesterday. OneNote has made its way over to Android, but it might not be long before we see a better, stand-alone version of Microsoft’s note-taking app.

Selling your phone? Make sure it’s fully wiped first

If you’re the type of person who likes changing your Android phone every few months or so, chances are you’ve sold your gadget through eBay, Craiglist, or some other secondhand online stores. Before selling it, of course you tried to wipe all your data by restoring factory settings and deleting all files on the phone and memory card. But according to avast!, not all your information is completely and securely erased. They conducted a study that showed not all personal information disappears and it is scary if it will fall into the wrong hands.

Qwerkywriter: vintage typewriter keyboard for your gadgets

As technology and gadgets become more and more advanced, there is still some part of us (at least those old enough to remember) that longs for a small part of the past, when things like typewriters existed. But what if you could meld those two worlds in one gadget? That is what Qwerkywriter from start-up company Qwerkytoys, is aiming to do with its vintage typewriter-inspired keyboard.