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Coolpad has a backdoor in Android devices, says Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks has got some not so good news for us: Coolpad has been found to have a backdoor in millions of Android devices sold by the company. The China-based smartphone manufacturer has what they call the CoolReaper, a backdoor that exposes device users to potential malicious activities. According to the the security firm, it appears that Coolpad installed the backdoor and is currently maintaing it despite the customer's objections.

Archer Diaries lets you train around the world to become archery expert

With the popularity of several pop culture phenomenon like Arrow, Avengers, Lord of the Rings and Hunger Games, archery has suddenly become cool again (Robin Hood says, "Told ya!") in the past few years. Attendance in archery schools shot up, students in gym class no longer avoid the bows and arrows, and during Halloween, they've become a popular costume as well. A new game called Archer Diaries is set to take advantage of this continued popularity, this time, aiming (pun intended) it at mobile users.

Gold-plated Samsung Note Edge spotted in Vietnam

Seeing a gold-plated mobile device is nothing new but if it's spotted in Vietnam, it can be a bit surprising. The mobile market in Vietnam is not that strong so a special edition is not expected. But then again this isn't the first golden gadget found in the country. Golden Mobile previously released a gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Note 4. This isn't an official limited edition unit from Samsung though but just a grand effort by the company who made it.

Tile App now available on Android to help forgetful people

A few months ago we talked about the Tile tag that will be the saviour of absent-minded people or those who just seem to always lose their stuff. The accompanying app that will make it easier for you to locate all these lost gadgets or umbrellas or wallets or handkerchiefs, are now available for your Android smartphones and tablets. Of course it will only work if you have one or more Tile tags so if you don't have it yet, you can still read on and maybe you'll get one afterwards.

Major Fleksy update brings virtual keyboard extensions to your phone

Virtual keyboard apps have become an in thing for those dissatisfied with their device's native typing pad. One of the most popular ones out there is Fleksy and we think they're about to become even more popular with their biggest update to date, bringing keyboard extensions, including the (almost) always fun world of GIFs to your fingers. And if "extensions" sounds like such a boring feature, wait til you see what you can now do without leaving the app you're currently typing on.

Huawei Honor 6 sample photos shown off

We've been waiting for Huawei to finally reveal the Honor 6 Plus and now that the smartphone is out, a lot of good reviews are coming out especially in terms of the camera. As we mentioned yesterday, the smartphone highlights a dual 8 megapixel rear camera setup. Such camera, or rather a duo of 8MP cameras, means there's great aperture for photos. It's something like what the HTC One M8 has. Some photo samples prove that the latest Huawei Honor 6 Plus camera is great.

Amazon Fire phone software update identifies artwork with Firefly

Amazon has announced a new software update for its not so popular Fire smartphone. The latest software update brings AT&T branded version to Fire OS 3.6.5 and the unlocked GSM version to Fire OS 3.6.8. While the OS versions are different for the two device models the updates bring the same exact features to the smartphones.

BlackBerry partners with Amazon for Android apps

Android apps running on BlackBerry? This isn't a new thing because apps have been running on BlackBerry 10 OS for some time now but the Canadian smartphone pioneer recently teamed up with Amazon. In line with the arrival of the BlackBerry Classic smartphone, this partnership is an effort to bring more Android goodness to the platform. The new smartphone is said to run BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1, Amazon Appstore, and an Android Runtime.

Micromax unveils YUreka Cyanogen smartphone for India

We mentioned yesterday that Micromax had taken Shenzhen OnePlus to court and won an injunction because Shenzhen was selling smartphones in India that ran Cyanogen. Micromax had set up a deal with the US developers of Cyanogen that allows it to sell smartphones with the OS exclusively. The resulting injunction forced Shenzhen to remove its devices from Indian stores.
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