Android

Protect Android devices from Stagefright by disabling MMS auto-fetch

Android users had a rude awakening earlier this week when news of the Stagefright vulnerability spread like wildfire across online news outlets. And unlike previous hoaxes or paranoid false alarms, this one is actually legit and should cause worry for those running Froyo up to Lollipop, which is basically 95% of devices now. But while Google still hasn’t given a patch fix to carriers and OEMs, we need to start protecting our devices from this devious hack. Lookout has one easy suggestion: disable your device’s MMS auto-fetch.

Six more markets receive Verizon XLTE goodness

The XLTE market is rapidly expanding in the United States. Well, at least according to Verizon as the company recently announced that they have improved the network so 4G LTE mobile connection will be faster than ever. Verizon Wireless has proudly announced that the AWS spectrum and the standard 700MHz 4G LTE spectrum will now be available for XLTE-capable devices.

Vault your way to victory in Vault! now out on Android

If someone asks what your favorite Olympic sport is, you’ll probably answer something like swimming, gymnastics, or football. We doubt if you’ll answer pole vaulting (unless you’re an atheltics enthusiast or an actual pole vaulter) since it isn’t the most exciting sport to watch. But if Olympic pole vaulting was anything like this new Android game called Vault!, then more people would probably watch the sport. Of course then a lot of people would be injured or even dead, so it’s a good thing it’s just a digital game.

Burn up all your matches in Matchiiz puzzle game, now on Android

Your mother (or whoever your guardian was growing up) probably warned you to never play with matches. But this new Android game will actually encourage you to do so, albeit digitally (we’re not really encouraging pyromaniacs here). Matchiiz’ main purpose is for you to burn up all the matches on the board you’re given in this 3D puzzler game. There is also some match inventory involved, but you’d probably be really more interested in burning all these matches, although it’s not as easy as it seems.

Farming Simulator 16 makes all your farming dreams possible, sort of

Have you heard of Farming Simulator 14? No? How about Farming PRO 15? Well, that’s just too bad, because a new and improved farm simulator game is coming right at you and it’s not Farmville, no. You have to understand that a lot of people geek out to different kinds of things. Some geek out to crops, weather patterns, fertilizers, and monster tractors and harvesters, and how best to earn a profit in which season. For these kinds of people, there’s Farming Simulator 16 – coming to Android soon.

Samsung outs 1.0μm-pixel-based 16MP CMOS image sensor

Samsung isn't just known for its mobile devices. Its semiconductor division is one of the top manufacturers in the world today. The South Korean electronics giant recently introduced a new 16MP CMOS image sensor that is 1.0μm-pixel-based. It's the first in the market to bring 1.0μm pixel performance. Officially known as the S5K3P3, this image sensor also makes use of a proprietary ISOCELL technology that reduces color crosstalk to improve color fidelity and light sensitivity.

Razer promises to pay OUYA’s debt to game developers

Gaming outfit Razer has recently acquired OUYA – more specifically, its technical and developer relations arms. OUYA, after a blockbuster Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its microconsole, slowly spiraled down as it struggled to find its place in a console market dominated still by Sony and Microsoft. Razer has swooped in to acquire – not including the hardware business, mind you – but was not aware that OUYA had debts to game developers in excess of USD$600,000.

Google Search can tell you if a venue or store is packed

Google has definitely changed how we live our lives today. What started as a search engine, the company is now a tech giant that offers hundreds of products and services for those who want to be in the know all the time. We can't list every contribution of Google but we're really happy with Android, the apps, devices, Android Wear, Google Drive, Now cards, YouTube, and even Android Auto.

Moto FM Radio app now sporting Material Design, UI improvements

Who here still listens to terrestrial FM radio? No one? Well, some smartphones still do have FM radio features built into them, like Motorola’s Moto G or Moto E series. And because of that, Motorola still maintains the Moto FM radio app for these devices. In fact, they’ve now given a make-over to the app in the latest update, which includes Material Design, the ability to record from the tuner, and some UI improvements as well.
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