Android

Developer for malware app settles out of court with FTC, New Jersey

You really have to be careful nowadays with apps that are promising various rewards and bonuses (and if they don't come from reliable developers). Chances are, they are either a fraudulent company or they will be unleashing a malware on your device that will eat up your battery or memory or worse, it might actually steal something from you. The developer of one such app decided to settle out of court with the Federal Trade Commission and the New Jersey government, and now they will never be able to create similar apps ever again.

Facebook Messenger secure P2P payments rolls out all over the US

Mobile payment transactions may not be the standard yet but there are a lot of people who prefer this method simply because of its ease and convenience. Others are simply worried about privacy and security but developers like Facebook know how to make an app secure all the time. Frequent updates and releases make sure the app is  always in tip-top shape.

Facebook Ads Manager launched, complete with marketing tools for businesses

Facebook is still the most popular social network today. It’s been the top social website for young and old alike. Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, it’s not going away anytime soon. It may be No. 1 but admit it or not, this website has more disadvantages rather then advantages. Of course, that’s just the cynic in me talking but as a parent, I don’t think I’d want my kid spending a lot of time in there because there are just too many things that can happen and be explored.

Alcatel, Cyanogen’s Hero 2+ project gets scrapped in favor of future product

Device manufacturer Alcatel made the news at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in March that it was teaming up with software developer Cyanogen for the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ phablet. It was supposed to be a next gen phablet with Cyanogen software running the show. We’ve just received news that both Alcatel and Cyanogen have announced the termination of this project in favor of a future product.

Samsung Galaxy A8 hands-on video leaked, maybe from TENAA

We've heard a lot about the upcoming mid-range Samsung Galaxy A8, including certification details from China's TENAA. But a new leaked video is probably the closest we're getting to actually seeing and touching the (hopefully) soon to be launched phablet. And surprisingly enough, it might also have come from TENAA, giving a bit of "credibility" to the product show on the video. It may have just confirmed some of the things we've known about the Galaxy A8 and given us a glimpse of what to actually expect.

Roaming mobile charges will finally stop in Europe under “net neutrality”

After months of negotiations and back and forts, the European Union has agreed to remove the roaming charges that users accumulate as they travel overseas, and instead adopt a "net neutrality" standpoint. The "trilogue" between member nations, the European Parliament, and the Commission finally decided that two years from now, mobile users can freely use their respective carrier services whenever they travel to other member countries, instead of paying a fortune on top of their regular monthly service fees.

Huawei launches Honor 7 smartphone, unibody metal design

More and more China-based manufacturers are getting on the budget flagship niche, also known as the upper mid-range market. Truth be told, Chinese manufacturers seem well-placed to provide these kinds of devices – with robust specs at a very aggressive price point. Huawei’s recent announcement of the Honor 7 smartphone is evidence of this, a premium-looking phone for a lower price.

Metal-clad Meizu MX5 unveiled, packs Helio X10 proc

Meizu is currently not a household name when it comes to smartphones and Android gadgets the way Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony are. But one thing the China-based manufacturer can do, along with many of these upstart Chinese outfits, is to put pressure on the big boys with aggressive pricing and faster factory-to-market delivery in emerging markets. Meizu’s newest flagship, the Meizu MX 5, arrives just after the company unveiled the M2 Note smartphone earlier this month, and looks to be a contender in the budget flagship niche.

Episode 3 of Tales from the Borderlands could be the best one yet

Truth be told, after playing Episodes 1 and 2 of Telltale Games’ take on the Borderlands gaming franchise – an episodic mobile game called “Tales from the Borderlands” – I was pumped, because it was such a great game. I was also sad that Telltale Games did one over itself and would probably not be able to sustain the production of the next few episodes, especially as Episode 2 was really great. These are the times that I am glad to be wrong. Episode 3 is here, and it’s a trip… nay, it’s a journey.

Classic rockers AC/DC finally arrives on music streaming services

Music streaming may be big business now, but not all artists are immediately on board to have their entire catalog available for the world on various platforms, without actually paying for them per se. There are those who take some time before finally allowing their labels to put up their music on places like Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, and Google Play Music (and now, Apple Music as well). One of the most popular rock bands in the world, AC/DC, has finally agreed to join said services and classic rock fans couldn't be happier.