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Android Malware Bug, How To Cope With It

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Android’s increasingly large app marketplace carries thousands of useless and admittedly highly useful apps, and just like Apple’s app store, it is generally prone to dodgy apps made by people with the sole purpose of stealing valuable user data from yourself.
The latest ‘dogy’ app spree has come from apps submitted by 3 users which have malicious code in them, this code has now been identified as malware by Google themselves. Google have therefore taken action to remove these apps, however have disclosed that anybody who has downloaded these apps could have already been the target of their sensitive data being stolen.
The Malware in question was called ‘DroidDream’, and acted a little bit like a trojan under cover. It collectively gathered information on a users daily activity, focused on the most highly used, and then calculated inputs in order to gain access to Android users sensitive data.
What this means is that you could already be infected with malware or you may not, all of this depends on whether you have downloaded any of these (now removed by Google) apps from the Android marketplace; Falling Down, Super Guitar Solo, Super History Eraser, Photo Editor, Super Ringtone Maker, Super Sex Positions, Hot Sexy Videos, Chess, Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls, Falling Ball Dodge, Scientific Calculator, Dice Roller, Advanced Currency Converter, APP Uninstaller, Funny Paint and Spider Man.
Amongst these apps removed there were also pirated apps of legitimate versions removed by Google all of which were made in China. Apparently Google will try and track down the source of these app scamsters, and they already know of their user names, however location and actual ID will be a far more complicated process.
What should you do?
If you have downloaded any of the apps mentioned above then you could almost certainly be infected, and your Android Phones could be carrying malicious hidden code. The first step naturally you should do is remove the app completely from your Android Phone, and if you can reboot your handset from a previously saved back up (which would need to be recent if you store phone numbers and download music or apps daily).
The second thing to do is after you have restored your phone from back up, then hard reset the handset from the off position to return the original functions status.
After this, you will probably have got rid of any remaining malicious code which could harm you. I recommend be very wary of what apps you download in the future, and to always download from highly reputable authors and companies alike. A top give away for scamster app submitters are that they have digits at the end of their name that correspond to nothing, such as 3322001910.

What Are Some Very Useful Android Apps?

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The Android platform has very quickly become very popular on mobile phones. This is a project that was started by Google and has become highly successful in the last year. There are many applications that are made for Android phones. Find out what some of the very useful applications are that you can get and use on your phone.
One of the more popular apps is Documents To Go. This has been a popular application on a variety of platforms even back in the Palm Pilot days. What it allows you to do is make Microsoft Office documents from the various applications in the suite on your phone. You can open and edit documents at will on the Android device. If you are heavily tied to Office, this is something that is worth considering.
There are a variety of recording applications that you can use on your Android phone. Some of these are just for recording quick memos to yourself so that you can be sure to remember something later. There are a few that can even record calls. This is useful for important calls that you will need to review at a later date. Just be sure the person on the other line knows you are recording him or her for legal purposes.
There is one application called Flashlight. This simply turns the brightness up on the screen and makes the screen go white. This is great to use when you need to see what is going on around you in dark places.
AndWeather is one of the most popular weather apps. It can quickly show you the weather from your preferred location. If you like, you can set it to track your location and show you the local weather no matter where you are.
With this type of phone, it is a good idea to get the application called My Backup Pro. This allows you to take everything on the phone and have it backed up just in case. You can even set it so that it does scheduled backups automatically onto your SD card.

Google Nexus One – Google Advantage

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Google Nexus One is the smart phone from Google using Android mobile operating system. It is the handset where web meets phone. This handset is manufactured by Taiwan’s HTC Corporation. Its special features are its ability to transcribe voice to text, noise cancelling features with twin microphones and giving you the perfect voice direction while you are driving. This phone is unlocked meaning it is open to all the mobile network providers. However, it covers T-mobile and version of Verizon in US and Vodafone for European networks.
Google Nexus One has a removable 1400 mAh battery of up to 10 hours talk time and 290 hour standby with enormous 5 hours of browsing; its battery is highly charged via MicroUSB. It has a powerful CPU of 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD and 8250 snapdragon ARM. It has superb storage of flash memory of 512 MB. It has capacity of Class 2 micro SD slot with 4 GB expandable up to 32 GB. It has a powerful memory of 512 MB DRAM. It has a 3.7 display with 480 x 800 pixels, 252.15 ppi and 3:5 aspect ratio, it covers WVGA and AMOLED with very high contrast ratio and 1 ms response rate.
Google Nexus One has a capacitive touch screen display, track ball, head set controls accelerometer and many other exciting features. Its camera is a 5 megapixel with geotagging, LED Flash and autofocus. It has many connectivity options from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth to Quad band GSM and Triband HSDPA and HSUPA. This super phone is heralding `iphone killer’ which is outstanding. Its screen design is very impressive with gorgeous display. Its ultra thin body and curved edges makes this phone look elegant. The screen is very manageable; with self adjusting turning down it is having instant and smooth response from opening the program to scrolling. Its camera has especial feature of 2x digital zoom.

2011 Top Five Tablets – Including the Toshiba Android Tablet

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If you are looking to buy a tablet, then certainly you have been overwhelmed with the amount of choices that you have today. It seems that every single technological company on the market today is mass-producing and introducing tablets as way to get their money from the massive tablet market. For years, the leader in the industry has of course been in the Apple iPod. The biggest down side to the Apple iPod, is of course – the price. 2011, was a huge year for tablets and some of the tablets introduced have not only faired well in side by side consumer comparison reports – but have also been a big hit with consumers looking to spend moderate money on a tablet.
So, which are the best? Is it the iPod, the Kindle Fire or the Toshiba Android Tablet? (Or maybe none of those)
The following is a list of the top five selling tables of 2011, and some of the key points that enabled them to be such a hot item. Remember, if you are in the market for a tablet – you should definitely keep your options open and come up with a definitive budget first and foremost, because prices vary by hundreds of dollars in the tablet market.
1. Toshiba Android Tablet. Toshiba introduced the Android 3.0 tablet and it rapidly became a big hit. Not only does it come with more than adequate resolution and software – it was designed to be the best tablet for movie and video watching today. This tablet is priced moderately, depending which version you get and is sure to please nearly anyone looking for an aesthetic and usable tablet operating system. This tablet has all the features of traditional tablets, including a camera, and reached extremely high sales numbers in 2011.
2. Samsung Galaxy. The Samsung Galaxy tablet has received a lot of buzz especially since it is the only tablet that is actually lighter than the iPad. This tablet runs on the Android market and has one of the best camera and video built in devices, which rivals that of Apple. For folks who are extremely interested in picture and video capability, this is likely the best tablet on the market today in that niche.
3. Motorola Xoom. One of the best things about the Motorola tablet is that is has dual core processor which makes it extremely fast and ensures that video streaming is seamless and quick. It has both 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities, and packs enough storage to keep you going for a long time.
4. HTC Flyer. What, never heard of the HTC Flyer. This is a great tablet for the price, especially for folks that don’t need a lot of performance. Since it operates on an older Android system, it definitely won’t be as fast or up to date as the Toshiba Android tablets, but is still a great product for the money. This is the perfect starter tablet.
5. Asus Eee Pad Transformer. One of the best features of this unique design is that it is the only tablet that comes preequipped with a detachable keyboard. Many consumers think that this tablet has the feel of a netbook rather than a tablet, which for many is preferred. While cheaper than many tablets on the market, it too runs on the new 3.0 Android operating system and comes with a 5-mega pixel camera. Picture quality is decent, and for most folks this tablet will do the trick, especially since it costs less than $250.
All in all, there isn’t just one winner when it comes to tablets. While the Toshiba Android tablet is certainly a front-runner and a great rival for iPad, your tablet decision will be based on many different things. Your best bet is to head to a store and try them all out, seeing which one fits the best in your hand and in your lifestyle.

HTC Wildfire – With FriendStream For Simplified Social Networking

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If you’re looking for Smartphone but are on a budget, then one of your first choices should definitely be the HTC Wildfire. This relatively compact phone comes with all the bells and whistles of many of its peers such as a five mega pixel camera, full touchscreen functionality and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.
With dimensions of 106.8x 60.4x 12 mm, the HTC Wildfire is one of more compact Smartphones on the market and also a lightweight 118 g. Measuring 3.2 inches, the TFT capacitive touchscreen does a great job of displaying on screen imagery in the utmost of quality thanks to a pixel configuration of 240x 320. Within this, up to 16 million individual colours are displayed, adding further depth and quality to the contents of the screen. Proximity and accelerometer sensors are included as standard along with a touch sensitive control panel and optical trackpad.
Although the HTC Wildfire does not boast the same internal storage levels of many more expensive Smartphones, it does come with a microSD slot which is able to house a memory card of up to 32 GB. This is likely to prove ample for the needs of the vast majority of users to store their music collections or video clips or any other files.
Both EDGE & GPRS are utilised by the HTC Wildfire to provide it with its connections to the appropriate cellular networks. Access to the Internet is provided primarily via an HSDPA connection in areas where 3G coverage is available. When this is the case, download speeds of up to 7.2 mega bytes per second are available. A faster and more reliable connection can be achieved however, thanks to full Wi-Fi connectivity.
On the back of the handset there is a powerful and versatile 5 mega pixel digital camera. This operates at a pixel resolution of 2592x 1944 pixels and also boasts Autofocus, LED flash for the increasingly popular geo-tagging function as standard. As an additional method of image capture, users can also film video footage with the camera.
The versatility of the HTC Wildfire is largely thanks to a combination of the Android operating system (version 2.1 in this case, however this is upgradeable to later editions) and a 528 MHz processor. Social networking integration, a comprehensive package of Google widgets, and social media applications for sites such as YouTube and Picasa mean users can stay connected friends and family and share their pictures and videos with ease. The versatile internal media player supports several different formats of both music and video files, whilst there is also a selection of pre-installed games and a radio player.
As you can see, there is plenty to keep users entertained within the HTC Wildfire. As if it wasn’t enough, there is also a number of different colour variants available meaning that users are sure to find an option to suit their taste.
Given the specifications of this phone, you may be very surprised at just how affordable it actually is. For this reason, the HTC Wildfire has proven wildly successful and looks set to do so for quite some time.