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Google announces Bouncer service to keep Android malware in check

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The malware situation on Android has been discussed to death, to the point where there are now more articles written on it than the actual malware. Having said that it is still a very serious issue and Google understands this better than anyone. So they have announced a new service called Bouncer.

Bouncer is basically a program that automatically check newly submitted apps. However, there is no App Store or Windows Marketplace like vetting or approval process. Developers submit their apps as usual, which then appear on the Market and Bouncer then checks these applications to see if they are malicious. Read more »

This is not the Galaxy S II Plus you’re looking for

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Today our inbox was flooded with tips about a leaked image of what is supposedly a new Galaxy phone, namely the Galaxy S II Plus. Upon closer inspection, we can see some telltale signs of photo manipulation which lead us to believe that the image is most likely fake.

The photo, originally published on mobile-review.com editor-in-chief Elder Murtazin’s twitter page, shows some blatant inconsistencies with what we know about the upcoming ICS TouchWiz interface, among other things. Read more »

Samsung ‘join the queue’ with their new Superbowl ad

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As with the Honda’s tantalizing CRV Superbowl ad, Samsung have thrown in their two cents ahead of the main event to join the ranks of Volkswagen, Go Daddy and Victoria’s Secret.

Whoa! what is that?

As it goes, Superbowl ad space is the cream of the crop when it comes to TV advertising space and Samsung have spent it advertising their new Galaxy Note. Read more »

iPad 3 to feature worldwide LTE and quad-core chipset?

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Leaked iBoot images show that the next Apple tablet will have a combined GSM/CDMA/LTE radio, as well as a quad-core A6 chipset.

The model numbers leaked are J1 and J2, which refer to two versions of the iPad 3 (iPad 3,1 and iPad 3,2, respectively). Read more »

An Android-powered phone made of bamboo is light, eco-friendly

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Here’s an interesting phone designed by a 23 year-old student at Middlesex University – an Android-powered smartphone, whose body is made of a single piece of bamboo. It’s a unibody that Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, the designer, claims is as strong as plastic, but is eco-friendly and is twice as light as an iPhone.

Woodhouse is working for a Chinese company called ADzero that will make the phone – the bamboo phone won’t suffer the fate of most beautiful concepts that never make it into the hands of consumers. Read more »

Google releases update to its Chrome to Phone app

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Google’s nifty app finally gets its first update in over a year, and brings some much-needed fixes to Honeycomb users.

Chrome to Phone lets you instantaneously send open webpages to your mobile browser, as well as directions and phone numbers. Read more »

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX battery trial is over, meet our new champion [TEST]

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With a 3300 mAh battery out of the box, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX has almost twice the capacity, compared to any of its direct competitors, so, naturally, the expectations for the smartphone’s battery performance ran quite high.

Well, here are the results from the RAZR MAXX run in our battery test, people. Prepare to be impressed! Read more »

Dual-SIM Nokia Asha 200 is here and ready to text [VIDEO]

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Now that we’ve gotten the 300 out of the way, it’s time for the super cheap Nokia – the Asha 200 to have a go at our reviewing course.

The Asha 200 is a non-touch device with a full four row QWERTY keyboard, which has the ability to operate two SIM cards at the same time. Trying to keep the asking price as low as possible, the Nokia Asha 200 has a modest specs sheet, covering little else but the basics. Read more »

Nexus S 4G official ICS ROM leaked

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The CDMA version of the Nexus S finally gets its long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update. In fact, the ICS version listed after flashing is version 4.0.4.

This, as opposed to 4.0.3. is not a part of any official Android build, and may likely contain functionality yet to be announced by Google. Read more »

A shiny white Samsung Galaxy Note pays us a visit [HANDS-ON]

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The white color Galaxy Note has been an elusive bird and it’s rarely been sighted. We finally have one and we’ve prepared a bunch of photos for you.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note back in October, but it launched only a black version of the unique phoneblet, as we like to call it internally. Just before Christmas though, the Galaxy Note appeared in snow white dress in Korea and a few other markets.

A few days ago the white Galaxy Note hit the UK and other European markets, AT&T US is also launching both the black and white Notes next month.

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Free custom laser engraving for every Galaxy Note in South Korea

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Good news for those of you living in South Korea. If you are still wondering whether to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note or not, this may help you decide.

Samsung is offering to engrave the battery cover of your brand new Galaxy Note for free. There are lots of custom fonts and languages supported, so you shouldn’t worry about the lack of customization options. Read more »

Here’s what Photoshop CS6 will do for your phone’s photos [VIDEO]

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A recent sneak preview of the newest version of Adobe’s legendary photo editing software, Photoshop CS6, reveals some really cool stuff you can do to your phone photos.

photoshop cs6 preview

Among other things, CS6 features a rewritten Camera Raw 7 module, which, as evident, is good for processing more than RAW images. Read more »

Symantec have identified a possible string of botnet Android apps, may affect between 1-5 million users

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Despite a point of contention over the true nature of these applications, a string of 13 apps have been identified as potential threats on the Android Market.

Botnet Android Apps invading devices

One of the largest security software makers in the business, Symantec (best known for the Norton security software family) say they’ve identified these applications and relate them to a botnet-like virus called Android.Tonclank. Read more »

Are RIM planning a CDMA version of the unusual BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981, it looks like it

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After running our eyes over RIM’s scheduled plans for 2012, the word at the front of our minds was ‘boring’.

slide of a possible CDMA PorscheBerry'

Probably not what the Canadian smartphone maker was hoping for, but there were one or two exceptions which caught our eye, one of which could well be a CDMA variant of RIM’s latest Porsche designed Berry’. Read more »

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX brought 3300 mAh of battery goodness to our office [VIDEO]

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Over the past year or so, we witnessed the Android smartphones more than double their processing power and graphic performance, thus reaching levels, almost comparable with entry level personal computers. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the battery life of the devices we encountered. Quite often, we witnessed top shelf Android handsets display battery performance which almost questions their practicality.

Meet the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, people. An Android smartphone, designed specifically with battery performance in mind. In a rather impressive feat of engineering, the guys over at Motorola have managed to stuff a battery big enough to power a laptop, while sticking closely to the impressive waistline of the original Droid RAZR.

In terms of specs, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX is mostly identical to its slimmer sibling. Read more »