Android to get kill switch following success of Apple implementation

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A new report indicates U.S. law enforcement officials will announce today that Google and Microsoft will add “kill switches” to their operating systems for mobile devices. The kill switch is meant to serve as an anti-theft measure as it enables consumers to remotely lock smartphones and delete the data off of them if they are stolen. All three major producers of smartphone operating systems had been resisting calls to include the technology in their operating systems until last year when Apple finally cracked and included a kill switch in iOS 7. Since then, Verizon has added a kill switch to Samsung devices sold on their network. 
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AT&T reports data breach targeting unlock codes for phones

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AT&T has reported a data breach that occurred between April 9th and April 21st by three employees of a third-party vendor working with AT&T. According to the report, the vendor’s employees had access to a wide swath of users’ personal information including call record, social security numbers, and possibly financial data like credit card numbers. However, none of that information was the target of the hackers. Instead, the employees were trying to secure unlock codes to be used to unlock AT&T phones. AT&T’s report of the breach came out in a filing with the state of California, where breaches involving at least 500 customers must be reported.
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1Password app gets major update

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If you are in need of a password manager that will work on your Android device, you may want to check out 1Password from AgileBits. The developers have released an updated version that received a major facelift compared with the old version. This new version is such a major change that anyone with the old version will not be able to update their app, they have to install this completely new version.
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Contest: Win 1 of 10 tickets to Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party at Google I/O 2014 [updated with winners]

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It’s hard to believe that Google I/O is only a couple of weeks away. The conference itself is always a exciting, but you can’t forget the parties. Lookout’s Annual Kickoff party is always a blast, and we are excited to offer our readers a chance to get a ticket because it’s one you don’t want to miss. If delicious food, unlimited drinks, great entertainment and cool giveaways from Lookout and T-Mobile sounds like fun to you, then you will want to enter this contest right now. We have 10 tickets (plus one guest) to give away and the details are as follows:


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Samsung could include fingerprint scanners on wearable devices as early as Q2 2014, Synaptics CEO says

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Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, the manufacturer that develops inbuilt fingerprint sensors to Samsung, has made some pretty interesting remarks as of late.

Bergman forecasted that wearable devices with fingerprint sensors will be introduced to the market as early as next year — as the sole provider of this technology to Samsung, this means we’ll most likely see the technology on Sammy’s upcoming wearable devices.

Bergman also said that the company is planning to announce a new fingerprint scanner after Q2 of this year.

Source: Korea Herald

Lookout ups the ante on smartphone theft

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Lookout, one of the leaders in mobile device protection, just introduced Theft Alerts. Currently, only about 3 out of 10 stolen smartphones get returned to their rightful owner, but Theft Alerts will hopefully improve upon that.

When someone steals your phone, there are always a few things that the thief does such as entering a passcode incorrectly, removing the SIM card, enabling airplane mode, turning off the device, and/or removing Lookout as administrator. A thief might attempt one or all of these, but Lookout will have you covered, by sending you alerts when any of these things happen.


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Google’s Project Tango on its way to an upcoming tablet

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Google’s Project Tango has shown a lot of promise in its abilities to handle advanced vision capabilities , and it appears that Tango will be appearing on an upcoming tablet this year.

Google is planning to produce roughly 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets to distribute to developers next month. The tablets will feature a 7-inch screen, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise 3D images of objects.


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Google amps up productivity and security with new Google Apps Mobile Management features

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Yesterday, we heard news that Google is buying Divide, which should give Android a boost in the enterprise world in the near future, but Google already has a few things in store. They just announced new features to Google Apps Mobile Management that will help employees be more productive and protect corporate data.

Inactive Account Wiping will allow IT administrators to set the amount of days an inactive account will automatically get wiped. Compromised device detection will alert IT administrators if someone has rooted a device or installed a custom ROM. They also added support for EAP-based WiFi networks as well as additional reporting fields via the API and Admin console. These additional fields include Serial number, IMEI, MEID, WiFi MAC address, baseband version, kernel version, build number, mobile operator/carrier, language settings, and account ownership/management.

source: Google Enterprise

 

Google is going after the Enterprise market with purchase of Divide

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Google has been on a buying spree as of late, and today’s purchase includes a startup called Divide, formerly known as Enterproid. Divide was backed by Google Ventures group and it focuses on Android in the enterprise by separating corporate information from personal information on devices. Sounds a lot like Samsung’s Knox doesn’t it?

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s expected that the Divide team will join the Android team. It’s no secret that big companies have been backing Apple’s iOS and ignoring Google’s Android, so it’s likely that we will see changes to stock Android that will hopefully make corporate IT departments a little more receptive to our favorite little bugdroid.

source: re/code