Google Play Services holds important role in security for Android devices

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During Google I/O 2014 today, some time was spent sharing the role that Google Play Services holds in keeping all users up-to-date and secure against malicious attacks. According to Google, Google Play Services gets updated every six weeks and is one of the few frameworks that they actively monitor to make sure it stays on that schedule. With these updates rolling out regularly, Google says 93% of all Google users are on the latest version.
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Sundar Pichai responds to Tim Cook’s comments regarding Android’s security and user turnover

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Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, and a ton of other people at Apple have typically never had anything nice to say about Android. That’s not to say Android’s leaders have never fired back, but Apple’s crew does not seem to do actually look at the facts. At WWDC a few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to talk about Android. He rallied his crowd by bringing up Android’s security flaws and called it a “toxic hell stew.” Android and Chrome’s leader, Sundar Pichai, sat down with Businessweek to make some clarifications and issue a response.
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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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