Dropbox, Google, Open Technology Fund, Security Researchers to simplify security tools

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There seems to be a lot of talk about security and privacy today. First Apple took shots at Google in their statement about privacy. Then it was revealed that Google would enable device encryption by default in Android L. Now Google is collaborating with Dropbox, the Open Technology Fund, and leading security researchers for Simply Secure, a new organization that will make open source security tools simpler and easier for people to use.

Many of the security tools that are in place are just too complicated for the average consumer. Take two-factor authentication for instance. It’s widely used in many services, including Gmail and Dropbox, but so few people utilize it. Most people don’t even lock their smartphones.


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Android L will enable device encryption by default for better security

Nexus_5_Android_L_Developer_Preview_Home_Screen_01_TAWe’re still waiting on an official Android L announcement from Google, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep an eye out for new features that the update will have. The latest report comes from the Washington Post and states that Google will enable device encryption by default on all Android L devices. Phone security is a huge deal lately, so this is a welcome change. This encryption will primarily deter law enforcement or government from pulling any data or personal information off of an encrypted device, unless the owner of the device willingly consented to a search. 
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OnePlus calls off StyleSwap covers and labels new pre-order system “a blessing”

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To call the OnePlus One’s launch ‘smooth’ would be nothing close to the truth. OnePlus experienced production issues and software woes. Then there was the sexist contest and the alleged exploding device. The latest issue has to do with the StyleSwap covers, a replaceable back panel made out of various materials to give some personality to the OnePlus One. After failing to pass quality assurance tests, OnePlus is not comfortable mass producing them. StyleSwap covers have been called off. If you need a replacement, OnePlus recommends contacting technical support.


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Take a look inside Samsung’s Gear VR

samsung_gear_vr_screen_01We know a lot about Samsung’s Gear VR, but it’s difficult to actually imagine what it would be like to wear the device. Fortunately the folks at Samsung Tomorrow shot a video (with a Galaxy K Zoom, of course) of the inside of the Gear VR to give you an idea of what it looks like in action. The video itself is cool, although it can be a little disorienting. Virtual reality is something that you have to experience to understand, so it’s hard to replicate in a video. The clip is still cool to see, though.

Hit the link below to check it out.

source: Samsung Tomorrow

Google testing optional Home button for Chrome’s Android app

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The Chrome app for Android does not have a quick way to get to a homepage. So how is Google going to fix that? By adding a Home button, of course! Users of Google’s web browsing app are reporting that within the Settings menu, there is a selection to activate a Home button to be placed next to the address bar. It is completely optional and adds a small icon that, in one tap, sends you over to your preset homepage.

Via: Android Police

Run any Android app on your Chromebook with this hack

Chromebook_Running_Android_APK_01Last week, Google announced the first four Android apps that can run on Chrome OS, but there is already a hack that will let you run just about any Android app you want. This hack, created by vladikoff, uses a JavaScript script allowing you to sideload any Android APK onto your Chromebook. It will run under the Android App Runtime just like the four official apps (Vine, Duolingo, Evernote, and Sight Words) do.


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Findery, an app full of location stories and notes, launches for Android

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Caterina Fake, the woman behind Flickr, is today launching an Android app for the social discovery platform Findery. The purpose of Findery is to discover stories and notes about places all around the world. Users can read stories, histories, and tips about a particular location. Then, they can share their own experience for someone to pick up and read later on.

“The world is a big place, and an endless source of wonder and discovery. Android, with its worldwide distribution, will grow our community of explorers,” says Fake. Findery notes have already been shared in 196 countries around the world.

Even if you are not a tourist, Findery is still be a very impressive tool. Go somewhere and find out more about the location. There is a very good chance you will learn something new. Findery also allows users to follow one another; therefore, someone you can keep track of someone if they tend to be a particularly interesting traveler.

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Motorola Moto X (2014) will not be available with Sprint

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One of the fall’s most wanted devices will not be available on the Sprint network. A consumer was curious to know whether or not the carrier would offer the Moto X (2014) with Sprint. Unfortunately, he and plenty of others received some disappointing news. Motorola stated that the new Moto X won’t be available on the Sprint network.” The handset does, through carrier versions and the Pure Edition, work with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Source: @Motorola

Tim Cook’s new privacy statement for Apple jabs Google

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New hardware and software isn’t all Apple has launching this week. Tim Cook, the chief executive officer, personally wrote a new privacy statement located on the company’s site. In it, there are jabs at other tech firms and Google is seemingly the prime target. Unlike other tech firms, Cook states that Apple treats users as customers and not a product.


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