android http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1707/ en Google Beefs Up Android Security, Watches for Misbehaving Apps http://www.maximumpc.com/google_beefs_android_security_watches_misbehaving_apps_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nexus_verify.jpg" alt="Android Verify" title="Android Verify" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />New security measures keeps your installed Android apps in check</h3> <p>It's not unusual for a malicious Android app to sneak into Google Play, though they're obviously much more prevalent from third-party sources, especially from sketchy areas of the web. To help protect users from falling prey to an app's malicious intentions, <strong>Google is rolling out a new enhancement to its security scheme that will examine an app's behavior after it's been installed</strong>.</p> <p>The security scheme will continually check devices to make sure installed apps aren't misbehaving. It's part of Google's "Verify apps" security system, which also scans apps prior to installation.</p> <p>"Because potentially harmful applications are very rare, most people will never see a warning or any other indication that they have this additional layer of protection. But we do expect a small number of people to see warnings (which look similar to the existing Verify apps warnings) as a result of this new capability," Google stated in a <a href="http://officialandroid.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/expanding-googles-security-services-for.html" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "The good news is that very few people have ever encountered this; in fact, we’ve found that fewer than 0.18 percent of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful."</p> <p>This new measure will also protect against potentially malicious apps that might have been installed prior to Google's verification system going live in 2012. Either way, it's nice to have the extra layer of protection, especially as malware writers begin to pay more attention to Android.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_beefs_android_security_watches_misbehaving_apps_2014#comments android apps Google Security Software News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:21:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 27605 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Now Reportedly Requires ‘Powered by Android’ Logo on Boot-up http://www.maximumpc.com/google_now_reportedly_requires_%E2%80%98powered_android%E2%80%99_logo_boot- <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/powered-by-android-1.jpg" alt="Powered by Android Logo" title="Powered by Android Logo" width="228" height="112" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HTC M8 One and Galaxy S5 already comply with new guidelines</h3> <p>Android’s customizability is one major reason why the open source mobile OS has managed to endear itself to vendors and users galore. But don’t be misled into believing that Google has granted vendors a carte blanche. There are <strong>certain rules smartphone makers need to play by if they want their users to be able to access certain Google-developed stock apps</strong> considered integral to the whole Android experience.</p> <p>Enshrined in its Mobile Services agreement, these rules aren’t something Google likes to talk about publicly. Nevertheless, it is now being reported that Google has updated the guidelines to add a new requirement. According to reports, all <a href="http://www.geek.com/android/google-mandates-powered-by-android-branding-on-new-devices-1589253/" target="_blank">new Android devices are now required to display the words “powered by Android”</a> at the time of boot up. In fact, devices like the recently released HTC M8 One and the upcoming Galaxy S5 already meet this requirement.</p> <p>“The Android Bootup logotype is always given appropriate clear space in creative. Limited space and media size require slight variations in clear space requirements,” read the <a href="http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/03/28/the-rumors-are-true-new-and-updated-android-devices-now-required-to-have-powered-by-android-bootup-logo-to-get-gms-certification/" target="_blank">leaked guidelines</a>. “The Android Bootup logo should always be at the bottom of the screen horizontally centered.”</p> <p><em>Image Credit: AndroidPolice</em></p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_now_reportedly_requires_%E2%80%98powered_android%E2%80%99_logo_boot-#comments android Google htc one m8 mobile services agreement powered by android samsung galaxy s5 News Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:50:19 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27530 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Sweetens Shield Console with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Price Drop to $199 Through April http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_sweetens_shield_console_android_442_kitkat_price_drop_199_through_april <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/nvidia_shield_0.jpg" alt="Nvidia Shield" title="Nvidia Shield" width="228" height="215" style="float: right;" />OTA update adds new and enhanced features to Nvidia's Shield handheld</h3> <p>Owners of Nvidia's Shield console are in for a treat. On April 2, <strong>Nvidia will begin rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update that upgrades the device's Android platform to Android 4.4.2 KitKat</strong>, though that's not the only feature upgrade. It also adds a bunch of GameStream enhancements, including some beta goodies such as notebook support, Wake on LAN, and remote login support, which will allow users to log into a locked PC remotely from Shield.</p> <p>This is really just the tip of the iceberg. Following the update, you'll be able to use a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse to play games on your big screen TV in Console Mode. While still on the topic of GameStream, Shield owners will be able to add unofficially supported games to their GameStream list from GeForce Experience, use a USB Y-cable to charge the Shileld when using Ethernet in Console Mode with a micro USB Host OTG Y cable, and manually set the bitrate, FPS, and optimal settings preference in TegraZone.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/tegra_zone_pc_games.jpg" alt="TegraZone PC Games" title="TegraZone PC Games" width="620" height="349" /></p> <p>There's a new user interface for TegraZone that's intended to help gamers have an easier time organizing and discovering games, as well as give them access to an integrated news feed for the latest Shield and TegraZone articles. To date, there are over 140 games in TegraZone</p> <p>Still on the fence? To give potential buyers a nudge, Nvidia is temporarily dropping the price of Shield to $199 from today through the end of April.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_sweetens_shield_console_android_442_kitkat_price_drop_199_through_april#comments android android 4.4.2 kitkat console Gaming Hardware mobile nvidia shield News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:00:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27500 at http://www.maximumpc.com HTC One M8 Rocks a 5-inch Full HD Display, 2.3GHz Quad-Core Processor http://www.maximumpc.com/htc_one_m8_rocks_5-inch_full_hd_display_23ghz_quad-core_processor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/htc_one_m8.jpg" alt="HTC One M8" title="HTC One M8" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />HTC refreshes its popular One device</h3> <p>Following a raft of online leaks, rumors, and frequent speculation, <strong>HTC today officially unveiled its HTC One (M8) smartphone</strong>, a powerful followup to its well received HTC One (M7). This is HTC's newest flagship handset and while it retains a metal unibody design, HTC included subtle touches that separate the M8 from the M7, such as a design that tapers to thinner edges and softer corners intended to give users a smooth, more natural grip.</p> <p>The HTC One M8 sports a 5-inch Full HD 1080p display, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB cards, NFC support, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, IR blaster, Bluetooth, 4G LTE, 2,600 mAh battery good for up to 20 hours of 3G talk time or up to 496 hours of standby, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p>One thing HTC is <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-best-just-got-better-introducing-the-htc-one-m8-252256411.html" target="_blank">really highlighting</a> with the release is the handset's "Duo Camera" featuring the company's UltraPixel module. It incorporates a depth sensor in addition to the UltraPixel module to give users more effects to play with. As for megapixel count, HTC isn't saying on the rear (the front is 5-megapixels), but did point out that the UltraPixel module boasts 2.0 um pixels and a 1/3-inch sensor, shooting at f/2.0 with a 28mm lens. There's also a dual-LED flash.</p> <p>The HTC One M8 is available starting today; developer editions will be available April 10 for $650 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/htc_one_m8_rocks_5-inch_full_hd_display_23ghz_quad-core_processor#comments android Hardware htc one m8 mobile smartphone News Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:38:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 27507 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Continues to Push WebP Image Format http://www.maximumpc.com/google_continues_push_webp_image_format <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/googlewebp.png" alt="Google WebP" title="Google WebP" width="228" height="198" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Sees WebP as worthy replacement for JPEG, PNG and GIF formats</h3> <p>Undeterred by resistance from some of its rivals in the browser world, the Mountain View, California-based Internet giant blithely continues to push its <strong>WebP image format as a possible replacement for existing file formats like JPEG, PNG and GIF</strong>. The company is currently busy rolling out the format across its many web properties and claims to have already “raised our aggregate data transfer savings tally to tens of terabytes every day” in the process.</p> <p>Developed in 2010, the WebP image format supports both lossless and lossy compression and is, per Google, “the first unified format that can address the key use cases of JPEG, PNG and GIF files.” Last year, the company transitioned the web-based version of the Play Store and the Chrome Web Store away from the PNG format to lossless WebP images. Now, it’s the turn of the world’s most popular video streaming site.</p> <p>“Another major WebP rollout is currently in progress: YouTube video thumbnails are starting to be served in WebP with initial results indicating up to a 10% reduction in page load time,”&nbsp; Husain Bengali, Product Manager and WebP Optimizer, announced in a <a href="http://blog.chromium.org/2014/03/webp-improves-while-rolling-out-across.html" target="_blank">blog post</a> Friday.</p> <p>“For users, this translates into faster page load times and fewer bytes counted against metered data plans. To speed up browsing on sites that don’t serve WebP yet, Chrome for Android and iOS can use Chrome’s Data Compression Proxy, which transcodes images to WebP on the fly in order to deliver image compression of over 60%.“</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_continues_push_webp_image_format#comments android chrome chrome web store gif Google google plus app JPEG lossless compression play store png webp News Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:51:05 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27488 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Gives Wearable Tech a Try with 'Android Wear' OS http://www.maximumpc.com/google_gives_wearable_tech_try_android_wear_os_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_wear.jpg" alt="Android Wear" title="Android Wear" width="228" height="140" style="float: right;" />A modifed Android UI for wearable devices</h3> <p>If you thought the wearable computing craze was going to simmer down anytime soon, think again. <strong>Google is throwing its weight and resources behind the wearable computing movement by announcing Android Wear</strong>, a modified version of the company's open source operating system. Android Wear extends Android into wearables starting with the obvious -- smart watches -- though Google has more in mind than being able to tell time and fire off text messages.</p> <p>To kick things off, Google has made available a <a href="http://developer.android.com/wear/index.html" target="_blank">Developer Preview</a> that allows developers to tailor their existing app notifications for watches powered by Android Wear. In addition, Google is working with a bunch of consumer electronic players (Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Samsung), chip makers (Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek, and Qualcomm), and fashion brands (Fossil Group) to spur more smart watch designs.</p> <p>A big part of Android Wear is voice control. Commands begin with "Okay Google" followed by things like, "call a taxi" or "open my garage." You can also monitor your health and fitness with features like real-time speed, distance, and time information as you run, cycle, or walk.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QrqZl2QIz0c" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>"We're always seeking new ways for technology to help people live their lives and this is just another step in that journey. Here’s to getting the most out of the many screens you use every day—whether in your car, in your pocket or, very soon, on your wrist," Google stated in a blog post.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0xQ3y902DEQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Smart watches aren't exactly flying off of store shelves, though Google obviously feels it can bring some fashion, usability, and even credibility to the sector.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_gives_wearable_tech_try_android_wear_os_2014#comments android android wear Google smart watch Software wearables News Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:43:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 27465 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus TD300 Dual-booting Tablet Reportedly Postponed After Google Pressure http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_td300_dual-booting_tablet_reportedly_postponed_after_google_pressure <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/asus-transformer-book-duet-td300.jpg" alt="Asus TD300 dual-booting tablet" title="Asus TD300" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />The device was showcased at CES 2014</h3> <p>How often do we see promising prototypes and concepts mesmerizing attendees at trade shows, only to never be heard of again or, if they do, fail to hit store shelves in a timely manner? Although not the first device of its kind, the <strong>Android- and Windows-booting Transformer Book Duet TD300 did get some decent press when it was first showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show</strong>. Sadly for those holding their breath for the device, the TD300 is said to have run into a major hurdle.</p> <p>Apparently, Google is not too pleased with the whole idea of Android being made to share tablet/laptop screen space with rival Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system and has, per a <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140307PR207.html" target="_blank">Digitimes report</a>, managed to exert enough pressure on Asus for the latter to postpone the x86-based TD300.</p> <p>In light of <a href="http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/23604/microsoft-makes-it-official-were-all-android" target="_blank">some recent developments</a>, it appears as though that <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/first_dual-booting_windows_and_android_phone_slated_june_release_2014" target="_blank">Microsoft may have softened its stance on such dual-booting devices</a>. Perhaps Microsoft is hoping that a more conciliatory approach in this matter is likely to do it more good than harm, especially considering how it has very little to lose in the smartphone and tablet compared to Google. Even though this report may not be true (often the case with Digitimes), we can see why Google might have an issue with devices capable of booting both Android and Windows.</p> <p>Image Credit: AsusTek</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_td300_dual-booting_tablet_reportedly_postponed_after_google_pressure#comments android Google rumor transformer book duet TD300 Windows News Sun, 09 Mar 2014 23:19:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27407 at http://www.maximumpc.com First Dual-Booting Windows and Android Phone Slated for June Release http://www.maximumpc.com/first_dual-booting_windows_and_android_phone_slated_june_release_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_windows_phone.jpg" alt="Android and Windows Phone" title="Android and Windows Phone" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />This summer could see the launch of a smartphone running both Windows and Android</h3> <p>Can't decide between Windows Phone or Android? Perhaps soon you won't have to. Mobile phone maker <strong>Karbonn Mobiles is said to be fairly close to finishing a dual-OS handset</strong> that will run both Android and Windows Phone platforms. Assuming everything goes to plan -- Karbonn Mobiles said it already signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft -- the dual-booting smartphone will launch by June of this year.</p> <p>"Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players. We signed the agreement two days ago and will launch a range of Windows phones in about three months," said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of Karbonn Mobiles, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Karbonn-to-launch-Android-cum-Windows-smartphones/articleshow/31195025.cms?" target="_blank">according to <em>The Times of India</em></a>.</p> <p>Hasija said the handset will target "techies" and office professionals. What Hasija and his company haven't decided just yet is what price point the dual-booting handset will compete at.</p> <p>There will likely be other handsets from different manufacturers that go the dual-boot route, especially with Microsoft giving its blessing, though it's not entirely clear what Redmond's strategy is. One possible angle is that Microsoft could be hoping to ride the success of Android by piggybacking on the open source platform, giving users a way to familiarize themselves with the Windows Phone platform without outright committing to it.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/first_dual-booting_windows_and_android_phone_slated_june_release_2014#comments android karbonn mobiles mobile operating system dual-boot OS smartphone windows phone News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:27:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27374 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Galaxy S5 is Bigger, Faster, and Still Made of Plastic http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_galaxy_s5_bigger_faster_and_still_made_plastic_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_s5.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" width="228" height="207" style="float: right;" />This is Samsung's new flagship smartphone</h3> <p>As expected, <strong>Samsung introduced its Galaxy S5 smartphone</strong> at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a handset that represents an attempt at returning "back to basics" with a focus on capabilities that consumers want most, the South Korean phone maker said. It starts with a big size display -- a 5.1-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) Super AMOLED powered by a peppy 2.5GHz quad-core processor.</p> <p>It also wields 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot with support for memory cards up to 128GB, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, NFC support, and a spattering of other specs all wrapped in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.</p> <p>As previously rumored, the Galaxy S5 features a Finger Scanner. However, one rumor that didn't come true is that of a material switch to a metal casing -- the Galaxy S5 is still made of plastic. Instead of using premium materials, <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/02/25/Samsung-unveils-Galaxy-S5-to-focus-on-what-matters-most-to-consumers-1" target="_blank">Samsung focused</a> its attention on other areas, such as making the Galaxy S5 IP67 dust and water resistant.</p> <p>For fitness gurus, the Galaxy S5 offers tools to stay in shape, including a personal fitness tracker, pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a built-in heart rate monitor.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 will be available starting in April. No word yet on price.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_galaxy_s5_bigger_faster_and_still_made_plastic_2014#comments android galaxy s5 Hardware mobile mwc2014 samsung smartphone News Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:01:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 27334 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft OneDrive Goes Global, Adds Automatic Camera Backup for Android http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_onedrive_goes_global_adds_automatic_camera_backup_android_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/onedrive_0.jpg" alt="OneDrive" title="OneDrive" width="228" height="120" style="float: right;" />Say goodbye to SkyDrive and hello to OneDrive</h3> <p>Microsoft's rebranded SkyDrive service, now known as <strong>OneDrive, is now available globally</strong>, the Redmond outfit announced in a blog post today. If you're already a registered SkyDrive user, don't fret, your data is still there. Furthermore, there are a few incentives to sign back in (or sign up to OneDrive), such as a new automatic camera backup feature for Android, along with different ways to increase your storage ceiling.</p> <p>OneDrive users receive 7GB of storage space for free, You can increase that amount in 500MB increments by referring friends for a total of up to 5GB of additional space. And if you use the above-mentioned camera backup feature, you'll receive 3GB of additional storage.</p> <p>"We’ve built OneDrive into the latest versions of Windows, Windows Phone, Office, and Xbox. You can even make OneDrive your default storage option, so you never have to worry about whether you are saving files to the cloud: They are just there," Microsoft explains in a <a href="http://blog.onedrive.com/onedrive-is-now-available-worldwide/" target="_blank">blog post</a>. "If you happen to carry an iPhone or Android phone, or use an iPad, Android tablet, Windows device, or a Mac—OneDrive is available there, too."</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bw1ciTl5YK4" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Microsoft <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/legal_dispute_prompts_microsoft_rebrand_skydrive_onedrive2014">announced</a> the name change a month ago, which came as part of a trademark settlement with British Sky Broadcasting, known as BSkyB. Turning lemons into lemonade, Microsoft used the name change as an opportunity to flesh out the service and offer more space.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_onedrive_goes_global_adds_automatic_camera_backup_android_2014#comments android cloud microsoft onedrive online skydrive storage News Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:57:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 27293 at http://www.maximumpc.com Score an Ouya Android Console and $25 Game Credit for $85 http://www.maximumpc.com/score_ouya_android_console_and_25_game_credit_85 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ouya_controller.jpg" alt="Ouya Controller" title="Ouya Controller" width="228" height="156" style="float: right;" />Lowest price yet for Ouya</h3> <p>Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Ouya's developers have been trying to drum up interest in its Android-based micro console by offering different color options and, most recently, a model with twice the amount of storage. Color and storage options are nice, but if it's all about the price, here's a heads up that <strong>you can purchase an Ouya console for $85</strong> from StackSocial's website.</p> <p>A wireless controller and AA batteries come standard with the console, though in this case you'll also receive a $25 digital coupon for purchasing games. That's not a bad deal considering Ouya normally sells for $99, and that's sans the $25 games credit.</p> <p>The Ouya console that's up for grabs at StackSocial comes with 8GB of storage, HDMI output, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port. There are over 650 Android games for Ouya, all of which are free to try.</p> <p>Be advised that all sales are final -- there are no refunds. If you're still interested, head over to <a href="http://stacksocial.com/sales/ouya-a-new-kind-of-game-console?aid=a-yhx85yqe&amp;utm_source=maxpc" target="_blank">StackSocial's website</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/score_ouya_android_console_and_25_game_credit_85#comments android console games Hardware micro console ouya stacksocial News Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:14:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27261 at http://www.maximumpc.com Kaspersky Counts Over 10 Million Malicious Android Applications http://www.maximumpc.com/kaspersky_counts_over_10_million_malicious_android_applications2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_shirt_0.jpg" alt="Android Shirt" title="Android Shirt" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Android is by far the biggest target of mobile malware</h3> <p>Security firm <strong>Kaspersky says it has logged 10 million dubious Android applications</strong> to date. It comes down to a numbers game for cyber criminals, and since Android is the most popular mobile operating system on the planet&nbsp; -- market research firm <a href="http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/android-80-smart-phones-shipped-2013" target="_blank">Canalys estimates</a> that Android accounted for 80 percent of smartphones shipped in 2013 -- it attracts the most attention from malware writers.</p> <p>"In most cases malicious programs target the user’s financial information. This was the case, for example, with the mobile version of Carberp Trojan that originated in Russia," <a href="http://www.kaspersky.com/about/news/virus/2014/Number-of-the-week-list-of-malicious-Android-apps-hits-10-million" target="_blank">Kaspersky explains</a>. "It steals user credentials as they are sent to a bank server."</p> <p><a href="http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792318/Kaspersky_Security_Bulletin_2013_Overall_statistics_for_2013#02" target="_blank">Kaspersky also notes</a> that over 98 percent of mobile malware is aimed at Android -- no other OS gets anywhere close, the security firm says. While Android's market share plays a big role, the prevalence of third-party app stores and Android's open architecture both play roles in the reason why it's such a popular target.</p> <p>"We do not expect this trend to change in the near future," Kaspersky says.</p> <p>SMS Trojans lead the way, followed by backdoor malware. Furthermore, Kaspersky says 62 percent of malicious applications are elements of mobile botnets.</p> <p>So, what can you do? Kaspersky offers up a handful of tips, such as recommending against activating the "developer mode" on Android devices. The security outfit also warns against installing applications from third-party sources and carefully studying the rights that seemingly legitimate apps request. And of course Kaspersky recommends using protection software.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/kaspersky_counts_over_10_million_malicious_android_applications2014#comments android apps kaspersky malware mobile Security News Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:44:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 27232 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro Tablet Available to Pre-order for $850 http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_122-inch_galaxy_note_pro_tablet_available_pre-order_850 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_note_pro.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tablet" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tablet" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />A big screen tablet with a large price tag</h3> <p>One of the things that helped drive down the price of Android tablets is the proliferation of smaller size displays in the 7-inch range. This is partially what allowed companies like Amazon and Google to undercut the competition at a time when the market was flooded with 10-inch tablets for $500 and up. This correlation in price also works in reverse, as evidenced by <strong>Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro commanding $850</strong> at Office Depot.</p> <p>Office Depot is currently offering the big size slate for <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/612404/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-Pro-Android-Tablet/" target="_blank">pre-order on its website</a>; it's due to be released on February 13, 2014, a day before Valentine's Day, in case you're looking for gift ideas that fall out of the realm of chocolate and flowers and teddy bears.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_note_pro_angle.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Angled" title="Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Angled" width="620" height="227" /></p> <p>The 12.2-inch display sports a 2560x1600 resolution. Other specs include a quad-core processor clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, USB 3.0 port, 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 9,500mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsungs_122-inch_galaxy_note_pro_tablet_available_pre-order_850#comments android galaxy note pro Hardware mobile samsung slate tablet News Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:09:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27187 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nearly 6 out 10 Android Devices Run Jelly Bean, Less than 2 Out of 100 Have KitKat http://www.maximumpc.com/nearly_6_out_10_android_devices_run_jelly_bean_less_2_out_100_have_kitkat <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_versions.jpg" alt="Android Versions" title="Android Versions" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The newest version of Android is tied with Froyo (Android 2.2) for market share</h3> <p>A quick visit to Google's <a href="http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html?utm_content=buffer7a7fe&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">Developers Dashboard</a> for Android reveals that mobile device makers and wireless carriers alike are dragging their collective feet when it comes to embracing Android 4.4 KitKat. After three months, <strong>KitKat has inched its way onto 1.4 percent of all Android devices</strong>, barely edging out Android 2.2 Froyo, which claims a 1.3 percent share of the market. Meanwhile, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x to 4.3) is picking up most of the slack with a 59.1 percent share.</p> <p>What that effectively translates to is Jelly Bean being installed on around 6 out of every 10 Android devices and KitKat being found on a little more than 1 out of 100 handsets and tablets. The good news here is that Jelly Bean is an excellent build.</p> <p>Even better news is that this is Android we're talking about, and in most cases, if you have the time and desire, you can root your handset and plop a third-party KitKat ROM onto it. Rooting Android isn't quite mainstream yet, though it's closer than ever thanks to the efforts of the <a href="http://www.cyanogenmod.org/" target="_blank">CyanogenMo</a>d team and their aftermarket firmware for almost every Android device under the sun.</p> <p>If you're not interested in rooting, the advice is the same -- hang tight, provided your handset maker is planning an update to KitKat. HTC One owners, for example, should see a KitKat update soon, if not already (try manually checking if your handset didn't pull it out of the air automatically).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nearly_6_out_10_android_devices_run_jelly_bean_less_2_out_100_have_kitkat#comments android froyo gingerbread Google honeycomb ice cream sandwich jelly bean KitKat mobile operating system OS Software News Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:59:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 27183 at http://www.maximumpc.com Round Two For Ouya Console with Overhauled Hardware and Storage http://www.maximumpc.com/round_two_ouya_console_overhauled_hardware_and_storage_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/16gb-console-plus-controller-black-01_0.jpg" width="250" height="154" style="float: right;" />Ding! Time for another round</h3> <p>If the first run of the Kickstarter-powered <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/ouya"><strong>Ouya</strong></a> wasn't enough to inspire you to purchase one, perhaps new and improved hardware will change your mind. A brand new 16GB version of the Ouya is giving the console an overhaul to attract a new audience as well as win back detractors from the initial release. </p> <p>After the Ouya released to nearly universal criticism, sporting bugs, only 8GB of onboard storage, and a cornucopia of other issues, Kickstarter backers and those who pulled the trigger on the deal were understandably disgruntled about the whole ordeal. Though the original Ouya console was only $99 in comparison to the exorbitant pricing of next-gen darlings PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, you essentially got what you paid for.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u160391/ouya2.jpg" width="599" height="368" /></p> <p>Now, the second Ouya console is running $129 for an overhauled rig, sporting a quad-core Tegra 3-T33 processor with 1GB of memory and 16GB of internal Flash storage with the ability to add additional storage. The outside's considerably shinier and vastly-improved as well, and you'll also get an HDMI cable with the console and one controller. Additional controllers are available for $49.99. </p> <p>It's unsure whether or not an overhaul like this can revive the Ouya or its brand, but it'll be interesting to see if a system that seems to have failed its backers can rise from the ashes into something great. Are you planning on grabbing a new Ouya console? Check out additional details at Ouya's official site <a href="http://shop.ouya.tv/products/ouya-16gb-black">here</a>. The matte is attractive alright, but is this enough to attract new buyers?</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/round_two_ouya_console_overhauled_hardware_and_storage_2014#comments android console console gaming kickstarter ouya News Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:10:38 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27178 at http://www.maximumpc.com