Twitter now supports hardware security keys for iPhones and Android

Twitter now supports hardware security keys for iPhones and Android

Now anyone with a security key set up on their Twitter account can use that same key to log in from their mobile device, so long as the key is supported.

YouTube self-defence

YouTube self-defence

The most reliable way to block ads right now is to use Firefox with the uBlock Origin plugin (which is also available for Android and other platforms).One of the ways YouTube controls what you watch is by automatically playing a new video just after the one you were watching finished.

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

Google sued for using 260mb of cellular data per month to track Android users without permission

One other thing that the lawsuit brings up is that Google sends preloaded tokens that represent ads to Android mobile users, but these ads sometimes aren’t even loaded even though Google counts the impression.

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The app has been downloaded over 50 million times on Android, according to the Google Play Store , and over 98 million in total across other platforms including iOS, according to Muslim Pro's website .The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

"Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances," the complaint claims.

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

While root access is generally thought of as a way to flash ROMs or modify the operating system in the Android smartphone world, root access on a Quest 2 means folks would be able to bypass the requirement to log into a Facebook account before being able to use their Oculus Quest 2.

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

Researchers demonstrate how link previews in apps can expose data from users

However, security researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk have discovered that these link previews can expose user data in both iOS and Android apps.

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction.

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing mobile app database left open to hackers, millions of user data sets compromised

Bing is the search engine owned by Microsoft and data related to the mobile app for iOS and Android has been found in an open server.Nearly 100 million records had been collected by bad-actors by the time a second Meow attack hit the server on September 14.

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

Discovered originally by Australian security researcher Chris Moberly, the vulnerability resides in the SSDP engine of the browser that can be exploited by an attacker to target Android smartphones connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the attacker, with Firefox app installed.

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

After a long wait and months of beta testing, Google last week finally released Android 11, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system—with features offering billions of its users more control over their data security and privacy.

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google Google on Tuesday said it's rolling out a new Verified Calls feature in its Phone app for Android devices in an effort to separate calls you actually want to answer from spam and robocalls.

India Blocks High-Profile Chinese Apps on Political, Privacy Concerns

India Blocks High-Profile Chinese Apps on Political, Privacy Concerns

The ministry said it “has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India,” according to a statement, which includes the full list of the newly banned apps.

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google will alert you to COVID-19 contact

Apple and Google teamed up to develop push notifications that let iOS and Android users know if they might have been exposed to COVID-19.The companies announced the news on Tuesday and the effort is called Exposure Notifications Express.

Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of features including a “new colorful look for your chats,” more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: “chat with friends who use Facebook.”.

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

Video Calls and Seven Years of Telegram

If you're on iOS and would like to try Telegram Video Calls, you'll have to wait until Apple lets you – or switch to a platform that has more respect for its users and developers, like Android.

TikTok was found to be bypassing Android's built-in protections and sneakily tracking users

TikTok was found to be bypassing Android's built-in protections and sneakily tracking users

TikTok was allegedly tracking Android users via their MAC addresses, a new Wall Street Journal report reveals.Improve your game with these thumb grips for your PS4 controller.Pick yourself up a pair of thumb grips for your Playstation 4 controller and watch your game take off.

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

Google and Apple have both banned apps from collecting MAC addresses, but researchers told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok did so until November last year by exploiting a bug.

Snapdragon chip flaws put >1 billion Android phones at risk of data theft

Snapdragon chip flaws put >1 billion Android phones at risk of data theft

“While DSP chips provide a relatively economical solution that allows mobile phones to provide end users with more functionality and enable innovative features—they do come with a cost,” researchers from security firm Check Point wrote in a brief report of the vulnerabilities they discovered.

OnePlus phones will have Facebook pre-installed

OnePlus phones will have Facebook pre-installed

Speaking to Android Police, OnePlus has since confirmed that it has struck a deal to include Facebook App Installer, Facebook Services, and Facebook App Manager as system apps on its latest smartphones — namely OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and Nord.

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Grindr Seeks To Push Data Privacy Suit Into Arbitration

Attorneys for Grindr also claimed user Robert Bergeron's allegations that the app "sold" Google Android users' personal data — including the sexual orientation and exact geolocation of its largely LGBTQ user base — to the "highest bidder" do not amount to concrete harms under New York state consumer protection laws.Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)

Google reportedly keeps tabs on usage of rival Android apps to develop competitors

Google reportedly keeps tabs on usage of rival Android apps to develop competitors

“Since 2014, the Android App Usage Data API has been used by Google and Android developers who have been authorized by Android OEMs or users to access basic data about app usage—such as how often apps are opened—to analyze and improve services,” a company spokesperson said in an email to The Verge.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Microsoft caught sneaking Bing search onto phones with the Outlook app

Some users who have Microsoft Outlook installed on their Android devices have noticed seeing a new option to perform a Bing search when selecting text.Microsoft is utilizing the contextual text selection feature introduced in Android Marshmallow that allows developers to add their own options to the menu that pops up when words are selected.

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

Nearly 70% of iOS and Android users will deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in

68.3% of iOS and 67.5% of Android users will likely deny tracking permissions if they are requested in-app to opt-in.44.8% of iOS and 47.2% of Android users would potentially allow themselves to be tracked, if app owners were to give them proper reasoning in advance.

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

China Uses Android Malware To Spy On Ethnic Minorities Worldwide, New Research Says

SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images China-based surveillance campaigns are using Android malware to spy on Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities worldwide, according to new research from mobile cybersecurity firm Lookout.Lookout It’s not known how many Uighurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities have downloaded apps containing the malware.

Here’s How Google Tracks You

Here’s How Google Tracks You

The information Google gets from you: According to Google, only three kinds of personal data are collected from its users: Things you do Things you create Things that make you “you” How Google gets all your data: Your digital persona grows the more you use Google products to search for stuff, read and send email, browse the web, use apps, and especially if you own an Android mobile device.

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