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31 Dezember 12 Kii Keyboard: Latest Alternative Keyboard For Android Available On Google Play


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XDA Developers forum, brings together popular features from alternative keyboards such as SwiftKey, Swype, und andere.

The keyboard is still in beta, jedoch, it already promises the following features:

  • Smart and accurate word predictions
  • User defined shortcuts for text
  • An extra row for number keys
  • An extra row for arrow keys
  • Swiftkey like prediction for the next word
  • Gesture controls with Swype like gesture input
  • Thumb Keyboard like split keyboard layout
  • Supports iOS6 emoji input
  • 8 build-in customizable themes
  • Support a variety of themes: Go Keyboard, Better Keyboard, Themeshop Keyboard themes
  • Customize any pictures as keyboard background
  • True Multi-touch keyboard

The Kii Keyboard also has support for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, obwohl, it will run on devices with Android 2.1 oder später.

You can download the keyboard from the Google Play-Shop, though there is no indication yet when it will come out of beta.


Artikel Quelle: http://www.mobilenapps.com/articles/5975/20121230/kii-keyboard-latest-alternative-android-available-google-play.htm

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31 Dezember 12 Android malware mimics Play, performs DDoS attacks, sends text spam


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Those of you with an Android device should be on the lookout — the security firm Dr. Web is warning users of a new trojan that disguises itself using the Google Play icon. Dubbed Android.DDoS.1.origin, the malware creates an application icon that looks just like the Google Play icon. When opened, the malware actually opens Google Play, helping disguise the malicious activity taking place in the background.

Google Play iconOnce Android.DDoS.1.origin is running, it attempts to connect to a remote server and sends the device’s phone number down the pipeline. If successfully connected, the device is now compromised, and remains in a state awaiting commands from whoever is on the receiving end of the phone number. The cyber hooligans can then make the compromised device send SMS messages, or perform DDoS attacks on a specified target.

Aside from having your device compromised and responsible for a DDoS attack, the criminals controlling the device could also run up SMS and data charges depending on how frequently they send messages and perform DDoS attacks. Natürlich, the frequency and intensity of this malicious activity could affect the performance of a compromised device, based on simple processor and memory allocations and usage.

Im Augenblick, Dr.. Web reports that how the trojan spreads is unclear, but is most likely spread through social media tactics, getting users to download the code themselves in some manner.

As one might expect of a security company, Dr.. Web notes that users running Dr. Web products for Androide will be protected from the trojan. If you aren’t cool with that, just pay attention to what you download, or don’t enable the feature that allows you to download apps that didn’t come from the Google Play store.

via Dr.. Netz


Artikel Quelle: http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/android-malware-mimics-google-play-performs-ddos-attacks-and-sends-text-spam-20121230/

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30 Dezember 12 Touch Detective Now Live At Google Play


One of the best adventure games over at the Nintendo DS has just made its way to the Android platform. Touch Detective uses a point and click approach that will remind you of vintage PC adventure games. This time though you won’t be using your mouse but instead use the touch screen of your device.

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The game itself is free to download and has a 206 MB file size. There are currently four chapters available with the frist one free to play. You will have to purchase the other chapters if you would like to continue playing. Each chapter costs $4 or you could buy the remaining three chapters at once for $9.

Touch Detective revolves around, Mackenzie, a budding female detective who has just inherited her father’s detective agency. Accompanying her in this adventure is the ever loyal butler Cromwell who encourages her and builds handy contraptions. Her goal is to make it to the Great Detective Society but in order to do so she must be able to solve enough cases.

There are lots of mysteries that need to be solved and to do so you have to travel to several locations. You will need to touch items and talk to characters to gather clues. The graphics is quite fresh while the controls are very easy.

One complaint we have about this game is the time you have to spend in between games. The dialogue is just way too long making you just want to tap away to speed up things.

If you haven’t tried this type of game before then I suggest you download it. The first chapter is free and entertaining enough. If you want to continue playing then you can then decide to purchase the next chapters.

This isn’t a game you would want to play when you have a 5 minute break. If you have the time and you want to immerse yourself in mystery then you’ll definitely enjoy playing Touch Detective.

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29 Dezember 12 Entwickler gibt Dutzende von gefälschten Apps in Google Play Store, Nutzer aufgepasst


Malware in the Google Play store is nothing new, und Google does their best to sift out most of the crap that makes its way in, but sometimes some of it sneaks through. A Google Play developer account by the name of “apkdeveloper” has released a ton of fake apps and games that are essentially rip-offs of other popular apps.

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Some of the more popular titles that the developer rips off are Imangi’s Temple Run game and Glu Mobile’s Contract Killer Zombies. It appears the faux developer has put “Super” at the end of each app name, which should throw a red flag up right away as far as if it’s a legitimate app or not. Mehr, all of the icons for all the apps are the same, rather than unique icons for each individual app or game.

Since many people won’t even dare to install these fake and malware-infested applications, we’re not quite sure what the malicious code might be capable of exactly, but several reports suggest that it delivers unwanted ads to several parts of your device. While doesn’t seem like a huge deal, it’s still annoying, and you never know what could be going on behind the scenes.

Wie immer, be careful when downloading apps and make sure you’re not downloading a fake app that’s filled with malware. In der Regel, obwohl, it’s all about common sense — check the name of the developer, check the reviews, check the descriptions and make sure you’re always downloading from legitimate sources. And if you come across a fake app, report it to Google.

Artikel Quelle: http://www.slashgear.com/developer-releases-dozens-of-fake-apps-in-google-play-store-user-beware-28262454/

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29 Dezember 12 ‘Make Me asiatischen’ App für Google Play als rassistisch Verwüstete, Offensive (VIDEO)


An app that allows users to change their eye shape and add stereotypicalAsianaccessories is drawing fire from the Asian-American community for being racist, CNN reports.

Die “Make Me asiatischen” app works by narrowing eyes, adding a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat. A similar app calledMake Me Indiandarkens skin, adds face paint and a headband in an apparent effort to make users resemble a Native American.

KimberyDeiss, a user on Google Play, seems to be the creator of a host of similar Android apps, einschließlich “Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” “Make me bald” und “Make me Irish.

This is just a fun app [dass] lets you indulge you and your friends!” die “Make me Asianapp’s description reads. “Almost instantly, you can make yourself or your friendsrepresentatives of Asian nations, such as Chinese or Japanese.

The app currently has earned a user rating of two out of five stars. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both theMake me Asian” und “Make me Indianapps have been downloaded between 50,000 und 100,000 times each.

But as Yahoo! Noten, some Asian-Americans do not find the application clever or fun and have launched an online campaign to have the app pulled. A group called 18 Million Rising’s petition asks signers totake a stand” gegen “racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes.

The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has also asked Google to take down theMake me Asian” App, according to Yahoo!

Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington, D.C., auch posted a petition on the website Change.org.

The Change.org petition reads, zum Teil:

Google’s motto isDon’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the “Make Me asiatischen” und “Make Me Indianapps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skinand voila, digital yellowface!

They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize Asians and Native Americans in a way that they never would do to other races or ethnic groups. Google is implicitly normalizing these characterizations by allowing them to proliferate on their branded Google Play store.

Chin asks readers, nahe an 3,000 of whom have signed his petition in the several weeks since it was posted, to flag the Asian and Native American apps as inappropriate on the Google Play site.

Google, jedoch, appears to disagree with Chin, telling CNN in a statement that the apps in question did not seem to violate company policy.

We don’t comment on individual apps,” the statement read. “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.

Color us unimpressed.

A Google app that allows users to change their eye shape and add stereotypicalAsianaccessories is drawing fire from the Asian-American community for being racist, reports CNN.

Die “Make Me asiatischen” app works by narrowing eyes, adding a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat, while a similar app, “Make Me Indian,” darkens skin, adds face paint and a headband in an apparent effort to make users resemble a Native American.

KimberyDeiss, a user on Google Play, seems to be the creator of a host of similar Android apps, einschließlich “Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” “Make me Bald” und “Make me Irish.

Have you ever wondered to present himself as a person of another nationality,” die “Make me Asianapp’s description reads. “This is just a fun app lets you indulge you and your friends! You can for a few seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanisch, Korean or any other Asians!”

The app currently has earned a user rating of two out of five stars. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both theMake me Asian” und “Make me Indianapps have been downloaded between 50,000 und 100,000 times each.

But some Asian-Americans do not find the application clever or fun, according to Yahoo! and have launched an online campaign to have the app pulled. A group called 18 Million Rising’s petition asks signers totake a stand” gegen “racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes.

The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has also asked Google to take down theMake me Asian” App, according to Yahoo!

Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington D.C., decided to mount a pastor of his own, auch posting a petition on the website Change.org.

Chin’s Change.org petition reads, zum Teil:

Google’s motto isDon’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the “Make Me asiatischen” und “Make Me Indianapps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skinand voila, digital yellowface!

They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize Asians and Native Americans in a way that they never would do to other races or ethnic groups. Google is implicitly normalizing these characterizations by allowing them to proliferate on their branded Google Play store.

Chin asks readers, nahe an 3,000 of whom have signed his petition in the several weeks since it was posted, to flag the Asian and Native American apps as inappropriate on the Google Play site.

Google, jedoch, appears to disagree with Chin, telling CNN in a statement that the apps in question did not seem to violate company policy.

We don’t comment on individual apps,” the statement read. “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.

Color us unimpressed.

A Google app that allows users to change their eye shape and add stereotypicalAsianaccessories is drawing fire from the Asian-American community for being racist, reports CNN.

Die “Make Me asiatischen” app works by narrowing eyes, adding a Fu Manchu mustache and a rice paddy hat, while a similar app, “Make Me Indian,” darkens skin, adds face paint and a headband in an apparent effort to make users resemble a Native American.

KimberyDeiss, a user on Google Play, seems to be the creator of a host of similar Android apps, einschließlich “Make me Russian,” “Make me fat,” “Make me Bald” und “Make me Irish.

Have you ever wondered to present himself as a person of another nationality,” die “Make me Asianapp’s description reads. “This is just a fun app lets you indulge you and your friends! You can for a few seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanisch, Korean or any other Asians!”

The app currently has earned a user rating of two out of five stars. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both theMake me Asian” und “Make me Indianapps have been downloaded between 50,000 und 100,000 times each.

But some Asian-Americans do not find the application clever or fun, according to Yahoo! and have launched an online campaign to have the app pulled. A group called 18 Million Rising’s petition asks signers totake a stand” gegen “racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes.

The Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund has also asked Google to take down theMake me Asian” App, according to Yahoo!

Peter Chin, a pastor from Washington D.C., decided to mount a pastor of his own, auch posting a petition on the website Change.org.

Chin’s Change.org petition reads, zum Teil:

Google’s motto isDon’t Be Evil”, which makes it difficult to fathom why they carry the “Make Me asiatischen” und “Make Me Indianapps by KimberyDeiss on their Google Play Store. These apps overlay dated and racist stereotypes onto your photos: rice paddy hat, fu manchu mustache, slanty eyes and yellow skinand voila, digital yellowface!

They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize Asians and Native Americans in a way that they never would do to other races or ethnic groups. Google is implicitly normalizing these characterizations by allowing them to proliferate on their branded Google Play store.

Chin asks readers, nahe an 3,000 of whom have signed his petition in the several weeks since it was posted, to flag the Asian and Native American apps as inappropriate on the Google Play site.

Google, jedoch, appears to disagree with Chin, telling CNN in a statement that the apps in question did not seem to violate company policy.

We don’t comment on individual apps,” the statement read. “We remove apps from Google Play that violate our policies.

Clarification: Language in text has been amended to indicate that the app is a third-party app for Google Play.

Artikel Quelle: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/make-me-asian-google-app-racist-offensive_n_2372573.html

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29 Dezember 12 Google to scan Chrome extensions, bans auto-install


Google has taken two steps to prevent its Chrome browser becoming an attack vector for malware that runs as extensions to the browser.

Like many other browsers, Chrome allows users to install “extensions”, apps that add functionality. Google even runs the “Chrome Web Store” to promote extensions.

Security outfit Webroot recently pointed out that some of the extensions in the store are illegitimate, data-sucking privacy invaders that trick users with offers to do things like change the colour of Facebook and then suck out all their data.

Google has responded in two ways, one of which is a new service “To help keep you safe on the web” that will see the company “analyzing every extension that is uploaded to the Web Store and take down those we recognize to be malicious.”

Changes are also coming in the forthcoming version 25 des Browsers, which will no longer allow extensions to install without users’ knowledge. That’s currently possible because Chrome, when running on Windows, can is designed to allow unseen installs “to allow users to opt-in to adding a useful extension to Chrome as a part of the installation of another application.”

“Unfortunately,” Google now says in a Blog-Post, “this feature has been widely abused by third parties to silently install extensions into Chrome without proper acknowledgement from users.”

Chrom 25 will therefore remove the auto-install feature, replacing it with a new system that presents the Windows Vista-esque screen below when extensions try to ingratiate themselves with the browser.

A new dialogue box in Chrome 25 will ask users if they want to install extensions

Hi! I’m the ghost of Windows Vista! Would you like to install this extension?

Wie immer, Google’s blog posts and support notice on the changes position them as responsible enhancements that show, yet again, Google is doing the world a favour.

A more critical analysis could consider the announcements in light of malware found in Google Play and take Google’s decision to more aggressively curate the Chrome Web Store as an admission it needs to devote more attention to this stuff, lest Chrome and other Google products become malware-ridden quagmires that users don’t trust. ®

Artikel Quelle: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/23/google_bans_auto_install_chrome_extensions/

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29 Dezember 12 Tricky Android malware fools users with Google Play icon


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The fake Google Play icon looks somewhat like the real one.

A new form of Android malware can sneak onto your phone, show up as an icon resembling the Android app store known as Google Play — and send your phone number to criminals, who can then use it to send out text messages or launch a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) angreifen.

Russian security firm Doctor Web has issued a warning about the Trojan known as Android.DDoS.1.

It is not quite clear yet how the Trojan spreads, but most probably criminals employ social engineering tricks and disguise the malware as a legitimate application from Google,” the security firm said on its Standort.

Once Android.DDoS.1 is installed on a phone, it creates an application icon that looks like that of Google Play’s. “If the user decides to use the fake icon to access Google Play, the original application will be launched, which significantly reduces the risk of any suspicion,” Doctor Web says.

The Trojan’s activitiescan lower performance of the infected handset and affect the well-being of its owner, as access to the Internet and SMS are chargeable services,” the security firm says. “Should the device send messages to premium numbers, malicious activities will cost the user even more.

How do you know whether you have this truly bad boy? You could install mobile security software. Doctor Web’s software can identify the Trojan, and it’s likely that mobile software from other firms including Lookout, Kaspersky, McAfee or Norton, können, or will soon, do the same.

As Kaspersky noted recently on its Blog, “Cybercriminals love to offer their infected programs directly through the Google Play applications storeThe first case of this was reported back in March 2011, and since then malware has appeared regularly in this online store. A combination of insufficient analysis of the apps on Google Play and customers’ continuing confidence in it as a safe source of software, means malware can survive there for days — sometimes weeks — infecting many devices.

The Federal Trade Commission also recently posted a free Smartphone Security Checker for users of Android, as well as Apple’s iOS, BlackBerry and Windows phones. This online tool takes consumers through a 10-step security checklist tailored to their smartphone’s operating system. Even though it does not place malware protection software on your phone, it’s a good place to start.

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Artikel Quelle: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/tricky-android-malware-fools-users-google-play-icon-1C7753030

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28 Dezember 12 HeroCraft’s Ant Raid “Colonises” Google Play, Features Cute Little Army Ants!


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I think I found my new favorite game. Recently launched onto Google Play, the game is called Ant Raid. It pits a colony of cute little ants (who have awesome little catchphrases), against mutated bugs and creatures in your garden. It gives off a Starcraft and older Warcraft type feel, because you use your fingers to select how many troops you will send to defeat each oncoming enemy. 

It’s priced reasonably at $0.99, but only for a short time. If you’re into endless waves of mutated slugs trying to get at your makeshift watermelon home, then you better hustle up and get it.

Play Link ($0.99)


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Artikel Quelle: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/12/27/herocrafts-ant-raid-colonises-google-play-features-cute-little-army-ants/

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28 Dezember 12 Google lists “best apps of 2012″ on Google Play



If you just picked up a new Android device for the holidays, or you’re looking for some good new apps, then you may want to head to the Google Play store. Google has now listed their “best apps of 2012″, and there’s some good titles to be found, including Evernote, Pinterest, Zappos, and many more.

All of the apps (sans one) sind frei, so why not take a few minutes and check out the list? Hit the source link below, and let us know what you  think in the comments.

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Artikel Quelle: http://www.androidguys.com/2012/12/27/google-lists-best-apps-of-2012-on-google-play/

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28 Dezember 12 Google Play Scan-and-Match Feature Censoring Explicit Lyrics


Google’s recently launched scan-and-match feature for Google Play has drawn early criticism from users who say the tool is weeding out explicit lyrics.

Die neue Google Play Music Manager Feature, which scans your online music library and stores Google Play licensed versions of as many as 20,000 of your songs in the cloud, reportedly is giving Android device users less naughty renditions — und umgekehrt.

Google Spiel, jedoch, offers aFix Incorrect Matchoption that overrides the initial match.

Rival cloud storage servicesiTunes Match and Amazon Cloud-Playerpreviously have received complaints about storing incorrect versions of songs, zu. Google rolled out the scan-and-match feature in the U.S. on Dec. 18. It had already been available in Europe.

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Artikel Quelle: http://mashable.com/2012/12/26/google-play-scan-match-explicit-lyrics/

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