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Always Enter the Correct Password with HideNoPasswords

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If you’ve ever entered a password on your mobile device, you’ve surely noticed that password input fields normally hide the inputted characters by showing dots rather than the characters themselves. This is great to prevent casual snooping, but it also results in possible mistakes. Most of us also are well aware of how several consecutive mistakes may lead to account restrictions. So if you’re not in a public area, why not spare yourself of the inconveniences with a handy Xposed Framework module.

If you don’t care about privacy that much, you can use a module created by XDA Senior Member defim. This simple modification removes the dots and replaces them with actual characters. In doing so, it becomes much easier for you to enter the correct password without getting locked out of your account.

This modification, as is the case with every Xposed Framework module does, requires your device to be rooted and have Xposed Framework installed. You must also enable the module in the Xposed Installer.

We strongly recommend you to use this module wisely. Entering a fully visible password in a public place will undoubtedly lead to compromised data and security, so make sure to disable the module when you’re not in a safe place like your own bedroom. Otherwise, don’t complain to us when the funds in your bank account mysteriously vanish.

If your fingers are sloppy and you often make lots of typos when entering your passwords, you can now do something about it. Download the module from the HideNoPasswords thread.

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HTC Desire 510 wants 4G LTE to be more accessible

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LTE prices are starting to go down but the costs of smartphones that can support it aren’t. Aspiring to bring an LTE-capable smartphone to the masses, HTC is unleashing the Desire 510, a mid-range smartphone touted to be an always connected multimedia device in your pocket and bears some of the highlights of HTC’s more expensive selection.

The Desire 510 is undoubtedly a budget smartphone when you look at its spec sheet. Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and 1 GB of RAM, it just has enough juice to pull you through every day usage, some videos, and maybe a few games that don’t require much resources. As for watching videos, though, you might be a tad disappointed. The 4.7-inch screen, while handy, only comes with an FWVGA resolution of 854×480. That’s even less than 960×540 qHD. The 8GB storage might be a bit small, but that is easily rectified with a 128 GB microSD card. A 5 megapixel rear camera, a lowly VGA front shooter, and a decent 2,1000 mAh battery rounds up the smartphone’s key hardware.

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That said, looks can be deceiving and the HTC Desire 510 might appear to be a semi-premium smartphone from the outside. It slightly resembles the company’s more premium designs on its face, though the second speaker is sadly located at the back instead. It isn’t aluminum though, but polycarbonate plastic. You will find Android 4.4 and HTC Sense running inside, though the exact version of the latter isn’t specified. There’s also BlinkFeed for your news reading needs. Interestingly, it seems that HTC is bent on capitalizing on its new Dot View case concept that debuted with the HTC One M8, since this budget smartphone will have its own set as well.

The HTC Desire 510 will be available worldwide including markets in the US, Europe, and Asia, particularly those with 4G networks. No exact availability date or pricing has been made known yet, but expect the smartphone to make an appearance at IFA 2014 next week, hopefully with a few more bits of information.

BitTorrent Sync 1.4: an easier way to share huge files

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Everyone is all about the cloud these days, from temporary storage, to backup solutions, to ad-hoc sharing of files with others. But what if you needed to share a file that was so huge that not only does it hit the limit of any cloud storage but also makes it time-consuming to first upload the file to the cloud before sharing it with others? That is where BitTorrent Sync comes in.

BitTorrent Sync, as you might have guessed from the name, builds on the popular (or unpopular, if you prefer) peer-to-peer file sharing protocol. In it’s very essence, Sync is like Dropbox, Google Drive, and whatnot that lets you share files with others or sync folders from one device to another aside for one important difference: there is no cloud involved. Without a central server, there is no central authority to dictate the rules. It also means there is no single point of failure or a potential security/privacy exploit waiting to happen. And more importantly, there are no limits to how large the file can be. Your only real limits will be your or your recipient’s disk space and both your bandwidth quotas.

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This new version 1.4 of the app introduces some improvements to the flow of sharing, making it easier to hand out links to folders you’d like to share. You can opt to either directly email a link or copy the link to your clipboard so you can paste it wherever you choose. The recipient doesn’t even need to have a Sync account, though he or she will be given instructions on how to proceed. Folders can be read only or you can give others write permissions as well. You have full control of what you share, how you share it, and with whom you share it. The only nitpick we have with the service is that you can only sync whole folders and not individual files. Despite the easy sharing features, Sync isn’t a file sharing service but a decentralized folder syncing one.

BitTorrent Sync is available on all major platforms, whether you are on a PC or Mac running Windows, OS X, or Linux, or on a mobile device. It is even available in several NAS products. The desktop clients have all been updated and mobile apps should be rolling out now. The BitTorrent Sync app is available for free on Google Play Store and, since there is no cloud involved, the service is also free.

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SOURCE: BitTorrent

Joby GripTight Stands for phablets now available

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Joby has been making cool stands for smartphones for a long time, but if you were using larger devices, those stands didn’t always fit. Joby has announced that it has launched new larger size GripTight Mounts that are designed to work with big smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

The new mount has large enough holders on the stands to work with these devices even with a case installed on the smartphone. Joby says that the larger GripTight mount will work with phones having a minimum and maximum width between 2.7″ and 3.9″.

The new mount can also be purchased separately to pair with the GripTight Micro Stand of the GorillaPod Stand. The GripTight Mount has a universal tripod mount on top with 1/4″-20 threads and sells for under $19.95.

The mount holds the phone tight enough that the phone won’t slip out when the mount is sideways or upside down. The Joby GripTight Micro Stand will sell for $29.95 with the GripTight GorillaPod Stand selling for the same $29.95 price.

SOURCE: Joby

Zotac Zbox Nano D518 PC runs Freescale quad-core CPU and Android 4.3

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Zotac has a new small form factor PC that is set to launch next month called the Zbox Nano D518. The machine will have a Freescale i.MX6 quad core processor inside and rather than coming with Windows installed or simply having no OS and leaving it up to you to get the machine running, Zotac is shipping the little PC with Android 4.3 ready to run.

Other hardware features of the machine include 1GB of RAM and 8GB of eMMC solid state storage. Zotac also fits the machine with a quartet of USB 2.0 ports, HDMI output for connecting to your TV, and an Ethernet port. WiFi is built in and the adapter used is made by Intel.

8GB isn’t much storage, but the good news is that the little PC has a space inside for connecting another 2.5-inch drive. That means you can put any compatible 2.5-inch SSD or HDD inside to up the storage space when needed.

One of the big features of the little PC is its small form factor measuring 5″ x 5″ x 1.8″. The PC also sips power needing a maximum of 7.7 watts. If you are thinking this might make a nice little HTPC for the living room, it also uses passive cooling so no noisy fan is packed inside, so it should make a nice little HTPC indeed.

SOURCE: Liliputing

Sandboxing flaw opens Gmail, apps to hijacking

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Researchers at the University of California Riverside and University of Michigan have discovered a flaw in Android that could allow nefarious users to hijack apps. The researchers believe that Android isn’t alone in being vulnerable to this attack; iOS and Windows Phone are thought to be susceptible to the flaw as well.

The flaw has to do with the way apps share memory space inside a device. Devices sandbox apps that are running in memory to separate them from each other natively, but they rely typically on a common graphic interface framework called a window manager. That window manager operates in shared memory space and renders the graphic elements we see on the screen.

To utilize this flaw, a malicious app would have to be downloaded and running in the background on Android devices. The app would need low energy and overhead to help it remain undetected. This malicious app would watch what graphics are being deployed on the screen and could inject timed fake interface elements, like login screens, to steal credentials.

This is a man-in-the-middle attack and some commonly used apps like Gmail, Amazon, Chase, Newegg, and WebMD were all found to be vulnerable to the attack. The researchers found that Gmail was vulnerable to the attack 92% of the time.

SOURCE: Information Week

Aviate data claims Android users have an average of 95 apps installed

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Aviate is an Android launcher that was purchased by Yahoo early this year and came out of beta in June. Aviate is designed to organize apps and aggregate data for users. With Aviate running on so many devices, Yahoo is able to gather some data about what apps the user interacts with the most, average apps installed, and other details.

According to the latest bit of Aviate data, the average Android user has 95 apps installed. That seems like a lot of apps considering that data from ComScore released this month shows that the average smartphone user downloads zero apps each month.

Yahoo Aviate data shows that users have an average of 95 apps installed and use 35 of those apps on average each day. Aviate also captures data on what part of the day apps are most likely to be used in. Google Maps for instance was most likely to be used later in the day. Clock apps were most likely to be used in the morning and at night.

Netflix use rises steadily through the day to a high at around 10pm nightly. Interestingly while Yahoo is offering stats on other apps, it won’t say how many people have downloaded Aviate. Google Play says it has been downloaded between 1 million and 5 million times.

SOURCE: TheNextWeb

Revert to Stock Recovery Effortless with Simple Recovery Switcher

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Android updates released as OTA packages are very easy to apply, but they also cause major headaches to custom ROM lovers. Every time an OTA comes out, we need to revert back to stock recovery, flash the update, and then flash our favorite custom recovery like TWRP or ClockworkMod to get back all of our recovery features like Nandroid backups and the ability to flash SuperSU. I don’t even have to begin to cover how time consuming and frustrating this process is.

If your device gets these updates frequently, you might be interested in testing a tool created by XDA Forum Moderator and Recognized Developer graffixnyc. Simple Recovery Switcher, as the name states, easily switches between stock and custom recovery. The whole process can be done pretty much in no time, which is much faster than using a standard USB cable with the fastboot method.

The application should work as intended on every Qualcomm device that uses the /dev/block/platform/msm_sdcc.1/by-name/recovery structure and is rooted with Busybox installed. Recoveries must be named stock.img and custom.img and must be placed in the root folder of your internal SD Card. Before using this tool, double check everything, since messing with recoveries may result in a bricked device.

Android L or Lemon Meringue Pie is on its way, so there might be some OTA updates available in the near (or not so near) future. Prepare yourself for OTAs by visiting the Simple Recovery Switcher application thread.

The post Revert to Stock Recovery Effortless with Simple Recovery Switcher appeared first on xda-developers.

AnyMote turns Android smartphones into universal remotes

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Most of us have our smartphones with us everywhere, including on the couch. The fact that your smartphone is always nearby makes the device a convenient item to be turned into a universal remote control for your TV. A new product called AnyMote is designed to turn your Android smartphone or other devices into a next generation universal remote.

AnyMote works with Android and iOS devices and supports over 800,000 different entertainment devices and other home automation hardware. AnyMote works with all InfraRed controllable electronics from TVs and amps to fans and power outlets.

The software and hardware device allows you to replace multiple remotes with one unit. The system has an AnyMote hardware puck that needs line of sight to the devices it is controlling. An app is launched on the smartphone giving access to any IR device you have in the home or office.

One of the cool features of AnyMote is that the app can be programmed to do things like mute all devices if the phone rings. Users can also create macros with the app making it easy to change between devices when needed. The project is seeking $50,000 and has raised $23,587 at the time of writing with 45 days to go. A pledge of $70 or more will get you the AnyMote Home with estimated delivery in June 2015. This certainly isn’t the first Android universal remote device that we have seen, we talked about the ThinkFlood universal remote system back in 2011.

SOURCE: Kickstarter

New Moto G2 pics leak showing device with interchangeable back plates

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We got our first glimpse at what is expected to be Motorola’s next entry-level smartphone dubbed the Moto G2 earlier this month. We aren’t sure that the Moto G2 will be the name of the device; it could also be called the Moto G+1. Some new images of the smartphone have turned up on the web showing the device from just about every angle.

The G2 has back panels that can be swapped to give the phone a different look. In the images, we see white, pink, and blue back plates. Word on the street is that the Moto G2 will be unveiled officially on September 4.

Along with the new images also comes an unofficial teaser summarizing the specs for the G2. The G2 is expected to get a 5-inch screen with 720p resolution, an 8MP rear camera, front facing stereo speakers, and a microSD card slot.

Rumors point to some decent hardware under the hood with a Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8 or 16GB of storage. One of the things that the original Moto G lacked that bugged some folks was a microSD card slot for storage expansion, so that is a big upgrade. The screen of the G2 is expected to be about half an inch larger than the original. Pricing details are still unknown, but if September 4 is the launch date we don’t have long to wait to hear more.

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SOURCE: PhoneArena