Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme

A new investigation uncovers a sophisticated ad fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites, some of which were targeted at kids. From a report: Last April, Steven Schoen received an email from someone named Natalie Andrea who said she worked for a company called We Purchase Apps. She wanted to buy his Android app, Emoji Switcher. But right away, something seemed off. “I did a little bit of digging because I was a little sketched out because I couldn’t really find even that the company existed,” Schoen told BuzzFeed News. The We Purchase Apps website listed a location in New York, but the address appeared to be a residence. “And their phone number was British. It was just all over the place,” Schoen said. It was all a bit weird, but nothing indicated he was about to see his app end up in the hands of an


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Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro makes robots in Osaka. His latest robot, Ibuki, is one for the nightmare catalog: it’s a robotic 10-year-old boy that can move on little tank treads and has soft, rubbery face and hands.
The robot has complete vision routes that can scan for faces and it has a sort of half-track system for moving around. It has “involuntary” motions like blinking and little head bobs but is little more than a proof-of-concept right now, especially considering its weird robo-skull is transparent.
“An Intelligent Robot Infrastructure is an interaction-based infrastructure. By interacting with robots, people can establish nonverbal communications with the artificial systems. That is, the purpose of a robot is to exist as a partner and to have valuable interactions with people,” wrote Ishiguro. “Our objective is to develop technologies for the new generation information infrastructures based on Computer Vision, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.”
Ishiguro is a roboticist who plays


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6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

Your phone is now essentially your personal assistant — and like any aide, it needs the right set of tools to do its job effectively.The good news? As an Android user, you’ve got no shortage of efficiency-enhancing options. Unlike other mobile platforms, Android affords you the opportunity to customize and control the core user interface to make it better suited to your needs. And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don’t have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.Behold: six innovative apps that’ll empower your favorite high-tech helper and allow it to reach its full productivity potential.To read this article in full, please click here


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Google updates Android Messages so you can send texts from the web

Google is rolling out a series of changes to Android Messages, one of which makes it possible to send text messages from the comfort of your computer. Called “Messages for web” the feature enables users to use a desktop web browser to send SMSes rather than their phone. While this is almost certainly the biggest and most exciting changes for Messages, Google is also pushing a number of other new features to the app, including Smart Replies, GIF search and link previews. See also: Google enters ‘strategic partnership’ with China’s JD.com Android emulator Andy OS seems to be secretly installing… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/06/19/messages-for-web/

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Plex gains podcast support and gets redesigned, personalized app for iOS and Android

Plex has come a very long way over the years, but it has lacked support — for some inexplicable reason — for podcasts. Today this changes with the arrival of not just a podcast feature, but also a new look, highly customizable mobile app for iOS and Android users. For the time being, podcast support is in beta, but it is a feature that is available to all users — there’s no need to be a paid-up Plex Pass subscriber. Things are a little basic for now, but they’re going to improve. Let’s take a look and see what this… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/05/30/plex-podcasts/

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Google launches Android Jetpack to speed up app development

Google has a new tool designed to help developers produce Android apps faster than ever. Called Android Jetpack, it builds on the Support Library and has a strong focus on backwards compatibility. Android Jetpack also builds on Architecture Components, giving developers access to components, tools and architectural guidance split into four categories — architecture, foundation, UI and behavior. Each component is provided as an “unbundled” library which Google says means you can “adopt each component at your own speed, at your own time”. See also: The best Android apps and games revealed in 2018 Google Play Awards Android P: Smarter… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2018/05/09/android-jetpack/

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Say goodbye to Swype

Android and iOS users who are not happy with the stock keyboard on their device have lots of third-party options to choose from. Among the established alternatives is Swype, which has been available for nearly five years on Android and over three on iOS. It’s actually one of the first third-party keyboards I tried on both platforms. Swype, however, hasn’t really caught on in quite the same way that, say, SwiftKey has, which is likely the reason why the company behind the app, Nuance, has announced that it’s reached “end of development.” In other words, Swype users, your favorite keyboard… [Continue Reading]


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Android Messages May Soon Let You Text From the Web

Android Police dug into the code for the latest version of Android Messages and found two very intriguing features: Rich Communication Services (RCS) support and support for all the popular web browsers. From the report: Google is developing a web interface to run on a desktop or laptop, and it will pair with your phone for sending messages. Internally, the codename for this feature is “Ditto,” but it looks like it will be labeled “Messages for web” when it launches. You’ll be guided to visit a website on the computer you want to pair with your phone, then simply scan a QR code. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to send and receive messages in the web interface and it will link with the phone to do the actual communication through your carrier. I can’t say with any certainty that all mainstream browsers will be supported right away, but all


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