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Android Flaw Reveals Locations

A flaw has been discovered in the Android operating system that could reveal information on your current and past locations. The vulnerability, found in Android Honeycomb 3.1 onwards can be exploited to share the wifi networks you’ve been previously connected to, to any other wifi enabled device within the range of your phone or tablet. For example, you arrive at work and connect to the office wifi on your smartphone to check your emails, at lunch you log into a local café’s free wifi network to do a bit of lunchtime browsing and on your way home you connect to…

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Kill Switch for Android and Windows Phones

Android and Windows have announced that they will be adding a ‘Kill Switch’ feature to the next version of their phone operating systems. When activated, the kill switch will make the phone completely useless as a deterrent to theft. Many authorities have been requesting that technology companies come up with ways to limit phone theft with Samsung and Apple also offering a similar kill switch feature to their devices. Some experts have expressed concern at how effect this kill switch feature will be. They have argued that if the phone is put into aeroplane mode, it may not receive the…

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ESET Discovers Android File-Encrypting Ransomware

Ever wondered why we recommend ESET to our clients? It’s not just because it is the only antivirus never to have missed an in the wild virus, it’s because ESET is proactive in all areas of security and has a fantastic in-house research team to keep them up to date on the latest threats. Only the other week one of ESET‘s engineers discovered the mobile Trojan, Android/Simplock. This latest threat is a file-encrypting ransomware for Android phones. Once it has been downloaded it scans the SD card for certain types of files (any of the following image, document or video…

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Scam Virus Shield App removed from Google Play

An app that hit the top spot of the Google Play charts has been removed by Android after discovering it was a scam. The app for Android, named ‘Virus Shield’ hit the number one spot of the app download charts after more than 10,000 users installed it on their Android smartphones and tablets. However little over a week after its release (March 28th) the app was discovered to perform next to none of the tasks it claimed to. Virus Shield offered users a simple, affordable antivirus solution for their mobile devices, ridding Android phones and tablets of bugs in apps,…

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SPG Creates Smart Phone Keys

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) has unveiled a revolutionary new program that allows its guests to use their Smart Phone as their hotel key. This means guests can bypass the hotel front desk check-in by using SPG’s mobile app, go straight to their room, swipe their smart phone over the lock and enter their room all without the need to stop at the check-in desk and ask for the room key. SPG’s CEO Frits van Paasschen told The Wall Street Journal that he believes this new feature will “become the new standard for how people will want to enter a hotel.”…

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Google buys AI start-up company DeepMind

The London-based artificial intelligence firm DeepMind has been acquired by Google for an unconfirmed amount of £242 million in order to obtain the firm’s talent roster. DeepMind are a ‘cutting edge artificial intelligence company’ who ‘combine the best techniques from machine learning and system neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms’ as mentioned on their website landing page. The company was co-founded by Dennis Hassabis, Jaan Tallin and researcher Shane Legg and claims to be backed by some of the most notable tech entrepreneurs of the last decade. The acquisition is conveniently timed with the stewardship from Android co-founder Andy…

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