Information Stealing Applications

Third party applications on the Android market increased from about 15,000 in 2009 to about 150,000 in 2010. The problem with this increase is that there are rogue apps that steal the user’s personal information. This information can include call logs, information about placed and received calls, the user’s address book, browsing history, cached e-mails, and photos taken with the built in camera. With hundreds of millions of people using smartphones, this can be a huge problem. The solution to this problem comes in the form of a system called TISSA. TISSA allows for a kind of...

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Ultra Private Phone

New model built with security and privacy in mind reflect. The hackers are snooping your snapchats and sexting you grandma, No, not really. With all the hype surrounding mobile security, it makes us wonder what is being done about it. Introducing the Blackphone. Where privacy is right. The Blackphone is a smartphone developed by SGP Technologies, that provides encryption for phone calls, emails, texts and internet browsing. It runs a special version of the Android operating system called the “PrivatOS”  It blocks many of the ways that phones leak data about our activities. It also ships...

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Will your phone be used to help predict the weather?

Meteorologists rely on knowing the current weather in order to predict what will happen in the future. Without properly understanding our current state, we are not able to accurately forecast conditions in the future. Currently, weather observations are made at official surface observing stations around the globe. These stations measure temperature, humidity, and other weather information, including one of the most significant and important variables for forecasting: air pressure. Recent studies have shown that air pressure can indicate more about the three-dimensional picture of the...

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Overcoming the Action Bar Tabs Deprecation in API 21

With Lollipop’s new API 21 out now, google has stressed the need for uniformity and material design to be highly encouraged in the development and design of android applications. Action Bar Tab Integration – which is actually a default template in the Eclipse ADK – is very convenient to say the least but in terms of design, it can be much more intuitive. Regardless, It is now deprecated and full alternatives have been scarily  expressed. I’ll cover ways to rethink your layout entirely as well as ways to use non-deprecated layouts if you simply can’t let...

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Lollipop, Material Design, and You

With the recent release of Lollipop, there have been many overhauls in terms of design and functionality. While there were many functionally awesome things added to Lollipop, like filtered and priority notifications, device profiles, and others, we will instead shift our attention to the visual aspects. With the release of Lollipop, Google has decided to implement a set of visual guidelines and principles called Material Design. The purpose of Material Design is to give not only the Android OS UI a more unified and cohesive feel, but also the apps that developers make and put on the App...

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Twilight app helps improve your circadian rhythm(ability to fall asleep)

It is no secret that most people use their cellphone devices while they lay in bed at night before they sleep. Electronic devices like cellphones,computers,tablets ect.. emit a light called “blue light”.Research says that exposure to this light distorts your natural circadian rhythm and causes an inability to fall asleep. What is circadian rhythm disorder ? “circadian rhythm disorders is a continuous or occasional disruption of sleep patterns. The disruption results from either a malfunction in the “internal body clock” or a mismatch between the “internal...

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