Blackphone Gets Bug Bounty Program Off Ground

This article explains how at the famous computer security conference, DEF CON, held in August of this year had a special event where those in attendance were encouraged to tweet bugs found in the self-proclaimed most secure smartphone called Blackphone.  Due to huge amount of tweets, Daniel Ford, the chief security officer from Blackphone and in charge of the security of the PrivatOS, decided to start a bug bounty for the phone view Bugcrowd. Bugcrowd is a bounty program with about 12,000 security enthusiasts and researchers who are invited on “bug-hunts” and are compensated for...

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Using the Barometer to Provide Better Context Awareness

Many of the most popular applications today on Android are using context awareness of what the user is currently doing to improve their user experience. For example, Google Now uses GPS to determine when a user is away from home, and provides the time that it would take to get back home. One of the most recent apps that takes advantage of knowing what the user is doing is Cover ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coverscreen.cover&hl=en ), which displays different apps on the lock screen depending on if the user is at home, in the car, or somewhere else. Being able to...

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Android Wear: Present and Future

There are many Android Wear devices out now, and some to come in the future. But with so many smartwatches out and upcoming, should you get your dream device now or just wait a year or two? The devices I am focusing on are LG G Watch, LG G Watch-R, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360, ASUS ZenWatch(announced), HTC SmartWatch(announced). So the most differentiating factor between the current slew of smart watches is, visually, its shape. The upcoming ASUS Zen watch is square, as well as the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. The LG G -R and the Moto 360 are round, each with their own defining...

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Why Android is not so open source

While Android may be trumpeted as the open source product of the future, it seems Google may be sending mixed messages. For years, Google has touted its open source Android mobile operating system as the best alternative to the indomitable Apple iOS. Apple has kept its iOS operating system locked to its own iPhones and iPads since its inception. This model of sales was previously implemented by Apple, Apple used this method to sell its OS X operating system. Android touts that it can work an any device, and that anybody can change its open source code.   Android invites companies to join...

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8 Cool Features of Android L

Flappy Bird Easter egg: With each new version of Android comes a new “Easter egg”. For Lollipop Google decided feature a Flappy Bird game. Tap the Android version a number of times, then, long press the giant lollipop to launch the game. You can find the version number under Settings > About. Double tap to wake: With the new version of Android, Google has made ways to make the device more user friendly. Users can now double tap the screen and wake the phone to instantly access notifications. No more power button to wake the phone. Guest Mode: Multiple accounts is something that has...

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Hands Free Texting While Driving

Ever received a text message while driving, and had to resist the urge to send that one quick text reply back to tell them you’re busy? Text-Less Safe Driving provides a safer alternative solution to this dilemma. This application was developed with the safety of the user in mind. While this application is running, it listens for incoming text messages. When an incoming text message in detected and read, the application will reply to it with a user-predefined response. This predefined response allows the user to acknowledge the text message, while keeping both hands on the wheel and...

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