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Facebook Reportedly Tells Employees to Replace iPhones with Android Devices

Posted on 03 November 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Facebook has literally taken over the lives of many people who consume the social network for hours on end every day, and they don’t even realize it. As it turns out, Facebook wants to dictate to their employees on what smartphone they should also be using as they reportedly tell workers to replace their iPhones with cheap Android devices.

As with anything, there is reason to the rhyme, as such, Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, said in an interview with Wired that company employees were asked to give up on their iPhones and start using Android phones. His reason for this is that they need to try out the Android Facebook app and optimize it for emerging markets, where Android is believed to have a larger market share than iOS.

The fanboys are going to have a field day with this news to come out of Facebook on both ends of the iPhone iOS and Android spectrum.

iPhones have undoubtedly had some major success in many markets across the globe. When it comes to emerging markets, ones that are steadily adopting the use of Facebook, iOS may not have such a grasp on the population where Android is the dominating platform for smartphones and other mobile devices. Facebook knows this all-to-well and is thriving on making the Facebook app for Android the best yet so that there is seamless transition for markets that Facebook looks to grow in.

“I am mandating a switch of a whole bunch of my team over to Android, just because people, when left up to their own devices, will often prefer an iPhone,” Chris Cox is quoted as saying. “They can be reporting bugs and living in the same experience that most Facebook users experience today.”

The statement made by Chris Cox doesn’t necessary mandate that all employees should forget about the iOS version of the Facebook app. Facebook just has a plan to increase focus on Android and testing other methods that the public may access Facebook, such as through a slower 2G network.

Facebook is covering all angles with their growth, even with well over 1 billion estimated users. Sometimes giants want to have it all, and Facebook may just be the one to get it all.

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Major Car Makers Gear Up to Offer Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Posted on 28 May 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The big news is starting to stir around as a new concoction is created in the automotive world for the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for vehicle infotainment systems.

Technology and computers have a big part in today’s cars. The latest infotainment systems, most of which are proprietary and customized to each brand, are sophisticated and offer drivers and passengers an onslaught of integration, information and control of vehicle functions. In an effort to streamline the infotainment systems in vehicles and make them fit into the lives of the general public, who mostly use either iPhones or an Android-powered smartphone, car makers will give consumers the option of using Apple’s new CarPlay integration or Android Auto as their choice for an infotainment system.

Hyundai has been in the news as one of the frontrunners for introducing a movie to use Android Auto following several months after their announcement to bring Apple CarPlay into the mix for their infotainment systems. Following Hyundai, GM has just made an announcement to follow suit with their Chevrolet brand.

“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”

Vehicles such as Chevrolet’s top sellers all include a version of the brand’s MyLink infotainment system. Through use of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto the system will have either layered on top of it to interact directly with a driver’s smartphone. In such a case, the smartphone will use Apple CarPlay in the case of it being an Apple iPhone or use Android Auto with a device using the Android operating system. Most systems feature either a 7-inch or 8-inch color screen integrated in the vehicle enabling certain features to be limited use while driving to cut down on driver distractions, which is something that has more or less become a safety epidemic recently.

Several other automakers are making plans to roll out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into their infotainment systems, but it will take some time. Getting everything right is critical as an infotainment system in a car today is a major driving force for sales and customer retention.

Consumers are urged to keep an eye out for major auto shows coming up later this year where we suspect several manufactures will roll out their Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for some 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles.

Don’t you think it is the time that automakers jump on aboard this forward-moving train and give us the choice of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in vehicles with an integrated infotainment system?

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Android and iOS Versions of Superfish Apps Found to Have Device Tracking Capabilities

Posted on 27 February 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

The Superfish program and web browser add-on has caused some major concerns for computer users as it has been identified to contain code that can track users on the mobile versions of the application.

Superfish was ousted recently as a malicious program for computers and mobile devices. Lenovo, one of the largest producers of personal computers, made the mistake of bundling the Superfish program with several of their new laptop computers shipped out between September 2014 and December 2014. Since the discovery of Superfish’s malicious actions of exploiting security certificates leading to attackers infiltrating personal data transmitted over the internet, mobile versions of Superfish were found to be just as dangerous.

Superfish in its mobile version for Android and iOS devices was found to have code that poses a risk by the Superfish root certificate allowing attackers to track users and gather transmitted data.

The Superfish app was originally designed to help users shop for furniture or items by taking pictures of desirables and uploading it so Superfish’s servers can identify the image. Computer security researchers have identified recent versions of Superfish to be quite the malicious program in its ability to disrupt security certificates and now expose mobile devices’ unique ID through EXIF data available in photos taken by the device.

There has been much of a debate about the tracking of cell phones and mobile devices over many years. Furthermore, malware programs designed for mobile devices have become extremely sophisticated to the point that tracking a device and data that it may transmit over the internet and networks is a commonplace event for advanced hackers. Through the use of the Superfish mobile app on Android and iOS devices, it seems information on those devices may be pulled and later sold or used by other hackers and cybercrooks.

Deep in the code of the Superfish app on the Android OS and within Superfish’s LikeThat feature on iOS devices, the malicious program may reveal Mac address, CPU frequency, display type and free space to others who are in tuned to collecting Superfish’s stolen information.

The tracking of a device using Superfish may also be another aspect that hackers can determine. Though it has not been fully explored or verified, Superfish could still be a basis for pulling information from mobile devices. Through GPS positioning abilities found in Superfish’s code, iOS devices that have location services enabled could allow others to track the device. On Android versions, the tracking features may not be fully active. However, the transmitting of a user’s position is present within their SFLocatioAPI class, which is another avenue that sneaky hackers could exploit.

In any instance of Superfish being found on a device of any kind, it should be removed. Use of Superfish could make a mobile device vulnerable to many issues, including being tracked or other data compromised.

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Google Play Store Finally Trumps Apple’s App Store In Total Number of Apps Available

Posted on 30 January 2015 by GranTorinoGuy

Fans from either end of the mobile device operating system spectrum will always be in a perpetual debate about which one is the best when it comes to Apple’s iOS against Android. Earning Google’s Android operating system, a bonus point is the announcement that the Google Play store now has more apps than Apple’s App store.

Apple has for many years prided themselves with the massive sales figures of iOS devices and their much-talked-about number of app downloads from the App Store. According to appFigures, Android’s Google Play store now has over 1.43 million apps for devices running a version of Android. That is slightly more than Apple Store’s total of 1.21 million accounted for by the end of 2014.

Android’s flexible platform as allowed developers to create a wide array of apps catering to the mass market flooded with various devices that run the Android operating system. Looking at the landscape of iOS devices, Apple has a stronghold on what apps are approved and placed on the Apple Store, potentially slowing the growing number of apps to a certain point. Now, that point has been reached where the Google Play store is now retaining its dominance with the total number of apps.

Total number of Apps by App Store – Source: appFigures

The excitement of Android and the many onslaughts of Android devices has been a force to reckon with. This news is not all that surprising considering how Apple iOS devices are only limited to what Apple produces, those being iPhones, iPads and, well, that’s pretty much it. When it comes to Android there are is a plethora of devices from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, HP, and even Motorola. The Android landscape is just so vast.

In any given time, you are bound to see one of your friends, coworkers, or family sport a new device that runs some version of Android. Of course, the angry gorilla in the room remains to be the stability and security of Android apps as we have seen cases where there is a multitude of Android apps filled with malware or vulnerabilities. Moreover, Android apps are more susceptible to being unstable. iOS apps, on the other hand, have been through a quality check and are never released into the wild until they get the stamp of approval from Apple.

It was all bound to happen, Android was the turtle in the race against the infamous hare and the turtle has wised up from all of the hares “tricks” over the years with the help of clever mobile device manufacturers. With this news it is not to say Apple is in trouble by any means of being dominated by Android devices, it means that there is viable competition on a vast landscape that has many corners to claim.

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Just Bump Phones to Swop Digits… It’s that Easy!

Posted on 01 April 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

The days of manually typing someone’s details onto your phone are over. Bump has arrived!

Bump is a new application for Android and iPhones and people everywhere have started using it to get to know each other. Exchanging contact information, sharing photos, and even become friends on Facebook, has never been this easy.

The demonstration in this video shows just how simple it is to use. It’s like a cool gadget from a James Bond movie.

The Bump app uses the phone’s sensors to feel the bump, then it sends the information into the cloud. The algorithm on Bump’s website detects bumps from phones around the world and pairs up the phones that felt similar bumps. As soon as users confirm that they’ve bumped phones with someone else the information will be exchanged.

Two people who Bump each other don’t have to be using the same device. An iPod Touch can Bump an Android but, only a few phones have sensors in them required to detect the bumps you make.

Soon all phones will include these sensors and when that happens, the folks at Bump plan to have an application available. Soon no one will ever have to manually enter contact information again.

Do you think Bump will revolutionize the way we use phones? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

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