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Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded 'Firefox Focus' Browser For Android

Mozilla Launches Privacy-Minded 'Firefox Focus' Browser For Android

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched a new browser for Android. In addition to Firefox, the company now also offers Firefox Focus, a browser dedicated to user privacy that by default blocks many web trackers, including analytics, social, and advertising. You can download the new app now from Google Play. Because Google isn’t as strict as Apple, Android users can set Firefox Focus as their default browser. There are many use cases for wanting to browse the web without being tracked, but Mozilla offers a common example: reading articles via apps “like Facebook.” On iOS, Firefox Focus is basically just a web view with tracking protection. On Android, Firefox Focus is the same, with a few additional features (which are still “under consideration” for iOS):

Ad tracker counter — Lists the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app. Disable tracker blocker — For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to fix the issues. Notification reminder — When Firefox Focus is running in the background, a notification will remind you so you can easily tap to erase your browsing history.

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OnePlus 5, 'The Best Sub-$500 Phone You Can Buy', Launched

OnePlus 5, 'The Best Sub-$500 Phone You Can Buy', Launched

From an ArsTechnica article: Smartphone companies don’t seem to care about cultivating a true “lineup” of phones. If you aren’t spending at least $650, most companies will offer you anonymous, second-rate devices that seem like they’ve had no thought put into them. Enter the OnePlus 5, which continues the company’s tradition of offering an all-business, high-end smartphone for a great price. Today OnePlus is both announcing the OnePlus 5 and lifting the review embargo on the device, which we’ve had for about two weeks now. $479 gets you an aluminum-clad pocket computer with a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3,300mAh battery. You still get OnePlus’ physical 3-way alert switch, a USB-C port, capacitive buttons with a front-mounted fingerprint reader, and a headphone jack. The phone has two cameras on the back: one 16MP main camera and one 20MP telephoto camera, arranged in the most iPhone-y way possible. Besides the $479 version, there’s a more expensive $539 version, which ups the RAM from 6GB to a whopping 8GB, adds another 64GB of storage for a total of 128GB, and changes the color from “Slate Grey” to “Midnight Black.” Further reading: OnePlus 5 review: as fast and smooth as Google Pixel, without the price tag – The Guardian;
OnePlus 5 review: the me-too phone – The Verge; OnePlus 5 Review – Wired.

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Google Adds Android App Support To Additional Chromebooks

Google Adds Android App Support To Additional Chromebooks

An anonymous reader shares an article: The list of Chromebooks that can officially run Android apps has been a bit limited, but that’s changing. Google on Thursday updated its list of Chromebooks that now have official support, and 16 new machines have been added. They include: Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T), Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532), Asus Chromebook C202SA, ASUS Chromebook C300SA/C301SA, CTL NL61 Chromebook, Dell Chromebook 11 (3180), Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189), Dell Chromebook 13 (3380), HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE, HP Chromebook 13 G1, Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook, Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook, Lenovo N22 Chromebook, Lenovo N23 Chromebook, Samsung Chromebook 3, and Mercer Chromebook NL6D.

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Samsung Left Millions Vulnerable To Hackers Because It Forgot To Renew a Domain

Samsung Left Millions Vulnerable To Hackers Because It Forgot To Renew a Domain

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung cellphones used to have a stock app called S Suggest. The company apparently discontinued the app recently, and then forgot to renew a domain that was used to control it. This snafu left millions of smartphone users vulnerable to hackers who could’ve registered the domain and installed malicious apps on the phones.

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Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect To Build Custom Chips For Pixel Phones

Google Hires Key Apple Chip Architect To Build Custom Chips For Pixel Phones

A recent hire at Google indicates big changes are coming for future versions of the Google’s Pixel phone. Manu Gulati, an Apple micro-architect who worked on the company’s chip development for nearly eight years, has just joined Google. From a report: Gulati started working at Apple in 2009, and was instrumental to the company’s efforts to build custom chips for the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV. Apple began using its own chips in 2010, starting with the introduction of the iPad in 2010, which was powered by the company’s A4 chip. To this day, the company uses custom-designed microchips for each of their devices, which make it possible to optimize processors both for performance and energy consumption. In the industry, these integrated chips for mobile devices are also known as SoCs, or “systems on a chip.” In contrast, Google relied on a chip designed and manufactured by Qualcomm when it introduced its first Pixel phones last fall. The same chip is being used by a number of other Android phone manufacturers, including HTC, LG, Lenovo and Asus — all of which goes to say that these phones all offer very similar performance specs. Qualcomm has become the de facto-manufacturer for higher-end Android phone chips, making it harder for the companies to differentiate their devices from one another.

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Google Launches Android O Developer Preview 3 With Final APIs

Google Launches Android O Developer Preview 3 With Final APIs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today launched the third Android O developer preview, available for download now at developer.android.com and via the Android Beta Program. The preview includes an updated SDK with system images for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, and the official Android Emulator, and there’s even an emulator for testing Android Wear 2.0 on Android O. The big highlight with this preview is that the Android O APIs are now final. Google launched the first Android O developer preview in March and the second developer preview in May at its I/O 2017 developer conference. Google is planning to release one more preview with near-final system images in July and has slated the final version for release “later this summer” (in Q3 2017). Developer Preview 3 includes the latest version of the Android O platform with the final API level 26 and “hundreds of bug fixes and optimizations.”

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With Essential, 'Already a Unicorn', Andy Rubin Wants To Disrupt the Apple-Samsung 'Duopoly'

With Essential, 'Already a Unicorn', Andy Rubin Wants To Disrupt the Apple-Samsung 'Duopoly'

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Essential, Andy Rubin’s new startup, has added $300 million to its war chest as it looks to break into the highly competitive field of consumer electronics. The financing round valued Essential at $900 million to $1 billion, according to an analysis by Equidate, which runs a market for private company stock. In an interview, Rubin, who created Android, shared how the company plans to move forward: “I think when there’s this duopoly with these two guys owning 40 percent of the market, this complacency sets in,” Rubin said. “And that’s the perfect time to start a company with this. Some people are complacent and it needs to be disrupted.”

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Google Quadruples Top Reward For Hacking Android To $200,000

Google Quadruples Top Reward For Hacking Android To $200,000

Krystalo quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google has paid security researchers millions of dollars since launching its bug bounty program in 2010. The company today expanded its Android Security Rewards program because “no researcher has claimed the top reward for an exploit chain in two years.” Right. Well, the program has only been around for two years — a Google spokesperson confirmed that nobody has ever claimed the top reward. The Android team is making two bug bounty increases today. The reward for a remote exploit chain or exploit leading to TrustZone or Verified Boot compromise has quadrupled from $50,000 to $200,000. The reward for a remote kernel exploit has quintupled from $30,000 to $150,000. Want to make six figures? Just figure out how to hack Android.

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Android Pay says “Nǐ Hǎo” to Taiwan

Android Pay says “Nǐ Hǎo” to Taiwan

Whether you’re heading out for dinner or doing your  weekly shopping, your Android phone is all you need to bring with you when you walk out the door. Starting now, Android Pay is available in Taiwan.

Android Pay helps you pay for things quickly and securely with your Android phone, plus lets you earn all the same loyalty points you would with your card.   

You’ll be able to use Android Pay anywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favorite shops like PX Mart, Carrefour, Watsons, and more. Simply unlock your phone and hold it to the payment terminal until you see a “check.” It’s that easy. And businesses across that already have contactless terminals don’t need to do anything else to start accepting Android Pay in their stores.

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Surfing your favourite mobile sites and apps? Android Pay lets you speed through checkout at places like Watsons, CrazyMike, and more. You can also save your HappyGo cards to Android Pay, and rack up points while you shop.

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To start using Android Pay, just download the Android Pay app on Google Play and add an eligible Visa or MasterCard credit card from one of our supported banks, including CTBC and First Bank. Don’t see your bank yet? Stay tuned. We’re working to partner with more banks and cards all the time.

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Once you’ve added an eligible card, you’re ready to pay with your phone. Android Pay keeps a list of your latest transactions right in the app, so you can easily keep track of your purchases.

And when you use Android Pay in stores, your actual card number isn’t shared. Instead, Android Pay sends a virtual account number to represent your account info—so your actual card details stay safe. Plus, you’ll still get all the benefits and protections you’re used to with your bank.

If you’re a merchant or a developer, we’ve teamed up with many leading payment platforms, processors, and technology providers to make it even easier to accept Android Pay. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Get started with Android Pay in Taiwan today: Install the app, add your card and enjoy quick, convenient checkout.

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