Articles about Android

Microsoft's Scott Hanselman demonstrates .NET Core at Red Hat's DevNation event

Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

Microsoft has announced the release of .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open source, cross-platform fork of the .NET Framework, letting people know at the Red Hat DevNation summit in San Francisco. "This makes Red Hat the only commercial Linux distribution to feature full, enterprise-grade support for .NET," said Red …
Tim Anderson, 28 Jun 2016
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Disco, Pogs, and the Microsoft Surface 3

Microsoft is wrapping up production of its Surface 3 tablet, with no successor in sight. The Redmond giant has confirmed reports that it will be ending production of the Atom-powered tablet at the end of the year and selling out its current stock of hardware. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book remain available. "Since …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jun 2016
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Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work!

One of the puzzles about Microsoft’s platform in 2016 is Windows 10 Mobile. In the run-up to the launch of Windows 10 in July 2015, the plan seemed to be that a unified operating system across PC and mobile, combined with applications developed for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), would boost Windows Phone and create a …
Tim Anderson, 24 Jun 2016

Opera cries foul over Microsoft Edge power-slurping claims

Microsoft's claim that its Edge browser is the thriftiest with power has drawn a sharp response from rival browser biz Opera, who called for open testing to work out which app provides better battery life. Earlier this week, Microsoft released research which, it claims, shows that the Edge browser that comes with Windows 10 …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2016
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Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

The 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3 has topped a poll of 81 single-board Linux and Android systems among Linux folk. The 2016 Single Board Computer (SBC) Survey saw the Raspberry Pi 3 slide into the number one slot ahead of the Odroid-C2 and BeagleBone. A Raspberry Pi 2 topped the SBC poll in 2015, only this time organisers reckoned …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2016
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BlackBerry's turnaround stalls

BlackBerry announced further losses today as its comeback plan snagged on adjustments to the books. Revenue was down to $400m (GAAP) for the quarter, down from $658m. But the company made significant balance sheet adjustments including a one-time asset asset impairment charge of $501m, and an inventory write down of $41m, …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jun 2016
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Secure Islands digested, Redmond pushes out DLP tool

The offering is based on Redmond's October 2015 acquisition of Israeli firm Secure Islands, whose technology is being integrated into Azure Rights Management (RMS). The aim, quoth Microsoftie Dan Plastina, is to use employee identity as the basis for protecting corporate information. The product, Azure Information Protection, …
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Microsoft hops onboard bonk-to-pay bandwagon

Microsoft has launched its entry into the near-field communications (NFC) mobile payments space. The Microsoft Wallet app will allow Windows Mobile users whose phones are equipped with NFC hardware to link their bank accounts and credit cards to their handsets for retail transactions. Currently, the Wallet app is limited to a …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jun 2016
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Google enlists Microsoft VoIP partner to unseat Office 365+Skype

Google's going after Office 365 and Skype users in a cloud telephony partnership with Microsoft VoIP ally RingCentral. The search giant and RingCentral on Wednesday announced RingCentral Office Google Edition, a package letting you make online calls from within Google's Apps. Apps are integrated using WebRTC, the real-time …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jun 2016
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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

Just when you thought the platform wars had settled down into a cosy duopoly, Huawei is reported to be working on “an alternative mobile operating system”, according to reports. “The team working on the project is based in Scandinavia and includes ex-Nokia employees,” The Information scooped. The secret project is said to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Jun 2016
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Parliament is building a new website – and it doesn't want GDS anywhere near it

The UK Parliament is hiring a load of web developers, analysts and UX folk as it prepares to revamp its website – and it's keeping the whole project well away from the Government Digital Service, The Register has learned. Parliament's website, while functional and reasonably clear, is a bit long in the tooth – and its …
Gareth Corfield, 22 Jun 2016
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Google turns to codeless tap factor authenticaton

Google has set up an easier two factor authentication system to allow staff to login with a tap instead of codes. The Prompt feature is available to Google users and will allow them to sign into Mountain View services more easily than copying codes from its time-based Authentication app. Users will need to apply a screen lock …
Darren Pauli, 22 Jun 2016

Microsoft’s IFTTT-alike Flow seeps into the iPhone

Animating cats in Hypercard, creating batch files (or even baroque Lotus 1-2-3 macros) – writing your own scripts was once an integral part of personal computing. If an application didn’t have its own arcane scripting language, it didn’t really cut it. Recently Android automation tools such as Tasker, IFTTT and Workflow for …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2016

Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

Comment At its WWDC developer event last week, Apple strongly emphasised the difference between data harvesters such as Google and Facebook, and its own privacy practices. It isn’t a new line, as Apple hasn’t been on reliant on digital advertising as these consumer data processing giants. But with Microsoft joining Google and Facebook …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2016

'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

With CrowdStrike kicking off its Australian office, the company's freshly-minted VP of technology strategy, Michael Sentonas, took time out for a chat to Vulture South. We started the discussion looking at security in the Internet of Things market, where Sentonas says “I look at it and say 'what a disaster'.” The industry, he …
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Sirin Labs' Solarin isn't for pro-privacy bankers. It's for rich execs who want bling

El Reg got hands-on with the Solarin $14,000 ultra-high-end Android smartphone during a trip to Tel Aviv this week. As previously reported, the Solarin handset is an Android-based smartphone pitched at privacy-conscious executives and the ultra-wealthy. The smartphone comes with a 24 megapixel camera and integrated 3D audio …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2016
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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

McDonald's New Zealand and Australia restaurants reportedly have unused and insecure NFC tags glued under tables. Near Field Communications tags allow devices to read instructions with a tap. Phones must be very close in order to read the tags and the instructions it contains. The McDonald's tags seem to have been installed …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jun 2016
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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

UK supermarket giant Tesco's mobile banking app refuses to run on handsets where the Tor app is also installed, it emerged this weekend. Mainframe database admin Marcus Davage revealed the Tesco banking app tells users they must remove the Tor Project's anonymizing Android software to access the supermarket's money services. …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2016

Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

Many analysts were expecting big improvements to Apple’s watchOS platform last week. Just like they were expecting big announcements around Android Wear last month. But nothing much happened. “It's not the ground-breaking revamp many were hoping for,” CCS Insight’s George Jijiashvili wrote of Wear 2.0, describing the tweaks as …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Jun 2016

Google to shower 50%+ more gold on code-bearing bug hunters

Google will pay out potentially 50 per cent or more cash to bug hunters who couple software vulnerability reports with proof-of-concept exploit code or patches. Example exploits alone will bump critical bug payments by 33 per cent from US$3,000 (£2,101, A$4,060) to US$4,000 (£2,802, A$5,413). A "high quality" bug report with …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jun 2016

Apple starts clock on HTTPS app rule

Apple says that iOS app developers will need to adopt HTTPS security before the year is out. Speaking in a session (iOS or Safari required) at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, head of security engineering and architecture Ivan Krstić announced that effective at the end of this calendar year, Apple will mandate the use …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016
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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

Opinion In 2017, the EU is going to open the Unified Patent Court. This court will make it much easier for patent trolls and corporations in the US – armed with dodgy patent applications and IP attorneys – to reach into the UK and strangle your startup at birth. Think about it. Last week the Financial Times reported )that two-thirds …
Andrew Fentem, 15 Jun 2016
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Russia mulls bug bounty to harden govt software

Russia is mulling a bug bounty program to find and eliminate bugs in government-approved software. Local media report deputy Communications Minister Aleksei Sokolov is discussing a possible bug bounty with the Russian tech sector. The implications of such a bounty are being considered including staffing requirements for bug …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016
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Your new Android Smartwatch? Dead!

Bad news for first-generation Android watch users. It seems that early watches can't get new firmware updates. @konrad_it Sorry it's not on our current software update list and it's been discontinues. ^JK — LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) May 24, 2016 On the plus side, you technically were ahead of Apple, so at least you did …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016

VMware aims high with a little help from its friends

VMware's extensive ecosystem has been a massive part of its success, as demonstrated by the fact that even when server virtualisation looked like a reason to stop buying servers it created an opportunity for Intel to make virtualisation sing and arguably left Chipzilla making more coin from virtualisation than VMware itself. …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jun 2016
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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

The US Democratic National Committee (DNC) has confirmed that hackers thought to be part of Russian state intelligence have had access to their servers for nearly a year. They have read emails, chat logs, and opposition research documents. The attack was uncovered six weeks ago, after IT admins noticed something strange was …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016
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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

Analysis The Snap application container system released in April with Ubuntu 16.04 is now going to be opened up to many other Linux distros after a surprise discovery by developers. In a press call to journalists, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth (accompanied at times by a rather excitable Labrador) explained that shortly after the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016
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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

Researchers at Trend Micro have spotted a new variant of ransomware code that can be used to lock down Android-powered smartphones and televisions. The FLocker (short for the Frantic Locker) malware has been in circulation since at least April 2015 and has concentrated on locking down smartphone handsets running the latest …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2016
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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

Analysis Google could use defeat in the Oracle case to take Android proprietary, reckons analyst Richard Windsor, who thinks development for this watershed event is already well underway, as we reported last week. Google would then be able to bring the ecosystem up to date much more quickly than it does today. Last year’s Marshmallow …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jun 2016

Java API judge tells Oracle to suck it up, quit whining about the jury

An early attempt by Oracle to reverse Google's victory in the Java API copyright saga has been shot down. This week, Judge William Alsup promptly snubbed [PDF] Big Red's plea to dismiss Google's fair use defense in the long-running court battle. Google was found to have infringed Oracle's copyright by using 37 Oracle-owned …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2016

Looking for a data driven dev platform? This could be for you

Promo A coding competition is coming soon, brought to you by The Register in partnership with IBM - where you have the chance of winning some serious Alienware and Oculus gear. We will reveal more soon but in the meantime let’s get the party started with this call to developers, data science professionals and IT analytic architects …
David Gordon, 10 Jun 2016
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It takes two to Tango: Lenovo bets on phabs, snap-on smartphones

Lenovo hopes its new smartphones and new phablets will help reverse its tumble in the mobile market. The Chinese computing giant took the stage in San Francisco Thursday to unveil its long-awaited Phab 2 family – which includes its Google Project Tango-enabled phablet – as well as a revamped line of Moto Android smartphones. …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2016

Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

Alphabet shareholders demanding greater shareholder scrutiny and more transparency over its lobbying network were snubbed by Google executives at its AGM yesterday. To drive the point home, Google amended its incorporation documents so that Alphabet, its sole owner, doesn’t need to convene a vote of Alphabet shareholders for …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Jun 2016

Boffins shake up smartphone with motion-sensor as microphone

University of Illinois boffins have proved that someone who steals your phone can perform hardware hacks on it. As a maker-hack, The Register can't help but admire the work done to create the “VibraPhone” (even the pun is better than average). As a security vulnerability, we'll file this under “if you lose your phone, you're …

Microsoft, Google cosy up in the Skia lodge: 2D lib added to build tools

Microsoft's Miguel de Icaza, who joined the Windows giant earlier this year with the Xamarin acquisition, has announced new features for cross-platform development using Visual Studio, Xamarin Studio and C#. Xamarin brought a set of C# libraries, tools and compilers to Microsoft, enabling developers to target iOS, Android and …
Tim Anderson, 08 Jun 2016
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Google's machine learning app can now take over your iPhone

Google’s TensorFlow machine learning engine is now available on your iPhone and iPad. The search giant has added support for Apple’s iOS to its TensorFlow 0.9 released candidate, on GitHub. Support for iOS follows earlier backing for the framework on Google’s own Android smart phone operating system. Other changes for …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jun 2016

Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

Google is preparing to seize control of Android with its own proprietary closed-source version of the mobile operating system, an analyst claims. Technology analyst Richard Windsor says that a highly confidential internal project is underway to rewrite the ART runtime, removing any lingering dependencies from the freely …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Jun 2016

Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

Security biz Pentest is sounding alarms after it found an Android app it says has been downloaded 50 millions times despite being "little more than malware." UK-based Pentest said a whitepaper study [PDF] of the popular Flash Keyboard found that the Android app is "abusing" OS permissions, inserting potentially malicious ads, …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jun 2016

FTC top techie's mobe fraud

Talk about picking on the wrong person. Lorrie Cranor, chief technologist at US consumer watchdog the FTC, said today she fell victim to a brazen identify thief. Cranor now wants to use her experience to alert citizens, helping them and phone carriers to take action to combat scammers. As she explained: A few weeks ago an …
Chris Williams, 07 Jun 2016

Comeback mobe comes back

BlackBerry’s “comeback” phone – the Android-based Priv – keeps coming back to AT&T, a carrier executive has admitted. "We've seen more returns than we would like," the unnamed exec told CNet, saying the Priv was “struggling”. AT&T snared the US exclusive for the Priv’s launch in early November. It’s ominous for BlackBerry …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Jun 2016

You've got a patch, you've got a patch ... almost every Android device has a patch

It's the first Monday of the month, and that means another batch of patches for Android, fixing flaws that can be exploited by apps and webpages to hijack devices. As usual, if you're not using a Google Nexus device, you're at the mercy of your manufacturer and phone carrier to approve and distribute these updates, which may …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jun 2016
Suspicous process detected: Microsoft's Scott Guthrie shows off the Azure Security Center

Microsoft's Scott Guthrie wrote code live on stage for Azure devs

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie, came to London’s Mermaid Theatre on 3rd June 2016 to present to around 600 IT folk at the Azure Users Group, at an event called AzureCraft. It is unusual for someone on this page to come to this type of event, and even to engage in the precarious …
Tim Anderson, 06 Jun 2016

New Android tricks for modern malware licks

Symantec engineer Dinesh Venkatesan says malware writers have one up on Google with the pillaging of a keystone trick that permits attacks on Android Marshmallow. The method was extracted from white hat proof-of-concept works published initially to show how malware could extract credentials from Android apps. It allows …
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2016

Farewell, Fadell: Nest CEO Tony quits IoT biz

The CEO of Nest, Tony Fadell, has quit. Announcing his decision in a blog post Friday, the head and cofounder of the smart home company now owned by Google parent Alphabet and most famous for its thermostat, said his decision was "bittersweet" but that now was the right time to leave. "While there is never a perfect time to …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Jun 2016
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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

Two years ago, Huawei was to premium smartphones what Datsun was to family cars in the late 1970s. Cheap and cheerful, and sometimes not all that cheerful. The idea (promoted here) that Huawei would be able to challenge Apple and Samsung was considered ridiculous. “Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Jun 2016
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Salesforce's data centre team 'fought' AWS cloud outsourcing

Analysis Salesforce’s cloud server staff, those behind its flagship SaaS cloud, fought tooth and nail against their employer’s embrace of Amazon’s cloud. Marc Benioff, Salesforce’s chief executive puffed last week he had a “great meeting of minds” with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos on embracing AWS. Salesforce has chosen AWS to power its core …
Matt Asay, 03 Jun 2016

'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

A custom Android phone is being pitched to security and privacy pundits promising to deliver by goring Google services, preventing app installation, and deploying end-to-end encryption. The US$540(£374, A$745) UnaPhone sports a custom Android Marshmallow operating system that has been stripped of "invasive" Google services to …
Darren Pauli, 03 Jun 2016
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Smartphone sales falling

Analyst house IDC has almost halved its forecast for worldwide sales of smartphones, and predicts that sales in Canada and Japan will actually fall this year. IDC had predicted 2016 would see smartphone sales rise by 5.7 per cent worldwide, but has now cut it to 3.1 per cent. Sales of Android devices are forecast to rise by 6. …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jun 2016

Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

Comment Oracle will ultimately prevail in its Java copyright lawsuit against Google. And if you're a free software developer or supporter, you should be cheering them all the way to the wire. Blogger John Gruber last week observed that virtually no one is rooting for Big Red. This is really quite astonishing. That's because Google has …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Jun 2016
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Flash. Bang. Wallet: Marcher crooks target UK Android users

Miscreants behind the Marcher mobile malware have begun targeting UK banking customers. The trojan - which already targets banks in other countries, including Germany, Austria, France, Australia and Turkey - has added nine major UK bank brands onto its roster, IBM's X-Force security research team warns. Marcher is an Android- …
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2016