Monthly Archives: February 2015

Android Malware Can Spy on You Even If You Turn Your Phone Off.

It looks like a breakthrough for the bad guys that create spyware for mobile devices: a newly discovered Android malware program can actually track you after you’ve shut down your phone.

Well, after you think you’ve shut down your phone, anyway.

Recently spotted by AVG anti-virus software company, the malware (which affects Android phones, and which does not yet have a catchy nickname) tricks phone owners into thinking that they’ve shut down their devices. Pressing the power button on an infected phone calls up a fake Power Off button onto the screen. When tapped, only the phone’s screen, sound alerts, and notification lights are actually powered off.

While in this state, the spyware can reportedly make calls, take pictures, and send and receive messages.

Not. Cool.

The malware is hidden inside...

The Bubbles of Social Media

It is no secret that web companies tailor their services, news and search results to our personal taste. The consequences are that we are trapped in “filter bubbles” and don’t get exposed to information that could broaden our world view. For example, Facebook checks which friends’ links you are clicking more and is editing your profile and news feed accordingly. It decides for you who are most likely to interest you based on your past interactions with friends. Facebook is not the only one doing this algorithmic editing of the web. Yahoo News, Washington Post, EBay and Amazon are just a few of the websites who do personalization on some level.


In the TED talk above, Eli Pariser explains how different people get different results when searching the...

Wireless Carriers Now Have To Unlock Your Phone!

Tired of your wireless carrier's service or plans? The Cellular Telephone Industries Association’s (CTIA) new standards on unlocking phones go into effect for all mobile service providers in the US today. This allows you to unlock your phone and switch carriers once out of contract. President Obama signed a law that deemed it legal for mobile users to unlock their phones last August. From today, carriers who have voluntarily committed to follow the CTIA’s standards will unlock their customers’ devices on request. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon will comply with the CTIA’s code, and allow customers to unlock their phones at no extra charge. Bluegrass and Cellcom are also signed up to the code, but...

10 Things you should know about iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library was one of the major new features showcased at the WWDC Keynote last year, and was rolled out along with iOS 8.1. It allows you to sync all your photos and videos to iCloud, so that you can access them from any device.

1. What is iCloud Photo Library?

iCloud Photo Library allows you to keep all your photos and videos in iCloud, so you can access them from any device. It also gives you an option to keep optimized and lightweight versions of your entire library, thus allowing you to save space on your device. The original resolution of your entire library is stored in iCloud Photo Library. It is also important to note here that the Camera Roll and My Photo Stream album will replaced with an All Photos album when you enable...