Kaspersky: Malware disguised as Android apps from carriers can steal your WhatsApp messages

Security firm Kaspersky has discovered a new piece of malware doing the rounds that’s capable of spying on your Android phone like nothing else before it. The company says that the malware is called Skygofree (named after one of the domains on which it was first spotted), and is usually disguised as a downloadable app on fake sites designed to resemble those of mobile carriers, and promises to increase your internet speeds. Once it’s installed, it can do plenty of damage, including: Tracking the device’s location, and record audio at specified locations. Connecting an infected device to a Wi-Fi network…

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Kaspersky details super-advanced ‘Skygofree’ Android trojan

Security firms spot new malware variations all the time, but most of them aren’t very sophisticated. They don’t have to be to spam ads or track your location. However, the newly identified Skygofree is in a completely different league. according to Kaspersky, this piece of malware possesses features never before seen in the wild.

This rogue app spreads from webpages designed to look like those of carriers like Vodafone. Users are tricked into installing the APK to get faster network access.

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‘Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!’ Getting “Spud Tales: Journey to Olympus” DLC on iOS and Android this Friday

Back in August of last year, Daylight Studios brought their quirky simulation game Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! [$ 4.99]from desktop to mobile, tasking players with creating a successful weapon shop from the ground up and expanding it across a wacky land of potato people while providing adventurers with the weaponry they need for their various quests. While the game had a dedicated fan base on desktop that loved having a version to play on the go, many wondered whether any of the additional content released for the desktop version would ever make its way to the mobile game. Well, today Daylight has announced that the DLC pack titled Spud Tales: Journey to Olympus will be arriving on both iOS and Android this Friday, January 19th at a price of $ 1.99.

What exactly are Spud Tales? As Daylight describes, “Spud Tales are missions that place you in various scenarios with different end goals, objectives, and difficulty levels. The aim of the game is to complete all the objectives of the specific scenario. Scenarios will be a lot more difficult to complete than an ordinary play-through, so be weary of your $ tarch and managerial decisions!” The Journey to Olympus tale in particular follows Herclueless, the hapless son of Zeus, as he attempts to forge a weapon “worthy of a God” and punch his ticket back into Olympus.

In addition to the DLC content, this update to Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! will also add full screen support for the iPhone X as well as iCloud integration so you can transfer your game progress between devices. You may remember that Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?! had a bit of a rocky launch on iOS when it first arrived last year, as it was released in separate iPhone and iPad versions. The developers eventually did make the original iPhone-only version Universal so it could also play on the iPad, but only in a weird letterboxed way that didn’t match up to the true iPad version of the game.

They’ve since sorted that out and there’s now just one Universal version of the game that displays properly on both iPhone and iPad devices, and they’ve also squashed all the strange crashing and progress saving issues that plagued that initial release. It’s a really cool game and you can read a lot more impressions about it in our forums, and this Friday it’ll get even better with the new expansion content arriving as an update for both the iOS and Android versions of Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!


18 new and notable (and 1 WTF) Android games from the last week (1/10/18 – 1/16/18)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so.

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Android Police coverage: OrangePixel’s open-world survival adventure ‘Ashworld’ just landed on the Play Store

Ashworld is the latest game from OrangePixel, a studio well known for some fantastic pixel art games. Ashworld does not deviate from their style too much, but what is interesting is how its top-down survival gameplay has been combined with side-scrolling platforming.

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How to Manage Alexa Voice Purchasing Settings from iPhone or Android

How to Manage Alexa Voice Purchasing Settings on iPhone or Android

Apart from promptly answering your various queries, Alexa can also let you quickly place orders on Amazon with just a voice command. When you register your Alexa device, the voice purchasing is enabled by default. However, you can easily manage your voice purchasing settings in the Alexa app from your iPhone or Android device.

Worried that someone might use your smart speaker to place orders? There is also an option to set a voice code to prevent anyone from ordering things. More after the break…

How to Manage Alexa Voice Purchasing Settings on iPhone or Android

How to Manage Alexa Voice Purchasing Settings on iPhone or Android

Step #1. Open Alexa app on your device and tap the menu button.

Tap on Menu Button in Alexa App on iPhone or Android Phone

Step #2. Now, tap on Settings.

Tap on Settings in Alexa App on iPhone or Android Device

Step #3. Next, select Voice Purchasing.

Tap on Voice Purchasing in Alexa App on iPhone or Android Phone

Next up, manage voice purchasing as desired:

Turn On/OFF Alexa Voice Purchasing

Purchase by voice: Turn on the switch next to it to place orders using voice command. If you no longer want to use voice purchasing, turn it off.

Note: Tap on View payment settings to view and manage payment method required for voice purchasing.

Enable/Disable Voice Code for Alexa Voice Purchasing

After you have set up voice code, Alexa will ask you to say a 4-digit confirmation code before completing purchases. Be sure to set up a code that you do not use for other accounts and services.

  • Simply turn on the Voice Code
  • Then, you need to enter a 4-digit code on-screen.
  • Then, tap on Save Changes to confirm.

(If you ever want to disable voice code, simply follow the above steps and turn it off.)

Once you have set up a voice profile, the first time you or other users in your home try to place an order, the personal assistant will need the voice code to proceed. Then after, you will not need to say the code to complete purchases.

To ideally manage this setting, you can use the toggle next to Allow recognized speakers to purchase without the voice code after providing it just once:

  • If this toggle is ON, recognized speakers in your home will need to say the voice code once.
  • If you turn it off, the recognized speakers in your home will have to say the voice code to complete all Alexa purchases.
  • If you wish the personal assistant to ask for the voice code whenever you or other users in your home try to make a purchase on shared devices, turn it off.

That’s done!

Wrap up:

2018 is expected to be a monumental leap for smart home speakers. With Apple’s much-awaited HomePod is just about to be launched, the competition is going to get only tougher. As a user, I’ll relish it a lot as there will be multiple top-notch options. What’s your take on Apple’s smart speaker and which is your favorite virtual assistant?

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Programmer of Sonic The Hedgehog launches Legend of Coin on Android and iOS

Japanese programmer Yuji Naka is best known for leading the team that created the original Sonic The Hedgehog. He’s moved on from the speedy blue hero since then, launching his own company based in Tokyo – Prope Games. Legend of Coin is the developer’s latest project, and is totally different from the platformer he’s known for. It fuses the fun of coin pushers with the addictive quality of monster collecting.

Gameplay in Legend of Coin revolves around a coin pusher covered with silver pennies. Throw more coins on the shelf to nudge the ones closest off and into your wallet. These can then be lobbed back in, or used to purchase bonuses from the shop.

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Nokia 7 and Nokia 6 2018 Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out

HMD Global introduced Nokia 7 smartphone back in October last year and the new Nokia 6 (2018) was unveiled earlier this month in China running  Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). As the company had promised, it has started rolling out Android 8.0 (Oreo) update for the smartphones. The 788MB update for the Nokia 7 brings the latest Android 8.0 Oreo that brings range of features including Background limits, Picture-in-Picture (PIP), notification channels, Wide-gamut color for apps, Adaptive icons, Companion device pairing, Keyboard navigation, AAudio API for Pro Audio and more. It also adds virtual gesture navigation bar operation, improved double tap to wake up, improves stability, brings updates to system apps and lots more. The company has promised that the old Nokia 6 will get the Android Oreo update soon. Globally, HMD Global has released Android Oreo stable update for Nokia 8 and is currently beta testing the update for Nokia 5 and Nokia 6. It recently said that the Nokia 2 will get Android 8.1 Oreo update directly skipping Android 8.0 and will also include memory management features found in Android Oreo (Go Edition). Source
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TAG Heuer has an Android Wear watch that costs $200K

TAG Heuer’s been showing off a bunch of its watches in Geneva, and one model, in particular, has caught our eye. In addition to the new smaller and cheaper Modular 41 announced yesterday, TAG Heuer has been showing off a diamond-encrusted white gold version of its Modular 45. This Android Wear-powered ostentation can be yours for a mere $ 200K (190’000 CHF). 

The watch is part of TAG Heuer’s Modular 45 series, though this model has the “Full Diamond” name attached to it as well, which makes sense. With 589 diamonds spread across almost every exterior surface on the bezel and bracelet (totaling 23.35 carats), it’s pretty full of them.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7

The 2018 refresh of the Nokia 6 was released in China earlier this month, but it strangely still ran Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The Nokia 7 was introduced in October, but like the new Nokia 6, it’s only available in the Chinese market at the moment. Now both phones are receiving an update to Android 8.0 Oreo.

It’s understandable that the Nokia 7 launched with Nougat, considering the software was likely being finalized when Oreo was released.

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Chrome OS may soon allow sideloading Android apps without Developer Mode

When it comes to installing applications from outside the Play Store, Chromebooks are at a disadvantage. On normal Android devices, all it takes is enabling ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ in the settings (or doing it on a per-app basis on Oreo). Unfortunately, sideloading APKs on Chromebooks requires enabling Developer Mode, which disables boot verification and other security features. It also requires users to press a key combination when you boot up (on most models) – Google really doesn’t want you enabling it.

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