Detect, Avoid IMSI-Catcher Attacks with Android IMSI-Catcher Detector

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Privacy is always an important topic, as well as a delicate one to cover. Corporations spend millions to provide the best security systems, which are then quite often cracked by hackers or security researchers. You might not be aware that some fake cell towers (a.k.a. IMSI-Catchers, StingRays, GSM Interceptors, Subscriber Trackers) can be used to track and monitor specific groups of users and even remotely manipulate a particular phone. Scary, right? Unfortunately, few parts of the world are free of such unethical practices. There are various conspiracy theories–some credible, others not so much–involving the use of IMSI-Catchers in various contexts such as surveillance/spying and . . . READ ON »

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Materialized LeanDroid Fights Your Poor Battery Life

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Battery life has always been one of the biggest problems facing most Android devices. Phone manufacturers are battling it out putting increasingly powerful CPUs, more RAM, storage–but a bigger battery always seems to be left behind. Even Google noticed that something was wrong and added some battery saving features into Android L.

The large battery drain is often caused by unnecessary services running in the background. 3G/LTE connection uses lots of energy, as well as synchronization and WiFi. Among many applications that can be very helpful in keeping your battery lasting for a long time, LeanDroid seems to be one of the more popular options. We’ve talked about this application a few month. . . READ ON »

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Bump! Workaround for the LG G3 Locked Bootloader – XDA TV

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The LG G3 is a power house device. It’s been a favorite of many people. However, the Bootloader is sticky. If you want to unlock the bootloader so you can flash a custom recovery or ROM, you have your work cut out for you. LG did not make this easy by any means. Of course the brains at XDA have found a way to bump a custom recovery on the LG G3. Even then, the process isn’t the easiest to follow.

There is no need to fear! In today’s video, XDA TV Producer Jared shows you how to Bump! your LG G3 so that you can unlock the bootloader on your LG G3. Jared shows you a way to make the process even easier using Flashify. He gives you a step by step demonstration of how to bump your LG G3. So grab your LG G3 and check out this . . . READ ON »

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Enable Call Recording on Xperia Z2 and Z3

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Call recording, while not legal in every part of the world, is quite handy in certain situations. Some OEMs have decided to implement call recording into their default Phone applications, and sometimes hide it. There are ways to enable the feature, if it’s there but hidden, through Xposed Framewok modules or other apps.

On the older firmwares, such as 4.4.2, Sony had a hidden call recording feature in SemcPhone.apk. This feature was split over multiple applications. XDA Senior Member AndroPlus found a way to restore the call recording feature by extracting the Chinese variant of the ROM. The extracted CallRecording.apk can be flashed onto the device using one of the popular recoveries.

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Google Play Store Payments Available in China

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Google has taken a big step to make its services accessible globally. Since the introduction of paid apps, Google managed to introduce them in over 2/3 countries in the world, but one country was still missing. And as you know by now, this country is China.

Over the past year, Google has extended paid apps to 60 countries across the globe including Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Venezuela. China is by far the largest new market, with more than 700 million active smartphone users–and this number is still growing.

Google announcing merchant support in China gives local developers an opportunity to monetize their work directly rather than simply through advertising. Chinese dev. . . READ ON »

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How to Set a Video as Your Boot Animation

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If you wish to make your phone truly unique, you may want to consider adding a nice boot animation. A boot animation is nothing more than a set of PNG files that are played one after another at the desired frame rate, while the operating system loads. Various OEMs put their own animations and often add sound during the boot process to make their devices cooler.

Splitting one video into so many single files reduces fluidity, because device has to proceed every file. The guys from Motorola decided to change that behavior and compiled a new bootanimation binary that uses MP4 video files during the booting process. XDA Senior Member devilex94 noticed that and wrote an interesting guide for the XDA-University exp. . . READ ON »

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TWRP for Nexus 6 and 9 Available, Unofficial CM12 Alpha for HTC Explorer! – XDA TV

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Team Win Recovery Project for the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 is available now! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of Unofficial CyanogenMod 12 for the HTC Explorer and be sure the check out the article talking about Android 5.0 Lollipop landing on the Sony Xperia Z3. That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!

Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for Statusbar Download Progress. Then Jordan showed you the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. And later, rirozizo showed us t. . . READ ON »

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Jolla Tablet Announced: The Second Sailfish OS Device

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A little over a year ago, Jolla released its first smartphone with the brand new Jolla Sailfish OS. Despite quite a good amount of hype surrounding the phone, its sales were rather low. The Jolla team didn’t give up, and they announced their second device. This time, it’s a tablet that can easily compete with top devices produced by Apple and Google–at least, this appears to be the case, given its hardware specifications.

The 7.85” Jolla Tablet will ship with a 64-bit quad core Intel CPU, 32 GB of internal storage, 2 gigs of RAM and two cameras: 5 MP rear and 2 MP front. Hardware isn’t everything, as Jolla has prepared a second version of its open-source Sailfish OS. It’s a Linux. . . READ ON »

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Android One Devices Get Unofficial CM12 Port

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Android One was initially announced right before Android Lollipop. By releasing these cheap, yet quite powerful smartphones, Google has tried to reach as many users in developing markets such as India and other parts of Asia as possible. Android One was a big hit right from the start, mostly due to its price and direct Google support.

Developers on XDA also noticed that these devices have lots of potential and released a working root, recovery, unofficial CyanogenMod 11, and now CyanogenMod 12. Android One devices will get fully working Lollipop sooner or later directly from Google, but this didn’t stop the XDA Recognized Developer varun.chitre15.

Varun.chitre15’s offering is nearly a . . . READ ON »

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