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Gadgets

LG G Watch, powered by Android Wear to debut soon

LG Electronics (“LG”) is working closely once again with Google on its LG G Watch smartwatch, which will be powered by the just-announced Android Wear platform. Android Wear, is Android built specifically for wearable.

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Tech Talk

Google Quietly Debuts Moto G Google Play Edition

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Google has outed a Google Play Edition of the budget Moto G smartphone. The popular smartphone will cost US$179 and US$199 for the 8GB and 16GB variants respectively.

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Apps

Google Maps for Android Gets Turn-By-Turn Navigation with Voice Guidance in Malaysia

Google Maps for Android

Google Maps, the market leader in mapping across platforms, has finally made turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia. Google released an updated Google Maps app for Android last week bringing key enhancements to the popular app. An iOS version for iPhone and iPad is reportedly coming soon.

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Apps

Google Maps is Back on iOS and it is Better than Ever

Google Maps for iOS

The best map app is back on iOS. As much fun it is to laugh at the inception like images and inaccurate directions of the iOS maps, the joke has gotten old and we need our reliable map back once again.

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Apple Tech Talk

Google debuts Google Maps app for iOS, admits it’s better than Android version

Google Maps for iOS
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In September, Apple dropped a bombshell on its iOS user base. It removed the popular Google Maps app from the latest iteration of its mobile OS – iOS 6. Apple’s own Maps had all the bells and whistles – a sleek interface, vector graphics, fanciful 3D flybys. But ultimately, fundamentally flawed.

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Mobile

Symantec: Millions Download SMS Spoofing Codes on Google Play

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Researchers from North Carolina State University recently published a video demonstrating how a mobile app can simulate the reception of a SMS message from a spoofed source. In a blog post on Symantec’s official blog, Symantec reportedly found SMS spoofing codes in 200 apps found on Google Play Store, with millions of combined downloads.

SMS spoofing can be used for numerous malicious intentions, including SMS phishing attacks (Smishing). Much like web phishing, the intent is usually to trick someone into revealing banking credentials or subscribing to paid services.

Symantec has not found any instances that use the spoofing code for a malicious SMSishing attack to date. It found that the principle reason to use such codes in apps is to push advertisements.

Symantec advises users to be wary of the source of any suspicious incoming text messages while Google makes changes to Android to prevent SMS spoofing. These applications may be identified by Norton Spot and any future malicious usage are detected by Norton Mobile Security.

Catch the video below:

Catch full details of the demonstration.

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Mobile

ASUS, Google Offer Compensation for Nexus 7 Buyers

Nexus 7 Refund

Did you buy the sexy new Nexus 7 just before the price drop on October 29? Fret not, ASUS and Google are playing kind fairy godmothers. The two partners are offering compensation for affected buyers. For Europe buyers who purchased the tablet from ASUS prior to October 30 are eligible to redeem a £25 or £30 coupon for its online shop.

According to Google’s price protection policy stated on its website, if you had purchased a device that had its price reduced within 15 days of purchase, Google will refund the difference in price. To be eligible for this cash-back, requests for a price protection refund must be submitted within 15 days of the price reduction occurring.

Nexus 7 (16GB version only) purchases from Devices on Google Play are currently eligible for Price Protection if the purchase was made on or after October 14, 2012. If your purchase is eligible, we’ll refund the difference in price within 14 days of your request.

ASUS, Google via Engadget

 

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Mobile

Google I/O: 1 Million Android Devices Sold Everyday, 400M Total Sold

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Image credit: Google
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Image credit: Google

At the Google I/O keynote earlier today, Google revealed that a million Android smartphones and tablets are sold each day, totaling 400 million devices in total. That’s a whole lot of phones.

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Tech Talk

[Video] Google I/O Talk on Google+ Hangout with LowYat.NET, SoyaCincau.com, CHIP Malaysia

Google I/O on Google+ Hangout

I join pals from Lowyat.NETSoyacincau.comCHIP mag and a media friend to geek out and talk about Google I/O on Google+ Hangout. Plenty of fun amidst the exciting announcements on Android 4.1 Jelly BeanNexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q.

Check out the video below:

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Mobile

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Fastest, Smoothest, Most Responsive Android Version Yet

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Image credit: Google

At the Google I/O keynote in San Francisco, Google took the wraps of the latest iteration of its mobile OS – Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. Google demonstrated a newer, more refined UI, faster performance, a revamped and more enhanced notifications system, new accessibility features, offline voice capabilities and more.