SonicSpy malware has made it to the Play Store carried by thousands of apps, can use phone camera, microphone, and more

Viruses are always a nasty thing to deal with and it has been so since the age of the first household PCs. However, malicious software, which aims to allow an attacker to steal your data or hijack your device for their purposes, is downright dangerous. Especially considering how much sensitive information we keep on our computers and our phones nowadays.

We generally feel safe and secure when downloading apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, since both marketplaces have strict rules and monitoring of each new product. However, every once in a while, …


Time for deals: These iOS and Android apps and games are free right now

Deals, promotions, price reductions… who doesn’t love these? Almost each and every week, we get treated to a round of notable iOS and/or Android apps and games that are available for less than usual and carry a smaller price tag.

Surely, we are among those who can’t wait to get their hands on a sweet bargain, that’s why we always try to get hold of the discounted app and games. But sharing is caring, so we usually inform you about these in a timely fashion.

We’ve aggregated a brief pick of iOS apps and games that are currently available for bread crumbs. As usual, however, these …

You have a few hours left before these free iOS apps become paid again – get them now

Deals, promotions, price reductions… who doesn’t love these? Almost each and every week, we get treated to a round of notable iOS and/or Android apps and games that are available for less than usual and carry a smaller price tag.

Surely, we are among those who can’t wait to get their hands on a sweet bargain, that’s why we always try to get hold of the discounted app and games. But sharing is caring, so we usually inform you about these in a timely fashion.

We’ve aggregated a brief pick of iOS apps and games that are currently available for bread crumbs. As usual, however, …

Lawsuit accuses Disney apps of spying on kids

The Walt Disney Company has been hit with a lawsuit that claims more than 40 of its smartphone apps have been spying on children. The suit, which has requested Class Action status, states that Disney is violating an online law designed to protect children’s privacy online. Disney’s smartphone apps are very popular; one particular title, “Where’s My Water? 2,” has been downloaded between 100 million and 500 million times.

According to the lawsuits, Disney apps have trackers installed inside that allow data such as geographical information, browsing history and other third party information …

iOS 11 beta 5 is out: Tons of bug fixes, 32-bit apps officially get phased out

iOS Developer Preview beta 5 is now out, bringing a host of small incremental changes to the current state of the operating system that will most likely make it to the final release of iOS 11, though nothing’s written in stone – with probably one beta to go before iOS 11 goes public, we’re likely in for some further changes to Apple’s latest software.
Gimmicky changes like icon changes aside, the big news here is that iOS 11 Beta 5 now officially ditches 32-bit app support, which will be one of the highlights of the upcoming software release from Apple. If …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (early August, 2017)

A new week begins and a dive into the app stores we take, sifting through the hundreds of new apps, looking for the precious few that deserve our attention.

This week around, we managed to fish out a couple of cool photography apps, Kevin Hart’s new official app, a couple of cool toys for musicians, a Twitter messenger in beta, and some more cool stuff. Check them out below and, as always, if we managed to miss a cool app or two — shout them out in the comments!

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New OnePlus 3/3T Open Beta rolls out: parallel apps, double finger slide support, and other features introduced

Despite not being the latest OnePlus models out on the market anymore, the OnePlus 3 and 3T continue to receive updates that fix issues and/or introduce new software features on a regular basis.

Today, new Open Beta patches have been made available for the two 2016 high-end models. The updates carry different names (OxygenOS Open Beta 21 for the OP 3 and 21 for the OP 3T), but the changes included are basically identical. Still, there’s a lot of new stuff on board, so let’s take a look at the entire patch log:
1. New addition:
Parallel …

The Google Play Store now demotes buggy and battery-draining apps in search results

It’s no secret that Google’s Play Store is chock full of crappy apps — just drop the word “guide” into the search bar and see for yourself — and Google itself knows it, too. As an example, take the latest change the company announced on its Android Developers Blog: apps with performance issues will now be downgraded in search results. Sure, it’s far from tackling the problem head-on, but it’s a start, anyway.

And it seems the change has been in effect for some time now — enough for Google to build a strong enough data set, anyway. …

Moving pictures: here are 5 great apps to make cinemagraphs with!

Ever wondered how one goes about making those photos where only one or two objects are moving, while everything else seems to be frozen in time? They are called cinemagraphs and are basically done by mixing a short clip with a photo, all taken from the very same camera position. Most of the image is just the picture, but a few parts have frames from the clip imposed on top.

And, wouldn’t you know it, there are a bunch of apps out there that make it super-easy to make cinemagraphs straight on your phone. All you need is a scene, a good idea, and preferably a tripod. …

Charts, graphs, and pies: here are the best chart-making apps for iPhone and Android

Nowadays, charts and graphs are used quite often — for a homework assignment, for a study, for any sort of data presentation, you want to have a nice visual representation of whatever it is you are working on. And, being the awesome supercomputers that they are, our smartphones have a bunch of apps that can help out with making a pretty chart with little effort!

While the feature comes built-in with some devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets, you usually need to download a separate app to make graphs and charts straight on your phone. Here, we will take a look at some of the best …