AT&T launches Threat Defender, an Android app that's not meant to protect your smartphone


File this under “carriers do wacky things” to please customers. The “culprit” in this case? AT&T, which has just launched an Android app called Threat Defender. Even the most non-tech savvy consumers would probably think that the new app launched by the US carrier is meant to protect their smartphones.

Alas, AT&T Threat Defender is purely an entertainment app that’s only good to “protect” you from boredom for a little while. If you haven’t guessed it yet, Threat Defender is an interactive game that’s available to everyone who owns a device running Android 2.3 and up.

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Holy icon, Batman, Adam West meant a lot to me

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In the late 1960s and early ’70s, I raced home from school every afternoon to power load on superhero and Sci-Fi television. It was all reruns, though I didn’t know it. There was Star TrekGigantor, Superman, and, of course, Batman.

I was not an avid comic book reader back then. So, for me, Adam West, who died Saturday at 88, created the iconic caped crusader. His sonorous voice commanded me from across the room sit close to our 25-inch tube TV.

The plots seem silly now, but I was hooked and worried in between cliff hangers about whether our hero would survive. I even believed Batman and Robin were climbing skyscrapers with little more than a rope. It never occurred to me that they simply turned the camera on its side. Read more…

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