Monthly Archives: October 2014

Flashlight Apps On Your iOS, Android and Windows Smartphones Could be Spying On You

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If you use a flashlight app on your phone, you might want to check the things it is permitted to do on your device, as a security firm has revealed that top free flashlight apps on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone stores could be spying on their users.
The flashlight apps that are primarily advertised to let users use phone’s flash sensors as torch, might be secretly recording your sensitive personal information – including location of the phone, content of the text messages, as well as details of the owner and contact, and selling it to market research and advertising companies for tracking users’ habits. There is also a good possibility that these apps were developed by vicious minds in order to take advantage of your data.

What’s even shocking is that the malicious apps are among the top downloaded flashlight apps on Google Play Store, Apple’s App Store, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store. According to security firm SnoopWall, all of the flashlight apps listed in top-10 category on Android’s Play Store, seek permission to access sensitive user information. The suspected apps include, Super Bright LED flashlight, Brightest Flashlight Free, Tiny Flashlight + LED, Flashlight, Brightest LED Flashlight, Color Flashlight, High Powered Flashlight, Flashlight HD LED and Flashlight: LED Torchlight.

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Gary Miliefsky of firm Snoopbit, said, ‘We’ve all become victims of installing many apps on our smartphones and tablets that do much more than the service they should provide. We have opened a Pandora’s Box to online predators, cyber criminals and spies – all through these apps we foolishly trust.”

Google does force all the app makers to list the things their app will be accessing, however, normal users don’t really care about checking for such things, which are often buried deep down in the license agreement.

While this issue might not seem as resonating on other platforms, they could still be running in the background, according to SnoopWall. The firm noted that the pre-installed flashlight function on iPhone is safe, however it warned that the third-party apps on Windows Phone Store and Apple’s App Store could also be indulging in such activities.



Samsung Launched Galaxy Mega 2 Phablet At Rs 20,900

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Samsung aims to expand its portfolio in the mid-range smartphone segment in India with the new Galaxy Mega 2.

Samsung has launched its Galaxy Mega 2 phablet in India. Priced at Rs. 20,900, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 supports dual-SIM, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has 6-inch 720p display. It has 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5MP front facing camera. The smartphone comes with 16GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).

In terms of connectivity, the Mega 2 supports dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and microUSB. The phablet is powered by a 2800 mAh battery.

The new Samsung phablet will competing against a range of mid-range Andorid smartphones in the market.

Samsung recently launched its flagship phone – Galaxy Note 4 – in India. The Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7 inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display with a 2,560×1,440 pixel resolution. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, along with 3GB of RAM.



Spice Launched Stellar 518 with 5-inch Display 1.3Ghz Quad Core Processor and 4,000mAh Battery At Rs 7,799

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Spice Stellar 518, the company’s latest budget smartphone in the Stellar series with a whopping 4000mAh battery is now available from online retailer Saholic. It has a 5-inch FWVGA screen, powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. As usual it has dual SIM support and comes with 3G connectivity too. 

Earlier this year Gionee launched Gionee M2 4200mAh battery and almost similar specifications.  This is the only Android smartphone with a 4000mAh battery under Rs. 10,000 in recent times, at least in India.

Spice Stellar 518 specifications

5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
1.3 GHz quad-core Processor
1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS
Dual SIM (3G + 3G) with dual standby
8MP rear camera with LED Flash
1.3MP front-facing camera
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
3G HSPA+,WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,Bluetooth, GPS
4000 mAh battery
The Spice Stellar 518 comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 7,799.



LG Launched F60 And L45 Android Smartphones At Rs 15,000 and 6,500

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The LG F60 is a mid-range 4G LTE-enabled Android smartphone while the L45 Dual is a budget offering”

LG India is all set to launch two more Android smartphones in the country. The company has listed the LG F60 and L45 Dual on its website for Rs 15,000 and Rs 6,500 respectively. Since the phones are listed online, an official announcement with availability details is imminent. The F60 is a mid-range offering, while the L45 Dual on the other hand, is an entry-level device. Both the phones run Android 4.4 KitKat.

The LG F60 offers a 4.5-inch True IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset), accompanied by a gigabyte of RAM and a 2,100mAh battery. The phone sports a 5MP rear camera with a BSI sensor and LED flash, and a VGA front snapper. The 4G LTE-enabled smartphone comes with dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and GPS. It has 4GB of internal memory, which is further expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card. LG is also offering 50GB of free storage on Box cloud service with the phone. The F60 supports Quick Circle Case and comes with LG’s software tweaks like Knock Code, LG Smart Keyboard, Touch and Shoot, and Gesture Camera Shot.

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The budget-friendly LG L45 Dual comes with a 3.5-inch TFT display (320 x 480 pixels) and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, paired with 512MB of RAM. Camera-wise, it offers a 5MP CMOS fixed-focus primary camera on the back with LED flash, and a VGA front shooter for selfies. There is 4GB of memory on board, and the phone accepts microSD cards up to 32GB in size. In terms of connectivity features, the L45 Dual offers dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 and A-GPS. It comes with some extra software features including KnockOn that lets you double tap on the display to wake/sleep the device, and Guest Mode that helps protect personal data when you share the device with others. A 1,540mAh battery completes the list of the specifications.

Earlier this month, LG launched the L Fino 14,500, which comes with a 4.5-inch display, a quad-core CPU and Android 4.4 KitKat. The phone offers design similar to the LG G3 flagship, with the power and volume control keys placed on the back panel.  



Intex Launched Aqua Amaze with 5-inch Hd Display 13MP Camera 1.4Ghz Octacore Processor Android 4.4 Smartphone At Rs 10,690

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The Intex Aqua Amaze offers octa-core performance at budget-friendly price”

Just in time for Diwali, Intex has expanded its portfolio of Android smartphones with the launch of the Aqua Amaze. The phone is priced at Rs 10,690 and will be available to buy in light blue or black from stores across the country starting today. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and comes with Smart Wake feature and gesture support.

The Intex Aqua Amaze offers a 5-inch HD IPS display based on One Glass Solution technology. The processor purring under the hood is a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M CPU, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. It sports a 13MP autofocus primary shooter at the rear with LED flash, and a 5MP front-facing shooter for selfies and video calling. It also features a Face Beauty Connectivity-wise it offers dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB OTG. The device packs a 2,000mAh battery, but there’s no word on its talk time and standby time.

The Aqua Amaze will be competing against the likes of the iBerry Auxus Aura A1, iBall Andi5S Cobalt3, Karbonn Titanium Octane and Micromax Canvas Nitro A310review) etc. All these phones are priced similarly and offer octa-core processors and primary cameras with 12MP+ resolution. 

Intex recently launched the KitKat-powered smartphone, the Aqua Style X Its main highlights include a 4.5-inch display, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, motion control feature, and an 8MP rear camera.



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