Category Archives: Android

Windows malware discovered in more than 100 Android apps by http://bit.ly/2n3vI23

Researchers have discovered Windows malware present in 132 Android apps, despite that it has no effect on the Android platform.

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Wireless Power Transmission: real available technology and marketing advantages

ubeamWireless energy transmission for remote charging is one of the most strategic key factor for the development of a new generation of tech devices in the near future. Few years ago some futuristic thinkers forecasted the possibility of wireless energy transmission between far places. In particular the academic community was interested in energy transmission between the planet earth and orbiting satellites equipped with solar power stations. 
This long range power transmission technology would radically change the energetic, economic and power equilibrium of our world but unfortunately, at the moment, this technology is not available. 
On the contrary, near range power transmission is something near the corner. 
After long researches an USA company  is launching the first generation commercial version of a wireless power transmitter with ultrasound that will allow to recharge (for the moment) mobile phones in a range of 15 feet (4.5 meters) just using a special cover. 
Fifteen feet are not a long range nor a medium one but the important thing is that it is contactless and that 15 feet start to be an interesting distance. 
So interesting that a big coffee shop chain as Starbucks  is considering to introduce these remote charging devices in all its shops. 
In this way all the customers will be able to automatically and freely charge their mobile devices as soon as they enter into the coffee shop. A good added value considering how much energy our devices need when strongly used during the day. And consequently, for many people, a good reason to prefer a store to another one. A potentially viral added value as well as a magnetic marketing strategy!
Last but not least, it must be considered that the success of this kind of technology operations is determined by costs. At the moment it is not possible to find any information about prices for the mobile device covers at the end consumer side. If the end users price for covers will be high, the huge, positive effects of a partnership with a big player as Starbucks couldn’t be enough without some kind of tech fashion pivot. 
Good luck uBeam! You have the right idea!
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How to delete – double – icons on your Android smartphones!

Google Play StoreThe first time I noticed doubled icons appearing on my Android 4.4 smartphone I thought that it was a temporary problem. So I tried to solve that with a simple reboot but I didn’t succeed.

Moreover when I tried to delete just one of the doubled icons I uninstalled the App…. This kind of matter is typical of smartphones and it usually doesn’t happen on tablets or Android PCs where you have a dedicated room (the “menu” page) to uninstall software (Apps) and different “screens” to organize them.

This means that if you delete a App’s icon from one of the “screens” you will still have your software installed into your device. The problem of double icons on smartphones is caused by a wrong configuration of your personal settings on Google Play Store.

To solve it, you have to:

1 – find all the problematic Apps;

2 – go to Google Play — Settings – and deselect “Add icon to home screen”;

3 – uninstall the “problematic” Apps;

4 – reinstall them.

To conclude it’s better to solve this kind of problem as soon as you notice it because, to solve the matter, you will have to waste your time uninstalling and reinstalling all the Apps with doubled icons.

How to install Android on a Nook Color using a Linux OS – Practical Tips

Nook Color Android

First of all, I wanted to test one of the latest version of Android 4 but I didn’t want to spend money for a new device so I decided to use/sacrifice the Nook Color that I used rarely because I am a Kindle enthusiast.

Secondly I didn’t want to void the Nook warranty or permanently modify its ROM.

Last but not least I never pretended to discover a new way to modify the Nook but just find the most simple and practical tutorial into internet.

After some hours of internet surfing I found some interesting commercial solutions (e.g. n2acards) and a lot of good tutorial posts and my final choice was one by xda-developers.

I bought a class 4, 8 GB micro SD card and I followed the detailed instructions described into the xda-developers post…, but I had some practical problems because I didn’t read carefully all the text.

The xda-developers tutorial is really well done and full of right information but, as for my experience, it is best to focus your attention on some few points/steps.

In particular:

– you have to create a bootable micro SD card using these commands on Terminal:

sudo fdisk -l

(in this way you will discover the right address of your SD card, in my case was “sdc”. Pay attention! If you choose the wrong address you risk to wipe your hard disk)

sudo dd if=generic-sdcard-v1.3-CM7-9-10-larger-Rev5.img of=/dev/sdc

where generic-sdcard-v1.3-CM7-9-10-larger-Rev5.img is the the image file you find in the xda-developers webpage and sdc the right address of your SD card

– when you download the three necessary “software”, be sure to choose the right one for the CM you have chosen. I mean: if you choose to install CM 9 you need gapps-ics but, if you prefer CM 10, gapps-jb is the right software for you. If you don’t use the proper file, you will have this type of “error message” when you boot your new Android:

Unfortunately, Google services framework has stopped

Unfortunately, Setup Wizard has stopped

Adding the zip files suggested on the xda-developers guide you are now ready to test the Android 4 on your Nook. During the first boot up the Linux software on the SD card will inflate the proper files creating all the right folders and compiling the libraries. To complete this step you will need about 8/10 minutes and, at the end, the Nook will automatically shut down.

In my case I installed CM 10 and during my first boot-up, after I completed the installation, I was not able to use the Android Keyboard and I read this error message on the screen:

Unfortunately, Android keyboard (AOSP) has stopped

Luckily, I was not the first user to have this kind of problem and I read the right tip into another xda-developer blog. I had to come back at the beginning of the Tutorial and change the gapps zip file to an older version, more precisely the 2012-10-11. After this, the new installation the Android 4 run properly on the Nook Color.

For my experience, the Android 4 on the Nook Color is slowest than I supposed but it is not so slow to force me to come back to an older Android version. When I installed a couple of free apps, Startup Manager and Memory Booster, the speed improved and Android was more fluid.  AddThis

How to: Use Google Music for Android by CNET

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Video – SGS i9000 running Darky v10.0 Beta 3 by exmatproton

Android ROM’s (para Moviles y Tablet)

Hace varios meses por fin pude conseguir un Móvil con Android (un Samsung Galaxy S). Antes usaba un Nokia 5800 con Symbian y tengo que decir que la diferencia es enorme. En lo que se refiere el Hardware el SGS es mucho mejor, pero lo que mas me ha gustado es su SO Android.

Actualmente la ultima versión disponible para Moviles es Gingerbread 2.3.4, pero eso depende mucho también del Terminal que cada uno tenga y mucho depende también de que Operadora estés usando. Las actualizaciones son muy desfragmentada y controlada por las propias Operadoras, limitando así el enorme potencial de cada Terminal. Afortunadamente es posible meter mano a nuestros Moviles y Actualizar o instalar diferentes ROM “Cocinadas” con la ultimas actualizaciones disponibles; yo al principio estaba con un poco de miedo al cargarme completamente el Movil y dejarlo como un pisapapeles, pero hay que reconocer que después de buscar e investigar mucho en la red, he encontrado toda la información y las herramientas disponibles para poder personalizar el Movil y tenerlo siempre con las ultimas actualizaciones disponibles. Actualmente en mi SGS tengo instalada la Darky’s ROM, para mi es una de las mejores pero hay muchas mas como la MIUI, Cyanogen, Criskelo…

Para todos aquello que todavía se encuentran con la ROM oficial de las Operadoras os aconsejo que sigan los enlaces que añado a este post, allí es posible ver tutoriales y explicaciones de como poder cambiar ROM, todas la informacion disponible para cada marca (Moviles y Tablet) y naturalmente la posibilidad de bajarse las mejores ROM e instalarlas en vuetros Moviles. Espero que os animéis.

Darky’s : http://www.darkyrom.com/community/index.php

SamFirmware : http://www.samfirmware.com/apps/blog/

HTCMania: http://www.htcmania.com/foro.php

xda-developers: http://forum.xda-developers.com/

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