Pretty Serious Stagefright Security Flaw Found on Android, Probably Affects Your Phone

This morning, Forbes relayed a potential serious security flaw in Android, first discovered by Zimperium zLabs, that could affect your phone. The flaw is found in Android’s Stagefright, a multimedia tool at a deep system level. According to this research, a simple MMS (multimedia text) sent to your phone could open up your phone to audio/video recording, but also give a hacker access to your photos or Bluetooth. In order to gain that kind of access, they may only need to know your phone number. Zimperium zLabs suggests that some 950 million Android devices are in danger of this bug. Yep, this security bug is actually a pretty big deal.  (more…)

Google Play Games Sale Slashes Prices Up to 90% – Monument Valley, Limbo, Hitman GO Included

Google is currently hosting a games sale on Google Play that has cut prices on select games up to 90%. Games included in the deal are big titles like Monument Valley ($0.99), Game of Thrones ($0.60), LIMBO ($0.99), Hitman GO ($0.75), Goat Simulator ($0.99), The Room Two ($0.69), and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars ($0.99).

The deal is live through July 27, so be sure to grab as many as you can over the weekend. Some of the prices have dropped to as low as $0.19.  (more…)

YouTube Gets a Redesign on Android, New Video Creation Tools

Notice anything different about your YouTube app this week? You should have received an update to YouTube within the last day that introduced a new 3-tabbed design to make it “easier than ever to find videos you love.”

The new app ditches the slideout navigation menu for three tabs or columns of Home, Subscriptions, and Account. Those names are pretty self explanatory, but the basics are you get to explore and discover videos with recommendations on your Home, find the latest from your subscriptions on the Subscriptions page, and check out your own account or upload new videos in the Account page.  (more…)

Honda Puts Android Auto in New 2016 Accord

Honda announced this afternoon that its brand new, 2016 Accord will be its first model to feature Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. Not only that, but Honda says that this new Accord is “among the first high-volume cars” in the marketplace to feature both smart auto software packages.

The new Accord is the “highest tech Accord yet,” not only because of the Android Auto integration, but because of its 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and Honda Sensing system, which is a package that provides collision warnings, lane assistance, and adaptive cruise control.  (more…)

Deal: QuickLock Smart Padlock Drops to $49

The QuickLock smart padlock has dropped to just $49 in the DL Deals store (a 18% discount). With this lock, you get smart functionality like the ability the unlock it without a key. You can unlock it via smartphone and app, special fob or ring, NFC key (up to 50 of them) or card. You can even add on multiple users, so you don’t have to worry about making keys for all parties needing access.

The QuickLock charges via microUSB cable, but should last for up to two years on a single charge, and is made of die cast zinc alloy.

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Google Voice Voicemail Transcriptions are Now Dramatically Better

Just over a year ago, Google asked Google Voice users for help in improving their voicemail transcription service because it often produced “humorously intelligible” results (see above). Today, the company reported back saying that thanks to participant help, they have been able to reduce transcription errors by 49%. And as a part of that announcement, Google has announced an improved voicemail system for Google Voice and Project Fi that delivers far more accurate transcriptions.  (more…)

Google Keep Update Makes It Even Easier to Create a New Note, Edit Labels

Google Keep received an update yesterday (that is now rolling out to everyone) that rid the app of a floating action button (FAB) and introduced a bottom toolbar that allows you to quickly launch into a new note, minus the extra click required with a FAB.

Can you see the difference in the photo above? It’s actually quite lovely. You no longer have to press the FAB and watch the animation spring up of your options for notes, before choosing one. Now, you just open the app, look at the bottom of the screen and tap on the type of note you would like to take. It’s a subtle change that actually makes the app much simpler to use (in a good way).  (more…)