Amazing Variety of Secret Trackers in Android Apps

Researchers from the Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy, a French non profit organisation, have documented the proliferation of software intended for tracking users by means of their smartphones. They have found these trackers to be present on applications that ostensibly offer information on the weather, that allow users to use flashlights on their devices, that offer ride-sharing, and even those that promise to get you dating again! These trackers are able to collect huge amounts of information from uninformed users spending time online, and this data is then used in order to better target advertising.

Almost a Quarter of Apps Include Trackers

While this is not something you have to worry about when you enjoy online real money pokies, of course, the security researchers from Exodus managed to identify a total of 44 trackers in more than 300 applications that operate on Google’s Android system. These apps, taken collectively, have been downloaded billions of times, and the Yale Privacy Lab, from within the university’s famed law school, are looking to replicate the Exodus findings that have already made reports on 25 of these trackers available.

It’s Probably Not Just an Android Problem

The researchers from the Yale Privacy Lab have only been able to analyse Android applications so far, but it is believed that many of these trackers will also be existent on the iOS, thanks to the fact that most companies distribute apps for both platforms.

In order to locate the trackers, the Exodus researchers constructed a custom-built auditing platform for Android applications, which then searched the apps for the digital signatures known trackers distil. A signature could take the form of a telltale set of keywords, a string of bytes found inside an application file, or a mathematically-derived hash file summary.

The Pervasiveness of Tracking is Being Underscored

These findings underline the spread of tracking, which is occurring despite a system based on permissions on the Android operating system that is supposed to put users in control of the data they disseminate. They have also highlighted how a big and varied set of companies are working to enable tracking!

People are Unaware of the Scale

Sean O’Brien, a visiting fellow at the Yale Privacy Lab, stated that he thought that people were aware, to some degree, that applications like Lyft may be tracking them. He added that the fact that this app in on Android, and available on Google Play, meant that it was usually understood that Google might be tracking them, too. But, he said, he did not think that users suspected that their data was being sold, or at least distributed, by means of these trackers.

The Applications Identified with Trackers

Among the Android applications that researchers identified with trackers included:

1. Tinder
2. OkCupid
3. The Weather Channel
4. Super-Bright LED Flashlight

These four were seen to have six or seven trackers each.

5. Spotify

The digital music service embedded four trackers, including two directly from Google.

6. Uber

This app had three trackers.

7. Skype
8. Lyft
9. AccuWeather
10. Microsoft Outlook

Spil Games’ “Valerian: City of Alpha” Sweepstakes to Celebrate IOS and Android release

From Spil Games, VALERIAN: CITY OF ALPHA is now available on IOS and Android. It is the official mobile game of the upcoming feature film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planet.

In celebration of the mobile game’s release, we are giving away 1 Limited-edition mouse pad pictured below! Let us know which is your favorite character from the film in the comments below!

IOS download link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/valerian-city-of-alpha/id1161756765?ls=1&mt=8

Android download link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spilgames.Valerian

LG Eyes Mainstream Adoption of Wearables With First Device Powered by Android Wear

“Glance-able” Interface of LG G Watch to Appeal to both Consumers and Developers

SEOUL, June 26, 2014 – With an eye on transforming wearable devices into more than just a conversation piece, LG Electronics (LG) today introduced the highly anticipated LG G Watch (http://goo.gl/Ie8TB0), one of the first devices powered by Android Wear™, Google’s new operating system which extends the Android platform to wearables. As a wrist wearable device featuring a button-less design, the G Watch will appeal to a mass audience with its simple minimalist design, quick and “glance-able” access to useful information and seamless connectivity with other Android devices, keeping users connected wherever, whenever.

“As one of the first to market with Android Wear, LG wanted to develop a product that functions as an essential companion device but most importantly, was simple to use,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We wanted a device that would be simple to learn and so intuitive that users wouldn’t even have to think about how to use its features. That’s what the LG G Watch is all about.”

“Watches powered by Android Wear aim to show you the right information and suggestions you need, right when you need them,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps. “It’s been great to work with LG on the launch of the G Watch ? especially given its simple, easy-to-use design.”

At the core of the LG G Watch is a powerful and energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400 processor clocking in at 1.2GHz. Paired with a low power consuming Always-On 1.65-inch IPS display with true-to-life color reproduction, the LG G Watch enhances the functionality of Android smartphones by providing quick access to useful information. The Always-On screen makes it easy to tell the time with a quick glance. Connected via Bluetooth, the LG G Watch displays messages, shows who’s calling, controls music playback and more without the smartphone ever having to be removed from a pocket or bag.

Integral to the LG G Watch and Android Wear is a simple new user experience designed around cards, which provides useful information when it’s needed, and voice recognition which allows one to ask questions and get things done easily. With voice recognition, LG was free to design the LG G Watch without any buttons or keys. Users can send text messages and search for useful information just by saying, “Ok Google”. LG and Google worked closely together from the outset to design a truly integrated experience.

The LG G Watch combines form and function in a subtle, minimalist design with an intuitive touch-based user interface. And with an Ingress Protection rating of IP67, the LG G Watch is designed to be protected from dust and water resistant for up to 30 minutes to a depth of one meter. The LG G Watch will be available in two colors ? Black Titan and White Gold ? and is constructed of PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) coated stainless steel with a rugged silicone wristband in matching color. The LG G Watch can be personalized with any standard 22mm strap available in the market.

The LG G Watch will be available for pre-order on the Google Play Store starting June 25 in 12 countries including key markets such as the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea and Japan. The LG G Watch will also be available soon after at retailers in 27 markets such as Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Russia. Additional details will be announced locally at the time of availability.

Key Specifications:
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 400 processor
Display: 1.65-inch LCD IPS (280 x 280)
Memory: 4GB eMMC / 512MB RAM
Battery: 400mAh
Operating System: Android Wear
(compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 and above)
Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm
Weight: 63g
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
Color: White Gold/ Black Titan
Others: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

Discover the World’s Greatest Heroes in “Epic,” on Blu-ray and DVD August 20!

DISCOVER THE WORLD’S GREATEST HEROES IN THE NEWEST ANIMATED ADVENTURE FROM THE CREATORS OF ICE AGE

Bring home Epic Adventure with a Brand New Interactive Coloring App and Nearly an Hour of Fun and Immersive Special Features for the Whole Family 

Arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray and DVD August 20 

LOS ANGELES, CA. (July 23, 2013) – From the creators of Ice Age, the year’s funniest, most exhilarating animated adventure comes home as EPICdebuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, and DVD this August 20 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  Directed by Chris Wedge (The Ice Age Franchise) and featuring an amazing voice cast including Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Pitbull, and Beyoncé, the blockbuster film comes home just in time to help families become one with nature and end the summer in Epic style.

Transported to a magical world, a teenager (Amanda Seyfried) is recruited by a nature spirit, Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles), to help the “Leafmen” save their existence – and ours – from evil warriors. The whole family will love this fast-paced thrill-ride, with its astonishing animation and all-star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Oscar® Winner Christoph Waltz, and Steven Tyler!

Every Blu-ray and DVD comes with the Epic Coloring and Storybook Builder app. The app will allow kids to create their own Epic story and share it with family and friends.

The EPIC Blu-ray combo-pack includes Blu-ray, DVD and DigitalHD and comes complete with exclusives that will have kids both engaged and learning about the environment, just before heading back to school.  With special features including an overview of what life as a person two inches tall would be like, to discovering all of the different bugs from the film, EPIC is the perfect gift for families to enjoy from summer to the holidays!

EPIC 2- disc Blu-ray Combo Pack – BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC

  • Mub & Grub Intro – Join Mub and Grub for an EPIC tour through the special features of this Blu-ray!
  • Birds, Bugs and Slugs: Forest Explorer – Journey into the forest to meet the real-life counterparts of the EPIC world!
  • Rot Rocks – Mandrake might be the bad guy, but his world of rot benefits ours in a number of ways, let’s discover how!
  • Bugs of Camouflage – Join us to find out how bugs use their environment to hide right under our noses, just like the Leafmen!
  • The Epic Life At Two Inches Tall – How would your life be different if you were only two inches tall? Aside from being small, there are some surprising and amazing benefits!
  • Mysteries of Moonhaven Revealed – Meet the incredibly talented filmmakers, artists, and animators at Blue Sky, and learn all about the making of EPIC!
    • The World
    • The Leafmen
    • Queen Tara
    • Mub & Grub
    • Nim Galuu
    • The Stompers
    • Finding Moonhaven
  • Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App – Color your own EPIC story with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices. Then become the story teller by recording your own voice and share on your television with family and friends
  • Theatrical Trailer

EPIC DVD

  • Mub & Grub Intro – Join Mub and Grub for an EPIC tour through the special features of this Blu-ray!
  • Rot Rocks – Mandrake might be the bad guy, but his world of rot benefits ours in a number of ways, let’s discover how!
  • Bugs of Camouflage – Join us to find out how bugs use their environment to hide right under our noses, just like the Leafmen!
  • Epic Coloring & Storybook Builder App – Color your own EPIC story with exclusive pages on your iOS or Android devices. Then become the story teller by recording your own voice and share on your device with family and friends
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

EPIC 3-Disc Deluxe Edition BD3D /BD/Ultraviolet/DVD & DC

Includes feature film on Blu-ray 3D and all of the features of the Blu-ray combo pack. In addition, inside every Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, families will find 3 Epic Seed cards—so you can grow your own Epic Garden!

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