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The Droid Life Show: Episode 9

Here we go!  The Droid Life Show episode 9 is going down tonight. During tonight’s broadcast, we are planning to talk about Android-on-Android crime, what was awesome about 2012, if being rooted really matters anymore, and which OEM do we expect to have a big year in 2013. Oh, we’ll also talk more about the [...]

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Loozfon and Finfisher Malware Target Android Devices

Two new viruses are attacking Android-based mobile devices according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). One, called Loozfon, steals information. One of its versions entices people with a work-at-home opportunity that pays in exchange for sending e-mail. It has an advertisement that takes users to a website that brings the malware onto one’s mobile device. Then, it copies the user’s contact details as well as those in the mobile device’s address book.

 

Another malware is called Finfisher. Finfisher is spyware that remotely controls the infected mobile device. It may be acquired by opening a text message posing as a system update or clicking a particular link.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, however, notes that there are ways to keep one safe from these malware attacks.

Primarily, people should know the features of the mobile device that they own. In case some of the phone’s features are not needed at the moment, these should be turned off.

When downloading apps, users should also check its developer. Reviews of developers are often available online. These tell users whether or not the developer may be trusted, or if they have published apps in the past that were discovered to have malware.

It is also crucial to check the permissions that an app is asking for when downloading. In particular, apps that ask for one’s geo-location should be examined, as these apps track where the mobile device owner is. Such information may be used in robberies, burglaries, or stalking.

Passcode-protecting and enabling the screen lock feature are likewise advisable. Furthermore, acquiring malware protection such as antivirus appls may also be a defense against malicious apps.

Mobile device users should furthermore avoid connecting to wireless networks that they are unfamiliar with. Such wireless networks may get information transmitted from one’s device to a server.

When selling or trading in a device, IC3 recommends resetting the device to factory default to ensure that no personal information that may be left on the phone may be used by other people.

It is important, as well, to avoid clicking on links or downloading from websites that are unknown.

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The FBI issues Android malware warning, forgets how apps work

McGruffThe FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has recently issued a warning about Android malware, citing two new malicious applications and how they can cause all sorts of havoc to the unsuspecting user. From the IC3 page:

Loozfon is an information-stealing piece of malware. Criminals use different variants to lure the victims. One version is a work-at-home opportunity that promises a profitable payday just for sending out e-mail. A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user's device. The malicious application steals contact details from the user’s address book and the infected device's phone number.

FinFisher is a spyware capable of taking over the components of a mobile device. When installed the mobile device can be remotely controlled and monitored no matter where the Target is located. FinFisher can be easily transmitted to a Smartphone when the user visits a specific web link or opens a text message masquerading as a system update.

Loozfon and FinFisher are just two examples of malware used by criminals to lure users into compromising their devices.

While we applaud the intent of the message — keeping users safe — the mechanics and facts are sorely lacking. Both the examples involve user "phishing," or tricking someone into clicking something. These aren't just flying around in space looking for your phone. And there's a big difference there.

Case in point — one of the popular methods of propagation for the Loozfon malware that wasn't mentioned involves a promise of meeting wealthy Japanese men. Presumably, you can meet these men by clicking a link in an unsolicited message or from a web page. Protip — you won't. Don't click them. The FinFisher malware gets even more tricky, as they mention the user is promised a system update if they click a link. In realty the user gets a variant of a corporate trojan written by professionals with ties to law enforcement

The FBI also gives a lengthy list of precautions to take to keep your phone safe, and we have to agree with them. Common sense items like not clicking unknown links and password protecting your phone are a must. Yet they forgot the most important one:

Applications can not install themselves after they have been downloaded. 

Even if you've clicked and downloaded one of these malicious apps, you still have to ask to install it, agree to the permissions you're given, then OK the entire process. Until that happens, it's just a file that can do no harm. There's two real pieces of advice we can give here — read what you're installing, and pay attention to what you click. 

Source: IC3

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Algorithm That Can Predict Crime Location As Potential New Tool For Law Enforcement

Algorithms is useful in so many ways that it can even be used to fight crimes. Several police departments are now tapping the potential of using algorithm in their fight against crimes. Basically, heaps of statistical data about past criminal events in a certain location are used to extrapolate when the next crime will happen in the same area.

Researcher Mirco Musolesi however would like to put a twist into his new study by focusing instead on where the next crime will happen, instead of the when. His method is a little controversial because he is not using old crime data, but instead by following the movements of potential criminals and their movements via their mobile phones.

His idea was borne out of his research into what he calls mobility patterns, a paper he published at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. He won Nokia’s Mobile Data challenge by following and predicting the movements of 25 volunteers in a town in Switzerland. He tapped a few number of information like GPS data, texting and calling history, and telephone numbers to track the movements of subjects. His algorithm sometimes was able to predict the target destination of volunteers within 20 meters.

Interestingly, the algorithm was as precise as demonstrated above only when it puts into the consideration the data of the friends of a volunteer.  When the algorithm is merely using the data of a volunteer, it could only predict the future coordinates to within about 1000 meters.

The obvious downside of the study is the moment a criminal turns off its smartphone or any tracking apps and GPS. Musolesi insists though that this should not stop his algorithm from tracking potential lawbreakers because his metrics can also be applied if the police will use cell phone tower information.

Cell towers are not as precise as GPS data though. However, if network operators could provide information (after a court order) authorities can track a potential criminal’s movement by use of triangulation from the nearest base station. The researcher said that the crucial key is to look for patterns of movements, so timely intervention can be done after the algorithm suggests future movement to an unusual area.

The published study says that authorities today already have more than enough information to determine the position of a suspect if the need arise, but it’s still a matter of  making use of existing data to predict where the crime will take place. The algorithm’s main function then is to give time for authorities to prepare themselves.

Musolesi hopes his work will be applied to law enforcement by testing how the algorithm predicts crime locations. He also suggests to use it on anonymous people on bail in the United Kingdom who are tagged electronically.

A relatively similar algorithm is being used by Facebook to identify suspicious users. In one instance, Facebook was able to tip-off the police about an arranged date between a man and a 13-year old girl after the social network site tracked frequently used words like “sex” and “date”.

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Game Insight Coming Out With MMORPG, Dragon Eternity For Android Soon

Game Insight is a Russia based game development company which has come up with not so popular game titles such as Paradise Island, Crime Story, Rule the Kingdom and Diamonds Blaze, both for Android devices and iOS devices. Their upcoming title though promises to be something a little more interesting with the potential to become a lot more popular.

The upcoming title from Game Insight is called Dragon Eternity and it’s a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or simply (MMORPG). The game has all the ingredients that make an MMORPG game popular. It lets you play with different with different multiplayer modes all of which are complex and exciting and challenging. Five kinds of Player vs Player mode in fact. The game is a non-repetitive gameplay for long hours of non-stop gaming.

For the battle hungry among you, the game also offers hundreds of monsters to slay, thousands of quests and missions to fight your way through and if you are the ‘soft’ kind who would rather prefer not to join the battle directly, the game gives you the option to play the role of a weapon crafter or gatherer and indirectly help your teammates.
The gamer has three main character classes to choose from with a wide range of options to upgrade and improve your character. With hundreds of different options to change the way the game behaves and your character behaves, the game promises to offer endless hours of fun.

The game is in the final stages of development and will hit the Google Play store, Apple App Store in a couple of months’ time. The game will also be available for playing on HTML5 capable browsers. The browser based version is currently in the beta stages and you can actually play it to be a part of the testing process. To play it online, click on the Dragon Eternity’s official website link.

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The King of Streets Takes Buy Low and Sell High into Crime Time

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Developer: Giovanni Esposito
Price: $0.99
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Loosely based on Drug Wars, a game written by John E. Dell back in the 80s, The King of Streets brings the basic business concept of buy low, sell high to iOS. And while the concept is easy to understand, the game is anything but simple to master as it will take rigorous training and experience to come out on top in this epic nose candy battle.

The goal of the game is to buy and sell items daily to pay off your debt that you’ve assumably amassed in some sort of shady business. And while you might be deemed a salesman in the game, you’re nothing more than a petty thief, which isn’t half bad because the streets are yours and only your quick wit and negotiating skills stand in your way of becoming king.

To begin, you start out as a lowly B and E (breaking and entering for non-thugs) flak who must go around each level with only a certain amount of money to pay off debts. With this money you can buy objects such as guns and watches, which are the only items you can afford to start off with. Of course, in my limited knowledge of crime, I always thought guns were expensive, but maybe I’m wrong. As you buy (hopefully low) and sell (hopefully high), you then can level up and work towards more expensive products such as cars and motorcycles. These are more lucrative in that they have a higher profit margin.

There are mini in-app activities such as “Whac a Police,” which is quite hilarious and plays like a “wack-a-mole” style game, but is super difficult. The game is laced with gang-related themes such as “Gangs Colors Match.” And if you just want to straight up jack something, you can play “The Bank Vault” where you test your luck on robbery. Of course, we all know why your middle name is B&E so maybe stick to buying and selling. Especially since it’s not a sure thing. In  fact, you’ll find that most of the time you’ll either loose money or go to jail.

The game features eight levels, three min-games and retina display graphics for quite the interesting gameplay. It’s like an old school homage to games when you didn’t see the action, you only played for experience points and the like. Some of the cool cities you’ll visit include San Francisco, Milan and Moscow. Overall, The King of Streets is fun if you like turn-by-turn games that dabble in the shadier side of gaming.

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“All a board!” My Railway pulls into the Android Station and we have promo Codes

Game Insight, the guys behind mega profit making games and utter addicting games such as Paradise Island, Crime Story, My Country and more, have a new one for you to get sucked into. Doing their best to keep you gaming and spending, you can now do more of it in My Railways. Taking you back to those model train days that we all loved as a kid.

The basic game idea is to lay track between cities and factories to buy and sell the goods that are being produced. Along your travels you will upgrade the factories, tracks and trains to move more material and make more profits.  It has a social aspect built in where you can load up your friends trains, higher them as conductors and send them airships. The game does not have any ads which is a good thing, but it does have a cost. After all, GI isn’t in the mobile gaming market to go belly up. True to fashion you can only go so far in the game before you will need to pick up some more gold coins which will cost you some real money.

Paying to get ahead in a game that you enjoy isn’t the end of the world. There are plenty of people shelling over a bit of their hard earned money to be the king in their game. This is easy to see when you check the top grossing apps in the market. Paradise Island sat at number one for a very long time. My Railway looks like it has the potential to rope in you for great many hours of game play and be a big hit.

To help you guys out, we also have acquired 8 promo codes from Game Insight, thanks guys. To make your life easy and ours. The first 8 people that want a code to leave a comment below with their favorite game by Game Insight, (known in the market as Cooper Media Corp), hours played and real money spent will get a code from us. That code is redeemable in app and gives you 10 gold coins.

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Application: My Railway
Developer: Cooper Media Corp.
Cost: FREE

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The 10 highest-rated Android apps of 2011

As the end of the year draws nigh, just about everyone is putting together their wrap-up stories that are, let’s be honest, pretty predictable if you’ve been following tech news for 2011. But at least one story caught our eye this morning: Mobilewalla‘s app scores. Mobilewalla is one of many app aggregation services, though unlike a lot of Android specific sites, it doesn’t distribute its own apps. Instead it keeps a close eye on the various app platforms and offers up an updated database of apps that anyone can use. This year, the top ten list is dominated by games.

The top ten breakdown is as follows:

Pixlr-o-matic: 97.5 out of 100

Super Stickman Golf: 97.5 out of 100

Smurfs’ Village: 97 out of 100

Crime Story: 96.4 out of 100

Marvel Comics: 96.3 out of 100

MADDEN NFL 12 by EA SPORTS™: 93.6 out of 100

Dragon, Fly! Full: 92.3 out of 100

Earth And Legend: 92.4 out of 100

Great Little War Game: 92.2 out of 100

SHADOWGUN: 91.8 out of 100

Note that these scores aren’t based on downloads, but a sliding scale of user reviews, position within the app category, and social media buzz. Interestingly, the top five rated apps are free, while the bottom five are all paid games. High-profile titles seem to be the order of the day, with the only real surprises being Smurfs Villiage. (Really? Smurfs?) There’s only two non-games included on the list, though they’re highly placed. Retro camera app Pixlr-o-matic dominates with a nearly perfect score of 97.5, and Marvel Comics gets a lot of attention, considerably more so than ComiXology.

If you’re looking for some less obvious app recommendations, be sure to check out our picks for new Android smartphones and tablets. Naturally we feature new cool apps every day, but for the best of the best, our App of the Week is sure to bring up a useful, fun or just plain cool app every Friday.

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Kairosoft launches World Cruise Story on Android

Kairosoft, legendary developer of time management titles like Pocket League Story, GP Story and the phenomenal Game Dev Story, has released another game strictly adhering to the same formula. It’s called World Cruise Story, and has players doing all the same company-building stuff as before – but ON A BOAT.

Or a ship. And look at this, we get proper landscape format presentation from Kairosoft these days, complete with multitouch zooming controls:

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World Cruise Story is on the Android Market here, for £2.99. It doesn’t need reviewing. You either like this stuff or you don’t. There won’t be any boundary-pushing new ideas here.

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Crime Story breaks into the Android Market and we have 30 gold coins for 7 lucky Readers

Cooper Media Corp. , the company behind Paradise Island and My Country, have released their latest title to the Android Market. Instead of the fun-loving and peaceful story line of running a resort island, they toss you at the bottom of the mafia and hope you can become the Don. That’s right, this is Crime Story.

Crime Story is a game where you venture out to create your own gangster story. The story line is pretty simple. Someone kidnapped your brother and you are on a mission to save his life. In the process you get mixed up in the mob and have to slowly climb the ranks. Using force and cunning to help you along the way. You will kill a lot of people and let some live.  Create partnerships with business’s and make tattoos to earn the capital and respect that you will need to run this city.

The overall aspect of the game sounds great. Who wouldn’t want to be a gangster? The game is a lot more complex then just running and gunning. There are global plots, countless number of side quests alongside the main story line, diverse mini-games to break up the story and each so-called BOSS has their own unique character and behavior. Nothing erks me more than fighting different boss’s that fight the same way. Don’t forget your interactions with the local police that will ultimately affect your overall game play experience.

On to the more challenging tasks. This game isn’t one that you will sit down and cruise through in a matter of hours. Everything takes time, much like their other titles. You will have plenty of time to explore your surrounds, but you will need to be patient to earn money, gold coins and health. Making this a game that you will keep coming back over and over again.

To help you guys out, we were able to snatch up 7 in-game codes to help get you on the road to glory a little faster. These keys will give you 30 gold coins to spend how you wish on in-game items. Every little bit helps, right? Now, how should we give them away?

Lets keep this as simple as possible and as beneficial as we can. Leave a comment on the post and tell us what you think of the new site layout and the look. Be honest! If you hate it let us know, but also tell us why so we can look into making changes. It has only been up for 2 days now and we still lots of work to do. Help us keep heading in the right direction. On Friday, September 23 at 4PM PST, we will select 7 lucky winners. In order for this to work to the best of its ability, you will need to sign in to leave a comment so we have a way to contact you. If you don’t have a way for us to get a hold of you then you won’t be eligible to win a key. We have had that issue in the past and some good people missed out on prizes because we couldn’t track you down.

That’s it, straight up and simple as can be. Cruise around the site for a few minutes and see where things are located and how they are laid out. There could be something somewhere that needs work that we haven’t even noticed.

If you haven’t picked up this game yet, be sure to do so.

Application: Crime Story
Developer: Cooper Media Corp.
Cost: FREE

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Crime Story – new freemium gangster adventure for Android

A new title from the developer of the astounding popular My Country has appeared on the Android Market, in the shape of Crime Story. It’s a similar kind of thing, in which players follow an unfolding plot, completing missions and earning experience points & money to buy items with which to progress.

No doubt players will reach a point in the game when the temptation to simply buy credit with actual real-world credit card money rather than earn it will become too much to resist. Or that’s the hope, anyway.

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It is all about the money. Crime Story is on the Android Market here if you have an interest.

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[Upcoming Game] Crime Story – Build Your Mafia Empire and Become the Don

If you are anything like me, then you love games. Especially highly violent story line games. They help a guy relax after a long day and gives you an outlet to release all your frustrations. This garbage about violent video games causing kids to act out is a bunch of garbage. If I hadn’t grown up with them, then I would have acted out violently. One of my all time favorite time wasters was Grand Theft Auto. There is something gratifying about stealing cars, having shoot outs with cops and seeing if you can get away. With that in mind, GameInsight has a new game one the way called Crime Story that I think you are going to love. Check out some screens -

   The screen shots look pretty amazing. Great looking screen shots doesn’t mean the game is going to be any good though, right?Well take a quick look at the game trailer to see how the action plays out.

Looks a little more amazing doesn’t it?

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” –
Don Vito Corleone. The Godfather.

Crime Story is a game where you can narrate your own gangsta story. Your stairway up to the mafia boss position starts with searching of your kidnapped brother. Feel the romance of the mysterious mafia world: raise your profile from a common nasty job doer to a respected mobster, eliminate rivals, and subdue the town. Your scars and tattoos will tell everyone the story of your thorny way up. You’ll be the Godfather of your own play world.
But even when appeared at the very top, you should never forget your family. Ties of blood are the most important thing in the life of every gangster. You can conquer the whole town only with the support of your family.

Main game objectives:
• Find your brother,
• Conquer the town,
• Eliminate your enemies with force or cunning,
• Make tattoos to raise your profile,
• Seize new locations,
• Establish business relations.

Distinguishing features:
• Captivating global plot,
• A huge number of quests united by a single exciting storyline,
• Widest range of challenging tasks connected to emergence of other gangs’ representatives,
• Diverse mini-games: from a break-in to card cheating,
• Every Boss in the game has unrepeated character and behavior. They are created with attention to every detail and are amusingly well animated,
• Interaction with local Police that influences the gameplay,
• Raising the profile in the eyes of powerful gangs by making new tattoos,
• Opportunity to accumulate and refill life resources while absence in the game,
• User-friendly interface, bright 3D graphics, and smooth animation,
• Ads free.

Keep your eyes open for our announcement of when this game will officially be dropping. There might just be a little surprise in store for our readers when it does.

What do you guys think about what you saw so far? Are you looking forward to Crime Story launching?

 

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Use The Power of Android To Become a Crime Fighter!

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Here’s an interesting bit of news I came across today. It looks like Clark County, Nevada is leading the charge against crime in their city and how are they doing it? Well, using the power of Android of course. That’s right. While most cities are still relying on the old, inefficient way of reporting crimes, “That guy just got shot! What was the number to 911 again? Too late, he got away. I’m gonna grab a slurpee.” this county in Nevada is actually allowing would be vigalanties to use an Android app to report grahfitti and other small violations. Welcome to the 21st century people.

The way the app works is simple. First you categorize the offense: graffiti, illegal dumping, green pool, dead body. Then you can use either text or audio note to accompany a photo. The app will then record the place of the offense using your phones GPS and you can send in the issue to your local authorities! What’s really neat is when you report graffiti with a photo, the police actually have a data base they use for matching up the style of “writing” with vandals. Reporters can also remain anonymous or provide information to be notified when the report has been filed.

I can tell you an app like this is should be kept far away from me. I can’t even express to you how much it grinds my gears to see graffiti in my wonderful city. I’d most likely dress up in tights (or find some nice, form fitting jeggings) and run around my city at night reporting every d-bag who blows excessive amounts of smog on the freeway, throws a cigarette butt out his window and even that shady guy, Tyrone, that’s always standing in front of the 7-11 at 2 in the morning. But all I need is a catchy name..

So what have we learned here, kids? Well, if you thought it was bad enough having Big Brother watching you, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Oh ya — and only you can prevent forest fires, littering and homicide. G.I JOE!

[Via LVRJ]


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