It finally nice to see an application that is trying to help against bullying in the workplace, school etc. I have not tried this application out but it looks to be a worthwhile application to try out if your children are being bullied, or you have an abusive spouse.
The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting), and utilize auto respond features. Unlike other apps on the market, Bully Block blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Bully Block also has instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement. All audio, messages, and calls are stored on the phone SD card.
Normally this is a paid application but for now it is free on XDA.
Google’s upcoming phone/tablet Android version called ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’.
Some features of ICS that we know (from our source and speculation):
Blue Themed – Like our site (Change theme on bottom)
Camera has built in panorama mode
Will launch with Google Shopper and NFC Enabled devices will be able to utilize those features
Gmail is all re themed
Will be available for the Nexus S
Nexus Prime gets it first (expected) then other devices will follow after
Not too many changes, just UI things, don’t think requirements are set too high for year old devices to run it
The little icon in the bottom right, looks like a tray with multiple apps in it
Google search bar embedded on very top like Honeycomb
Apps/Widgets launcher a lot like Honeycomb
This release is still very early, notice the theming of the power tray
Read more at Android Police
Here is another example to why one should check the permission(s) of an application(s) before installing on ones Android device.
In one of our earlier blogs, we have demonstrated how a Trojan logs all the details of incoming/outgoing calls and call duration in a text file. This Trojan is more advanced as it records the conversation itself in “amr” format. Also it has got many other malicious activities that we have seen in many of the earlier malware incidents targeted for Android platform.
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When you install an application from the Android market or from else where it will tell you the permission(s) it needs to function. While some legitimate applications often ask for more permissions than they need, it should at least raise some concern when deciding if an application is safe and of good quality.
To see permission(s) of a given application after installation, go to the Market, press menu > My apps, then select the application, press menu > more, then press security. There is an application called ‘permissions‘ to help explain the permissions of the applications you have installed on your smartphone.
Below is a list that was initially prepared by Lost Packet who talks about android security in much greater detail.
Rather nice list of links of read material for beginners to start tweaking / customising their Androids
It is nice that Google is being so vigilant about malicious applications, but I personally don’t think this should give them the right to peer into our telephones and remove said infected applications at there own accord. I think it better that they release a removal tool for the malicious application or provide information on how to remove it.
Below is a copy of an email that is getting sent out by Google.
We recently discovered applications on Android Market that were designed to harm devices. These malicious applications (“malware”) have been removed from Android Market, and the corresponding developer accounts have been closed.
According to our records, you have downloaded one or more of these applications. This malware was designed to allow an unauthorised third-party to access your device without your knowledge. As far as we can determine, the only information obtained was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, and the version of Android running on your device).
However, this malware could leave your device and personal information at risk, so we are pushing an Android Market security update to your device to remove this malware. You will soon be receiving a notification on your device that says “Android Market Security Tool March 2011″ has been installed. You are not required to take any action from there, the update will automatically run. You may also receive notification(s) on your device that an application has been removed. Within 24 hours of receiving the update, you will receive a second email confirming its success.
To ensure this update is run quickly, please make sure that your device is turned on and has a strong network connection.
For more details, please visit the Android Market Help Center at
The Android Market Team
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Please use any or all parts of this message to warn people what is going to be happening within the next 24 hours, if you’re an Android user..
I bought a IDEOS when they were $159 (AUD) Crazy Johns special from Australia Post including a 4GB microSD couple months, which I have had no problems with. But I have since upgraded to HTC Desire and gave my mother the IDEOS which she loves and also is not having any problems with.
I recommend the IDEOS phone to a friend as his girlfriend broke her phone and knowing she uses Facebook etc via mobile. Well to keep the story short, the phones charging circuit had died a month after buying the phone and they have had nothing but trouble and the run around from repairer to point sale and vis a versa to get it repaired, replaced under warranty, or money refund on the device. And this phone was bought from a Crazy Johns store.
The last I have heard about it is that they are now taking it to Business and Consumer Affairs.
I guess the moral of this story is even though we live in a throw away society, we as consumers do still have rights, and the business, repairs, and manufactures should be holding up there end of the bargain even if the warranty repair job is going to cost more than the phone is worth or they hand over a replacement item. So even though a product is not worth a lot in monetary value, remember you are the one that bought the item and why should you have to fork out again out your own pocket for the item and only make these people richer.
End story stand up for your rights and not let these businesses and corporate giants push you around, even though it can seem to be hard work.
Some of the new user features
- New UI designed from the ground up for tablets
- System Bar, for global status and notifications
- Action Bar, for application control
- Customizable Home screens
- Recent Apps, for easy visual multitasking
- Redesigned keyboard
- Improved text selection, copy and paste
- New connectivity options
SDK is normally the prelude to the release of the much more useful sources (AOSP), So hopefully you’ll see Honeycomb ported to your device very soon as Motorola Xoom is already being shipped with Honeycomb
Android 3.0 Platform Highlights