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Hands on with the Moto X smartphone

Armando Rodriguez spent some time with the Moto X and tells you what you need to know about Motorola's latest Android phone.

Written by Armando Rodriguez06 Aug. 13 09:22

Android's permission problems

Mobile apps are a privacy nightmare. Some apps are constantly connected to the Internet, and can upload your personal data--such as your private photos or documents--to a remote server without your knowledge or consent.

Written by Armando Rodriguez18 March 12 03:07

Mobile malware is on the rise, but there's no need to panic

Using data collected from its Mobile Threat Network, Lookout today released a full report on the state of mobile malware and security. The report covers both Android and iOS, and compares the risks that both platforms face. You can view and download the full report on Lookout's blog, but here are a few of the highlights:

Written by Armando Rodriguez04 Aug. 11 05:24

Mobile malware reality check

Malicious software is leaping from PCs to cell phones, as malware makers target the platform in hopes of making a quick buck. Examples include the infected Droid­Dream and Plankton Android apps. An infected app released into the Android Market can infect several thousand users’ phones before anyone discovers the presence of the malware. Though the extent of Android malware has been overstated, it's best to learn now how to protect yourself and your data from attacks, instead of waiting until mobile malware becomes a more serious problem.

Written by Armando Rodriguez30 July 11 00:14

The Droid 3 looks nice, but isn't easy to repair

In its latest phone, the Droid 3 on Verizon, Motorola put considerable thought in the specs of the phone but seems to have overlooked one important aspect: repairability.

Written by Armando Rodriguez19 July 11 06:11

Motorola Droid 3 review: Specs aren’t everything

As an example of the truism that specs don't always matter, the Droid 3 is it. On paper, this heir to Verizon's Motorola Droid line ($200 with a new 2-year contract as of 7/15/2011) sounded extremely promising: It has a dual-core processor, a 960-by-540-pixel qHD display, and a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard (complete with number row). The specs were enough to have me ready to dump my trusty old Droid Incredible and pick up one of these bad boys.

Written by Armando Rodriguez17 July 11 03:43

Will a multitude of App Stores hurt Android?

GetJar, Opera, Amazon and now Barnes & Noble-seems like these days everyone has their own Android app store with their own apps that can't be found anywhere else. While the joke these past few months has been that Steve Jobs doesn't "get "all these Android app stores, the real joke may be on the consumer.

Written by Armando Rodriguez08 May 11 02:16

Kyocera Echo: Phone that wants to be a tablet

The Kyocera Echo on Sprint ($200 with a two-year contract) is the first dual screen Android smartphone to hit the United States. With a design reminiscent of the Nintendo DS, the Echo seems to make a better tablet than a phone.

Written by Armando Rodriguez14 April 11 10:48

Verizon Thunderbolt

The HTC Thunderbolt, which went on sale March 17, is the first phone available in the US that can connect to Verizon’s lightning fast 4G LTE network. That alone makes the Thunderbolt ($250 with new 2-year contract) a considerable piece of hardware, especially for users who routinely run high-bandwidth apps like video chat, online gaming and high-def video streaming. Network speed aside, I found the phone itself to be another solid addition to the HTC’s mostly-impressive family of smartphones, albeit one with a few shortcomings.

Written by Armando Rodriguez23 March 11 01:07

More mobile spyware hits Android

NetQin Mobile has captured 2 new spyware programs that have been infecting Android phones. The two programs, "SW.SecurePhone" and "SW.Qieting", can release an unsettling amount of personal information from an infected phone.

Written by Armando Rodriguez01 March 11 11:09