Android Atlas Weekly 9: Data theft disguised as a wallpaper (podcast)

A wallpaper app that steals your personal info, piracy controls coming to the Android Marketplace, and a look into the world of Android gaming.

A wallpaper app that steals your personal info, piracy controls coming to the Android Marketplace, and a look into the world of Android gaming. Plus, Jeff Bakalar shares an awesome tip on creating itineraries for Google Maps Navigation, and Jessica Dolcourt helps us pronounce the death of the Android phone that started it all.

Updated: The wallpaper app discussed in this episode has since been cleared of any wrong-doing by Google itself. More details on that here.

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EPISODE 9

News:

Android Tablet Watch

Games discussion

Game(s) of the week!

  • Gameloft games: Hero of Sparta, Let's Golf, Nova, Real Football

Notable new apps this week

Tip of the week
Google Maps for road trips!

  1. Go to maps.google.com on your computer and plan out a series of driving directions.
  2. Scroll to bottom and click ""Save to My Maps""
  3. On your Android phone, open Maps and click on Layers
  4. Click More Layers then My Maps
  5. You should find the map you just created. Load it.
  6. The itinerary should display on the map.
  7. To navigate to any point on your itinerary, click the text button overlay, and then select the destination you wish to navigate to."

E-mail (aaw@cnet.com)
Re: Wallpaper app that sends data to China:

Figured I'd chime in and let you know that it ties in with what I was
talking about the other week. Having a packet sniffer on your phone
can be used for more than just shady stuff like sniffing passwords -
it's how you can see what internet traffic is being generated by an
app.

If you ran a packet sniffer in the background, then launched this
wallpaper app you'd see it pinging that server in China. Not that
everyone is going to go through the effort or be that paranoid, but it
legitimizes the need for packet packet sniffing apps.

Cheers,
Darren Kitchen


Hey (now:) fellow droiders,
I'm looking for two different universal chat apps. The first is an IRC client, so I can be in the cnet chat for example on my droid incredible.
The other is a universal chat messenger so I can chat with people on MSN, yahoo, google talk, etc

I also need these to be 3g capable (not wifi) but I am on VZW so I don't know if that makes a difference.

Thanks, DROID!
JoshuaCaleb

 

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