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Google demands veto on OEM Android changes, stretches definition of 'open source'

Google, according to reports from "a dozen executives working at key companies in the Android ecosystem" is finally locking down the open source and easily-fragmented Android operating system. As it currently stands, Google hands over the 'final' code for each version of Android, and OEMs and developers then spend some time customizing the OS to fit their hardware, and to create a unique an...

Ask DLS: What's your favorite mobile app at the moment?

The mobile app marketplace is exploding; there are now hundreds of thousands of apps on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry app markets. Heck, even Windows Phone 7 just crossed the 10,000 mark! But alas, not all apps are created equal; some are way, way better than others. Which leads me to today's Ask DLS question: What is your favorite mobile app at the moment? We don't necessarily mean the...

Google acquires video quality specialist Green Parrot Pictures, will improve YouTube's cute cat videos

Google has acquired Green Parrot Pictures, a company that specializes in video quality improvement technology. It sounds like Google (and its massive YouTube wing) want to do something about the low-quality video that comes from smartphones and webcams -- and judging by the demonstrations of its technologies on the Green Parrot Pictures site (embedded after the break), it looks like Google h...

Opera now used by over 100 million mobile surfers, dominates iOS browser

Opera, now with a combined total of over 100 million Mini and Mobile users, dominates the mobile browser market. While Mobile has a very valiant 15 million users, it is Opera Mini with over 90 million users and 52 billion page views in January 2011 that really steals the show. Those figures don't include phones that come with Opera pre-installed, incidentally. The maths are more complicated tha...

How to start, stop and search for torrents on the move

This week's series of tips is all about downloading files via BitTorrent. We'll highlight ways in which to torrent more efficiently, obtain higher download speeds, and generally make the whole process easier. For more tech tips, check our Tips index. Did you know that almost every BitTorrent client has an API that allows Web-based control panels and smartphone apps to directly tap into your tor...

A brief glimpse of Nokia's popularity outside the Western world

It's easy to forget just how different the customs of other nations are. While Americans carry dogs around in handbags, Koreans eat them. In England, we gurn; and in Spain, they throw tomatoes. We're a world of completely disparate customs -- yet somehow we can't fathom that Nokia and the Symbian OS could be ahead of Apple and Google in the smartphone market. It's really quite crazy. It's like...

Trend Micro thinks Android's open source makes it less secure than iOS; wrong!

In an odd move that must surely raise concerns of lucidity, the Trend Micro chairman, Steve Chang, has claimed that the open-source nature of Android makes it easier to hack than iOS: "Android is open-source, which means the hacker can also understand the underlying architecture and source code." News just in: the open-source-is-less-secure myth was dispelled more than a decade ago. Take a loo...

McAfee: Smartphones, Apple devices to be top malware targets in 2011

Traditionally, Windows' massive user base has made it a juicy target for malware authors, but a new report from McAfee suggests there could be a major shift in 2011. The security company is predicting that attacks on the exploding smartphone segment and Apple devices will increase significantly. Mac trojans have already become increasingly common in 2010, and McAfee finds that "lack of user u...

The top Download Squad stories of 2010

As yet another year slips quietly into the annual abyss, it's customary to take a retrospective glance at all that has happened. While history is surely nowhere near as exciting as the future -- especially as far as technology is concerned -- we can still learn a lot by looking back at the events of a year and analyzing, with perfect hindsight, what actually happened. After all, it is one thing t...

Skype for Android now faster and available on smaller screens

Not everyone who owns an Android smartphone has a glorious 4-inch Super AMOLED display in his or her pocket. Lower-priced devices like the HTC Wildfire have brought budget-conscious shoppers into the Android fold, too. But there's a downside to a device with a smaller screen: not all of the big name apps will run on them. If you've been cursing under your breath about the fact that you can't ru...

Prey tracks stolen Windows, Mac or Linux laptops, or Android smartphones, for free

Looking for an inexpensive -- or better yet, free -- way to track your laptop or Android smartphone in the event it gets stolen? Check out Prey, an open source project that offers multi-OS tracking, reporting -- and countermeasures! Just download the Prey client software, install, and register an account -- you'll need one in order to be able to access the service's Web-based control panel. Pr...

Opera Mobile landing in Android Market soon -- with hardware acceleration!

Hardware acceleration seems to be the one feature all the cool kids are working feverishly to implement in their browsers right now. And we're not just talking desktop browsers, either -- Opera has announced that Opera Mobile for Android will be hardware accelerated when it arrives in the Android Market. As Opera's Aleksander Aas puts it, hardware acceleration in Opera Mobile "allows us to hav...

Draconian terms and conditions reveal Amazon's plans for Android app store

The terms and conditions for Amazon's upcoming Android store have been leaked to SlashGear, and boy do they look grim. Amazon reserves a lot of rights, including the ability to set the price at which you sell your apps! Two days ago, the Amazon Android store was just a rumor, but these T&Cs would suggest that the store is real -- and that it's coming soon. Most of the terms are understanda...

The complete guide for switching to, or learning about, your Android phone

Kevin Purdy, senior editor of the Lifehacker website, has just released his Complete Android Guide. The guide costs $9 to download an EPUB version, $19.95 to buy the dead-tree version, or you can read it all for free on the Complete Guides website. Whether you are switching from another mobile phone platform or operating system, or you've just bought your very first smartphone, this guide shoul...

Google to make Apps accounts more secure with two-factor authentication

Keeping your online accounts secure is a must, and Google will soon begin rolling out an improved authentication system to its Apps customers. Beginning with Google Apps Premier, Education, and Government users, you'll soon be able to utilize a smartphone-generated verification code as a second layer of account security. It's a bit like the dedicated RSA SecurID fobs some enterprises use for V...