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Blazing Samsungs, or how not to handle a product return

Jon Gold | Dec. 16, 2013
Android Roundup: Plus, safer texting through encryption, an evil flashlight, and let the unlocker's ball commence!

The system is apparently completely transparent, so users won't need to adjust the way they send or receive texts if they're communicating with another TextSecure user, the protocol will kick in. Good news for the security conscious among us.


Reasons you should read the list of permissions carefully before installing an app, #1,732,209: The makers of the popular "Brightest Flashlight Free" app recently settled an FTC complaint that it had been illicitly collecting information like location data and device ID from users, according to Fast Company.

GoldenShores Technologies apparently collected that data from Brightest Flashlight users even if they opted out of the system. Nice of them to ask, I guess.

The company will be required to get rid of the information it collected in this way, and to switch to an opt-in system for future gathering, rather than an opt-out.

(H/T: BGR)


It's good news for the ROMantics among us as the CTIA announced Thursday that it would slightly liberalize rules governing unlocking. Essentially, the major U.S. carriers have committed to allowing devices to be unlocked except in cases where they think the device in question has been stolen, provide notice of unlocking policy, and offer these services in a timely fashion.


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