A consumer protection group in China is suing Samsung Electronics and a Chinese vendor for placing too many preinstalled apps on phones, and is demanding that the whole smartphone industry eschew bloatware.
On Thursday, the Shanghai Consumer Council said it filed public interest lawsuits against Samsung and Oppo for not only placing so much bloatware on their phones, but also making it impossible for the user to easily remove the apps.
The consumer protection group has been receiving a growing number of complaints, and found that these preinstalled apps can take up a phone?s storage or download data without the user?s knowledge. In response, the group has filed the lawsuits in a Shanghai court, as a way to discourage smartphone vendors from weighing their products down with pre-installed software.
Short week! We?re all off Friday because it takes an entire day to stock up on enough beer and meat for this weekend?s July 4 barbecues. However, video game news keeps a-rockin? because?well, actually there?s not that much news this week either. Because it?s July.
Star Citizen announced its latest way to squander your kid?s college fund though, and did you know someone?s working on a virtual reality version of the arcade classic Battlezone? This is gaming news for the week of June 29.That post-E3 rush
Somebody announced a game this week. Yes, in July. I know it?s weird.
It?s called ELEX, and it?s a new open-world RPG from Piranha Bytes (the team behind Risen/Gothic). ELEX ditches the fantasy setting though for video gaming?s other favorite setting, the post-apocalypse. Also, the press release describes the game as ?Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial? which?well, hopefully that?s not why they titled it ELEX.
Uber Technologies is suspending its UberPop service in France, after a bitter fight with taxi drivers who say the service breaks the law.
The company plans to remove access to UberPop from its mobile app in France from 8 p.m. local time Friday, it said in a blog post.
UberPop allows passengers to hail rides from unlicensed drivers and is similar to the Uber X service offered in the United States and other countries.
Uber has been disrupting transportation markets around the world?nowhere more so than in Paris, where taxi drivers recently blocked highways and airport entrances with burning tires in protest at the company?s behavior. The protests also reportedly included attacks on Uber drivers, their vehicles and passengers. The taxi drivers are angry because, they say, UberPop breaches a new law on hiring vehicles with a driver that entered effect on Jan. 1.
Too many Android phones are running old software with security flaws, according to Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond, which wants manufacturers to update their phones? software more often, and for longer.
The association tested 171 Android smartphones that it had acquired over the last two years, applying the latest software update provided by the manufacturer.
Only one in six of the updated phones were running Android 5.0, released last November, or a newer version. Half of the phones, even after updating, still ran a version two years old (Android 4.3), or older. Those versions have known security flaws.
?We believe that consumers are entitled to a reliable and safe device. Manufacturers should be able to provide updates for their devices at least two years after their release,? said Bart Combée, president of Consumentenbond.
If you?re planning to buy a new smartphone this year, but haven?t bought one yet it might be better to wait a bit longer: Apple, Samsung Electronics and OnePlus are all expected to launch new models in the next couple of months.
Here are some of the models you should see during the second half of the year:
While most of the products on this list (and their specs) are just rumors, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has been busy detailing its 2 model, which will be launched on July 27.
So far, OnePlus has revealed the phone will have a fingerprint sensor and be powered by Qualcomm?s Snapdragon 810. The company is using an upgraded version of the processor, v2.1, that isn?t susceptible to the overheating issues that the first version reportedly suffered from, it said.
Someone call the malware antitrust commission: Recent versions of the Kovter ad fraud Trojan, which infects computers through Web-based exploits, close the door after themselves by updating Flash Player to the latest version.
The new and somewhat surprising behavior was recently observed by a malware researcher known online as Kafeine, who specializes in tracking drive-by download attacks that use exploit kits.
Kovter is used for so-called click or advertising fraud. Once installed on a computer, it hijacks the browser process and uses it to simulate user clicks on online advertisements in order to generate revenue for its creators.
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