In Brief: Android-related things worth knowing today
In Brief is a compilation of notifications, rumors, and Android-related news tidbits which, for whatever reason, did not end up with a post of its own on AndroidGuys. These are things that we still feel are worth knowing, even if in a passing manner. Consider it a grab-bag of Android goodies. If you have something that you think is worth a mention on AndroidGuys, be sure to reach out to us via our contact page.
Lookout has a new report that provides an in-depth look at the Russian SMS fraud code-named “Dragon Lady“. Key details in the study is how the malware can be distributed, who is largely at risk, and what is being done to avoid detection. Malicious mobile attacks is a million dollar industry and worth knowing about.
New Kickstarter project iblazr is for an Android accessory that improves the flash and makes pictures brighter and better. The $39 portable LED flash “levels playing field between DSLR cameras and smart devices” and should be available in time for holiday shopping.
Did you know that you could set up an automated home protection system and keep an eye on things from your mobile devices? Yeah, for reals. Protection1 has a variety of options at your disposal so be learn more about eSecure 2.0!
DODOcase has launched 7 new products for the generation of Nexus 7 tablets, including 3 new DODOcase styles (Classic Black, Cardinal Red, and Gray Color Block) 2 HARDcovers (Classic Black and Cardinal Red) and a new Durables sleeve and paper Folio.
Have you ever left your briefcase, phone, or purse in the store or at a restaurant? Need to hunt down you child’s backpack? Be sure to keep an eye out for the PROTAG Elite. Set to launch on IndieGoGo on August 7, these little guys are unobtrusive tags that alert you when your items are left behind and even indicate the last known GPS position. About the size of a credit card, the PROTAG Elite can be slipped into your wallet or bag.
Seidio, a brand that we love, recently introduced new case options for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Called the LEDGER and LEDGER View, they are flip cases that keep your privacy but also protects against scuffs and scratches. What’s more, they also come with a credit card slot on the inside for keeping an ID, credit card or business card.
Gameloft announced that Order & Chaos Online is now bringing the first true real-time, fully-3D MMORPG experience to the OUYA system. Celebrating its second birthday, the game features customizable characters of differing classes and races, over 1200 quests, PvP arenas and much more.
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