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The Android TV Interface Has Been Compromised

Both Joel’s Sony 2016 800D 43″ and 2017 900E 65″ televisions, running Android TV 8.0, have been hit with a rather obtrusive sponsorship banner smack dab in the middle of the interface. Further, as you can see below, there is no option to disable this Fire TV-esque monstrosity. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny » http://bit.ly/2G3Ewyx
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Google launches standalone podcast app on Android

The internet giant has been dabbling in the podcast world for a number of years already, having launched its audio search engine app Google Listen back in 2009, before killing it off three years later. Google then added podcasts to its Google Play Music app back in 2016. But podcasts have felt — and still feel — like second-class citizens in the Google Play Music app, and with podcasting growing as a medium, Google clearly feels the time is right to launch a standalone podcast app. – Paul Sawers, VentureBeat https://ift.tt/2I47WKt

YouTube testing picture-in-picture mode for those without Red subscriptions

You might expect there to be a catch, and you’d be right. After all, the feature was previously tied to a subscription, and companies don’t like to give things away if they can charge for them instead. In this case, the lone “gotcha” is that content owners can set their videos to disallow PiP playback. Based on reports, that is the case for many (if not most) music videos. – Ryne Hager, Android Police https://ift.tt/2ruaYli

Android TV service with Netflix debuts in Greece

As the first Android TV service in Greece, Wind Vision will also offer seamless access to all Google services including Google Play Movies, popular music apps, YouTube, Google Play Games and over 3,000 apps on Google Play Store. It also introduces viewers to such features as 4K and HDR, an exclusive EPG, multiscreen, on demand(seved day catch-up and restart), turning any smartphone into a remote control and a Bluetooth conection with peripherals.
Commenting on Wind Vision, Nassos Zarkalis, chairman and CEO, Wind Hellas, said: “It’s a unique TV experience. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2KdS3n7

Android security: Cryptocurrency mining-malware hidden in VPNs, games, and streaming apps, dowloaded 100,000 times | ZDNet

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have uncovered multiple malicious cryptocurrency-mining applications being distributed via the Google Play store, with the miners posing as games, sports streaming apps, and VPNs. Some of these have been downloaded more than 100,000 times. – Danny Palmer, ZDNet https://ift.tt/2GCsHS0

In just 24 hours, 5,000 Android devices are conscripted into mining botnet

The previously unseen malware driving the botnet has worm-like capabilities that allow it to spread with little or no user interaction required, researchers with Chinese security firm Netlab wrote in a blog post published Sunday. Once infected, Android phones and TV boxes scan networks for other devices that have Internet port 5555 open. Port 5555 is normally closed, but a developer tool known as the Android Debug Bridge opens the port to perform a series of diagnostic tests. Netlab’s laboratory was scanned by infected devices from 2,750 unique IPs in the first 24 hours the botnet became active, a figure that led researchers to conclude that the malware is extremely fast moving. – Dan Goodin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2E4H641

Smart TVs and STBs fuel Android TV expansion

Android TV was released in June 2014 as a replacement for the by-then defunct Google TV platform. Google TV had failed to take off and Android TV was Google’s (now Alphabet) second crack at an OS for the living room. Unlike Google TV, Android TV is based on the Android mobile OS, making it much easier for developers to port apps from the mobile version of Android to Android TV. – Broadband TV News http://ift.tt/2yr0G7F

41 percent of Android phones are vulnerable to ‘devastating’ Wi-Fi attack

Android 6.0 and above contains a vulnerability that researchers claim “makes it trivial to intercept and manipulate traffic sent by these Linux and Android devices.” 41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to an “exceptionally devastating” variant of the Wi-Fi attack that involves manipulating traffic. Attackers might be able to inject ransomware or malware into websites thanks to the attack, and Android devices will require security patches to protect against this. Google says the company is “aware of the issue, and we will be patching any affected devices in the coming weeks.” – Tom Warren, The Verge http://ift.tt/2xXHhdn
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