Watch out, a new Android Trojan was found in wild

Watch out, a new Android Trojan was found in wild

A new threat for Android devices has been recently found in wild. Until now, the Android Trojan has only been downloaded from Chinese App markets, being “grafted” on to legitimate applications, mainly games.

This Trojan, also called “Geinimi” can do some great damage on your Android. For example, it can compromise a significant amount of personal data on a user’s phone and send it to remote servers. Once installed, this Android malware can receive commands from a remote server that allow the owner of that server to control your phone.

It might scare you a little but if you are cautious and pay attention, nothing will happen to your Android device.

Let’s talk a little about how it works. Well, the Geinimi Trojan runs in the backgrounds, collects different kinds of information and it will:
– Send location coordinates (fine location)
– Send device identifiers (IMEI and IMSI)
– Download and prompt the user to install an app
– Prompt the user to uninstall an app
– Enumerate and send a list of installed apps to the server

After it collects these precious information, five minutes later, it will try to connect to a remote server using one of these domain names:
– widifu . com
– udaore . com
– frijd . com
– islpast . com
– piajesj . com

So, do not go on these domain names, i’m sure you don’t want your Android device to get “sick”.

The Geinimi Trojan was reported on the Chinese app stores in games like Monkey Jump 2, Sex Positions, President vs. Aliens, City Defense and Baseball Superstars 2010. The official Google Android Market have not been affected.

What do you have to do to stay protected:

– download apps only from trusted sources and try to look at the developer name and reviews
– check the permissions an app requests
– if you notice any unusual behavior on your Android device, this could be a sign that your phone is infected. For example: “unknown applications being installed without your knowledge, SMS messages being automatically sent to unknown recipients, or phone calls automatically being placed without you initiating them.

[Via mylookout]

Two hidden features of Nokia C7 (demos)

Two hidden features of Nokia C7 (demos)

Some new hidden features of Nokia C7 were revealed on the web. Both features appeared on MichaelxHell’s Youtube channel.

The first feature is the mute a call and it takes place when the C7 Menu Key turns from white into red. Check the video below to see this feature in action.

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The second feature allows you to put the flash light on a predetermined period of time. For activating it, you must pull the screenlock slider down and hold it, as you can see in the video below

Find out the Android secret codes for your smartphone

Find out the Android secret codes for your smartphone

In this article you can see the most popular secret codes for your Android device. You can add codes to get a firmware version, to launch various Factory Tests, connections test and more.

*#*#4636#*#* – this code will display some information about your phone and battery (phone information, battery information, battery history, usage statistics).

*#*#7594#*#* – change the function of End Call/ Power button action in your phone.

*#*#7780#*#* – the code represents the factory data reset. It will remove the following things: google account settings stored in your phone, system and application data and settings, downloaded applications, and it will not remove the curent system software, bundled applications and SD card files (photos, music files, etc.)

Note: Please be careful as it’s not always possible to undo the effects of a code (e.g. factory reset).

*#*#34971539#*#* – if you enter this code can get information about phone camera (update camera firmware in image, update camera firmware in SD card, get camera firmware version, get firmware update count).

*#*#273283*255*663282*#*#* – backup your images, sounds, videos and voice memos.

– *#*#232339#*#* OR *#*#526#*#* OR *#*#528#*#* – WLAN test (Use “Menu” button to start various tests)
*#*#232338#*#* – Shows WiFi MAC address
*#*#1472365#*#* – GPS test
– *#*#1575#*#* – Another GPS test
*#*#232331#*#* – Bluetooth test
*#*#232337#*# – Shows Bluetooth device address

*#*#8255#*#* – launch GTalk Service Monitor
*#*#4986*2650468#*#* – PDA, Phone, H/W, RFCallDate
*#*#1234#*#* – PDA and Phone
*#*#1111#*#* – FTA SW Version
*#*#2222#*#* – FTA HW Version
*#*#44336#*#* – PDA, Phone, CSC, Build Time, Changelist number
*#*#0283#*#* – Packet Loopback
*#*#0*#*#* – LCD test
*#*#0673#*#* OR *#*#0289#*#* – Melody test
*#*#0842#*#* – Device test (Vibration test and BackLight test)
*#*#2663#*#* – Touch screen version
*#*#2664#*#* – Touch screen test
*#*#0588#*#* – Proximity sensor test
*#*#3264#*#* – RAM version

Also, it is possible that not all of these codes will work on your Android phone.

Tips for Epic 4G capacitive buttons

Tips for Epic 4G capacitive buttons

Want your Epic 4G capacitive buttons to lit longer? Well, you can quickly solve this problem just by taping a few buttons.

If you just hate that your capacitive buttons lit just a few moments and you want them to glow long enough for you, here are 4 steps that you need to follow: Menu > Settings > Sound and Display > Keyboard Timeout.

Once you get in the Keyboard Timeout you will be able to change the value as you wish to make those familiar Menu, Home, Back, and Search buttons to lit more or less.

[Via Android Central]

Eco charge your Nokia N8 with a hamster (video)

Eco charge your Nokia N8 with a hamster (video)

Yes, is true, now you can watch your hamster running on the wheel and in the same time charge your phone.

This idea belongs to Peter Ash and was promoted on his GCSE coursework. But how this idea was born?

Well, all started in 2005 when his sister had a hamster named Elvis. She started to complain about how energetic Elvis was, she couldn’t sleep at night because he wouldn’t stop playing in his wheel. So, Peter thought to use that energy in a constructive way and created a “Hamster phone charger” using a turbine and a few gears. Now both Elvis and Peter are happy, but i don’t know what to say about Peter’s sister.

[Via Intomobile]

How fast is your mobile internet connectivity?

How fast is your mobile internet connectivity?

In this article you can find out how to check the internet connectivity, see the speed of your mobile device and compare it with other speed test results on iPhone or Android phone.

Before the smartphone revolution, I’m sure you test the internet speed connection of your desktop PC on speedtest.net website. This site is specially created to find the speed connection in almost every country and in various places.

For mobile phones, developers launch a dedicated app for all iPhone and Android devices. The app works just like on your PC and shows you the ping in milliseconds to a selected location, the download speed in kbps and the upload speed in kbps. You can test your 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity in few moments.

Android Speedtest Internet

The Android application can show you the results in kbps, Mbps or kB/s, show a short history of your test, your internal and external IP address.

To get the speedtest application for your Android device scan the below QR code.

Speedtest QR

The application for iPhone works just like the Android app and you can download it for free from iTunes.

iPhone Internet Speedtest

Speedtest.net is the most popular website for testing the internet speed connection. Every day, people make over one million tests.

How to find your lost or stolen phone

How to find your lost or stolen phone

The reason why you landed on this page is quite simple, you lost your phone or you just wanna be cautious. Whatever it is, we all know that the chances to find or recover your phone are minimal, most likely zero.

Most people give up very easy on their searches and hopes and just get along with the idea that the phone is lost forever.

Well, you might wanna try this before give up. It’s called Anti-Theft Mobile, is an app launched by F-Secure and the purpose is to inform you where your lost device is.

This app is free and is compatible with phones that run Windows Mobile, Android or Symbian. You can download for free Anti-Theft Mobile direct on your phone and begin to install it.
So, how does it work? Well, the first step you have to do, is to lose your phone, then you will send an SMS to it from another handset. After that you will immediately receive an SMS with your phone location via Google Maps.

Anti-Theft Mobile allows you to remotely delete, all personal data, photos, messages, contacts and e-mails, so you can be save and protected from any risk.

If the SIM card was replaced, you will be informed about this change, and you can still call to your lost/stolen phone and delete personal data.

How to set up email addres on your BlackBerry (video)

How to set up email addres on your BlackBerry (video)

Make your live easier, communicate with your friends in near real-time, reply and forward, filter message by sender or subject, and do much more, all of this things if you add the email address on your BlackBerry.

To integrate the email address you have to follow the next steps:

1. Locate and click on the Setup folder.
2. Within the Setup folder, click on Email Settings and if prompted, review the Terms of Agreement.
3. A listing of various email providers will now be displayed:

  • If you are integrating a Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL or Windows Live email address, highlight the appropriate icon and click Next.
  • If you are integrating an email address from another provider, select Other.

4. Provide the email address and password and in most cases, you’re done!

10 steps to make you’re phone battery last longer

10 steps to make you’re phone battery last longer

We know that a good and efficient phone it’s usually consuming a lot of its battery. The producers are taking measures to stabilize this situation and are using higher capacity batteries for smartphones trying in the same time to keep a reasonable weight. Although you can’t keep you’re phone battery unloaded a week of frequent use, there are some things that can help you’re phone battery last longer. Now, I will share you some tips that you can do to optimize the energy consumption of you’re phone.

1. The first rule and one of the most important is how to recharge you’re phone. It’s indicated to keep you’re phone close while recharging, this way the battery will load faster and the phone will have a longer life.

2. A usual charger will charge the battery faster than a car one. However, if you stay a long time in the car, it’s usseful to have this kind of charger to be sure that you’re phone is permanently charged.

3. Even though we don’t give too much importance, the battery must be kept clean as well as the components inside the phone. Impurities can affect the battery contacts and decrease its performance.

4. You must avoid keeping you’re phone in extreme weather conditions, you can find the temperatures limits in the phone manual. May not seem so important, but even though during summer the temperatures can be only 30-35 degrees outside, the temperature in a car located in the sun can reach 50-60 degrees. So don’t forget you’re phone in the car.

5. To reduce consumption it’s usually recommended to not use the vibration and the buzzer at the same time, just one of them. It’s indicated to turn off the vibrations when are not useful because it consumes a lot.

6. Avoid to keep animated GIF in the background and just use a simple image. It wil save a lot of you’re phone battery.

7. Keep you’re bluetooth off when you don’t need it. Another solution is a wired handsfree.

8. Avoid to play games and watch movies when you’re battery is low because it will soon turn off, maybe when you need it the most.

9. If you have a phone with WiFi or GPRS/ EDGE/ 3G/ HSDPA connection, you better close those connections when you’re not using them because it consume a lot.

10. If the phone allows you to set the screen brightness, it’s indicated to keep it at the lowest possible level because it will help you’re battery last longer.