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Re: Free and cool Android apps

#31 Post by Midas » Sat May 23, 2015 9:58 am

Not a day goes by without some privacy bad news:
I really liked UC Browser... :cry:

From the same source: A primer on mobile privacy and security (PDF).

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#32 Post by joby_toss » Sun May 24, 2015 12:06 am

It's much easier (on the mind) to assume that every app you're using has privacy issues and adapt your actions accordingly than to wake up reading articles like this...

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#33 Post by Midas » Sun May 24, 2015 3:58 am

Sadly, yes. But that caused me to stop using my so called smartphone for anything remotely sensitive...

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#34 Post by tproli » Sun May 24, 2015 4:24 am

Interestingly nowadays we give money to companies to let them know anything about us...

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#35 Post by joby_toss » Sun May 24, 2015 10:48 pm

Heck, we're buying TV's for more than half a century thinking we're in for a treat when it comes to entertainment...

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#36 Post by webfork » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:24 pm

Midas wrote:I really liked UC Browser
Yeah me too.  I hadn't tested it on Windows because it's closed-source but they have some of the best usability I've seen on a mobile device.  Sadly, they didn't seem to keep up with older devices like mine as it crashes quite a bit.

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#37 Post by spicydog » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:02 am

Midas wrote:I agree some of the entries are ancient. But being old don't necessarily make it bad -- I know, I'm old, too, and I still run Windows XP.

Please enlighten us with a better list or else some substantive reasons why some particular software on the list might be bad... :|
Hey buddy, long time no hear :)

I accidentally came across your post and only after having read it I realized it was you who posted it... I couldn't have written that concept better myself even if tried!

All the best,

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#38 Post by Midas » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:34 am

Many thanks for the heads up, my dear spicydog. 8)

BTW, here's a couple of Android related online resources I've been using lately -- but only useful if you are able and willing to sideload apps:
The later two allow anyone to download directly from Google Play to your desktop instead of your device.

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#39 Post by spicydog » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:52 pm

Thanks, dear friend :D

I personally use http://www.apkpure.com/ that seems to work quite fine to download .apk files directly to the lap/desktop.

A few months back I used http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/ but I oftentimes noticed that some apps aren't updated and using the "request newer version" feature is slow and doesn't always provide best results.

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#40 Post by Midas » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:04 am

spicydog wrote:A few months back I used http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/ but I oftentimes noticed that some apps aren't updated and using the "request newer version" feature is slow and doesn't always provide best results.
  • I can confirm your observation about Evozi APK Downloader -- I only mentioned it because it was the original APK downloader service, issued from the folds of the mythic XDA-Devs forums... ;)

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#41 Post by nicklucas » Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:55 am

Midas wrote:Many thanks for the heads up, my dear spicydog. 8)

BTW, here's a couple of Android related online resources I've been using lately -- but only useful if you are able and willing to sideload apps:
The later two allow anyone to download directly from Google Play to your desktop instead of your device.
Few more options from where you could try to downloading apks:

http://www.apk4fun.com
http://www.apkmonk.com
http://www.apk-dl.com

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#42 Post by Marc » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:06 pm

News: Surveillance is the Business Model of the Internet: Bruce Schneier

Android Is Watching: 8 Ways A Typical Smartphone Is Monitoring You

After reading that I'm left to wonder whats the best measures to neutralize survelliance.

"App Ops" and "App Ops Starter" no longer work...

AFWall+ (Android Firewall +)
Requires Root
Last Updated: 13 march 2016

I found more "firewalls" but the most recent update dated back to 4 febrary 2015...

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Re: Free and cool Android apps

#43 Post by Midas » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:55 am

There are possible solutions -- unfortunately, most require a "rooted" device:

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