Ars Technica: Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

Ars Technica: Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs. “A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google’s official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday.”

The Register: Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids’ info through mobile games

The Register: Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids’ info through mobile games . “Disney has been sued in America for allegedly collecting children’s personal information without getting parents’ approvals. A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed Thursday in northern California accuses the unstoppable children’s entertainment brand and three of its developer partners of violating privacy laws by tracking the locations and activities of kids who use their mobile games – without first asking parents to approve the activity.”

Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data.

Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data. . “When parents download a learning or gaming app from the ‘Designed for Families’ section of the Google Play store, they likely assume that those apps keep their kids’ data safe. After all, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits website operators and app developers from tracking or collecting personal data from children under the age of 13. Yet that assumption could be wrong.”

Engadget: NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app

Engadget: NASA wants you to record solar eclipse data with an app. “Chances are that, by now, you’ve heard about the full solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States on August 21, 2017. And now, NASA is enlisting all of us as citizen scientists: The organization wants your help to record data during the eclipse.”

Anchor App Adds Podcasting Feature

The Anchor app has added a podcast feature. “One of the most common things we hear from people is that they want their Anchor station to be discoverable as an actual podcast. With today’s release, not only is that possible, but we took it a step further and came up with the absolute easiest way to create and share a podcast with the world. You don’t need a microphone, special software, or even a desktop computer.”

Digital Trends: Turn Your Chromebook Into A Killer Workstation With The Best Android Apps On Chrome OS

Digital Trends: Turn Your Chromebook Into A Killer Workstation With The Best Android Apps On Chrome OS. “Google opened up its Chrome OS platform a while back, bringing its massive Android ecosystem to the ultra-light operating system. That means you can install Android apps on your Chromebook, that light, little thing running on a modified version of the Chrome browser. That’s over 2.5 million apps! With that in mind, we went ahead and sorted through the Google Play store for the best Chrome OS Android apps currently available.”