Google Docs for the Android lets you Capture Text from a picture!

Google Documents just got an Android App and it’s pretty Amazing, it has the ability to capture text with your phone’s camera and have it instantly made editable thanks to some optical character recognition.

Google stated that won’t work with handwriting or some fonts, but still, not bad if you ask me, there have been many times that I’ve been trying to copy a document but have no way of scanning it to a computer or have no time to do it Manually. You can check it out your self at the Android Market we checked it out and it’s pretty cool. They’ve had the service up for some time but this new update really shows that Google is kicking up their Creative Production since Page Took Over

Google finaly admits that they are tracking your Android just like Apple

Does that map on the side seem familiar? it was on our blog a couple of days ago when apple was tracking your cellphone. Well, Google just came out of the tracking closet and stated that they too are tracking your cellphone’s location at all time.

Not as bad as Apple, but then again, if it was just as bad, why would they admit to it?

According to Google, the data is collected anonymously and stored with an associated ID number which is supposed to help them deliver targeted data for mapping and local services.  They claim that it’s “untraceable” and when you turn off your cellphone, the data is magically erased. Now the big question remains, how much do they actually track? and how “untraceable” is the data? should we start to get used to this kind of privacy infringement after all, half of us have all of our information on Facebook, is privacy something that we are to concerned about?

Really the main question that you should ask your self is, what can they do with this data? Find exactly where you are… unless you have problems with the police, I don’t think is that big of a deal. They should however have the option to opt out of being tracked… and they do, it’s called Having a cellphone with no Apps. According to the Google Spokesperson you don’t have to opt in on the tracking of your cellphone. Just when you download a GPS app, or Google Maps, or Search around me app, or any other app that uses your location, that automatically flips the switch for tracking on.

Via: Wall Street Journal

Motorola Delays Droid Bionic

Well this sucks, Motorola has announced that it will delay the Droid Bionic until Summer in order for them to make “several” Improvements. So I guess it’s not that bad. Still a long time if you are a Droid Fan, There really is nothing to much to say here since it’s still being worked up.

According to to Motorola, they are “incorporating several enhancements to make this an even better consumer experience,” based on feedback its received since the phone was announced way back at CES in January.

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iPhone Tracking your EVERY move

Thank god Batman does not own an iPhone, apparently since the new release of the iPhone iOS4 the phone has been tracking your every move… to an exact location. Even if you have your GPS turned off, the phone can be tracked using Triangulation via Towers. The phone actually stores this information in an UN-encrypted website for the rest of the world to see.

The privacy flaw was discovered by two security professionals and one of them claims to have worked for Apple. Information is easy to access, both on your phone or on any computer that you’ve synced it to.

You can download the program and once you run it, it will open up the grim details on a Google Map. Really cool, but unfortunately very scary at the same time. Expect this to be all over the news and Apple talking about what the heck was going through their heads later. In the mean time, they’ll continue to store your data in a box for everyone to see. Yet again, another reason why Android is Better!

Check out the video below to see the video of how this looks like: or read more at Peter Warden

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We are to lazy to worry about Cellphone Security

According to a Survey taken in the U.S. a large number of us are to relax with our cellphone security. it was estimated that about 84% of us use the same cellphone for both professional and personal tasks, very few of us use phone-locking passwords, and about 66% of us keep personal data on our phones.

The problem is not so much as “they can steal my pictures or videos” but the fact that now days we tend to download several applications to facilitate our lives. Mint, Stock Trader, Chase Bank App, etc, and on top of that we even make purchases over the phone or our web browser. Despite of all the red warnings, or even the problems that this could have, we continue to use our phones and treating them as just a life facilitator. If for some reason, our phone ever gets stolen, we could potentially lose more than just a cellphone.

The survey showed that almost 67% of users are bothered more by mobile ads than by malware, a full 12% have been targeted of attempted mobile payment fraud. yet only 6% do a monthly check of their cell phone bill and only about 8% of the consumers asked check their phone statement whe it’s unusually high. And spite all of these red flags and risks, we continue to pretend everything is safe because it’s a phone and not a P.C. as the cellphones continue to get more and more advanced so does the people behind the phones trying to hack and crack the information being transmitted over the networks.

The survey [PDF] in question comes from security firm AVG and research and consulting firm The Ponemon Institute.

Read more at Mashable

Black Berry Play Book, will run Android Apps.

It’s no longer just a rumor, it’s not a “possibility” it is reality! when RIM’s – Research In Motion – sends out it’s Blackberry Play book it will be able to play Android Applications!

For some time now, people have speculated and have rumored that the playbook would run Android Apps and RIM ran away with it and kept on pushing the rumors around but finally they made the announcement that it would run Android Apps. This is a big change for Rim, since up to now they have had their own application software that uses RIM Application Codes, Android Apps are completely different.
The technical details surrounding Android-compatibility aren’t clear.

Mashable C. Warren wrote: We assume RIM is using a virtual machine that can support Android code. This method is likely similar to what the QNX-based tablet will do to run apps written for older BlackBerry handset devices. RIM says developers will just need to repackage, code sign and submit existing Android apps to the Blackberry App World. For developers that want to create native apps for the PlayBook, RIM says its BlackBerry Tablet OS Native Development Kit will be in open Beta by this summer. It seems odd to release a device to consumers before the native development kit is even in open beta, but we guess that’s why RIM is expanding its options to also include apps written for BlackBerry Java, Android and Adobe Air.

Now this is going to be interesting, however it seems like Playbook will be running Android 2.3 and not 3.0 as previously thought. But this move will increase the RIM Applications network by thousands, it will definitely be a different kind of move. It seems like everything now days is being taken over by either Google Apps, or Apple Apps, we’ll just have to wait and see how this works out.