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Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user

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Do your hats tend to fall into the tinfoil range? Are you afraid there is always somebody watching you? If so, rest assured that the Android ecosystem offers plenty of apps to soothe your paranoia. But which apps are the must-haves? Here are five apps you should immediately install and put to work. They'll bring you peace in the knowledge that your mobile data is far more secure than those around you.

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IncrediBuild 7 brings Windows code compiler accelerator to Linux and Android

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The company has now announced that it is bringing the tech, which can decrease compilation time by a factor of 30 in some cases, to Linux and Android development.

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Android M's name is Marshmallow, and it's version 6.0

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Google has revealed what the M in Android M stands for: Marshmallow. The Android 6.0 update, set for release this fall, was first previewed at the company's I/O conference in late May. But as it's done before, Google held off on announcing the full name to build anticipation around the software. It's safe to say the company went with the obvious choice. Sorry, M&M's fans. And if you've ever wondered how those Android statues on Google's campus are made, this video offers a behind-the-scenes peek.

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Samsung tips Android Phablets, round watch, Tizen for IoT

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This week, Samsung launched a 5.7-inch Galaxy Note5 and almost identical, stylus-free Galaxy S6 Edge+ phone, hoping to continue its success in the same no-fly zone. The Korean CE giant also formally announced its Samsung Pay mobile payment service and tipped a round-faced, Tizen-based Gear S2 smartwatch. Three weeks ago, amid rumors of a quad-core Samsung Z3 phone running Tizen 3.0, the company tipped a version of Tizen for the Internet of Things (see below).

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Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet join Sony’s open source project

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Like most big companies that produce Android phones and tablets, Sony tends to load up its phones with its own custom version of Google’s operating system. But unlike most phone companies, Sony also runs an open source project that provides the tools developers and users may need to install stock Android software on some devices.

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Also: Sony Adds The First 64-Bit Devices To Its Open Device Project

August Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 Update Review

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We’ve been spending some quality time with Google’s latest Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update and today, we want to take a look at how its performance is holding up as we move away from its release date. This is our review of the August Nexus 5 Android 5.1.1 update.

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Android based IR gizmo creates touch enabled TVs

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Touchjet’s Android-based, quad-core “Touchjet Wave” media player attaches to the top of your TV and IR scans your gestures to approximate touch control.

Indiegogo has gone Indiegaga over the Touchjet Wave finger-tracking device, which has more than doubled its 100K goal to surpass $273,000 in funding, with 28 days remaining. Touchjet, which previously released the Android-based Touchjet Pond pico projector via Indiegogo, is still offering some $99 and $189 (two-pack) early bird packages for the Wave, with many more available at $119. Shipments are set for March 2016.

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The Death of Ubuntu's Software Center

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