Are Android apps putting your privacy at risk?

In today's Android roundup: Certain Android apps may be exposing private user data. Plus: Ars Technica reviews the Moto 360, and John Carmack criticizes Android development

In a world filled with government spying, hackers and other dangers many Android users have become increasingly worried about their privacy. A new study suggests that they are quite right to be concerned. PC World reports that some Android apps are not properly protecting a user's private data.

According to PC World:

Instagram, Grindr, OkCupid and many other Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect their users’ data, putting their privacy at risk, according to new study.

The findings comes from the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHcFREG), which earlier this year found vulnerabilities in the messaging applications WhatsApp and Viber.

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The researchers will be releasing one video per day on their YouTube channel that will cover security issues in various Android apps. So it might be very worthwhile to subscribe to their channel for more details.

Hopefully, the release of this study information will shame all of these app developers into taking much stronger precautions to protect user privacy. In the short term it might also be worth removing these apps from your Android device until the developers fix all of the security problems.

Ars Technica reviews the Moto 360

Ars has a review of the Moto 360 and finds it to be a mixed bag.

According to Ars Technica:

The Moto 360 is a step in the right direction, but neither it nor Android Wear is ready for prime time. Smartwatch hardware has moved from "awful" to "less awful" but we're still a ways off from "decent" or "great." How long do we have to wait for a second version?

The Good

- A round LCD that looks like something from the future. Yeah, it's missing a few lines at the bottom. So what?

- A thin-bezel and a great design that looks like a watch.

- Thanks to the round design, and small lug-to-lug distance, it's the first comfortable smartwatch.

- It's got auto brightness!

The Bad

- Terrible performance. The decision to go with an ancient TI OMAP3 instead of a more modern Snapdragon 400 makes the device slow and stuttery.

- Terrible battery life. That TI chip also sucks down a lot of power. Expect to charge it 2-3 times per day during heavy use.

- The Bluetooth phone-to-watch connection is unstable and loses connection randomly. Every Android Wear device we've tested does this.

- The leather strap looks and feels cheap. It's way better than other smartwatches, but that's a very low bar.

The Ugly

- The crushing disappointment after six months of hype.

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