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Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro: A cheat sheet

Samsung is releasing a rugged smartphone for the first time in three years, and this one is built with businesses in mind.

The Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro. 

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In January 2020, Samsung announced the release of a new business-optimized and ruggedized smartphone called the Galaxy XCover Pro to minimal fanfare and only the briefest of mentions in the tech news cycle. It’s understandable that the XCover Pro didn’t merit a lot of buzz when Samsung’s other 2020 Galaxy devices pack so many flagship features. The XCover Pro isn’t a flagship phone, and it’s not packed to the gills with flagship features that enhance gaming, web surfing, and other consumer uses. 

What the Samsung XCover Pro does have is a design built with businesses in mind. There are a variety of applications for the IP68, MIL-STD-810G-compliant device that Samsung consumers probably won’t care about, but businesses looking for

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Joker billing fraud malware eluded Google Play security to infect Android devices

A new variant targeted Android users to subscribe them to premium services without their consent, according to Check Point Research.

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Google sometimes has a tough time keeping malware out of its mobile app store. Though the company employs Google Play Protect to scan and vet apps that contain malware, savvy cybercriminals can devise ways to sneak past those defenses.

Always a thorn in Google’s side, the Joker malware arrived as a new variant a few months ago and evaded Google Play Protect to infect legitimate apps and sign people up to premium services. A blog post published Thursday by the cyber threat intelligence provider Check Point Research explains how this new version worked and what to do if you think one of the apps may still be on your Android device.

SEE: Top Android security tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

Discovered by Check Point, the malware was a new flavor

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How to use the Android 10 Google Pixel Styles feature

Android 10 on the Google Pixel phone includes a feature that allows you to customize the style of the UI. Learn how to use this tool that could end up being available on all Android 11 phones.

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Although Android 11 is on the horizon, Android 10 still has plenty of features to hold your interest. In fact, given how slowly Android rolls out, chances are good your device is still on Android 8 or 9, so everything in 10 is news to you.

That being said, I thought I’d introduce you to a feature found specifically in Google Pixel phones running Android 10 that allows you to customize the UI. This feature (or a portion of this feature) used to only be available through the Developer Options, but in Android 10 it became a part of the standard feature set.

What Styles allows you to do is

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