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Twitter now lets you specify the type of spam you’re reporting

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Crappy posts are part and parcel with any social network, and Twitter has more than its fair share of spam, scams, and bald-faced lies. The platform has always allowed users to report spammy posts, but now, the functionality is getting more granular, letting you specify the particular type of spam you're flagging.

When reporting a tweet as "suspicious or spam," you can now choose between five different reasons for doing so: the account that tweeted the message is fake; the tweet directs to "a potentially harmful, malicious, or phishing site;" it contains unrelated hashtags; or it uses replies to spam.

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Twitter now lets you specify the type of spam you're reporting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google shuts down Nearby Notifications due to too much spam

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Google's Nearby API has been available for years and had simplified a lot of close communication between devices, but you'll probably have forgotten about it unless you've ran across its notifications. In Lebanon, some malls and stores use beacons to broadcast notifications to passersby, and so far, the situation has been more or less tolerable. However, it seems some places were abusing the API to bombard users with spam, and so the Nearby Notifications feature is being shut down.

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Google shuts down Nearby Notifications due to too much spam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Not even the Pixel 3’s call screening will save you from the nuisance of spam

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Spam phone calls are the abject worst. As if we didn't have enough already, we are rapidly heading towards a future where more calls are spam than not. It's gotten to the point where I leave my phones on DND most of the time, just looking to avoid the hassle of unsolicited numbers ringing me all day long. With the new Pixel 3 phones, Google's introducing a new call-screening feature for Assistant, promising to never make you talk to a spammer again.

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Not even the Pixel 3's call screening will save you from the nuisance of spam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Call Screen will let Pixel users see who’s calling and what they want before answering

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Not everything got leaked before Google's event today. One surprise announcement that wowed was Call Screen, a new feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your incoming calls and politely ask what the caller wants. A real-time transcript will appear on your screen, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to pick up.

When your Pixel rings, a "Screen call" button shows up alongside the usual controls. Tapping it will prompt the Google Assistant to tell your caller that the call is being screened and ask what it's about.

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Call Screen will let Pixel users see who's calling and what they want before answering was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Call Screen will let Pixel users see who’s calling and what they want before answering

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Not everything got leaked before Google's event today. One surprise announcement that wowed was Call Screen, a new feature that lets the Google Assistant answer your incoming calls and politely ask what the caller wants. A real-time transcript will appear on your screen, allowing you to decide whether or not you want to pick up.

When your Pixel rings, a "Screen call" button shows up alongside the usual controls. Tapping it will prompt the Google Assistant to tell your caller that the call is being screened and ask what it's about.

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Call Screen will let Pixel users see who's calling and what they want before answering was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nearly half of all phone calls will be spam by 2019, according to new report

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Spam calls have become obnoxious as of late for many people - myself included - and it looks like they are only going to get worse. First Orion Corporation, which provides spam cal' filters to carriers, estimates that 44.56% of all calls in 2019 will be spam.

The company reports that 29.2% of calls are spam in 2018, an exponential rise from 3.7% in 2017. 'Neighborhood spoofing,' where the scammer's phone number appears to have the same area code as the recipient, is especially common.

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Nearly half of all phone calls will be spam by 2019, according to new report was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v3.4 continues work on pairing with Chromebooks, dark mode, and automatic spam detection [APK Teardown]

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

A new version of Android Messages began rolling out late last night. Beyond a few small cosmetic tweaks, this update appears to be almost entirely focused on preparing upcoming features. There's activity related to pairing with Chromebooks, further developments in dark mode, and forward progress on fighting spam.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Android Messages v3.4 continues work on pairing with Chromebooks, dark mode, and automatic spam detection [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v3.3 prepares GIF search and favorited stickers, search filters for attachments, and possibly gearing up to fight text spammers [APK Teardown]

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A new version of the Android Messages app slowly began to circulate over the weekend. As usual, there doesn't seem to be anything visibly different in this update, but it does contain bits and pieces suggesting there's plenty of work going on in preparation for new features. Some of the Sticker and GIF-related enhancements from Allo appear to be making the transition to Messages, and we may also be getting some helpful search filters that bring attachments into view.

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Android Messages v3.3 prepares GIF search and favorited stickers, search filters for attachments, and possibly gearing up to fight text spammers [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FTC files formal complaint against major telemarketing operation

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Spam calls are the worst. In March, the Federal Communications Commission issued a warning about the "scourge" of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers, and last month imposed hefty fines against a number-spoofing spam caller. Now, the Federal Trade Commission has filed a formal complaint against a large-scale telemarketing operation.

In its filing, the FTC specifically names Jamie Christiano and his companies NetDotSolutions Inc. and TeraMesh Networks Inc, whose systems have placed billions of robocalls.

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FTC files formal complaint against major telemarketing operation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FCC fines robocaller $120 million for massive neighbor spoofing operation

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Ever got one of those annoying robocalls, but the number looked local or even familiar? Well, those of us that have might have some modicum of vindication. Yesterday, the FCC issued a $120 million fine to Adrian Abramovich, who was found to have made almost 100 million spoofed phone callsabout a timeshare or other travel-related things.

Proposed in the summer of 2017, this is the largest forfeiture ever imposed by the Commission.

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FCC fines robocaller $120 million for massive neighbor spoofing operation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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