"hidden within a flashlight app and some games"
Flashlight app? You mean that hasn't been standard on all phones for the last 4 or 5 years?
An enterprising malware writer has been masquerading infected Android devices as Apple gear in order to make a few extra bucks. Researchers with SophosLabs say the Andr/Clickr-ad malware takes advantage of the demand for ads that reach iPhone owners, as advertisers believe Apple fanbois are more willing to splash their cash. …
Indeed, always odd that trustworthy torch on / off functionality not available by default - especially when torch apps are renowned for being malware laden so d/l one is a big risk, but people d/l them because they are very useful
Easiest way is torch on / off commands typed in a google assistant window on stock to avoid d/l of a potentially dubious torch app - takes a few seconds longer but safer
.. Obv assumes non rooted phone i.e. you have not removed / disabled various google junk including the assistant
> iOS users are more suggestible than Android users? Say it isn't so!
Well, maybe. The conclusion I'd draw is that iOS users are easier to separate from their money by advertising to them, while Android users are easier to con into downloading malware. Truly, this is the glorious future we were promised.
"hello, have you taken a ride on the proletariat omnibuses recently? "
It seems you don't know the difference in the spending power between people in countries where the per capita GDP is between 3000 and 300 dollars and the UK where the per capita GDP is a little bit more than 44000 dollars. You can find Android phones for less than 100 dollars, iPhones for that price have to be used and really old, the council estate mum has probably spent a lot more than 80 pounds on her iPhone.
”have you taken a ride on the proletariat omnibuses recently? ever council estate mum has an iphone now. it's not the glorious symbol of wealth it used to be. it's tinsel for idiots.“
Insular thinking. Try expanding your world view to include Africa, India and big chunks of Asia rather than just the UK, which sits fairly close to the top of the GDP per capita pile regardless of where in the UK you live.
Council house mum has hundreds of times more disposable income than 90% of India - where landfill Android is a status symbol.
Apple has had for a long time a big share of the US market and outside the US it sell mostly in the rich countries, android sells a little bit more in those countries, but since they also sell a lot in the developing countries to people with lower spending power the average spending is lower. With a spin on the statistics and some marketing it's easy to let people think that iPhone users are more willing to spend.
With a spin on the statistics and some marketing it's easy to let people think that iPhone users are more willing to spend.
Its blatantly obvious. The average price of all iPhones sold is FAR higher than the average price of all Androids sold, so of course iPhone owners are more willing and able to spend ON AVERAGE. Sure, there are Android phones that cost as much as the most expensive iPhone, and there are Android owners with incomes of tens of millions of dollars who could buy 10 iPhones for every Reg reader and not even miss the money, but that doesn't change the averages.
For most of the world's population, an iPhone is far beyond their means. There are Android phones that cost under $50, which is still beyond the means of some of the world's poorest.
If all it costs the infected user is a little battery life, they won't notice either, and it's not an unreasonable decision to decide not to care?
Most lower end users don't exactly have unlimited data budgets either - they are inadvertently sponsoring crime by having their data allowance consumed by a 3rd party.
advertisers know that people who use i-devices are more gullible and hence more susceptable to ads, hence pay more to get those ads to those i-chumps.
dont hate me, i-chumps. i didn't make the world this way. it's not my fault marketeers see you this way. you might me the most discerning and critical-thinking consumer around - but there's a heck of a lot of gullible i-device users out there, if the marketting metrics are to be believed.
this reminds me of the brexit voters who get pissed off for being called stupid racists. if you werent stupid racists - why was so much of the leave campaign presented around immigration and painted on the side of a big red bus? its not just remainers that think you're stupid racists, your own campaigners think you are too.
you are a pillock, I suspect you have had the misfortune to meet someone who voted leave, and they happened to be a narrow-minded moron who 'wanted the foreigners out' or somesuch drivel; then you fired up both neurons at the same time to get the amazing conclusion that all leave voters were the same as that sad case...
WE ARE NOT!
That does not mean that everyone who voted to leave is equally thick / bigoted as our hypothetical 'leave' voter.
If you seriously believe that enough folk saw what was written on the side of a bus then decided to vote leave instead of remain, I really hope you don't have a job that has too much responsibility, because your judgement is very suspect indeed...
BTW is there any particular reason why you are hiding behind the cowards' curtain today?
How on God's green Earth can one justify that kind of functionality ? What deranged monkey with a keyboard decided that a closed app can be revived without user consent ?
If I shut a program down on my PC via Task Manager, that thing stays dead or else there is a malware infection and that PC is getting wiped and reloaded from backup.
What an effin' crazy frakkin' world we live in.
I hate smartphones.
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