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Skype tells Android users to be wary of app downloads. No kidding?

by Kristen Nicole

After Android developer Justin Case reported on a Skype vulnerability for its mobile app, Skype’s been vocal about its responsive actions towards addressing the security loophole. "We are working quickly to protect you from this vulnerability, including securing the file permissions on the Skype for Android application," said Adrian Asher, Skype's chief information security officer. But as of late Sunday, the Skype Mobile app for Android had still received no updates, and the company offers few details on when users can expect a full resolution.

If you recall, Skype’s “privacy vulnerability” granted unwarranted access to private user info, including their username, chat records and contacts. Asher goes on to say that users should “take care in selecting which applications to download and install” on their smartphones, giving consumers a boost of common sense, but also deflecting some of Skype Mobile’s responsibility in this particular case. Chet Wisniewski, a researcher at security firm Sophos, deems it smarter for consumers to simply delete Skype from their phones.

Toshiba tablet prices listed

While Skype and Android continue to lick their wounds over the bad PR this situation has caused, Toshiba (TOSBF.PK) has revealed more details on its upcoming Android tablet. In a fleeting moment, a Newegg product listing shows Toshiba’s tablet with model numbers ANT-100, -102 and -104. The Honeycomb-powered tablet’s coinciding capacities include an 8GB model for $450, a 16GB model for $500 and a 32GB one for $580. We already knew of the tablet’s 5 megapixel rear camera, 3 megapixel front camera, HDMI output and NVIDIA (NVDA) Tegra 2 processor, and looking at the now-absent listing, the device will be reasonably priced.

Samsung makes Android truly green

Samsung (005930.KS) has been making Android devices for some time, and the manufacturer has teamed up with Sprint (S) for a smartphone vertical that’s in the green. The Replenish, Samsung’s environmentally friendly mobile phone, hits stores today. It features a case made of 80 percent recyclable materials, energy efficient supplies, recyclable packaging and a promo for returning your old phones to Sprint for recycling purposes. There’s even an optional battery cover with solar panel charging.