tellows: Block Unwanted Calls
Tellows is a caller ID and call-blocker for Android. In addition to these two features, you can also make use of reverse phone number search, caller rating, create a personal block-list and do much more!
 
With tellows, you can identify unknown callers immediately (live caller ID) in real-time as the phone rings, the tellows app shows you information about the caller. This includes the tellows score as well as caller name and location. The tellows score is an average community rating for the phone number on a scale of 1-9, with 9 indicating a very dangerous caller. You can use the reverse phone number look-up feature to find information shared by the tellows community about thousands of callers.
 
Free users can manually block numbers using the local score-list feature. Premium users have access to the community block-list and can, therefore, benefit from automatic call blocking. The call blocking feature even works offline!
 
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    Apple ordered to pay Caltech $ 837mn for patent infringement
    A federal jury in the US has ordered Apple to pay the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) $837 million for infringing on the university's patents on Wi-Fi data transmission.
     
    Caltech filed a lawsuit nearly four years ago in which it accused Apple and Broadcom of infringing on the university's four Wi-Fi data transmission patents, The Verge reported on Wednesday.
     
    Agreeing that the two companies did the infringements, a federal jury in California on Wednesday awarded a total of $1.1 billion in damages to Caltech for the infringement, Law360 reported.
     
    While Apple has been asked to pay $837 million, Broadcom owes $270 million, according to the ruling.
     
    The award of damages has been calculated on the basis of an estimate of what Caltech might have gained in royalties had the two companies entered into a deal with the university before they put Broadcom's Wi-Fi chips into new Apple devices.
     
    According to Joseph J. Mueller of WilmerHale who is a lawyer for Apple and Broadcom, the patents had only been licensed once.
     
    He pointed out that using the patents for Wi-Fi was not in the mind of the technology's co-inventor, Hui Jin until he heard Broadcom and Apple might be infringing them.
     
    Apple confirmed to The Verge that it plans to appeal.
     
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    Avast says discontinued harvesting data, users in shock
    After a sensational investigation found that popular Avast antivirus -- installed on nearly 435 millions Windows, Mac and mobile devices globally -- harvested users' data via browser plugins and then sold it to third parties, including Microsoft and Google, the company on Tuesday said it has discontinued the practice of using any data from the browser extensions.
     
    Millions of people, including in India, use free version of Avast anti-virus to safeguard their devices from hackers and the news came as a shocker for them.
     
    The joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag found that "the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is, in many cases, supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it".
     
    In a statement shared with IANS, Ondrej Vlcek, Global CEO of Avast said that in December 2019, the company acted quickly to meet browser store standards and are now compliant with browser extension requirements for our online security extensions. 
     
    "At the same time, we completely discontinued the practice of using any data from the browser extensions for any other purpose than the core security engine, including sharing with our subsidiary Jumpshot," said Vlcek.
     
    The leaked documents accessed for the investigation were from a subsidiary of the antivirus giant called Jumpshot.
     
    The Avast antivirus programme, installed on a person's computer, collected the browser history data, and Jumpshot repackaged it into various different products which were sold to big companies, said the investigation.
     
    "Potential clients include Google, Yelp, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Sephora, Home Depot, Conde Nast, Intuit, and many others".
     
    Vlcek said it has ensured that Jumpshot does not acquire personal identification information, including name, email address or contact details. 
     
    "Users have always had the ability to opt out of sharing data with Jumpshot. As of July 2019, we had already begun implementing an explicit opt-in choice for all new downloads of our AV, and we are now also prompting our existing free users to make an opt-in or opt-out choice, a process which will be completed in February 2020," explained the Avast CEO.
     
    In copies of contracts accessed with Jumpshot clients, one marketing firm paid over $2 million for data access last year.
     
    According to the investigation, Avast also recorded "porn site visits that are anonymized, offered the date and time the user visited the sites, as well as search terms and viewed videos in some instances".
     
    Multiple Avast users told Motherboard they were not aware that Avast sold browsing data, raising questions about how informed that consent is.
     
    The investigation claimed that Avast is still harvesting the data, but via the anti-virus software itself, rather than the browser plugins - a claim denied by the company.
     
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