Android users beware, you may not have the latest security updates Phone addiction is causing loneliness, anxiety and depression in many, and has been considered in a new study as substance abuse. Some phone vendors are telling Android users that they have the latest security updates while it’s not so. And in search of the perfect voice for virtual personal assistants. All of this on WRLWND Radio for this week. Show Notes In a new study published in NeuroRegulation, argues that overuse of smart phones is just like any other type of substance abuse. The study pointed out that, “behavioral addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how opioid addiction is experienced by people taking Oxycontin for pain relief.” Android updates A German security firm found that many Android phone vendors fail to make patches available to their users, or delay their release for months; they sometimes also tell users their phone's firmware is fully up to date, even while they've secretly skipped patches. The company tested the firmware of 1,200 phones, from more than a dozen phone manufacturers, for every Android patch released in 2017. The devices were made by Google itself as well as major Android phone makers like Samsung, Motorola, and HTC, and lesser-known Chinese-owned companies like ZTE and TCL. Their testing found that other than Google's own flagship phones like the Pixel and Pixel 2, even top-tier phone vendors sometimes claimed to have patches installed that they actually lacked. Virtual Assistant Voice IT research firm Gartner predicts that many touch-required tasks on mobile apps will become voice activated within the next several years. So, the voice feature on our devices are becoming more common these days. In the book Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates and Advances the Human-Computer Relationship, the authors Clifford Nass and Scott Brave explored the relationships among technology, gender and authority. According to their research, men like a male computer voice more than a female computer voice. Women, like a female voice more than a male one.