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  1. Does your smartphone’s battery drains faster? Or you want your phone’s power to last longer? Well, I think it’s every person’s wish that their phone’s battery lasts longer so that they don’t need to charge it frequently and they can play games, watch movies, surf internet etc. without any trouble. But what is the main reason behind this quick drainage of battery? If your battery power is good but still it doesn’t last longer then the problem might not be with the battery but with your phone and the apps installed in it. Sometimes a lot of processes keep running in the background which consume a lot of battery. And some of the apps also tend to consume more battery power. Due to this, the phone’s battery drains faster. So, for resolving this problem you need to have an application which can improve the level of your phone’s battery life. There are many such applications and today I’m going to review one of the best such applications which can help you to extend the battery life of your smartphone and that application if Power battery – battery saver. Power Battery – Battery Saver app In-depth Review Power Battery- Battery saver application is an Android app developed by LionMobi. The app is designed such that it helps to prevent quick drainage of the phone’s battery. It lets you know that which apps are consuming excessive power so that you can stop them. The app also provides an estimate of how long your smartphone battery will last. It keeps checking your phone for the points of battery leak and tries to repair them. There are many other features of this app which are explained below. Interface Starting with the interface of Power battery- battery saver application, the app provides you a clean and systematic interface. All the main features are displayed in a perfect manner so that it doesn’t make it difficult to find any button or feature. When you first launch the app, you will see many panels with different information and functions. The color combination is also attractive and due to which its easily highlights all its control button and links. You need to scroll downwards for accessing all its functions. Also, there are controls such as WiFi, brightness, ringtone, data, etc. available in the app itself, so that you can quickly access these whenever required to enable or disable a particular function just to save more battery. Battery life estimation Now you can easily know how long will your battery will last in different scenarios. Power battery- battery saver app provides you a nearly accurate battery life estimation using special statistics algorithm for different situations. It tells you the hours, the battery will last if you use WiFi, Bluetooth, play games, etc. In our test, the app did a great job. The battery estimation was almost accurate. We tested the app in different mobiles and the results were quite good, the battery lasted for the hours which power battery application estimated. Power saving and protection The main cause of excessive battery draining is power-draining apps which cause your phone to use more and more power resulting in high battery drainage. But now, as power battery-battery saver app is all you need to have to stop all those power-draining applications which run in the background continuously. The power protection is one of the best features provided by this application. All you need to do for activating this tool is just tapping the Power protection option available at the home screen and rest of the work will be done by the app automatically, the app will show you a detailed list of the apps which are consuming more battery and then you can disable those apps from the background. This will eventually increase the battery life. Don’t worry the app will not close important apps that you are using. It will give you all the sources of battery drain and you can keep or close the app yourself. Memory management To speed up your phone for a better performance, it is quite necessary to clean the memory of your phone. Well, you don ‘t need any other app for the same as Power battery – battery saver app offers you the same. You can optimize the speed of your device just by tapping the optimize button given at the top os the screen of the app. Custom power safe The app provides a power save mode that you can activate according to your need. Besides you can even customize your own mode for the custom setting. The app offers you 4 modes of power saver viz. prolong, general, sleep and default. Each mode has its own setting such as if you activate prolong mode, the brightness will become 10%, screen timeout 15s, Wifi will be off, auto sync will be off and so on. And whenever you activate any of the modes all the settings for that mode will be applied immediately. Displays battery information Now you don’t have to search over the internet to get the information of your battery or peeling off the back cover to do the same. Power battery- battery saver application displays every detail of your battery such as health status, temperature, current power, full power voltage etc. You can even get the information about current day’s battery usage along with app name and the amount of power used by that app as you can see the below image. Some other features Charge This feature makes the charging process quicker. While charging your phone, the app blocks all the excessive power consumption apps which obviously boosts the charging and makes your phone get fully charged quickly. Also, the app shows you the charging record of 30-days. Battery skin This feature is just for changing the graphics. You can change the battery icon using battery skin option. Just tap on the app icon present at the top left corner of the main screen, it will show up the menu items from where you need to select battery skin. Now you can choose any of the icons of your choice. Personal community The personal community is a social interact action platform where your see the real time power consumption, environment emission reduction, newsletter etc. I found it quite interesting as we can compete with our friends that who is greener. Pros Save battery consumption. easy to use. speed up the mobile’s performance. Different saver modes. Accurate battery life free to download cons none Download Power Battery – Battery Saver Wrap up Power battery – battery saver is a free app for Android users. It performs its functions quite well. In our test, it did a great job. It extended the battery life about 60% which is quite enough. Additionally, it also helps to speed up the phone’s performance by optimizing it. Charge, personal community, battery skin, custom power saver mode etc. are some great tool provided by this app. So, I think it’s more than enough feature required in an app. You should definitely try this app. Article source
  2. Seoul - Samsung Electronics heads into the latter half of 2017 with record quarterly earnings under its belt, hoping to sustain that momentum as Apple prepares to debut the 10th-anniversary iPhone. Samsung intends to use its well-received Galaxy S8 to extend its lead against its American rival. But it will also lean heavily on its position as the world’s largest maker of memory chips to grow its bottom line. The company’s ability to produce not only mobile devices but also some of the most vital parts of a phone, including displays, confers a unique advantage over Apple at a time the global market is losing steam. The company reported its best-ever operating profit on Friday. That result, which includes the first full quarter of sales from the bezel-less S8, underscores how it’s benefiting from higher prices for the memory chips that go into all computing gadgets. Samsung also happens to be the world’s largest supplier of organic light-emitting diode displays, which may soon become standard. “Samsung’s dominance in components that matter gives it the upper hand at least through the entire next year,” said Lee Jae-yun, an analyst at Yuanta Securities Korea. “There is only so much either Apple or Samsung can do right now to make their Smartphone’s stand out, unless technology like foldable displays reshapes the market.” Samsung may just end up outstripping Apple in profitability in the second quarter. Preliminary operating income rose to 14 trillion won ($12 billion) in the three months ended June, beating the 13 trillion-won average of analysts’ estimates. Its US rival is projected to post operating income of $10.5 billion in the same quarter a typically weaker period ahead of the release of new iPhones. Revenue rose to 60 trillion won, compared with the 58.4 trillion won projected. Its shares finished Friday little changed, taking this year’s gain to about 33 percent. While displays and semiconductors have picked up the slack since the Note 7’s recall, the company still gets a significant portion of revenue from Smartphone. It hasn’t divulged Galaxy S8 numbers but reviews for the device, which features a bezel-less display and voice-enabled digital assistant, have been favourable. Samsung is using the S8 to repair its reputation and regain ground lost to Apple and Chinese rivals from Huawei Technologies to Oppo following the well-publicized demise of the fire-prone Note 7 last year. It reclaimed its position as the world’s biggest Smartphone maker in the first quarter, after losing the lead due to the recall. It may be benefiting from the usual pre-iPhone lull. Apple is getting ready to unveil possibly the year’s most-anticipated electronic gadget around September or October, an event that typically draws global consumer attention. Beyond ensuring the S8 holds its own against the forthcoming iPhone, the company has scrambled behind the scenes to fine-tune its production machine. It’s keen to demonstrate the smooth working of the corporation in the absence of de-facto chief Jay Y. Lee, who’s on trial over charges which he denies he bribed a presidential confidante to secure support for an important 2015 merger. The resilience of global memory prices is working in its favour. DDR3 4-gigabyte dynamic random access memory chips averaged $2.97 in the second quarter, compared with $1.58 a year earlier, according to data from InSpectrum Tech Inc. “Samsung’s been successful with cutting manufacturing costs for memory chips, and that’s been a big factor, while display sales helped to boost the earnings,” said Greg Roh, an analyst at HMC Investment Securities. “Chip prices will keep rising and another record operating profit is in sight for Samsung in the third quarter.” Samsung won’t provide net income or break out divisional performance until it releases final results later this month. It probably earned 7.5 trillion won in chips, 3.8 trillion won in mobile devices and 1.5 trillion won in displays in the second quarter, according to Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Eugene Investment and Securities. The company is on track to earn about 15.2 trillion won in the third quarter on the back of Galaxy S8 sales, with annual profit of 54 trillion won this year, Roh said. Samsung may displace Intel as the world’s biggest chipmaker by sales this year if it can maintain its current momentum, according to Eugene’s Lee. And despite its tussle with Apple, it will continue to reap the benefits of being a major supplier to Cupertino as devices get smarter, said Chung Chang-won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings. “Sleeping with the enemy would be the way to define their relationship going forward,” Chung said. “You can’t do AI without memory and Samsung has the memory to sell.” < Here >
  3. In some cases, like with 5.5-inch screens, AMOLED panels are now the cheaper option. AMOLED displays are popular for the pure blacks and energy efficient 'glance' displays they enable. Thus they are seen as a premium option for smartphone and laptop users, and AMOLED panels are only seen in really high-end TVs. However, thanks to competition and demand spurring greater production, prices are starting to become more competitive with TFT LCD panels, reports IT industry journal DigiTimes. According to the source report "The production cost for a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED panel has drifted to US$12.10 recently, compared to US$12.20 for a 5.5-inch HP LTPS LCD panel". This is a big change to the previous state of affairs where AMOLED panels had "much higher," prices due to the increased production costs. Thanks to the levelling off of prices and demand it's expected that AMOLED panels will be equipped on up to 50 per cent of smartphones by 2020. Back to the AMOLED panel pricing news, and there is hope that larger displays, not just those aimed at smartphones and tablets, will come down in price. LG Display's E4-2 fab, its second production line for AMOLED displays for TVs, will enter volume production in H2 2017, says DigiTimes. Thanks to the new production line AMOLED TV display production is set to more than double to 1.5 million units, say sources. Furthermore, several Chinese panel makers have been investing in AMOLED production facilities with output set to increase fivefold (comparing 2016 output to that estimated to come on line in 2018). View: Original Article
  4. Scientists have developed an innovative firewall programme that can protect smartphones from malicious codes and security threats. Earlier this year, researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel discovered a security vulnerability in the internal communications between Android cellphone components and a phone's central processing unit (CPU). They alerted Android developer Google and helped the company address the problem. "Our technology doesn't require device manufacturers to understand or modify any new code," said Yossi Oren from BGU. "It's a firewall that can be implemented as a tiny chip, or as an independent software module running on the CPU," said Oren. Some 400 million people change their phone's components, such as touchscreens, chargers, and battery or sensor assemblies, which are all susceptible to significant security breaches and attacks. These components, referred to as "field replaceable units (FRUs)," communicate with the phone CPU over simple interfaces with no authentication mechanisms or error detection capabilities. A malicious vendor could add a compromised FRU to a phone, leaving it vulnerable to password and financial theft, fraud, malicious photo or video distribution, and unauthorised app downloads. "This problem is especially acute in the Android market with many manufacturers that operate independently," researchers said. "An attack of this type occurs outside the phone's storage area; it can survive phone factory resets, remote wipes and firmware updates. Existing security solutions cannot prevent this specific security issue," they said. "There is no way for the phone itself to discover that it's under this type of an attack. Our solution prevents a malicious or misconfigured FRU from compromising the code running on the CPU by checking all the incoming and outgoing communication," said Omer Schwartz from BGU. The research team uses machine learning algorithms to monitor the phones' internal communications for anomalies that may indicate malicious code. The software allowed them to identify and prevent hardware-generated data leaks and hacks. The researchers are seeking to further test the patent-pending technology with phone manufacturers. Article source
  5. How I could have stolen my old car using my smartphone Charles Henderson loved his "awesome" convertible, particularly the fact that he could start, lock and unlock it remotely via his mobile phone. It was one of the first connected cars that synchronise wirelessly with smartphones for entertainment and work purposes. But after he sold the vehicle, he was astonished to discover that he could still control it using the associated smartphone app. "I could have found out where the car was, unlocked it remotely, started it and driven off with it," he tells the BBC. Mr Henderson, from Austin, Texas, is global head of X-Force Red, IBM's offensive security group, so he knows a thing or two about security. He tests companies' defences, both physical and digital. "We try to think like a criminal without actually acting like one," he says. "It's the coolest job in the world." So before selling his car back to the dealer he was sure to carry out a factory reset and wipe any personal data from the car's onboard computer. He didn't want the new owner getting access to his calendar, contacts and phone records. He then bought a new connected car made by the same manufacturer and was amazed when his old car still appeared alongside his new car on the app. "These IoT [internet of things] devices are really smart but they're not smart enough to know that you've sold them," he says. "I informed the car dealership but they didn't know how to handle this. So we went to the car manufacturer and it took a while before they took it seriously. They found it really difficult to cut off access." The issue of personal data being left behind in devices we rent or own poses a serious risk - hackers could get access to it and use it for blackmail purposes or to steal our money using cloned identities. "When they rent a car, many drivers sync their phones to the onboard Bluetooth without thinking that the data will stay in the car's computer. And they won't even think about clearing it before handing it back," says Mr Henderson. "Yet they could be revealing sensitive corporate or private data unwittingly." Ian Fogg, principal analyst at research firm IHS Markit, says: "Your smartphone is now the hub for a range of experiences, whether that's in your connected car or your smart home. "So it's a really critical to protect your data, and when selling it - or the devices it has synced with - to make sure all personal information is thoroughly removed from it." Richard Stiennon is chief strategy officer for Blancco Technology Group, a company that specialises in data erasure. He admits that deleting this data is easier said than done. "Simply going into a car's settings and deleting your phone from the list of previously paired Bluetooth devices does not guarantee that this will overwrite the data on the car's storage device," Mr Stiennon says. "It will only prevent casual hackers like the next renter from seeing it. A better option is to overwrite all user data or perform a factory reset - if the vehicle allows it - to ensure the data is 100% erased and cannot be recovered." More at Source
  6. Used An iPhone And Social Media Pre-2013? You May Be Due A Tiny Payout Twitter, Instagram, and others are stumping up $5.3m to settle a privacy suit with implications for those who used social-media apps on an iPhone in 2012 or earlier. Given the millions who downloaded the social-media apps in question, it's likely the settlement will result in a very small payment for each individual. Eight social-media firms, including Twitter and Instagram, have agreed to pay $5.3m to settle a lawsuit over their use of Apple's Find Friends feature in iOS. The main problem that complainants had with the accused firms was that their apps, which used Apple's Find Friends, didn't tell users that their contact lists would be uploaded to company servers. The lawsuit alleged the privacy incursions occurred between 2009 and 2012, the year the class action suit began. Instagram, Foursquare, Kik, Gowalla, Foodspotting, Yelp, Twitter, and Path have agreed to pay in to the settlement fund, which will be distributed to affected users via Amazon.com, according to Venture Beat. Yelp had previously argued it was necessary to store user contact lists to enable the Find Friends feature, which consumers understood would occur in the context of using a mobile app. However, US District Judge Jon Tigar countered that the key question was whether Apple and app developers "violated community norms of privacy" by exceeding what people reasonably believe they consented to. "A 'reasonable' expectation of privacy is an objective entitlement founded on broadly based and widely accepted community norms," said Tigar. If the judge approves the settlement, Apple and LinkedIn would be the only remaining defendants among 18 firms originally accused of the privacy violation. Given the millions of people who downloaded these apps, it's likely the settlement will result in a very small payment for each individual. However, people who took part in the class action suit could receive up to $15,000 each. Source
  7. Nokia To Smartphone Owners: Malware Infections Are Far Higher Than You Think Nokia warns that mobile malware infections grew dramatically in the second half of 2016. Overall, the monthly smartphone infection rate averaged 0.90 percent, an 83 percent increase over the first half of 2016. Nokia no longer makes mobile devices but it's carving out a new business in mobile and Internet of Things security. Now new research from the unit is reporting a 83 percent rise in monthly smartphone infections in the second half of 2016. Two years ago Verizon challenged assumptions about the spread of mobile malware, reporting that just 0.03 percent of smartphones on its network were infected with 'higher-grade' malware. It was much lower than the 0.68 percent infection rate estimated in Kindsight Security Labs' biannual report. But a new report from Nokia, based on data from mobile networks that have deployed its NetGuard Endpoint Security, suggests infections are actually far higher. According to Nokia, the monthly rate of infections in mobile networks peaked at 1.35 percent in October, and averaged 1.08 percent in the second half of 2016. The average infection rate in the first half was 0.66 percent, translating to a 63 percent rise between the periods. It also measured monthly infections on smartphones and says the average rate was 0.9 percent in the second half, up 83 percent from 0.49 percent in the first half. Over the entire year, it says smartphone infections rose a whopping 400 percent. Nokia's data included around 100 million devices across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. It says that 81 percent of infections were on Android devices, 15 percent on Windows devices, and four percent on iPhones and other mobile devices. It notes that Windows share of infections it counted shrank from 22 percent in the first half of 2016. Although Nokia's report doesn't exclusively deal with Android, it offers a contrast to Google's assessment of malware infections in its Android Security 2016 Year in Review report, released earlier this month. Google reported Android device infections at 0.64 percent in the first quarter of 2016 growing to 0.77 percent in the second quarter, and then moving to 0.67 percent and 0.71 percent in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Google's measure is based on the frequency it finds PHAs or potentially harmful applications during a "routine full-device scan" with its Verify Apps Android anti-malware service. Google said since 2014 infections on Android have been less than one percent. It also noted that users were 10 times more likely to download malware from outside Google Play than inside its store in 2016. While Nokia reports that infections on mobile networks are increasing, infections on fixed-line residential networks have been falling since the beginning of 2015, despite a bump in early 2016 due to a surge in adware. Source
  8. Your Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, or other Android smartphone could be pre-loaded with malware Despite being based on the very secure Linux kernel, Android isn't necessarily a very secure operating system. Unlike iOS which does a great job of shielding its users from installing apps from outside Apple's own App Store, it is far too easy to do so on Google's mobile OS. Also, there is nothing requiring manufacturers to issue device updates, meaning many users are forced to use outdated and vulnerable versions of the operating system. For the most part, however, Android users can remain safe by acting intelligently, such as only installing apps from the Play Store. Well, that might not be so true anymore. You see, it has been discovered that many models of Android smartphones -- from manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and even Google's own Nexus line -- are being sold with malware pre-installed. This is particularly bad malware, as it can steal user information. Some devices even came pre-loaded with ransomware! "The Check Point Mobile Threat Prevention has recently detected a severe infection in 38 Android devices, belonging to a large telecommunications company and a multinational technology company. While this is not unusual, one detail of the attacks stands out. In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users' use, it arrived with it," says Oren Koriat, Check Point Mobile Research Team. Koriat further says, "According to the findings, the malware were already present on the devices even before the users received them. The malicious apps were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, and were added somewhere along the supply chain. Six of the malware instances were added by a malicious actor to the device’s ROM using system privileges, meaning they couldn’t be removed by the user and the device had to be re-flashed." Check Point shares the following make and models of Android devices, plus the associated infected APK. Smartphone Malware APK Asus Zenfone 2 com.google.googlesearch Google Nexus 5 com.changba Google Nexus 5 com.mobogenie.daemon Google Nexus 5X com.changba Lenovo A850 com.androidhelper.sdk LenovoS90 com.google.googlesearch LenovoS90 com.skymobi.mopoplay.appstore LG G4 com.fone.player1 Oppo N3 com.android.ys.services OppoR7 plus com.example.loader Samsung Galaxy A5 com.baycode.mop Samsung Galaxy A5 com.android.deketv Samsung Galaxy Note 2 com.fone.player0 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 com.sds.android.ttpod Samsung Galaxy Note 3 com.changba Samsung Galaxy Note 4 com.kandian.hdtogoapp Samsung Galaxy Note 4 com.changba Samsung Galaxy Note 4 air.fyzb3 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 com.ddev.downloader.v2 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 com.kandian.hdtogoapp Samsung Galaxy Note Edge com.changba Samsung Galaxy Note Edge com.mojang.minecraftpe Samsung Galaxy S4 com.lu.compass Samsung Galaxy S4 com.kandian.hdtogoapp Samsung Galaxy S4 com.changba Samsung Galaxy S4 com.changba Samsung Galaxy S4 com.mobogenie.daemon Samsung Galaxy S7 com.lu.compass Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 com.armorforandroid.security Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 com.example.loader vivo X6 plus com.android.ys.services Xiaomi Mi 4i com.sds.android.ttpod Xiaomi Redmi com.yongfu.wenjianjiaguanli ZTE x500 com.iflytek.ringdiyclient It is important to note that the phones are not coming from the manufacturers with the malware installed. Instead, third-party retailers (or their suppliers) are pre-loading malware on the devices, which are sold to unsuspecting consumers. In other words, if you purchased your phone new from a trusted retailer like Best Buy, for example, then you should be fine. If you bought a phone from, say, eBay or Craigslist, you could be infected -- but it is not a guarantee. To make matters worse, the malware cannot be easily removed -- an app cannot do it, sadly. Check Point found that the phones must be re-flashed entirely, with a clean version of the OS. This is likely beyond the capabilities of the average consumer. Article source
  9. anyone interested to know more about latest samsung? after what samsung yet to face from note7, do you think this time it will fix the problem? Site: http://www.leaksamsung.com Sharecode[?]: /2017/02/probably-best-leak-of-samsung-galaxy-s8.html
  10. Try These Cool Android Smartphone Hacks And Get The Best Out Of Your Mobile Here are some of the best Android smartphone hacking Apps Android is undoubtedly the world’s most popular mobile operating system. With over 1.5+ billion plus users, Android is way ahead of iOS. Similarly, in Apps space, Android hacking apps are also increasing. Many of these hacking Apps are meant for pros but some can become useful to you also. With such hacking Apps, you can remove unnecessary bloatware utilizing most of the internal storage memory. While other times, such hacking App may help you remove irritating ads or allow you to access blocked system Apps. We bring you such hacking Apps which let you get the best out of your Android smartphone. Remember most of these Apps require a rooted smartphone to try them out. INCREASE RAM Root your phone. Download ROEHSOFT RAM EXPANDER from Google Play Store. Convert desired amount of SD card space into system swap RAM. This will make apps perform better when you have lot of storage area in your SD card. Wi-Fi WPS/WPA TESTER Download WIFI PS/WPA Tester App from Google Play Store. It let’s you analyze your WiFi security and others in the vicinity and attempts to hack their password It only hacks WPS enabled WiFi networks. REMOVE UNWANTED SYSTEM APPS OR BLOATWARE Root your android phone and Download sSystem app remover (ROOT) from Google Play Store. Remove many unwanted inbuilt Apps which you don’t think are necessary from internal storage of your Android phone.\ HACKING HUB Download the app Linux Deploy from Google Play Store. This installs Linux Operating system on your Android phone. Then use use Aircrack and other hacking Apps on your phone to hack WiFi and website passwords. FREE STUFF Root your phone Download and install BusyBox App from Google Play Store. Install modded Play Store from Lucky Patcher. With Lucky Patcher App you hack in-App purchases and get free stuff or game coins ACCESS BLOCKED CONTENT Download CyberGhost App from Google Play Store. Use it to connect to a VPN of a country of your choice. Now you can download apps from Google Play Store which are blocked in your country and also use websites like torrent websites blocked in your country. BATTERY LIFE Root your phone Download Greenify App from Google Play Store Hibernate many user and system apps. Greenify allows you to hibernate apps that won’t use battery and memory in background. So, you can save battery life and RAM. BUILD PROP EDITING Most of the Android smartphones out promise you 8MP images but in fact deliver only 6MP picture quality on 8MP camera. If you are facing a similar issue, you can solve it using this hack. This also requires a rooted smartphone. Download BuildProp Editor App from Google Play Store. Goto –>add entry Ro.ril.max.jpeg.quality. And set it’s value to 100 so it looks like Ro.ril.max.jpeg.quality = 100 Once done, your 8MP smartphone camera will deliver you 8MP images TUBEMOTE Download Tubemote from Google Play Store. Now you can download any and all online videos, not just from YouTube but any website in your desired resolution and quality at high speeds. You can also download just mp3 or m4a sound files from videos. ANDROID ID CHANGER Root your phone. Download Android Device ID Changer App from Google Play Store. Change your Android ID, which apps use to identify you and restart the phone. Your Android smartphone has a new Android ID. DRIVEDROID Download Drivedroid App from Google Play Store. Once installed, open the App and download LINUX.iso file from the dropdown menu. Burn this image on your phone and use it as CD or USB drive to boot your PC. KABOOM THE SELF DESTRUCTING APP Download and install Kaboom App from Google Playstore This App lets you control the photos and messages you post online. You can use this App to make the images and posts disappear at a set time. FAKE LOCATION Download Fake Location GPS App from Google Play Store Go to —> Settings Tap on Build Number 7 times to unlock Developer Options. Enable Mock Locations. Open Fake Location GPS app and set your location to any place in the world you wish. Source
  11. Android User Locked Out Of Google After Moving Cities Image Courtesy: Techworm An Android user has been locked out of his Google account apparently because he moved cities, according to a post on Reddit. The explanation offered by Google support staff was that since his address details differed, billing information with Google wasn't current and hence the user's purchases could look fraudulent. The user in question does not know for sure that this is the reason; during his interactions with Google support to find out why he had been locked out, he was told that When asked what he could do, he was initially directed by Google staff to a site where he had to scan his driver's licence and credit card and told that he would have to wait 24 hours to get his account unlocked. But after this time passed, he was told that the account would not be unlocked and Google would not tell him why. He was advised to abandon his old account and start a fresh one. However, this meant he could not use the credit card that he had used on the old account and would have to obtain a new one to continue using Google's services. All his previous purchases would not be transferred to the new account, he was told. An email he sent to Google support resulted in the following reply: Source
  12. No doubt smartphone plays a vital role in our life and no matter what age group you belong to and in what profession you are, you must be using it like 24/7. Am I wrong? Smartphone has eased our lives in numerous ways. Since the mobile technology has completely engraved into life, we spend a lot of time on smartphone and tablets. You can save anyone’s number, dial it anytime and can have video or audio conversation, with Instant messaging apps, you can stay in touch with the person you want all the time. Internet utility has made smartphone the gem. Search for anything, buy products online, play games, watch movies, listen to music, pay online bills, book your flight tickets and what not. You can do anything you can think of. With such advantages, do you ever wonder if you are losing something? Well, these smart devices are not so smart when it comes to our health. There can be many health problems and diseases from your loving smartphone or tablet. Not only that it affects our posture but while using smart devices we are exposing ourselves to constant radiations. Almost everyone is addicted to their smartphone and it is unknowingly destroying health in a number of ways that you need to know. Here are some health risks of mobile phone that you must know. Have a look. 15 Diseases you can get from your smartphone 1. Sleeping Disorder Somehow in the busy and hectic schedule, the favorite chatting and gossiping time for adults has turned out to be night-time where they can freely talk to their boyfriend/girlfriend or friends in general. Not only that even for social freaks, it is too hard to put phones away at night as to watch the one last video or read one more article or not to miss out something important. . But the only trouble with the technology is that it doesn’t match well with sleep. Using smartphone or tablet until late nights or getting awake in the middle of the night because of mobile’s ring or vibration are the factors that interrupt our the sleep pattern. Many times we wake up in the middle of the night and check our phone and if there is a notification or Facebook update we start checking it. Sometimes it even takes 1-2 hours off our sleep time. It has happened to me a lot of times. 2. Hearing Impairment You might have seeing people with the earphone plugged in so that they could enjoy their time and never get bored. Walking with earphone plugged in on roads, streets is risky. Even most of the people have the habit of talking on phones for hours. According to a study talking on phone for more than two hours can harm your health and impair your hearing. . 3. Eye problems The health hazard that every youth is suffering from. Smartphone is used to read e-books, web surfing, texting and chatting like from day time to late night. The small screen of smartphone and small font type puts strain on eyes especially when you to do this thing at night by keeping all the light of your room turn off. When you look at your smartphone screen with one eye, it makes the eye temporarily less sensitive to regular light other than other eye. This could cause dry eyes, pain, irritation, puffiness and reddening. 4. Skin Allergies Nowadays, smartphone comes with typical metallic body to make it look more attractive and shiny. These smartphone contain skin allergies from metals like nickel, chromium and cobalt which may cause a reaction on skin called allergic contact dermatitis. Even the smartphone carries much more bacteria than anything and that dirt may accumulate and cause breakouts on your skin. 5. Dark Spots Remember talking to your high school or college boyfriend/ girlfriend late at night until your phone burned your cheeks. Or playing games until your phone heats up or drains out all the battery? This overheating can cause major skin issues and can cause to dark spots. The solution is to don’t let your smartphone rub against your face for too long. 6. Heart Problems Radiations from the smartphone cause heart problems. The radiations caused by cordless devices including smartphone or tablet contribute to abnormalities in heart functions. 7. Infertility Spending too long on smartphone could risk your sex life and could cause infertility. According to studies, it has been proved that there is a clear relationship between cell phone radiation and decreased sperm count. It is true that male fertility is more susceptible to be damaged from smartphone. So, males must not keep smartphone in front pockets or belt loops because the radiation is little too close for comfort. 8. Text Neck Text Neck is term used by physicians and doctors to describe the spinal disorder that arises due to excess usage of smartphones. Long term use of smartphone brings forth neck pain which is directly related to spine and thus causes spinal disorder. 9. Back Pain Smartphone has been linked to eye health, stress and sleep problems, smartphone causes bad impact on spin and can contribute to back pain. Today, back pain is becoming more and more common among the younger generation. It causes repetitive strain injury. 10. Wrist Problems Another health hazard related to smartphone is wrist problem. How long you hold smartphone in your hand strains the wrist. Usually, people hold smartphone using three fingers. Retaining this posture for longer duration everyday creates pain in the wrist. 11. Numb fingers With the excessive use of smartphone or tablet, fingers of hands become numb and causes tingling sensation. The hand above elbow experiences slow blood circulation and can have long-lasting effects. So, if you are regular texting freak, you can protect yourself from numb fingers by keeping the smartphone away for at least one minute after every fifteen minutes of texting. 12. Text-walking Texting while driving or moving across the streets or road is the most life-threatening. With doing such stuff you are only risking your life. According to survey, several deaths have been attributed to using smartphone while walking. . 13. Infections Being parents, you might have noticed your kids using smartphone in restrooms also. You know that this thing must not be done at all. Smartphone not only is a valuable device for storing your important files and documents but also carries millions of infectious micro-organisms. 14. Addiction One of the most famous health hazards of smartphone is addiction and almost 30% of the smartphone users are addicted to their smartphone. It can seem if you keep checking your phone more often than it necessary. We keep on checking our smartphone even if there is no notification or call. 15. Nerve Damage With an increased risk of brain tumours from the use of smartphone, longer use of smartphone can cause brain cancer risk. Smartphone doesn’t affect your health day-to-day but causes long-term and incurable side effects. Final Words When it comes to smartphone or tablet, on the go lifestyles are increasingly demanding it. It is certainly convenient to have smartphone or tablet for almost everything like for business, entertainment or social networking right away from the blink of eye and right at your fingertips. But it is more important to take care of your health and to know how to protect yourself from health hazards of smartphone. As there is a saying, “Your safety is in your hands only.” Article source
  13. CatchApp Tool Can Siphon Encryption WhatsApp Messages From A Distance Israeli company claims it has developed CatchApp tool which can siphon encrypted WhatsApp data from a distance You may have seen in many Hollywood movies in which the main protagonist, an agent from the CIA or FBI placing his/her mobile besides the victim’s smartphone and copying data from it. Up to now, siphoning data from any smartphone just by being in its proximity was considered fiction but now an Israeli cyber surveillance company claims it has developed a sophisticated tool called CatchApp which can siphon off all WhatsApp chats, including encrypted communications, from phones within close proximity of a hidden Wi-Fi hacking device in a backpack. Haifa-based Wintego has released brochures for its CatchApp tool which it calls as a WhatsApp interceptor. Wintego promises that the Catchall App has an “unprecedented capability” to break through WhatsApp encryption and grab full data from a target’s account. It does so through a “man-in-the-middle” (MITM) attack; in theory, the traffic is intercepted between the app and the WhatsApp server and somehow the encryption is decoded by the device, though that may not be possible with the latest upgrades to the software’s cryptography. The company did not elaborate on how its CatchApp tool manages to decode/decrypt the WhatsApp encryption but Forbes has noted that the tool works on most versions of WhatsApp. The company has released the brochures of the App to advertise it to different police and law enforcement agencies around the globe. The CatchApp tool is a part of larger Wintego arsenal called WINT. According to the company, WINT hacking tool can fit into backpack. The company calls WINT a “data extraction solution” and says that it can can obtain “the entire contents of your targets’ email accounts, chat sessions, social network profiles, detailed contact lists, year-by-year calendars, files, photos, web browsing activity, and more” just by being near the victim’s PC/laptop/smartphone. It does that by acquiring login credentials for distinct accounts and then silently downloads “all the data stored therein”. Wintego claims WINT first gains access to a device by intercepting Wi-Fi communications, whether they’re open or private encrypted networks. WINT uses four separate Wi-Fi access points so it can track multiple targets and high-gain antennas to catch those at a distance. It’s small enough to fit into any backpack, said Wintego, so is ideal for stealthy operations. The details about Wintego dealings are top secret but reports indicate that it was founded by alumni of Verint, another Israeli firm. Verint itself was the top cyber surveillance tools supplier for America’s National Security Agency (NSA). According to Forbes, Yuval Luria acts as the face of the company, promoting the kit at major surveillance shows. He recently presented at the ISS World Training event in Prague (also known as the Wiretappers’ Ball), giving a talk on A Hybrid Tactical-Strategic Approach for Extracting Cyber Intelligence. Nhevo Kaufman appears to act as company chief, having set up the firm’s website back in 2011. Both the above tools are for sale only to police, law enforcement and spy firms but it is nowhere stated that the same can’t be bought by rogue actors. Source
  14. Trend Micro Offers $250K to Hack iPhone in Pwn2Own Contest A new iteration of the P2wn2Own mobile hacking contest takes aim at iOS and Android. The mobile Pwn2Own hacking contest is back for 2016, this time offering top prize of $250,000 to any security researcher who forces an Apple iPhone to unlock. The Pwn2Own contest has undergone a bit of a transition as Hewlett Packard Enterprise sold the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) group that sponsors the event to Trend Micro earlier this year. The browser edition of the Pwn2Own event was held in March and was jointly sponsored by HPE and Trend Micro. The mobile Pwn2Own 2016 contest being held next month will be the first time a Pwn2Own event doesn't benefit from HPE sponsorship. "To us, it's still Pwn2Own," Brian Gorenc, senior manager of vulnerability research at Trend Micro, told eWEEK. "We always hope each contest brings us something new we haven't seen before, but if you've seen the contest, it should look very familiar." During the 2016 Pwn2Own browser event, which was held at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, ZDI awarded a total of $460,000 in prize money to researchers for publicly demonstrating new zero-day exploits in web browsers. The mobile Pwn2Own event will be held Oct. 26-27 at the PacSec Security Conference in Tokyo, and the total available prize pool is set to top $500,000. For the 2016 mobile event, ZDI is asking researchers to target three specific mobile devices: the Apple iPhone 6x, the Google Nexus 6p and the Samsung Galaxy Note7. Across all of the targeted devices, ZDI is tasking researchers with a number of challenges. The first is to obtain sensitive information from a device. ZDI is awarding $50,000 to those who exploit a device to get access to sensitive information on the iPhone or the Google Nexus. A researcher who is able to get sensitive information off a Galaxy will be awarded $35,000. Another challenge at mobile Pwn2Own 2016 is to install a rogue application on a targeted device. A $125,000 prize will be awarded for the installation of a rogue app on the iPhone; on the Google Nexus, the reward is $100,000; and on the Samsung Galaxy, $60,000. "Each phone will be running the latest operating system available at the time of the contest, and all available patches will also be applied," Gorenc said. "This can lead to some late nights as ZDI researchers update phones in the days leading up to the contest, but we feel it's best to have the latest and greatest targeted." Gorenc said all of the targeted devices will be in their default configuration. On iOS, that means Pwn2Own contestants must target Safari, as this is the default browser and most common, realistic scenario for users of that device. In the past, Pwn2Own contestants have demonstrated many WebKit browser rendering engine related vulnerabilities. WebKit is the core rendering engine behind Safari and has many components that are also used in Google's Chrome. "The threat landscape shifts so much from contest to contest that it's hard to predict what component will be targeted," he said. "WebKit will likely make an appearance, but we're hoping to see some new techniques and research as well." For the installation of the rogue application, Gorenc said that ZDI has no requirements for the app. "We will leave it up to the contestant to express their creativity during the public demonstration," he said. iPhone Unlock The biggest single prize at the mobile Pwn2Own 2016 event goes to the researcher who is able to successfully force an iPhone to unlock. The challenge of unlocking an iPhone has been a hot topic in recent months. The FBI reportedly paid as much as $1.3 million to bypass the iPhone lock screen. And Apple started its own bug bounty program, with a $200,000 prize, while security firm Exodus Intelligence will pay a top prize of $500,000 for an iOS zero-day flaw. Gorenc believes offering $250,000 for an iPhone unlock exploit is a good size prize. "We feel this amount is not a bad payday for what will clearly be a significant amount of research needed to accomplish this hack," he said. "Along with the money, the researcher will get the recognition that comes with winning Pwn2Own." In the end, Gorenc said, it's the marketplace that will let ZDI know if $250,000 is a fair price; he's optimistic that someone will actually attempt to publicly force an iPhone to unlock. "Finally, by reporting this through ZDI, the bugs will actually get fixed by the vendor," Gorenc said. "That's better than some of the alternatives." Source
  15. Is It A Good Idea To Charge Your Smartphone Overnight? Will Charging Your Smartphone Overnight Damage It? Here’s What You Should Know There are chances that many of us plug in our smartphone for charging while going to bed at night, so that you do not have a fully drained device or low battery while rushing to work or travelling, etc. If you think that charging your device overnight is a good idea, you may want to think again. If you plan to upgrade your smartphone every two years, leaving your device to charge overnight will not do much damage to your battery. Experts say majority of the time those people are not going to notice much damage to their smartphone batteries before they start wishing for a new device. However, frequent charging does damage the lithium-ion batteries in our smartphones. And it’s not because they can be overcharged, said Edo Campos, a spokesman for Anker, which produces smartphone chargers. “Smartphones are, in fact, smart,” Mr. Campos said. “They know when to stop charging.” In other words, smartphones are designed to understand when the battery is at capacity, and should at that point stop absorbing additional electrical current. According to a report by The New York Times, Android smartphones and Apple iPhones are equipped with chips that protect them from absorbing excess electrical current once they are fully charged. Theoretically, any damage from charging your smartphone overnight with an official charger, or a trustworthy off-brand charger, should be negligible. The report stated that most smartphones use technology that allows their batteries to charge faster, but this process leads to lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries rusting faster. If a user wants to preserve the life of their lithium-ion battery beyond the typical lifetime of a smartphone – usually two years – they can try using a charger made for a less-powerful device, stated the report. Source
  16. Explosive Start for Samsung Galaxy Note 7: More Phones Catch Fire While Charging Buy a Note 7, and get a free fireworks show in your bedroom If you’re an iPhone user, and you know what we’re talking about already, try not to smile too much because this is getting serious, and it involves severe damage that could actually lead to people getting injured. You'd better put firemen on speed dial A report that has recently reached the web reveals that a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire while charging, even though the owner was using the USB Type-C charger that Samsung itself included in the box. From the photos posted by the owner, it’s very clear that the phone exploded on the left side, but why it happened is yet to be disclosed. Obviously, Samsung has all the reasons in the world to be worried, so they have already contacted the owner to offer compensation and investigate. And now it seems that Samsung has even more reasons to be worried because it turns out that a similar explosion impacted not one, not two, but several Galaxy Note 7s. Photos and reports that have reached the web in the last few hours seem to point to similar cases, but it’s worth mentioning that we can’t tell exactly how many they are at the moment. Also, it’s hard to say whether some of the photos that have been posted lately and that allegedly refer to different cases are actually showing the first Note 7 that caught fire. A report coming from BusinessKorea reportedly has a new case of an explosive Note 7, and it includes information that confirms Samsung is aware of the problem and is now investigating. “There was another explosion of the Galaxy Note 7. It was my friend’s phone. A Samsung employee checked the site and he is currently in talks over the compensation with Samsung. You should use its original charger just in case and leave the phone far away from where you are while charging,” the aforementioned source writes citing someone who also got to see fireworks in their bedroom thanks to the explosive Note 7. Happening with original Samsung charger In most of the cases, owners who claim that their Note 7s caught fire say they used the genuine charger that Samsung offered in the box, so if this is true, the Koreans might really have a big problem here. There are people out there who have already decided to hold onto their purchases just because they’re afraid the Note 7 can explode for them too. And as compelling as Samsung’s buy-a-Note-7-get-a-free-fireworks-show offer might seem to be, the Korean firm is on thin ice right now. And it’s not all because of the damages that its explosive device could cause, but also because Apple is getting ready to take the wraps off the iPhone 7 in exactly one week. The Note 7 is a direct competitor to the iPhone 7, and it’s pretty clear that these reports are hurting its sales. For more evidence of exploding Notes, you can check out the gallery below, as well as the video after the jump - they claim to be from separate cases, but as mentioned, this cannot be confirmed right now. And, Timothy, you'd better stop smiling, you do know that this happened with some iPhones too, don’t you? Source
  17. Tonight Mr. Robot is Going to Reveal ‘Dream Device For Hackers’ Mr. Robot is the rare show that provides a realistic depiction of hacks and vulnerabilities that are at the forefront of cyber security. This is the reason it’s been the most popular TV show of its kind. Throughout season 1 and season 2, we have seen that connected devices are the entry point of choice of Elliot and fsociety to breach networks and traditional security controls. Pwn Phone On Mr. Robot Show In this week’s episode, Elliot uses a Pwnie Express Pwn Phone, which he describes as “a dream device for pentester,” to run a custom script he has written to take over someone else’s phone. Security pros have long know about the Pwn Phone as a powerful mobile platform for penetration testing and security assessments, so it is not surprising to see it on Mr. Robot. The coolest part is that Pwnie Express is giving away a Pwn Phone, just like the one used in the show. The Pwn Phone is a mobile pentesting device that makes it incredibly easy to evaluate wired, wireless and Bluetooth networks. It is built on Kali Linux that comes pre-packaged with over 100 built-in and ‘one-click’ tools, and it can run third-party scripts. The Pwn Pad exists for security pros who want a tablet version, and it’s also available via the Android Open Pwn Project. The Pwn Phone is the latest in a series of connected device hacks on Mr. Robot that have included a Femtocell, a Raspberry Pi, and Bluetooth sniffers, along with the hack of an E-Corp exec’s connected home and the crucial meltdown of E-Corp’s data center by using a connected HVAC system. These are real threats that are being exploited by criminals to gain unauthorized access and steal data from companies today. In the past, Pwnie has made it clear that they do not condone the criminal use of penetration testing tools and devices. But pentesting is important, and having the tools to do it properly is part of that process. Sometimes you need to break things to find and fix serious security vulnerabilities in the devices and networks that permeate nearly every facet of our daily lives. The bad guys have every tool available to them; white hats should be equally well-equipped. And as for what Elliot does in the show? He’s a pretty well-established gray character. Is he good? Or is he bad? Either way, it was pretty cool. Source
  18. New W3C Proximity Sensor API Can Be Used for User Fingerprinting New W3C API brings new fears regarding user privacy As mobile devices evolved, so did their technical capabilities. Nowadays, when you lift your phone to your ear, the screen usually goes dark because the device uses the camera to tell if you've put it next to your ear. Rear and back cameras, movement sensors, accelerometers, and many other high-tech sensors can let a smartphone, tablet, or Internet of Things device know where you are in the room, or where are other objects like walls, doors, etc.. Because most of these sensors provide API interfaces, the W3C has begun work on a generic JavaScript-based API that will let websites query your device, and tell it how far are nearby objects. The W3C describes this new feature as below: New W3C API could be used for user fingerprinting Lukasz Olejnik, security & privacy technology engineer for the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), and a W3C "Invited Expert" claims that this new API might pose a threat to user privacy in the future. Olejnik claims that threat actors can use (malicious) code embedded on a website to leak information about the phone's user and his behavior. He says that this data could be used to fingerprint users, a technique in which advertisers might also be very interested in using. An attacker could use the W3C Proximity Sensor API to gather information about how the user interacts with the device, the frequency at which he interacts with it, interaction patterns, or mechanics for holding the device in different positions, close to his head, or the distance from his face. Olejnik: There's no need for verbose distance results The problem, he says, comes from the fact that the new Proximity Sensor API allows two query modes. One that uses "near" and "far" distance indicators, and one that uses verbose data, in centimeters (cm). Olejnik says that there's no need for the second. "Is there a need to provide a verbose proximity readout at all?" he writes on his blog. "For example, is providing readouts of proximity (distance) value up to 150 cm necessary?" Besides limiting access to verbose data, the INRIA researcher also recommends that the Proximity Sensor API should also be subject to user permissions. The device must ask the user for this data, and they should be able to review what websites accessed this API and how often. Olejnik's criticism, which is dated August 8, has been taken into account. The latest version of the W3C Permission Sensor API features support for browser permissions, according to a draft dated August 26. The verbose distance results have been kept. Work on the W3C Proximity Sensor API is still ongoing. Source
  19. WhatsApp Is To Hand Your Phone Number To Facebook Roses are red, violets are blue, Facebook knows all that you think, say and do WhatsApp has updated its terms and privacy policy for the first time in four years as part of parent company Facebook’s plans to generate cash through app users' data. While WhatsApp has been a separate service from Facebook since its acquisition for $16bn two years ago, the companies are now going to enjoy a cosier relationship. If you’re a WhatsApp user you can expect the app to soon export more of your information to Facebook as the megacorp seeks to bleed some revenue from businesses by allowing them to advertise to you, without using third-party banner advertisements and spam. This will not affect the privacy of the content of users’ messages. As WhatsApp integrates the Signal messaging protocol, messages are protected with end-to-end encryption. “We won’t post or share your WhatsApp number with others,” the business stated today, “including on Facebook, and we still won’t sell, share or give your phone number to advertisers.” This suggests that WhatsApp might yet offer itself as a platform for business to contact you through, but the company itself has announced that “by coordinating more with Facebook, we'll be able to do things like track basic metrics about how often people use our services and better fight spam on WhatsApp.” That sounds lovely, of course, until the statement continued: “And by connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you might see an ad from a company you already work with, rather than one from someone you've never heard of.” Users are not able to opt out of this data sharing, although you can choose not to allow to be shared for the purpose of improving their experience with advertisements and product experiences on Facebook. WhatsApp is seeking to integrate features that regularly take place over SMS at the moment: "Whether it's hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls. We want to test these features in the next several months, but need to update our terms and privacy policy to do so." Source Related Alternate Source Articles: WhatsApp to Share Your Data with Facebook — You have 30 Days to Stop It Use WhatsApp? Get ready to receive marketing messages from firms WhatsApp to give users' phone numbers to Facebook for targeted ads WhatsApp to share your user data with Facebook WhatsApp to share user data including phone numbers with Facebook WhatsApp does about face, will serve ads in Facebook-owned app WhatsApp to Share User Phone Number with Facebook For Advertising Block WhatsApp from sharing (most) data with Facebook
  20. The Future Of Android Likely Means The Death Of Android Opinion - Android has a lot of problems, and Google knows this, and is already making plans for the death of Android. On the face of it, Android seems like a very successful platform. It's the operating system that powers 85 percent of the new smartphones shipped, and, along with iOS, has decisively crushed the competition. But Android is also plagued by dogged problems that Google can't seem to solve. First off, there's the issue of fragmentation, which means that developers have to create software that will work reliably on many hundreds of different devices from dozens of manufacturers. Sure, developers could just focus on devices from the big players - and some, such as Salesforce, are already doing just that - but that defeats the purpose of having a platform in the first place. Then there's the update problem. Google has a yearly release schedule in place for Android, but it takes the new version a good part of a year to break the 10 percent usage mark. And it takes about four years for a release to fully penetrate the ecosystem. Four years is a crazy long time in tech. While Google is speedy at getting new releases onto its Nexus hardware, it can take months for owners of Android devices from other manufacturers to start seeing the update. And many never see the update. In fact, outside of buying a Nexus device, the easiest way to get your hands on a new Android release is to buy a new device. And you wonder why Android smartphone sales are so buoyant. So, dominant market share aside, it's clear that Android has suffered from some extremely severe problems. Many of the problems facing Android come down to it being open source. Android is all about being open, which means that once Google has released a new version, the OEMs and carriers are free to tinker with it to their heart's content. That then results in both the fragmentation (OEMs loading the code onto any and every device form factor they can think of), and the problems with updates (Google can't push Android direct to devices because heavens knows what modifications and tinkering have been done, both cosmetic and structural, to the code). Another problem with Android is that it's based on Linux, and Linux is both old and plagued by legal issues. The Linux kernel was never designed for smartphones and IoT devices, and yet here we are shoe-horning it onto these devices. Sure, the kernel's been furiously tweaked, but tweaking can only go so far, especially when you're trying to optimize power consumption or when a platform that can run in real-time is required (the Linux kernel isn't real-time, and instead uses a scheduler). Also, all that legacy code is the perfect breeding ground for bugs and vulnerabilities. The legal issues, specifically intellectual property licensing issues, are a real thorn in the side for those making Android devices. Companies such as Microsoft pulling in billions of dollars in licensing fees from Android hardware OEMs, which eats into the already razor-thin profit margins. A totally new, built from the ground-up platform could free OEMs from being shackled to expensive patent licensing deals. And Google is working on new platforms. Take, for example, Project Fuchsia. Sure, it's early days, but it's clear that Google is looking to an era beyond the Linux kernel, and the end of the Linux kernel ultimately means the end of Android. This operating system not only could be built from the ground up so as to be optimized for today's devices, but it would also be free from IP headaches. It could also be modular in nature allowing for it to be customized for different applications - from the desktop and laptops to smartphones and even small IoT devices - allowing for a truly unified platform. Google could license this platform to hardware developers, as opposed to using the open source model. Licensing would give Google greater control over the hardware that Android was loaded onto. No more junk that can barely run the OS. No more devices being released running years-old releases with no hope of an update. This would truly be a platform for the 21st century. Don't expect this to happen anytime soon as operating systems take time to develop. But equally, don't think that Android is going to be around forever. Android has some serious shortcomings that Google is well aware of, and the fact that it isn't making much effort to fix these issues is perhaps the strongest evidence - along with the company's declared interest in developing new platforms - that such work is ongoing. How long until we see an Android replacement? I'd guesstimate something in the region of five years, but a company such as Google has the resources to make it happen much quicker. But it could also lose interest in the idea and decide that Android is good enough as it is. Source
  21. Everyone has a smartphone these days and while processors have often got more efficient over the years, and software tweaks have been made to conserve battery life, many heavy users still struggle getting more than a day’s use out of their phone. However, that could start to change from next year, as a new technology has been developed that promises to power devices ranging from smartphones to electric cars for longer periods of time. This new promising battery technology is being developed by SolidEnergy Systems, which is led by researchers at MIT. They have developed a battery that replaces the common anode material we are used to with a much thinner, high-energy lithium-metal foil that can hold more ions. As Techspot points out, previously there has been issues with using lithium metal due to higher resistance and temperature constraints. However, a new liquid electrolyte solution has been formed, which allows these batteries to run, without worrying about minimum operating temperatures. Essentially, these new batteries from SolidEnergy can hold two times the energy density of what we have now, so batteries could either shrink while maintaining current performance, or you could squeeze more juice out of a similarly sized battery. These new batteries are currently heading for a 2017 release, and from there, SolidEnergy will be moving on to wearables. View: Original Article
  22. Hi guys, I am thinking of getting a a new smartphone, and a friend who works in tech recommended to me the elephone p9000. I just wanted to ask, does anyone have any experience with this or other phones from Elephone? A friend recommended it, but I never heard of this company before. On another note, this phone has a type-C connector, my laptop has usb 3.0. Can I plug a usb type-c into a usb 3.0 or do i need an adapter? thx in advance!!
  23. See Through Walls With Your Smartphone Using This 3D Sensor This sensor will let you ‘see’ through walls like Superman Vayyar Imaging, a 3D-imaging sensor company based in Israel has developed a new 3D-imaging sensor for Android smartphones that allows your device to peer right through walls revealing everything from structural foundations to pipes, to wiring, and even unwanted pests hiding between rooms. Called the Walabot DIY, all you need to do is just download the Walabot DIY app from the Google Play Store, connect the accessory to your smartphone’s USB port, and hold it against a wall. Since, it is a consumer-friendly product; it doesn’t require any training to use. The sensor can also magnetically attach to the back of your smartphone, which allows you to use the two devices single-handedly, leaving your other hand free to operate the app. This gives you a more visual representation of what’s discovered, its placement, what it’s made from, and its distance. Walabot DIY says it can see up to four inches deep into walls made of drywall or even cement. “Walabot instantly turns a smartphone into a powerful 3D-imaging system at your fingertips,” company officials said. “Our advanced technology lets people see all kinds of things hidden in the world around them, adding yet another dimension to the way people use smart devices today,” they said. While the Walabot DIY is more expensive than Walabot Maker version, it could prove the usefulness of Vayyar’s 3D imaging technology. It also gives makers and inventors around the world the opportunity to develop content that takes advantage of the 3D imaging sensor technology. One can not only make use of the existing apps, but can also create their own apps. “Walabot’s technology is simple and intuitive, so people with any level of experience can use it to enjoy and better the world around them,” the company said. “Walabot makes highly sophisticated imaging technology approachable, affordable and usable for everyone,” said Raviv Melamed, CEO and co-founder of Vayyar Imaging, a 3D-imaging sensor company based in Israel. The Walabot DIY uses sophisticated algorithms to detect the radio emissions and reflections of different objects. It studies the data to figure out in real-time what kind of object is hiding behind a typical wall. You can use it to see through tables as well, but not metal objects and other types of barricades. “It can help the blind avoid obstacles, sense — and alert you — if your mother or father has fallen in the shower, help your robot become autonomous, and much more,” Melamed said. “The idea is to take the guesswork out of remodeling,” said Melamed, in an interview with VentureBeat. “You don’t want someone punching a hole in your sewer pipes by accident. It’s like real Superman vision.” According to Melamed, Vayyar’s devices can tell you a lot more about what’s behind a wall. In a demonstration shown to VentureBeat, one can see what’s behind the wall on the screen of the smartphone by just pairing it with the Android smartphone and activating the app. The data is presented in a raw form or an analysis of that data as calculated by Vayyar. As there are some interruptions in displaying what is behind a piece of a wall, you have to move it over the wall slowly. However, you can get a 3D image of an entire room’s walls in just few minutes. Melamed said it will make it a lot simpler to locate a leak in a pipe, or just drill into a wall without the fear of hitting a pipe or electrical wire, hang pictures in a gallery, or mount shelves. “We can get it to 5 millimeters accuracy,” Melamed said. “You’ll know what’s inside a wall in a few minutes.” Besides the above, Walabot DIY is also considered ideal for the construction worker, home renovator, and DIY enthusiast. Walabot DIY is compatible with all Android smartphones 5.0 and higher and comes with USB OTG. After the Walabot DIY app is downloaded via Google Play and completes a short standardization process, it can be used to scan the wall. Images of the wall are then placed on the screen of the smartphone. Walabot DIY also features a flexible sensitivity setting for optimal standardizations on particular renovation and construction projects. This offers two sensing modes and can effortlessly snap photo screenshots for use in offline analysis. Melamed also demonstrated how Walabot DIY can identify the pattern of your breathing. In other words, it has applications for examining your sleep patterns and other uses in health, safety, and quality of life. While the technology is still in its initial stages, it could shoot more demand for augmented reality applications, he said. The Walabot DIY is now on sale in the U.S. for the limited special price of $200 (which is later expected to rise to $300). Source
  24. Verizon Fingered In Android Bloatware-For-Cash Cram Scandal Report says carrier offered to pre-install apps for moolah Verizon has reportedly approached app developers about pre-installing their software on customer handsets in exchange for cash. A report from Ad Age cites marketing industry execs who say that, since late last year, they have been approached by the nation's largest carrier with offers to install their mobile apps on millions of handsets for a per-install fee. The report claims that Verizon would charge the developers $1-2 per install and that the apps would appear on the home screen of Android devices on the Verizon network. Customers would be able to remove the apps from their handsets if they so choose. The report alleges this has been a sticking point for advertisers and developers, who worry they could be charged for users who never activate their apps. Verizon said it has no comment on the report. Apple iPhones, however, would not be included in the deal, thanks to the iron grip Apple keeps on iOS software via the App Store. Rather, the apps would be bundled with new Android devices. Verizon says it has more than 110m mobile connections on its network in total. In its last quarter, the wireless business was credited with bringing in more than $21bn in revenues, though returns have been slipping, which could explain why the carrier is now looking at other cash streams. The deal, while the first of its kind for a mobile carrier, would hardly be unprecedented. PC vendors regularly make such deals with software vendors to offer their products pre-installed on new systems. Such "bloatware" has long been an annoyance for consumers who are then tasked with the time-consuming task of removing the unwanted software from their own machines and, in many cases, those of friends and family as well. From the sound of things, Verizon's planned bundles would be far easier to remove, though still likely an annoyance for many Android users who chose the Google-backed smartphone platform in part because of the freedom it gives users to customize their smartphones and tablets as they see fit. Source