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  1. Punit Verma

    Samsung launches Galaxy S20

    Samsung released the whole new Galaxy S20. What do you think about the new members of the Galaxy series?
  2. If there were any major sites that took a web traffic pummeling in 2019 it was Yahoo and Tumblr. That’s according to a new report from SimilarWeb. The report looks back on key web trends in 2019. Among those trends were some pretty bad news for some sites. Particularly, SimilarWeb’s report says Tumblr saw its web traffic plummet 33% since 2018, when the site banned adult content. Yahoo saw a similar drop from its 2017 numbers, falling 33.6% during the period. Other key findings from the report: Total web traffic is on the rise, growing 8% in 2019 to 223 billion visits per month to the top 100 websites worldwide. Mobile is fueling much of that growth. While desktop web traffic decreased 3.3% since 2017, mobile web traffic shot up 30.6% over the same period. But with the mobile web comes shrinking attention spans. The report says that visitors are spending 49 seconds less on websites per visit than they did three years ago. The top 10 sites took 167.5 billion visits per month in 2019–a 10.7% increase. Mobile visits claim the majority of visits made to “vice” sites–those that involve porn and gambling. The U.S. leads the world when it comes to visiting the websites. In 2019, over 300 billion visits per month to sites were made from America. The takeaway? Mobile is quickly becoming the new norm, but websites are going to have to work harder to keep visitor attention as our attention spans continue to shrink. Source
  3. The Firefox Browser is not as private as you may think – especially on iOS and Android. Mozilla recently announced that they would be allowing any Firefox user a means to request Mozilla to delete stored telemetry data that is tied to said user. Mozilla maintains “strict limits” on how long they store this logged telemetry data, but any duration is too long if the telemetry data can be associated with an individual Firefox browser instance on a particular IP address through a government request. Sure, the collection of this telemetry data can be turned off, but the vast majority of Firefox users are not using Firefox with telemetry turned off, and are therefore incredibly vulnerable. The change by Mozilla comes as a result of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a state law which came into effect at the turn of the new year. 2020 is a year of clear vision, and we get to start it off with the revelation that Firefox stores telemetry data in a way that can be traced back to an individual user. After all, how else would Mozilla be able to delete just your telemetry data upon request? To answer this question, Privacy Online News reached out to Mozilla and a Mozilla spokesperson explained how the telemetry data is associated with your browser instance: “By default, Mozilla collects limited data from Firefox to help us understand how people are using the browser, such as information about the number of open tabs and windows or number of webpages visited. This does not include data that can reveal sensitive information about users’ activity online, such as search queries or the websites users visit. The data collected is associated with a randomly generated identifier that is unique to each Firefox client. We refer to this as a clientID. That clientID is not linked to you personally or any sensitive data (for example to your name or phone number) but to your local Firefox software installation. It is never shared with third-parties. Full public documentation about this data collection, including the identifier, can be found here. When users choose to delete their telemetry, the Firefox browser will submit this identifier to Mozilla and we will then delete data on our servers associated with this ID.” Specifically, when you request your telemetry data be deleted from Mozilla’s servers, you do so by sending a “deletion-request” ping which by virtue of how internet pings work, includes a timestamp, your IP address and your unique client ID – as confirmed by Mozilla. That is all the information that’s needed to tie your telemetry data back to your specific browser instance. Mozilla confirmed to Privacy Online News that all this data is stored, but they don’t seem to consider it a privacy issue because they are stored separately. A Mozilla spokesperson explained how the IP address of all telemetry pings, not just the deletion-request ping, is stored: “Mozilla does initially receive the IP as part of telemetry technical data. The IP is then stripped from the telemetry data set and moved to an environment with restricted access for security and error review purposes only. By moving the IP address into this restricted environment this de-identifies the collected telemetry data.” Firefox stores your telemetry data in a way that can be tied back to you While the fact that Firefox collects telemetry data may be well known to some security minded researchers, and even viewed as acceptable because of reasons such as “debugging,” it is quite the revelation that Mozilla actually maintains this data in a way that is matchable to an individual user’s IP address that is requesting said data be deleted. Mozilla even tried to downplay the impact of their privacy decision, saying in their announcement: “To date, the industry has not typically considered telemetry data “personal data” because it isn’t identifiable to a specific person, but we feel strongly that taking this step is the right one for people and the ecosystem.” While it is arguable that telemetry data isn’t technically “personal data” when it is viewed on its own without other information; however, if there’s a way to link a given set of telemetry data to a particular Firefox browser instance and IP address – and Mozilla just revealed that there is – then that telemetry data all of a sudden becomes the most personal of data. What does Firefox telemetry data include? According to the Mozilla wiki, telemetry data includes all the information needed to answer the following questions: How long does it take Firefox to start? How long does it take Firefox to load a web page? How much memory is Firefox consuming? How frequently do the Firefox cycle collector and garbage collector run? Was your session successfully restored when you last launched Firefox? Reading into the questions, the technical pieces of data that Firefox needs to store to be able to answer these questions become apparent. Stay tuned to future posts from Privacy Online News that will dive into the Firefox codebase to showcase what constitutes telemetry data stored by Mozilla in association with your Firefox browser instance. For a preview, simply type about:telemetry into your Firefox browser. For Android and iOS versions of Firefox, parts of this telemetry data – and more – are also shared with a third party company called Leanplum. What is Leanplum and why is it on Firefox for iOS and Android? Firefox on the popular mobile operating systems iOS and Android has even larger privacy concerns beyond the telemetry data that is stored by Mozilla. Leanplum is a mobile advertising company that also receives your personal information, courtesy of Mozilla. According to Mozilla Firefox’s support website: Firefox by default sends data about what features you use in Firefox to Leanplum, our mobile marketing vendor, which has its own privacy policy. This data allows us to test different features and experiences, as well as provide customized messages and recommendations for improving your experience with Firefox.” Mozilla sends information to Leanplum under the guise of testing different features. More information, also from Mozilla’s support team, gets into the specifics: Leanplum tracks events such as when a user loads bookmarks, opens new tab, opens a pocket trending story, clears data, saves a password and login, takes a screenshot, downloads media, interacts with search URL or signs into a Firefox Account.” The horror story continues: “Leanplum receives data such as country, timezone, language/locale, operating system and app version.” More specific information on what Leanplum collects from your mobile Firefox browser can be found from the Leanplum privacy policy, which Mozilla defers to in their own support text possibly because it’s so heinous: “[…] we automatically collect certain information, which may include your browser’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type, the nature of the device from which you are visiting the Service (e.g., a personal computer or a mobile device), the identifier for any handheld or mobile device that you may be using, the Web site that you visited immediately prior to accessing any Web-based Service, the actions you take on our Service, and the content, features, and activities that you access and participate in on our Service. We also may collect information regarding your interaction with e-mail messages, such as whether you opened, clicked on, or forwarded a message.” The opening up of a privacy option to allow all users (not just Californian users) to delete telemetry data reveals a deeper, darker truth: that the popular browser actually keeps track of telemetry data in a way that can be connected back to your specific browser instance and IP address. Revelations like these are exactly what should be occurring after proper privacy laws are written, passed, and enacted. Just with this revelation, arguably, the CCPA has already done so much more than the GDPR for internet privacy. Firefox is not the privacy conscious browser that it has been masquerading as. Not on the desktop, and certainly not on mobile. About the Author Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin. Interesting discussion about this article at Hacker News here Side Note : make sure to disable their telemetry if you dont want to be spied on if you use Firefox Source
  4. MessageTap malware is meant to be installed on Short Message Service Center (SMSC) servers, on a telco's network. One of China's state-sponsored hacking groups has developed a custom piece of Linux malware that can steal SMS messages from a mobile operator's network. The malware is meant to be installed on Short Message Service Center (SMSC) servers -- the servers inside a mobile operator's network that handle SMS communications. US cyber-security firm FireEye said it spotted this malware on the network of a mobile operator earlier this year. HOW MESSAGETAP WORKED FireEye analysts said hackers breached a yet-to-be-named telco and planted the malware -- named MessageTap -- on the company's SMSC servers, where it would sniff incoming SMS messages, and apply a set of filters. First, MessageTap would set SMS messages aside to be stolen at a later point if the SMS message's body contained special keywords. "The keyword list contained items of geopolitical interest for Chinese intelligence collection," FireEye said. "Sanitized examples include the names of political leaders, military and intelligence organizations and political movements at odds with the Chinese government." Second, MessageTap would also set SMS messages aside if they were sent from or to particular phone numbers, or from or to a device with a particular IMSI unique identifier. FireEye said the malware tracked thousands of device phone numbers and IMSI codes at a time. PART OF APT41'S ARSENAL The company's analysts linked the malware to a relatively new Chinese hacker group it calls APT41 [PDF report]. In a previous report, FireEye said that APT41 stood apart from other Chinese groups because besides performing politically-motivated cyber-espionage, the group's members also carried out financially-motivated hacks, most likely for their private benefits. Furthermore, FireEye also found evidence on the hacked telco's network that APT41 interacted with the mobile operator's call detail record (CDR) database -- a database that stores metadata on past phone calls. FireEye said APT41 queried for the "CDR records [that] corresponded to foreign high-ranking individuals of interest to the Chinese intelligence services." While FireEye didn't name the hacked telco or the spied on targets, Reuters journalists said that MessageTap was related to China's efforts to track its Uyghur minority, with some of these efforts involving hacking telcos to track Uyghur travelers' movements. CHINESE HACKING OPERATIONS ARE CHANGING The discovery of this campaign is significant, in the grand scheme of things of Chinese cyber-espionage operations, as a whole. For the past years, Chinese hacking groups have been known for their smash-and-grab approach, where they hacked a target and stole as much data as they could, to analyze it at later points. APT41's modus operandi shows a carefully planned and very targeted surveillance operation aimed at a very small group of targets. That's different from what Chinese hacking groups have done in the past, but it appears to have become the norm these days -- if we take into account the CCleaner and ASUS Live Update hacks, where Chinese hackers also breached a company just to go after a small subset of its customers. The overall arch is that Chinese hacker groups are now getting very good at targeted operations, on par with what we've usually seen from US or Russian operations. On a side note, FireEye's report today also confirms a general trend of Chinese hackers going after telecom opertions, first detailed in a June 2019 Cybereason report which found that Chinese government hackers had breached the networks of at least ten foreign mobile operators. Source: Chinese hackers developed malware to steal SMS messages from telco's network (via ZDNet)
  5. JayDee

    Laptop Not Reading Galaxy S9

    Hello Nsaners, hope someone can assist me with the following. I have a Galaxy S9 with the latest update installed (G960FXXU7CSJ1/G960F0CM7CSJ1/G960FXXU7CSI6). I have been trying to connect it to my laptop but I keep failing every single time. The below are checked more than once • Android Driver correctly installed • USB debugging is enabled • Wiped cache partition • Tried different cable • Tried the USB C converter that came with the phone. No USB detected
  6. steven36

    5G isn’t ready for me

    Don't fool yourself. It's not ready for you, either. Over the spring and summer, the first 5G networks lit up over the US, with all the major carriers offering a 5G service of some kind. However, there are still only a few compatible phones to go around, the best of which is probably Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G. It's practically an entirely new phone. Samsung substantially upgraded its S10 with more cameras (six) and a third more battery than the standard S10 -- more capacity than the S10 Plus, too. It's an impressive phone on paper even before considering that it's made for next-gen 5G networks. It's been a few months since Chris Velazco tested 5G networks at launch in Chicago, so it was time for another network test -- this time, on the other side of the Atlantic. The plan was simple enough: pit the Galaxy S10 5G against the Galaxy S10 OG in London, UK. Vodafone provided both phones, so we could see how the phones fared on the same network. Now, the state of the UK's 5G is a little behind the US, despite the stark size difference between the two countries. Two carriers, EE and Vodafone, already have working 5G networks across a handful of cities and areas. Meanwhile, the UK's other two networks, O2 and Three, will launch their 5G services later this year. Vodaphone recently expanded its next-gen network further, so it seemed like a good time to see how far its 5G network has come. TL;DR: it still has a long way to go. You've heard the 5G sales pitch a hundred times before, regardless of carrier or country. Incredible leaps in data speeds, more reliability, new use cases. Gaming in the cloud! Instant 4K streaming! Stuff we can't even imagine yet! So, with Ookla's SpeedTest, Netflix, a bunch of app updates and some Fortnite grudge matches, I headed out in search of 5G. That search took longer than expected, though things were made easier by a heat map, provided by Vodafone online, here. It attempts to show service availability, and while it helped my search, 5G spots are, well, spotty. Over a few weeks' testing, the Galaxy S10 5G mostly kept itself on 4G. Once I picked up a Galaxy S10 to compare, I found the 5G model was largely matching the data speeds of the 4G one, even when I managed to trigger a 5G connection. Speed is meant to be the easy-to-communicate benefit of 5G; carriers say the service will be ten times faster than current 4G LTE speeds -- if everything works as it should. This is a very hard thing to measure in the early days of 5G. Independent tests show Vodafone's 4G data speeds circle around 20Mbps, on average. And with 5G, the phone network is promising average speeds of 150 to 200Mbps and peak speeds that will reach 1Gbps. According to other tests, like Tom's Guide, 5G networks in the US are already seeing max download speeds that are almost three times faster than the peaks on 4G LTE networks, at a blistering 1.8 Gbps versus 678 Mbps. But that's just optimistic talk of perfect conditions -- the realities of signal reception are going to ruin those speeds. The visible difference, for me, came less from blazing data speeds and more from reliability. As 4G signal choked on the Galaxy S10, the S10 5G came into its own, generally giving sub 200 Mbps data speeds, when 4G devices struggled to give me 20 Mbps. (It's that 10-times speed thing -- just not quite as high-speed as I'd hoped.) When I had 5G signal, Netflix episodes downloaded twice as fast as on 4G, and perhaps the most visible proof of 5G's potential, streaming and scrubbing through to midway of an episode took seconds, while on 4G, it had to really think about it. Sadly, my outdoors Fortnite tests came undone over a mere 4GB update (possible on 4G and 5G, yes, but life is too short), so I took the phones back to the office to play. While playing, there weren't any notable differences between the two S10 models, both with more than enough graphical power to handle Fortnite. Both gave me a reliable steady connection -- I mean, plenty of people test fate by playing Fortnite on mobile data already. So, it's probably the conclusion you were expecting: 5G will be great when it gets here. But that's not right now. The good news, though, is that 4G networks are going from strength to strength, at least in urban areas. But that makes the advancements of 5G harder to cheerlead in a pithy paragraph, and perhaps for carriers, harder to hinge the sale of a new smartphone on. And if my mileage varied hugely, imagine the chances of hooking a 5G signal outside major cities. Carriers are rolling out the service slowly, adding cities and expanding coverage, but it's a process that takes time. It's highly likely this is why rumors about Apple's new iPhones suggest no 5G capabilities. Not yet. If you're looking for a Samsung phone ready for a next-gen service, you can probably wait until 2020. The S10 5G is gorgeous and capable and has a big ole battery. But it's marquee feature doesn't make enough impact. Source
  7. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out there, please suggest Nokia to create Ubuntu Devices in future ASAP. Please vote and provide feedback in comments(if any). Members please note that I'm referring to the future and not now. I'm not a fool to ask for/suggest a change in the first year of re-emerged Nokia. @steven36 & @teodz1984: Please read the desc carefully before providing comments.
  8. Fuchsia may hold the key to the future of Android, Chrome, and everything in between Photo:" Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer speaking at a live recording of The Vergecast at Google I/O 2019 in Mountain View, California. Google Fuchsia remains shrouded in mystery, but the company is slowly beginning to open up about the next-generation operating system, what its purpose is, and what devices it might power. At Google’s I/O developer conference this past week, Android and Chrome chief Hiroshi Lockheimer offered some rare insight into Fuchsia, albeit at a very high level, in front of public audiences. What we do know about Fuchsia is that it’s an open source project, similar to AOSP, but could run all manner of devices, from smart home gadgets to laptops to phones. It’s also known to be built on an all-new, Google-built kernel called “zircon,” formerly known as “magenta,” and not the Linux kernel that forms the foundation of Android and Chrome OS. Beyond that, we don’t know much and have only really seen a brief peek at a prototype Fuchsia-powered user interface two years ago. There have also been reports over the last 12 months or so regarding Google Fuchsia dev tests on the Pixelbook and nebulous plans for a product development timetable that would see an official Fuchsia device released in three to five years. Plus, the Google Home Hub (now called the Nest Hub) is thought to be one of the test devices for Fuchsia. But onstage during a live recording of The Vergecast yesterday, Lockheimer finally opened up about the ultimate goal of Fuchsia. “We’re looking at what a new take on an operating system could be like. And so I know out there people are getting pretty excited saying, ‘Oh this is the new Android,’ or, ‘This is the new Chrome OS,’” Lockheimer said. “Fuchsia is really not about that. Fuchsia is about just pushing the state of the art in terms of operating systems and things that we learn from Fuchsia we can incorporate into other products.” He says the point of the experimental OS is to also experiment with different form factors, a hint toward the possibility that Fuchsia is designed to run on smart home devices, wearables, or possibly even augmented or virtual reality devices. “You know Android works really well on phones and and you know in the context of Chrome OS as a runtime for apps there. But Fuchsia may be optimized for certain other form factors as well. So we’re experimenting.” Lockheimer became somewhat cryptic at the end of his answer, following it up with, “Think about dedicated devices... right now, everybody assumes Fuchsia is for phones. But what if it could be used for other things?” At a separate Android fireside chat held at Google I/O earlier today, Lockheimer provided some additional details, although still similarly cryptic in his specifics. “It’s not just phones and PCs. In the world of [the Internet of Things], there are increasing number of devices that require operating systems and new runtimes and so on. I think there’s a lot of room for multiple operating systems with different strengths and specializations. Fuchsia is one of those things and so, stay tuned,” he told the audience, according to 9to5Google. Source
  9. A quirk in Google’s search algorithm turned me into Facebook’s customer support. I’m waiting for the subway when the phone rings. On the other end of the line an angry woman is shouting at me about her Facebook account. I hang up. A few hours later, I’m walking to get some lunch when someone calls. “I forgot my Facebook password,” the man says. I sigh, and—once again—explain that I can’t help. Later, while at my desk, someone else calls up. “I’m trying to get a hold of Facebook,” a man says. “They are taking my American rights away from me. They’re anti-free spech, anti-American, they’re pro Muslim.” The man says Facebook disabled his account after he wrote a post that, he explains, “wasn’t even horrible.” This keeps happening. In the last three days, I’ve gotten more than 80 phone calls. Just today, in the span of eight minutes, I got three phone calls from people looking to talk to Facebook. I didn’t answer all of them, and some left voicemails. Initially, I thought this was some coordinated trolling campaign. As it turns out, if you Googled “Facebook phone number” on your phone earlier this week, you would see my cellphone as the fourth result, and Google has created a "card" that pulled my number out of the article and displayed it directly on the search page in a box. The effect is that it seemed like my phone number was Facebook's phone number, because that is how Google has trained people to think. Considering that on average, according to Google’s own data, people search for “Facebook phone number” tens of thousands of times every month, I got a lot of calls. “[Google is] trying to scrape for a phone number to match the intent of the search query,” Austin Kane, the director for SEO strategy for the New York-based consulting company Acknowledge Digital, told me in an email. “The first few web listings ... don't actually have a phone number available on site so it seems that Google is mistakenly crawling other content and exposing the phone number in Search Engine Results Pages, thinking that this is applicable to the query and helpful for users.” (Vice Media is a client of Acknowledge Digital.) When I reached out to Facebook’s PR to get their thoughts, a spokesperson started his email response with: “Huh, that’s an odd one.” I obviously can’t blame Facebook for Google’s faulty algorithm. But the fact that Facebook does not have a customer support number is contributing to this. (Facebook, instead, offers a portal for users who need help.) Of course, I could blame VICE’s formidable SEO. Or I could blame myself, for putting my phone number in my stories as a way to get tips from readers who might have something newsworthy to share. But on this query, Google's algorithm was clearly broken—for some reason, it thought it was a good idea to extract and prominently display a phone number from article hosted on vice.com that’s titled “Facebook’s Phone Number Policy Could Push Users to Not Trust Two-Factor Authentication.” Google's search algorithms are why it became so powerful in the first place, but sometimes, however, the algorithm is painfully stupid. In 2017, The Outline showed that Google often displayed completely wrong information at the top of the results when people searched for things like “Was President Warren Harding a member of the KKK?” or “Why are firetrucks red?” The article delved into the so-called “featured snippets,” those big boxes at the top of search results that are supposed to give users a quick answer to what they’re looking for. The Outline piece proved that in the search for convenience, Google was getting things wrong. In a nutshell, this is another example of that exact same problem. Motherboard has previously explained, for example, that Google's overreliance on Wikipedia has left it open to trolling—the company's "knowledge box," which shows up on the right hand side of search results for some queries, are often pulled from Wikipedia, which led in one case to the search engine equating the Republican party with "Nazism." On Wednesday, I told Google that my number was being mistakenly shown when people searched for "Facebook phone number." A few hours later, a Google spokesperson said they would remove my number as soon as possible. “This feature is generally used to surface phone numbers from websites and make it easy for users to find them. In this case it was a triggering error and was pulling the phone number you had listed at the end of the article,” a company spokesperson wrote in an email. “There's also the coincidence that your article happened to be about Facebook and phone numbers, so it was highly relevant to that query and was ranking high up in results, adding to the confusion for people when your number appeared towards the top of the results page.” After reaching out to Google to get my number removed, the company fixed it. And now, when you Google "Facebook phone number" on mobile, the number that is shown is from an NPR article, which explains that the number Google was displaying is associated with a Facebook scam. Thankfully, that number is now out of service, but it doesn't give me any more faith in Google's algorithm. At least people will stop calling me. Podcast via SoundCloud Source
  10. It’s not the apps – they’ve got better. It’s not even the devices – they’re faster, slicker, with shortcuts and enhancements that make it easier, but not good. The problem is the medium itself – mobile communication has aspired to take over the entirety of our business communication, but the awkward way in which we type and the inconsistencies of a purely touch-based interface utterly shred precision and accuracy. I should also be clear that I’m talking about phone-based communication. Allegedly, Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and Square, doesn’t even use a laptop or computer. The article (and many others) have hinted that this may mean he only uses a phone, which I consider utterly preposterous – unless he has entire team members dedicated to tasks that are arduous on mobile – like writing long-form content. Accurate, detailed and well-formatted content simply doesn’t work on mobile. It’s not there, and on tablets is only just becoming viable, as they cross back into the realm of becoming, well, laptops. The issues with phone-based communication in business are obvious: Formatting is difficult Editing is difficult Fast, consistent and detailed communication is significantly slower than on a desktop Interoperability in apps is incredibly poor – even in iOS, which has improved leaps and bounds, but still requires bouncing between apps, leading to confusion and lost data It’s inefficient The success of Gmail’s smart replies, though most commonly discussed on desktop, is a glimpse toward a future of automation that isn’t totally automated, but takes the awkwardness in constructing communication out of the equation. Here’s how I see this happening in the next 10 years. Autocomplete for entire emails Templating is nothing new in business email, but the next logical step is natural language processing and machine learning that can create and customize the workflows for you. This isn’t something that’s going to be unique to mobile – on the contrary, it’ll have a huge effect on desktop communication – but it’s something that will be so common and necessary to making your phone that bit more effective in business. For example, once you finish a phone call with someone, your automated mobile inbox could create a follow-up template with line items to fill in, scheduled to send at the right time. A more complex system would understand your conversations with a prospect in advance, and at a particular time of day would prompt you to send a follow-up email at the right time. Another might be the simpler and more particular stuff – the creation of agendas before meetings handled automatically, with the right people in the “to:” and “CC” field, with the correct dates and formatting handled for you. Why this is so applicable to mobile is that you don’t have to handle the nitty gritty – it’s almost adjacent to a tinder experience of swiping left or right on what particular email to sent. Content creation on demand While certain emails may be created based on certain factors, days and calls you’ve made, your mobile phone could actually be a far more efficient interface if AI was capable of creating the emails from scratch based on ones you’d sent before. This (in line with what I’ve said about chatbots previously) is where a chatbot connected to AI is necessary. The creation of an email would be a conversation with a bot that could understand the context of both what you’re saying, your current inbox, and your contacts, and say “okay, you want to put together a short (400-500) word summary of a financial document, sent to Bob, Sally and Barbara” based on a few things. It could then understand a document (after confirming what you’d just said) and produce an email based on it – free of grammatical and spelling errors, and with a quick review you’d have it out the door. This would work incredibly well on mobile – all you need is a quick glance versus a full-screen review. It’ll require trust, but once it works, it will be amazing. There are also smaller-scale yet wonderful ideas you could build from such a system based on more casual conversation. For example, you could direct the email assistant to reach out to someone to catch up, with a little bit of an update about how things have been, with some suggested dates to meet up, and perhaps a few questions to get them thinking on a reply. Finally, as a salesperson this is a natural solution to quick and efficient prospecting – the natural language processing of an AI could learn our particular personal touches, and the general parts of a personalized, thoughtful email can be researched by the AI based on more than just databases you populate, but on recent things in the news, financials from Crunchbase and beyond. Active, intelligent responses One of those incredibly annoying feelings is getting an email when mobile that you’re not able to fully respond to before you get back to your desk. Our AI-based mobile future is one that has an inbox capable of reading itself and producing informed, accurate responses. If someone asks you if you’re able to make a call at 2PM PST, your inbox should be able to consider both your calendar and how many meetings you have booked that day. If you’re free, it produces a well-worded and grammatically sound “yes,” with an invitation prompt filled in with your Zoom conference link attached along with the right people invited. If you’re not free, it can intelligently see the rest of your calendar, and produce a response that’s empathetic and suggesting other answers. More interestingly, it could also respond with potential attachments or links to your Google Drive or other cloud storage. Someone requesting the latest version of a document is a cross-platform annoyance, but is particularly awkward when mobile – unless your inbox can see what it is, respond, suggest a document to you, and create a “here it is – let me know what you think!” reply. Intelligent replies that trigger entire other workflows already exist (we’ve already built some!), but your inbox should, with the right connections, be able to take care of these for you. When a contract’s requested, assuming the right boilerplate contract exists, your inbox could read the request, fill in the necessary details (or request them all on its own), create the signature boxes, send out the contract for signature, and when it’s completed send out a summary email internally to tell everyone the good news. The napkin math of doing that on mobile is headache-inducing – more than likely leading you to give up halfway and head back to the office. Your inbox gets smarter every day While many of these ideas can cross multiple platforms, your mobile device is an incredibly efficient interface for executing commands with those you trust. We’re used to turning on our lights, opening our cars and unlocking our doors with our phones because it’s a tap or two to make them happen – we swipe, we tap, and it’s done. If mobile email could be condensed and automated so that the repetitive, exhausting actions of email are taken away, the entire experience could be vastly preferable to the desktop. Better yet, your desktop emails could become more personal, more focused and more about what you want to do versus have to do. Source
  11. When I start my laptop, in the taskbar from process tab, I found the disk is showing 100% and my laptop becomes slow. My antivirus sais it's OK. What's the problem?
  12. The service will roll out nationwide by year-end, in Cuba, one of the least connected countries. People record videos with their mobile phones of a street musician's performance in Cuba. Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step toward opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries. Journalists at state-run news outlets were among the first this year to get mobile internet, provided by Cuba’s telecoms monopoly, as part of a wider campaign for greater internet access that new president Miguel Diaz-Canel has said should boost the economy and help Cubans defend their revolution. Analysts said broader web access will also ultimately weaken the government’s control of what information reaches people in the one-party island state that has a monopoly on the media. Cuba frowns on public dissent and blocks access to dissident websites. “It’s been a radical change,” said Yuris Norido, 39, who reports for several state-run news websites and the television. “I can now update on the news from wherever I am, including where the news is taking place.” Certain customers, including companies and embassies, have also been able to buy mobile data plans since December, according to the website of Cuban telecoms monopoly ETECSA, which has not broadly publicized the move. ETECSA has said it will expand mobile internet to all its 5 million mobile phone customers, nearly half of Cuba’s population, by the end of this year. ETECSA did not reply to a request for more details for this story. Whether because of a lack of cash, a long-running US trade embargo or concerns about the flow of information, Cuba has lagged behind in web access. Until 2013, internet was largely only available to the public at tourist hotels in Cuba. But the government has since then made increasing connectivity a priority, introducing cybercafes and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots and slowly starting to hook up homes to the web. Long before he took office from Raul Castro in April, 58-year-old Diaz-Canel championed the cause. “We need to be able to put the content of the revolution online,” he told parliament last July as vice president, adding that Cubans could thus “counter the avalanche of pseudo-cultural, banal and vulgar content.” Cuba could use subsidies to encourage the use of government-sponsored applications, analysts said. Last month, ETECSA launched a free Cuba-only messaging application, Todus, while Cuba’s own intranet with a handful of government-approved sites and email is much cheaper to access than the wider internet. In a 2015 document about its internet strategy that leaked, the Cuban government said it aimed to connect at least half of homes by 2020 and 60 percent of phones. But many Cubans are skeptical. ETECSA president Mayra Arevich told state-run media in December it had connected just 11,000 homes last year. “I’ve been many times to the ETECSA shop to ask if they can give us home access,” said Yuneisy Galindo, 28, at a Wi-Fi hotspot on one of Havana’s thoroughfares. “But they tell us they still aren’t ready and will call us.” Most mobile phone owners have smartphones, although Cuba is only now installing 3G technology, even as most of Latin America has moved onto 4G, with 5G in its final testing phase. “This rollout will expand slowly at first and then more quickly, if the government is increasingly confident that it can control any political fallout,” said Cuba expert Ted Henken at Baruch College in the United States. The price could prove the biggest restriction for many, though. Hotspots currently charge $1 an hour, compared with an average state monthly wage of $30. It was not clear what most Cubans will pay for mobile internet, but ETECSA is charging companies and embassies $45 a month for four gigabytes. Source
  13. Mobile app developers are going through the same growing pains that the webdev scene has gone through in the 90s and 2000s when improper input validation led to many security incidents. But while mobile devs have learned to filter user input for dangerous strings, some of these devs have not learned their lesson very well. Business logic on the client-side... like it's 1999 In a research paper published earlier this year, Abner Mendoza and Guofei Gu, two academics from Texas A&M University, have highlighted the problem of current-day mobile apps that still include business logic (such as user input validation, user authentication, and authorization) inside the client-side component of their code, instead of its server-side section. This regretable situation leaves the users of these mobile applications vulnerable to simple HTTP request parameter injection attacks that could have been easily mitigated if an application's business logic would have been embedded inside its server-side component, where most of these operations belong. But while leaving business logic on the client-side might sound more of an app design mistake, it is actually a big security issue. For example, an attacker can analyze a mobile app (that he installed on his device) and determine the format of the web requests sent to the mobile app's servers after the user's input is validated. The attacker can then modify a few parameters of these requests in order to poison the desired action Millions of apps potentially affected In a research paper titled "Mobile Application Web API Reconnaissance: Web-to-Mobile Inconsistencies & Vulnerabilities," Mendoza and Gu have recently taken a look at this ancient, yet still valid, attack vector. The two researchers created a system named WARDroid that mass-analyzes mobile apps, determines the format of their web requests, and tries to determine if these are vulnerable to these types of attacks. Researchers said they tested WARDroid on a set of 10,000 random popular apps from the Google Play Store. "We detected problematic logic in APIs used in over 4,000 apps, including 1,743 apps that use unencrypted HTTP communication," researchers said. Bt since WARDroid was not a secure indicator that the app's communications template was vulnerable, the two researchers also manually analyzed 1,000 random apps from the ones flagged by their system, confirming that 962 used APIs with validation logic problems. Extrapolating this numbers to the whole Google Play Store, the two academics believe millions of apps might be vulnerable. Issues found in banking and e-commerce apps For example, some of the apps where they found problematic API logic include a banking app, where they said they were able to modify transaction details. Similarly, they also found validation logic flaws in gift card apps that allowed them to load a test account with money to spend at various stores, and similar validation logic flaws in the communications model of apps build using the Shopify SDK. This latter flaw allowed the research team to buy products for negative prices, creating discounts inside Shopify-based mobile stores. "You never wanna trust the client input. This is a harsh lesson that should have already been learned from the lessons on the web platform and web applications," Mendoza said on stage while presenting his research at the 39th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, held in San Francisco two weeks ago. "This work highlights that this continues to be the problem —input validation and just being very cognisant of validating or sanitizing input," said Mendoza, also highlighting that server-side business logic should be as strict as the client-side validation logic, if not stricter. Source
  14. For the second time this week, a company has been found to have accidentally exposed customer data to virtually anyone. Following TeenSafe's incident, it seems that it's now T-Mobile who has left information unprotected due to a bug. The flaw was discovered in April by security researcher Ryan Stevenson. The information was exposed through a portal hosted on a T-Mobile subdomain that could be found using search engines such as Google. According to a report by ZDNet, the page is meant for use by T-Mobile employees and it contained a hidden API that allowed them to look up customer information by simply adding the customer's phone number at the end of the web address. The problem is the site wasn't protected by a password, and anyone who stumbled upon the webpage could have obtained customer data, including their address, full name, billing account number, tax ID number, and even account PINs which are used by customers when contacting phone support. After the bug was reported, T-Mobile fixed the problem and the website now requires visitors to sign in. The company also rewarded Stevenson with $1,000 as part of its bounty program, saying: The company also says that it has no evidence that customer data was stolen via this portal, though history has shown that the scale of these incidents is sometimes not immediately clear. Source
  15. HTC's latest flagship smartphone, the U12+ was launched yesterday with top-of-the-line features and a premium price. However, a smaller, standard U12 lacking some of the features does not exist. To avoid any confusion for consumers, HTC has now explained the reason behind the bizarre naming. In recent times, most smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 or the iPhone 8 among flagships, or the Moto G6, Redmi 5 and such like in the mid-range, come with a "plus" variant that offers an additional feature or more than the standard variant. HTC has revealed that the U12+ is that variant which features a tall 6-inch WQHD+ screen, the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, and will compete directly with the other plus flagships featuring similar specifications. According to Android Headlines, the company discussed the strange naming multiple times before finally going ahead with it. Although the size of the device is still marginally smaller than the S9 Plus, the rest of the features of the U12+ are on par with the beefed-up variant from Samsung which helped the decision. It seems that the company does not have any plans to launch a standard variant in the near future and the company's explanation should help those holding out for one in making a decision. HTC launched the U11 last year and followed it up with an incremental update in the form of the U11+ about six months later. In this case as well, we may see some variant of the U12 launch at a later time, but given HTC's dropping sales numbers over the last few years it makes sense that the Taiwanese company is sticking to a small portfolio of devices in a bid to target the right competition. Source
  16. Facebook's Marketplace is getting an update today in the US, shifting it from peer-to-peer transactions to a service which connects professionals to clients. To give a brief summary of Marketplace, it is a section of the Facebook app that facilitates transactions between users. For instance, a Facebook user could open marketplace and buy a used laptop, or decide to sell a vehicle or some old clothes. More importantly for the purpose of this article, it was a user-to-user affair, and only exchanged goods, not services. Today, Facebook is taking its first step to redefining Marketplace as a space where users can connect with professional contractors for personal projects. The firm is starting this slow change with the introduction of "home services", allowing users to contact professionals like plumbers, cleaners and other contractors via the marketplace interface. It's a US exclusive feature right now, and Facebook is partnering with three big names in the business; Handy, HomeAdvisor and Porch. Facebook says that it's integration with these three firms be able to "provide an all-in-one place to complete your next home project" and make it easy to get a quote and close the deal with minimal fuss. You'll be able to appraise professionals by their ratings and reviews, and Facebook will show you credentials and location information to simplify your decision making, Just like with regular Marketplace purchases, you'll be able to use Messenger to contact the contractor at every stage, Facebook is rolling out this service from today and plans to make it available all across the U.S. in the coming weeks. No word on global availability has been given at this time. Source
  17. Dropbox has announced in a blog post today that it's making significant improvements to its mobile apps to improve the collaboration experience on the platform. The new improvements to Dropbox come just one day after Microsoft announced its own set of improvements to OneDrive. For starters, the company is introducing a new File Activity feature. This will allow users to see all the actions taken by other teammates on each file. This includes the history of edits and shares for all users, but users in the Dropbox Professional and Business Advanced tiers will even be able to see the viewer history from the file preview without having to leave the app. This feature is rolling out to the iOS version of the app, but it will be coming to Android soon. The file preview page will also let users add comments and feedback to a file for other teammates to see, and the sharing experience has been made easier across the app, with more visible share buttons. The apps are also getting a redesigned home screen, which gathers the user's starred items and recent files in a centralized place. This should make it easier to find the most relevant files whenever the user opens the app. Lastly, the company says it recently added drag and drop support in iOS 11, which works inside the app and - on the iPad - across apps in split-screen mode. Source < Here >
  18. This day was bound to come, and many expected it to come much sooner than today. Verizon has finally removed the listing for the Microsoft Lumia 735 from its website, which means that there are no longer any official resellers in the United States from which you can purchase one of Microsoft's first party Windows phones. Verizon's Lumia 735 was listed as out of stock for months, and as no longer available for months after that. But if you searched for 'Lumia' on the carrier's website, you'd still see the handset pop up with a price on it. Now, it's finally gone, and you can only find a support page. Verizon was the last major retailer to stop selling Lumias, with Microsoft removing them from its own online store last June. The Windows 10 Mobile devices did make another brief appearance on the Store in February, although it was never made clear if any ended up being sold. If you're still a die-hard Windows phone user, there are still just two options left, unless you want to resort to getting something off of a third-party marketplace like eBay. Microsoft is still selling HP's Elite x3 for $299 and Alcatel's IDOL 4S for $169. Currently, only the latter is in stock, although stock for both of them come and go pretty frequently, so if Microsoft doesn't have the one you want, keep checking back. More details < Here >
  19. Lumen Privacy Monitor is a free application for Google Android that monitors connections that applications make on a device it runs on to uncover communication with tracking servers and data collecting. Created as an academic research project, Lumen Privacy Monitor provided the researchers with a large set of data to analyze. The results were published in the paper "Apps, Trackers, Privacy, and Regulators A Global Study of the Mobile Tracking Ecosystem" (access PDF here). One of the key findings was that the research team managed to identify 233 new trackers that were not listed on popular advertising and tracking blocklists. Lumen Privacy Monitor Android users need to have a strong stomach during installation and on first run: the app requires lots of permissions, needs to install a root certificate, will monitor encrypted and normal traffic by default, and send anonymized data to the researchers. The application requires access to personal data on the device to determine leaks. The researchers note that personal data is never submitted. Still, the application is not open source and it is clear that the privileges that it requests are cause for concern. If you give permissions to the app, install the root certificate and flip the monitoring switch to on, you will get detailed reports about application activity and leaks. Lumen Privacy Monitors monitors apps while it runs. The main interface displays the three tabs leaks, apps and traffic. Leaks display personal or device information that apps may leak. A severity rating is Apps lists all applications that the monitoring app picked up with options to display a detailed report about individual apps. Traffic offers an overview of the analyzed traffic. It includes information about HTTPS and other connections, bandwidth, and the overhead that ads and analytics scripts and connections cause. Apps The Apps group is probably the most interesting as it reveals important information to you. A tap on a monitored application displays interesting information such as the list of domains the application tried to establish connections to, the number of trackers and the overhead caused by them, leaks and traffic overviews, and the list of requested permissions. The list of connections is certainly useful as you can determine whether these connections appear to be valid or not. While you may need to research domains before you understand why the application may want to connect to it, you'd quickly find out if an app connects to tracking servers or makes other unwanted connections. The list of permissions includes risk assessments for each permission which you may use to determine whether to keep an application installed or remove it. Closing Words What I like particularly about Lumen Privacy Monitor is that it reveals the overhead that ads and tracker connections cause, the connections an app makes, and the data leaks of applications. It would be better if the researchers would consider releasing the application as open source to address concerns about the application's wide-reaching permission requests and installation of a root certificate. What you do with the information is entirely up to you. You could consider removing applications or install apps that block connections to trackers to prevent data leaks. Ghacks.net
  20. ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus PREMIUM v4.0.8.0 + Key Requirements: 4.0+ Overview: ESET Mobile Security is a premium cyber security solution that protects your smartphone and tablet. After installing, you automatically get to try all PREMIUM features for 30 days – without subscribing. Then you can upgrade to PREMIUM, or continue with basic protection, which is lifetime for FREE. BENEFIT FROM FREE FEATURES ✓ On-demand Scan triggered by the user ✓ On-access Scan of downloaded applications and files ✓ Quarantine ✓ Anti-Theft – with Remote Lock, Remote Siren and GPS Localization activated by SMS ✓ Support ✓ USSD vulnerability protection ✓ Tablet friendly interface SUBSCRIBE TO PREMIUM FEATURES ✪ Proactive Anti-Theft with web interface on my.eset.com ✪ Anti-Phishing ✪ Scheduled scanning ✪ On-charger scan ✪ Automatic updates ✪ SMS/MMS/Call blocking ✪ Device Monitoring of important settings ✪ Application Audit TRY PROACTIVE ANTI-THEFT ★ Integration with _my.eset.com web interface for Android devices and Windows laptops protected by ESET Smart Security ★ Suspicious state – Autonomous action when wrong PIN/pattern is entered or unauthorized SIM change detected ★ Camera Pictures – Front/back camera snapshots ★ On Screen Message – Customizable message to potential device finder ★ Low Battery – If the device hits critical battery level, its current location is sent to my.eset.com ★ User IP Address Details – Listing of IP addresses the device was connected to if marked as missing JOIN OUR BETA TESTING COMMUNITY Get your hands on the latest versions of ESET Mobile Security and help us shape the future of our Android apps by following this link: _https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.eset.ems2.gp PERMISSIONS In order to protect your Android device and valuable information, we will ask you to grant ESET various permissions. ESET will NEVER use these permissions for data collection or Marketing purposes. Promise! For a detailed explanation of what each type of permission is used for, please see our Knowledge Base _http://kb.eset.com/android IF SOMETHING DOESN’T WORK If you are experiencing any issues with the latest version of ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus, please send us the log files using the in-app form, which you can access by pushing the menu button (generally a hardware button located in the lower part of the device) and then tapping on ‘Customer Care’. FEEDBACK After you install ESET Mobile Security & Antivirus, you will become part of our community, which will enable you to send your feedback. If you have any suggestions, questions or just want to say hello, please send us an e-mail to [email protected] What's New - Small bug-fixes and optimizations Key until 2019 This app has no advertisements More Info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eset.ems2.gp&hl=en Download Instructions: https://uploadocean.com http://turbobit.net
  21. Nova Launcher Prime APK V5.5.3 Cracked [Unlocked] Nova Launcher Prime The highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement Accept no substitues! Nova Launcher is the original and most polished customizable launcher for modern Android Features Ok, Google – Use Google Search’s hotword right from the home screen, just say the words Ok, Google. Color Theme – Set the highlight accent color for the launcher Also individual Color controls for labels, folders, unread count badges, drawer tabs and background Icon Themes – Find thousands of icon themes for Nova Launcher on the Play Store Subgrid positioning – Much greater control than standard launchers, Nova Launcher allows you to snap icons or widgets half way through the desktop grid cells Customize App Drawer – Custom tabs, Vertical or Horizontal scrolling, Custom effects Infinite scroll – Never far from your favorite page, loop through the desktop or drawer continously Backup/Restore – Sophisticated backup/restore system allowing you to backup your desktop layout and launcher settings Scrollable Dock – Create multiple docks and scroll between them Widgets in dock – Place any widget in your dock, such as a 4×1 music player widget Import Layout – No need to rebuild your desktop from scratch, Nova Launcher can import from most popular launchers. Including the one that came with your phone. Fast – Nova Launcher is highly optimized to do it’s work quickly and quietly, keeping the animations smooth and letting you use your phone as fast as you can move your fingers. Unlock the following extras with Nova Launcher Prime Gestures – Swipe, pinch, double tap and more on the home screen to open your favorite apps Unread Counts – Never miss a message. Unread count badges for Hangouts, SMS, Gmail and more using the Tesla Unread plugin Custom Drawer Groups – Create new tabs or folders in the app drawer Hide Apps – Keep a clean app drawer by hiding never used apps Icon Swipes – Set custom actions for swiping on app shortcuts or folders More scroll effects – Such as Wipe, Accordion, and Throw What’s New?(5.5.3 + 5.0.8) Pixel Style Launcher Improved Transition Dynamic Icons that pulls badges from notification content Backport of Android 7.1 and many more! Option to disable dynamic icons Dots! Android O style notification badges Google Now Integration! Swipe Right Internal Changes Adaptive Icons like Oreo How to install it? Uninstall previous version of Nova Launcher apk & Tesla Unread Plugin Install all of the apks given in the archive. Launch Nova Launcher Enjoy! Download Nova_Launcher-Prime-5.5.3-Final.apk (link corrected)
  22. 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
  23. Dual camera, faster A53 and Adreno 506 Qualcomm has four different phone tiers - the Snapdragon 800 as a premium tier, Snapdragon 600 for a high-end tier, Snapdragon 400 for a mid-tier and Qualcomm 200 mobile platform as an entry level tier. The company has already announced the Snapdragon 835 as its flagship product for this year. It also announced the Snapdragon 660 and 630 as well as the Snapdragon 205 for the entry level. Now the Snapdragon 450 is the first 14nm FinFET for high quality and cost effective designs. Qualcomm has more than 1900 designs based on the 400 series launched or in the works. This is a massive number that underlines the importance of this market. Some of the phones based on the 400 series include the HTC desire 510, the LG Lancet, the ZTE Speed, Marshall London, the Kyocera Hyrdo Wave, the Samsung Galaxy J5, the Moto G Play, Blu Life One, Oppo A33 and the Vivo Y35A. The Snapdragon 450 still uses eight Cortex A53 cores now clocked at 1.8GHz or 500 MHz faster than the previous Snapdragon 435 platform. The platform is software compatible with the Snapdragon 425, 427, 430, 435, 625 and 626. This will enable manufacturers to decrease the time to market and stay competitive. A 500 MHz higher clock can result with 25 percent higher CPU performance and up to 20 percent faster social app launching, up to 20 percent faster email launching, 15 percent faster to launch maps and over 10 percent faster launch of gaming apps. Due to the 14nm FinFET design, the battery life will get significantly better and you can expect four more hours at the end of the day compared to the Snapdragon 435. This is equivalent to 1.5 days talk time, eight days of music, 18 hours of video playback, 14 hours of streaming videos, seven hours of video capture or 15 hours of gaming. On top of that, Snapdragon 450 supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology that will let you charge your phone from zero to 85 in 35 minutes. This is up to 27 percent faster and 45 percent more efficient compared to the previous generation and now the platform supports a very popular USB Type C. Qualcomm location enables higher accuracy positioning with lower battery consumtion compared to a GNSS only solution. Adreno 506 brings up to 25 percent faster graphics rendering with up to 30 percent lower power. Gaming will definitely get faster. One way to think about the Snapdragon 450 is that most features from last year’s 600 series are inherited in the 400 series. The Snapdragon 450 supports quick charge 3.0, power management, improved speaker amp, touch, fingerprint and audio codec. The SoC supports Snapdragon X9 LTE modem and joins the large Carrier aggregation supporting family. The X9 LTE enables Cat 7 downlink speeds with up to 300 Mbps, and Cat 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The modem supports 2x20MHz carrier aggregation and some advanced compression features including the 64 QAM. From the connectivity point of view, the Snapdragon 450 supports 802.11ac with MU-MIMO (Multi User MIMO) a feature that can tremendously speed up wireless speeds when matched with a router supporting this feature. It is important to remember that Cat 6 with 300 Mbps speeds is available in 95 countries globally. More than 130 operators are investing in Cat 6 LTE. There are currently 194 commercially launched CA networks. The Snapdragon 450 supports dual camera setup, each supporting up to 13 megapixels and a single camera solution can take care of a 21 megapixel camera. The camera supports Real time Bokeh, a camera blur affect during camera preview and Qualcomm Clear sight, something we got to experience with the higher Snapdragon tiers. The SoC can combine the information from the Bayer/RGB sensor with a black and white sensor, resulting in improved sharpness in all lightning conditions, especially in low light. Snapdragon 450 supports 1080p @ 60 FPS with Full HEVC encode and decode that should enable smoother video capture and playback. This is an important step up compared to the Snapdragon 435 that supports 1080p @ 30 FPS. The Snapdragon 450 supports high quality audio recording with sound focus and ability to suppress unwanted noise from outside the field of view. The new platform also supports FHD+ screens at 60 FPS including the new and popular 18:9 aspect ratio. You can expect to see higher quality displays with extended power saving in the new Snapdragon 450 tier. If that is not enough, despite the usual fingerprint sensor, the Snapdragon 450 is the first to enable eye based authentication. This is a one stop integration for OEMs with liveness detection, real-time authentication and cutting edge performance. The platform supports USB 3.0, a speedy increase from the USB 2.0 with Snapdragon 435. Commercial sampling to customers is expected in Q3 2017 and in devices in Q4 2017. It will be, as always, up to Qualcomm customers to announce products. Fudzilla asked Kedar Kondap, a vice president of product marketing, about the price range of the Snapdragon 450 devices and you can expect to see the Snapdragon 450 based phones between $150 to $250. Kedar pointed out that it will be up to manufacturers to implement the features and higher quality components will dictate the price. US and European readers should be familiar with the very successful Moto G Play, a $/Euro 150 phone that launched with Snapdragon 400 series and did a good job. Of course some brands from China will be able to offer this phone for less than that as Xiaomi Redmi 4A powered by Snapdragon 435 is currently selling for 599 Chinese Yuan ( 77.35 Euro / $88.36). Imagine the possible successor to the Snapdragon 450, that will be a hell of a phone for less than $99 bucks, at least in China and India. View: Original Article
  24. This is the Essential Phone The Essential Phone, brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem. First, the Android phone basics: the Essential Phone costs $699 with top-of-the-line specs and features. As you can see above, it prominently features an edge-to-edge display that one-ups even the Samsung Galaxy S8 by bringing it all the way to the the top of the phone, wrapping around the front-facing selfie camera. It’s a unique take on a big screen that makes the phone stand out — and it’s smart, too. Often, the status bar at the top of an Android phone doesn’t fill that middle space with icons, so it’s efficient. The screen does leave some bezel at the bottom of the phone, but nevertheless it’s as close to the whole front of a phone being display as I’ve seen. Essential is launching the phone in the US to start, and it’s filled the phone with radios that should make it work on all major carriers, alongside usual Android flagship internals like a Qualcomm 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. And because Essential seems to be hanging its hat on the idea of shipping phones without extraneous junk (the designers don’t even put a logo on the exterior), chances seem good that there won’t be a ton of extraneous software laded on to slow the phone down. Essential is clearly planning on releasing a very well-made phone: the screen looks promising, it has no annoying logos, and it is built with a combination of titanium and ceramic so it can survive a drop test “without blemish, unlike the aluminum competitor devices.” (Those would be Samsung and Apple, if you’re wondering.) But nice hardware isn’t all that hard to come by on Android phones, so the company is aiming to build an ecosystem of accessories. It starts with a magnetic connector and wireless data transfer. Essential will ship a 360-degree camera that can click in to the top of the phone, and the company will also offer a charging dock. Both connect to the phone with small metal pogo pins. They won’t entirely replace USB-C for most people, but Essential is clearly hoping that they could someday. peaking of ports, there is no traditional 3.5mm headphone jack — which is a bummer. We’re told that it will ship with a headphone dongle in the box. It’s possible that other audio accessories could be made that could clip on to the magnetic accessory port. The Essential Phone also has a good take on the dual-camera systems we’ve seen on other phones. Rather than use the second lens for telephoto or bokeh, it’s using it for a monochrome sensor, just like Huawei has been doing with the P9 and P10. That second sensor will be able to take in more light than a traditional color camera, meaning it can be combined with the regular 13-megapixel for better low-light shots. The front-facing camera is in line with current expectations, too: an 8-megapixel sensor that can also capture 4K video. All that sounds great, but it ignores some key facts in the smartphone space: Apple and Samsung have it pretty locked up right now. The pessimist might say that although this phone looks incredible, it is also likely to break upon the shoals of the phone market, the same rocks that have cracked every Android phone that doesn’t have the Samsung logo emblazoned on it: carrier support, consumer interest, and lack of true differentiation. But when it comes to cracking on the rocks, Andy Rubin claims that the Essential phone’s titanium and ceramic build is better able to withstand a drop test. Presumably, Essential’s grander ambitions are equally durable — it’s impossible to look at just this phone outside the context of Essential’s other announcements: the Essential Home speaker and its Ambient OS. Even if those ambitions don’t bear out, the Essential Phone itself is exciting on its own. It’s a simple, straightforward Android device that respects the user: it’s powerful, clean, and not entirely beholden to the business whims of the giant companies that currently control the mobile and smart home markets. If nothing else, it deserves our attention because it’s coming from Andy Rubin, who knows a thing or two about doing the right thing in the smartphone world. Source
  25. Almost all recent OnePlus smartphones are vulnerable to attacks that can downgrade the phone's operating system and expose the device to previously patched security flaws. Mobile security expert Roee Hay of Aleph Research discovered the vulnerabilities and reported the problems to OnePlus in January, but the company failed to address any of the issues. According to Hay, the vulnerabilities affect OnePlus models such as X, 2, 3, and 3T, running both OxygenOS and HydrogenOS, which are custom versions of the Android OS running on OnePlus phones. Attack is possible because of OTA update process via HTTP Hay says that an attacker can launch an attack and hijack the phone's Over-The-Air (OTA) update process, which is susceptible to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks because it's handled via HTTP instead of HTTPS. The researcher says that even if OnePlus OTA update packages are signed to prevent the installation from unauthorized locations, they aren't verified based on version or timestamp. This slip-up allowed Hay to install an older version of the OxygenOS or HydrogenOS, downgrading the phone to a previous OS version that was susceptible to previously patched security flaws. The video below shows Hay performing the OS downgrade attack. In addition, Hay also discovered that an attacker could also install OxygenOS on devices designed to support HydrogenOS, the precursor of OxygenOS. In some cases, installing the superior OS on an older product would lead to crashes or a permanent denial of service. Last but not least, Hay also installed another version of the Android ROM boot-up package on different OnePlus devices. For example, the OnePlus X ROM on a OnePlus One device and vice versa, causing again, a denial of service state due to hardware incompatibilities. Physical access attack is also possible Besides these scenarios that rely on performing a MitM attack on the OTA update, the Aleph Research expert discovered that an attacker with physical access to the device could also reboot the phone into Recovery Mode and sideload the OTA package that way. Unlike the MitM attack that was universal, this second attack vector only worked on OnePlus 3 and 3T models, and where the Secure Start-up feature is disabled. This is the second time Hay has taken the hammer to OnePlus security. Back in March, the researcher published another piece of research that showed how an attacker could hijack OnePlus 3 and 3T models with a malicious charger. Videos of those previous vulnerabilities being exploited — which OnePlus developers patched — are available below. Source
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