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Wi-Fi Alliance Announces WPA3 Technology

01/19/2018 06:38:24 AM

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced it is to introduce WPA3 Wi-Fi technology in 2018. The announcement follows the news of WPA2’s security flaw, Krack, which broke...

Samsung On Palm Reading Software

01/15/2018 19:32:41 PM

Samsung is probably working on palm reading technology, according to patents discovered. If the company is planning to implement the technology into smartphones, this will...

Meet The Side-Channel Vulnerabilities: Meltdown and Spectre

01/10/2018 19:30:27 PM

If my doctor told me I had a side-channel vulnerability, I think I would immediately sit down. In a way that’s reflective of the whole...

Unlimited Data Plan Customers Use More Data Than Capped Allowance Customers

01/09/2018 21:05:32 PM

In news that is not surprising, customers with unlimited data plans are using more data than those with capped data plans. According to information and...

Samsung Trying Linux For The DeX Dock

01/04/2018 22:20:48 PM

Samsung give the impression they’d love nothing better than to ditch both Android and Google, so that their mobile products are fully Samsung’d up. However,...

Are Carriers Working To Hide Signal Strength?

01/03/2018 21:38:39 PM

It appears that at least one carrier is working with Google to provide the ability to hide signal strength from Android customers. The news comes...

Some OnePlus Customers Warned By Google Play Protect About ‘FactoryMode’

01/02/2018 17:23:42 PM

OnePlus has very recently released a software update for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, bringing the software to OxygenOS 5.0.1. Unfortunately, one of the...

The 3GPP Has Set Down The First 5G New Radio Standard

12/28/2017 22:27:32 PM

3GPP, the standards group that decides how our cellular networks operate, has announced it has completed the Release 15 NSA 5G NR (New Radio). This...

Apple Deliberately Underclock Old iPhones, Claim It’s For The Batteries

12/27/2017 22:08:02 PM

Regular readers will know I love to poke fun at Apple for, essentially, being the shady smartphone company thinking they are above everybody else. Apple...

Snap Finally Realise The Android Snapchat App Is Poor

12/26/2017 20:56:05 PM

The Snapchat application on the Android platform is underdeveloped compared with the Apple iOS version, and parent company, Snap, has finally realised it needs to...

Synaptics Announce An Under-OLED Fingerprint Sensor

12/22/2017 18:38:36 PM

Synaptics have announced the first in-display fingerprint sensor, meaning smartphone designers won’t necessarily need to compromise in designs. A huge number of smartphones today ship...

BlackBerry Drop Regular Security Patches For The BlackBerry PRIV

12/20/2017 19:05:17 PM

BlackBerry have announced that their first Android-powered device, the BlackBerry PRIV, has received it’s last Google security patch. Google has released monthly security patches for...

Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Laptops Are Coming

12/19/2017 18:32:13 PM

Although Qualcomm has very recently announced details of the Snapdragon 845 chipset, the current Snapdragon 835 is still very much alive and kicking – and...

Oracle’s Axe To Grind Against Google Isn’t Personal, They’ve Always Been Like This

12/18/2017 21:27:29 PM

Recently, Google were blasted for keeping Android users’ location services enabled, despite the option turned off at the device level. Now it appears that Oracle...

AI.Type Keyboard’s User Database Was Left Unprotected

12/15/2017 19:30:58 PM

The AI.Type Keyboard is one of many new generation smart keyboards, available for both the Android and iOS platforms, was recently exposed as having potentially...

MediaTek Partners With Google To Produce Android Oreo Go Chipsets

12/14/2017 19:42:07 PM

Chinese chipset manufacturer, MediaTek, has announced a new partnership with Google, which will lead to a family of system-on-chips designed for the new Android Oreo...

Google Announces Android Oreo Go Edition

12/12/2017 18:21:29 PM

As Android has evolved over the last decade, so the minimum hardware requirements have increased. Android Oreo Go edition is Google’s answer to optimising the...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Announced

12/11/2017 19:15:55 PM

Qualcomm have just announced their latest flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 845, a successor to the successful Snapdragon 835. As with previous years, Qualcomm’s latest high...

AT&T And Verizon Cooperating To Build Towers In 2018

12/07/2017 23:03:48 PM

Early 2018, America’s two largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon, are building out hundreds of new joint cell towers across the country. These new joint towers...

Google Introduces New Data Management App Datally

12/06/2017 21:56:38 PM

A smartphone without mobile data is far less useful than one without, but many customers around the world grapple with expensive carrier charges. Google has...

A Potential Google File Manager Called “Files Go” Briefly Appears

12/05/2017 18:17:18 PM

Stock Android has included a rudimentary file manager since Android 4.4 KitKat, but almost all customers wanting a file manager have installed a third party...

OnePlus Unveil A Lava Red OnePlus 5T

12/04/2017 19:00:20 PM

Red is my favourite accessory colour for my devices. My Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet wears a red case, my 2013 Nexus 7 wore a red...

Google Allows Android 8.1 Oreo To Reduce Inactive Application File Sizes

11/30/2017 20:17:33 PM

Google added a new feature to Android 8.1 Oreo at the end of October 2017 designed to reduce the amount of storage space used on...

Mozilla Firefox Quantum Promises To Be Much Quicker

11/29/2017 14:37:51 PM

Today, there are many different web browsers competing for our attention. Mozilla Firefox is one such browser, and if you use this browser, there’s good...

Google Maps Adds Anticipated Waiting Time Data

11/28/2017 18:40:21 PM

As a Brit living in America, I rely upon several of Google’s applications and services. Chief amongst these is Google Maps, as it reminds me...

MediaTek Backing Away From Flagship System-on-Chips

11/27/2017 14:00:40 PM

MediaTek have grown to become one of the world’s leading suppliers of smartphone and tablet System-on-Chips, although relatively few Western handsets are powered by a...

Motorola Were Working On A Tablet But It’s An AT&T Exclusive

11/23/2017 20:43:33 PM

Some months back, I saw rumours that Motorola were working on releasing a new tablet, and I was excited. These have now turned out to...

AT&T, Verizon Are Still Tracking Customers

11/16/2017 20:26:21 PM

In 2016, Verizon landed themselves in hot water because they were tracking customers without consent. Verizon agreed with the FCC, Federal Communications Commission, to stop...

Twitter Cements The 280-Character Limit

11/14/2017 21:46:37 PM

Earlier in the year, Twitter announced that they were experimenting by doubling the Twitter maximum character limit from 140 to 280. This limit has now...

Google Invests In Neverware

11/13/2017 21:17:16 PM

You would be forgiven if you’ve never heard about Neverware: it’s a relatively little known business based around the premise of converting Windows machines to...

WhatsApp Introduces Location Sharing

11/06/2017 23:12:03 PM

WhatsApp, the instant messaging platform owned by Facebook, is in the process of introducing a real-time location sharing facility for customers all over the world....

Motorola Unveils Moto Smart Speaker And It’s Incredibly Dumb

10/30/2017 23:24:04 PM

Motorola has just announced details of its latest Moto Mod accessory for the Moto Z family of devices: the Moto Smart Speaker, including support for...

Google Bringing More Instant Apps To The Play Store

10/26/2017 19:56:12 PM

Smartphones are capable devices when you first use them, but over time, this functionality can be dramatically improved through adding third party applications. Actually, I...

Serious Security Flaw Discovered In Wi-Fi WPA2 Technology Called KRACK

10/24/2017 21:49:25 PM

Mathy Vanhoef of imec-DistriNet, KU Leuven, has discovered a significant weakness in the Wi-Fi WPA2 security protocol. This weakness, called KRACK, is inherent in the...

Google Eyes Up BlackBerry And BLU’s Patent Agreement

10/23/2017 20:38:18 PM

Last year, BlackBerry accused American smartphone manufacturer, BLU (Bold Like Us) of infringing on fifteen patents. Earlier in the month, BlackBerry and BLU announced they...

Are The Wheels Coming Off AT&T’s $70 Billion DirecTV Investment?

10/20/2017 17:52:37 PM

AT&T, America’s second largest carrier by subscriber numbers, is set to announce its third quarter earnings on October 24. At this time, the carrier is...

Microsoft Announces Improvements To The Outlook App

10/19/2017 21:40:41 PM

Microsoft has recently announced an upgrade for Android version of the Outlook app, which is set to receive the ability to synchronise shared calendars with...

Samsung Finally Releasing Windows 10 Desktop For DeX Station Customers

10/18/2017 20:19:13 PM

Samsung introduced the DeX docking station along with the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone family earlier this year. Now, in collaboration with both Amazon and Ingram...

Google Closing “First Click Free” Paywall Circumvention

10/17/2017 19:47:03 PM

Google is closing a means of readers skipping through paywalls, called “First Click Free.” This was a means of news websites getting higher results in...

Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Launcher Available

10/16/2017 17:24:14 PM

Microsoft abandoned Windows for smartphone devices some time ago, and since then have been concentrating their mobile efforts into tablets and productivity software. The company...

Apple’s iPhone Designer Could Be A British Navigator

10/13/2017 15:06:18 PM

Jony Ive is the man responsible for the Apple iPhone’s annual reinvention under a “our best ever” badge, but if you’re a fan of Blackadder,...

Facebook Makes Messenger Lite Officially Available In Some Developed Markets

10/13/2017 03:30:53 AM

Facebook released the Facebook Messenger Lite application into developing smartphone markets last year. Now, Messenger Lite has been officially released into a number of developed...

Verizon’s Rural Roaming Challenge

10/11/2017 17:02:46 PM

In September 2017, Verizon wrote to around 8,500 customers in rural areas to advise them that they were cancelling their service because of “substantial” roaming...

ASM Downtime – “Never Settle” For Your Current Wallpaper, Check Out Pixywall

10/11/2017 03:07:04 AM

OnePlus released the OnePlus 5 earlier in the year as the latest smartphone from the manufacturer to unsettle the industry. Not everybody jumped onto the...

Slack Is Testing External User Account Use

10/09/2017 15:54:35 PM

Slack is a cloud based system of collaboration services and tools, which is short for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge.” It’s been rapidly...

Facebook Testing Facial Recognition For Account Recovery

10/09/2017 15:53:13 PM

After Apple reinvented facial recognition a few weeks ago, everybody wants to critique or get a piece of the action. This includes Facebook, said to...

Google Promises Three Years Of Platform Updates For The New Google Pixel 2 Family

10/05/2017 12:27:19 PM

It’s difficult for me to get excited by new product launches in 2017. It’s partially because most new products are leaked weeks or month before,...

Apple’s iPhone 8 Modems Holding Up The Industry

10/05/2017 12:26:48 PM

If you didn’t know, Apple and Qualcomm have fallen out. Apple doesn’t like Qualcomm’s anti-competitive measures, which is massively rich coming from the company that...

ASM Downtime – 5 Foosball game apps for Android

10/04/2017 16:06:46 PM

In the sea of fun and incredible applications, it is hard to find that one game which will suit your needs perfectly. Due to that...

Twitter Extends Character Limit To 280 For Some Languages

10/04/2017 16:05:39 PM

I remember when the brand-new Twitter was given an award, and the founder explained he would try to express himself in 140 characters or less....

Verizon Wireless Needs To Act Like The Market Leader

10/02/2017 15:35:20 PM

Apple’s view on carriers is simple: they are the dumb pipes that are merely providers of the connection that allows us to do what we...

WhatsApp Banned From China

10/02/2017 15:17:34 PM

Facebook’s WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant message clients available around the world today with over a billion users, and now the Chinese...

Zenkit Announces Google Calendar Integration

09/29/2017 14:36:12 PM

One of my favourite tools for getting stuff done is Google Calendar, and I use it for all of my appointments, reminders, anniversaries and similar....

Facebook Rolling Out Crisis Response Feature

09/29/2017 14:35:49 PM

The world’s largest social network, Facebook, is rolling out its new “Crisis Response” feature to all users over the next few weeks. This technology is...

ASM Developer Chat – The Cosmic Watch: Time and Space

09/28/2017 16:27:39 PM

My colleague, Stefi, was fortunate enough to spend some time with the beautiful Cosmic Watch: Time and Space Android application. After this, we were able...

Android Oreo Appears Incompatible With Some Carrier Data Billing Systems

09/28/2017 16:26:11 PM

Following the introduction of Android 8.0 Oreo earlier in the year, I’ve heard of a small number of issues around the new platform. There’s another...

Google, Levi’s Launch The Commuter Trucker Jacket Featuring Jacquard Technology

09/27/2017 15:28:43 PM

What are Google thinking? In conjunction With Levi’s, the company has just started selling the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard technology. Yes, that’s the...

British Royal Navy Planning Next Generation Frigate To Be Based Around App-Based Tools

09/27/2017 13:59:58 PM

The British Royal Navy faces an interesting challenge over the coming few years as it seeks to modernise its fleet of warships. First Sea Lord,...

Facebook Trialling A Temporary Unfollow Feature Called “Snooze”

09/27/2017 13:56:56 PM

Facebook is trialling a way to temporarily mute a friend so that we don’t see their posts for a brief period of time ranging from...

Samsung Working Towards Foldable Displays Because… Because…

09/26/2017 14:18:57 PM

Samsung’s Chief Executive Officer has recently explained that the company are working towards releasing a foldable display smartphone, and that they “are aiming to do...

Twitter Working On A “Tweetstorm” Feature For The Android App

09/26/2017 14:13:51 PM

Social media is often used as a place to vent and express anger, and Twitter is working on a feature for the official Android app...

Google Includes Optional Support For WiFi Passpoint Into Android Oreo

09/25/2017 16:49:36 PM

Android Oreo has been available for a few weeks as I write this and we are still getting to grips with some of the new...

Android One – Third Generation The Charm

09/25/2017 16:45:35 PM

Google has very recently announced the first Android One device designed for the developed smartphone market, the Motorola Moto X4. Let’s take a look at...

Google Drive Keeps Android Device Backups For Sixty Days

09/22/2017 19:07:14 PM

Google Drive is now showing Android users how long their device data backups are kept – and it’s been pegged at sixty days. Unfortunately, Google...

Motorola’s Android Oreo Update List Is Disappointing

09/21/2017 14:07:51 PM

Last week, Motorola announced the list of their smartphones set to receive the update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Usually, these update official announcements are the...

HTC Rumoured To Be Preparing An Android One Device

09/21/2017 14:00:16 PM

I’ve seen rumours that HTC are preparing an Android One device, believed to be a variant of the HTC “Ocean Life,” perhaps the HTC U11...

The Moto X4 Leaked Wearing An Android One Logo

09/20/2017 14:33:23 PM

Motorola debuted the Moto X4 in August 2017, marking a fourth generation model in the Moto X family. The Moto X4 has now appeared in...

Snapchat’s Telephone Permission Might Be Causing A Loud Beep When You Hang Up

09/20/2017 14:29:46 PM

Popular instant messenger and social media app, Snapchat, appears to be causing some customers to hear a loud beep through the device speaker when hanging...

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) Announced In Vietnam

09/19/2017 16:26:46 PM

Samsung have announced a new 2017 variant of an existing Android tablet family, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017). This is an entry level...

The BlackBerry PRIV Won’t Be Updated To Android 7.0 Nougat

09/19/2017 16:25:38 PM

The BlackBerry PRIV was the first BlackBerry device based on the Android platform, currently running BlackBerry software based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Unfortunately, the PRIV...

Facebook Appears To Be Working On A “Private Friends” Feature

09/19/2017 16:23:54 PM

Social media is very much a double edged sword: it’s easy to overshare or for the “wrong” person ends up seeing something you wish they...

Target binning iPod Touch for Android-based Zebra TC51 handsets

09/18/2017 14:12:56 PM

Around three years ago, America’s eighth largest retailer, Target, equipped its shop floor team with the Apple iPod Touch complete in a Target-red shell containing...

The Cosmic Watch: Time and Space App Review

09/18/2017 02:49:57 AM

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a stargazer. I’ve always been drawn to the stars, constantly researching as many galaxies as I can. I...

Lenovo’s Productivity Interface For Android Tablets

09/15/2017 14:56:20 PM

Android tablets are seen as being less productive than either Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows devices. Some manufacturers are tackling this perception head on, such...

Data Saver Mode Mandatory For Handheld Android Devices Running Oreo

09/15/2017 14:54:11 PM

When Android Nougat introduced the Data Saver Mode to Android, Google only recommended it be included. Some manufacturers included the feature and others decided not to....

What Do Apple Fans Do Online When Not Watching The Latest Apple Keynote?

09/14/2017 16:18:04 PM

What do Apple fans love to do online when they’re not watching the latest Apple keynote? This is a question I’ve never asked myself, because,...

A New Bluetooth Wireless Attack Vector Discovered Called “BlueBorne”

09/14/2017 09:48:46 AM

Armis Labs have just released details about a new way for malware to take control of our Android devices, and have called it “BlueBorne.” As...

SMS Organizer Allows You To Filter Your Text Messages

09/13/2017 14:03:00 PM

The humble and ubiquitous SMS (or text message) is one of the lowest common denominators for all ‘phones, as it’s supported by all current handsets....

Xiaomi Linked To Android One Smartphone Rumours

09/13/2017 14:01:29 PM

Xiaomi considers itself to an Internet business rather than a device manufacturer. It has released a number of devices based around its MIUI custom skin...

Want A Life-Proof Samsung Galaxy S8? Try The Galaxy S8 Active

09/12/2017 16:40:30 PM

The Samsung Galaxy S Active range has always struck me as perhaps the most usable of the family. Until now it’s been an AT&T exclusive,...

Android Oreo Appears To Break Gmail Exchange Functionality

09/12/2017 16:29:32 PM

Android 8.0 Oreo is Google’s latest released version of Android. Only a few devices currently have an official build of Android Oreo, but we’ve seen...

HMD Global Announces Android Oreo Coming To All Nokia Android Smartphones

09/11/2017 15:09:47 PM

Early in the year, Nokia released three smartphones running stock Android. Last month they announced the flagship Nokia 8, and earlier this month the company...

Smartphone Hardware, Software and Service

09/11/2017 14:55:01 PM

There are three sides to our smartphones: the carrier, the hardware and the software. Which of these is the most important for our experience? Undoubtedly,...

Google Introduces An Ad-Blocker Into The Experimental Canary Build Of The Google Chrome Browser

09/08/2017 03:31:58 AM

An ad-blocker menu item has appeared in the experimental version of the Google Chrome Browser for the Android platform. Google explained that this new feature...

T-Mobile Debut The LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus

09/06/2017 11:59:16 AM

T-Mobile, America’s third largest national carrier, is releasing a new tablet in September 2017. This new tablet is the awkwardly named LG G Pad X2...

MediaTek Introducing Helio P23 and Helio P30 Dual-LTE Capable Chipsets

09/05/2017 15:30:00 PM

For most smartphone customers, the type of chipset inside our device isn’t really very interesting. As long as it does what we want, and our...

America’s Ten Most Used Smartphone Apps

09/05/2017 15:26:17 PM

For the last two years, Americans have spent over half of their digital media time using applications on smartphones or tablets. Again for 2017, we...

Five Must-Have Apps for Root Users

08/31/2017 12:29:46 PM

For the last few weeks, I’ve covered the benefits of rooting your Android device and reviewed an app that makes good use of that process....

BlackBerry May Be About To Enter The Device ROM Market

08/31/2017 00:46:02 AM

For years, BlackBerry ignored the Android operating system and persisted with their own platforms. The original java-based BlackBerry OS gave way to BlackBerry 10, based...

Android Oreo Squashes A Small VOIP Bug

08/29/2017 14:35:58 PM

Android 8.0 Oreo has introduced a number of new features and improvements, some obvious and some less so. A new subtle improvement is how Android...

Android 8.0 Oreo Introducing Project Treble

08/29/2017 09:23:30 AM

Google released Android 8.0 Oreo in August 2017. One of the changes introduced with Android Oreo is Project Treble, which is designed to simplify and...

Substratum Brings Theming to Oreo

08/25/2017 13:55:32 PM

Reading through some of my recent articles, you’ll notice a theme: I love customising and tinkering with my devices. From something basic like using Nova...

HiQ And LinkedIn Argue In Court Over Publically Accessible Data

08/24/2017 16:16:29 PM

LinkedIn has been battling with HiQ, a data gatherer, to preventing access to publically available information stored on its website. In late August 2017, a...

Passwords Could Be Getting Easier To Remember

08/24/2017 13:40:17 PM

Despite advances in technology, the humble password is still the mainstay of IT account protection. Almost fifteen years ago the National Institute of Standards and...

Short Term Review – The OnePlus 5, August 2017

08/23/2017 15:35:56 PM

OnePlus debuted the new OnePlus 5 in mid to late June, with devices shipping a few days later. I was lucky enough to be amongst...

AT&T Releasing A New Tablet Called The Primetime

08/23/2017 01:10:51 AM

America’s second largest carrier, AT&T, is releasing a new tablet called the Primetime. Although the new tablet will come bundled with a number of the...

Google Preparing “Material Design” For Google Calendar Web Version

08/21/2017 15:34:03 PM

Google is currently testing a new “Material Design” interface for the web version of Google Calendar. The interface redesign is important for Google Calendar addicts,...

Change Your Boot Animation With JRummy

08/21/2017 14:51:50 PM

As I explained in my previous post, rooting your device opens up new avenues of customisation for your device. This includes changing the boot animation,...

Android 8.0 “O” Bringing Improvements To Notifications

08/18/2017 13:15:12 PM

Google is busy preparing Android 8.0 “O” (hoped to be “Oreo”) for a public release, and is expected to be made available on Google Nexus...

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – Somebody Give Samsung A Medal

08/17/2017 11:58:06 AM

Somebody give Samsung a medal already. Why? Not for their products, but for how their marketing department works. Today in August 2017 the industry waits...