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Google Camera could have been used for some extremely shady hacking activities. (Source: XDA)

The cameras on "hundreds of millions" of Android phones could have been hijacked

The security research group Checkmarx has claimed to have identified a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to bypass Android permission restrictions to remotely open and control device cameras without their owners' knowl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
The Dripp Dropp truly wireless earbuds. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Dripp Dropps are the "most affordable" truly wireless earphones with Qualcomm tech on Indiegogo

Dripp Audio is a new company that has put its interestingly-named true-wireless earbuds on Indiegogo. The "Dropps" are described as the cheapest products in their category to have Qualcomm aptX and cVc noise-cancelling tech. They ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:48:00 +0100
A Huawei MatePad Pro render. (Source: Nashville Chatter)

A new Huawei MatePad Pro leak appears to confirm Kirin 990 SoC

The MatePad Pro is rumored to be the name of an upcoming tablet from Huawei. It is thought to have premium specs, including the Kirin 990 processor and 5G variants. A new Geekbench listing appears to agree with the first of these,...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 8 Pro might get MIUI 11 soon.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is caught running Android 10 on Geekbench

The Geekbench 4 database has added several new sets of results for the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which differ from existing ones in only 1 important respect: they list the phones' OS as Android 10 rather than Android 9.0 (Pie). This sugge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:03:00 +0100
An example of a notification prompt in Chrome. (Source: Gadgets To Use)

Chrome reigns its pervasive website notification prompts in on Android

Websites are capable of asking to send notifications in a number of browsers, Chrome included. In this case, they may be particularly capable of disrupting the app's experience as they are markedly large and obtrusive, especially ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:06:00 +0100
The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE can now be bought in Europe. (Source: Mobvoi)

The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE variant is now on sale in Europe

Mobvoi has released the 4G/LTE version of its TicWatch Pro to the European region. It costs €329.99 (about US$365) in its new market. However, its SIM functions can only be activated in Germany through this country's Vodafone divi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 18 Nov 2019 18:36:00 +0100
The Redmi 4/4X. (Source: India Today)

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 reportedly gets MIUI 11 - albeit with some critical caveats

The Redmi 4 - or 4X in some markets - is a 2017 phone thought to have been all but abandoned by its maker Xiaomi in software-update terms. Despite this, some users of the device in India have reported being able to install a new u...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 23:40:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy A80. (Source: NDTV)

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is to get a new internal-storage SKU

The Samsung Galaxy A80 is a phone containing one of the most innovative notch- or pop-up alternatives in recent times. It is available in a number of regional markets, including China. It must be popular in the latter, as TENAA ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 23:06:00 +0100
Sony's robo-puppy aibo. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases an API for its robot dog, aibo

Sony started selling its first consumer-grade robot puppy, aibo, quite some time ago. Therefore, you'd think the OEM would have also released advanced development tools so that the more tech-savvy of this product's owners could ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 22:45:00 +0100
The Motorola Razr's first European launch may be in Sweden. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

The Motorola Razr may be even more expensive in Europe than first thought

Earlier, a Motorola Razr 2019 leak suggested that it would be priced at up to €1500 on its European launch. Now, a new rumor indicates that it will in fact cost the equivalent of €1680 when it is released to the Swedish market in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:19:00 +0100
A future Samsung flagship could have a 20:9 aspect ratio. (Source: TalkAndroid)

Galaxy S11: latest rumor points to 8K recording and 20:9 aspect ratio

The Samsung Camera app's latest update reportedly contains references to what next-generation premium phones from this OEM may be capable of. Its APK allegedly contains strings indicating the potential for 8K recording and a 20:9 ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:34:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro. (Source: BGR)

The Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, P30, P30 Pro are now receiving the Android 10 update globally

Huawei has now beaten Samsung to the punch, as the Chinese OEM is currently sending out the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to its flagships around the world. The list of devices to have received the update include the Mate 20, Ma...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:44:00 +0100
Age of Empires IV is finally coming. (Image Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft teases Age of Empires IV gameplay at X019

Microsoft unveiled the first gameplay trailer for Age of Empires IV today at the X019 event. The trailer offered a snapshot of two in-game civilizations: The English and the Mongols. At only a minute long, though, it raises more q...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 23:17:00 +0100
The new Lenovo Smart Display 7. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo announces a new version of its Google Assistant-powered Smart Display

Lenovo has launched the Smart Display 7, which, like its predecessors, is a smart speaker with an in-built touchscreen. This new version has its display above its speakers this time, although they are still 10-watt (W) drivers. It...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:16:00 +0100
The Xperia XZ1 Compact has received just one major OS update. (Source: Android Pit)

Official Sony Android 10 update roadmap confirms that the Xperia XZ1 phones have now been abandoned

Sony has now released its official Android 10 update roadmap. The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will receive the OS update before the year runs out, while other phones will follow next year. Sadly, the Xperia XZ1 phones are missing from t...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:34:00 +0100
Image via Square Enix

Several Final Fantasy titles are coming to Xbox and PC via Game Pass

Ten of the mainline Final Fantasy games are coming to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Every main Final Fantasy game since Final Fantasy VII, save for the two MMORPGs (Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV), will ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:01:00 +0100
Image via Google

Google begins rollout of RCS (rich communication services) text messaging for all Android users

Google will begin rolling out RCS support to all Android devices today. The rollout will happen in stages. Additionally, RCS will only be available through Google's Messages app. However, the rollout will eventually come to all An...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave, a Chromium-based browser designed around user privacy and anonymity, has finally released version 1.0 after four years in development. The browser has a unique method for upending the traditional ad-revenue basis of website...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:19:00 +0100
Whose drone is that? DJI's Remote ID may help you find out soon. (Source: CNET)

DJI announces Remote ID: an app to find out about any drone overhead

DJI has introduced its Remote ID, which allows a drone to "beam" its identity and other prevalent information to any smartphone on the ground via Wi-Fi. The company has developed this modality, which can be used through an app, in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +0100
The Manifest has released the results of a new study on wearables. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 56% of all US consumers may own a wearable at this point

A new study of wearable uptake in the US shows that 56% of its participants own such a device. Furthermore, another 13% of this group reported considering the purchase of one by 2020. This study's publication also contained some r...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:56:00 +0100
Google Pay will reportedly gain a new checking arm soon. (Source: Economic Times)

Google is reportedly coming for the Apple Card with new financial-institution partnerships

Google has reportedly set up partnerships, or at least talks for partnerships, with various US banks and credit unions to offer a new kind of checking account linked to the Pay service. This may help it battle Apple, not to mentio...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:15:00 +0100
The page on which a user can update to Windows 10 1909. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft rolls the November 2019 update out for Windows 10 devices

Microsoft has let it be known that checking for updates on Windows 10 PCs that run the stable-channel 1903 version may result in the ability to download its successor, 1909. This November 2019 replacement for that build can also n...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:44:00 +0100
The Huawei P30 Pro is the first Huawei phone to get the stable Android 10 update. (Source: AnandTech)

The Huawei P30 Pro is now receiving the stable Android 10-based EMUI 10 update

Huawei launched the EMUI 10 beta a while ago, and has now started sending out the full, stable Android 10-based EMUI 10 update to its current-gen flagship device, the P30 Pro. The OTA comes in as a heavy 4.99 GB download, though.
Ricci Rox, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:35:00 +0100
NVIDIA is currently running a COD-themed promotion. (Source: NVIDIA)

The chance to bundle Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with a new RTX card will be gone soon

NVIDIA is offering a free copy of the latest Call of Duty PC game with every purchase of an RTX graphics card, desktop or notebook. However, this deal's window is shrinking: it is only available until November 18, 2019. The GPUs m...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:19:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy A51's new renders. (Source: OnLeaks/PriceBaba)

New Samsung Galaxy A51 renders hint at a punch-hole display, quad cameras and a 3.5mm jack

The Galaxy A51 will probably be one of Samsung's new phones for 2020. It has attracted its first 360-degree set of renders (from OnLeaks), which incorporate rumors and theories about the phone such as that it will have quad rear c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:56:00 +0100
Honor announces the V30 launch at its colorful conference. (Source: ITHome)

The Honor V30 series' launch date is confirmed, as is its 5G aspect

The Honor V30 and V30 Pro are now scheduled for launch on November 26, 2019 in Beijing. This new series has also officially been confirmed to support 5G. It is also now linked to 90-hertz displays and a new alogrithm called Camera...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:08:00 +0100
GoToMeeting's security issues may have been prevented by timely reporting. (Source: GoToMeeting)

GoToMeeting is found to be potentially susceptible to hacking

The European "responsible vulnerability disclosure" specialists Swascan claim to have discovered that the popular virtual conference service GoToMeeting may be subject to various common weakness enumerations (or CWEs). They may af...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:16:00 +0100
Image via Google

Here's the full launch lineup for Google's Stadia (plus what's coming soon)

Google's Stadia game streaming service is coming November 19. The service will initially launch with 12 games (listed below) and will eventually gain 14 more before the end of the year. Only those that purchased a Stadia Founder's...
Sam Medley, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:45:00 +0100
Lift to Talk is one of many upcoming "smart" features for the Google Assistant. (Source: XDA)

Google's Assistant may soon add the 'Lift to Talk' feature

XDA contributors have found that Google has included code that supports its long-touted "Lift to Talk" setting for Assistant in its app. This feature allows the voice-activated AI in question to be prepared to answer queries whene...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 00:07:00 +0100
The Galaxy A70s. (Source: NDTV)

The Samsung Galaxy A70s' latest update makes it compatible with Link to Windows

Samsung is now rolling a new software update out to the Galaxy A70s. The OTA package adds the ability to use Link to Windows, as well as USB type C headphones. It also contains general stability upgrades and the October 2019 secur...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:11:00 +0100
The Amazfit Stratos3. (Source: Amazfit)

The Amazfit Stratos3 is a new sports smartwatch coming to Europe soon

The Amazfit Sports Watch 3 was released in China recently. However, its series is also marketed internationally as the Stratos line of sports-focused wearables. Its 3rd generation is now set for launch across multiple European cou...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100
Image via YouTube

YouTube changes Terms of Service to emphasize it can delete channels that are not "commercially viable"

YouTube will update its terms of service to more clearly point out that the website can shut down channels that are deemed unprofitable. While this has sparked passionate debate among users and content creators, the law concerning...
Sam Medley, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy S10 is more like the Note 10 than ever thanks to latest software update

Samsung Galaxy S10 is more like the Note 10 than ever thanks to latest software update

Samsung is bringing a few Galaxy Note 10-exclusive features to the Galaxy S10 line. The update improves system-wide and picture-specific search and an Auto Hotspot feature that can automate connecting a device with a Samsung accou...
Sam Medley, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (Source: Twitter)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G adds 3D face-unlocking to its security options

Samsung has sneaked a 3D form of Face Unlock into the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 with its latest update. It works on this variant only as it has a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor in its front-facing punch-hole. Therefore, this phone...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:03:00 +0100
Asus has instituted a new beta program. (Source: Asus)

Asus opens a beta program for Android 10 on the 12GB ROG Phone II

Asus is currently inviting those who own the ROG Phone II to join its Android 10 beta program for this device. However, this only appears to apply to the ZS660KL model, the 12GB/512GB international variant. Those who wish to get t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 16:13:00 +0100
The 8K 7x10.7 KAS S from Canon. (Source: Canon)

Canon introduces the first 2 of its 8K broadcast-grade lenses to the US market

Canon USA has unveiled its inaugural 8K broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7x10.7 KAS S attachments. The company is pitching them at the capture of live TV in this UHD resolution. They also have an image format size that c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 09 Nov 2019 20:50:00 +0100
Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs

Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs

Apple release iOS 13.2.2 this week, bringing a fix to the RAM management bug introduced in iOS 13.2. There are a few other bug fixes and patches. Considering Apple's terrible track record with iOS 13, it may be prudent to wait a f...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:39:00 +0100
An example of a home theater in a box. (Source: Lifewire)

The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025

Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
These icons are few and far between for some Pokémon GO players. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Niantic is addressing its current Pokéstop deficiency in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO remains one of the world's most popular augmented-reality (AR) mobile games. However, it has a persistent discrepancy as a title in this ecosystem, which is a lack of Pokéstops, particularly in more isolated regions. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:35:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 gets the November 2019 security patch

The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung's latest premium slate. The OEM has just demonstrated it is committed to keeping it that way with a new software update containing the latest Android security patch level. This upgrade has also reached...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
The new ZTE Blade 10 Prime. (Source: GSMArena)

ZTE releases 3 new phones: the Blade 10, Blade 10 Prime and A7 Prime

3 new Blade-series phones are now live on the ZTE website. 2 of these - the Blade 10 Prime and A7 Prime - are available through the carrier Visible. The Blade 10, on the other hand, is an unlocked device sold by the OEM itself.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:36:00 +0100
OnePlus has new software updates for some of its phones. (Source: Business Insider)

OnePlus announces new stable and beta updates for the 7T and 7/7 Pro respectively

OnePlus is now rolling OxygenOS 10.0.5 out for 7T users on this OEM's 'stable' update channel. There is also an Open Beta analog for the same. Those who own the 7 or 7 Pro and participate in this program also have a new build to t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:02:00 +0100
Vivo makes the Exynos 980 for the X30 official. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Vivo discloses more detail on the 5G X30, except not really

The OEM Vivo held a press conference today (November 7, 2019) to introduce its X30, a phone that will ship with the dual-mode 5G chipset, Samsung's Exynos 980. Oddly, the phone itself was not displayed, nor was its spec-sheet. How...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:35:00 +0100
The Motorola One Power. (Source: Engadget)

Motorola rolls an Android 10 build out to beta users of the One Power

The Motorola One Power is now reportedly capable of running Android 10. However, before becoming eligible for this update, a user needs to sign in to the OEM's Feedback Network (or MFN) for that device. This may give them access t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:14:00 +0100
Samsung is now making an effort to draw 3rd-party TVs into its ecosystem. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung makes Tizen available for third-party TVs

Samsung's Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 contained numerous interesting announcements, not the least that Tizen OS for TVs can be ported to third-party devices. In addition, there are now additional developer-friendly facilities ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:41:00 +0100
A handful of the 100+ devices that have had their Google AUEs altered. (Source: AndroidPolice)

Google extends the EOL of 140 different Chrome OS devices by up to a year each

Google provides hardware that runs its own OS with automatic updates for a fixed period of time after their release. This software policy applies to a range of devices, from Chromebooks to Chromebits, the end-of-life (EOL) of whic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:46:00 +0100
The new Mi TV 5 series. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Xiaomi launches the Mi TV 5 and 5 Pro

Xiaomi also promised details on a fifth generation of its smart TVs during the Mi CC9 Pro debut. The OEM made good on this - less expectedly, it introduced 2 new variants of the same during the event. The Mi TV 5 Pro is the one th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:54:00 +0100
Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokémon GO will be getting a live AR multiplayer feature sometime soon. Currently called "Buddy Adventure," the feature will allow two players to interact with each other's Buddy Pokémon in real-time through their smartphone camer...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:47:00 +0100
Apple seeds first developer beta of iOS 13.3

Apple seeds first developer beta of iOS 13.3

Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 13.3 yesterday. While the update seems to fix the RAM management issues discovered in iOS 13.2, it offers little else. In fact, a new bug in the iOS 13.3 beta disallows the use of Be...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:12:00 +0100
The memory log from one of the "honeypot" systems, a computer intentionally left vulnerable to catch the worm. Image via Kevin Beaumont

Hackers target legacy Windows PCs to mine crypto via BlueKeep exploit

A security researcher discovered the first worm to take advantage of the BlueKeep in older versions of Windows exploit disclosed earlier this year. Machine running Windows 7 and below have a critical security flaw that can allow a...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:58:00 +0100

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