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  1. dvsman

    Samsung Watch 4G or any other Android watch w/4G - anyone use?

    So I was thinking of trying out the new edition Samsung Watch 4G - but I've gotten conflicting info from people I've talked to - including the corporate AT&T sales guy vs the in store AT&T guy. What I'm trying to find out is if I can (with added fee) share the same phone number as my current...
  2. S

    Pixel 4 Battery is way too small??

    Hey I have been hanging for the new Pixel 4. BUT I cannot buy a phone at the end of 2019, with a battery size of 2700 mha? What is going on? Is this a ploy by Google to make you buy the bigger more expensive phone with a bigger battery? My 2 year old Samsung has a bigger battery, and it only...
  3. P

    Android, Bluetooth Calls & A Desktop Mic

    I have my phone (Nokia 7 Plus) paired with my desktop machine (which runs the latest KDE Neon) via Bluetooth. I can use the media controls on the desktop to control the YouTube app (and I presume others such VLC) on the phone and I can hear the audio as it is routed from the phone to the desktop...
  4. cageymaru

    Google Suspends Transfers of Technology with Huawei

    Reuters is reporting that Google has suspended transfers of technology with Huawei after the U.S. blacklisted the Chinese manufacturer of electronics. This includes Android and hardware products according to the article. Huawei will still have access to open source licenses.
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Health Apps Sell User Data

    A recent study from the BMJ found that many popular health apps share more data with advertisers than they probably should. The researchers analyzed 24 Android apps with scripts that simulate real world usage, and found that 19 of them shared potentially sensitive user data with 55 "unique...
  6. AlphaAtlas

    RED Removes References to Hydrogen One Modular Components

    Ultra high end camera manufacturer RED recently launched an Android smartphone with an ultra high end price (which Apple and Samsung nearly matched with recent releases), but the phone's reception was mixed. Users summed up the integrated 3D display as "neat," but note that most Android apps...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    Energizer Smartphone has a 18,000 mAh Battery

    While the big Android smartphone players like Samsung, Huawei, LG and others tend to dominate the headlines and the markets, occasionally, smaller companies or corporations from other markets will come out with crazy designs. Caterpillar, for example, has a lineup of rugged, steel bodied steel...
  8. cageymaru

    Android Receives FIDO2 Certification to Usher in a World Without Passwords

    The FIDO Alliance has announced that compatible devices running Android 7.0+ are now FIDO2 certified. FIDO2 certification allows these devices to have simpler, stronger authentication capabilities as users can utilize the device's built-in fingerprint sensor and/or FIDO security keys for secure...
  9. cageymaru

    AMD Link Performance Monitoring App

    AMD has released new videos that show how to use the updated AMD Link app to monitor system performance. It now accepts voice commands such as "Hey Radeon" and "Show my FPS." Utilization is shown on-screen for metrics such as CPU, RAM, GPU, GPU VRAM usage and more. Data shown is fully...
  10. AlphaAtlas

    India Antitrust Commission is "Looking Into" Google Accusations

    After a long investigation, Google was slapped with a $5 billion dollar fine from the European Union over anti-competitive practices last year. Now, according to a recent report from Reuters, the same thing might be happening in India. One of Reuters' four sources "with direct knowledge of the...
  11. AlphaAtlas

    Locking Out Law Enforcement Is an 'Unintended Side Effect' of New Android Security

    Apple has received both praise and criticism for their efforts to secure iDevices from everyone and everything, including law enforcement. Now, Motherboard reports that Rene Mayrhofer, Google's Director of Android Platform Security, is saying that Google is following in Apple's footsteps with...
  12. AlphaAtlas

    Facebook Paid Teens to Test Even More Invasive Apps

    TechCrunch just posted a report claiming that Facebook paid teens to install a "VPN that spies on them" on Android and iOS devices. More specifically, the social media company has allegedly been paying users between the ages of 12 and 35 "up to $20 per month plus referral fees" to download the...
  13. AlphaAtlas

    The Polestar 2 Will Come With Google Integration

    Awhile ago, Volvo spun off a company called Polestar that seems dead set on competing with Tesla and electric offerings from other companies. While the Polestar 1 is a hybrid that's already been crash tested and seen out in the wild, the more mysterious Polestar 2 is set to be Polestar's first...
  14. cageymaru

    Windows 10 Mobile Is Officially Dead

    Microsoft has officially signed the death certificate for Windows 10 mobile as it recently posted a "Windows 10 Mobile End of Support: FAQ." On December 10, 2019, "Windows 10 Mobile users are no longer eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support...
  15. AlphaAtlas

    Popular Android Apps Still Send Data to Facebook

    The fact that Facebook shares data from Android phones, even when users aren't logged in, is no secret. Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram are all baked into my HTC's system image, and it takes work just to keep them disabled. But Privacy International recently tested a wide range of 3rd...
  16. cageymaru

    How to Stop Apps from Tracking Everywhere You Go

    Todd Haselton of CNBC has written a guide on how to disable location services for apps to keep them from tracking your location. His guide covers the iPhone and Android ecosystems. For example, there are options in the menus to completely disable location services or to only enable it for...
  17. cageymaru

    EPIC Games Announces Its Cross-Platform Online Services Roadmap for 2019

    Epic Games has announced its plans to implement free cross-platform online services into Unreal Engine and Unity. Over time these services will be free for all developers to mix and match with other solutions, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores. Epic Games has...
  18. cageymaru

    LG HomeBrew Craft Beer Making Machine Is Debuting at CES 2019

    LG has announced the unveiling of its LG HomeBrew craft beer making machine at CES 2019. The easy to use device utilizes single-use capsules to create up to 5 liters of craft beer in 2 weeks. The capsules contain all the malt, yeast, hop oil and flavoring needed to create a batch of craft beer...
  19. cageymaru

    The Epic Games Store Is Now Live

    Yesterday we reported that Epic Games was launching its own game store that would only take a 12% cut of sales compared to the 30% that the Steam Store takes. Today I'm happy to report that the Epic Games Store is now live. From December 14th to December 27th the game Subnautica will be free and...
  20. cageymaru

    Announcing the Epic Games Store

    Epic Games has announced its new, hand-curated Epic Games Store. The revenue split for the Epic Games Store will be 88% for the developers and Epic will receive 12%. There are no tiers or thresholds. If a project on the Epic Games Store uses Unreal Engine, Epic will cover the 5% engine royalty...
  21. AlphaAtlas

    Google Rebrands Project Fi and Opens it to More Devices

    Project Fi, which previously only worked on a narrow selection of Android phones, has been rebranded to "Google Fi." The service now works on a wide range of phones from Apple, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG and others. However, Google still recommends that customers use phones that are "designed...
  22. AlphaAtlas

    Over 560,000 Tricked Into Downloading Malware from Google Play

    Even though Google is rejecting and removing Play Store apps at a furious pace, some malware is still getting through with relative ease. Forbes reports that more than 560,000 users have downloaded at least one of 13 malicious apps from a developer called "Luiz O Pinto." These apps masqueraded...
  23. cageymaru

    Samsung Announces Infinity Flex Displays for Foldable Smartphones

    Samsung has revealed its new foldable smartphone technology at the 2018 Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco. The Infinity Flex Display allows the smartphone to open and close like a book. The phone reportedly weighs 200-grams and sports an 7.3-inch ultra thin display. The display on...
  24. AlphaAtlas

    Initial Impressions of RED's $1300 Smartphone are Out

    While some benchmarks seem to be under some kind of NDA, initial impressions for RED's ambitious Hydrogen One smartphone are out. Generally speaking, reviewers are praising the phone's tank-like build and the dual camera setup, but the 3D "holographic" LCD display is a mixed bag. All of that is...
  25. AlphaAtlas

    Android Security Updates are Now Mandatory

    According to a contract obtained by The Verge, Google is forcing Android device makers to issue security patches for at least 2 years after their products hit the market. "At least four security updates" must be provided within a year of the phone's launch, while requirements for subsequent...
  26. cageymaru

    Apps Can Track Your Every Move Even After Uninstalling Them in iOS and Android

    The intentions of app developers are difficult to gauge sometimes. They can invent wonderful software that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it, or they can create privacy nightmares at the same time. Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics, and CleverTap are app developers that...
  27. AlphaAtlas

    Razer Launches Their Second Phone

    Razer launched the "Razer Phone 2" today, and it retains many features that made Razer's first phone stand out. Like the original, it has a 120hz 2560x1440 LCD with support for variable refresh rate input, HDR content, and a 120hz touch sampling rate. Combined with the Snapdragon 845, a vapor...
  28. Pieter3dnow

    Kernel not being updated for security on phones

    https://fudzilla.com/news/mobile/47337-phone-vendors-are-not-updating-their-linux-kernels From an interview with Greg Kroah-Hartman describes how big of a mess it is in the mobile environment regarding secure devices from several vendors.
  29. cageymaru

    Chevrolet Develops an App to Combat Distracted Driving

    Chevrolet has developed the "Call Me Out" app to combat distracted driving. If a driver picks up their phone while the phone's GPS detects that the car is moving, then you lose points in the companion app. It also repeatedly plays prerecorded messages from friends and family reminding the...
  30. Zarathustra[H]

    Pie

    So, I'm a little surprised there isn't a Pie thread here yet. Who is using it thus far and what do you think? I just got it on my 1st gen Pixel. I feel like the new adaptive brightness and adaptive battery features are nice, and should help with battery life. Everything else I'm kind of meh...
  31. cageymaru

    Google Pixel 3 XL Specifications and Images Are Leaked Onto the Web

    A Russian Telegram account owner has leaked images and an unboxing video of the upcoming Google Pixel 3 XL. It features USB-C headphones and 4GB of ram. More specifications and images are in the articles. A hardware specifications app again confirms the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor...
  32. cageymaru

    Android 9 Pie Has Been Released and Packs a Ton of New Features

    Android 9 Pie is out and it contains a lot of new features. First of all Essential Phone users have day one access to Android 9 Pie as Essential Products was one of seven device maker partners that enrolled their flagship devices into the beta for the software update. The update features new...
  33. cageymaru

    Dolphin Emulator Is Back on the Google Play Store

    The Dolphin Emulator is back on the Google Play store after a long hiatus. As always you have to acquire and own the Gamecube and Wii games that you run on the emulator. If you're not interested in running an emulator on your potato phone, then the Windows, Mac, and Linux versions can be found...
  34. M

    Who has already had experience with Sony Xperia Touch?

    Sony Xperia Touch is an Android device which projects its "screen" ona table or wall surface. It has much more potential than projecting a recipe on the kitchen wall while you are cooking. Have you already used it in work or maybe are you going to?
  35. cageymaru

    Google Vows to Appeal $5 Billion Fine from EU Over Bundled Android Services

    Google has been fined $5 billion by the European Union (EU) for anti-competitive practices. First Google required Android phone manufacturers to bundle Google search and other Google web services with every device as the default in exchange for access to the Google Play store. Secondly, Google...
  36. R

    Samsung Phones Are Sending Pics to Random Contacts

    If you have a late model Galaxy device, you may want to go ahead and delete "that" folder for a little while. Aroid Central is reporting that the default texting app is randomly sending pictures to random contacts without any permission. Even better, when it does send the unauthorized pic, it...
  37. DooKey

    Fake Fortnite Android Apps Spread Across Internet

    YouTube videos that link to scam versions of Fortnite for Android are causing lots of uninformed people to download the app and infect their device with malware. The fact that Google Play Store isn't hosting any of these Fortnite scam apps is the good news. However, these videos keep springing...
  38. FrgMstr

    Android Gets Messages for Web

    Google announced earlier this year that Android Messages users would soon be able to send and receive text messages from your PC desktop. That feature is rolling out this week, if you don't already have it on your Android phone. This page has the full instructions on this which uses a QR code...
  39. DooKey

    Ark: Survival Evolved Launches F2P Version for iOS and Android

    If you like riding and fighting dinos as well as building bases out in the middle of nowhere then you might want to try the latest version of Ark: Survival Evolved that's coming out F2P on iOS and Android. This game has been out on the PC for quite some time now and those of you that like mobile...
  40. Gilthanis

    Resurrected Android devices

    I have had a lot of phones result in bloated batteries over the years. Many of the phones cost about the same as a replacement battery. Today, I lucked out and had one model (3 phones) that I could wire up so that I didn't need a battery. That makes 12 more ARM cores dedicated to the cause...
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