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Five Ways to Customize Android that iOS Still Can’t Match

October 31st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Android is very customizable–many of its features are just defaults, and can be swapped out for third-party alternatives without any rooting required. When it comes to iOS, well…not so much. Read more: http://www.howtogeek.com/121374/6-ways-to-customize-android-that-ios-users-can-only-dream-about/

More than half of Androids susceptible to ancient malware

October 18th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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One of the world’s most prolific Android malware instances is still the most prevalent piece of malware more than two years after it first emerged. The capable trojan known as Ghost Push infects Android up to version five, aka Lollipop, still employed by about 57 per cent of all users. Read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/17/ghost_push_android_malware/

How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Keep Your Phone Safe on Public Networks

October 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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If you aren’t using Android’s “Wi-Fi Assistant”, you should. It automatically secures unsafe public wireless networks by using a Google VPN, so attackers can’t access your data. Read more: http://www.howtogeek.com/275474/how-to-use-androids-wi-fi-assistant-to-keep-your-phone-safe-on-public-networks/

Meeting Cellebrite – Israel’s master phone crackers

September 26th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It’s an Israeli company that helps police forces gain access to data on the mobile phones of suspected criminals. Cellebrite was in the headlines earlier this year when it was rumoured to have helped the FBI to crack an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter. Now the company has told the BBC that it […]

Your Biggest Cybersecurity Weakness Is Your Phone

September 23rd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Mobile devices are one of the weakest links in corporate security.  Executives are wrestling with managing a proliferation of devices, protecting data, securing networks, and training employees to take security seriously. In our Tech Pro Research survey of chief information officers, technology executives, and IT employees, 45% of respondents saw mobile devices as the weak spot […]

What Is Android Auto, and Is It Better Than Just Using a Phone in Your Car?

September 13th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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These days, more and more people turn to their phones for GPS and music in their car. And why wouldn’t they? Google Maps is way better than whatever lame system is built into your vehicle. Enter Android Auto: the best of what your phone offers, but built in to the head unit of your dash. […]

Why do lithium batteries explode?

September 5th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Samsung’s decision to halt sales of the new Galaxy Note 7 because of reports of battery explosions is an extraordinary step for a tech giant to take. The firm said it had identified a battery issue but did not elaborate. But if a lithium-ion battery cell charges too quickly or a tiny manufacturing error slips […]

New Gorilla Glass helps prevent phone smashes

July 22nd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Dropping your smartphone when taking a selfie could soon be less risky, says specialist glass maker Corning. It has launched its next generation of Gorilla Glass – the material used in more than 70% of smartphone screens, including on Samsung and Apple devices. Corning said Gorilla Glass 5 could survive more than 80% of drops […]

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Phone’s Camera

July 20th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and most smartphone cameras can now easily replace a point-and-shoot. For users who have experience taking pictures, the move from a “real” camera to a smartphone can be an easy one, but for users with no photography experience, it can be a real […]

Microsoft scraps Finland phone unit

July 12th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Microsoft has confirmed it will close its mobile phone unit in Finland, cutting 1,350 jobs. The US software giant paid $7.2bn (£5.5bn) for Nokia’s handset business in 2014, but failed to make a success of new devices. In May, Windows-powered smartphones accounted for fewer than 1% of global smartphone sales. One industry analyst suggested the […]

PSA: Encrypt Your PC, Phone, and Tablet Now. You’ll Regret It Later If You Don’t

July 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Imagine you go on your dream European vacation and all your things are stolen after your hotel room is burgled or your car is broken into. Clothes and toothbrushes are easy to replace, but your devices are a potential treasure trove for thieves to exploit. Unfortunately, this story is all too real–in fact, it happened to […]

How to Make Any Phone Feel More Like Stock Android (Without Rooting)

July 1st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Now is arguably the best time in the history of the platform for Android users—the OS is getting better, updates are getting (slightly) quicker, and there are several excellent handsetS to choose from. If you’re not into the whole “manufacturer skin” that most are offering these days, however, it can be slightly less exciting to […]

How to Get More Meaningful Battery Stats on Your Android Phone

June 29th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Android has come a long way in terms of battery life over the last few years, and the built-in tools for monitoring battery usage have gotten significantly more useful. Still, sometimes the stock options just aren’t enough. Thankfully, there are ways to easily gauge your battery usage, remaining time, and even hunt down apps that are […]

New ‘Godless’ Malware Targets Android Mobile Devices

June 23rd, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Android users have reason to fear “Godless,” a new family of malware targeting Android mobile devices that has been detected by digital security firm Trend Micro, the company said yesterday. The malware, named after the ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX filename it uses, uses multiple exploits to root users’ devices. Godless can target virtually any Android device running on […]

How to Find Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone

June 21st, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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You’re having a night out. With dinner down the hatch, you’re walking down the street with your sweetheart to the next destination. You reach into your pocket to pull out your phone, when that feeling hits the pit of your stomach: your phone is missing. Did you leave it at the restaurant? Or maybe at […]

How to Send Text Messages From Your PC With Your Android Phone

June 17th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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You’re sitting at your PC and you receive a text message, so you pick up your phone, unlock it, read the message, and type one back using the tiny touch screen keyboard. Why not use your PC instead? If you’re already sitting at your computer, you can easily take advantage of your computer’s keyboard to […]

O2, Three and our 5G future

May 11th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It was the deal that was supposed to be the final stage in the reshaping of Britain’s mobile phone market. But now the O2/Three marriage has been blocked by Brussels, where does that leave phone users? Better off, according to regulators. The UK’s communications regulator Ofcom, in particular, had argued that allowing the number of […]

How to Keep Netflix from Using All Your Phone’s Data

May 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Netflix recently updated its mobile app with a long-awaited feature: now, you can specify how much data (approximately) it uses, so you don’t go over your cellular data cap. Netflix uses a lot of data, about 1 GB per hour while watching standard definition content. If you’re on a mobile connection with a data cap, which most […]

How to Encrypt Your Android Phone (and Why You Might Want to)

April 18th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Google introduced full-device encryption back in Android Gingerbread (2.3.x), but it has undergone some dramatic changes since then. On some higher-end handsets running Lollipop (5.x) and higher, it’s enabled out-of-the-box, while on some older or lower-end devices, you have to turn it on yourself. Why You Might Want to Encrypt Your Phone Encryption stores your phone’s data in […]

Huawei P9 uses Leica dual-lens camera tech to refocus

April 7th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Huawei has unveiled an Android smartphone that uses dual-camera technology to let owners refocus photos after they have been taken. The feature is the result of a collaboration between the Chinese tech firm and German camera-maker Leica. It means the P9 can create shallow depth-of-field shots more commonly associated with larger lenses. Analysts say the […]

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