Google Location Data Tracking Practices Are Dishonest: Report

Key aspects of the settings associated with Google’s location data tracking and storage are inherently dishonest, according to a new Associated Press investigation and report. Specifically, the search giant is being called out for ambiguously informing its users that turning off various settings will halt the practice when in reality those settings will not. For example, […]

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE Likely To Be Revealed August 30

A new ‘save the date’ invite from TCL suggests a big BlackBerry Mobile announcement is coming ahead of IFA 2018, leading to speculation that the announcement is likely to be for the long-rumored BlackBerry KEY2 LE. The handset in question was recently spotted in purported real-world images just a few days ago, following benchmark test results […]

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New Vulnerability Discovered In Externally Stored Apps

Check Point Research has now revealed that apps using external storage mediums may not be as safe as their internally stored counterparts on Android. The new attack, which Check Point refers to as ‘Man-in-the-Disk,’ takes advantage of an apparent vulnerability found in the operating system itself. Specifically, apps with access to read and write data on […]

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Facebook User Base Shifted Away From Web Over The Past Year

The number of unique users visiting Facebook over the past twelve months has remained relatively flat but preference for its mobile app does appear to be growing, according to SimilarWeb. More directly, overall traffic to the company’s website and its mobile webpage have fallen during that period but the use of its applications has increased. […]

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Pixelbook Nocturne Display May Be Automated, Outshine Rivals

Newly sighted commits in the Chromium Gerrit repository suggest that the Chrome OS device known as ‘Nocturne’ — that’s believed to be one of the upcoming Pixelbook 2 models — will get a noticeably brighter screen than previous Chromebooks and will have automatic brightness enabled for more than just its screen. Both of those two […]

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Mystery Moto P30 Handsets Appear On Official Chinese Website

At least three previously unknown Moto-branded handsets have reportedly appeared on the Lenovo-owned company’s website under the Moto P30, Moto P30 Note, and Moto P30 Play branding. Although not many details were provided by the site, which appears to have been taken down in the meantime, the appearance has led to a fair amount of […]

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Unicode 12.0 Emoji To Further Inclusivity, Add Tools & More

There are now around 179 draft candidates for new emoji that are up for consideration in Unicode 12.0 with a substantial number of those aimed at improved inclusivity while others would add tools, objects, and animals. Among the more prominent of those, changes to the couples emoji would result in an additional 55 new combinations, […]

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Google Explains A.I. Behind Android 9 Pie Smart Linkify API

Following the initial release of Android 9 Pie, Google has set out to explain the A.I. processes behind the OS’s vastly improved algorithms that create actionable links over phone numbers and addresses in text. While the concept isn’t necessarily new, the company has effectively introduced a new version of the previously used Android Linkify API […]

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Sonos One & Beam Speakers Now Support Alexa Announcements

Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada are now receiving an update to enable Amazon Alexa’s Announcements service. The confirmation of the new feature for Sonos’s Alexa-enabled gadgets follows Amazon’s rollout of the thereof to Echo-branded devices in those regions back in early April. Amazon Announcements effectively allows any Alexa-ready […]

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Mopria Alliance Adds Wi-Fi Direct Printing To Android 9 Pie

Android 9 (Pie) will now support Wi-Fi Direct printing via Android’s Default Print Service, according to a new announcement from the Mopria Alliance. The non-profit group first teamed up with Google on the out-of-the-box printing solution back with the launch of Android 8.0 (Oreo), introducing Wi-Fi network printing via the Android Open Source Project. With […]

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