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1st September 2017

Alcatel IDOL 5

The IDOL 5 is a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone is equipped with a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card. Alcatel IDOL 5 sports a 5.2-inch IPS display with full HD (1080p) resolution and packs a decent 2,800 mAh battery. A 13(interpolated to 16)-megapixel camera is positioned on the back side, alongside a fingerprint sensor. There’s also a secondary 5(interpolated to 8)-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video calls. – Source

Alcatel A7

The Alcatel A7 comes with a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage (expandable via microSD card slot), 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 16-megapixel main camera and a 8-megapixel selfie shooter. – Source

Split-Screen Creator makes a shortcut to instantly launch two apps in multi-window mode

When David wrote his first impressions of the Note8, he mentioned one feature of the Apps Edge that lets you create a shortcut to immediately launch two apps in split-screen. And that got me jealous. See, I don’t use multi-window on my phone all that often, but on my tablet, it’s a different story. I’m often editing Android Police’s posts, which requires Chrome and a Google Docs file to be open at the same time so I can take notes.

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Amazon’s Alexa is coming to Wileyfox phones

Once upon a time, Wileyfox phones shipped with Cyanogen OS, a community-driven version of Android. Cyanogen’s demise means Wileyfox has been forced to go back to vanilla Android — but that doesn’t mean it’s now cosy with Google. Today, the comp… – Source

AI gets smart about cybersecurity video – CNET

Cyberattacks have become more sophisticated and more dangerous. Here’s how Las Vegas stays safe. – Source

Amazon faces lawsuit over ‘faulty’ eclipse glasses

A couple say they suffered injuries from wearing glasses bought from the site for the US solar eclipse. – Source

Android Oreo brings big improvements to your phone’s security and privacy

Oreo is the most secure version of Android yet.

Every time Android gets an update, there are changes that we can’t see. There is a lot going on behind the home screen and it takes an army of developers to keep a piece of software as intricate as Android running. With Android Oreo, some major changes are in the background that bolsters user security and privacy.

As users, we are mostly concerned with what we can see or do ourselves; things like being mindful of installing random apps or not opening email attachments from people we don’t know. But the heavy lifting goes on behind the scenes and work to prevent any of the malicious content we might run across from gaining a foothold is a priority. Oreo has a long list of changes and features on this front.

Android Oreo no longer supports SSLv3 (Secure Sockets Layer version 3.0). SSLv3 is outdated and has been proven insecure, and at the recommendation of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force; a group that sets a sort of standard for internet communication) it’s been completely dismantled in favor of a newer communication security method, TSL (Transport Security Layer) 1.2.

In addition, when you try to connect to a server that isn’t correctly using TSL 1.2 Android Oreo will no longer attempt to fall back to a previous version as a workaround. Your phone running Oreo just won’t connect to unsafe web servers, and that’s awesome.

Android 8.0 applies a Secure Computing filter to all applications. The list of ways an app can directly communicate with the kernel has been reduced. These have traditionally been a popular method to attempt a kernel exploit to gain admin-level privileges. It’s harder than ever for any type of malware to get root.

WebView objects now run in multiprocess mode. Any apps that get content from the Web now show that content in its own isolated sandbox, where it has no access to any app data. A website that tries to steal your information will find no information to steal!

Apps that are running can no longer assume other apps are in a generic location and will need to ask the system itself to pass data along to their actual source directory. Not knowing where to find an app means it’s much harder to exploit any vulnerabilities in it.

Android Oreo now handles your unique identifying data differently. Prior to Android 8.0, a unique Android ID was generated when a device was first set up. This ID was constant, and developers could use it to verify a user when retrieving data from the cloud. With Oreo, an ID based on the app developers signing key (a tool used to verify an app is original and hasn’t been tampered with) our Android Advertising ID (a function of Play Services and something we can erase or opt out of) and the actual device ID. Every instance of the Android ID is now – Source

How I finally bought my dream car on eBay – CNET

Buying a car is never an enjoyable experience. But eBay Motors is trying to change that. – Source

Fantasy football is a big deal. Here’s the expert’s guide – CNET

An estimated 40 million football fans are going to spend the week around Labor Day setting up their leagues. Here’s how you can join in. – Source

Tesla hit with unfair labor complaint from US watchdog

The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has filed a complaint against Tesla after investigating workers’ complaints over unfair labor practices. Workers said Tesla “coerces and intimidates” them via a confidentiality agreement that illegally pre… – Source

Cyclist dabs for Google Maps camera, instantly becomes an internet hero

Google Maps cameras are continually updating the world around us. So they’re bound to catch something out of the ordinary, right?

Take, for example, this cyclist who found himself in the right place at exactly the right time.

SEE ALSO: Google Earth reveals hidden message from feuding neighbors

A Twitter user noticed this Google Maps gem:


— 🍒aight🍒 (@prkzl) August 30, 2017

If you search Cecil Place, Melbourne in Google Maps, you’ll find a cyclist who — on one fateful day in December 2016 — rounded a corner to happen upon a unique photo opportunity. …

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update lands October 17th, Microsoft confirms

Looks like that leak was right, after all. Microsoft announced today at IFA that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially launch on October 17th. It’s the fourth major addition to the OS, and it follows the Creators Update from earlier thi… – Source

Gboard gets Bitmoji and sticker support

Google has released an updated version of the Gboard that now adds support for stickers and Bitmoji.

Users will now be able to download and install sticker packs, which now show up in a separate tab when you tap the G button. You can also type in the search box and the keyboard will show stickers matching your text.

Similarly, the keyboard now integrates with Bitmoji so you can send Bitmoji within apps that support pasting images through Gboard. For those unaware, Bitmoji is a set of stickers that can be customized to match your appearance and are particularly popular among…

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10 surprising things Google Home can’t yet do – CNET

The Google Home is a pretty well-rounded smart speaker, but there’s a bunch of simple things it can’t do. – Source

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rolls out October 17 – CNET

At its IFA keynote, Microsoft offers release details on the next big Windows update. – Source

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will launch on October 17

Microsoft today announced that the Fall Creators Update, the next major release of Windows 10, will start rolling out to all users on October 17. That’s a little bit later than some pundits expected but still well within Microsoft’s promised release window. When Microsoft announced this update at its Build developer conference earlier this year, some of the more hyped features… Read More

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Best new Android and iPhone games of the month

IFA 2017 is in full swing, which means that we are bombarded with new devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG V30 and Sony’s Xperia XZ1, all of which running the powerful Snapdragon 835 and just perfect for gamers.
New phones are powerful and perfect for gamers on the goSo what are the best new games for phones this past month? We take a look at only the finest Android and iPhone games, and we’ve selected games of different genres and different strokes for different folks.
Which one is your favorite? Have we missed a game … – Source

Cry of the Week: Harry Potter’s story ended today, and we never got our Hogwarts letters

Welcome to our weekly series “Cry of the Week,” in which we highlight whatever moment made us ugly cry on our couches the most in the past seven days.

Today, Sept. 1, 2017, was the day that a wrinkled Harry James Potter stood on platform 9 3/4, waving goodbye to his three children as they rode off to school on the Hogwarts Express.

And we’re still not done crying about it.

Set a full nineteen years after Harry’s defeat of Voldemort, the Deathly Hallows epilogue marked the end of an era for the Potter fandom. We’re still learning how to cope…and maybe, I don’t know, going to head to King’s Cross Station today to see what there is to see. …

More about Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Dumbledore, and Dumbledore S Army – Source

Qualcomm covers all the bases with a cellular “vehicle-to-everything” chipset

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A few weeks ago, I wondered whether connected cars might end up using LTE modems for Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications rather than the 5.9GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) protocol. Although the DSRC bandwidth was allocated in 1999 and the 802.11p spec outlined in 2002, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been very slow to act, and here in 2017 we’re still waiting for automakers to actually add it to any of their vehicles.

By contrast, 4G LTE is becoming pervasive across new car lineups with no reason to believe it will be any different when 5G LTE arrives. But today Qualcomm revealed a new chipset for OEMs that will let us have our connected car cakes and eat them too, as it were.

Due in the second half of 2018, it’s called the Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X chipset, and the name sort of gives it away. C is for cellular, for it will work with 4G and emerging 5G networks. And V2X—Vehicle-to-Everything—means it also uses the 5.9GHz V2X protocol that is meant to directly connect to other cars, traffic lights, and even pedestrians. The C-V2X chipset also has an integrated global navigation satellite system built in, and Qualcomm has also come up with a C-V2X reference design that pairs the chipset with an application processor running its Intelligent Transportation Systems V2X stack and a hardware security module.

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Apple’s iPhone 8 event confirmed, Instagram Stories coming to desktop and mobile web video – CNET

Today’s major tech stories include the confirmation of Apple’s iPhone 8 event, Instagram Stories coming to mobile and desktop web sites and Garmin’s new Vivoactive smartwatch. – Source

This tale of two schoolboys is absolute friendship goals

12-year-old Jack and Rani’s journey to best-friendship is warming the UK’s heart after the pair appeared on ITV’s This Morning.

Rani is from Syria, and when he started high school in Salford, Greater Manchester, he didn’t have any friends. Jack took him under his wing, and the two have since become best buds. Their story is told in a documentary entitled Educating Greater Manchester, filmed at their school.

“He was in the corner by himself so I thought, he needs a friend. So, I thought, as a person, I’d go up to him and ask him “how are you, where you from?”” Jack told presenters Eamonn and Ruth. …

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Bosch’s X-Spect scanner concept is like a tricorder for your clothes video – CNET

This handheld scanner from Bosch has potential as a laundry assistant and even a nutrition aid. – Source

Panasonic Sustainable Maintainer Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET

The company displayed a concept called the Sustainable Maintainer that automatically does the laundry. – Source

This ongoing Twitter ghost story just got a whole lot weirder

Fair warning: if (like me) you’re the type of person who gets spooked easily, you may want to look away now. The following Twitter thread is genuinely creepy.

New York-based illustrator and author Adam Ellis has been tweeting about his apparently haunted apartment for awhile now.

SEE ALSO: Not horror? ‘A Ghost Story’ is the most terrifying vision of the afterlife ever onscreen

It started with a series of dreams about a dead child, and it has quickly escalated to strange noises, unexplained animal behaviour and a series of events that are like something straight out of Paranormal Activity.

You can get fully caught up here: …

More about Twitter, Uk, Scary, Ghosts, and Spooky – Source

These paid Android games are free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

Looking for some nice new games to play on your Android smartphone? If that’s the case, you might be pleased to hear that several games that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play.

This collection features several different genres, so we’ve made sure to include an image, video (where available), and a short description below each title in order to aid you in the selection process.

Also, make sure to check out the end of sale times for each game below the respective download link. At the time of writing (September 1st), some of these … – Source

Google Play Music and YouTube Red are the best deal in streaming right now

You get a lot of video and music subscriptions vying for your money.

From music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to video services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, there’s more and more subscriptions anxious to get your money every month, but one of the best values in subscription streaming isn’t one subscription, it’s three.

It’s Google Play Music All Access! It’s YouTube Red! It’s YouTube Music! It’s all three in one!

Three services, one goal

The oldest service in this little subscription pack is Google Play Music All Access, which launched back in 2013 with the service’s last major overhaul. Google Play Music All Access gives allows you to mix your free personal library of 50,000 songs with Google’s subscription library of 40 million songs. You can store your music offline for convenient playback without blowing your data cap, and you can use Play Music on up to 10 devices.

If you can get it, YouTube Red is a must-have subscription.

YouTube Red was the next addition in 2015, allowing you to ditch the ads on YouTube as well as view YouTube Red-only Originals programming. While Red’s original programming has been expanding and improving, it’s still safe to say that the best two features of YouTube Red are the three features you can use with regular YouTube videos: ditching ads, saving videos offline for playback later, and background play — the ability to listen to YouTube videos while you do something else on your phone. For people who use YouTube to listen to music, this feature was crucial.

For music-listening YouTubers, there was another addition a few months after YouTube Red: YouTube Music, a dedicated Android and iOS app for browsing and listening to eligible musical YouTube videos. While YouTube Music is technically available for free users, there’s not much to do in the app unless you’re a YouTube Red subscriber. YouTube Music’s app has a more immersive UI, and more importantly, a dark UI. The stations in YouTube Music are also more customizable than the ones in the main YouTube app.

Standout features, overlooked services

This app is practically invisible.

While YouTube remains one of the most popular video sites in the world, Google Play Music is to most an afterthought behind Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. Even among YouTube users, YouTube Music is seldom used, if users remember it exists at all. Each of Google’s services on their own doesn’t always live up to a $10/month price tag, but when combined, they earn their keep and then some.

For instance, even if you run out of devices for Google Play Music, YouTube Red and YouTube Music don’t have device limits, ensuring that you’ll – Source

The next version of Windows 10 finally has a release date

More about Microsoft, Computers, Windows 10, Pcs, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Hubble telescope spots evidence of water on Trappist-1 planets

Scientists say it’s possible five Earth-sized planets orbiting Trappist-1, an ultra-cool dwarf star located 39 light years away, contain “significant amounts of water.” An international team of astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to mea… – Source

Lenovo Home Assistant Pack transforms the Tab 4 into an Alexa speaker of sorts… nothing to do with Google Home or Assistant

Oh Lenovo, Lenovo, Lenovo. I don’t wish unemployment on anyone, but I think it’s time you fired your product naming and branding team. After the massive headache of the new Moto names, now comes this “Home Assistant Pack” that, unlike what you might think, has nothing to do with Google Home or Google Assistant, but as a matter of fact, works with its competitor voice service, Amazon Alexa. Was “Alexa Thingamajig Pack” taken by another company?

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Action Launcher v28 beta is rolling out, with support for adaptive icons and light navigation bar [APK Download]

Chris Lacy has had a busy few months updating his popular Action Launcher. Since a major overhaul in June, the app has added numerous features that mimic the way the Pixel launcher works in Oreo, bringing features such as the Google Feed, notifications dots, and shortcuts to almost any Android device. The last update, to v27, included new theming options and a Pixel-inspired weather widget. The beta for v28 is now starting to roll out, and it comes with full support for adaptive icons and a light navigation bar.

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