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14th November 2017

The multi-cloud myth: Why workload portability is still a pipe dream

While IT providers are fond of suggesting moving workloads between clouds is as easy as dragging and dropping apps between environments, the reality can be far more complex – Source

Waltham Forest Council gives 5G network plans a boost

Waltham Forest Council in London is to allow Arqiva to deploy small cell technology on 16,000 lampposts across the borough – Source

Xiaomi matches Samsung’s market share in India, ships record 9.2 million phones in Q3 2017

It’s been on the cards for a while and now it’s finally happened. Samsung’s monopoly of the smartphone market in India has officially ended, with China’s Xiaomi drawing level on market share.

That’s according to new statistics from IDC, which peg both Xiaomi and Samsung at 23.5 percent for the third quarter of 2017. Together, the two Android OEMs make up an incredible 47 percent of the market share in the region, with Lenovo-Motorola (9 percent), Vivo (8.5 percent), and Oppo (7.9 percent) making up the rest of the top five.

Xiaomi’s meteoric rise in India appears to have peaked in Q3, with the Shenzhen-based manufacturer shipping a record 9.2 million smartphones. That mighty figure represents a 300 percent growth rate year-on-year. The managing director of Xiaomi India, Manu Kumar Jain, took the news as an opportunity to celebrate on Twitter and chart the company’s success in the region.

“We started with a humble beginning of selling 100,000 per quarter in 2014, crossed the 1 million mark in Q3 2015, 3 million in Q3 2016 and now for the first time – 9 million in Q3 2017,” he said. “This is all because of YOU!”

A major part of Xiaomi’s newfound dominance of the growing Indian market has been its impressive presence online. The IDC report claims that Xiaomi now holds 50 percent of the online share, up from 47 percent in Q3 2016.

Happy to share that @XiaomiIndia shipped 9.2 Mn smartphones in Q3 2017.

We started with a humble beginning of selling 100K/quarter in 2014, crossed the 1M mark in Q3 ’15, 3M in Q3 ’16 and now for the 1st time – 9M in Q3 ’17.

This is all because of YOU! #NoMiWithoutYou (1/3)

— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) November 13, 2017

Despite pushing into the premium sector with trend-setting flagships like the Mi Mix devices, Xiaomi’s India wing thrives on its affordable mid-range phones that offer a high price-performance ratio. A recent Counterpoint report cited the Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, and Redmi 4A as the top three best-selling smartphones in India, respectively.

It’ll be interesting to see what Samsung does next, but for the time being it seems as though its iron grip on the Indian smartphone market has well and truly loosened. At the current rate, it won’t be long until Xiaomi doesn’t have to share the top spot any longer.

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SSE to build fibre broadband network in London’s sewers

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has signed an agreement with Thames Water to deploy fibre broadband cables throughout the utility’s sewage pipes – Source

Security woes as backdoor in OnePlus devices is discovered, allows for easy gain of root access

A potentially dangerous backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device.
Dubbed “EngineedMode”, the app has been created by Qualcomm to most certainly test out hardware, but OnePlus has taken it to itself to tamper with the app, customize it, and preload it on a plethora of devices, including but not limited to the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T. The app gives unprecedented access to a host of security-sensitive … – Source

Bossa Nova raises $17.5 million for retail robots

Why count inventory when the robots can do it? Retailers are using machines from a startup called Bossa Nova Robotics to analyze what’s selling on the shelves. The robots drive autonomously through store aisles figuring out what has sold and then sends back data. The company is now raising $17.5 million Series B led by Paxion to scale its business. Intel Capital, Cota Capital and others… Read More

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Votes in 18 nations ‘hacked’ in last year

Governments are turning to social-media-based campaigns to stifle dissent, warns a net freedom report. – Source

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro review

2017 for some, Pro for others – seemingly identical Galaxies come in a number of different, market-specific flavors this year, and we now have the Galaxy J7 Pro for review. An offshoot of the ever-growing J7 family, the Pro is meant for India, South East Asia and Brazil, each of these getting a (very slightly) further localized version.

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Apple Watch saves kitesurfer from potential shark encounter, Tim Cook reacts with ‘wow’

Apple’s smartwatch ads are full of feel-good stories about how the wearable changes people’s lives for the better, mainly on the physical activity side of the everyday spectrum, but this next story is something else, and forced even Tim Cook to react.
Armed with his kitesurf and Apple Watch 3 on his wrist, one John Zilles took against the waves on a new underwater hydrofoil wing, but about a mile in, he wiped out, and couldn’t get his heavy kit airborne again. Thus, he had about two hours of slowly swimming against the current with all the kite … – Source

OnePlus phones include an easily exploitable backdoor

A developer has found a way to gain root access to a OnePlus device by exploiting an app designed for factory testing. The developer, who uses the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter (after the Mr Robot TV show lead), posted a series tweets yesterday outlining the steps taken to achieve the privileges.

The app in question is a system app that was apparently made by Qualcomm and customized by OnePlus; it’s called EngineerMode and arrives pre-installed on OnePlus devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T and 3 (you can find it yourself searching Settings > Apps > Menu > Show system apps, and then search “EngineerMode” in the app list). It’s used to run system tests for things like GPS, vibration, screen brightness, and also root checking.

Here the Privilege class. Check the name of native library used to check the code: door… Ladies and Gentlemen please say hi to the backdoor made in @Qualcomm

— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) November 13, 2017

EngineerMode has been known about for a while, but the risks it presents weren’t known until after Alderson did some digging. The developer discovered a password-protected backdoor within the app’s code, which he was able to work around to gain root access — a big enough problem to begin with for OnePlus in terms of security. But that was before some smart folks chimed in having discovered the actual password (it’s Angela, which, coincidentally, is also likely a Mr Robot reference).

This means root access can be achieved using just one command line — giving hackers the potential to cause harm without much work. It’s not something that could be achieved remotely, however, you would need the physical OnePlus device connected to a computer running the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to exploit the vulnerability.

This nonetheless raises questions over why is the device shipping with this app (presumably it has just been overlooked) and whether it’s available on other Qualcomm devices.

Thanks for the heads up, we’re looking into it.

— Carl Pei (@getpeid) November 13, 2017

Alderson said that he would publish an app soon to allow users to simply gain root access to their devices. Meanwhile, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has already announced that OnePlus is investigating the issue.

We’ve also we’ve reached out to OnePlus and will update this story when we receive comment.

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Nougat is now installed on 20.6% of active Android devices

Nougat is making steady gains, but Marshmallow is still the most-used version of Android.

A year after its release, Nougat is now installed on 20.6% of active Android devices. Android 7.0 Nougat has a 17.6% market share, with 7.1 coming in at 3%. Oreo made its first appearance last month with a 2% market share, and a month later it’s at 0.3%. With few devices outside the Pixels, Nexus devices, and the Xperia XZ1 running Oreo, it’ll be a while before we see any tangible gains for the latest version of Android.

Marshmallow is still the most-used version of Android at 30.9%, but it’s slowly starting to lose steam. Lollipop and KitKat have similarly dropped percentage points, and are now at 27.2% and 13.8% respectively. November was particularly good for Nougat, which saw a 2.8% increase across both 7.0 and 7.1 versions. That uptick will hopefully continue in the coming months.

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Man discovers genius new way of opening a beer on the train

We’ve all been there: you have a nice bottle of beer that you’d like to drink, but absolutely no bottle opener.

What to do in this situation? Ask a stranger for help? Try and bash the cap off on a hard edge? Use your — *shudder* — teeth?

SEE ALSO: The bank that’s apparently so cool it has become a chat up line in London’s bars

Well, if you happen to be on a train — specifically a Southern Rail train — you might not need to do any of those things…

Just discovered an @SouthernRailUK life hack!

— Patrick Dalton (@shitlondon) November 13, 2017

Pretty good, right?

Patrick Dalton is officially the Ray Mears/Fonz of London transport. …

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PlayerUnknown thinks ‘Battlegrounds’ could be the next big esport

More about Gaming, Xbox, Esports, Xbox One, and Mashable Video

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Fisker has filed patents for solid-state batteries

By Joel Stocksdale

It seems that we’re on the cusp of a solid-state battery revolution. The latest company to announce progress in developing the new type of battery is Fisker. It has filed patents for solid-state lithium-ion batteries and it expect… – Source

Gionee S11 officially teased: Four camera, Full view

It seems that Gionee has kicked off the marketing campaign for the S11 – the 18:9 phone it is yet to announce (be patient, it should be unveiled on November 26). The phone will launch with the tagline “Four camera, Full View” referring to its two headlining features.

The Gionee S11 will feature a 6″ AMOLED screen (1,080 x 2,160px) and two pairs of dual cameras – 16MP + 5MP on the rear and 16MP + 8MP for selfies. It’s yet another iteration on the Oppo R11s and OnePlus 5T design, but it has more cameras than either of those.

And here’s a minute long promo video:

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How I turned my Samsung Galaxy S8 into a Microsoft phone

Microsoft loves mobile, as long as you’re using an iOS or Android device. In fact, turning your Android into a Microsoft centric phone is pretty easy.

Microsoft’s new mobile effort revolves around bringing the best of Windows 10 to Android and iOS. Now that Windows 10 Mobile is all but dead, it’s time to start embracing Microsoft’s new goal; making Android and iOS better for Windows users. Timeline, Cloud Clipboard and Continue on PC are all Windows 10 features that aim to tie your Android or iOS device to your PC further, and vice versa.

I recently went out and purchased a Samsung Galaxy S8 with the intention of turning it into my new Windows phone. Now, calling it a Windows phone isn’t entirely accurate since it’s not running Windows; so I like to call it a Microsoft phone. It’s a smartphone that’s loaded up with Microsoft software and services, and outside of live tiles and UWP apps, it has everything my Lumia Windows phone had, and that’s fantastic.

See Samsung Galaxy S8 at Amazon

Microsoft has made switching from Windows phone to Android or iOS incredibly easy, so much so my Android phone feels even more connected to my Windows 10 PC than my Windows 10 Mobile device ever did. Things such as Microsoft’s own Android Launcher, Edge, Cortana, Outlook and OneDrive bring all the features and functions I need out of the Windows experience on my phone.

I’ve even reprogrammed the dedicated Bixby button to launch Cortana instead, using an app called bxActions. When I press the dedicated button, it launches the Cortana app. If I hold the button down, it takes me immediately to voice mode where I can say commands and have Cortana do things. It’s super handy having a dedicated Cortana button on the side, as it makes adding things like reminders or checking the weather super convenient.

I use Edge because it uses my Microsoft account to sync data, not because of the underlying engine.

Using Edge on Android is a nice addition, as it syncs your bookmarks and form data across your PC and phone. I don’t care that it’s using the Chrome engine underneath, because I don’t have an issue with Chrome’s engine. I use Edge because it uses my Microsoft account to sync data, not because of the underlying engine. Being able to continue files and web pages on my PC from my phone is also super convenient, more so than I was originally expecting.

More to come

This will improve over time, too. With Timeline and Cloud Clipboard in Windows 10 Redstone 4 builds, apps and things you copy will also be transferable across devices. Near Share is a new feature in the works for Windows 10 right now too, which will undoubtedly be coming to Android phones; allowing you to share files, photos and more instantly between your PC and phone – Source

Kinder, gentler debt collector TrueAccord raises $22 million

Bringing debt collection into the age of the soft touch, email and text-based world of the 21st century has netted TrueAccord $22 million in a new round of funding.
I first wrote about the company three years ago (time flies) and since then the company has added a 70 new customers and is managing the debt of roughly 1.8 million individuals and businesses (to the tune of approximately $1.6… Read More

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Best tech gifts for under $100 video – CNET

Check out our holiday tech ideas for under $100. – Source

Amazon offers a sneak peek at some of its best Black Friday deals

The Amazon Black Friday sneak peek is here, and it doesn’t disappoint!

We’ve seen ads from nearly every major retailer already, and one of the last ones that we have been waiting for is Amazon. The company has teased things already, but never officially revealed any detailed plans, until now. Some deals will begin as early as November 17, but Amazon does not specify which ones will launch on which date.

As expected, Amazon will offer an exclusive window of time for Voice Shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday deals, and that begins at 5 p.m. PT on Wednesday, November 22.

Amazon Devices
Home Furnishings
Smart Home
PlayStation 4 / Xbox One Games
Music, TV, Movies & Books
Sports & Outdoors
Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

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Save $20 on All-New Echo, only $79.99
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Add a smart plug to any Echo purchase for only $5 ($20 off)
Save $20 on Amazon Cloud Cam, only $99.99
Save $30 on Fire 7 Kids Edition, only $69.99 – and save an additional $10 when you buy two Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets, only $129.98
Save $40 on Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only $89.99 – and save an additional $10 when you buy two Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, only $169.98
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Save $30 on Kindle for Kids Bundle, only $69.99
Save $15 on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, only $24.99


Premium brand 40-inch smart TV, only $279.99
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Samsung UN65MU8000 65-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TV (2017 Model), only $1,297.99
Sony 65-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV (2017 Model), only $1,499.99
Samsung UN55MU8000 55-inch 4K Ultra HD smart TV (2017 Model), only $897.99
Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD smart LED TV (2017 Model), only $999.99
32-inch 720p TV, only $69.99
49-inch 4k TV, only $159.99
Save up to 30% on select TP-Link smart home and networking products
Save up to 25% on select Seagate hard drives
Save up to $150 on Acer Helios 300 Gaming Laptop
Save up to $120 on Cyberpowerpc Gaming Desktop
Save 30% on Corsair K70 Gaming Keyboard
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Shaali Motorsports N360 is a no frills, all thrills sports car from Dubai, for Dubai – Roadshow

Minimalist roadster features a manic 360-horsepower engine with Suzuki Hayabusa roots. – Source

Eko’s ‘That Moment When’ is an interactive comedy series all about social awkwardness

A new video series called That Moment When is pretty much my kryptonite. And I mean that as a compliment. See, I’m the kind of person who has to watch shows like The Office with my hands over my eyes. Violence? Gore? Monsters? All fine. But introduce any embarrassment or social discomfort, and suddenly I’m cringing. That Moment When has plenty of discomfort, and it doubles down… Read More

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[Deal Alert] Eero 2nd gen router and beacon packs discounted up to 24% at several retailers

If you’re looking to blanket your home with WiFi, the mesh network options are many nowadays. But eero has been around the block for a couple of years and the 2nd generation of devices, which was announced only a few months ago, has improved on the formula and been very well received by everyone who’s been using it.

And now’s the perfect time to jump on the eero bandwagon and grab a set for your house.

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[Deal Alert] Eero 2nd gen router and beacon packs discounted up to 24% at several retailers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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uBiome launches an at-home women’s health test for HPV, STI’s and bacterial vaginosis

SmartJane is a new women’s health test out from uBiome today that promises to check for 23 vaginal flora as well as 11 strains of the human papilloma virus and a string of sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia and gonorrhea from the comfort of your own home.
uBiome, which launched in 2012 to sequence and study the human microbiome, is best known for its at-home gut health test… Read More

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How to keep your house warm this winter – CNET

Make sure your home stays cozy all winter long. – Source

Second Android 8.0 Oreo beta is now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

At the beginning of the month, Samsung started rolling out its Android 8.0 Oreo beta to its Galaxy S8/S8 Plus devices in the US, UK, and Korea. The company isn’t resting on its laurels, it seems, as the second beta build is already making its way to users. The firmware may have the build number G950FXXU1ZQK4 or G955USQU1ZQK6 depending on which region you’re in.

According to the changelog, which you can see below, the new firmware has the most recent Google security patches (Oct), a more stable launcher, and improved DeX performance.

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Second Android 8.0 Oreo beta is now rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Should you upgrade from the LG G6 to Pixel 2?

The LG G6 and Pixel 2 are both solid phones in their own right, and as such, trying to pick between the two can be difficult.

There have been a lot of great smartphones this year, but because devices such as the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X tend to steal a good chunk of the limelight, it can be easy to let a lot of other solid devices slip under your radar. For a lot of people, the LG G6 was one such phone.

You can now pick up the G6 for as little as $399 if you know where to look, and for that price, you’re getting one heck of a phone. Along with its 18:9 display and minimal bezels, the G6 also features a solid dual-camera setup, slick design, and snappy performance.

However, as great of a deal as the phone currently is, spending a bit more cash to get the Pixel 2 just might be worth it. Here’s what some of our forum users had to say.

11-13-2017 10:14 AM

I didn’t mind my G6 when I had it… except for the camera. In low light and even mild light I had issues with some major lag/blur. Other then that it was fun (especially the wide angle lens). If I had a choice though my Pixel 2 XL would be my choice still simply due to updates + better camera performance.


11-13-2017 10:36 AM

I can certainly understand how you are feeling, OP. With all the great phones out there, it’s so hard to land and stick with just one. The G6 is awesome but yes, the Pixel 2 series… That’s an amazing lineup of phones.

The Pixel 2 (smaller version), to my knowledge, does not have the screen issues that some Pixel 2 XL’s have.

I’m in the mixed camp when it comes to the Pixel 2 XL. Yes,…


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This guy dealt with his insomnia by grading foxes on Twitter and it’s fantastic

If you didn’t have any strong opinions on species of fox, get ready to have some.

SEE ALSO: These playful baby pandas have to be separated before bedtime

Twitter user Colin J Carlson was plagued by insomnia on Saturday, and he had a novel solution to the crisis.

in the face of insomnia i will attempt to assign letter grades to the weird foxes. please stand by and watch this space for weird fox letter grades,, thank you

— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) November 12, 2017

a disclaimer before i begin: i am not a fox expert nor do i know things about foxes. please correct me if i am wrong. however the letter grades will not be wrong. this is the definitive ranking

— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) …

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Taylor Swift will never be the feminist of our dreams, but we can still listen

Every time a Taylor Swift album is released, critics ask the same exhausting question — will this be the album where Taylor Swift gets political?

The answer is always the same: GirlNo.

Swift’s politics, best described as ¯_(ツ)_/¯, have been the cause of an unending febrile pop culture battle ever since the artist first emerged a decade ago, reaching its apotheosis in 2017. If you’re interested in getting into a fight with a friend, might I suggest bringing up the topic of Swift’s feminism. Watch the unfollows commence.

Her latest album, reputation, is no exception. And it’s well past the time me and my fellow feminist friends face the facts. Swift will never, ever be the nasty woman of our left-to-neoliberal political dreams, and no amount of subtweeting will ever change that. …

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Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel will need to forge its own identity

When rumors broke that Amazon was hoping to turn J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings into a TV series, many felt that CEO Jeff Bezos had found his own Game of Thrones. We’re still many years out from seeing a final product, but the first steps wer… – Source

Verizon Galaxy J3 and Sprint Galaxy J7 Perx get updated to Android Nougat

Forget that rounded black biscuit sandwich filled with cream and let’s talk about the chewy sweet made of egg whites and nuts instead. (Said no one, ever.) But seriously, let’s just pretend Oreo doesn’t exist and focus on Nougat. It was a great Android OS with multi-window, bundled notifications, quick replies, and plenty of other great improvements.

Now you’ll be able to enjoy those same features if you own a Galaxy J3 on Verizon or a Galaxy J7 Perx on Sprint.

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Verizon Galaxy J3 and Sprint Galaxy J7 Perx get updated to Android Nougat was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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