New red iPhone 7 already modded with black display on front
Apple‘s new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have just launched, and it’s hard to argue against how awesome the color looks on the iconic smartphone. Well, on the back side, that is. What you can argue against is Apple’s choice to go with the white plate on the display side of the device as opposed to black. This is, … Continue reading...
A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent ruling
 Apple has bigger fish frying in the world of intellectual property. But it must be a relief that an IP court in Beijing has handed the smartphone pioneers a win. On Friday, the courts overturned a May 2016 ruling that said Apple had violated design patents of a small, and now defunct, Chinese company called Shenzhen Baili. The disputes were over the exterior design of the iPhone 6 and 6… Read More ...
Smartphones and humans often fail to detect face morphed photos: Research
A group of researchers has demonstrated that both humans and smartphones show a degree of error in distinguishing face morph photos from their ‘real’ faces on fraudulent identity cards. Researchers at the University of York in Britain investigated what the success rate would be like if two faces were morphed together to create a “new” face. “We use photo ID all the time, not just at borders, and we know that people are not very accurate when matching the photo to th...
Nokia’s new Android-powered phones come to the US this summer
The Nokia name has been making a big return in 2017 so far, not only with the simple-yet-impressive new 3310 that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress last month, but with a trio of Android-powered smartphones that feature decent mid-range specs. Dubbed the Nokia 6, 5, and 3, the three phones are now confirmed to be coming to the US … Continue reading...
Smartphones and humans often fail to detect face morphed photos: Research
A group of researchers has demonstrated that both humans and smartphones show a degree of error in distinguishing face morph photos from their ‘real’ faces on fraudulent identity cards. Researchers at the University of York in Britain investigated what the success rate would be like if two faces were morphed together to create a “new” face. “We use photo ID all the time, not just at borders, and we know that people are not very accurate when matching the photo to th...
Galaxy S8 Plus photos leak, new details on S8 accessories
As the tech world holds its breath in anticipation of the official debut of Samsung‘s Galaxy S8 smartphone, more details and images continue to make their way to the public. While we’ve known things like the phone’s specs and international release dates for a while now, we’ve now got our first look at the larger Galaxy S8 Plus model, along … Continue reading...
T-Mobile Scam Block and Scam ID flag scam calls in real-time
T-Mobile has announced the rollout of its Scam ID and Scam Block services, which let subscribers know if an incoming call is likely to be a scam. Such a feature is particularly welcomed during tax season, a time when scam calls are plentiful, and it also helps protect particularly vulnerable groups who are often targeted by such scammers. The features … Continue reading...
LG K20 V and Galaxy J7 V budget phones launch at Verizon
Verizon has launched a pair of budget-tier Android smartphones, the LG K20 V and the Samsung Galaxy J7 V. Both bring moderate features for a budget-tier price, with the Galaxy handset being a slightly higher-end model versus the LG offering. Both models are available to purchase from Big Red now outright or for a monthly price. The LG K20 V … Continue reading...
Samsung releasing Note 7 update in Korea to disable charging
Samsung has been mostly successful in getting those with a defective Galaxy Note 7 to turn their phones in, but as always, there are a certain amount of stragglers who are still using theirs. Samsung has tried a few things to get these consumers to hand in their phones, from offering trade-in credits to limiting the amount the phone’s battery … Continue reading...
Android O on Nexus 5X, 6P gets a preliminary root
New Android releases are almost always welcomed by Android users, but power users, especially those who routinely root their devices, have mixed feelings. While it brings new features to play with, a new Android version usually also patches up exploits that are used to gain root access. Defying expectation, however, Chainfire, developer extraordinaire known for his SuperSU utility, has announced … Continue reading...
Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus
Last summer, Amazon launched what it calls ‘Prime Exclusive Phones,’ which are subsidized Android handsets offered to Prime members at a discount…and with advertisements on the lock screen. If you don’t mind having to glance at ads whenever you turn your phone on, the deal is a decent way to get a decent handset for less than the typical sticker … Continue reading...
Apple says recent Wikileaks CIA docs detail old, fixed iPhone and Mac exploits
 Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the Wikileaks documents released today indicate that the vulnerabilities it details for iPhone and Mac were fixed years ago. The documents, which originated with the CIA, detailed a variety of methods for compromising — breaking into — Apple devices if an agent was able to gain physical access to the device. The leaks were a part of… Read More ...
Samsung Pay has fully launched in India
Following a test in the region, Samsung Pay has fully launched for everyone in India, marking a new milestone for the payment platform. As in other regions, those in India will be able to use their Samsung mobile device and compatible bank cards to make payments at retailers that accept the service, eliminating the need to swipe cards. Samsung says … Continue reading...
Samsung Pay has fully launched in India
Following a test in the region, Samsung Pay has fully launched for everyone in India, marking a new milestone for the payment platform. As in other regions, those in India will be able to use their Samsung mobile device and compatible bank cards to make payments at retailers that accept the service, eliminating the need to swipe cards. Samsung says … Continue reading...
OPPO F3 Plus tries to be twice the selfie expert
OPPO has apparently found its calling in the sometimes hated, sometimes loved market of selfies. Each major smartphone it releases is touted as a “selfie expert” and, to some extent, that does end up being true. The OPPO F3 Plus is no different, at least not in trying to claim the title. It is, however, different in that it has … Continue reading...
Android plans to improve security update speed this year
 Google has spent the past year working with third party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough to protect users from known vulnerabilities. And while Google says it has made some progress in this area — Android issued security updates to 735 million devices from over 200 manufacturers in 2016… Read More ...
The Pokemon GO Water Festival event begins today
Starting this afternoon at 1PM Pacific Time – 4PM Eastern Time – the next big Pokemon GO event will begin. This event was announced earlier today by Niantic itself in an official fashion, which means it’s not a secret in any way, shape, or form. This event will include a large amount of Water Type Pokemon – the sort that … Continue reading...
OnePlus 3, 3T gets new OxygenOS MP Early Access program
More and more Android users expect fast and timely updates for their phones, especially when it comes to the monthly security fixes. Not all smartphone makers, however, have the capacity to always have an army of testers available all year round. Especially smaller companies like OnePlus. Almost as a tit for tat arrangement, OEMs have started enlisting the help of … Continue reading...
Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling
Much of the features of the upcoming Galaxy S8 have already been leaked to death. Some, like the Bixby AI-powered assistant, has even been confirmed by Samsung itself. One feature, however, has mostly remained on the sidelines, the Continuum-like DeX desktop. While details are still scarce, the accessory that will make DeX possible has recently come to light. The DeX … Continue reading...
Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming
Google has just announced the first developer preview of the next Android version, currently still called Android O. But unless you have a very recent Nexus or Pixel device and are brave enough to flash the images yourself, you’ll have to wait for the final release or, at the very least, an OTA update from the Beta program. In the … Continue reading...