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...
Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp
An update to news of the Pokemon GO Water Event this week suggests that this may be the one and only time a Shiny Magikarp appears. That’s according to our anonymous source with information on the subject – who also mentions that this decision has yet to be finalized. It could just as easily be that this Pokemon GO Water … 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...
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 ...
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...
Apple’s iPhone 6s was most popular smartphone of 2016 — and it wasn’t close
In 2016, the iPhone 6s became the most-shipped smartphone in the world, followed by the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s Plus. This puts the iEmpire's hardware well ahead of the competition. The post Apple’s iPhone 6s was most popular smartphone of 2016 — and it wasn’t close appeared first on Digital Trends....
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...
Newly developed smartphone controlled device can detect virus based diseases in 30 minutes
Researchers including one of Indian origin have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that costs as little as $100 and claims to detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30 minutes. The device, developed by the team at Sandia National Labs, part of the US Department of Energy, is based on the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) diagnostic method which eliminates the need to process a biological sample such as blood or urine, before testing. “In a...
How to download Android O update features for your phone
Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it’s specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program – instead, it’s meant for developers extra-specifically. … Continue reading...
Newly developed smartphone controlled device can detect virus based diseases in 30 minutes
Researchers including one of Indian origin have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that costs as little as $100 and claims to detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30 minutes. The device, developed by the team at Sandia National Labs, part of the US Department of Energy, is based on the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) diagnostic method which eliminates the need to process a biological sample such as blood or urine, before testing. “In a...
Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-release date photos show Easter’s secret weapon
What you’re about to see is shocking, to say the least – a Galaxy S8 from Samsung in a color that’s perfect for the Easter Bunny. This is the Violet Samsung Galaxy S8 we’ve heard rumors of – or at least it certainly appears to be said phone. What we’ve got to go on is very little in the way … Continue reading...