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New ‘iPhone’ Leak Comes Directly From Apple? – Forbes

Friday, March 24, 2017

There’s a problem with the iPhone 8 that no one seems able to solve, but then it struck me: itself has spent the last few years quietly trying to tell us… It all boils down to a very simple question: What is the name of the 2017 iPhone? If you follow leaks then you’ll know the hot favourite is ‘iPhone 8’ but other names to have been floated include the…

Android O will make it easier to add custom ringtones and notification sounds – The Verge

Friday, March 24, 2017

For all of its customization benefits, Android has never been well known for having the most user-friendly settings options. Case in point: setting a custom ringtone for devices running the AOSP version of Android has, in the past, involved plugging your phone into your computer to drag and drop song and sound files onto the phone for use later, or to move downloaded files to the proper location on the…

It’s time for Macy’s to ‘rally the troops,’ retail analyst says – CNBC

Friday, March 24, 2017

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Apple patent application points to an iPhone-powered laptop – CNET

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Apple patent application points to iPhone-powered laptop A filing comes to light that shows a plan for marrying an iPhone to a laptop-like accessory. by Iyaz Akhtar Apple may eventually let you find out if an iPhone is all the computer power you need. A US patent application filed in September and published Thursday points to an accessory that look like a traditional clamshell laptop, but has an iPhone-sized slot…

WikiLeaks Says CIA Targeted iPhone Supply Chain Since 2008 – Fortune

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The controversial WikiLeaks has released new documents on several CIA projects aimed at infiltrating iPhones and Macs. The release, called Vault 7 “Dark Matter,” describes a handful of programs that the CIA has apparently used for nearly a decade—in some cases to surreptitiously monitor Apple device owners. One of those programs is called NightSkies 1.2, a “beacon/loader/implant tool” that the CIA has been using since 2008, according to WikiLeaks. The…

Shielding MAC addresses from stalkers is hard and Android fails miserably at it – Ars Technica

Thursday, March 23, 2017

reader comments 59 In early 2015, architects of Google’s Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that the measure remains missing on the vast majority of Android phones and is easily defeated on the relatively small number of devices that…

Apple imagines turning an iPhone or iPad into a touchscreen MacBook – The Verge

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Apple’s first experiment with touchscreens on Macs produced the Touch Bar recently, but the iPhone maker might be considering something a lot more ambitious in the future. Apple Insider has discovered a patent filing that covers laptops that include docks for an iPhone or iPad. In one example an iPhone can be docked into the trackpad section of the laptop, providing the processor, graphics card, memory, and storage for the…

Android O: All the new features in Google’s next major update – Fox News

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Google on Tuesday came out with the first developer preview of Android O, its next major Android update. You can already install it on supported devices including last year’s Google Pixel phones, and we’ve already shown you the most important new features of the upcoming mobile OS upgrade. However, there are various other features baked into Android O that fans will want to know about, including behind-the-scenes improvements and plenty…

UK retail sales shrug off Brexit fears with February rise – The Guardian

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Britain’s retailers received a respite from a two-month losing streak when spending in high street stores and online bounced back in February. The Office for National Statistics said retail sales volumes were up by 1.4% on January and 3.7% higher than in February 2016. Sterling rose on the currency markets after news of the rise was announced, but the ONS said the bounce back had failed to recoup all the…

Android O brings fun customizations that set the stage for bigger changes – The Verge

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Android O developer preview just dropped, and we’ve been poking around to see what’s new with the latest version. So far, it’s hard to judge the new features on Android O since most require app developers to update their code, but some digging does show tons of interesting settings that hint at what’s to come. Before we go further, note that this is a developer preview of Android O….

Apple’s new red iPhone has an ugly side – The Verge

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I love the color red. Here are many things that are red in the world that are wonderful: Tomatoes Tomato ketchup Fire trucks Ronald McDonald’s hair London buses YouTube Netflix Ferrari cars Stop signs Rudolph’s nose Mr potato head’s nose The red nose, nose Anyway, you get my point. Red things are generally pretty good and are red for a reason. That’s why I was excited to learn that Apple…

Running out of iPhone storage space? These tricks can help – USA TODAY

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CLOSE x Embed x Share Running out of space on your smartphone? Columnist Marc Saltzman has tips on how to free up storage. USA Today A view of apps on an iPhone 5S smartphone.(Photo: Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images) Storage space on the iPhone has always been a finite, valuable commodity, dating back to the original iPhone in 2007. Whereas many Android phones allow you to add more storage through microSD…

VAIO’s slick metal Windows Phone is resurrected for Android – Engadget

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Launching in early April on Japanese phone carriers (if not elsewhere at the moment), the spec sheet remains largely unchanged — although VAIO has added a few more 3G radios and a second SIM card slot to make it at least a little bit more global. (Yeah, we’re eking out any signs that it might leave Japan.) It still has a full HD 5.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 617 processor and…

How to download the Android O Developer Preview: Try out the new features in the new version of Android coming in … – PC Advisor

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On 21 March 2017 Google made available the Android O Developer Preview, and for the second time it did so ahead of its annual Google I/O Developer’s Conference. The final version won’t be with us until late summer, but if you’re curious it is possible to download Android O today on compatible devices. Also see: Android O latest news and rumours Should I install Android O? Unless you are a developer,…

Google releases Android O to developers, promising better battery life and notifications – The Verge

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

For the second year in a row, Google is making a developer preview for the next version of Android available in March, well ahead of its presumed consumer release in the fall. This one is codenamed “O,” and your guess is as good as mine as to what dessert the final version will be named after. It isn’t yet available for regular users to try out. Although developers can begin…

Sony helped Google improve wireless audio quality in Android O – The Verge

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Google just announced Android O and revealed a preliminary list of features and changes that consumers should start seeing on phones this fall. The update doesn’t sound earth shattering at this (very) early stage, but among the surprising tidbits is just how much work Android partners are putting in to help improve the overall OS. The standout, according to Google, is Sony Mobile. Sony has so far “contributed more than…

Apple debuts red iPhone to fuel fight against AIDS – CBS News

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Apple announced the latest addition to its iPhone family Tuesday: a bright, cherry red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The new iPhone is part of Apple’s partnership with (RED), an initiative that mobilizes brands to support the nonprofit Global Fund’s efforts to rid the world of HIV and AIDS. The Global Fund specifically works in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 70 percent of the world’s HIV-positive live, according to…

Android O will work better on Chromebooks, thanks to improved keyboard support – The Verge

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Part of Google’s upcoming Android O release is a new and improved model for keyboard navigation, which will make using Android apps on a Chromebook a little less frustrating. As it stands today, a majority of Android apps are designed with only touchscreen navigation in mind. That makes them hard to use on larger screens, and pretty much unusable on devices that rely solely on keyboard and mouse inputs. So…

10 handy iPhone tips to make your life easier [Video] – 9 to 5 Mac

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

In this hands-on video walkthrough, I share 10 handy tips for iPhone that I use on a regular basis. While I expect that most readers know and employ many of these tips, I’m hoping that there’s at least one or two that you’ll find useful. The best wireless keyboard for the Mac? Lock down apps with Guided Access As someone with a lot of friends that have kids, I’m often asked to give…