iPhone Android Emoji Study

Texting with friends? Don’t use these confusing emoji

By on April 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

Texting with friends? Don’t use these confusing emoji

You might be using emoji on your iPhone or Android device a lot these days, but it turns out you probably don’t really understand what you’re sending to someone else. A new study shows that certain emoji images will be misunderstood by both senders receivers, as there’s no unified set of images across operating systems. Because images look different depending on what mobile device you’re using, they may trigger a positive or negative response, which can lead to unintended interpretations, conclusions, and results. More →

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iPhone SE Price Cost Android

Android vendors have another reason to fear the iPhone SE

By on April 5, 2016 at 5:10 PM.

Android vendors have another reason to fear the iPhone SE

Apple last week released the iPhone SE, which is largely an iPhone 6s that’s packed into a compact iPhone 5s design and that sports a price that’s characteristic to mid-range to high-end Android handsets. In other words, Apple finally delivered the one iPhone model many have asked for: an affordable yet powerful device that doesn’t have a huge screen.

But that’s not the only reason for Android device makers to worry. The iPhone SE spells trouble from a different point of view. More →

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WhatsApp Encryption iPhone Android

WhatsApp shows why the FBI’s fight against encryption is doomed

By on April 5, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

WhatsApp shows why the FBI’s fight against encryption is doomed

The FBI took on Apple and lost, but it’s still looking for ways to persuade tech companies to give it back doors to encrypted devices. However, the extra attention the encryption debate received in the past few weeks won’t work in the FBI’s favor. The most recent service to announce end-to-end encryption is WhatsApp, Facebook’s most popular messaging app. More →

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How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

How to encrypt iPhone and Android, and why you should do it now

By on April 4, 2016 at 1:50 PM.

Apple’s fight with the FBI may be over for the time being, but this high-profile fight about user privacy and state security may have puzzled some smartphone users. When is an iPhone or Android device encrypted? And how does one go about securing the data on them?

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Would it be any easier for the FBI to crack Android?

Would it be any easier for the FBI to crack Android?

By on March 31, 2016 at 2:11 PM.

Much has been written about the massive fight between the FBI and Apple over encryption in the high-profile San Bernardino shooting case. Apple has won the battle for the time being, though the FBI has managed to break into the phone without Apple’s help. What’s more, the Bureau will soon help hack into other iOS devices that law enforcement agencies across the country want to unlock.

Can the FBI do the same thing with Android devices? More →

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Android N Features

How to add Android N’s best new features to your phone right now

By on March 31, 2016 at 1:25 PM.

How to add Android N’s best new features to your phone right now

Android 6.0 Marshmallow was announced nearly six months ago and according to Google, it has only found its way to 2.3% of Android devices so far. That… is not a lot of Android phones. Since Marshmallow has been available for six months and it’s only found on less than 3% of devices, you can imagine how long it will be before Android N makes its way to end users. Google surprised us all when it released a developer preview build earlier this month, and the final build of Android N is expected to be released sometime this summer. So if trends stay true, we can expect N to become the most widely used version of Android sometime in 2018. Seriously.

That’s a long time from now but if you’re a somewhat savvy user, we have good news for you: You can start to use Android N’s best new features on your current smartphone right now. More →

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AT&T Vs Google Cyanogen Android Phone

Would AT&T really go this far to undermine Google’s control of Android?

By on March 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM.

Would AT&T really go this far to undermine Google’s control of Android?

When you think of Google’s major rivals, you typically think of Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and maybe even Amazon. But what about AT&T? A new report from The Information claims that AT&T is actually working developing a new smartphone with the help of Cyanogen, the company that last year vowed to “take Android away from Google.” It looks like AT&T and Cyanogen had been courting Chinese manufacturer ZTE to make the device, although recent trade sanctions leveled against the company put its future involvement in the project in doubt. More →

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Miitomo Release Date

Nintendo’s first iOS and Android app launches in the U.S. on March 31st

By on March 29, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Nintendo’s first iOS and Android app launches in the U.S. on March 31st

Nintendo’s first smartphone app is coming west. On Tuesday, Nintendo announced that Miitomo will launch in the United States on Thursday, March 31st. That will also mark the two week anniversary of the social app releasing in Japan, where it managed to rack up over one million downloads in just three days. More →

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Apple Music Android Widget

Apple Music just got a new feature on Android that’s not coming to iOS any time soon

By on March 25, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

Apple Music just got a new feature on Android that’s not coming to iOS any time soon

Not long ago, Apple brought its Apple Music app to Android. Having to compete with established powerhouses like Spotify and Pandora, Apple knew it would be hamstrung if it restricted the app to iOS, so it decided to expand to its rival ecosystem. Interestingly, this has provided Apple to opportunity to deliver features that might not make sense on iOS. More →

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Android Rooting Security Bug Nexus

Critical Android bug can permanently compromise Nexus and other devices

By on March 23, 2016 at 7:40 PM.

Critical Android bug can permanently compromise Nexus and other devices

Another day, another big Android vulnerability revealed. A report from security firm Lookout informs us of a new threat that can permanently “compromise” a device, including Google’s Nexus handsets and tablets that usually run the latest version of Android. However, while the new threat can compromise many Android handsets, it’s likely it’s not actively used in attacks at this point.

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Google Now Deadpool Download

Hilarious: Google Now offers tips for pirating ‘Deadpool’

By on March 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM.

Hilarious: Google Now offers tips for pirating ‘Deadpool’

Google Now is arguably the best thing about using an Android phone. If you give it permission, Google will track everything about you, extract the right information and present it in an easy-to-digest form right when you need it most. But who knew that among the many things Google can do is offer you tips on how to download pirated copies of blockbuster movies?

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What Is Using A $20 Android Phone Like

What it’s like living with a $20 Android phone

By on March 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

What it’s like living with a $20 Android phone

Android phones aren’t all glitzy flagship devices like the Galaxy S7 edge and the LG G5. In fact, the majority of Android phones out there are dirt-cheap phones made by no-name companies. Gadget YouTuber Austin Evans recently got his hands on a $20 Android phone called the Alcatel Pixi Glitz and he decided to see how it stacked up to other Android phones on the market. While he wouldn’t personally use it as his primary device, he did say that for $20 it’s a “pretty solid” device. More →

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