Google Expands Its Bounty Program to Include 3rd-Party App Bugs, Data Privacy Violations

Google has dramatically expanded its bug bounty program to include non-Google Android apps in Google Play with 100 million or more installs, as well as data privacy issues in any app. Google will work with developers’ own bug/vulnerability bounty programs, but will pay out bounties in addition to those of developers. Google will also use reports of security vulnerabilities through the new program to improve its automated scanners that look for security issues in all apps uploaded to the Play Store. Google is also starting a new program called Developer Data Protection Reward Program (DDPRP) that will offer similar rewards for people who find proof that an app in the Play Store is violating Google’s policies on data privacy. Google will pay up to $50,000 to people who identify situations where user data is being used or sold unexpectedly, or repurposed in an illegitimate way without user consent.

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Apple Expands Third-Party iPhone Repair Program

Apple is opening up its official iPhone repair program to allow independent repair shops of all sizes access to genuine Apple parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and diagnostics. Apple had previously restricted these resources to Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs), which now includes all Best Buy locations. But now any repair shop with an Apple-certified technician on staff can offer Apple-sanctioned service for the most common out-of-warranty iPhone repairs. Employee certification is free of charge. The new program is called the Independent Repair Provider Program. Participating businesses will receive Apple-genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics at the same cost as AASPs. Interested businesses can apply starting today.

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Google Moving Pixel Production from China to Vietnam

Google has started work to shift its own hardware manufacturing — including Pixel phones — from China to Vietnam, as it seeks to avoid tariffs in Trump’s trade war with China as well as rising labor costs in China. An old Nokia factory in Vietnam is being rehabbed to make Pixel phones. Some Pixel 3a phones could be shipping from the new factory in Vietnam before the end of this year. According to sources speaking to Nikkei, Google intends to eventually move production of most of its American-bound hardware outside of China. Samsung also has phone factories in the same Vietnamese province.

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You want your fast smartphone fast? Check EE’s new delivery and setup service

You want  your fast smartphone fast? Check EEs new delivery and setup service
Originally only available in parts of London, the EE superfast smartphone delivery service has now expanded in the capital with Birmingham and Manchester also getting in on the action. There’s ten other cities due to get the service by the end of this year, including Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Sheffield, Cardiff and Cambridge.

Available across all EE 5G and 4G pay monthly handset plans, the network has extended delivery timeslots so that they’re now available from 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday plus 10am – 6pm on Sundays.

In partnership with “Enjoy” they aim to offer this to 80% of UK population by next year, giving your a speedy and personalised setup experience from an Enjoy expert. If you’re buying on the phone, just ask or – if your’e online – just hit the “superfast delivery with expert set-up” option during checkout. This is a completely free, with experts getting you up and running as quickly as possible. They can help with transferring contacts, photos and apps, or just learning about your new smartphone features.

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T-Mobile Free Trial Offer Includes Free Hotspot, Free Month of Data

T-Mobile is inviting customers of other carriers to test its network free for 30 days, using their existing phone and before deciding to switch. To do this, it’s giving away free Coolpad Surf mobile hotspots with 30 days or 30 GB of free data (whichever comes first). Users connect their existing phone to the hotspot via W-Fi, which in turn connects to the T-Mobile network. This allows users to test T-Mobile’s network without switching phones or leaving their current carrier. T-Mobile is eager to show off its improved coverage. T-Mobile has spent $30 billion in recent years to add LTE in band 71 nationwide. Band 71 is a swath of radio frequencies near 600 MHz, which is lower than other mobile phone bands. The lower frequency provides farther-reaching coverage and better service indoors.

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Save the planet, get yourself a case made from water bottles

Save the planet, get yourself a case made from water bottles
Got yourself a Samsung Galaxy Note10 and want to help the environment a bit? Well, you could try on of these Oxford Eco cases.

Each screen cover is made from two recycled plastic water bottles, effectively removing tonnes of plastic from potential land fill (if you put it in land fill of course, I’m hoping you’d recycle it!)

The Oxford Eco is £34.99 and you can get it at Carphone Warehouse. It comes with card slots, an integrated stand and 360-degree protection from up to 13-foot drops. It also has an “eco-material cover” which is made using recycled plastic/polycarbonate (PC).

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ZTE Axon 10 Pro Brings Its Flagship Specs to the US for $549

ZTE today launched a US version of its Axon 10 Pro flagship phone for $549. It comes with more RAM (8-12 GB) and storage (256 GB) than the global version. It also has better support for US 4G LTE networks than most unlocked phones, supporting Cat. 12 LTE across bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 25, 26, 30, 41, 66, and 71, (plus overseas bands). The 10 Pro sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 4,000 mAh battery, and a 6.5-inch, full-HD AMOELD display with curved sides. Its triple rear cameras include a 48-megapixel main camera (f/1.7), 20-megapixel wide-angle (125º), and 3x telephoto (8 megapixel). The selfie camera clocks in at 20 megapixel. It also has Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging, wireless charging, NFC, memory card slot, water resistance, and an optical in-display fingerprint reader. The design features a deep blue color, matte-finish aluminum frame and 3D curved glass front and back. It comes with Android 9 and a clean Google interface design. It does not have a 3.5mm audio jack, but an adapter is included in the box, along with a fast charger and TPU case. The standard model with 8 GB RAM is available today, unlocked, for $549 from ZTE, B&H Photo, and Newegg. The 12 GB RAM version runs $599.

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4 Things you didn’t know drones could do

4 Things you didnt know drones could doDrones have come a long way since when they were first invented. You can use them for a whole number of purposes and they come in a range of styles and sizes. You can even get a drone that fits in your pocket!

Keep reading to discover more about the history of drones and learn about 4 things you didn’t know they could do.

The History of Drones

Drones have been around for many years. However, when they were first invented people weren’t using them with a 4k camera and taking beautiful photos from above.

The term ‘drone’ refers to any aerial vehicle which is unmanned. This means the person who is in charge of the drone is not in the vehicle.

The very first ‘drone’ (by the definition above) was flown in 1839 by Austrian soldiers. The soldiers used unmanned balloons filled with explosives to attack Venice. Some of the unmanned balloons managed to reach their destination, however some blew backwards and bombed the Austrians’ own lines.

From then, drones have been developed and reconstructed through time. In 1916, Great Britain developed the first pilotless winged aircraft. Military drones were also used in WWII and the Cold War.

With advancements in unmanned aerial vehicle technology commercial drones (non-military drones) were introduced in 2006. However, it wasn’t until much later that drones became more available to the public.

4 Things You Didn’t Know Drones Could Do

When you think of drones now the first thing you think of is that you can take photos from the sky of below. People like to make videos and explore different areas that they aren’t allowed access into.

However, these are just some of the many uses a drone has. Drones can also provide assistance following natural disasters. Using drones people are able to identify and save people after natural disasters strike, for example after earthquakes. Drones can also use infrared technology to detect humans.

Drones can also be used to identify gas, oil, and help with mineral exploration. This can be extremely useful for geologists who need to accurately locate oil, gas, and minerals. Finding oil and gas can be very tricky, especially because there is less than ever before, however using electromagnetic sensors can help save time and find the sources.

Lidar is a remote sensing technology that helps to measure the distance by illuminating an object with a laser and then measuring what is reflected back. This particular drone function is very useful for agriculture and measuring the height of crops.

Using the aerial surveillance that drones can provide is useful for a variety of people. For example, farmers might use it to locate their missing animals. Another example of using aerial surveillance in a professional setting is when fire departments need to track wildfires. Drones are also used to inspect power lines and large structures that would otherwise be dangerous and costly to be inspected by a human.

Find a Drone That is Right for You

Now you know all the cool things you can do with a drone, it might be time to buy one or upgrade your old drone. The good news is that there is a wide selection of drones available, the bad news is that it can be hard to choose which one to get.

Think about what you will be using the drone for and how much you want to spend on it. You don’t need to get the most expensive and high quality drone if you will only be taking it out occasionally and doing it as a hobby.

If you are thinking of buying yourself a drone then make sure you read the drone reviews and find out what other people like and dislike about the drone.

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EE responds with unlimited 5G too

EE responds with unlimited 5G too
When EE launched their 5G plans we noticed that the example 5G plans were £10 more expensive than the same 4G ones. After a bit of digging, there were bigger disparities, so we had to question – why?

It’s something that Three couldn’t understand either, and they announced 5G at no extra cost. Vodafone did the same, and made 5G roaming the same price too. The only minor caveat with the Voda offering is that speeds can alter depending on which “unrestricted” plan you go for.

That kinda made EE the odd one out, but they’ve now launched their own competing products, which also come without any speed restrictions. You can get them for 4G and 5G SIM-only and phone contract plans with 4G prices starting at £34 per month.

The network are stating that there’s no restrictions at all, although we should point out that the unlimited plans start at £34 per month (sans benefits and 5G) with the full unlimited 5G plans starting at £44 per month.

EE responds with unlimited 5G too

You can choose plans with “Swappable Benefits”, that’s Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport App access and Roam Further Pass access.

Edward Goff, EE’s Marketing Director, told us..

If you want an unlimited data plan, you should get it on the UK’s best network, with the coverage and speeds that let you make the most of it. Our new unlimited range offers customers the ultimate smartphone experience in more places across the UK than any other network, all with no speed caps and great swappable benefits like Amazon Prime Video and BT Sport.

Many will be drawn to the fact that you could get a phone, slap a £44 per month 5G SIM in and start tethering. EE seem to stated that these plans are for “non-commercial use”, so it’s both vague and a bit of a possible problem area.

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Google Maps Mixes in Biking, Rideshare with Transit Directions

In the coming weeks, Google Maps transit directions will be enhanced to include biking and ride-share as options for each end of the trip, when appropriate. The feature includes cost estimates and estimated wait times, and lets you hire a ride-share car right within the directions. You can also choose your favorite ride-share provider and other available ride options like pool or economy. The new options are factored into your total travel time and ETA.

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