Essential's Camera App Given New Portrait Mode

Essential Products has updated the camera app for the PH-1 smartphone and in so doing added several new features. To start, the app now includes a portrait mode, allowing people to take images of friends and family with blurred backgrounds. The exposure compensation tool is now available in all camera shooting modes, which gives people more control over their results. Essential says the camera app now has lower jpeg compression for improved image quality. Last, the update fixes bugs and fine-tunes performance. The Essential camera application is available to PH-1 owners via the Play Store.

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Google's Datally App Helps People Manage Monthly Data

Google today announced Datally, a new app meant to help mobile device owners manage their data usage thanks to fine-tuned controls. To start, the app lets people view their data usage on an hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The app will analyze usage over time and deliver personalized recommendations on how to save data. A built-in Data Saver tool automatically turns off background data usage for all apps and provides instant insight on data usage while people use their apps. Datally will scan for public wifi hotspots, too, and help people connect in order to avoid using the mobile network. Google has been testing Datally in the Philippines for several months and says many people have been able to reel in data usage by 30% each month when using the app. Datally is available for free from the Play Store. It runs on devices with Android 5.1 Lollipop and up.

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NOA N8 Packs a 5,000 mAh battery and almost 6″ 18:9 screen

We’ve received an email from NOA. They’re about to launch their first smartphone with an 18:9 screen ratio and DTS audio. It’s called the NOA N8 and has a near 6″ screen, though it’s 720x1440px. It also has a 5000 mAh battery, which seems very decent, and that has something called “PumpExpress+” which means you can charge quickly and safely. It runs Android 7 with a Mediatek 6750T Helio P10 8x CPU @ 1.5GHz.

NOA N8 Packs a 5,000 mAh battery and almost 6 18:9 screen

The 4G-capable smartphone also comes equipped with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Around the back are two cameras – a 13 megapixel and a 5 megapixel, plus there’s a 16 megapixel Samsung selfie camera up front.

All the other standard bits are here, including a USB type-C fast charging port, light sensor, fingerprint reader, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

This unibody aluminium handset will be appearing at IFA, where the Croatian manufacturer will no doubt show off their other handsets. 16MP camera and a double 13MP + 5MP back camera.

To promote it, we’ve received a video of a lady running along a beach. Pfff.. who do they take us for? Do you think that alone is going to get me to click play?

Want one? Well, it’s on pre-order right now and the price is €259. That works out at around £193 and it should be available tomorrow. We can’t find any mention of NFC or a microSD slot though.

NOA N8 Packs a 5,000 mAh battery and almost 6 18:9 screen

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  • A rather cool cube-shaped travel charger and adapter

    A rather cool cube shaped travel charger and adapter

    Going abroad usually involves you forgetting your travel adapter, then buying some ridiculously-priced one at the airport instead. Now this little cube is here to help. The TA502 has two USB ports and will convert from / to US, EU, AU and UK plugs. These conform to US, UK, EU and AU standards and measures in at just 50 mm wide. It also supports voltages from 100 to 240 V.

    The two USB ports supply 5 V/2.5 A and it’s a surge protector too. You can buy it black/grey, black/red, black/rose gold and all red. Also included in the package is a convenient carrying pouch. It’s available for £38, and you can get the US pricing on their site. It’s also available for a bit less here. However, we managed to find some pretty decent UK pricing on a site called Secretsales. There it’s just £25, which isn’t bad at all. The other colours are also available, as you can find here, but it’s a limited-time sale.

    Have a look at it in action here…

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  • Study: Many Android Apps Secretly Track Users

    More than three in four Android apps contain at least one third-party “tracker,” according to a new analysis of hundreds of apps.

    The study by French research organization Exodus Privacy and Yale University’s Privacy Lab analyzed the mobile apps for the signatures of 25 known trackers, which use various techniques to glean personal information about users to better target them for advertisements and services.

    Among the apps found to be using some sort of tracking plugin were some of the most popular apps on the Google Play Store, including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid. All four apps use a service owned by Google, called Crashlytics, that primarily tracks app crash reports, but can also provide the ability to “get insight into your users, what they’re doing, and inject live social content to delight them.”

    Other less widely-used trackers can go much further. One cited by Yale is FidZup, a French tracking provider with technology that can “detect the presence of mobile phones and therefore their owners” using ultrasonic tones. FidZup says it no-longer uses that technology, however, since tracking users through simple wifi networks works just as well.

    The Yale researchers said: “FidZup’s practices closely resemble those of Teemo (formerly known as Databerries), the tracker company that was embroiled in scandal earlier this year for studying the geolocation of 10 million French citizens, and SafeGraph, who ?EU?collected 17tn location markers for 10m smartphones during [Thanksgiving] last year’. Both of these trackers have been profiled by Privacy Lab and can be identified by Exodus scans.”

    Yale Privacy Lab is using its research to call on developers, as well as Google, “for increased transparency into privacy and security practice as it relates to these trackers.”

    The researchers added: “Android users, and users of all app stores, deserve a trusted chain of software development, distribution, and installation that does…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Online Shopping for the Holidays? Beware Hacks, Scams and ID Theft

    It may be the “most wonderful time of the year,” with special offers and sales galore, but it’s also the most likely time to have your identity stolen, cyber experts warn.

    Hackers and online fraudsters are impersonating brand-name retailers and scaring consumers with fake emails, purchases and links in an effort to hook unsuspecting shoppers with phishing scams.

    “They know we’re frazzled, they know we’re easily distracted and they know — and hope — that we’re going to click on one of those links, which will end up having malware downloaded on our computer,” said Ryan Gerding, a spokesman for the anti-spyware and malware firm Enigma Software.

    The National Retail Foundation estimated that about 78 million people were expected to shop online for holiday discounts on Cyber Monday, with one-day profits expected to total $6.6 billion.

    Mr. Gerding said the chances of getting a computer infection increase with the uptick in web traffic. As online shopping grows year to year, more Americans are at risk of being hacked.

    “Last year during the holiday shopping season, which we counted as Black Friday through Christmas, infections on our customers computers jumped 99.23 percent and that was a bigger spike than in 2015 and in 2014,” Mr. Gerding said.

    Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black reported that phishing attacks — emails, messages or pop-ups with corrupted links — rose last year by 20.5 percent during November and December, and are expected to increase even more this holiday season.

    RiskIQ, another cybersecurity intelligence firm, warned consumers of an increased risk of mobile infections during this time — their most recent analysis identified at least one in 25 smartphones apps referencing “Black Friday” as unsafe and malicious.

    Without naming retailers, RiskIQ said they identified and blacklisted 32,000 apps and 1,451 URLs that impersonate the top five most popular e-commerce sites.

    “The findings confirmed that threat actors…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Price of Bitcoin Surges Past the $10,000 Barrier

    The price of bitcoin surged through $10,000 on Wednesday, adding to its ten-fold jump in value this year and fueling a debate as to whether the virtual currency is gaining mainstream acceptance or is merely a bubble waiting to burst.

    The cost of buying one bitcoin as measured by the website Coindesk rocketed 10 percent through $10,000 early Wednesday and hit a high of $11,377 — having started the year below $1,000.

    The vertiginous rise in the price of bitcoin and other virtual currencies this year has divided the financial community on their merits and whether — or when — the value might come crashing back down.

    The CEO of JPMorgan Chase has called bitcoin a “fraud,” as it is not based on anything other than software code and is not backed by any monetary authority.

    Other executives, including International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, say virtual currencies should not be dismissed and could have useful applications, such as a means of payment in countries with unstable currencies.

    Some countries, like China, have tried to stifle bitcoin exchanges. But in a move that gave further credibility to the virtual currency, the U.S. exchange operator CME Group said last month that it plans to open a futures market for the currency before the end of the year, if it can get approval from regulators.

    Bitcoin was created about a decade ago as an alternative to government-issued currencies. Transactions allow anonymity, which has made it popular with people who want to keep their financial activity, and their identities, private.

    The digital coins are created by so-called “miners,” who operate computer farms that verify other users’ transactions by solving complex mathematical puzzles. These miners receive bitcoin in exchange. Bitcoin can be converted to cash when deposited into accounts at prices set in online trading.

    Whereas virtual currencies were initially used primarily…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Apple Says Qualcomm Violating Patents

    Apple today filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm over power-management patents. The claim counters a July lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against Apple. Apple says certain Qualcomm Snapdragon processors are violating its patents with respect to battery life. The Apple patents in question ensure that a phone’s processor draws only the minimum amount of power needed, turning on and off to make the most efficient use of the CPU. Apple asserts that Qualcomm’s patents regarding these technologies are invalid and were awarded after Apple had already developed its own, similar technology. The company says Qualcomm is violating at least eight power-management patents in the Snapdragon 800 and 820 processors. This week’s lawsuit is the latest move in a lengthy, on-going series of patent battles between Apple and Qualcomm.

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    Facebook Adds 'Breaking News' Tag for Some Publishers

    Facebook will now let some publishers add a “breaking” tag to news stories, making it easier for readers to identify news while scrolling through their feed.

    The new label is part of a test, and publishers will have the option to leave the tag on a story for as little as 15 minutes or as long as six hours. Publishers can use the tag once in a 24-hour period.

    Right now, adding the tag to a post does not boost that post higher in users’ feeds, though it could in the future. “As part of this test, we’ll be evaluating if breaking news stories should be incorporated into ranking,” a company spokesperson confirmed to Recode.

    Facebook has been considering a breaking news tag for a while, as Recode previously reported.

    The addition of a “breaking” news label might be helpful for publishers looking for a way to stand out in what has become an incredibly crowded feed, so it’s possible that adding the tag could also drive more traffic.

    Facebook periodically shows an interest in delivering timely news and other content, like live video broadcasts, to its readers – an area that has traditionally been Twitter’s specialty.

    But generally Facebook is less interested in telling you what just happened and more interested in showing you something it thinks you will like, so publishers often emphasize less time-sensitive stuff when they upload content to Facebook.

    Facebook has spent much of 2017 focusing on news and news publishers. The company is still working to identify and suppress so-called “fake news” from user feeds, which may have played a role in influencing last year’s U.S. presidential election. It also built a subscription tool for publishers that usually keeps stories behind a paywall, an incentive for those publishers to continue sharing their work to Facebook.

    Facebook is not sharing the full group…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Doogee Mix 2 – Unboxing !

    Doogee Mix 2   Unboxing !
    Right, here’s what you need to know. You can pop over to Banggood and get one of these for £155.13. For your money you’re going to get a 5.99″ 1080×2160 Full HD screen (18:9) with a 403 ppi pixel density. You’re also going to get a dual 16 and 13 megapixel rear camera arrangement (f2.0) and two 8 megapixel front cameras (one wide angle, one not).

    It’s available in either black, blue or gold and runs Android 7.1. There’s a Helio P25 Octa-Core 2.5GHz CPU and a mali-T880 GPU inside plus 6GB of RAM with 64GB of on-board storage and a microSD card for more.

    Connectivity-wise it’ll do 850/900/1800/1900MHz, plus 900/2100MHz 3G and B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 4G. You also get Bluetooth, WiFi and there’s a rear fingerprint sensor, but we couldn’t find any mention of NFC.

    Here, minus his Superman cape, is our very own Matteo doing an unboxing for you..

    Let us know what you think!

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