Google Deletes Inactive Android Backups After 2 Months

Google will delete Android device backups that are left inactive for two months with little or no warning. The discovery was made by a Reddit user who left a Nexus 6P backup in his Google Drive Backup folder for more than two months, only to later find it had been deleted by Google automatically. Google Support documentation appears to confirm the behavior. “Your backup will remain as long as you use your device. If you don’t use your device for 2 weeks, you may see an expiration date below your backup. Example: ‘Expires in 54 days.'” The maximum limit for device backups appears to be 60 days, or two months. The short expiration date on device backups is odd, given how freely Google offers online storage to its users. Google has not addressed the discovery directly.

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BMW Might Replace Car Keys with Smartphone App

BMW is exploring whether or not it will continue to offer car keys to those who own its cars. Ian Robertson, speaking to Reuters, explained that all BMW owners already carry smartphones, which have access to the BMW App. The BMW App makes it possible to unlock BMW cars without a key. “Honestly, how many people really need [a key],” said Robertson. “They never take it out of their pocket, so why do I need to carry it around?” The company is exploring the idea, but has not made a definite decision. In addition to serving as car keys, smartphones may replace drivers licenses and auto insurance cards. Some U.S. states are in the early stages of drafting digital identification and proof of insurance tools that are carried via smartphone app.

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iPhone 8 Pre-order day – The best deals we’ve found so far!

iPhone 8 Pre order day   The best deals weve found so far!
You’ve heard all about it, now you want to get yourself one. Well, today is the day to put in that pre-order, and we’re seeing deals popping up on mobile comparison sites already. Here’s a look at some of the offers we’ve spotted so far, but do let us know if you’ve seen a better deal and we’ll add it here.

First, the handset that’ll be probably bthebmost popular initially, the iPhone 8 64GB version..

  • EE are offering 1GB of 4G data plus unlimited everything else. It’s £99.99 up-front and then £47.99 per month. Deal is available here.
  • BT have a 500MB plan with 400 minutes and unlimited texts. This time it’s a £250 up-front and then £47 per month. Offer details are on their website.

Want more data? Well, if you don’t mind paying a bit more up-front, you can still pay a reasonable amount per month for that enhanced internet allowance. OK then, try these ones..

If you want to keep that up-front cost down, well, the monthly cost does escalate somewhat.

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  • Motorola Commits to Updating High-End Phones to Android Oreo

    Motorola today said it will update a significant number of its smartphones to Android 8 Oreo. Those devices on deck for the latest version of Android include the 2016 Moto Z, Z Droid, Z Force Droid, Z Play, and Z Play Droid, as well as the 2017 Moto Z2 Play, Z2 Force Edition, X4, G5, G5 Plus, G5S, and G5S Plus. It appears that Motorola’s E and C series devices will not be updated to Oreo. Motorola said that in addition to the core Oreo code and Google Play Protect, the updates should improve handset speed, battery life, multitasking, text selection, notifications, and autofill behaviors. The updates will arrive on a per handset basis beginning later this fall.

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    Facebook Brings Crisis and Emergency Tools Under One Roof

    Facebook today announced Crisis Response, a single spot where users will be able to find information about a range of natural and man-made disasters, weather events, and more. Crisis Response houses existing Facebook tools such as Safety Check, Community Help, and Fundraisers. Moving forward, the Crisis Response center will also include links to articles, videos, and photos of events or emergencies posted by the community. Facebook says it continues to refine these tools based on user feedback. People have taken advantage of offerings such as Safety Check in recent weeks to mark themselves safe in the face of storms Harvey and Irma. In addition to informing friends and family of their safety, users can rely on Crisis Response to learn more about individual events, create or participate in fundraisers, and contribute information to ensure others know when and where help is available. Facebook said it is rolling out the new Crisis Response tool on desktop and mobile to all users over the next few weeks.

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    Google Hints at Plans To Launch Pixel 2 Smartphone on Oct. 4

    It appears that Google plans to launch its latest smartphones, the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, on the first anniversary of the release date of its original Pixel phone, pictured above.

    Google today went live with a teaser Web site that asks would-be buyers, “Thinking about changing phones?” Without offering further details, the site then invites visitors to “Stay tuned for more on October 4” and asks them to submit their email addresses to receive updates about new devices and more from Google.

    A 35-second video posted today on Google’s YouTube channel drops a few more hints about what buyers might expect from its latest smartphones. With a percussive electronic piano melody playing in the background, the video shows a series of questions being typed into a Google search box, then closes with the messages, “Funny you should ask” and “Oct. 4th.”

    Hints about Battery Life, Performance

    While the new YouTube video doesn’t provide answers or identify the Pixel 2 by name, the questions posed offer some clues about the features Google is likely to highlight in its new devices.

    Among the questions that appear: What’s wrong with my phone’s battery? Why is my phone always out of storage? Why does my phone take so many blurry photos? Why doesn’t my phone understand me? Why can’t my phone update itself? Other queries ask why a phone is so slow, hot, fragile, annoying, broken, impersonal, cruel, and dumb.

    Taken together, these hints suggest the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be marketed on the basis of long battery life, improved memory, durability, and performance, and will also feature improved photographic and artificial intelligence capabilities.

    Pixel 2 Squeeze Control?

    Although Google is keeping mostly mum about the specifics of the Pixel 2, two sets of documents filed recently with the Federal…
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    All About FaceID: Security Breakthrough or Just Creepy?

    Your passcode can be hacked, but your face is yours and yours alone. That’s the thinking behind Apple’s latest security measure, which is more high-tech and a bit more intimate than anything else on the market.

    With Face ID, which Apple unveiled Tuesday, owners of the company’s new top-of-the-line iPhone X will be able to unlock their phone, pay for products and use mobile apps just by glancing at their device.

    “Nothing has ever been simpler, more natural and effortless,” Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said during Apple’s first product launch at its new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. “Face ID is the future of how we unlock our smartphones and protect our sensitive information.”

    Though still a novel concept for many Americans, biometric technology — which includes face, fingerprint, iris and retina recognition identification systems — has been a hotbed of research this decade. With Apple’s backing, the field just got its most high-profile boost yet and could soon become the industry standard, even if many consumers aren’t quite comfortable with the concept.

    Technologists tout a futuristic experience that is more secure than entering a passcode. They predict the technology could one day be used to unlock cars, withdraw money from ATMs or enter connected homes.

    “You can share your password. You can share your car keys. But you can’t share your biometrics,” said George Avetisov, chief executive of biometric security firm HYPR Corp.

    With Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint technology, the chance that a random person could unlock your phone with his or her fingerprint is 1 in 50,000, Apple said; with Face ID, it’s 1 in 1 million.

    Both systems store biometric data locally on the device rather than on a centralized server that could be targeted by hackers. That makes biometrics attractive from a privacy and security standpoint, Avetisov said.

    Revenue for the…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    New iPhones Could Make Augmented Reality Mainstream

    The runaway success of “Pokémon Go” last year taught the world at least two things. One: Lots of people love Pokémon. And two: Creating good augmented reality — the kind that superimposes 3-D objects into the real world and convinces people they’re actually chasing a Pikachu — is really, really hard.

    “It’s not so hard that it’s impossible,” said Jeff Kelley, an iOS developer at app design and development firm Detroit Labs. “But it’s hard enough that you’re probably not going to get a return on your investment.”

    Previously, if a developer wanted to add augmented reality to an app, first they’d have to spend months building their own tools and performing a bunch of math to calculate how a 3-D object should look when light hits it from different angles, and how it interacts with real-world objects, Kelley said.

    That high barrier to entry will all but disappear when iOS 11 launches Sept. 19 with AR Kit, a set of developer tools that takes out the hardest part of developing augmented reality experiences for the iPhone.

    “As a developer, you don’t have to do all the hard math stuff to get it to work,” Kelley said. “The minimum time investment now goes way down.”

    That means there soon could be a surge in the number of apps that feature augmented reality experiences, exposing more people to a technology that was once considered the purview of hardcore geeks.

    Despite the enormous popularity of “Pokémon Go” last year, only 31% of Americans know what augmented reality is, according to a survey conducted in July by Skrite, a start-up that makes a social augmented reality app.

    Like its more immersive cousin, virtual reality, tech companies have for years tried to bring augmented reality to the mainstream, with little success. Google’s infamous Google Glass — a head-mounted display — was…
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    WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Is Leaving To Start a Foundation

    WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to start his own non-profit. Acton, who started at Facebook when WhatsApp was acquired for $19 billion in 2014, is the lesser-known of WhatsApp’s two co-founders. (CEO Jan Koum is the other, and he’s not leaving the company.) Ironically, Acton interviewed at Facebook back in 2009 after leaving a job at Yahoo, but he was not hired.

    Acton led engineering internally for WhatsApp, and a source close to the company says he was a big advocate for WhatsApp’s push into encryption. His role won’t be filled by any one employee, according to a company spokesperson.

    Acton announced the departure to colleagues at a WhatsApp all-hands meeting at Facebook headquarters on Tuesday, and posted the news to his Facebook page later that afternoon.

    “I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about,” Acton, 45, wrote in a Facebook post. “I’ve decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, and now it’s time to just focus and execute. I’ll have more to share in the coming months.”

    It’s not entirely clear what Acton will focus on with his new endeavor, but he certainly has money to throw around. Forbes estimates Acton’s net worth at $6.5 billion.

    His departure comes as WhatsApp, which has 1.3 billion users, is preparing to make some money. The company is hiring for a number of key business positions, and sources say that WhatsApp is building multiple enterprise products that will help businesses message and interact with customers using the app. Right now, WhatsApp does not generate any revenue.
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    Google Schedules Oct. 4 Phone Event As Pixel 2 XL Swings by FCC

    Google today kicked off a teaser campaign for a phone-based announcement that will take place on October 4. The company launched a web site with the address of madeby.google.com, and it specifically asks people what they want from their phones. A similar-themed billboard appeared in Boston in recent days, more or less confirming that the company will announce its 2017 smartphones on October 4. At the same time, a new handset from LG was recently approved by the FCC that could be a new Pixel model. Though the FCC documentation reveals no details about the handset itself, the FCC does potentially give away the name. The LG phone approved by the FCC this week carries the FCC ID of ZNFG011C, which is similar to that of the HTC-made NM8G011A. In this naming convention it is important to note that the first three digits are the manufacturer codes (ZNF for LG, NM8 for HTC) while the latter five digits (G011A and G011C) are the model numbers. The HTC G011A, approved by the FCC in August, is believed to be a Pixel-branded device for Google similar to the HTC U11. The newly-approved LG G011C could be a variant of the LG G6 or V30, or a completely new handset. Google has relied on both HTC and LG to make Nexus- and Pixel-branded handsets in the past.

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