Keeping an eye on the little ones

With my son getting to a “certain age”, he’s now off on his own. He plays in the local park and goes on his scooter with his friends. Even as a geeky phone guy, I really didn’t want to give him a phone. Like most kids, I knew he’d spend quite a lot of time fiddling with it rather than actually properly communicating with his mates and generally interacting with real three dimensional objects.

Getting his GPS location was important for me. I wanted to know if my strict dad’s instructions to “stay near the house” were being adhered to. However, for his own protection I also wanted to ensure that the messages and apps on his phone were being monitored. Not because I don’t trust him, it’s just that there’s a whole heap of bad stuff that can be accessed and sent to a smartphone – I wanted to ensure that no bad stuff appeared on his device.

How to choose the right phone locator?

Finding a phone locator is a bit of a minefield. There are lots of apps out there but, on my journey, I stumbled across mSpy. Despite the name (calling it a “spy” sounds a little wrong, perhaps), it’s an easy-to-use app which will let you keep an eye on your kids. It also helps prevent theft and you can monitor your employees’ performance too. It’ll let you check calendar appointments, text messages, emails and web history. Not only that, but you can check on all incoming and outgoing calls and restrict calls from certain numbers.

Keeping an eye on the little ones

My first requirement was ticked off the list then. It does geo-fencing and lets you set up an endless amount of “forbidden” and “allowed” zones. You don’t need to log in to your panel to get these either – just wait for an email and it’ll show when and how often each zone is visited. You can also get further details, including a full history of all movements.

Keeping an eye on the little ones

Main features

The software lets you read emails and texts, but for me I also wanted to monitor the internet use. There’s so much stuff out there on the web that isn’t appropriate, so keeping an eye on what content is being viewed, when he’s viewing it and for how long. The software will let you do this too, and you can also keep an eye on those instant messaging applications that all kids tend to use now – WhatsApp, Skype, iMessage and Viber. You can monitor all activity, so it may not be your son or daughter at fault – it could be messages coming in which are insulting or inappropriate. Yes. I trust my son and he will probably let me know if he sees anything he doesn’t like, but I’d rather know about something in advance so that I can tackle it. You can also see multimedia files, so even if an image was sent over Bluetooth you can see the photo – you can also see all photos taken by camera.

Whether you’re keeping an eye on a child or handing out a phone to an employee, this app will also let you control the apps that are installed on the phone and you can either list the installed apps, block certain apps or enable a full keylogger so that you can see what is being entered into the keyboard. In addition to all that, you can check how full the battery is and how the phone is connected to the internet. You can even see what network the phone is currently using.

Keeping an eye on the little ones

If the phone is stolen, you can take control – a full device wipe can be activated or you can lock the phone remotely.

For me, I like the fact that I can monitor web usage and block certain websites. I can even get a notification when certain words are entered on the phone, which is reassuring and easy to setup.

Keeping an eye on the little ones

The cost? Well, it depends on what type of coverage and how you’re going to pay. If you pay for a whole year upfront, it works out at £19.34 per month for the Premium Plan. If you pay for 12 months and have the Basic Plan it’ll cost you £5.45.

At the end of the day, although there’s a cost, it’ll protect your family against the unsavoury elements lurking on the internet

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  • Is Augmented Reality the Next Big Leap for Apple?

    Apple’s iPhone may be ready for its next big act — as a springboard into “augmented reality,” a technology that projects life-like images into real-world settings viewed through a screen.

    If you’ve heard about AR at all, it’s most likely because you’ve encountered “Pokemon Go,” in which players wander around neighborhoods trying to capture monsters only they can see on their phones. AR is also making its way into education and some industrial applications, such as product assembly and warehouse inventory management.

    Now Apple is hoping to transform the technology from a geeky sideshow into a mass-market phenomenon. It’s embedding AR-ready technology into its iPhones later this year, potentially setting the stage for a rush of new apps that blur the line between reality and digital representation in new and imaginative ways.

    “This is one of those huge things that we’ll look back at and marvel on the start of it,” Apple CEO Tim Cook [pictured above] told analysts during a Tuesday conference call.

    Many analysts agree. “This is the most important platform that Apple has created since the app store in 2008,” said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

    There’s just one catch: No one can yet point to a killer app for AR, at least beyond the year-old (and fading) fad of “Pokemon Go.” Instead, analysts argue more generally that AR creates enormous potential for new games, home-remodeling apps that let you visualize new furnishings and décor in an existing room, education, health care and more.

    For the moment, though, we’re basically stuck with demos created by developers, including a “Star Wars”-like droid rolling past a dog that doesn’t realize it’s there; a digital replica of Houston on a table ; and a virtual tour of Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom .

    Augmenting the iPhone

    At Apple, the introduction of AR gets underway in September with the release…
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    Wanted: Automotive Cybersecurity Professionals

    As the need for automotive cybersecurity researchers grows, the supply is not keeping up with demand. Many of the sponsors of the “Car Hacking Village” sub-conference at the influential cybersecurity conference DEF CON have been the victims of automotive hacking — Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Delphi Automotive.

    “This year it`s definitely bigger in terms of industry support,” said Casey Ellis, founder of Bugcrowd, one of the sponsors of the Car Hacking Village.

    Bugcrowd runs programs to offer researchers rewards for submitting security flaws in products back to the manufacturers for repair. Its clients include Fiat Chrysler. Ellis said the fastest growing sector in programs like his, known as bug bounties, is automotive.

    The interest, said Ellis, is because automobile manufacturers recognize dangers of their products being breached “I like to say cars are two-ton, gas-powered mobile phones,” he said but are not able to find qualified candidates for the work.

    “Hacking cars is hard. It requires specialized equipment and knowledge, not to mention the car. That`s part of the reason [manufacturers] jumped into this. It`s a good way to access talent they would otherwise be unable to hire.”

    The gap between the number of needed and trained researchers will only grow, said Ellis, as car manufacturers move toward driverless cars.

    For now, the industry is struggling to meet the needed security experts to work on automobiles specifically.

    “We need to move researchers to automobiles,” said Tod Beardsley, director of research at Rapid7, another sponsor of the Car Hacking Village.

    Rapid7 recently created a bridge letting researchers use its popular security testing tool Metasploit on automotive systems. Beardsley believes bringing familiar interfaces to automotive hacking will reduce the amount of learning time for a researcher to take up automobiles.

    Ellis is approaching the issue from the other end. Bugcrowd is attempting to train automotive software designers and tweakers in security.

    Mazda…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    High-Profile Lawyers Targeted in Mexico Spyware Scandal

    Mexico’s surveillance scandal widened Wednesday to encompass a pair of prominent human rights attorneys probing a multiple homicide case whose victims include a photojournalist and an activist.

    The internet watchdog Citizen Lab said Karla Micheel Salas and David Pena were targeted in 2015, weeks after they questioned prosecutors’ handling of the killings of activist Nadia Vera, journalist Ruben Espinosa and three other women in a Mexico City apartment in July that year. The victims were tortured and shot to death.

    The lawyers’ cellphones were targeted by messages designed to infect them with the same spyware that Citizen Lab previously determined was sent to 19 Mexican individuals or groups, the cyber-sleuths said in a research note. One said she believed she was infected by it.

    Other Mexican targets of the sophisticated Pegasus spyware, made by Israel-based NSO Group, have included journalists investigating high-level corruption, opposition politicians and activists, and international experts critical of the government’s probe into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers college.

    NSO Group says it only sells Pegasus — which lets attackers siphon away the contents of cell phones and clandestinely convert them into eavesdropping devices — to governments for use against criminals and terrorists.

    University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab said those conditions were clearly violated in Mexico — though it says it has no conclusive proof of government involvement.

    President Enrique Pena Nieto has dismissed any suggestion that his government is responsible. The Attorney General’s Office, one of the state agencies that bought Pegasus, has opened an investigation. But victims have said they doubt its impartiality and have called for an independent, international probe.

    John Scott-Railton, a senior Citizen Lab researcher, said “a pattern has emerged” in the Mexico cases: “Lawyers and investigators whose work contradicts official accounts have been targeted with NSO spyware on at least three occasions.”

    Salas and…
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    Hands On wth the Asus ZenFone AR

    You can finally get a phone with Google’s “Tango” AR technology in the US. The Asus ZenFone AR goes on sale with Verizon today. With support for Tango apps, it can scan the room and show you life-size, realistic virtual objects placed in the room in real time. It’s also a powerful high-end phone with decent specs, especially in the camera department. What’s it it like? We checked it out in person and have first impressions to share.

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    Project Tango Asus ZenFone AR Hits Verizon Stores Today

    The Asus ZenFone AR is available to U.S. consumers today from Verizon Wireless. The phone, initially announced in January, is the first to support both Google’s Project Tango augmented reality platform and Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform. Triple cameras on the back support Tango applications with a 23-megapixel main camera, depth camera, and motion tracking camera. Asus says its PixelMaster 3.0 camera system uses Sony IMX318 sensors with a TriTech autofocus system. It includes 4-axis optical image stabilization for photos and 3-axis electronic stabilization for videos. Additional camera tools include low-light shooting, optimized presets, manual controls, and 4K video capture. Multiple microphones capture Hi-Res Audio and DTS virtual surround sound. The phone sports a 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a vapor cooling system. Other features include NFC, memory card slot, USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, and Cat 12 LTE. The 3,300 mAh battery supports Quick Charge 3.0. Verizon is selling the phone for $648, or $27 per month for 24 months on an installment plan. The phone will include the Wayfair augmented reality shopping application, which lets ZenFone AR owners add furniture and other items to their home virtually to see how it will look before making a purchase. People who order the phone from Verizon will be rewarded with a $25 Wayfair gift card. Asus is also selling unlocked versions of the phone directly to consumers with different RAM / storage combinations. The 6 GB / 64 GB model costs $599, while the 8 GB / 128 GB model costs $699.

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    Verizon Claims Real-World Speed of 953 Mbps in LTE-LAA Trial

    Verizon Wireless says it has attained peak download speeds as high as 953 Mbps in a field test conducted on Boca Raton, Fla. The test was completed with commercially available equipment from Ericsson and Qualcomm using Verizon’s cell tower and backhaul. The companies took advantage of four-channel carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256 QAM on a device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. Verizon says it reached those speeds via LTE-LAA (licensed assisted access), which bundles together Verizon-owned spectrum with unlicensed spectrum, such as that used by WiFi networks. This type of gigabit LTE service will bridge today’s LTE 4G networks with the 5G networks of the future. Verizon says multiple gigabit LTE devices are already available in the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it did not say if or when it might begin deploying LTE-LAA across its own network.

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    LG Turning to OLED for V30's FullVision Display

    LG today said its “next flagship smartphone” — widely believed to be the V30 — will be the first to adopt a plastic OLED FullVision display. LG has used plastic OLED before, notably on the 2015 Flex 2, which was in fact curved and flexible. LG said it wants to take advantage of the OLED technology it developed for television sets on its smartphones. OLED displays reproduce perfect blacks, offer a wider color array, and have a 10x faster response rate than LCDs, making OLED panels ideal for applications such as virtual reality. LG says it has eliminated burn-in, a problem older OLEDs faced, by adopting advanced encapsulation and pixel-scanning technology. Further, the V30 will adopt LG’s FullVision display design, which it introduced on the G6 earlier this year. The 6-inch panel will have 2,880 by 1,440 pixels, or a 2:1 (18:9) aspect ratio, and nearly non-existent side bezels. LG said it reduced the phone’s upper and lower bezels by 20% and 50%, respectively, when compared to the V20. LG moved its own logo from the V30’s chin to the rear panel in order to help reduce the size of the lower bezel. Last, the plastic OLED display allows LG to create a stronger curve along the edges at a lower cost. LG will protect the V30’s display with Gorilla Glass 5. The company is expected to announce the V30 on Aug. 31 at an event scheduled during the IFA trade show in Berlin.

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    Out TV viewing is changing

    Got a Sky or Virgin TV contract?

    Let me ask you a serious question. If you’re not into sports, are you really using it fully? Enough to warrant the monthly cost?

    Statistics announced today by Ofcom show that 90% of people still watch live TV every week. Some 30% say that family viewing is still an integral part of life and 68% say that it helps to bring the family together.

    However, mobile phones are changing this and you may not necessarily need that Sky or Virgin subscription to enjoy a TV the way you want. Two five adults say they watch TV alone every day. One third of people say members of their household sit together, in the same room, watching different programmes on separate screens.

    Out TV viewing is changing

    Many are “binge watching” shows to try and keep up with friends, as there’s often the fear of someone else spoiling a programme’s ending.

    People are no longer tied to the TV schedule, and are using their phone for social media, apps, media consumption and even a quick play of gaming products like Swanky Bingo. More than a third of people watch TV on the move via their phone. On holiday, 24% watch TV – and this is set to increase with inclusive EU roaming. There’s 16% watching on the commute and 7% in the pub. The biggest majority is the 51% who watch TV on their phones in the bedroom, but 16% watch in the kitchen and 9% either watch in the garden or the bathroom.

    Out TV viewing is changing

    Ofcom state that the trip will increase, and is driven, in part, by the availability of faster home internet speeds, a rise in the number of connected TVs, and increased take-up of smartphones.

    Not only that, but 88% of adults now have internet access at home, which is making the web an alternative source of entertainment. Over four in ten (42%) internet users regard their smartphones as their most important device for getting online.

    Head to Ofcom for all the details.

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  • FCC Reveals the Alcatel Idol 5

    Documents recently published to the FCC web site show what is likely the Alcatel Idol 5, which has not yet been formally announced by TCL. A device with the model name 6058 was cleared by the FCC for operation in the U.S. The model number is very close to that of the Alcatel Idol 5S, which is the 6060. Further, the draft user manual included in the FCC documents refers to the device as the Idol 5. The photos clearly show a semi-premium device with glass panels and a metal frame, and the Idol brand is etched into the phone casing. A camera, flash, and fingerprint sensor are located on the rear of the phone, while a user-facing camera is plainly visible on front. Other aspects shown in the FCC’s images include a 3.5mm headphone jack, SIM/memory card tray, and microUSB port. The draft manual suggests the phone runs the Android operating system, which is common to Alcatel phones, but does not reveal any other features of the phone. The FCC documents confirm the 6058 supports Bluetooth and WiFi, as well as several LTE bands used by U.S. carriers. Despite the branding, the 6058 does not appear to be a smaller version of the Alcatel Idol 5S. It doesn’t include stereo speakers, nor the same design language as the Idol 5S. This breaks with Alcatel’s device naming conventions over the last few years. TCL has not officially shared details concerning the 6058.

    Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News