Police in England and Wales are taking "excessive" amounts of personal data from smartphones during investigations, the UK's data watchdog has warned.Exactly right.
Taking too much data may deter people from reporting crime or assisting the police, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said.
Razor blades have been hidden behind anti-5G posters on telegraph poles, telecoms engineers are being warned.That special kind of stupid raises its ugly head again.
OpenReach workers were told to take care after blades and needles were found behind protest signs.
It comes amid a rise in the number of attacks on engineers, fuelled by a conspiracy theory wrongly linking 5G and coronavirus.
Lockdown measures in the UK have caused a reduction in mobile data consumption that has left customers with a combined 165 million GB in unused allowances, according to research from uSwitch.Are you in this position? Are you thinking of asking for a refund?
With a phone, anywhere else is always just a tap away.A vaguely interesting essay on how the ubiquity of the smartphone has made your location largely irrelevant. The author, oddly in my opinion, uses TV/video program selection as a metaphor; in the past, people used to say that jet travel made everywhere seem the same, and all of the airports and all of the cities look the same. I'm typing this on my iPad on the train, but I might as well be in my living room, or a coffee bar, or just about anywhere else.
A new lithium-sulphur battery with an ultra-high capacity could lead to drastically cheaper electric cars and grid energy storage.#technology #tech #energy #battery #smartphone
Mahdokht Shaibani at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and her colleagues have developed a battery with a capacity five times higher than that of lithium-ion batteries. The battery maintains an efficiency of 99 per cent for more than 200 cycles, and a smartphone-sized version would be able to keep a phone charged for five days.
Point-and-shoot camera sales have seen a significant decline worldwide according to many studies. With smartphone cameras improving exponentially in the past few years, it raises the question: Are point-and-shoot cameras actually worth it anymore, or should you just buy a top camera phone? We decided to put it to the test with a compact camera vs smartphone shootout.Is this the test you've been waiting for? It's not even close. It's like asking which is the best paintbrush.
An iPhone owner this week credited Apple's Emergency SOS feature with thwarting a sexual assault attempt in Virginia Beach, Va., an attack that could have turned deadly had police not received the automated alert.#technology #smartphone #Apple #iPhone #security
The PinePhone lets you distro hop on your phone! There are multiple Linux mobile OSes planning to support the device. And as the SD card is bootable, it’ll be easy to switch between systems too!#technology #smartphone #Linux #PinePhone
Photography is such an important part of our everyday life, and now we have photography at our fingertips with mobile phones. This article will share with you some simple tips so you can achieve awesome, and memorable mobile phone photography.#photography #tutorial #smartphone #MobilePhone
“We have our own HMS [Huawei Mobile Services – ed] and are trying to build a mobile ecosystem,” Peng was quoted as saying. “Most of the key apps such as navigation, payments, gaming and messaging will be ready by December end.”Trying to get away from Google but not ready for open-source?
The UK's communications regulator is proposing a rule to ban carriers from selling phones that are tied to their networks. O2, Sky, Three, Virgin Mobile and some smaller carriers already offer unlocked phones, but Ofcom wants the likes of BT Mobile/EE, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone to do the same. It's also seeking better clarity for customers about whether their handset is locked.#technology #telephony #smartphone #MobilePhone #Ofcom
Purism got its start by selling laptops loaded with free and open source Linux-based software with an emphasis on privacy and security features. This year the company expanded into the smartphone space with the introduction of the Librem 5 smartphone (which recently started shipping in small quantities).#technology #smartphone #Linux #Librem
Now the company is moving into new territory with the launch of a line of Librem servers priced at $2699 and up… and the Purism has also announced that its smartphone is getting a price hike.
Windows 10 users with Android smartphones will doubtless be pleased to learn that the feature which lets you make (and receive) phone calls direct from your PC via the Your Phone app is now being rolled out to everyone.#technology #Windows #Android #smartphone #telephony
The Calls feature was introduced in testing back in October, and comes with a number of neat tricks, including the ability to seamlessly transfer calls between your PC and phone as you wish.
You may have already heard of RCS or Rich Communication Services: it's an upgrade to the SMS protocol that Google is trying to get adopted more widely, and it's now live for all Android users in the US, on any carrier.#technology #smartphone #SMS #RCS #Android #Google
The news was confirmed by Google Communications Suite Lead Sanaz Ahari on Twitter, though you may need to update both the default Google Messages app for Android and Carrier Services on your phone to get the functionality.
RCS is already live in the UK and France. As for the rest of the world, Ahari told users to "stay tuned" regarding when the technology might roll out even further. In terms of US support, Google is ahead of schedule.
As 9to5Google noted today, Android users reported their phones sent out text messages on their own over the past few months. As if that wasn’t creepy enough, those messages were sent to Google. The good news is this isn’t spam or a phishing attempt.The bad news is it's Google.
It’s 2019 and several big players in the industry — Apple, Samsung, and Google — are still using 12MP cameras in their flagship devices. Considering 40 megapixels has been common for years and Xiaomi has just put a 108MP main sensor in its latest flagship, what gives? Why haven’t the big guns been putting more importance on the resolution of their cameras? It’s quite simple: 12MP is the current ideal resolution for smartphone sensors.#technology #photography #smartphone
Consider the plug pulled — support for Windows 10 Mobile officially ended on December 10th, 2019.Not many sites reporting this news, unsurprisingly. Might have been good if MS had developed a version of Android that would run on its most recent smartphones. But there's no percentage in it for them. After all, people bought Windows 10 Mobile because they wanted Windows 10 Mobile.
On November 27, Ars reader Azdle posted a comment to the thread—"Just because I can, hello from my freshly-received Librem 5 phone! (And, no, I don't work for Purism, I'm just an early backer."#technology #smartphone #Linux #Librem
A security firm has discovered a major Android exploit that would allow hackers to take control of your smartphone’s camera in the background and use it to take pictures or record video while the phone is locked. The security report reveals that the exploit affects Google and Samsung smartphones, bringing the tally of affected users into the “hundreds of millions.”#technology #smartphone #Android #hacking #security #privacy
A big selling point of the PinePhone is that it supports the mainline Linux kernel, thus traditional Linux distros and regular desktop Linux software.#technology #smartphone #Linux #Pinephone
Now, desktop Linux apps are rarely tailored for touch input on a desktop, laptop or tablet screen, much less touch input on a space constrained mobile one.
But the ability to run Linux apps on the PinePhone device is something a fair few folks are curious about.
Microsoft's changing Cortana strategy is about to have consequences for some phone users. The company has revealed that the Cortana app will stop working after January 31st, 2020 for people in Australia, Canada and the UK. Lists, reminders and other Cortana content won't pop up in either the app or Microsoft Launcher, and a version of the Launcher will arrive after January with Cortana removed. You can still expect Cortana material to show up in the To Do app, but you won't have a central place to create it on your phone.Will Cortana be the new Clippy?
DJI is working on technology that would let anyone with a smartphone keep track of airborne drones that are nearby, according to Reuters. The news was announced amid a broader push for data transparency in the drone industry.#technology #drone #DJI #smartphone
The tracking technology will be made available to the public via a smartphone app, DJI said. Using only Wi-Fi, a person could use the app to identify a nearby drone’s identification number, as well as location, altitude, speed, and direction of the drone. The application could be made available in 2020, pending regulatory approval. The Chinese company said the purpose of the new technology was “enhanced safety, security and peace of mind.”
A well-known patent describing an iPhone with a wraparound display was published all the way back in 2013, prompting speculation at the time, and in the years that followed, that Apple would make such a phone (see the concept image above).You know that scenario where you pick up your phone and switch it on, only to see that it's already in some app that you didn't intend to open - the Photos app, say, with all the photos selected and a dialog asking you to Confirm Delete? Well, bring on the wrap-around screens!
Apple is releasing iOS 13.1.3 to the public today with further bug fixes and performance improvements. The update, alongside iPadOS 13.1.3, is rolling out to now to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.#technology #Apple #smartphone #iOS #computing #MacOS
Update: Apple has also released a supplemental update to macOS Catalina, find the full release notes below.
In a new research report, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that prices for the rumored iPhone SE 2 will start at $399, MacRumors reports. Alongside the new pricing information, Kuo also used the report to re-iterate several of his previous predictions for the device, including that it will be powered by the iPhone 11’s A13 chip, will have 3GB of RAM, and will be released in the first quarter of next year.#technology #smartphone #Apple #iPhone #iPhoneSE2
A team of researchers from the University of Utah have made a major breakthrough in optics by developing a new kind of flat lens that’s only ten microns thick, making it “a thousand times thinner than regular lenses.” And apparently, it doesn’t sacrifice performance.#science #optics #photography #smartphone
On October 1st, inventor of the smartphone photo filter Hipstamatic made its grand return to the spotlight by releasing Hipstamatic X: a free iOS camera app that hopes to “bring all the joy, quirk, and randomness of film photography to your pocket.”#technology #smartphone #Apple #iOS #iPhone #photography #Hipstamatic
Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models, including four different Pixel models, a member of Google’s Project Zero research group said on Thursday night.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Google #Android #Pixel #hacking #security
According to Google's researchers, the vulnerability impacts the Pixel 2, Huawei P20, Xiaomi Redmi 5A, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi A1, Oppo A3, Moto Z3, LG phones running Oreo and the Samsung S7, S8 and S9 running Android version 8 or higher.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Android #security
Google today announced Action Blocks, a new accessibility tool that allows you to create shortcuts for common multi-step tasks with the help of the Google Assistant. In that respect, Action Blocks isn’t all that different from Shortcuts on iOS, for example, but Google is specifically looking at this as an accessibility feature for people with cognitive disabilities.#technology #mobile #smartphone #Android #Assistant #ActionBlocks
Apple boasted that the glass on the new iPhone 11 is the “toughest ever in a smartphone,” during the announcement in September, but we’re seeing reports of iPhone 11 models easily scratching after just over a week in the wild.#technology #smartphone #Apple #iPhone #ScratchGate
The growing number of complaints on the Apple Discussion Forums are approaching the level where some users are questioning if this is a manufacturing issue. If enough complaints arise, Apple may have a ScratchGate on its hands.
We finally have a much better look at how the Purism Librem 5 Linux phone is shaping up — and anyone worried about input lag and choppy animations can breath a sigh of relief.#technology #computing #linux #Purism #Librem #smartphone