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Huawei and It’s Aggressive PR Campaign

 

 

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Huawei has started the year with an aggressive PR campaign the reclusive founder Ren Zhengfei  has suddenly give a series of interviews with foreign media to deny the company was a threat, while executives have dismissed the US warnings as baseless. Huawei has welcomed media to its tightly-guarded facilities in southern Guangdong province, starting with a tour of a smartphone production line in Dongguan.

The United States says Huawei equipment could be manipulated by China’s Communist government to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications.

The world is preparing for the advent of ultra-fast 5G telecommunications, an advancement that Huawei was expected to lead and which will allow wide adoption of next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence.

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Ren’s daughter, also faces a court hearing on Wednesday in Vancouver on a US extradition request. Two Canadians have been detained in China in suspected retaliation over her arrest.

The US Justice Department accuses Huawei and Meng of circumventing US sanctions against Iran. Two affiliates also have been charged with stealing trade secrets from telecommunications group T-Mobile.

Sceptics, however, say it is highly unlikely that Ren, a former Chinese army engineer, could have steered his company to such heights in such a strategic sector without the support of Beijing, which has clearly stated its goal of becoming the world’s high-tech leader.

Besides its network dominance, Huawei is the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier after Samsung and Apple.

Now the Galaxy Note 9 Blows Up!

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Woman claims that just after midnight on September 3, while traveling in a lift, her phone “became extremely hot”. She then claims to have stopped using the phone, and placed it in her bag. Shortly after, she said she “heard a whistling and screeching sound, and…noticed thick smoke” pouring out from her purse.

Trapped alone in the lift and “and scared to death,” she dropped the phone and started smashing elevator buttons, the thick smoke making it hard to see.

Reaching the lobby, she kicked the sizzling phone out of the elevator.

The mobile didn’t stop burning until a good Samaritan grabbed it with a cloth and plunked it into a bucket of water, Chung claims in the Queens Supreme Court lawsuit.

The fire left her unable to contact clients and ruined everything in her bag, claims Chung, who called the experience totally “traumatic

 

Battling Smart Phone Addiction

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A recent survey, developed by Motorola and an expert from Harvard University, found more than half of Generation Z respondents described their phone as a best friend, and 35 percent of respondents agreed they spend too much on their smartphone.

Apple and Google  have launched different devices to help consumers better manage the time we spend on our digital devices. Apple recently launched the Screen Time tool for the iPhone — and Google released Digital Wellbeing, a similar tool for Android devices and other Google products.

For those who tend to check their phone often, Screen Time has a section dedicated to letting you know how many times you’ve picked up your phone. You can see the total number of pickups and the average amount of times you pick up your phone per hour. It’ll also tell you between what times you picked up your phone the most. For example, our most pickups at one point was 33 times between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Hidden Smart Phone Codes

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Android codes

Function Code
Info/Test menu (opens a menu where you can get detailed information about your phone, data usage statistics, and more) *#*#4636#*#*
Analog and backlight test *#*#0842#*#*
Display IMEI number (The IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, is a unique identification number for every phone, which can be useful in case your phone goes missing) *#06#
LCD Display test *#*#0*#*#*
Display camera info *#*#34971539#*#*
Completely wipe phone and reinstall firmware *2767*3855#
Display MAC address *#*#232338#*#*
Display Bluetooth address *#*#232337#*#
Field test (allows you to precisely gauge the strength of signals your phone is receiving, in case you are curious or want to install a signal boosting system) *#*#7262626#*#*
Quick GPS Test *#*#1472365#*#*

iPhone codes

Function Code
Field test mode (provides info about cell signal, including more precise reception reading) *3001#12345#
Check call forwarding number (you can designate another number to redirect calls to when your phone is busy) *#67#
IMEI number *#06#
Enable call waiting *43#
Disable call waiting #43#
Enhanced full rate (EFR) mode — This mode improves reception at the cost of battery life *3370#
Anonymous call (Your number won’t show up on the receiver’s caller ID) Input *67 before you enter a phone number

 

Lawsuit blames Price Fixing For The Rising Costs Of Smart Phones

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Hagens Berman, a law firm with a long track record of class-action advocacy, believes that Samsung, Hynix, and Micron have colluded to limit the supply of certain DRAM products, which has driven an increase in prices. The firm is filing a class-action on behalf of US consumers of smartphones and computing devices, saying that anyone who purchased a smartphone or computer between July 1, 2016 and Feb. 1, 2018 may have overpaid and could be due restitution.

Did you purchase a smartphone or computer from 2016-2017?

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Worst Smart Phones Created

HTC Thunderbolt

HTC Thunderbolt

Motorola Droid Bionic

Motorola Droid Bionic

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Microsoft Kin One

Microsoft Kin One

HTC ChaCha

HTC ChaCha

Asus Garminfone

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HTC Evo 3D

HTC Evo 3D

Samsung Fascinate

Samsung Fascinate

 

Toddler In China ‘Disables/Locks iPhone For 47 Years

 A mother in China is furious after her toddler managed to lock her iPhone for 47 years. The two-year-old boy in Shanghai disabled his mother’s iPhone for the equivalent of 47 years after playing with it and repeatedly entering the wrong passcode, according to a Chinese media report. The phone was given to the child to watch educational videos online. The mother returned home one day and when she checked the phone found it had been disabled for 25 million minutes, equivalent to 47 years. 

Apple store technician in Shanghai was quoted as saying that the woman could either wait years to try to input her passcode again or wipe the contents of the handset clean and then reinstall files. The woman decided to erase all the phone data and do a factory reset. The woman has been waiting for two months and the problem has not been rectified.

The report sparked a debate online in China. Some parents said the mother should never have allowed her child to play with the phone alone. Others said she should have backed up the data stored on her phone elsewhere so that if something went wrong she could easily retrieve it.

 

Higher Priced Smartphones Mean Lower Purchases

This year and last, Samsung, Apple, and, recently, Google set the bar higher for smartphones pushing their price bar higher than ever before. It was somewhat necessary to recoup the costs of R&D, production, marketing, and the like. It also helped inflate the smartphones’ status as premium products to die for. It appears that they may be digging their own graves in the long run.

High-end components, of course, are more expensive than more common ones, but the rate of price increase doesn’t seem proportional to the build costs. The gap seems to grow even more for each new generation of smartphones.

Business considerations aside, this rise in prices has a double-edged effect on consumers. On the one hand, they paint the picture of a product that only a few can afford, which has the ironic effect of making it even more desirable. Apple has been doing it for years.

On the other hand, it is actually and factually something very few people can afford. That ultimately meant that fewer people actually bought the new phones, which may have contributed to last month’s decline in smartphone shipments last quarter, when the most expensive non-luxury phones shipped for the first time. 

The lower sales numbers become an even bigger problem in the context of the current practice of releasing flagship smartphones every year. Some, like Samsung, even release twice a year. Others release multiple ones at the same time or spread them over the months. Long story short, there are dozens of new phones every year.

The smartphone market is changing and so is user habits. Smartphone vendors aren’t, although some, like LG and HTC, may have noticed, even though they already had lower prices. Samsung may have seen clues, but it isn’t one to change directions so quickly. Apple is one that’s unlikely to change at all. High-end smartphones are becoming luxury items that very few can afford. And whatever few can afford, very few will buy. And that may spell trouble for the companies that rely on them to survive.

Substitute Phones For Restless Fingers & Cell Phone Addiction

 Klemens Schillinger’s Substitute Phones are made of high-quality, heavy-duty plastic designed to mimic the look and feel of a traditional smartphone. The devices feature stone beads which are designed to simulate the various gestures one would make on their smartphone. They’re like phone-shaped fidget spinners. The same tactile urge to touch and swipe like your actual smartphone does, is fulfilled, but will give you a break from the constant text messages and notifications.The calming limitation can also offer help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Employee With Gambling Problem Steals Over 8,000 Phones

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Wheel chair bound Samsung employee  is alleged to have stolen  8,474 smartphones from the company over the course of two years to pay off his gambling debt. Authorities claim his spree took place between December 2014 and November 2016 at the Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea . It took them a long time to notice what was going down, since he was wheelchair bound and wasn’t required to pass thru the scanner. The phones were sold to a second-hand phone retailer for 800 million won or(US$711,743) dollars. The employee was arrested.

 

Is Forgetting Your Password A Valid Defense?

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Two suspects accused of extorting the so-called “Queen of Snapchat” as part of a sex-tape scandal are scheduled to appear in a Florida court on May 30, 2017. The accused need only to answer a simple question on this visit. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson wants an explanation as to why the defendants can’t remember the passcodes to their mobile phones. 

If the judge doesn’t believe them or if they remain silent, the two suspects face possible contempt charges and indefinite jail time for refusing a court order to unlock their phones so prosecutors can examine text messages. Their defense to that order, however, rests on an unsettled area of law. Both defendants maintain that a court order requiring them to unlock an encrypted device is a breach of the Fifth Amendment right to be free from compelled self-incrimination.

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FBI Paid Almost A Million Dollars To Unlock iPhone

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The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation paid $900,000 to hack the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) said this week. n 2016, the FBI contracted an unnamed third-party security firm to unlock the password-protected iPhone 5c of San Bernardino, California shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people in an attack in December 2015.

The Associated Press, Vice Media, and USA Today took the FBI to court over the agency’s nondisclosure, arguing that it had lacked “adequate justification.” FBI director James Comey hinted that the agency paid “more money than he would earn in his remaining seven years on the job” — or roughly least $1.3 million.

Self Destructing Smart Phones When Stolen

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Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia have developed a new self-destruct mechanism that can destroy electronics within 10 seconds wirelessly or by triggering certain sensors.

The researchers are now planning to roll out the technology targeting government agencies and corporations who need an extra layer of security for computing devices that might get lost or stolen.

The first customers who will receive this new technology will be: Intelligence communities, corporations, banks, hedge funds, social security administrations, and collectors who handle massive data.

The KAUST researchers are now working on different models to trigger the self-destruct mechanism. One model uses GPS sensors for the trigger if the device is moved more than 50 metres away from its starting point. Another uses a light sensor to automatically trigger the self-destruct mechanism when the device is illuminated by a desk lamp. That test mimics a security scenario where a top secret device is moved out of a box and exposed to light. More testing will be conducted before launching the final product. These include more localized self-destruct options that require adjustment to the polymer layer in terms of its thickness and different heater locations allowing it to target specific components on a device such as a laptop’s memory chips.

The overall cost of adding the self-destruct security mechanism would likely be about $15 or less, depending on volume.

The Engineers Responsible For Smart Phone Photography Awarded Huge Cash Prize

These talented inventors paved the way for smartphone cameras, selfies, Instagram, and plenty more besides.For without the groundbreaking research of Eric Fossum, George Smith, Nobukazu Teranishi, Michael Tompsett, and the late Willard Boyle, your smartphone camera might not even exist.

Four surviving engineers were rewarded for their work in digital imaging technology across three decades, work that besides smartphones has also had a huge impact in other fields such as medicine and space research.

The prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which celebrates world-changing innovations in engineering, awarded the four inventors a cash prize of 1 million pounds (about $1.25 million) at a special event in London on Wednesday night.

The engineers are responsible for three digital imaging breakthroughs: the charge coupled device (CCD) found in early digital cameras; the pinned photodiode (PPD) that helped to scale down the size of light-capturing pixels and enhance image quality; and the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor used by most of today’s digital cameras and imaging equipment.

Film Student Spied On Thief Who Stole His Smart Phone

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After his smartphone was stolen, a film student allowed his smartphone to get stolen again. This time it was filled with spyware to keep tabs on the thief.

An iPhone was not used to lure the thief. You can’t run spyware apps on the iPhone, and you don’t have the same level of control you do with Android.

The filmmaker used an HTC One preloaded with a special type of app that would give him total remote control of the phone. He could also use it to spy on everything the thief did, provided there was an active internet connection at the time. He could take photos and record videos, enable the microphone of the device to snoop in on conversations, collect all location data, read all the text messages, access call history, check contacts, and see all the contents of the phone.

It all happened thanks to a spyware app installed on the device that the thief didn’t even know was there. van der Meer also blocked the phone’s ability to receive Android updates in order to make sure his malware app wasn’t wiped out by a knowledgeable thief.

 

Samsung Galaxy 8 Will Have An Artificial Intelligence Assistant

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 Tech giant Samsung revealed that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will include an AI assistant as one of its star attractions. It’s not offering clues as to what this virtual helper will do, but it will let developers “attach and upload services” to extend the AI’s functionality beyond what you get out of the box. This is similar to what Apple and Google are offering for their own assistants, but it may be what Samsung isn’t talking about that’s special — Viv can create its own programs and understand complex intent in a way many AIs can’t. Samsung aquired Viv an artificial intelligence platform from the makers of Siri.

 

Samsung Has Exchange Booths @ The Airports

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Samsung now it has booths at airports. Travelers heading out of a number of Australian airports, as well as many of the biggest in the U.S. and Japan, will find Samsung representatives willing to exchange their Note 7 for an alternative. Anyone heading into an airport will have to exchange their phone too since taking one on a plane was recently prohibited in the United States.

Thousands Of iPhone 6 Stopped Working & 3 Lawfirms Files Lawsuit

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple this year. Three additional law firms have joined in the lawsuit against Apple in Utah. Two years after iPhone 6 Pluses was released, the touchscreens are completely losing their functionality under normal use, which experts say is the long-term effect of the engineering flaw that gave us “bendgate.”

An excerpt from a class-action lawsuit demanding Apple address the issue.

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You Can Now Smell Your Photos

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Vapor Communications, owned by Harvard engineering professor David Edwards, has announced the release of the oPhone and the app that goes with it, called oSnap,

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oSnap will allow users to “tag their photographs with unique scents, which can then be forwarded and received via email, Facebook, and Twitter in select hotspots where an oPhone is present.

Blackberry Moves To Block Sales of iPhone Typo Keyboard

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BlackBerry filed petition at a California court to block U.S. sales of the Typo keyboard, an add-on keyboard for the iPhone.  BlackBerry says is an “obvious knock-off” of the keyboards on its phones.

The move,  came late Wednesday, intensifying a battle between the two companies that began in January this year when BlackBerry accused Typo of patent infringement. The lawsuit garnered considerable attention, in part because Typo was co-founded by popular U.S. radio and television personality Ryan Seacrest. 

The keyboard is designed to slip onto an iPhone 5 or 5S to provide a physical keyboard. 

Such keyboards have been a main selling point of BlackBerry devices since the company was making radio pagers and despite the recent popularity of on-screen virtual keyboards, there remains many users who value a physical keyboard. BlackBerry alleges infringement of two patents: U.S. Design Patent 685,775 and U.S. Patent 7,629,964. The former covers the design elements of a “handheld electronic device” and the latter “an electronic device with keyboard optimized for use with the thumbs.”

Sprint Looking To buy T Mobile

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Blood Pressure Readings Compatible With iPhone

 

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mHealth: iPhones to Provide Mobile Means for Monitoring Blood Pressure   Withings Mobile Blood Pressure monitor mHealth iPod touch iPhone IPad iOS apps Hypertension Consumer Electronics Show Blood Pressure

Mobile BP monitor  pictured  requires three AAA batteries and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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Get ready for a nasty shock if you’re watching porn on your BlackBerry Z10. BlackBerry recently launched a ‘Show What I’m Listening to’ feature for their devices in a bid to increase engagement and social networking among users. The app updates the user’s list with tracks recently listened to or viewed content. The app works just like YouTube where users can share their funny/interesting videos and media files and share them with an audience.The BlackBerry Messenger integration will tell all your friends (and family members, if they’re in your BBM contacts) when you’re watching videos on the web.

The Charge Card and Your Smart Phone

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There’s a new way to charge your smart phone with the charge card

ChargeCard utilizes standard USB 2.0 allowing for simultaneous data transfer and charging of your phone. This allows you to tether internet, transfer photos and charge your phone all at the same time. Or you can just use it to charge your phone and your data will stay safe and protected on your phone.

 ChargeCard allows for high-output charging which means that you can super-charge your phone when charging from a high amp output USB charger.

ChargeCard works just like your standard USB smartphone cable which you currently use to charge or sync your phone. As such, it will work on all the same USB ports, from your computer to flat screen TVs, game consoles, cars and beyond.

ChargeCard  fits in your wallet! ChargeCard is the world’s slimmest USB charging and sync cable

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