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A huge flaw in Wi-Fi devices using WPA and WPA2 security encryption was exposed by Mathy Vanhoef, working out of KU Leuven, yesterday. Attackers can use this flaw to steal sensitive data – passwords, credit card numbers, emails – or inject malicious software into websites. If you’re using an Android device, an attack could be “exceptionally devastating”.

Here’s what you need to know.

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There's a lot to love about the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, from a powerful new camera to a squeezable frame that launches Google Assistant, but one feature that hasn't received much attention is the phone's calendar widget. Google's new Pixel launcher (the extra software that comes on top of Android 8.0 Oreo) puts reminders for upcoming events right on your homescreen, which is pretty great if you're the type of person who constantly forgets about scheduled plans and meetings.

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iOS/Android: Choosing how to use spare moments on your phone can feel like dieting. You might find yourself choosing Twitter or Facebook every time, mad at yourself for never cracking open Kindle or Instapaper. Fighting this habit takes a whole arsenal, so here's one more weapon: Turn off all your "bad" notification badges and turn on some good ones.

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Today, Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, sequels to its original Pixel smartphones. The two phones would seem to be identical -- save for the larger screen on the Pixel 2 XL -- and they both run Android 8.0. You might be thinking of upgrading from the original Pixel to the Pixel 2, but before you shell out $US649 ($826) for the cheapest 64GB model when it becomes available on October 19, check out what's changed since the Pixel debut last October.

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Google is holding a press event tomorrow (Thursday, October 5) to unveil, among other things, the Pixel 2 (or 2s, because we expect there to be a few of them). While nothing has been announced just yet, there have been a good number of leaks about the phones as well as a few teases from Google on what we're likely to see at Thursday's event.

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I've been using Samsung's Note 8 for about a month now. I love the display on the phone and the camera, but I'm pretty much constantly annoyed by the phone's Bixby button.

The dedicated button on the left side of the phone is designed to give you quick access to to the personal assistant. That's great if you want to use it often. However, if you're ham-fingered like me, then you end up accidentally pressing it pretty much every time you try to lower the volume on your phone, or pull it out of your pocket, or when you try to take a picture... really pretty much any time you're holding the phone.

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Google is well known for its capacity to try new things, give them a year or two and then drop them if things don't pan out as expected or they can't turn a good idea into a revenue raising one. Which is why something in a recent MSPowerUser article piqued my interest. Google has 91 different apps in the iOS App Store. Is this a sign of great platform support or an indication that things are out of control at the Googleplex?

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On October 4, Google is expected to release its next flagship smartphone range, dubbed Pixel 2. Here's everything you need to know about these first-party Android handsets, including price, release date and the best features based on the most credible leaks thus far.

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Your data, from the Christmas party photos you took last year to the tax return you filed (thank God for extensions, right?) is in more places than you think, which means securing as much of it as you can is vital. But the idea of encryption can be intimidating to the inexperienced, and often involves discussion of more esoteric topics like PGP, decryption keys and other terms with which you may be unfamiliar. Fortunately, iOS and Android make it easy to secure your data and protect it from malicious hackers and anyone looking to extract personal information.

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Google is launching a new zero-touch enrollment tool for Android rollouts so companies can configure the devices they purchase and ship them with management and settings pre-configured. This removes the need for users to configure devices manually and ensures that devices always have corporate policies in place.

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If you've already pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy Note8 or are planning to, Samsung has some good news for you: Due to unprecedented demand, telcos have agreed to send out pre-orders early. This means you should get your hands on the Note8 ahead of its September 22 launch date - if you don't have it already.

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Microsoft is beta testing an all-new OneDrive app for Android. The revised app brings a new user interface that looks best suited to larger screens. Comparing it to the iOS version, the new OneDrive for Android UI looks far slicker and more modern.

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If the rumour mill is correct, we could be looking at a $1500 price tag on Apple's new iPhone when it hits stores in a few weeks. And it won't be alone; Samsung's new Note 8 also launches with a $1,499 RRP towards the end of the month.

But you don’t have to spend $1500 on a new phone, of course. There are loads of great options for half the price or less. We've also included a selection of mobile plans for each option!

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The most frustrating thing about a phone addiction is that unlike actual substance abuse, the solution is not to stop using it completely. Instead, we have to find ways to use this technology responsibly, fighting apps overtly designed to steal our time.