Guess what? A bunch of apps like knowing where you are, so that their developers can then take that data, package it up for various advertising companies, and make a quick buck off of your precise whereabouts—including where you go and how long you spend there.
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Working at home means you're surrounded by all of your stuff: from that pile of dirty dishes in your sink to that pile of laundry that's still unfolded. And maybe you have a pressing deadline along with a pressing need to sort that pile of books (you sure do have a lot of piles!). Good news: you can do both with the help of a few time management and chore management apps that can double as productivity boosters when you need to get a handle on your day.
Google's short-lived messaging service, Allo, is going the way of Google Reader, Google Health, and the Dodo bird. It's not a surprise — Google began porting and integrating some of the more interesting features (like Google Assistant and web support) from Allo into Messages app for Android earlier this year, signalling that Allo's time may be short. Yesterday, Google confirmed that it will soon be ceasing Allo support entirely in favour of the more widely-used Messages.
On Tuesday, Google posted patch notes for the imminent Android security update for December, which will roll out to all Android devices starting today. These monthly updates normally fix potential vulnerabilities for devices running Android 9, but this month’s update includes specific patches for Pixel phones in addition to the normal security updates. The patches include improved camera performance, fixes for screen flickering bugs and apps accidentally closing while running in the background, and several others.
It’s great when an app allows you to add extra security — a fingerprint scan or a depth map of your face, for example — to access its contents. In case someone ever gets their hands on your unlocked device (or figures out your PIN), it’ll be trickier for them to access critical apps, like your banking apps, if they don’t have your finger or face nearby.
Bad news for those of you with small hands or small pockets (or both): It looks like phones are staying big for the foreseeable future. But owning a handset with a big screen doesn't mean you can't operate it with just one hand if you need to — these are the software tricks and apps you need to familiarise yourself with.
Nubia is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer that you've almost certainly never heard of - but that could be about to change if its new 'Nubia X' model is any indication.
The intriguing new Android comes with a striking point of difference: a 'hidden' 5.1-inch display on the rear chassis. Now that's how you do dual screens on a phone!
Being a notepad and pen replacement is just one of the roles that smartphones fill for us now — alongside being a digital camera, a musical jukebox, an address book, and an ever-expanding encyclopedia. Not all the options are created equal, though. Whatever the reason you need to take down notes, these are the best tools to do the job.
Personalised ads — they aren’t just on your screens anymore. For the past few years, advertisers have been experimenting with ways to apply all that data they have about you to billboards and other IRL advertisements. Think about how creepy it is when Facebook knows too much about you.
Now imagine how it would feel if a giant flat-screen at the mall showed you that same information in giant text that other people probably aren’t looking at, but definitely could read if it caught their eye.
As a former Android user, the switch I made to iPhone about five years ago changed my life. The stable and you-know-what-you-get model Apple runs on was a refreshing change for me, and I haven’t looked back since.
But a recent fling with the Google Pixel 3 XL made my heart flutter for a number of reasons.
What do you look for first when picking out a new smartphone? Android or iOS? The processor chip inside? The size and resolution of the screen? How many cameras? You probably have your spec of choice, but don't sleep on these less-considered differences.
Need a new smartphone? Telstra has slashed all phone plans by $10 for Black Friday! Here are the best handset options, including Google Pixel 3, iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S9! You can also get the deal on all SIM-only plans. Here are some highlights.
I’ve been using daily routines with my smart speaker ever since Amazon rolled them out for its Echo devices. And I don’t trigger chained actions by yelling out some random phrase. Rather, I have my routines fire off at different times during the day — really, just wake-up time and bed time — so I can get a quick snapshot of important information, like the weather and upcoming calendar events.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone has just been leaked majorly with hardware renders, photos and specs all rampaging across the internet. It appears the new phone will be packing in a range of next-gen features including 5G-network support, an in-screen camera and the largest Galaxy display ever seen. Here's everything you need to know.
Chinese smartphone makers have been dominating the mid-range smartphone market as they look to cater to a growing audience priced out of flagship devices. Two most impressive new smartphones at this price point are the Oppo R17 Pro and the OnePlus 6T. So which one should you plunk down your hard earned for?