OnePlus Left Behind a Testing App on Its Devices With Backdoor to Root Access: Report

OnePlus Left Behind a Testing App on Its Devices With Backdoor to Root Access: Report

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus reportedly installs a diagnostic app on its devices The company is looking into it, co-founder Pei said OnePlus 3, 3T, and 5 reportedly install the backdoor app OnePlus has landed in soup again just a few days ahead of the launch of its much-anticipated OnePlus 5T smartphone. The Chinese company has been found to leave behind an app on its recent devices that can act as a backdoor capable of providing root access without unlocking. For end users, this essentially means that some OnePlus smartphones can be easily rooted without…

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Android Oreo Now on 0.3 Percent of Active Devices, Marshmallow Powers Majority: Google

Android Oreo Now on 0.3 Percent of Active Devices, Marshmallow Powers Majority: Google

HIGHLIGHTS Android 8.0 powering 0.3 percent active devices Marshmallow still powering majority of devices Nougat now running on 20.6 percent devices Android 8.0 Oreo, Google’s latest mobile operating system, after showing up in October Android distribution chart for the first time has made a small rise in new version chart. The latest distribution numbers from Google reveal that the Android Oreo is inching closer to 1 percent of active Android devices though it may take couple of more months. Last month, Android Oreo was reported running on 0.2 percent of Android devices, and…

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Samsung Galaxy S7 at Rs. 29,990 in Samsung Mobiles Fest Sale on Flipkart

Samsung Galaxy S7 at Rs. 29,990 in Samsung Mobiles Fest Sale on Flipkart

HIGHLIGHTS Several Samsung smartphones received discounts The Mobiles Fest ends on Wednesday Samsung Galaxy On Max, Galaxy On5 and others available Samsung Galaxy S7 is available for Rs. 29,990 as the Samsung Mobiles Fest sale on Flipkart enters its third day. The Samsung Galaxy S7 deal brings down the price of the 2016 flagship smartphone by Rs. 16,010, from its listing price of Rs. 46,000. Along with this, buyers can exchange their phone to get exchange discount of up to Rs. 25,000 to further bring down the price. Moreover, Flipkart is giving at Rs….

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Apple Planning 2 iPhone X Models With OLED Displays in 2018: KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple Planning 2 iPhone X Models With OLED Displays in 2018: KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo

iPhone X HIGHLIGHTS New iPhone models with OLED panels rumoured Apple said to launch two iPhones with OLED panels The company may launch iPhone X ‘Plus’ in 2018 Apple is reportedly planning to launch two iPhone models with OLED panels which could be seen as successors to the iPhone X. KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that the Cupertino-based giant is working on two iPhones with upgraded stainless steel frames as well as OLED screens. Kuo predicts (via 9to5mac) that Apple may use more parts of stainless steel around the…

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How technology will help fight food fraud

How technology will help fight food fraud

Food fraud is everywhere. In the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal in Europe, and with cases reported around the world, including in Canada, awareness is high. Dalhousie University recently released a study on food fraud and the results were surprising: A whopping 63 per cent of Canadians are generally concerned about food fraud. Worse still, more than 40 per cent of Canadians feel they have been victims of food fraud already. These are alarming results that can’t be ignored. Food fraud can take many forms. It can include adulteration — substituting one ingredient with a much cheaper…

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New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

New technology means new opportunities — and anxiety for today’s workers

In the history of the United States, there has been an unshakable bond between the idea of hard work and prosperity, a relationship author James Truslow Adams eloquently described as “the American Dream,” a term he coined. The American dream is “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement,” Adams wrote in 1931. However, to many people, the rapid pace of technological change appears to be eroding that linkage. Working hard is…

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The Curse of the Halfway Technology

The Curse of the Halfway Technology

Twenty years ago last spring, on a long Amtrak ride from Boston, I taught myself HTML and wrote my own website. It wasn’t so hard, actually, for someone like me, whose first professional word processing program was WordPerfect, in which you highlighted words as bold, for example, by typing “<B>” before the word and “<B>” after the word. So yeah, I had a website that I had coded with bold and italics and even a photograph in it. The photo was centered; the margins were even. I was going to be a 21st-century success…

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SO MUCH ALEXA

SO MUCH ALEXA

AMAZON ANNOUNCED A raft of new hardware devices this week, from new Echo speakers and fun arcade buttons that plug into them, to a dangling-dongle version of the Fire TV. The one unifying thread all these devices have? Alexa. As Amazon’s voice assistant proliferates into more products, Amazon’s smart home empire grows. But can Alexa find its feet outside the home? David tells us what he saw when he visited the company in Seattle this week. Before that however, we’ve got 280 bones to pick with Twitter. PODCAST RSS ITUNES DOWNLOAD…

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Deal: original Samsung Gear IconX down to $50

Deal: original Samsung Gear IconX down to $50

With the a new generation of Gear IconX headphones headed to stores, Samsung is clearing out the inventory of the older model – and it’s a great deal. The fully wireless earbuds are down to just $50, a quarter of their retail price (i.e. $150 off). Keep in mind that this deal is while supplies last (obviously) and only the White color option is available (the Black ones ran out before our eyes). Also, shipping isn’t very fast – it’s free, but you’ll wait 7-10 business days.    Samsung Gear IconX wireless…

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Internet grows to 331 million domain name registrations: VeriSign report

Internet grows to 331 million domain name registrations: VeriSign report

Domain name registrations have grown to 331.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 as approximately 1.3 million registrations were added during the period. According to VeriSign, a global leader in domain names and Internet security, 1.3 million domain name registrations across the globe translates to a growth rate of 0.4 per cent over the first quarter of 2017. Domain name registrations have grown by 6.7 million, or 2.1 per cent, year over year, the company said in the report. “The .com and .net top-level domains (TLDs) had a combined…

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