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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 rumor claims the tablet could have 5G capability

Shane McGlaun | Apr 21, 2020 at 2:02 pm CDT

As cool as the 2020 line of iPad Pro tablets are, many tablet fans were disappointed that they lacked 5G capability. One of the key competitors to Apple and its range of smartphones and tablets is Samsung. Samsung already has 5G enabled smartphones on the market with the new Galaxy S20 series. A new rumor suggests that the next tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S7 could come with 5G the capability that is missing in the iPad Pro line.

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According to the rumor, the Galaxy Tab S7 will come with 5G capability that works globally. That is an important caveat because Samsung previously launched the Galaxy Tab S6 (pictured) that supported 5G only in Korea. The rumor claims that Samsung is gearing up to fight Apple directly in more ways than just adding 5G capability to the coming tablet.

The rumor suggests that the Galaxy Tab S7 will match Apple's iPad Pro screen offerings with 11-inch and 12.4-inch options. That will make the Samsung tablet about half an inch smaller in the larger version than the iPad Pro 12.9-inch. Samsung is also throwing

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A OnePlus 7 update released last weekend locked some users out

Shane McGlaun | Apr 21, 2020 at 12:09 pm CDT

Over the last several months, it has been typical for software updates from various companies to be released that cause new problems. Last weekend, OnePlus released an update for its OxygenOS Beta 12 update for the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro smartphones. The update included some new features and the April security patch.

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Along with the new features and updated security, the update also had a bug that locked some users out of their handsets. The bug was severe enough and difficult enough to fix that OnePlus pulled the update to prevent any other handsets from being impacted. At this time, there's no indication of what exactly went wrong that caused people to be locked out of their handsets.

The changelog for the update included some system upgrades that optimized volume adjustment for a better user experience and added a missing recording icon to the call screen. The update added the Android security patch 2020.04 and fixed known issues and improve system stability. The update also added ringing duration info for missed calls and allowed users to switch their mobile data on phone calls supported using VoLTE.

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Motorola One Fusion smartphones rumored to land later this year

Shane McGlaun | Apr 20, 2020 at 3:50 pm CDT

A new rumor is going around that Motorola has a pair of new smartphones coming later this year for Android fans to enjoy. According to the rumor, the Motorola One Fusion series will include the Motorola One Fusion, which carries a codename Titan. The other device will be the Motorola One Fusion+, which carries the codename Liberty. Both the devices (not pictured) were tipped by well-known leaker Evan Blass.

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According to Blass, both devices will land at the end of Q2, meaning they should turn up within the next couple of months. Other leaks have hinted at the hardware that would be found inside the Motorola One Fusion+ smartphone. The leak claims that the device will use a Snapdragon 675 processor paired up with 4GB to 6GB of RAM.

Storage is said to be 64GB or 128GB, and the smartphone is said to use a 12MP primary camera, support dual SIM cards, and lack NFC connectivity. Past reports have indicated that the smartphone will turn up in both India and the United States. The Motorola One line of smartphones has always been a mid-range segment making them affordable for people to buy. The smartphone world could use more mid-range devices with decent performance.

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iPhone 12 leak claims smartphone still shuns USB-C

Shane McGlaun | Apr 20, 2020 at 11:50 am CDT

Apple moved to the USB-C port on the iPad Pro series, and fans loved the change. Apple typically uses its proprietary Lightning port to charge and sync its devices. The move to USB-C on the iPad Pro devices had many Apple fans anticipating the same change on the iPhone. However, when the iPhone 11 line landed, the devices still used Lightning to charge. Those hoping for USB-C with the iPhone 12 may be disappointed if a new leak is correct.

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The iPhone 12 leak originated with Jon Prosser, a leaker who has a history of accuracy with things related to Apple. Prosser accurately predicted the rollout of the iPhone SE 2020 smartphone. He tweeted, "I feel like I shouldn't have to say this, but no - there's absolutely not USB-C in iPhone 12." He continued, "Apple will go portless before they go USB-C."

It's a mystery as to why Apple would be willing to use USB-C on the iPad Pro line, but not on the iPhone line. Going portless may be a better option, particularly if Apple decides to bundle in a wireless charger. Fiddling behind the bed for wires when you're ready to go to sleep is a task that most everyone would be willing to give up.

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Apple and Google will roll out new coronavirus spread tracking system

Jak Connor | Apr 11, 2020 at 1:09 am CDT

Google and Apple have announced a new coronavirus tracking system, and it will be rolled out to both Android and iOS users.

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A newly released white paper, has detailed that both Google and Apple will be building a new coronavirus tracking system that will use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) transmissions to allow users to voluntarily flag if they have contracted the coronavirus. This data will then be shared with approved apps from health organizations. The new system will also alert users if they have come into close contact with someone who has contracted the virus.

Apple and Google plan on rolling out its iOS and Android API's this May, so that apps designed by health authorities can implement their services into it. Both Apple and Google eventually plan on baking this service into their underlying operating system as an option that will become available to everyone using iOS or Android. An example of how the tracking system works can be seen in the above image. It should also be noted that Google and Apple will still be protecting the privacy of users by having users' keys change every 15 minutes.

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Hacker gets paid $75,000 by Apple for finding iPhone camera exploit

Jak Connor | Apr 6, 2020 at 2:08 am CDT

Apple is renowned for having heavy security implementation on its devices, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to find an exploit.

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A former security engineer named Ryan Pickren was the white-hat hacker who managed to find two security flaws in users' iPhones or MacBooks. The security flaws weren't small loopholes either and could have potentially allowed bad actors to gain access to the camera. According to the report, Pickren decided to "hammer the browser with obscure corner cases" and then focus on the camera security model, which he then admits was "pretty intense".

Pickren looked into the mobile Safari vulnerabilities and found seven separate vulnerabilities. Pickren linked three of the exploits together and managed to gain access to the iPhone camera. Pickren says that "A bug like this shows why users should never feel totally confident that their camera is secure. Regardless of operating system or manufacturer." Apple rewarded Pickren with $75,000 for locating these exploits.

US mobile location data to be used to track coronavirus COVID-19

Jak Connor | Mar 19, 2020 at 12:33 am CDT

Technology companies such as Facebook, Google, and many others are currently in talks with the United States government about using mobile location data to track the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

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A new report has come out from The Washington Post, which claims that Facebook and Google are discussing with the U.S. government terms for using everyone's mobile location data to track the spread of the coronavirus. Just last week, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter had a meeting with the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Michael Kratsios. The contents of the meeting weren't disclosed to the public, but it's assumed that this meeting was in regard to the mobile location data.

The United States wouldn't be the first country to implement this strategy of tracking the coronavirus, as Israel has just done the same thing. Many American's could feel uncomfortable if this decision went ahead, and the government began openly tracking everyone's location in real-time as it could pose a privacy violation in many people's eyes.

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Israel will be using its public's mobile data to curb the coronavirus

Jak Connor | Mar 18, 2020 at 3:41 am CDT

Countries are doing everything they can to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and one of the ways that the spread if hindered is to have accurate monitoring of the infection.

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According to a recent New York Times article, Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, has been given the power to use everyone's mobile data to help battle the coronavirus. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel has given the security agency the new power which will involve the use of mobile users' location. The thinking behind this is that the security agency will be able to retrace the steps of infected person/s and identify other people who should be quarantined.

The new power has been granted to the security agency for the next 30 days, and throughout this 30 days the security agency will be sending text messages to individuals that will be required to quarantine themselves. According to Netanyahu, "We must preserve the balance between individual rights and general needs, and we are doing so." While the use of everyone's data is definitely a violation of privacy, it will be interesting to see whether or not this tactic to speed up the isolation process will be effective or not.

Coronavirus is on your phone, here's how you can clean it properly

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 16, 2020 at 9:11 pm CDT

The outright panic over COVID-19 coronavirus is shutting cities down and seeing retailers with empty shelves, schools and mass gatherings banned -- but what about your smartphone?

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There are some tips on keeping your smartphone safe, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers your smartphone a "high-touch surface" and thus, makes it a hot spot for coronavirus. You need to clean your smartphone properly, so here is a quick guide on keeping what is most likely your most-used device clean.

What You'll Need

  • Water
  • Soap
  • MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 6 PACK - $8.99 (Buy from Amazon)

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Robert Downey Jr. teases next-gen OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone

Anthony Garreffa | Mar 15, 2020 at 7:36 pm CDT

Iron Man and The Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. has been spotted with the unreleased OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone, but there's something important to remember: he's a brand ambassador for OnePlus. Robert Downey Jr. was recently deepfaked into Back to the Future with fellow MCU actor and Spider-Man, Tom Holland.

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The actor recently "spotted" in a photo on a photographer's Instagram account, with the new OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone in his hand. But then a Robert Downey Jr. fanpage account re-posted the photo, which shows off the new OnePlus 8 Pro that the actor "accidentally" (in reality: paid endorsement) of the new smartphone.

We're expecting the OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone to rock a 6.5-inch display with a super-slick 120Hz refresh rate, new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, and 5G connectivity. The rear-facing camera system, now thanks to the photo from Iron Man, shows a quad camera setup. We're expecting a high-end main sensor, telephoto lens and ultra-wide lens that will be joined by a Time-of-Flight sensor.