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Smart cars pose a serious privacy risk, says US senator

Smart cars pose a serious privacy risk, says US senator

Cars are getting more and more sophisticated, incorporating features or integrating with our smartphones. They might also be receiving some of weaknesses of mobile devices, with more frightening consequences. Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts thinks that increasingly sophisticated high-tech cars are also getting more vulnerable to hacking, with all their wireless connectivity and access to personal information. And the even more worrying part is that, in the rush to put these technologies inside vehicles, car makers might not be aware of the dangers and might be foregoing stricter security measures.

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3 Apps for Hiding Photos and More on Android

3 Apps for Hiding Photos and More on Android

Smartphones are usually personal devices (and tablets more or less are, too), but not always, and even if they are that won’t necessarily keep people from snooping around. Sometimes you need to hide files you don’t want others to see, and though we won’t presume why that’s the case, we will show you how to do it. We're concentrating on Android smartphone and tablet users in particular with this article, but iOS, Windows Phone users and others can follow along.

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Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Galaxy S6 Edge details arrive in cases

Today the Samsung Galaxy S Edge seems to have been re-confirmed alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6. In an image of a selection of cases from little-known brand Verus, both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge (or just S Edge) can be seen. Here you'll notice that the Samsung device's edge is not just all by its lonesome, it's joined by some volume keys as well. This is different from the Galaxy Note Edge which keeps all of its buttons to the top or the opposite side of the device.

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Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

The Ubuntu device you're about to see goes by the name Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition, and it isn't going to be like your average iPhone or Android. Instead, so it's being presented by Canonical as, this device will make quick work of your day-to-day needs with "Scopes" - also known as cards. The first Ubuntu phone for the public will make use of this first market-ready version of Ubuntu for mobile devices and will pose the following question to the public: Do you really need apps in the first place?

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This is the first Ubuntu phone, the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

This is the first Ubuntu phone, the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

The smartphone space is about to get more crowded, with the first Ubuntu phone, the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, hoping to muscle in among Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Targeting the midrange market that so far Android has cavorted significantly in, BQ's new phone has a 4.5-inch screen, dual SIM support, and both an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera up-front. More important than the hardware, though, is the new software, which Ubuntu claims is more content-centric than rival platforms. That's built around what Ubuntu has dubbed Scopes, a new take on the mobile UI.

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Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

Android tweaks that bring a taste of iOS 8

iOS 8 brought a lot of fancy new stuff to the iPhone, some of which seem like a good idea for any mobile platform. But rather than gnash their teeth in envy, Android users can still get some of those benefits on their smartphones as well. No, we won't be theming Android to make it look like Apple's smartphone. There are a lot of those already out there. What we will do here is to take a look at some of those nice features and show how Android lovers can them too.

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Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

Blackberry wins major court case against Typo to the sum of $860,000

...and that is not a typo. Back in the early days of smartphones, Blackberry was the undisputed heavy-weight champion. Everybody who was anybody at the time owned a Blackberry phone. One of the main features of Blackberry’s was the keyboard; as tiny as it was, but people loved typing away on it. Hoping to recapture some of that former glory, A company called Typo introduced an iPhone case that makes your phone look eerily like a Blackberry. Online posts and comments started, and Of course, Blackberry saw it as well. They were not too amused by this, resulting in a major lawsuit in January last year. The former king of cell phones just won this lawsuit and now Typo has to pay up.

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Surprise, another Android update

Surprise, another Android update

This week it would appear that the super secretive Google Android group have been on the hush-hush about their next software push. Apparently - don't tell anybody - they're going to be updating Android AGAIN. This time they'll be adding a ".1" to their Android version number and it'll include "bug fixes" - can you believe it? It's going to be crazy! And here's the kicker - it might not be coming to your phone first! Word on the outraged Android user underground circuit is that Android One device might get this update before non-One users!

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OPPO R5 available for pre-order in UK, ships Feb 20

OPPO R5 available for pre-order in UK, ships Feb 20

The iPhone started the whole smartphone trend, all the way back in 2007. It was a game-changer in so many ways. Thin (impossibly thin, according to Steve Jobs), powerful, and just plain fun to use. Since then, smartphones have progressed and evolved almost beyond recognition, and with each generation, are getting even more impossibly thin, powerful, and feature-rich. Apple has steadily held the throne for many years, but is constantly being challenged by other manufacturers and their latest products. The most recent contender is the OPPO R5, which is now ready for pre-order through Amazon and estimated to be delivered on the 20th of February.

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Galaxy S6 to showcase new Samsung mobile payment system

Galaxy S6 to showcase new Samsung mobile payment system

As is always the case, Samsung's next flagship is portrayed with almost godlike powers and the Galaxy S6 is no different. Perhaps aside from the fact that it might not be running on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. In addition to dual curved edges and a new "stationary" fingerprint sensor instead of a swipe-based one, now the smartphone is rumored to have one more special feature. If the information is accurate, the Galaxy S6 will be the first to bear Samsung's new mobile payment system, that is rumored not to rely on NFC.

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