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US Court: Police can’t force people to unlock their phone with biometrics

By Eric Zeman

More U.S. judges are siding with citizens’ privacy rights when it comes to mobile device searches.

A judge for the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California recently ruled that U.S. law enforcement cannot force people to use their face, finger, or other biometric method to unlock their device. This remains true even in instances when a warrant gives law enforcement the right to search the device. The order, first reported by Forbes, is seen as a win for citizens.

Before this order, law enforcement could wrangle people into pressing their thumb on a fingerprint reader or looking at their phone to unlock it. For example, in October 2018 the FBI forced a suspected child abuser to use his face to unlock his phone. At the same time, however, the law does not allow police to force suspects to provide a PIN, password, or passcode. This new ruling puts all unlocking methods in the same playing field, protecting people’s privacy.

At issue are rights guaranteed in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments concerning searches, privacy, and self incrimination.

“If a person cannot be compelled to provide a passcode because it is a testimonial communication, a person cannot …read more

Source:: android authority


Sprint’s new rewards program gives you discounted stuff and things

By Williams Pelegrin

With the other three carriers having some sort of rewards program, it makes sense for Sprint to finally offer one of its own. Called “My Sprint Rewards,” the rewards program offers several perks for Sprint subscribers.

My Sprint Rewards features two main sections: Sprint Rewards and Sprint Marketplace. Sprint Rewards features “special deals and experiences” from Sprint, along with special perks from various brands. For example, AMC offers specials on concerts, movies, sporting events, and theme parks.

Sprint Marketplace offers “thousands” of discounts on things like food, electronics, vacation packages, and more. Sprint Marketplace also features cashback rewards that net you anywhere from three to 20 percent cash back on select purchases.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to accrue at least $10 before you can redeem your cash back. Also, it might take up to 45 …read more

Source:: android authority


Huawei founder breaks years-long public silence to talk company security

By C. Scott Brown

The Straits Times

  • Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently spoke for the first time publically since 2015.
  • Zhengfei made statements surrounding Huawei security, President Donald J. Trump, and Huawei’s alleged ties to the Chinese government.
  • Huawei is facing an on-going crisis when it comes to its security reputation, and it hopes Zhengfei’s statements will assuage fears.

Although 74-year-old Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is still active within the ranks of the company, he has spent the last three years out of the public eye. Recently, he broke that silence to deliver a roundtable briefing with both domestic and international reporters, via Bloomberg.

As one would expect, Huawei’s security reputation was the hot topic of the event.

Zhengfei’s press talk underscores the tough year Huawei has had when it comes to public relations, security, and company expansion. Huawei bringing out “the big guns” in the form of Zhengfei — a legendary figure in both Chinese business and China at large — illuminates how seriously the company is planning on fixing its image in 2019.

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Huawei poised to spend billions to fix its bad security reputation

At a recent press conference in …read more

Source:: android authority


How can you stop your Wi-Fi being hacked?

By AA Picks

Ultimate Wi-Fi Hacking and Security Series

Are you worried about that van that’s been parked outside your house for a suspiciously long time? Are you concerned that there’s a master criminal in there picking off your internet banking details?

Don’t worry, you’re probably just losing your mind. But what is terrifying is that you don’t have to be an evil genius to learn Wi-Fi hacking. Most networks have a variety of weaknesses that a 13-year-old kid could quickly learn to infiltrate. Like finding the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star.

And yet you happily use your Wi-Fi network to transmit your personal and financial details without a second thought.

All Wi-Fi networks are vulnerable to hacking – Mathy Vanhoef, security expert.

Maybe you’d like some peace of mind, or perhaps you want to make some money improving security for others. Either way, you can learn the techniques of the hackers for only $18 in the Ultimate Wi-Fi Hacking and Security Series. Once you know how it’s done, you know how to close off the weak points.

The course instructor is Zeal Vora — an experienced cloud security engineer and ethical hacker. In his online tutorials, he’ll teach you about the different types …read more

Source:: android authority


OnePlus 6T problems and how to fix them

By Ankit Banerjee

OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple 6

The OnePlus 6T isn’t a huge upgrade over its predecessor, but while the specifications remain largely the same, a new and more minimalistic teardrop notch, a larger battery, and an in-display fingerprint reader make the latest OnePlus flagship stand out. What continues to be its biggest selling point though is the price, with the 6T also undercutting the competition by at least a couple of hundred dollars.

However, like any current generation smartphone, the OnePlus 6T has faced its fair share of issues since launch. Here is a roundup of some common OnePlus 6T problems, and potential solutions on how to fix them!

Problem #1 – Not receiving SMS/MMS on Verizon

One of the more interesting announcements during the launch of the OnePlus 6T was the fact that the device is certified to work on the Verizon network. One of the main issues with simply swapping your SIM from an older device is that users are unable to receive SMS/MMS, even though phone calls and data are working fine. To get …read more

Source:: android authority


Samsung January deals: Phones, tablets, wearables, TVs, more!

By C. Scott Brown

If you’re in the market for a new phone, tablet, television, or other pieces of electronic goodness, Samsung has some January 2019 promotions you might want to check out. Some of these Samsung deals last through the end of the month, while others end a little sooner.

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Breaking: Samsung to launch Galaxy S10 on February 20

Following today’s report from WSJ about the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S10, we now have official confirmation straight from the source.

Samsung has started sending out invitations for a Galaxy Unpacked event set for …

More than a few of these Samsung deals are pretty extraordinary, like saving $700 on a 65-inch 4K television or getting a free set of wireless headphones with the purchase of a tablet. Some of the deals are less stellar, but every little bit of savings counts, right?

You can head to the Samsung store to see all the promotions on offer, but here we’ve listed out the best Samsung deals we could find. Hopefully, this saves you some clicking around!

Samsung deals: January 2019

Your Netflix monthly bill will soon get a lot higher – Will it be worth it?

By John Callaham

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Netflix may have over 58 million subscribers in the U.S., but that isn’t stopping the popular video streaming service from raising prices once again. This time, the price hikes are the largest since Netflix started its streaming service 12 years ago. Netflix had its last price jump in October 2017.

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What’s new on Netflix (January 2019)

It’s a brand new year, and 2019 also begins with a ton of new and original content that will make its debut on Netflix in January. We are getting the final seasons for a couple …

The basic Netflix streaming plan, which allows for one concurrent video stream at 480p resolution, will go up from $8 to $9 a month. The standard plan, which allows for two concurrent streams and video at 1080p resolution, will go up by $2, from $11 to $13. If you are signed up for Netflix’s premium plan, which offers support for 4K video and four concurrent streams at once, the price will be going up as well, from $14 to $16 a month. The price hikes are effective immediately for all new Netflix subscribers. If you are currently signed up for the …read more

Source:: android authority


Pocophone F2 wishlist: Keep the good, improve the bad

By Mitja Rutnik


The Pocophone F2 is likely still months away, so we don’t know much about it. However, I have a few ideas on what the phone needs to grab consumers’ attention and outsell its predecessor.

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty, let me point out that I don’t want to see a triple-camera setup, an in-display fingerprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, and other high-end features found on flagship phones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. What makes the Pocophone F1 so appealing is that it offers great value for money — it’s a Snapdragon 845 device that starts at around 330 euros — and the Pocophone F2 should follow the same recipe. Therefore, the only things I want to see on the upcoming device are minor improvements over its predecessor that won’t raise its price by much, if at all.

Pocophone F2 wishlist: A better design

The back of the Pocophone F1.

The Pocophone F1 looks generic and feels cheap due to its polycarbonate back. Sure, there’s also the fancier Armored Edition …read more

Source:: android authority


Android 9 Pie beta available now for Samsung Galaxy Note 8

By C. Scott Brown

Although Samsung has yet to initiate a full global rollout of stable Android 9 Pie to any of its devices yet, several phones should receive it by the end of January or February. As one would expect, those devices are the latest and greatest from Samsung like the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 9.

However, if you own the older Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you’re not going to be left out in the cold. As of today, the beta version of Android 9 Pie is available for Note 8 owners who are ready to take on a little risk in order to get some tasty Pie goodness (via 9to5Google).

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Android 9 Pie update tracker: When will your phone get it? (Updated January 15)

Google announced Android 9.0 Pie on August 6, 2018, and began rolling it out to Pixel phones the same day. These include the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL.

But what about other …

Since the beta of Android 9 Pie is rolling out now to the Note 8, we can expect a stable …read more

Source:: android authority


LG in 2019: No more excuses

By Hadlee Simons

The back of the LG G7.

It felt like LG had a fairly anonymous 2018, as companies like Huawei, Samsung, and Xiaomi dominated the mobile world instead. However, the company certainly had its fair share of headlines this year.

The manufacturer started the year by saying it wouldn’t adhere to a yearly smartphone release cycle, generating plenty of murmurs in the process. It also made a splash by launching an “update center” to speed up the process of updating its phones, although we don’t know how successful this endeavor has been yet.

Then there were the phones. The company launched the well-received G7 ThinQ and the innovative V40 ThinQ. Unfortunately, neither phone sold enough for the mobile unit making a profit this year. It felt like a repeat of 2017 for the Korean manufacturer.

LG in 2018: At least it’s not HTC

LG didn’t have a great 2017 from a financial perspective. The mobile unit capped off Q4 2017 with its eleventh straight quarterly loss, though the LG G6 and V30 certainly made for great purchases in our book. So what did 2018 hold?

The company made some interesting statements at the beginning of the year, claiming it would adhere to …read more

Source:: android authority