Do you receive monthly security updates on your phone?

Google monthly security updates

Apart from the annual Android updates, Google releases security updates every month. These correct flaws in the system. The objective is to ensure continued protection for users and to react quickly to security problems that could arise. Now, to make sure that the Android platform stays secure, Google has a monthly security update program for all devices running on Android. This program has three stages: First, there is the development stage. Having identified the flaws, Google engineers develop the update and prepare it for testing. Next comes the testing phase.…

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EVGA SC17 laptop: A screen like few others

EVGA SC17 laptop

Gamers, there’s a new laptop in town. Meet the EVGA SC17 laptop, or rather the latest in the SC17 line from graphics card and motherboard maker EVGA. This laptop packs a 17.3-inch screen, Nvidia GeForce GFX 1080 graphics, and Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7-7820HK unlocked processor. The other models of the SC17 line are based on the GTX 1070 and GTX 980M graphics chips, so this one stands out. Now, the price might be a little hefty at $3,000, but the specs are fully worth the price tag. For one thing,…

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Microsoft’s Xbox Insider program now easier to access

xbox insider

Microsoft opened its Xbox Insider feedback program to the public back in January. This week, the company is making it easier for people to get access to beta system updates. Prior to this, you could opt into the Xbox Insider program,, and tests would arrive only a short while before being released to the general public. Now, Microsoft is simplifying its Xbox Insider groups, allowing people to progress through each stage to get earlier access to Xbox One dashboard software. The Omega Ring is the default option for anyone looking…

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New Uber messaging feature goes live

Uber messaging

If you use Uber, you must have experienced the creepy situation where you receive a text from an unknown number, asking for your location, while waiting for your ride. Sometimes, instead of sending you such a text, the Uber driver would simply park as close to your location as possible, then honk their horn until you show up. This is not really convenient for a lot of people, and in an effort to solve this issue, Uber has launched an in-app messaging feature on its mobile app. Now, with Uber…

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Facebook sneaks Colorful Balloons into China

colorful balloons

China has banned Facebook and its related apps for years. However, this apparently hasn’t stopped the company from trying to get their products into the country. According to the New York Times, Facebook managed to sneak an app past the Great Firewall of China, called Colorful Balloons. Nobody managed to catch them doing it, though. According to the report, Facebook approved the app’s release in May, and published it in China through a local company called Youge Internet Technology. Well, this looks like it as nothing to do with Facebook.…

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Twitter Night Mode for desktop is coming soon

Twitter night mode

Twitter Night Mode was added a few months ago, and it has become wildly popular for people who take their smartphones to bed at night. However, a version of this feature for desktop had not been available for a while, mostly because people prefer using their phones in bed to their desktops. However, if you use your laptop in bed, then Twitter Night Mode could be coming to you soon. Already it has been spotted by a number of users. This feature is likely to be extremely welcome, enabling a…

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Chuwi LapBook 12.3: Looks as good as the MacBook Air

Chuwi LapBook 12.3

Apple’s MacBook Air is a pretty great laptop. Thus, it has spawned several look-alikes and copycats. However, not a lot of these copycat ultrabooks cost just $300. The Chuwi LapBook 123 is one of those that cost that little. However, this means that the device only compares to the MacBook Air in appearance. Chuwi is not quite a household name, but the company has gained some attention recently for its budget computers. These are usually low on processing power, but also have surprisingly good build quality. The specs of the…

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Would you dump Google Chrome for Samsung Internet?

Samsung Internet

Most smartphone users already have their preferred browser apps, be it Chrome, Firefox, Opera or any other browser. However, this has not stopped Samsung from releasing their own browser. Samsung’s Internet app may seem superfluous when a device already has other browser apps, but then it has some attributes that set it apart. For one thing, Samsung Internet has extension support, so users can download a separate content blocker to filter out malicious ads. There are also some handy features, including a night mode, which darkens a web page’s interface.…

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The TRI Analyzer can test liquid samples for disease

TRI Analyzer

Scientists have created a smartphone accessory that can test liquid samples for disease. This device, called the TRI Analyzer, costs $550, and it puts the medical testing laboratory in the palm of your hand. Researchers at the University of Illinois created the spectral-analysis device using a 3D printer and some fantastic engineering. The TR Analyzer can process samples of blood, saliva or urine using the light from your phone’s flash and the optics from your phone’s camera. Project director Professor Brian Cunningham said of the TRI Analyzer: “It is capable…

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How to control background processes on your Android

Android background processes

Over time, your smartphone becomes sluggish, and switching between apps becomes tedious. One thing that causes this is the amount of apps running in the background. There are a few things you can do to improve the situation, and one of these things is controlling your background processes and apps. The best way to gain control of your background processes is to check them out with tools built into Android. These vary according to device. In some cases, you will need to enable developer options. There are several ways to…

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