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  1. Square Enix has just announced that its mobile smash hit Hitman: Sniper is all dressed-up for the Halloween in its new update for the Android and iOS platforms. Agent 47 is not only becoming deadlier thanks to the new update, but he will also have a wider array of challenges and missions to complete. One of the most engaging sniper experience offered on mobile devices, Hitman: Sniper has been updated with new weapons and new story content in the form of missions and challenges. The most important addition to the game is a new unique weapon that uses three abilities. Agent 47 can now equip a deadly crossbow and quickly eliminate enemies using one of the three new abilities: summon an unfriendly ghost, vicious impaling, and a volley of lethal, barbed arrows. As mentioned earlier, the update also brings new missions in the mountainous Montenegro region, as well as new challenges to complete. Hitman: Sniper Halloween update adds a unique weapon for a limited time, new missions Keep in mind though that the new crossbow weapon introduced with the Halloween update will only be available for a limited time. According to Square Enix, players can only get it until November 24, so there's plenty of time to have your Agent 47 arm with one. It's also worth noting that while the game is not available for free, both Android and iOS players can get it for 80% off. Just like the weapon, the promotional offer is available for a limited time, but while it's valid you can get the game for just $1.25. No word though on when the promo offer will end.
  2. It's not a secret that many smartphone manufacturers are trying to capitalize on Samsung's discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7. As it turns out, however, some companies are willing to go to extreme lengths to bank on the Note 7 fiasco. Enter the Elephone S7, a phone with a name that's highly similar to that of the Galaxy S7 edge and a design that can be easily considered a Galaxy Note 7 rip off. Build-wise, the Elephone S7 features a metal frame that goes around the sides separating two glass panels on the back and the front. Add a design language that should be highly familiar to Samsung fans and a curved display glass on the front, and the Elephone S7 looks a lot like a mix between the Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. However, while the Elephone S7 may look like one of Samsung's flagships, it definitely fails to live up to the same standards in terms of specifications. Before getting to the hardware, however, we'd first like to touch upon an S7 feature that shouldn't really exist in the first place. See, Elephone markets the S7 as 'explosion-proof' guaranteed. The maker says that there are three layers of protection against explosions. The first is a battery that's supposedly been extensively tested. The second layer is an explosion-proof membrane and the third is an explosion-proof TPU shell. It's hard for us to buy into this marketing scheme, given that phones shouldn't explode in the first place. The Elephone S7 is an 'explosion proof' Galaxy Note 7 - S7 edge knock off There are two versions of the Elephone S7. One comes with a 5.2-inch display while the other features a larger 5.5-inch panel. Both panels run at a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels and are protected by a curved display glass. Under the hood beats the heart of a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset with a deca-core CPU and an ARM Mali T880 GPU. In the memory department, there are multiple variants to consider. The cheapest variant comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage but there are also models with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage as well as a variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In the imaging department, the Elephone S7 is equipped wit a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front. Other specs include a microSD card slot, dual-SIM capabilities, an NFC chip, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 3000mAh battery. The Elephone S7 is an 'explosion proof' Galaxy Note 7 - S7 edge knock off As for the price, the 2GB-16GB version of the phone is only available in gold and costs $139.99. The 3GB-32GB option is available in gold ($169.00), midnight blue ($189.99), black ($199.99), and green ($209.99). The maxed out version with 4GB of RAM and 64 of storage can be had in gold, blue, black, and green for $199.99, $229.99, $239.99, and $249.99, respectively. Just in case you're really bad at math, yes, that's a $40 difference between the gold and the green color options, which is a bit absurd if you ask us! No, this is not an April 1st joke. The Elephone S7 is a real device and is already up for preorders.
  3. Just yesterday we showed you renders of the Vivo X9 and Vivo X9 Plus. The images show that both models have dual front-facing cameras. One of the cameras weighs in at 20MP while the other is an 8MP snapper. Vivo is obviously producing this model for those who love taking selfies. Speculation has both cameras employing Sony Exmor sensors. The Vivo X9 will reportedly be powered by a Snapdragon 653 chipset carrying an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno 510 GPU. This SoC includes support for dual-camera setups like the one on the front of the phone. 4GB/6GB of RAM is inside, along with 64GB of native storage. A USB Type-C port is on board. The physical home button could be embedded with a fingerprint scanner. Both the Vivo X9 and Vivo X9 Plus will be unveiled on November 17th. On that date, we should be able to fill in the missing pieces for both units. That includes specs related to the rear camera on both the Vivo X9 and X9 Plus, the battery capacity for both models, pricing and availability.
  4. Update: Alcatel finally announced the Idol 4S with Windows. The handset will indeed be released by T-Mobile on November 10 for $469.99, complete with a free VR headset. You can check out the smartphone in the official promo video embedded above. T-Mobile recently listed the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 on its official website, only to quickly remove it and go silent about its release date. However, it looks like we now know when the handset will be launched (although it still hasn't been officially announced). According to Windows Central, the new Windows 10 smartphone should be available starting November 10 at T-Mobile. It looks like you'll be able to find the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 via all T-Mobile channels (including in retail stores across the nation) for $469.99. Considering the features that the device is packing, that's a pretty attractive price - assuming you don't dislike Windows 10 Mobile, of course. The Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 looks a lot like the Android-based Alcatel Idol 4S, though some of its main features are different (mostly for the better). The Windows handset sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, uses the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, and offers 4 GB of RAM plus 64 GB of expandable storage space. The device further comes with a fingerprint scanner, a 3000 mAh battery, an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 21 MP rear camera. There's also a dedicated camera button on board, which should help you take photos faster and easier. At the moment, T-Mobile is not selling any Windows-based phones, which isn't surprising, since Windows 10 Mobile has a minuscule share of the smartphone market. When the Alcatel Idol 4S arrives, it should be offered with a free VR headset - a rarity for a Windows handset. So, do you plan to buy this Alcatel Idol 4S?
  5. BlackBerry Ltd has signed a deal to work directly with Ford Motor Co to expand the carmaker's use of its QNX secure operating system, the Canadian technology company said on Monday, as Ford develops increasingly automated vehicles. The deal with Ford is the first BlackBerry has done directly with a major automaker, though it currently sells its technology to auto industry suppliers. The company is betting its future on expanding sales of software products, including to automakers and other manufacturers, after largely ceding the smartphone market to rivals including Apple Inc, Alphabet's Google and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Panasonic Automotive currently uses QNX software in the Sync 3 infotainment console that it supplies to Ford. BlackBerry is hoping the new deal will expand use of BlackBerry's software in Ford vehicles as the two companies identify other systems where it might be used. "We can form the basis of the entire vehicle all the way from autonomous drive through to infotainment," John Wall, the head of BlackBerry's QNX unit, said in a phone interview. Ford is ramping up its driverless vehicle efforts and plans to offer a fully automated vehicle for commercial ride-sharing in 2021, it announced in August. QNX's software is certified for use in autonomous driving and active safety systems, according to Wall. "In the initial engagements you can think of an expansion into the cockpit; telematics, infotainment, cluster," Wall said. BlackBerry and Ford declined to say how QNX might be rolled out into new systems or discuss financial terms of the deal. A dedicated team of QNX engineers based in Ottawa and Waterloo will work with Ford to expand the carmaker's use of the Neutrino industrial operating system, as well as an overarching program that can control other operating systems and related security technology, BlackBerry said. "We're providing the plumbing for the vehicle that is both robust and safe and secure to allow the customers to build their applications on top of that," Wall said. Dan Dodge, who founded QNX in 1982, and stayed on after BlackBerry bought the company in 2010, left QNX at the end of 2015. Bloomberg reported in July that Apple hired him as part of its own self-driving plans. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp and Jim Finkle; Editing by Andrew Hay)
  6. The iPhone 8 is reportedly getting an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. For months, Apple has been rumoured to be considering the screens, and now a key supplier has confirmed the speculation is true. Sharp’s president Tai Jeng-wu told students in Tappei the iPhone is switching from LCD to OLED panels, Nikkei Asian Review reported. Nikkei reported that Tai said: “We don’t know whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit, but if Apple doesn’t walk down this path and transform itself, there will be no innovation. It is a crisis but it is also an opportunity.” Tai is an executive at Sharp’s parent company Foxconn Technology Group, a key iPhone part supplier and assembler. One of the major draws of OLED technology is its ability to flex, as it does in the Samsung S7 Edge and Note 7. Nikkei Asian Review reported in August that at least one of the next generation iPhones would come with a Samsung-like curved OLED. A source told Nikkei: “There will be a 4.7-inch model, another that will be 5.5-inches and a premium handset that will be either 5.5-inches or larger equipped with a screen bent on the two sides.” The source added that the first two would still get flat screens. In addition to being bendy, OLEDs displays are sharper, more colourful and much tougher than LCDs.
  7. Phones are very big but not all humans or human hands are very big, and that presents some problems for some people trying to navigate a phone one-handed, especially when interface elements are located near the very top of a phone’s display. This is a problem I encounter day in and out when using Chrome for Android, which places all of its controls at the top of the screen. Want to start a search or type in a web address? Top of the screen. Want to open a new tab or switch to an existing tab? Top of the screen. For the sake of our thumbs But that might change. Google is testing a version of Chrome for Android that places its controls at the bottom of the screen. It’s a really simple change, but it could go a long way toward making the app easier to use. When holding the phone in your right hand, this new design would place the tab switcher just beside your thumb. Android Police spotted a test of this design inside of Chrome for Android’s developer build. It’s very clearly still in testing, however. The option is tucked away, and there’s still a blank space at the top of the screen where the tab bar would normally be. Chrome for Android bottom tabs test© Provided by The Verge Chrome for Android bottom tabs test Google is maybe the last major browser developer to get on board with putting controls on the bottom. Safari for iOS includes its address bar and refresh button at the top, but several controls — including forward, backward, and tab switching — are all at the bottom. And Microsoft has placed browser controls and the address bar on the bottom for the mobile versions of both Internet Explorer and Edge for years now. There’s no indication of whether Google will follow through and move Chrome’s controls to the bottom — it could just as easily give this experiment up. But the fact that it’s hidden away, even in this very unfinished form, shows that some work is going into it. Hopefully, it’ll get finished up and shipped.
  8. LG’s V20 is an Android phone I’d recommend to people who insist on having one of the device’s four cornerstone features: a replaceable battery, elaborate manual video camera controls, excellent audio recording capabilities, or a hi-fi headphone listening experience. If you don’t need anything from that list in your next smartphone — and a lot of people don't — you’re better off buying a Google Pixel XL or iPhone 7 Plus. For upwards of $800 depending on where you buy it, the V20 is priced to compete with the very best phones on the market right now. But it just doesn’t. To be clear, it’s fairly good at what LG designed it to excel at. It’s a gadget for Android nerds and checks all the boxes on high-end specs, build quality, display (yes, there’s still a tiny second screen on the front), and performance. It ditches the modularity gimmick that quickly fizzled out with the G5, and the design is a little classier and safer than the rubber-clad V10 from last year. But it’s also a very big phone — too big, honestly — with ugly software, no water resistance, and a lack of the cohesion that makes Apple and Google smartphones feel so excellent. The V20’s design is a big departure and do-over from the rubberized back and steel rails of the V10. That phone looked pretty unique, but LG plays it way safer this time. Up front is a 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, with the second screen above it at the upper right. The screen is LCD, so it’s not as punchy or saturated as the Pixel or Galaxy S7 Edge. And that’s fine, since some people dislike the exaggerated colors produced by OLED displays. But LG’s LCD isn’t as impressive or well-calibrated as the iPhone 7, and it also lacks the expanded color range that gives that phone added vibrancy. It’s fine, but feels a little average for the V20’s high cost. My main problem with the V20’s design is the device’s sheer size. I’ve found myself doing hand gymnastics and adjusting my grip with this phone more than any other in recent memory — and I’ve got enormous hands. It’s slightly taller (6.28 inches) and equally as wide (3.07 inches) as the iPhone 7 Plus, which is already oversized compared to the competition. It’s lighter than the iPhone, though, probably thanks to the plastic materials used at the top and bottom of the phone. The removable rear battery door is aluminum, with cutouts for a fingerprint sensor and dual-camera setup at the top. LG chose this mixed design to preserve the impressive drop endurance of the V10 and its MIL-STD-810G rating. But the result is a phone that doesn’t feel quite as sleek as other flagships or even something like the OnePlus 3. It's also not water resistant — likely because of that swappable battery. You can feel the seams that separate the various pieces of the V20, and again, it’s a chore to use one-handed — even with software features that can shrink down whatever you’ve got on-screen. The fingerprint sensor is actually a button since it also doubles as the V20’s power button. Instead of pushing down, you can just rest your finger on it to unlock the phone, which I prefer since the button’s clickiness is pretty unsatisfying and a bit cheap. There’s no raise-to-wake for activating the display, but double-tapping it is a quick way to turn it on and off again. At the bottom is a headphone jack, speaker, and USB-C port, with volume toggles on the phone’s left side and a button on the right that releases the back shell if you want to swap batteries or add a microSD card (up to 2TB). No one hand can comfortably hold all that power The 2.1-inch secondary screen is brighter than last year’s. It’s where your notifications will pop up, and you can also swipe between various screens: favorite apps (up to 5), quick tools (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flashlight, etc.), and media controls. The other two functions, signature (literally just a line of text) and recent apps, I find to be completely gimmicky. It’s just easier to use the app switcher for multitasking. You can turn off whatever second screen features you don’t find useful or just disable the whole thing to stick with the primary display. I left it on and put everyday utilities like 1Password and Authy up there, but the second screen remains in a position that’s completely out of reach in most cases, so I rarely found myself tapping it. By default it stays on when the bigger screen is off, putting the time, date, and battery status a quick glance away. LG V20 review© Provided by The Verge LG V20 review If the outside is a little bland, LG at least put flagship hardware inside the V20. It’s got a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage. LG has made a big deal about the Quad DAC system built into the V20 that’s meant to produce incredible headphone listening for audiophiles or anyone with a high-quality music library. Frankly, I didn’t notice much difference between this and Apple Lossless files played back on my iPhone. I’m sure it makes a very real difference if you’re plugging in headphones that smartphones normally struggle to drive. But the V-Moda M100s I’ve got don’t face that problem, and if you’re using Bluetooth headphones, the DAC setup won’t add anything extra; it’s only for wired connections. One thing I do love about the V20 is its array of three high AOP microphones. LG designed the system to record anything from voice memos or quiet guitar practice in your bedroom to a live rock concert without any audio distortion or clipping. And it works great. The V20’s HD Audio Recorder app handles these special recordings, and you’re able to capture at lossless, hi-res 24-bit audio quality. This microphone setup is super cool; when you’re listening back, it’s very immersive — almost like 3D audio. The best phone if you're that person who records everything at concerts The rear camera carries over the same two-lens approach we saw in the G5 earlier this year. The first is a standard angle, 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/1.8 (meaning this is the one to use in low light), and the other is a very wide angle 8-megapixel shooter with f/2.4 aperture and a smaller (1/4-inch) image sensor. You get a really cool 135-degree field of view with the wide angle lens, which lets the V20 capture shots that other phones simply can’t pull off. That’s a fantastic thing to have when traveling, for example, but gaining that unique perspective means settling for a drop in image quality. Even with the regular lens, I’d rate the V20’s photo output as good, but not at all great. Optical image stabilization helps in low light, HDR shots look good, and white balance is spot on. But colors can be oversaturated, and noise reduction is way too aggressive in some environments, giving images a weird Prisma-like oil painting effect that I’ve encountered on previous LG phones. You can eliminate that issue by shooting in RAW, but other devices like the Galaxy S7, Pixel, iPhone 7, and HTC 10 produce better out-of-camera shots without requiring expert settings. For those who do like to take total control, LG’s camera app offers robust manual options. A standout feature from other phones is that these precise controls also extend to video; you can tell the V20 to record video (either 1080p or 4K) at a higher bitrate than normal, or even focus the microphones in a certain direction — in front of or behind the phone. It’s really fun to just mess around and play with this stuff. The V20’s video stabilization isn’t the best, but if you had a stabilizer like the DJI Osmo, I could see this being a really useful creation tool for video. You can record lossless audio alongside your video clip so that you won't lose quality when editing later. As for the 5-megapixel selfie camera shoots at a very wide angle as well, just like Samsung’s phones, though you can switch to a closer framing that basically just crops the image. One last note about the camera: there’ve been some reports about the glass that covers the rear cameras unexpectedly cracking. That hasn't happened with my review device, but LG does include a layer of protective film on the glass (with cutouts for the lenses) that's surprisingly difficult to remove. It might be worth just leaving that on if you're concerned about damage. LG V20 review© Provided by The Verge LG V20 review Back when LG announced the V20, the company made a big deal out of the fact that it’d be the first phone to ship with Android 7 Nougat out of the box. That’s true in most countries, but here in the US, Google’s own Pixel phones technically beat it onto store shelves with a newer version of Android. So much for that selling point. Sure, the V20 offers Nougat’s headlining features like split-screen multitasking, improved Doze battery management, new emoji, and bolstered security. But LG is making some very strange, poorly thought out decisions with its own Android customizations. The most baffling of those is the launcher, which completely throws away the traditional app drawer and requires you to find a spot (or folder) for every installed app somewhere on the home screen. You can restore the app drawer in settings, but it should be there from the start. This forced approach of trying to make Android feel more like iOS just doesn’t work, and companies like LG and Huawei need to stop doing it. Elsewhere, LG’s interface changes are mostly inoffensive, but they result in a phone that feels less smooth than the Pixel. Worse still, the carrier bloatware situation is completely out of control on this device. There are over a dozen AT&T apps on my review unit, and apparently Sprint’s version of the V20 ships without some of LG’s own software. Verizon also strips out certain settings. The fact that this phone’s user experience can vary to such an unpredictable degree based on where you buy it is really, really unfortunate. Even the prices don’t make sense. How can Verizon sell this phone for $672 while AT&T wants $829? The V20 is great for creating, but just okay as a phone The V20 is able to run Android’s best apps and games without any hiccups, but it’s everywhere else that things get weird. As for battery life, it falls short of other phablets like the Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus, but if you’re eyeing this phone, you’ll probably have no problem carrying a spare battery in your pocket. In that case, sure, swapping batteries will get you way longer endurance than pretty much any other phone except for maybe the Moto Z Play. There's no wireless charging, but because it supports Quick Charge 3.0, the V20 refills very quickly when plugged in. The LG V20 just doesn’t hit the mark for me. I’m a big fan of its audio recording capabilities, but after more than a week with the phone, that and the wide angle camera remain my favorite things about it — and there’s not much else. I’ve been using a Pixel XL alongside this and LG’s effort just doesn’t match up. Google's first phone reminds us of the wonderful complete package that's possible from a company with unified control over everything. The V20 can't do that, so instead it tries to appeal to power users with specialized hardware and, yes, some lingering gimmicks. I think it's possible for LG to pull that off with focus, precision, and a rethinking of software. This phone isn't that, but if those niche functions it does well fit your needs, there's not anything else quite like it. Photography by Chris Welch.
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  10. The Pirate Bay is having trouble keeping the ship afloat and is suffering downtime and displaying odd error messages. Over the past weeks the notorious torrent site has struggled to find a good hosting location and this morning it started to redirect to domain name. Nearly a month has passed since The Pirate Bay returned online, but this comeback hasn’t been without trouble. Last week TF spoke to Pirate Bay admin Winston who informed us that “getting stable hosting†is one of the main challenges the site has faced since its return. On several occasions the site has been kicked out by various hosting companies due to takedown requests. TPB’s hosting providers have been hidden behind CloudFlare’s CDN, but the US-based company forwards any DMCA notices it gets to the associated company. Over the past 24 hours the site displayed 403 error messages on several occasions and this morning TPB ran into trouble again. Users who try to the visit are redirected to, which has an invalid SSL certificate and isn’t loading either. The MobileBay domain belongs to The Pirate Bay and was previously used to serve its mobile site. The domain was updated earlier today and the NS records are the same as those for The precise cause of the current issues is unknown at the moment. Perhaps TPB is planning to change domain names, or it could be that the problems are the results of hosting problems or a misconfiguration. Aside from TPB’s main site many of its proxies have gone down as well. TorrentFreak reached out to The Pirate Bay’s admin and we will update this article if we hear back. Update: The mobile bay redirect is gone now and the main domain displays a “403 forbidden†error again, most likely caused by more hosting troubles. Update: /search/ is accessible.
  11. The Pirate Bay is having trouble keeping the ship afloat and is suffering downtime and displaying odd error messages. Over the past weeks the notorious torrent site has struggled to find a good hosting location and this morning it started to redirect to domain name. Nearly a month has passed since The Pirate Bay returned online, but this comeback hasn’t been without trouble. Last week TF spoke to Pirate Bay admin Winston who informed us that “getting stable hosting†is one of the main challenges the site has faced since its return. On several occasions the site has been kicked out by various hosting companies due to takedown requests. TPB’s hosting providers have been hidden behind CloudFlare’s CDN, but the US-based company forwards any DMCA notices it gets to the associated company. Over the past 24 hours the site displayed 403 error messages on several occasions and this morning TPB ran into trouble again. Users who try to the visit are redirected to, which has an invalid SSL certificate and isn’t loading either. The MobileBay domain belongs to The Pirate Bay and was previously used to serve its mobile site. The domain was updated earlier today and the NS records are the same as those for The precise cause of the current issues is unknown at the moment. Perhaps TPB is planning to change domain names, or it could be that the problems are the results of hosting problems or a misconfiguration. Aside from TPB’s main site many of its proxies have gone down as well. TorrentFreak reached out to The Pirate Bay’s admin and we will update this article if we hear back. Update: The mobile bay redirect is gone now and the main domain displays a “403 forbidden†error again, most likely caused by more hosting troubles.
  12. It’s true: people spend more time looking at their smartphone screens nowadays than the world around them, but there’s an interesting world behind touch screens that consumes users too easily these days. A new study says that we should thank Facebook, Google, Pandora, Apple, and Yahoo for our touch screen addictions. Really. In that order. The new addicting mobile apps study, conducted by user survey company ComScore, says that Yahoo’s Finance app and Apple’s 3D Maps app place in the top 10 most-used mobile apps, but rank at the bottom of the top 10. Internet radio service Pandora, Facebook’s Instagram, and Google’s Play Store and Gmail stand in the middle. At the top of the most-used mobile apps chain stands Google’s YouTube (second place), used by 84 million users monthly, and social networking site Facebook (first place), with 115 million users monthly. Google’s search app also ranks in the most-used mobile apps list with 70 million users monthly. ComScore’s study shows that, indeed, there are five Google apps that make the most-used mobile apps list (YouTube, Gmail, Google search, Google Play, Google Maps), while Facebook has two that make the list (Facebook app, Instagram). Apple, Pandora, and Yahoo do not compete in the most-used mobile apps contest, though they provide respectable contributions in the world of tech that can’t (and shouldn’t) be overlooked. At the same time, however, some explanation should be given for these results. Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google search are popular apps on both Android and iOS, but this is because Google’s search engine has been around for as long as many twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings can remember. Apple’s made Bing its default search engine in iOS 7, but a number of iOS users can’t escape the search engine dependence they’ve had with Google for many years. Google Maps is one of the best (if not the best) maps applications in the world, and Apple Maps, as improved as they may be, will need a few years (if not longer) to get where Google Maps is in its current state. Apple drummed up its own Maps app to “wean†iOS users off Google Maps, but eventually had to recommend Google Maps as an alternative maps solution after the Apple Maps Fiasco with a few “disappearing†streets and landmarks. At the same time, however, Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Gmail are utility apps – mobile apps that users need on a daily basis for directions and email. On Android, Gmail is the current default email app (compliments of Android owner Google). The same can be said for Google’s Play Store. The reason why the Play Store is so popular is because 1) there are far more Android users worldwide than iOS users, and 2) Google won’t allow other app stores onto Android. The whole reason behind why Google and Samsung arrived at a cross-licensing agreement back in February after Mobile World Congress 2014 pertains to Samsung’s Magazine UX and Google’s belief that Samsung’s Magazine UI was “hiding†Google services. In other words, there’s not much room in Android for anyone but Google. This is not to downplay the results given regarding the Play Store, but the presence of the Play Store in the top 10 apps should be put into perspective. If the iOS App Store made it into the top ten most-used mobile apps, for example, we wouldn’t be surprised. Where do users go in the mobile world to find, purchase, and download new apps, anyway? There are two confirmations that stand out in ComScore’s study. First, YouTube stands second in the most-used mobile apps on mobile – a trend that Google is looking to continue with its new YouTube Music Key and Play Music Key service that will grant users access to both Google Play’s unlimited music as well as YouTube’s offline and audio playback services (along with the original video-viewing experience) for $9.99 monthly (total). This study should prove encouraging to Google, although it’s not surprising to Android users who can’t think of any other online service that can rival YouTube. Last but never least stands Pandora as the undisputed top Internet radio service on the Web – meaning that the company’s Internet radio service has proven to be more of a hit than Spotify (its closest competitor) and iTunes Radio. Google seems interested in tackling the Internet radio arena and has acquired Songza (from what we know), but we’ve heard nothing about Songza recently. Samsung’s Milk Music Internet radio service is an excellent one, but Samsung never intended for it to be a top contender (after all, the company only allows its own smartphones and tablets to access the service). With Google taking five of the top ten slots, what’re the rest of Mountain View’s competitors to do? With Google owning Android, the most popular OS worldwide, we don’t see Google’s sweeping mobile campaign coming to an end anytime soon.
  13. As it prepares for a larger push beyond consumers into the business market, Lookout Mobile Security locks down one of the largest rounds of funding ever disclosed for a tech security firm. John Hering (left), Lookout co-founder and chairman, and Jim Dolce, Lookout CEOLookoutProtecting mobile devices from hackers is big business, as evidenced by the latest round of funding for Lookout Mobile Security. The seven-year-old startup announced on Wednesday that it has secured $150 million in a new round of financing, the largest so far this year and one of the largest ever for a computer security firm. It also totals more than all of Lookout's previous funding combined. Headquartered in downtown San Francisco, the firm started out making freemium mobile security apps for consumers on Android and iOS and securing carrier partnerships. Since then, they've broadened their business into the enterprise space, as well as building a security analytics platform and a small security-centered app marketplace. Lookout reports that more than 50 million people now use its apps, and has "millions" of premium subscribers. Lookout co-founder and executive chairman John Hering told CNET that investor confidence signaled by the new funding meant that his company had the right approach to mobile security. "It is going to take years to accomplish what we believe we are capable of," Hering said. "[O]ur users, operator partners, and enterprise customers can all remain confident that this funding gives us the resources to aggressively pursue our goals while remaining independent." "Mobile is the next frontier for enterprise security globally," Henry Ellenbogen of T. Rowe Price Associates said in a statement. "As an emerging leader in mobile security, we believe that Lookout has a huge opportunity ahead of it." Up until last October, Lookout had raised $76 million. Then a round of funding from Mithril Capital Management, Qualcomm Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Deutsche Telekom scored it another $55 million. Today's funding announcement more than doubles all funds that Lookout has raised to date, and was contributed by a mix of old and new investors in the company including T. Rowe Price Associates, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Investment, Bezos Expeditions, Wellington Management Company, Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Mithril.
  14. Apple's iOS has emerged as the most spyware-proof mobile operating system in a test conducted by a surveillance software and hardware vendor. Detailed in a leaked document apparently from the Gamma Group, a piece of its spyware called FinSpy was used to determine whether various mobile platforms could withstand snooping attempts on phone calls, contacts, and other data. In the document seen by the Washington Post and noted by Cult of Mac, FinSpy is "designed to help Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies to remotely monitor mobile phones and tablet devices." FinSpy can gain full access to phone calls, text messages, the address book, and even the microphone via silent phone calls. It can also trace a device to determine its location. Used by law enforcement and government agencies, FinSpy has earned a reputation for itself as a powerful but controversial tool for sneaking into mobile devices. That's why iOS's ranking in the Gamma Group's document from April is a nod to Apple security. Among the major mobile platforms cited in a chart in the document, all of them were susceptible to FinSpy. The spyware was able to bully its way into Android (all versions from 2.x.x to 4.4.x), BlackBerry (versions 5.x, 6.x., and 7.x), Symbian, and Windows Mobile 6.1 and 6.5 (Windows Phone 8 is not yet supported by the software). And what of iOS? Apple's mobile OS did make the list but only in jailbroken mode. According to the Gamma team, iOS versions 4.3.x, 5.x, 6.x, and 7.0.x are vulnerable to FinSpy but an untethered jailbreak is required. As the document explains: "The iOS target (meaning the FinSpy software itself) can be installed only under iOS jailbroken devices." Apple's security is generally considered tight, at least in the mobile world, but certainly not impregnable. Researchers at Georgia Tech reportedly have cooked up a way to hack into an iOS device, according to Wired. The one caveat: a USB connection to a hacked computer is required.So does this mean your iPhone is totally safe and secure against a product like FinSpy unless you jailbreak it? Unfortunately, few things are totally secure.
  15. We reported earlier this week that Apple may, in fact, bring T-Mobile JUMP, Verizon EDGE, and AT&T Next plans to local retail stores across the US. Well, you may have a new reason to head back to T-Mobile retail stores instead. Just yesterday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere decided to make one more move that would put T-Mobile ever closer to be the country’s true UNCarrier (in every sense). The latest move for T-Mobile involves slicing AT&T’s Family Plan prices to an even more affordable one: whereas AT&T will give a family of four 10GB of shared data plus unlimited calling and texting for $160 a month, T-Mobile’s new plans will provide the same thing for $100 a month. That’s $60 less a month for families on T-Mobile’s plan, as compared to AT&T’s “Best Ever Pricing Plan.†Keep in mind as well that after your family plan consumes 10GB of data, T-Mobile will throttle your data (but not stop it), while AT&T will tack on charges beyond the 10GB of shared data. A family of four members will have 2.5GB of 4G LTE individually to share (if you divide the shared data equally). Legere took some time when writing his post to mock AT&T, a never-ending mission for T-Mobile’s most outspoken CEO yet: “It infuriates me that they’re selling this [AT&T Best Ever Pricing Plan] to hardworking families who could use that money for more important things. And they have the nerve to call it ‘Best Ever Pricing.’ I just couldn’t stand by without speaking up and calling them on their BS.†These are quite colorful words for the Magenta Pink CEO, but they’re typical Legere. And yet, T-Mobile’s offer isn’t quite the “Best Ever Pricing†plan either, for it comes with a few conditions. First, the plan is only good from now through September. The bottom of Legere’s announcement contains some important fine print that says, “Offer ends 9/30/14. Pricing for 4 lines only 2.5GB data per line/month until 1/2/16, then 1GB data per line.â€
  16. The Pirate Bay just launched a mobile version of the site, the first major design overhaul in nearly a decade. The "Mobile Bay" is the first in a series of expansions which will include separate TV, music and movie sites plus a dedicated RSS portal. One of The Pirate Bay’s strengths has been its resilience. No matter how hard the movie and music industries try, the site remains operational. Over the years the Pirate Bay site has undergone many changes to make it harder to shut down. The tracker was put into retirement, torrents were traded in for magnet links, and the site moved its servers to the cloud. What remained the same, however, was the site’s general appearance and its lack of support for mobile devices. That changes today. The Pirate Bay has just debuted a new site for mobile devices. The Mobile Bay offers a much more usable interface to browse the torrent site on mobile devices. Previously mobile users were simply presented with a smaller version of the regular Pirate Bay site, which was coded long before smartphones and tablets became popular. With banners on both sides it was rather hard to navigate on smaller devices. The mobile version doesn’t change the overall appearance much, but it’s definitely more readable and easier to navigate. The new vs. old mobile look Users on mobile devices are now redirected to the new Mobile Bay domain, which will exist next to the regular site. People have the option to continue using the old layout if they prefer, but The Pirate Bay team doesn’t see any reason why people would. “The normal version of the site renders like crap on mobile devices,†the TPB team told us. The Mobile Bay is one of the largest visible updates to the site in years, but according to The Pirate Bay it’s only the beginning. Behind the scenes the TPB team is working on a series of new niche sites that will provide extra features and make it easier to find content. The TV, movie and music sections on The Pirate Bay will each get their own dedicated sites. The TV site, for example, will allow users to see a complete overview of all episodes per show, download season packs, and more. Another new project in the pipeline is the RSSbay which will support personalized RSS feeds enabling people to launch torrents remotely. “We will add more features later on, such as personal RSS feeds so users can browse torrents at work or school, and start the downloads at home,†the TPB team tells us. Aside from improving the user experience, the other advantage of these separate domain names is that TPB can’t be taken out as easily. “We’re trying to separate the site into different domain names to make it more resilient. In the event one domain get taken down, there will be plenty others left,†the TPB team says. As always with the Pirate Bay, it will be hard to predict how long it will take before these new sites will see the light of day, but the mobile edition is live now.
  17. BitTorrent is looking to hire folks for a new BitTorrent TV product that could finally make use of its live streaming technology. BitTorrent Inc. is looking to revive its live streaming efforts with a new product name and new staff, if job offers posted earlier this month are any indication. The company shut down its previous live streaming test, dubbed BitTorrent Live, in February, and said at the time that it would shift its focus to mobile live streaming. Now, it looks like it may rebrand these efforts as BitTorrent TV. This is from a job listing for a senior product manager that was published two weeks ago: “This position is for the PM leader of the new BitTorrent TV product, among BitTorrent’s new initiatives that leverages the power of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer protocol. This product aims to introduce to the world a scalable, inexpensive live streaming technology.†Another job listing, posted at about the same time, includes the following: “We are looking for an advanced C++ engineer who will help develop a revolutionary new product that will bring peer-to-peer streaming to video broadcasting. You’ll have a chance to work directly with our founder, Bram Cohen, on this new type of peer-to-peer technology. You will be pushing the processing and networking limits of (…) hardware on mobile/embedded platforms.†Cohen’s work on live streaming has been a long time coming. Cohen, who invented the original BitTorrent protocol and now serves as BitTorrent Inc’s Chief Scientist, started to develop a new P2P-powered live streaming protocol that was focused on low-latency video transmission in 2008. In late 2011, BitTorrent began to test the technology by streaming live music sessions out of a studio it built in its own office. However, the problem with this approach was that it relied on a browser plug-in, which was too much of a hurdle for many users. In an email to testers, Cohen wrote in February: “After invaluable experience in real deployments, we found that requiring a browser plug-in is daunting to our users. Because of this, we are refocusing the product on mobile platforms… †BitTorrent’s Chief Marketing Officer Matt Mason announced separately in February that the company would introduce “a new mobile streaming application†in alpha stage later this year. All signs now point to this being BitTorrent TV. It’s still unclear what the app is actually going to offer, and a spokesperson quizzed about BitTorrent TV told me Monday that it is still “in an exploratory stage.†However, the job offers make it sound like BitTorrent Inc. is quite serious about finally turning Bram Cohen’s live streaming work into a product. The job offer of the Product Manager for BitTorrent TV, who is going to be in charge of releasing the product, stated that the job will be “critically important to the company.â€
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