Buying a new smartphone this Black Friday? We found the perfect app

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, only one thing is on the mind of every person on the West side of the Atlantic. In spite of what has been a rather eventful month of November, Americans must be thankful for one thing for sure - Black Friday. Black Friday is the one day that convinces the biggest of hermits to leave their comfort zones and make a purchase. So for normal people, its only understandable to indulge. One of the biggest Black Friday indulgences is electronics and mobile devices, which are quite the steal this time of the year.

If you’re looking forward to buying a smartphone or tablet this Black Friday, we have found a mobile app that is just the thing you need on this prestigious occasion. No, it does not guarantee you the first spot in the line for all major stores (though an app for that would be rather cool!). This app just makes your life a whole lot easier after all the pushing and shoving you’ve done on the day.

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SmartIO is a smart, innovative application that helps you move all your data from your old device to the new one. While there are a lot of applications that do what SmartIO does, there are many factors that make SmartIO the best of the bunch. For starters, it allows you to transfer data from any smartphone; and by “any” we mean any. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android Phone, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone like Nokia, BlackBerry phone or even a Java phone. This app will let you move your most valuable data. Another feature that makes SmartIO great is the number of things it transfers. You can move not just Contacts, Music and Videos, but also all your Calendars, your WhatsApp Chat Backup, files on SD card, messages and so much more. Best yet, it transfers all this data in a matter of minutes.

Oh, and did we mention there is no limit to how much data you want to transfer? Easy to use and a real content transfer after all the insanity of a Black Friday. The catch? It’s not free (you can try it out for free); but since when are you not willing to pay a few bucks for some much-needed peace of mind?

Android smartphones in the US could be sending personal data to China

In case you’re short of the-end-is-near like scenarios in politics, we’ve got some more for you. And like in all movies - and now the real world - Armageddon will begin in the US. According to an analysis conducted by security researchers at Kryptowire, more than hundreds of thousands Android smartphones have been secretly relaying confidential data to a company based in - wait for it - China.

This week, Kryptowire revealed that the occurrence was because of a pre-installed software in some select smartphones, which enabled the device to automatically send sensitive and personal user information and data to China. Information included text messages, call longs, contacts, data regarding app consumption, and even the user’s location.

One saving grace, if any, is the fact that the smartphones identified as being “affected” include the rather obscure BLU R1 HD, which is sold in the US through retailers like Amazon.com. Unfortunately, other OEMs that could have been affected by the software have not been identified.

According to the company behind the firmware, it was never meant to be pre-installed one devices shipped to the US; they were supposed to be exclusively for devices being sold domestically, in China. This information is both interesting and intriguing. According to the press release sent out by Kryptowire, full-body messages, contact lists, fine-grained device location information and unique device identifiers like the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) were sent out. Another aspect of the security breach is the fact that subsequent, automatic updates of the firmware allowed the device to install applications without user knowledge or consent. So don’t be surprised if you have one of the affected devices, you could wake up to a whole bunch of games and let’s say content transfer app without your knowledge. Apparently that’s not it. The press release goes on to reveal that the firmware was capable of bypassing the Android permission model and carrying out remote commands to be granted increased system access that allowed it to reprogram the device. Sounds like one of those all-inclusive software that you only hear about in movies - apparently not.

Android smartphones in the US could be sending personal data to China

So where does it all lead to? Kryptowire traced the transmission to a company called Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd., which develops the Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update software systems.

The legal team at Adups has categorically denying any wrongdoing, reiterating the occurrence as a mistake and that such a firmware was developed on the request of an undisclosed Chinese client who wants to address the nuisance of spam messages, and for customer support. The NYT, however, suspects something bigger; that perhaps this is how the Chinese government phishes for data regarding US citizens.

Adups has also gone on the record and said that all data “mistakenly” harvested from US-based devices has been deleted, as soon as Kryptowire informed them of the situation. BLU’s CEO has said that its phones are also no longer transmitting personal data as some 120,000smartphones that had been affected had received am update that put an end to the firmware’s monitoring.


Gionee announces $360 S9 with dual camera setup

Gionee S9 is not turn out to be the best flagship killer out there, but its neither that bad. The phone becomes official in China yesterday. The company's latest handset features a 5.5-inch LCD display, carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution, under the protection of Gorilla Glass 4. A MediaTek Helio P10 chipset (MT6755) is powering the handset containing an octa-core 2GHz CPU, and the Mali-T860 MP2 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 64GB of native storage.

The S9 boasts a dual rear camera setup with a combo of 13 and 5 megapixel sensors from Sony and Samsung. The setup allows the user to retroactively alter the depth of field and create a pronounced bokeh effect – a feature that’s been available in phones like the Huawei P9 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. In addition to the dual sensor rear camera, the S9 also gets a 13 megapixel front camera with a selfie flash, a timer and many enhancement modes.

Gionee S9 Launched: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Review

The metal-clad dual-SIM Gionee S9 sports fingerprint scanner at the rear. Gionee claims that the S9 comes with several secure features such as application password feature that lock apps and documents with fingerprint or password lock. The phone also offers private space that will let users save private contacts, texts, call history, and documents among others separately which can be protected with fingerprint.

A fast charging 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on. The Dual SIM enabled handset runs Amigo OS 3.5 on top of Android 6.0. The Gionee S9 is 7.4mm thick, weighing in at 168.2 grams. Priced at CNY 2,499 (approximately 364 USD), the Gionee S9 will be available in China starting November 25. It will come in Black, Gold, and Rose Gold colour variants. The company has so far not revealed global rollout plans for the S9 smartphone.

Sony pushes fixes to Xperia X Performance for accelerometer trouble

An issue that has been affecting some users with the Xperia X Performance has been addressed by Sony and a fix is being rolled out now via OTA update. Sony promised about two weeks ago that it has managed to replicate the bug and will fix it in a future update. The issue was with the accelerometer that detects the phone’s orientation. Some handset owners were also facing issues with the responsiveness of the the barometer, magnetometer, gyroscope etc., and this update will fix these problems as well. The OTA fix is coming to the dualSIM variant (F8132) as well as the singleSIM (F8131) models of the phone.

Sony Xperia X Performance Now Getting Software Update, Fixes Accelerometer Issue - See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/185625/20161112/sony-xperia-x-performance-now-getting-software-update-fixes-accelerometer-issue.htm#sthash.jdzfhhGs.dpuf

Up until now, the only workaround to fix the accelerometer issues of the Xperia X Performance was to simply restart the phone. Hopefully, the new update, which is supposed to be rolled out for bot single and dual SIM versions, squashes these annoying bugs for good.

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Pixel does all the hard work of copying your iPhone data

If you an iPhone user, that the probability is very high that you are not a tech savvy person. Everybody knows that, so does Google. That's why Google uploaded two new videos today are of the “beginners’ guide type” in that they help newbies switch over to the Pixel from an iPhone and then get started in their brave new world through a few quick tips. The first video is “Switching from iPhone”, and explains how to prepare your iPhone for transferring data to your Google Pixel or Pixel XL. You only need an OTG cable/adapter to proceed. For your's sake, every Pixel owner has one of those thingies in their Pixel retails box.



Ther watching the 1st video and assuming that you have done these steps correctly then its time to watch the 2nd one. This will help you get familiar with the ins and outs of the Google Pixel and getting used to the on-screen controls. It also shows you how to open Google Assistant, and use the navigation buttons. Overall, it shows you how to get around the Pixel Launcher, particularly the new app-drawer opening gesture.



Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Blue Coral version coming in November

Moving on from the fiasco that stemmed from the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is pushing the two previous flagships it has in store — Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. To do just that, it's rehashing one of the most popular color options of the phablet and bringing a Blue Coral Galaxy S7 edge to the table on Nov. 5. After various leaks, the confirmation came from Samsung's Singapore subsidiary which announced the retail availability for the handset on its official website. Singaporeans should be prepared to spend 1,098 of their local currency on the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 4G+ in Blue Coral, which converts to 790 USD.

Blue Coral Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Confirmed: Release Date On Nov. 5

Of course, Samsung Singapore’s statement only relates to that country, but considering the in-the-wild leak we already saw had Verizon branding on it, the whole thing pretty much stitches this one up for the U.S. sooner or later. It’s all just a matter of when. Initially, the Galaxy S7 edge was released around the world in Black, Silver, Gold, and Pink Gold, so Blue Coral will become its fifth official color variant. Blue Coral is a pretty new color for Samsung, being introduced at the same time with the Galaxy Note 7. Interestingly there is no news of regular galaxy S7 blue coral version yet.

LG V20 is up for pre-order at Sprint and US Cellular in US

After AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon announced their LG V20 availability in the last couple of days, today Sprint and US Cellular have finally started taking pre-orders in USA. Both carriers are now promising 28 October release date.

The LG V20 is Sprint's first smartphone to rock the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Sprint is offering the LG V20 at $33.0 per month for 24 months, with $0 down for qualified customers, which works out to a $792 total price, or for $349.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate. To further sweeten the deal, interested customers who trade in an eligible smartphone can get a $200 credit (applied within two invoices) that they can use toward the purchase of the LG V20.

Lastly, for even more bang for the buck, customers who sign a two-year service agreement with Sprint by Nov. 10 will also get a free 10-inch tablet, the HP Slate.

LG V20 is up for pre-order at Sprint and US Cellular too

US Cellular is taking pre-orders for the LG V20 for $699.99 without a contract. There are also installment plans that go for $32.40 a month for 20 months, $27 a month for 24 months and $21.60 a month for 30 months. US Cellular is also offering a $100 promotional card with the pre-order. U.S. Cellular is also offering free Bang & Olufsen H3 headphones with any LG V20 purchase made by Nov. 16, and those who purchase the smartphone can also get a $100 gift card from the carrier when trading in a smartphone.

The LG V20 is now available across Verizon outlets for only $672, cheaper than both AT&T and T-Mobile's offer of $830 and $769.99. Verizon is also throwing in a lot of LG V20-exclusive offers such as waived activation fee, trade-in programs and a new LG Stylo 2 V for a 24 monthly payment of only $1.

 
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