Back in the days when we used to write actual, physical letters to our loved ones, if you don’t want anyone to accidentally or deliberately read something before it reaches its intended, you would seal the letter with either glue, stickers, stamps, or maybe even all of the above. But now, when most of our communication is through messaging apps, what can you do? Well, apparently, for LINE, it still “sealing” the messages.
The popular messaging app is bringing Letter Sealing to all those using the apps, both mobile and desktop, and have upgraded to the latest version. It adds another security measure so that there will be no unauthorized access, even during the message delivery process. Basically it is an encryption system known as End-To-End encryption (E2EE), which means that your messages are given an extra layer of protection. It scrambles the message you sent with a key so that only the receiving device will be able to see that key instead of a centralized server. LINE says that it is “technically impossible” for any of the messages to be disclosed to a third line party or even their own servers.
For now, Letter Sealing is only applied to individual chats and location sharing, but eventually, they are looking to use it on different features of the messaging app. This is the latest in a series of additional security features and programs that LINE has been bringing to consumers in the light of several security breaches with various tech brands.
To be able to enjoy Letter Sealing, your LINE app must be updated to the 5.3.0 version or the latest and you need to manually turn it on in the settings. Full encryption is applied when both sender and receiver have this enabled.
As expected, zombies and other sorts of undead creatures will be invading your Angry Bird mobile games as we celebrate Halloween in a few weeks. Both Angry Bird Pop and Angry Bird 2 will have new features and new levels that will get you in the mood for scary creatures or might turn you into a monster if you get frustrated by the pigs. Both updates are free and will only probably last until the season is over.
Angry Bird Pop, the bubble popping version of our favorite war between avians and swines, will be updated with The Popping Dead. It will bring 20 new levels of Halloween-themed fun, including the return of Red as a playable character. Your task is to get the candy back from the sweets-stealing pigs, and Red’s Rock Pop ability will help you achieve that goal faster. If you want to earn extra rewards, you can also collect special candy.
For Angry Birds 2, you’ll be getting an undead love story with Snotting Hill. Okay, it’s not really a love story but more like the continuation of the ongoing hate story between the two groups in Piggy Island. 20 levels will be added full of snot and slime to get you in the mood for Halloween.
You also get an additional feature wherein you can see how your friends are doing, Angry Birds-wise. You just click on their names and you can see their profile, including their birds’ levels, other stats, and their placement on the leaderboards. The updates for Angry Birds Pop and Angry Birds 2 are now available on the Google Play Store.
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Gone are the days when your music players only had the ability to play the songs that are stored on your device. Now you have music streaming services where you don’t even need to have songs saved on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. You also have apps like doubleTwist’s CloudPlayer that can play music stored on your cloud accounts. The latest update to this app brings support for Android Wear, Android Auto and AllPlay, all the better to have more options to control your music.
If you’re not familiar with CloudPlayer yet, it’s an app that can play both the actual songs on your device, as well as your music that’s stored on your most popular cloud apps like Dropbox, One Drive, and Google Drive. Version 1.0.9 of the app now brings you support for other platforms that can give you better control over where you want to playback your music. If you’re in a situation where controlling your music is more convenient on your wrist, then now you can do so through any smartwatch running on Android Wear.
If you’re driving and your vehicle is fitted out with Android Auto, then you can also use it to play your music using CloudPlayer. And with support for AllPlay, it also becomes the only music app that supports three streaming devices, including Chromecast and Airplay, out of the box. So this means you can stream your music to the recently released Chromecast Audio or AllPlay speakers, all through your cloud or local device.
You can download CloudPlayer for free from the Google Play Store. If you already have it, just check the page to update your app.
If you’re curious what are the driving conditions in other countries, traffic navigation app Waze has got you covered. They evaluated the driving experience of 50 million drivers in 32 countries, and including 167 metro areas. The results have now been released in the first ever Global Driver Satisfaction Index, considering six key factors that affect how satisfying or miserable they are in both driving and commuting. The Dutch came out with the best driving experience while Costa Rica has the worst.
They based the index on six key factors and asked the drivers to give a single numerical score from satisfying (10) to miserable (1). The Traffic Level (how often and how bad are the traffic jams); Road quality and infrastructure; Driver safety (number of accidents, road accidents, weather); Driver services (access to gas stations, good parking options); Socio-Economic (access to cars, increasing and decreasing gas prices); and last but definitely not the least for them, the “Wazeyness”, which is actually how good (or bad) the Waze community is in terms of helping fellow drivers.
Based on the results, it looks like the Netherlands, one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, is the best place to be a driver (among other things). In terms of cities, Phoenix, Arizona received the best scores when it comes to the best driving conditions in the world. The Netherlands also topped the “charts” when it comes to having the best traffic conditions, along with Slovakia, Sweden, and Czech Republic. The Philippines, Guatemala, and Venezuela are the bottom of the table, with Manila having "the worst traffic on earth” on a city level.
In terms of Wazeyness, which is probably the most important for them, Belgium is "the most Wazey country on Earth” because the smiley face is their most chosen Mood in the app, while Indonesia has the most stressed or unhappy emoticons in the app. You can read the full report on the source link below.
When you stick to the main roads and highways (like we do), Google Maps should be more than enough navigation help for you. But for the adventuring types – those who frequent trails and do off-road driving – they need a different level of GPS navigation help, those that give them more data about these lesser-travelled roads than Google Maps does. For that, there is the Magellan eXplorist TRX7.
The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 is a GPS car navigation module made by Powersports, and will be displayed at the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida starting on Thursday. This nav module was designed with the off-roading enthusiast in mind. The module gives you more information about driver safety when driving these roads, and detailed 3D maps and community-generated trail data.
What it is physically is robust, top say the least. You have the module encased in rugged weatherproof material, meeting IP67 dust and water resistance certification. You get a 7-inch LCD display, with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and is powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 processor. The whole device runs on Android 4.2. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD expansion slot.
The focus on storage is so that the device can accommodate new maps for trails as they are developed. Right out of the box, you get data for over 44,000 trails, all with high resolution images and 3D terrain rendering. The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 will be available for USD$599.
ZTE is one of the few Chinese phone manufacturers in the market today that’s quite reliable when it comes to delivering Android smartphones. ZTE phones may not directly compete with the biggest device makers like Samsung or Apple but it certainly has a crowd-following. Thanks to the mobile phones introduced by the brand that remain to be affordable even with specs and features that are good enough.
By “good enough” we mean some specs can be found in high-end phones but cost is still low. ZTE’s next offering is this Nubia X8 which was rumored a few months ago. A teaser was shared over on Weibo, telling us the phone will launch this coming October 15. That’s only a couple of days from today so we’re not surprised that images are leaked prior to official launch.
What’s special about the ZTE Nubia X8 is that phone is believed to have touch-sensitive buttons particularly on the side used to control the volume. This idea is new for a smartphone but since several touch technologies like Force Touch and ClearForce are being introduced, it could just be the start of touch-sensitive buttons. If that’s the case then we can also say that this model will have a fingerprint sensor.
Looking at the images, the Nubia X8 smartphone seems to be bezel-less, making it quite attractive like the ZTE Nubia Z9. Interestingly, there’s a mention of a 4GB RAM so that puts it in the flagship category so we can’t say for sure if this is just mid-range or already considered premium.
If you own any of the latest premium flagship phones from Samsung, you're not just lucky because you get to use Samsung Pay. On that Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, and Note 5 of yours, you can now adjust resolution scaling and maximum frame rate of games you know that drain your phone's battery faster than normal. Yep, those smartphones have the best screen displays in the mobile industry today and admit it or not, those visuals and fluid graphics can drain the battery quickly and exhaust your processor.
Some of the more popular games played on those high-end Samsung Galaxy phone include Hearthstone which is played at 1080p. It's up to you to change the graphics resolution to 2K (1440p actually) or even down to 480p. The latter may be okay if you want the game to load faster and you want to conserve your battery. With the new Game Tuner app, you can even adjust frame rate from 15fps to 60fps. If you can't decide on what setting to choose, just select any of the preset modes available.
Samsung's Game Tuner is one useful app for true blue gamers. Finally, an app that allows you to decide what frame rate or resolution is good enough for your geeky eyes. Full HD or high-resolution images are nice, no doubt about it, but you know, some machines can't really handle them. If they can be rendered properly, chances are, phone battery will be drained quicker than you can finish the game.
Download Game Tuner from the Google Play Store
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If you find it annoying that you have to make so many steps when you’re accessing and opening PDF files from and to your Dropbox and/or Adobe Acrobat Reader, then the latest news from these two tech brands will make you and your productivity brain cells happy. The two are partnering to help users have a seamless and easier time to both read and edit, save, and share PDF files, now on desktop, later on for mobile.
All you have to do to be able to enjoy this seamless integration is to add your Dropbox account to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader desktop apps. After that, you can now open the PDFs stored in your Dropbox account from within the Adobe apps themselves. Any edits you make on the file, whether you highlight certain sections, electronically sign a contract, write comments, etc, will be automatically saved on your Dropbox. So no need to download, edit, and reupload once editing is finished.
Since the file is automatically saved on your Dropbox, you can easily share it with your collaborators without going through so many steps. Aside from opening a Dropbox file from your Acrobat program, you can also open a PDF file from your Dropbox, right click and open to the Adobe app that you want to use.
Sadly, this isn’t available yet for Android mobile devices. You’d have to wait a few more months as the Android integration will happen sometime 2016 with no specific month stated. Make sure your Adobe Acrobat Reader desktop app is updated to the latest version to be able to enjoy this integration.
A quick heads-up to let you know that the Sony Xperia Z5 is now in stock via the Sony Mobile Store in Europe. All colours of the handset are available including black, white, green and gold. In the UK, the Xperia Z5 costs £549.99, whilst in mainland Europe it will set you back €699.00. There are no freebies included though, so you may want to check out Amazon.co.uk or Clove instead.
With iOS 9 you can now create reminders that are linked to content in other applications, such as a web page, email, contact, conversation in messages, or location in maps. Even better, many third-party apps also provide support for the same feature, allowing you to set reminders directly from those apps and then link back into where you were in the app, such as editing an image in Pixelmator, being reminded about a reading item in Pocket, or saving…
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If you’re like us – waiting for our Remix Mini to arrive from shipping – then this new video from Jide Technology (makers of the Remix Mini) does not help at all, and only accentuates the agony of waiting. But if you have little idea of what the Remix Mini can be, then this new video is for you.
First up, what is the Remix Mini? Well, it’s an Android device that’s making a strong suggestion to be either your desktop workstation or your set top TV device. It is powered by a 1.2Ghz quad-core Allwinner Cortex-A53 processor, with a choice of either 1GB or 2GB of RAM (we went with 2GB, of course), and it set us back around USD$40. It has an Ethernet port, HDMI output, 2 USB ports for mouse and keyboard, and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. But what does it do? Well, watch the video below.
As you can see, the Remix Mini will pretend to replace your desktop computer, and it will do a pretty good job, too. Don’t expect to be playing Call of Duty 4 on it, though. But for documents, internet browsing, and all the other simple stuff, it will do that with ease. It can also be your Android set top TV device, complete with Android gaming capabilities.
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign, worry not. The Remix Mini is set to come out anytime this month in retail stores, with prices at USD$30 for the 1GB version and USD$50 for the 2GB version. We’re still waiting for ours, but soon we’ll have it.
SOURCE: Jide Technology
We're thankful to Huawei for all the "Honor" its been giving the mobile industry but sometimes, and just like any other OEMs today, the almost similar names can be a lot confusing. If Samsung has the Galaxy line, Huawei is known for the Honor lineup. Well sure, Huawei also has the Ascend series but the Honor sells more for being an affordable series.
A few months ago, we mentioned the Huawei Honor 7 would be coming to Europe very soon. It actually turned out to be the Honor 7i complete with a flip out camera module. The smartphone is indeed coming to Europe but under a different name. Phone will now be called as the Huawei ShotX.
No formal announcement has been made by the Chinese tech company yet but some German retailers are already taking orders for the new model. To review, the phone comes equipped with a 5.2-inch display screen, 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution, Snapdragon 616 SoC, octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, Adreno 405 GPU, 16GB built-in storage, microSD cart slot for expansion, 2GB RAM, and a 3100mAh battery.
The Huawei ShotX also boasts of 4G/LTE connectivity and a fingerprint scanner. These two are rapidly becoming standard features in smartphones so expect them on the new Huawei phone. Out of the box, the phone will run Huawei's EMUI 3.1 and Android 5.1.1 already. Those who live in Germany can choose from among these three color variants: Polar White, Isle Blue, and Coastal Gold.
Huawei ShotX is already up for pre-order. Price tag reads $397 (349 euros) which makes it a mid to upper class range smartphone. Shipping will start in about a couple of weeks.