security
Terrifying Camera App Flaw Left Millions of Android Phones Vulnerable to Spying

Even if you’re diligent about app permissions, sometimes you just can’t predict how or when a bad actor will abuse them. This time around, a team of security researchers found a terrifying flaw with the Android camera apps that could let malicious apps completely take control over a phone’s camera to spy on users without their knowledge. Read More >>

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Hey Roku, Maybe User-Created Screensavers Are a Bad Idea

Humans can be wonderful. We can also be gross, horny, and prone to abusing any type of power given to us. Like, for instance, the ability to create Roku screensavers. Read More >>

smartwatches
Fossil’s New Smartwatch Is Just the Thing Pebble Fans Have Been Waiting For

It’s a truth universally known to smartwatch reviewers that inevitably, a Pebble fan will eulogise their faithful but dying smartwatch in your inbox, comments, and DMs. Never mind that Pebble bit the dust years ago. These loyal diehards are genuinely, rightfully bereft, holding on to ageing devices because the other options right now are either too fancy, too expensive, or too fitness-focused. Read More >>

google
Google Sure Screws Around With Search Results a Lot, Investigation Finds

Google’s search algorithm is a powerful thing – the tiniest tweaks can tank businesses, subtly influence your purchasing decisions, and shape what information you see. Google has long stated that it “do[es] not use human curation to collect or arrange the results on a page,” but a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company does interfere with search results more than it cares to admit. Read More >>

motorola razr
So, Is Battery Life Going to Be a Problem for the Foldable Razr?

Motorola’s new foldable Razr phone is pretty neat. Not only is it a pretty impressive feat of engineering, it packs a nice dose of nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember the days when the original Razr flip phone reigned supreme. There’s just one thing that, at least on paper, raises a red flag. That 2,510 mAh battery. Read More >>

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Forget Credit Cards, Google’s Looking to Open Its Own Current Accounts

This year saw plenty of tech giants dabble in finance. Apple released its credit card, Facebook just launched Facebook Pay and is trying to get its Libra cryptocurrency off the ground, and now Google is reportedly mulling offering a financial product of its own – current accounts. Read More >>

augmented reality
Microsoft Bets Big on AR With Wider Launch of Minecraft Earth In Early Access

Just in case you forgot that Microsoft is deep into augmented reality, the early access version of Minecraft Earth is finally available on iOS and Android for you to get a taste of the future. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter Wants the Hive Mind to Weigh In on Its Deepfake Policy

It doesn’t take a genius to know that deepfakes that are proliferated on social media could spell trouble. On that front, Twitter announced yesterday that it has drafted a policy to deal with “synthetic and manipulated” media – and it wants public input before it becomes official. Read More >>

watches
This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch May Never Die, But it Made Me Want To

There are two camps when it comes to smartwatch battery life: Those who don’t care at all (Apple Watch stans) and those who care a whole friggin’ lot. For the latter, Matrix Industries’ PowerWatch Series 2 seems like a dream. Powered by both body heat and solar energy, it’s the fitness smartwatch that never runs out of battery so long as you keep wearing it. Read More >>

instagram
Instagram Is Coming for TikTok’s Head By Copying Its Best Features

First, Instagram killed Snapchat when it launched its Stories feature. Now, the social media platform is reportedly gunning for TikTok with a new format called Reels. Read More >>

apple
Apple Tried to Catch Red on Vague Patents – and Lost

Red Digital Cinema appears to be the winner in a months-long patent spat with Apple over its RAW video codec. Apple claimed in its challenge that Red shouldn’t have been able to patent its RedCode Raw codec in the first place. The US Patent and Trademark Office ultimately didn’t agree. Read More >>

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You Can Now Control Your Roku From the Apple Watch

If you happen to be somewhere in the intersection of Roku and Apple Watch owners, good news. On Friday, Roku launched a free app for your wrist that features voice controls and the ability to find your remote. Read More >>

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Apple, Please Don’t Cram Stuff Into the Apple Watch Band

If patents are to be believed, Apple is potentially mulling moving wireless antennas into the bands of future Apple Watches. The idea is, doing so would free up space in the watch case for other components. This sounds great on paper, and while of course I’d love to see a bigger battery in the Apple Watch, I’m begging you, Apple – please, don’t do it. Read More >>

mozilla
Mozilla Will Automatically Zap Annoying Notification Prompts

Notification permission prompts are, to put it lightly, annoying as hell. Just because you regularly visit a website, doesn’t mean you want them to bombard you with pop-up notifications. To combat the issue, Mozilla has decided Firefox 72 will automatically block such notifications, shunting them to a small icon in the URL bar. Read More >>

google
Maybe Don’t Get Too Excited Just Yet Over Google Buying Fitbit

Last Friday, Google plunked down $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. If you’ve been paying attention to wearables, the news wasn’t exactly a surprise. Google has been hobbling along in the smartwatch space for what feels like eons, and despite Fitbit shelling out $23 million to buy Pebble in 2017, its foray into smartwatches has been a mixed bag. It’s only natural that Google, with its deep pockets and a seemingly renewed interest in wearables, would extend a “helping hand” to a struggling giant. Fitbit gets some much-needed cash, and Google gets a beloved brand with hardware know-how, an active user base of 28 million, and a wealth of data. The deal looks smart on paper, but I’m not sold that buying Fitbit will miraculously solve Google’s wearables problem. Read More >>