NY Times: Consultants to the Trump campaign accessed 50 million Facebook accounts illegally

According to a report in today’s New York Times, a company called Cambridge Analytica illegally grabbed data from 50 million Facebook profiles without the permission of the account owners. This was allegedly done for the 2014 mid-term elections as Cambridge was the recipient of a $15 million investment from loaded Republican donor Robert Mercer. Cambridge also attracted the attention of Mercer’s political advisor, Stephen Bannon, by promising to develop a method to identify personality traits of U.S. voters and guide them into voting GOP.

The Times article is based on information it obtained …

What if every lock could be opened with a look? Check out Apple's funny new ad for the iPhone X (UPDATE)

Remember the ads for the original Apple iPhone? Some consider those spots to be among the best television commercials ever made for a smartphone because they explained and displayed the features available on the device. Since then, Apple’s marketing of the phone has matured along with the product; the iPhone no longer needs an introduction. So the company has instead deviated between tugging at our heartstrings and tickling our funny bones in order to promote its iconic smartphone, and the latest commercial for the Apple iPhone X uses comedy to show off Face ID.

The ad shows what …

The Chuwi Hi 9 Air tablet will come with Android Oreo out of the box

With the increasingly larger size of smartphone screens over the last few years, the main casualty has been the tablet market. Sales of slates have been slipping and several Android manufacturers have slowed down development of new tablets, or have stopped designing new models altogether. However, there are still some new Android powered slates coming to market. Case in point, the Chuwi Hi 9 Air by a company named Chuwi (of course).

Unlike many of the devices made by this company, the Hi 9 Air actually sports some premium specs. First, we should tell you that it does come out of the box …

WhatsApp for Android scores new group-related features in latest update

WhatsApp has just received a small update that brings a couple of new features and improvements to Android users. Some of these new features have been released on iOS one week earlier, so if you’re using an iPhone should already have the new group-related features included in the update.

The update brings a new ability that will allow Android users to add a description to a group in WhatsApp. That way, your friends will know about important info or the topic of a certain group. It’s also worth mentioning that group descriptions will be visible when inviting someone via the group’s invite …

March Madness 2018 stream and bracket apps for iPhone and Android

‘Tis the season for the annual March Madness college basketball marathon, and your trusted smartphone can help you with the brackets as well, like with most other things that don’t require you to actually go out and do some physical activity.

The NCAA team bash starts today, March 16, and if you haven’t taken your bracket gambling fix yet, check out a few apps for your Android or iOS that can help you quickly fill that void in your existence.

From streaming all 67 games live from the comfort of your Android or iOS mobile device with the official March Madness Live NCAA …

Samsung apologizes for putting Verizon SIM cards in Sprint's Galaxy S9 packages

If you are a Sprint customer, and have preordered your Galaxy S9 and S9+ directly from Samsung, you might have been in for a funky surprise upon going to the porch, and taking the wraps off the shipment. 

The Sprint Galaxy S9 packages seemingly contained… Verizon SIM cards, as you can see above. Samsung has apologized for the mismatch, and is reportedly now shipping the correct SIMs to their Sprint customer orders as we speak. 
Adding insult to injury, the unlocked Galaxy S9 costs just $719.99 over at the Samsung USA store, while Sprint and …

Samsung offers special discounted bundles for each Galaxy S9/S9+ purchase

Samsung’s new flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have just made their debut in the United States, and customers can get either of them for special prices. The South Korean company has teamed up with US carriers to provide fans with various offers.

While you can get the cheapest Galaxy S9 (T-Mobile) at Costco, Verizon is running a BOGO deal on Samsung’s flagships, so you can get two at the price of one. However, if you don’t need two Samsung top-tier phones, you might want to take into consideration another promotional offer coming from the South Korean giant.

Besides the trade-in program …

Google Camera v5.2 brings new features and improvements to Pixel/Nexus devices

Google continues to improve one of the apps that have been specifically developed for its Nexus and Pixel devices. Google Camera recently received an update that includes a couple of new features and improvements, which haven’t been detailed in a changelog like we’re used to.

But no matter, as AndroidPolice dig into the app’s insides and learn everything there is to know about the current version of Google Camera, as well as information about possible future additions to the app.

Firstly, Google Camera v5.2 adds a new “Show dirty lens warning” option in the Settings menu, which …

Google enables "Swipe to unlock" gesture for Android Auto phones

One of the main complaints of Android Auto users is the fact that they can’t unlock their smartphones once they’re connected to their cars via Google’s operating system. The only way to continue to use the smartphone while connected via Android Auto would be by voice since the app locks you out of the screen preventing drivers from using it through traditional means.

Well, it appears that Google had a change of heart and has decided to remove the restriction on the phone’s lockscreen so that Android Auto smartphones could be used by either drivers or passengers while on the move.

The …

Pay with a $100 bill for the Alcatel 1X Android Go phone and get change back; device is U.S. bound

Alcatel’s first Android Go phone, the Alcatel 1X, is not exactly a powerhouse. With a 5.3-inch display carrying a 480 x 960 resolution, the phone is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 chipset. The latter is equipped with a quad-core CPU running at a clock speed of 1.3GHz, and features the PowerVR GE8100 GPU. 1GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage. A 32GB capacity microSD slot is available for those who need to expand their storage capabilities. An 8MP snapper adorns the back of the unit, and there is a 5MP selfie snapper in front. Keeping the lights on is a 2460mAh battery, and Android …