Security woes as backdoor in OnePlus devices is discovered, allows for easy gain of root access

A potentially dangerous backdoor in multiple OnePlus devices has been just unearthed by a knowing developer, revealing a hidden app that can be potentially used to gain root access and take control over the device.
Dubbed “EngineedMode”, the app has been created by Qualcomm to most certainly test out hardware, but OnePlus has taken it to itself to tamper with the app, customize it, and preload it on a plethora of devices, including but not limited to the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3T. The app gives unprecedented access to a host of security-sensitive …


3D Touch gesture to access the app switcher will return with future iOS 11 update

A gesture that Apple had to drop from iOS 11 due to a “technical constraint,” will return in a future update of the company’s mobile operating system. The dropped gesture allowed iPhone users to quickly reach the app switcher to switch between open apps. The user simply hard-pressed along the left edge of the screen, and swiped to the right and released. The user could then swipe to the right to see a carousal of open apps. Apps could be closed by flicking them up and off the screen.

This information was discovered in an email sent by Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, …

Vladimir Putin signs law banning VPN access for Russian internet users

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Just one day after it was revealed that Apple had removed virtual private networking (VPN) apps from its China App Store at the behest of the government, we’ve learned that officials in Russia are cracking down on VPN services, too. 

A new law, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, now bans any technology, including VPNs, used to visit websites banned in Russia, Reuters reported on Sunday. 

Like China, Russia keeps a tight leash on the sites it allows its citizens to visit. Back in 2014, Putin passed a law that required internet companies to store the data of Russian users on Russia-based servers, a rule that stoked fears that Russian internet users would have their information and internet access censored by the government.  Read more…

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Galaxy S8-exclusive New Release Radio opens to all Play Music users, here's how to access

Google just made the New Release Radio station that launched as a Galaxy S8 exclusive available for all of its Play Music service users. The station uses AI to learn your listening habits, and constantly scouts for newly released tunes or albums that are in sync with your music preferences, streaming them via the Play Music app on your phone. You know, like Spotify, Deezer and the like, but going back just two weeks in time to dig up the freshest content. 

That’s a pretty easy way to follow what’s new in your musical neck of the woods without spending too much time …

Verizon to offer prepaid customers access to My Verizon app starting June 28

Prepaid customers with Verizon will be happy to know the Big Red will allow them to reap the benefits of using the My Verizon app starting June 28. A new and improved version of the app will be available to all Verizon customers later this week, the carrier announced today.

My Verizon app will allow prepaid customers to manage their plan details and check all the details about data consumption, monitors usage and more. The latest version of My Verizon will also enable users to make payments, enroll in Auto Pay or add data or change a plan directly within the app.

There’s …

Samsung debuts Bixby early access program in the U.S.

Samsung is still trying to bring the full Bixby experience to users outside its home turf, but things don’t seem to be working well for the South Korean company. Reports coming from the international media claim Bixby is having trouble comprehending English syntax and grammar.

Because of that, Samsung won’t be able to launch English-language Bixby in the United States until late June, the same reports say. Until then, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. are given the option to try out Bixby before the digital assistant gets released in the country.

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Samsung details all the Galaxy S8 features you don't have access to (unless you're in China)

China, as most of you may know, has a very different smartphone market from the one in most Western countries – the four big local smartphone manufacturers, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi, have sort of carved their own niche in terms of design. But this applies even more so to their smartphones’ user interface, which often relies more on maximizing usable screen space rather than minimalism; or in other words, a Chinese UX is way busier than what most of us are used to.

Meanwhile, a company such as Samsung, which pretty much dominates the worldwide …

Wi-Fi access to Netflix, Instagram and Snapchat blocked in Toronto District schools…but will it help?

We all know how distracting social networks can be at school. And, if a simple Snapchat update can make a mess in the learning process, as happened in a Kansas school a few years ago, what else could go wrong when we also add Netflix, Instagram, and other apps, in which today’s teenagers spend a solid amount of time? 

Some of the schools in Toronto District have discovered one of the possible answers to this question: heavy usage of social media apps can simply block the school network. This is the reason why the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has shut …

NVIDIA debuts SHIELD Preview Program to grant users early access to upcoming updates

NVIDIA is the latest newcomer in the beta program field, as the company is trying to provide users with smooth software updates for its SHIELD lineup of products.

A new SHIELD Preview Program is now available for users who own this type of devices. Those who decide to enroll in the program will receive early access to features and improvements on their SHIELD. Moreover, they will gain access to beta forums where they can provide their feedback.

It’s worth pointing out that those who own multiple SHIELD devices will have to sign up for an account for each …

Your OnePlus 3 or 3T has hidden hardware diagnostic tests – here's how to access them

Is your OnePlus phone acting funny lately? There might be something going on under the hood that you are yet to find out about. If you want to do a brief check-up before heading to the phone doctor, just punch in *#808# into the dialer app and you’ll access a hidden (of sorts) menu with diagnostic options that are too many to count.

Pieces of hardware that can be tested include screen components, hardware keys, vibration, LCD brightness and effects, sensors, GPS, and a great deal of additional functionality.

Recently, the OnePlus 3 and 3T received a new beta …