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 …

How to get the Android P markup screenshot editor on any Android device

One of the undoubtedly incremental, but incredibly useful new features of Android P, which just recently got released as a developer preview, is the built-in screenshot markup tool. Similar to what many other Android manufacturers and Apple itself already employ in their respective software creations, even stock Android P will allow you to quickly edit a screenshot right after you take it, which is certainly a productivity boon. 

Now, observing Oreo’s distribution stats, there’s a really good chance of the average Android user not even getting a whiff of Android P well until …

How many iPhone owners will upgrade their device this year?

According to some circulating rumors, we might be getting three iPhone models this year – one bigger iPhone X (probably getting the Plus moniker), one slightly updated iPhone X, and a brand-new 6.1″ iPhone, which might be the “budget” option Apple gives us. But will users even bother to get a new iPhone? Well, according to a survey made by research company Loup Ventures, around one-fifth of iPhone users will upgrade to one of the upcoming iPhone models, that are yet to be announced.

The research was done in the US and had 511 people participating. …

Stanford students put down their iPhones to protest device addiction

No, it doesn’t have the impact of the student sit-in to protest the Vietnam war that took place at Stanford in 1966. But you might consider this to be the 21st Century version of that event. Students from the California university staged a protest this past weekend at the Apple Store in Palo Alto to protest device addiction. More specifically, the group (named Stanford Students Against Addictive Devices or SSAAD) were complaining that Apple wasn’t doing anything to stop users from constantly checking their iPhone and iPad devices.

Holding signs in front of the store in protest of Apple’s …

Meet the SikurPhone – the device aimed at cryptocurrency maniacs

Mobile World Congress 2018 is almost over, but it did not lack in smartphones – we saw the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and even an Android phone for children. But we might have not seen everything yet, as Brazilian company SIKUR, which focuses on… security (SIKUR… secure… get it?) showed its latest project – the SIKURPhone

SIKURity is a priority

The SIKURPhone is a successor to the released in 2015 GranitePhone – a smartphone, which encrypted all of your e-mails, contacts, …

Most notable device announcements that came out of MWC in the last 10 years

All eyes are on Mobile World Congress 2018, which shouldn’t be too surprising given how this year’s show is shaping up to be one of the busiest in recent memory – thanks in part to the number of flagships we’re expecting to see. For anyone in mobile, this particular tradeshow can really help to propel a company into the limelight, while also establishing the pacing for the rest of the year. Some announcements end up providing the spark that’s necessary in generating sales later, so it’s always quite interesting to know that these unveilings at Mobile World Congress are crucial.

We’ve …

Report: Apple iPhone SE 2 to feature 4.2-inch screen; device will be introduced at WWDC?

Late last year, there was talk about Apple releasing a sequel to the lowest priced iPhone in its lineup, the Apple iPhone SE. Subsequent reports said that Apple would release only 3 iPhone models in 2018 including a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display and a single rear-facing camera (iPhone 9), a 5.8-inch unit with an OLED panel (iPhone Xs) and a huge 6.5-inch version with an OLED display (iPhone Xs Plus). All three models would include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

But that apparently isn’t the last word about a possible Apple iPhone SE 2. Out of China comes word that the phone could …

Tiny device, huge panic: overheating battery causes evacuation of Apple Store in Zurich

In recent times, we’ve been hearing a lot about faulty batteries. Li-Ion cells have always had the occasional lemon, which will have a chance to melt down — and it’s a bummer when it happens to your device. But with the increasing amount of smartphone users around the world, and with phone manufacturers trying to cram larger capacity batteries into tighter devices, it’s no surprise that this is now… a hot topic.

Additionally, Apple has come under scrutiny for the way it handled the aging batteries in its own iPhones — it throttled performance to reduce the strain on a degraded battery. …

Project emojis into your toilet bowl with this device because who says you don't know how to have fun


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There aren’t many ways to make the bathroom exceptionally exciting or glamorous. Sure, you can read a book or catch up on your Instagram stories, but when it comes down to it, you’re just sitting on a toilet. That’s why the team at llumiBowl created this impressive/ridiculous Emoji Projector, which does exactly what the name promises: it projects one of four classic emojis into the inner bowl of your toilet. Read more…

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Edward Snowden's new app turns your old Android device into a stealthy security monitor


If you happen to have an old Android device lying around and a reason to worry about people messing with your business, Edward Snowden has an app for that.

Haven is an open-source project that Snowden developed in conjunction with Freedom of the Press Foundation and Guardian Project. You can find directions and links for downloading and installing it on the latter organization’s Github page.

This isn’t your typical security app. 

Haven doesn’t lock down a single device or prevent tampering; instead, it repurposes an Android device — an old, unused one, preferably — and, using an assortment of built-in sensors, turns it into a multi-functional security gadget. Read more…

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