WhatsApp announces Live Location feature is now available on Android and iOS devices

Live Location is a brand new feature that will be available on both Android and iOS devices starting today, WhatsApp announced. The developer confirmed the Live Location will be slowly rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks, so it might take some time be available to everyone.

The new Live Location feature will allow WhatsApp users to share their location in real-time with family and friends. It’s an end-to-end encrypted feature that enables users to control who they share with their location and for how long.

If you’re using WhatsApp on a daily basis, …


Google's pop-up stores in New York and L.A. to offer devices for sale including the new Pixel models


Google doesn’t have a chain of permanent retail stores like Apple has where consumers can test out and purchase the latest Apple devices. Instead, Google relies on pop-up stores where visitors can test products before ordering them online. But that is going to change. According to a report published today, Google will start selling devices from its temporary stores in New York and Los Angeles when they both open for business this Thursday.

Devices that will be available for purchase at Google’s pop-up stores include the new Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL and the Google Home Mini. Other new products …

Huge security flaw leaves Wi-Fi devices wide open to hackers

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There’s a hole in Wi-Fi security, and it affects the vast majority of Wi-Fi devices and networks. That very likely means your phone, your home wireless network, your wireless network at work — everything. 

Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef from the imec-DistriNet research group at the KU Leuven university has discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, used by nearly every Wi-Fi device out there. It allows an attacker to remotely extract decrypted data from a protected Wi-Fi network without knowing the password.

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iOS 11 is already on more devices than iOS 10; Android 8 Oreo is still exclusive to the chosen few

It has been three weeks since iOS 11 finally launched officially and was available to users worldwide. The new operating system brought about tons of changes — like the new control center, screen recording, a new notification dropdown, among others — and came with its own fair share of bugs, which Apple has been hard at work ironing out, as we are now up to patch 11.0.3.

Since Apple is a company that develops its own hardware and software, it’s also able to maximize the amount of supported devices and minimize the distribution times for updates. iOS 11 is available …

38.5% of iOS devices are running iOS 11; Apple executives testing Apple Pay Cash?

Apple launched iOS 11 on September 19th. 24 hours after being released, iOS 11 was running on 10% of iOS devices. After one week, the figure was up to 25.28%. Now, two weeks after the launch, iOS 11 is installed on 38.5% of iPhone and iPad units. As high a figure as that is, last year saw 48.16% of iPhone and iPod models updated to iOS 10 after the same two week time period. So why is the adoption rate for iOS 11 down from last year’s iOS 10? There is speculation that iOS users are waiting for certain features like Apple Pay Cash to be included in a future version of iOS 11 (more on this later) …

All Amazon Echo devices can now make calls for free on North America to the U.S., Canada and Mexico

It has been quite a week for Amazon’s Echo line up. Not only did Amazon revise the original Echo by adding a cloth cover, it made the new version of the original smart speaker shorter and fatter. The Amazon Echo Plus looks like the original Echo, adding improved Dolby sound and enhanced voice recognition. The addition of the ZigBee smart home hub makes it easier for users to control smart home products like entertainment systems, climate controls, locks and more. Other new models and accessories include the Echo Spot, the Echo Connect and Buttons.

Now, a new report published on Saturday …

Middle-earth: Shadow of War coming to Android and iOS devices on September 28

Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Monolith’s highly-acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, is expected to make its debut on PC and consoles on October 10. Ahead of the official launch of the game, Warner Bros. has decided to release the mobile version of Shadow of War.

The publisher recently confirmed Middle-earth: Shadow of War will arrive on Android and iOS device on September 28, which will allow fans of the franchise to get a taste of what the PC and console game will offer.

Along with the confirmation of the release, the publisher released a trailer that …

You can now get Ikea's augmented reality furniture app ‘Place’ for iOS 11 devices

You can now get IKEA’s augmented reality furniture app that supports the new ARKit on iOS 11. With this new app called IKEA Place you can pick a piece of furniture and see exactly how it fits inside your living room thanks to the AR superpowers of iOS 11.
The app is free to download and features desks, sofas, beds and chairs from IKEA’s catalog.
And it works very well: we’ve just tried it and we came away impressed. You don’t need any complicated scanning of your room, you simply point your iPhone to the floor and …

Malware found in wallpaper apps infects 21 million Android devices via Google Play

The second largest outbreak to hit the Google Play Store that we know of is called ExpensiveWall, a new malware discovered in wallpaper apps, which is said to be responsible for the infection of 21.1 million Android devices.

Check Point’s researchers discovered the malware early last month and issued a statement that contains all their findings related to ExpensiveWall.

Unfortunately, the malware infected at least 50 apps on Google Play, which were downloaded between 1 million and 4.2 million times before they were removed.

The ExpensiveWall malware was “packed” inside wallpaper …

Nougat reaches 15.8% of Android devices worldwide

Another month, another Android usage statistics breakdown from Google. As usual, the data for this breakdown was collected over the course of one week and is based on visits to Google Play.
While Android 7.0 Nougat is steadily climbing in adoption rates, in contrast to ancient Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, which are on their way out of the list, Oreo is nowhere to be seen. Since it’s the latest iteration of Android, and it isn’t available on that many devices yet, Oreo’s distribution numbers are not yet registered in the list. For Android 8.0 to not make a dent …