Samsung Gear S3 gets Tizen 3.0 with many major features in massive update

Well, folks, it has happened! After making its debut on the Gear Sport, Tizen 3.0 is finally arriving on the Gear S3. Today, Samsung officially announced that the latest version of its proprietary OS for wearables is available through a new “Value Pack” update.

Weighing in at 258.5MB, the patch brings a plethora of new functionalities. The list below covers most of the major changes:
Optimized UI with new functionalities for the rotating bezel.Nutrition management feature. Add calorie intake and compare calorie balance with …


OnePlus responds to the latest backdoor debacle, doesn't see it as "a major security issue"

Just yesterday, it was discovered that OnePlus has included a rather powerful app that could easily serve as a backdoor for many of its latest devices like the OnePlus 5, 3T, and 3. Dubbed Engineer Mode, the app is normally intended for testing and maintenance of Qualcomm-powered Android devices but also allows anyone with average knowledge to pre-root the device and greatly mess up with the security of the device. Of course, such an app has no place inside an official user build for an Android device.

There were even concerns that apps could be engineered abuse these …

Minneapolis may be cold, but it has the fastest 4G speed among 35 major U.S. cities surveyed

Minneapolis is a cold, cold city during the winter. But when it comes to mobile data speeds, Minneapolis is a hot, hot city. Data compiled by Open Signal has discovered that during the third quarter of this year, the average download speed in Minneapolis was 21.5Mbps. Detroit was second with an average speed of 20.77Mbps. Minneapolis and Detroit were the only major stateside cities to average an LTE download speed of 20Mbps or higher during the three month period.

The slowest of the 35 major cities on the list was Las Vegas, which had an average LTE download speed of 11.65Mbps, a bit more …

Sony posts infographic explaining when to expect the next major Android update for your Xperia phone

Sony Mobile is among the first smartphone brands to provide Android 8.0 Oreo to one of its products, the Xperia XZ Premium. However, if you don’t own Sony’s flagship, you probably wonder when exactly your phone will receive the highly-anticipated update.

For that matter, Sony Mobile wanted to give fans a heads up on when they can expect to receive a major Android update on their Xperia phones, chronologically speaking.

An infographic posted on Sony’s official blog explains the process of bringing a new Android update to Xperia devices. We get to learn how Android software moves from …

Google releases Chrome 62 on Android to fix major vulnerabilities, add some new features

After a short beta testing phase, Google released Chrome version 62 for Android devices. The new update for the mobile browser patches some security vulnerabilities discovered recently and brings some visual changes that are meant to better fit the Android design language.

So, for the most important part, this update includes fixes for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. This severe exploit made all platforms vulnerable, but devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer were the easiest to attack.

Apparently, WPA2, the encryption standard that secures WiFi …

Microsoft announces major OneDrive update for Android and iOS

OneDrive for Android and iOS are about to receive important updates in the coming weeks, Microsoft announced recently. The Redmond-based company promises a new experience across web and mobiles, which should allow users to find what they’re looking for much easier.

First off, a refreshed design will be pushed to both the Android and iOS platforms. OneDrive will feature a new layout that will use screen space more efficiently than ever before. Shared files will be easier to spot thanks to the new layout.

Among the many visual changes included in the update, …

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ missing texts issue affecting users across all major US carriers

There’s something strange going on with certain Galaxy S8 and S8+ units. A lot of people are complaining that their handset is either delaying or not receiving a good portion of the text messages that have been sent to them. 

The problem seems to be related to the phone itself, as it has affected users across all major US carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Furthermore, it seems that the default Samsung messaging app isn’t the only service that’s misbehaving – users are also experiencing complications with Textra …

VLC for Android receives a major update that adds Android Auto and picture-in-picture support

VLC, one of the most popular media players for Android devices, hadn’t received an important update for almost a year. Today, developers announced they have decided to deliver a host of new features to VLC via a comprehensive update.

If you’ve been a VLC user, then you’ll be pleased to know that the media player will be getting PiP (picture-in-picture) support on Android Oreo devices, as well as Android Auto implementation.

Moreover, 360-degree video support has been added too, along with a more dynamic and Material-compliant user interface. New Search activity and integration with …

Google Pixel vs Pixel 2: all major differences to expect

This week is Pixel week, and, with the bombshell that was the acquisition of HTC’s Pixel-making assets by Google last week, the line is bound to become exponentially more interesting, starting with the expected successors that are about to be unveiled this week. 

Needless to say, the phones are expected to be faster and better, plus the larger one may follow the bezel-less trend of late, but, given the rumored starting price, we’d expect the Pixel 2 to prove the more popular of the two handsets, and that’s the one likely to have been made by HTC, …

There's one major way to help the shooting victims if you're near Las Vegas right now

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Donate blood.

As morning dawns on Las Vegas in the aftermath of Sunday night’s horrific mass shooting, which killed at least 50 people and injured more than 400, that’s the biggest thing anyone in the area — or even outside the area — can do to help. It’s the singular plea echoing across social media again and again in the hours after the incident.

If you would like to donate blood for the injured victims of the Strip shooting visit the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, 7135 W. Sahara.

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