Augmented reality will be on hundreds of millions of Android devices in 2018, says Google

Hundreds of millions of Android smartphones will be capable of augmented reality (AR) come next year, says Google’s VP of business and operations for virtual reality Amit Singh. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Singh said that thanks to Google ARCore development framework,  AR will be a daily thing for millions of people around the world in 2018.

“There will be hundreds of millions of phones that will be AR ready. And the current stage is … we are helping developers … build the experiences … so that it becomes a daily habit,” Singh said …

Apple executives are awarded stock bonuses that could be worth tens of millions of dollars

Certain Apple executives, including marketing chief Phil Schiller and retail head Angela Ahrendts, combined to receive Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) that won’t vest until fiscal year 2022. Other executives included in the awards are Eddy Cue, who is in charge of internet software, software engineering head (and star of the Apple iPhone X unveiling) Craig Federighi, CFO Luca Maestri, Hardware Engineering chief Dan Riccio, Hardware Technologies leader Johny Srouji, and COO Jeffrey Williams.

Overall, 128,584 RSUs were handed out by Apple’s Board of Directors. On October 1st, 64,885 RSUs were …

Apple and Aetna secretly meet to work out Apple Watch subsidies for millions of Aetna customers

Apple and insurance company Aetna have been secretly getting together to discuss how the two companies might be able to deliver discounted Apple Watch units to 23 million customers belonging to the health insurer. While Aetna currently offers 50,000 employees a discount on the Apple Watch, the plan is to extend this to the company’s customers who would use the fitness and health tracking features of the timepiece in order to get into better shape.

The meetings between Apple and Aetna took place last Thursday and Friday in Southern California. In addition to the executives from both companies …

An iPhone 8 supplier reportedly bails, forcing Apple to spend millions on OLED PCB tools

Apple may not be dealing directly with manufacturing its own phones, but it does not shy away from purchasing production equipment for its suppliers if the situation calls for it, no matter how complex or expensive it is. They did it with the unique machines that polished the glass iPhones, then again by fronting display makers, and now, apparently, they are doing it with the tools to make the rigid-flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCB) needed for the upcoming OLED iPhone 8.

Last we heard about that part, Samsung had allegedly placed an order for 70 million FPCBs with two of …

An expired domain may have exposed millions of older Samsung phones to hackers

Everyone can make a silly mistake, but when such a mistake is made by someone in a company like Samsung, it could affect many people and even expose them to danger. And herе is how Samsung has actually done it: by letting an old domain expire thus leaving millions of smartphone users potentially vulnerable to hacker attacks.

The domain in question is used to control S Suggest – a stock app, suggesting other applications to use, which came pre-installed on many older Samsung handsets. Samsung stopped supporting and installing S Suggest as early as 2014, but the …

Chinese authorities arrest iPhone data thieves, who made millions selling user data

User data is probably one of the hottest stocks on the market nowadays, as technology continues to penetrate lives and households around the globe. Gadgets that collect different stats and data about their users come in various forms and shapes, but smartphones are perhaps the most common means for collection of sensitive info these days. Knowing how and why people behave is a precious resource across different spectrums of business.

Apparently the business is running hot in China, as authorities in the province of Zhejiang reportedly arrested 22 suspects in May, who apparently stole and …

T-Mobile Tuesdays' 1-year anniversary will come with free stuff worth tens of millions of bucks

Since last summer, T-Mobile has been offering free gifts to its customers each and every Tuesday – as part of the Un-carrier’s ongoing T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign. On June 6, T-Mobile will celebrate the campaign’s 1 year anniversary by giving away more free stuff than ever – “tens of millions of dollars in free stuff,” to be precise.

On June 6, folks who have the official T-Mobile Tuesday app installed on their phone will be able to receive gifts like $0.25 off Shell fuel, two free movie or game rentals from Redbox, and T-Mobile trucker hats. Moreover, on one of the four Tuesdays throughout …

The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update is bad news for millions of iPhone users

The upcoming iOS 10.3.2 will be an unprecedented one, and not in a pleasant way. Apple is doing something very unusual in that it appears to be shutting down support for older iPhones in the middle of iOS 10’s “shelf life”, so to speak.

Both beta iOS 10.3.2 releases available are skipping 32-bit devices altogether, which is out the norm. No former iOS release, beta or final, has ever done this unless it was a dedicated bug fix for a specific device.

This means the 10.3.2 update won’t reach an approximate 43.7 million iPhone owners who still use the iPhone 5 and iPhone …

Google Assistant rolling out now to millions of Android phones (VIDEO)

Google Assistant is an improved version of Google Now that was unveiled at Google I/O 2016. The big difference between it and Google Now is that Assistant is more conversational. For example, let’s say you are talking about Babe Ruth. With Google Now, a line of questioning might go like this: “What teams did Babe Ruth play for?,” “How many Hone Runs did Babe Ruth hit in his career?” “What positions did Babe Ruth play?” With Google Assistant, you’d say “What teams did Babe Ruth play for? Home many Home Runs did he hit in his career? What positions did he play?” See the difference?

While …

Massive security flaw may threaten millions of Samsung Galaxy

Have a Samsung Galaxy device? Chances are it has a security flaw that lets attackers install malware on it or eavesdrop on your calls, and there’s nothing you can do about it.


Chicago-based security firm NowSecure has published a report claiming that a bug in the Swift keyboard software, preinstalled on more than 600 million Samsung devices, can allow a remote attacker, which is capable of controlling a user’s network traffic to execute arbitrary code on the user’s phone.

To make things worse, if your phone has the Swift keyboard software, it’s impossible to uninstall it, and the flaw can be exploited even when you don’t use it.

Swift runs in a privileged context on the phone, meaning it can access most of its functions. By exploiting the vulnerability, an attacker can secretly install malware on a user’s device, access the device’s camera, microphone and GPS, eavesdrop on calls and messages, change the way other apps behave and even steal photos and text messages.

NowSecure claims it notified Samsung of the vulnerability in December 2014, and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and Google’s Android team were also notified. The good news is, Samsung started providing a patch to network operators in “early 2015,” but it’s not known how many of them actually provided it to their users.

The list of potentially vulnerable devices is a scary one, including Samsung Galaxy S6, S5, S4 and S4 mini on major U.S. carriers, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. The status of some devices with regards to this vulnerability is unknown, but some — like Galaxy S6 on Verizon and Sprint, and Galaxy S5 and T-Mobile — are vulnerable.

Since the Swift software cannot be uninstalled, the best course of action, according to NowSecure, is to avoid unsecured Wi-Fi networks and/or use a different mobile device. NowSecure also points out that SwiftKey, the keyboard app available on Google Play and based on the same software development kit, has no relation to the preinstalled Swift keyboard, and installing or removing it does not fix the vulnerability.

SwiftKey CMO Joe Braidwood confirmed to Mashable that the vulnerability is unrelated to the SwiftKey consumer app.

“We supply Samsung with the core technology that powers the word predictions in their keyboard. It appears that the way this technology was integrated on Samsung devices introduced the security vulnerability,” he said in a statement.

Braidwood points out that the vulnerability is a “low risk” one. “A user must be connected to a compromised network (…), where a hacker with the right tools has specifically intended to gain access to their device. This access is then only possible if the user’s keyboard is conducting a language update at that specific time,” he argues.

For a detailed technical explanation of the vulnerability from NowSecure, go here.