WhatsApp assures users their data is safe.

As we have reported previously, WhatsApp is owned by Facebook. Apparently WhatsApp has posted a new FAQ section that reassures users that their data and communications are private. It may come as no surprise that the company has slipped this on to the site, considering the public uproar over the Facebook controversy. what is especially interesting is that this addition to the FAQ has come not long after the founder of WhatsApp recommended users delete Facebook via his Twitter account. It is possible that the company worried that the founder’s tweet may link the app to the controversy and therefore …


Lenovo denies reports of massive Motorola layoffs, says Moto Z family is safe for now

You might not be aware that Lenovo has decided let go a certain number of Motorola employees earlier this week. Reports about the layoffs emerged a few days ago after a Motorola employee said the company’s workforce in Chicago has been halved.

Today, Lenovo told Engadget that the reports are inaccurate in the fact that the layoffs did not impact half of Motorola’s workforce in Chicago, but much less. Also, the company confirmed the development of its Moto Z family will not be affected by these layoffs.

This week’s employment reductions are a continuation of that process. We are reducing …

Best rugged cases to keep your Galaxy S9/S9+ safe and sound

If your motto is “a working phone is better than a broken one”, and you’re looking to protect your investment in either the Galaxy S9 or S9+, then you’re at the right place. We’ve decided to compile a list of the best tough Galaxy S9/S9+ cases out on the market right now, and we will be updating it regularly, as more case makers launch products for the latest crop of Galaxy phones. 

It is true that overly bulky cases can ruin the looks of beautifully crafted devices, such as the new Galaxies, but then again, there’s nothing worse than a bunch of scratches, …

Better keep it safe: Apple HomePod repair costs $279

If you’ve decided to buy the Apple HomePod – Apple’s take on smart speakers – you better keep it safe. Apple has announced its out-of-warranty repair fees for the HomePod, and they’re everything but low.

If you live in the US, you will have to give Apple $279 if you want your HomePod to live a second life. That’s in case the smart speaker is severely damaged and the damage is not due to a manufacturing problem, which the one year warranty covers. To give you a brief comparison, a new HomePod will cost you $349, meaning that the repair fee is around 80% of the retail price.

To …

Keeping you safe: Google removed a record number of bad apps from Play Store in 2017

There aren’t many online platforms that can compare to the size of Google’s Play Store. It is estimated that the Android digital distribution service hosts more than 3.5 million apps, with thousands of new offerings being uploaded on a daily basis. Given these numbers, we won’t exactly go out on a limb by saying that keeping the app store free from malicious software and developers isn’t an easy undertaking. Still, it looks like Google is getting better at protecting users and their devices from harm’s way. 
A recent post on the Android Developers …

iOS 11.3 features a new Privacy icon to keep your data and Apple ID password safe

Earlier today, Apple previewed iOS 11.3, the latest version of the company’s famous mobile operating system. While Apple revealed a lengthy list of new features that come with iOS 11.3, it did not present all the improvements included in it. 
One of the things that Apple didn’t specifically mention is a new Privacy icon – spotted by developer Dean Murphy in iOS 11.3 beta. 
According to info found in the beta, the Privacy icon will show up on your device when a legit Apple-made “app or feature is asking to use your personal information” …

A hacker has decrypted the iPhone's security chip, but your data is still safe

In order to make Touch ID on the iPhone 5s an onward secure, Apple introduced a fairly opaque piece of technology to its devices — the so-called Secure Enclave Processor (or SEP in short). This, in simple terms, is a piece of hardware found in almost every Apple-made device since the 5s which is used to keep users’ private data (think passwords, fingerprints, and everything else that requires cryptography) secure, taking the form of a tiny coprocessor kept completely isolated from the rest of the device.

And up until now, the SEP has been a black …

Wozniak says the iPhone sells well despite its price because it is a safe bet

Steve Wozniak is a living legend. As co-founder of Apple, the Woz was there at the very beginning. His insight into Steve Jobs is a unique one, and despite his place in tech history, you won’t hear any bragging coming from him. Because Wozniak left Apple for good in 1985, well before the series of “iDevices” came out and changed the world, you don’t really hear his name mentioned in conjunction with the development of the iPhone. But Wozniak is a student of the smartphone market.

While in China earlier this week, the Woz pointed out how well Chinese smartphone manufacturers use intelligent …

Spotify is testing Driving Mode and voice commands to make jamming while driving safe again

One of the most annoying and dangerous things everyone does when behind the wheel is navigating through music playlists, or skipping through songs. Your fingertips rarely find the right touch spot when you are driving, as you can’t really pay attention to both the road and your phone equally at once. You always end up frantically tapping on your screen and swirling your vehicle, as the fiddly interface and small control buttons in most music apps just do not let you navigate as easily as you’d like while driving.

Thankfully, the most popular music-streaming app, Spotify, …

HTC U 11 receives "3C" certification in China; compulsory test makes sure products are safe to use


Forewarned is forearmed they say, which is why certification labs exist around the world. These places take consumer devices and put them through a series of tough tests that replicate years of usage. This way, if a particular product is a fire hazard, or is likely to give someone a shock, manufacturers can be alerted by having the product fail the test. In China, every product imported, distributed or sold in the country must go through similar testing to receive its China Compulsory Certification (CCC or 3C).

According to a leaked image, the HTC U 11 (HTC U-3f) has received its CCC …