Android P will turn your phone into a Bluetooth powered keyboard or mouse?

According to a report published on Monday, the next-generation Android P version of the open source OS will add support for the Bluetooth HID device profile service. This will allow your Android P powered handset to be used as a QWERTY keyboard or mouse using Bluetooth. The feature got its start back in 2014 when a member of Qualcomm’s CodeAurora forums submitted a patch for Bluetooth HID.

The next step took place in December 2016 when the patch was added as a commit. Despite that, the feature was disabled on Android releases up through now; it will finally become enabled on Android P after …

4 ways to turn the Oscars' promise of equality and inclusion into reality


Until Frances McDormand took the stage to accept her Oscar in the ceremony’s final minutes, the show featured a parade of good-looking, extravagantly dressed celebrities paying important lip service to equality and inclusion in Hollywood. 

With an empowering gesture toward all Oscar-nominated women in the building and two words (“inclusion rider“), McDormand forced the audience to consider what needs to happen in the wake of the heady awards celebration: real action. 

It was a moment beyond Stacy L. Smith’s wildest dreams. As the founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California, Smith has spent more than a decade studying what she calls Hollywood’s “epidemic of invisibility.”  Read more…

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Apple previews iOS 11.3: Update will let you turn off iPhone throttling, see all the changes here

Apple has just revealed all of the major new changes that will arrive with the upcoming iOS 11.3 update. This will be a crucial patch, as it will give users the option to disable the battery management features that can decrease performance in iPhones with older batteries. 

A slew of other important functionalities will also be included in the update, here’s a list of all the changes mentioned in Apple’s press release:
1. New features will display battery health and recommend if the power cell needs service. These can be accessed …

Fun idea: this gadget can turn your smartwatch into a smartphone

Smartwatches are a neat little gizmo but are very often dependent on the smartphone that they pair with. Very few wearables out there have a SIM card slot and can be an autonomous communications device on their own, freeing you from a lumpy smartphone when out on a jogging session or hitting the gym.

Shell is a startup that wishes to change that. The flagship product — due to start Indiegogo funding near the end of January — is the Shell independent smartwatch. It’s a rather bulky timepiece that holds expandable “wings”. Stretch them out and they will act as antennas …

LG changing strategy in a bid to turn smartphone fortunes around, will release new models "when it is needed"

Yesterday, we reported on LG’s apparent plans of delaying the announcement of its G7 flagship model to mid-March. Today, the Korean company revealed its intentions of changing its entire smartphone strategy in order to try and bring its mobile division back to profitability. 
Jo Seong-Jin, CEO of LG Electronics, disclosed some interesting information when speaking to Korean media at CES 2018. When asked for a potential ETA of the announcement of the G7, the chairman said that LG will unveil future handsets “when it is needed” and won’t necessarily do announcements …

Some Galaxy Note 8 phones won't charge or turn on when battery reaches 0%

Some Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users report that their phones will not turn on or charge after they’ve let the phone’s battery drain completely. Samsung is aware of the problem and is replacing the affected phones on a case per case basis. It’s not yet clear how many devices are affected by the issue.
Users have reported that their Galaxy Note 8 phones refuse to accept a charge or turn on after the battery level goes to 0% and the phone turns off. Users have tried different cables and chargers to make sure that this is not a problem with the charger, …

Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with this $50 battery

The Google Home speaker is a cool and popular way to get a smart home assistant at an affordable price, but since the speaker is always anticipating voice commands it needs to be constantly connected to power in order to work. Which means you cannot easily carry it around with you, in case you want to use it as a truly portable speaker.
There is a way to change that. A new, $50 battery “base” for the Google Home attaches cleverly to the speaker, so that it can constantly draw power from the battery and with the battery base on, the Home turns …

The iPhone X may turn into a privacy disaster, so Apple changed the Face ID apps policy

Your facial mapping, achieved with the TrueDepth camera kit of the iPhone X, is stored securely on the phone, and not being sent to any servers, just like your Touch ID fingerprint readings. The issue is, however, that third-party developers would have access to worrying amounts of your face data, complete with mood expressions, and other potentially lethal from a privacy standpoint bits that could be used for marketing purposes, or something more nefarious.

A researcher has already created an app that shows you exactly how much facial data is Apple making available to developers, …

T-Mobile phone/tablet recycling drive aims to turn your old, unwanted devices into $1M

Have an old cell phone or tablet that you no longer use? During the entire month of December, you can drop off your older devices at T-Mobile and the carrier will match the after-cost recycled value of them with a minimum matching donation of $1,000,000. The money will be split evenly between Feeding America and Team Rubicon. Stats from the EPA indicate that 135 million handsets are thrown out every year. But for this month, donating them to T-Mobile instead can help make a difference in some people’s lives.

No phone is too old to help some one in need. T-Mobile notes that even an …

With little else to rely on, refugees turn to Twitter to detail harsh treatment


Australia’s offshore detention centres have long been a secretive, carefully guarded operation.

For those who remain inside them, smartphones and social media have been the main way to tell stories of their plight, as governments remain reticent on who is responsible for them and journalists struggle to gain access to the sites.

The situation has come to a head lately with the closure of the Australian-run Manus Island Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea at the end of October. 

Home to more than 400 asylum seekers, the facility saw many refusing to leave for a new centre which is prone to attacks from the local community and is still under construction, as documented by the UNHCR. Read more…

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