PC Pro
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Combination devices offer the best of both worlds: the £17 Hiluckey Solar Charger is a waterproof 10,000mAH power bank that you can charge over USB for immediate power, but the top is a solar panel for when you’re away from the mains. The panel’s sensitive enough to charge when left on a window sill on a dull London afternoon, and it also features a flashlight on the rear and a carabiner, so you can clip it to your bag to harvest the sun as you wander the desolation of our once great nation. If you’re concerned the sun’s light may be obscured by the dark clouds of nuclear winter, hand-crank units not only offer power as long as you have the strength to turn them, but many manual chargers have been combined with built-in torches, radios and solar panels. Such a combination device might make a good EDC – your “everyday carry” that you bring everywhere, always, because this is life in 2017 and anything could happen.
Techradar
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You can change the icons, themes, colours and layout, completely hide apps that you don't use, set up gesture controls and add funky affects when navigating your phone. It might sound bloated but you can use as many or as few of these features as you want, so if you want to keep your Android experience slick and minimalist Nova Launcher can do that too. There's a good chance that you've heard of Skype , the excellent voice and video service (with instant messaging thrown in for good measure as well). The Android app integrates brilliantly with your device, making it easy to make and receive calls. Calls to other Skype users over Wi-Fi are free, but you can also make calls to mobiles and landlines as well. You'll need Skype credit for this, but you could find yourself saving a small fortune, especially if you're ringing people in other countries.
Techradar
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You've got an Android device, either because you didn't want, or couldn't afford, an iPhone - and in years past that meant you had to live with substandard apps. Thankfully, those days are well and truly over, with reams of great little programs standing toe to toe with the best Apple's App Store has to offer. What's the best phone of 2017? Admittedly, the huge quantity of apps doesn't mean they're all quality - far from it in fact. To make sure you never install a duff app here's our selection of the best you should install right now - each one carefully chosen to ensure you'll have a whole suite of fun, engaging and, dammit, useful apps on your phone or tablet. If you're on the hunt for a new messaging app you could do worse than Google Allo , which has most of the basics plus a few features that you won't get elsewhere. Smart Reply, one of the standout features of Allo, suggests responses to messages and photos, learning how you talk over time, so you can send authentic responses without having to type - though it does seem a little impersonal.
CNET News
7 minutes
New Scientist - Online news
12 minutes
A nano-powder made from eggshells has been turned into a device using ReRAM, a type of memory that could offer fast, efficient computer data storage
Techradar
2 hours
Microsoft explains in a blog post : The Windows 10 upgrade licenses issued as part of this process are perpetual and associated with the device. This means the license will not expire or be revoked if the customer chooses to end their Windows cloud subscription in the CSP program. Rolling out now This upgrade offer is rolling out as we write, and admins of organisations signed up to the CSP program should see the Windows 10 upgrade option in the Office 365 admin centre very shortly, if not already. They should see options to upgrade their current device, or to share a download link with other staff members across the business, as well as facilities to create installation media and to troubleshoot the setup process. As mentioned, Windows 10 offers a host of security benefits including Windows Hello biometric logins, UEFI Secure Boot, TPM, built-in virtualisation, Device Guard, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, and more.
Daily Express - Life
2 hours
WinBeta
3 hours
Microsoft has updated their Powerpoint, Word, and Excel Office apps for Android devices today. Word and Powerpoint now both support Office Lens functionality which means users can use the device’s camera to directly take photos and import that media within the Office files being edited. Powerpoint has also had its sharing improved and no longer [...]
Daily Express - Technology
3 hours
APPLE'S iPhone 8 looks set to get an official launch later this year with latest rumours suggesting the new device will get facial recognition.
Techradar
4 hours
The apps recently become popular throughout the rest of the world and has been downloaded more than a billion times. And, like most other smartphone apps, it requests access to certain parts of a users phone. But, unlike most other apps, Meitu arguably takes it too far on Android phones by requiring access not just the phones camera and storage (which is only natural), but also to your phone number and location (both network-based and GPS) just to start up. But thats not all. It also asks to read, modify and delete the contents of an Android phones USB storage, view network connections, change display and audio settings, reorder running apps, control vibrations and prevent the device from going into sleep mode. The iOS version of the app runs a check to see if a handset is jailbroken or not. Security researchers have delved into the apps code and found that it even collects phone IMEI numbers something which could allow users habits to be tracked across different apps.
Channel Pro
5 hours
Capacity allowing, you can safeguard all of the most vital data for a team or family in just one compact device. More recent NAS drives take this further still. The smarter models can be run like cloud storage services, complete with remote access, apps for iOS and Android smartphones and even synchronisation, so that files stored on a local hard drive sync with files stored on the NAS, updating as, say, a document is edited and re-saved. Buy a NAS with enough capacity and the right features, and you can effectively have your own cloud storage solution working in-house. Some even do a pretty good job of aping OneDrive's general look and feel. The other issue is redundancy. Even an affordable two-bay NAS can be set up in a RAID1 configuration with data mirrored across both drives. Should one drive go down, you'll still have a safe backup of your most important files, and you can keep working on any documents or data stored (just remember to order that replacement hard disk).
BoingBoing
5 hours
Meitu is one of Google Play's "Sand Hill" apps, part of the company's accelerator for apps with "viral potential" -- take a pic of yourself and Meitu will make you over to look like an anime character, and all they ask in return is every salient fact about you that can be gleaned from your mobile device. (more)
South China Morning Post
5 hours
Mobile payments are so 2016. Thats the belief of one start-up that is hoping consumers will ditch the device altogether and use their fingerprints instead. Touché, a start-up based in Singapore, raised US$2 million last June and is launching in restaurants and stores this year, allowing consumers to sign up with their fingerprints and attach their aliases to a credit card, which would enable them to use their fingerprint on any Touché device globally. But the...
BBC News - Top Stories
7 hours
The device has been dredged up from the river and is being investigated by police.
Techradar
9 hours
More than just a pretty face At the heart of the new R9s is a Qualcomm octa-core processor with 4GB memory, and its 64GB on-board storage can be expanded up to an additional 256GB via a microSD card slot. The device will ship with ColorOS 3.0 which is based on Android 6.0. A huge 3,010 mAh battery can be juiced up with VOOC Flash Charge technology, which should get you two full hours of talk time from only a 5-minute charge, and some newly developed power-saving optimisations should keep you afloat for longer. At the mid-range price of $598, the R9s features some reasonably premium features, like a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) AMOLED display, an advanced fingerprint reader and a new Six-String antenna design that claims to improve both 4G and Wi-Fi signals. The Oppo R9s will be available January 30th, or you can pre-order it now from JB Hi-Fi , Optus and Woolworths Mobile, as well as Oppos new partners, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.
Voice Of America
9 hours
On Thursday, he told a friend that he had given up his phone, as security agencies had urged him to do. It was unclear whether he was following the lead of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first cellphone-toting president, who exchanged his personal device for a Blackberry heavily modified for security purposes. The friend who spoke with Trump spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity in order to disclose the private conversation. Calls, tweets unlikely to change The presidency has long been a lonely, isolating office, with security concerns keeping the commander in chief at a distance from the public. Under Obama, worries about cyber intrusionsparticularly by foreign governmentspulled the president’s technology deeper into the security bubble as well. Many of the functions on Obama’s Blackberry were blocked, and only a handful of people had his phone number or email address.
The Points Guy
10 hours
Operators must also register each device before a flight . Among these rules are restrictions on airspace, one of the regulations SkyPan had reportedly violated. The original claim against the Chicago-based drone operator, which has been in business for nearly 30 years, came in 2015, when the FAA proposed that the company be fined $1.9 million for what it deemedcareless or recklessdrone operations that “endanger[ed] lives or property.” According to The Washington Post , the agency charged that the company had “conducted dozens of unauthorized drone flights over New York and Chicago, two of the nation’s most heavily trafficked airspaces.” According to an article by Digital Trends, 43 of these unauthorized flights ventured into Class B airspace in New York Cityhighly restricted areas that are usually near airports — though in a statement , SkyPan noted that the flights in question took place two years before the FAA’s rule actually went into effect.
Techradar
10 hours
Though Nintendo's big presentation last week shed plenty of light on the upcoming Nintendo Switch , we're seemingly still learning new things about the system - even if by accident. A leaked image posted on Twitter shows the handheld/console hybrid in action, showing off not just a few of the games we can expect to play on the system, but also something a little more low-key: a "Change User" prompt. The image below was originally posted by Nicalis, Inc., the publisher behind the Switch port of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+. The post only went up for a bit before the company deleted it. Credit: Nicalis, Inc. (via Twitter) If we're interpreting it right, the Change User function could mean the Nintendo Switch is capable of tracking multiple users on one device. If true, the feature would certainly be a plus for families hoping to share a console, as well as possibly making transferring account info from one Switch to another less of a pain, seeing as the current method allows only one Nintendo Network ID to be tied to a single Wii U or 3DS system.
Daily Mail - Australia
11 hours
The grandmother of a boy, 3, who nearly drowned when his mother left him alone for 'one second' in a backyard pool in Sydney's west has labelled the flotation device he was wearing as 'ridiculous'.
Hackaday
12 hours
Each time the thermometer measures the temperature of a spot, the software decodes the temperature on the LCD display and then tells the Arduino to use the servos to point the thermometer at the next spot to be measured. Each measurement takes a little time, so scanning an entire location as 70×44 spots takes around a half hour. But the end result is a heat map drawn on the laptop, done by a device that is low-tech. [Editor's Snark: Because attaching a webcam and processing the images is low-tech these days.] He can overlay the heat map on a normal photo to see at a glance where the hot spots are. The software he wrote is available on GitHub and the video below shows it in action. We've got to admit, it's pretty awesome to watch. You can even see the heat map being filled in one measurement at a time. [Niklas] is somewhat of a regular here on Hackaday and his projects span an impressive range of creative ideas.
Techradar
13 hours
AirTV owners won't have to wait long for the feature, however, as the device's FAQ states that the CES-demonstrated software is still undergoing testing and planned to release to the public in "mid-February." Those who'd rather not wait will be able to return their set-top box for a refund, so long as its still within 30 days of purchase. We have reached out to representatives for comment, and will update this story are more details emerge. Here are our top five favorite media streamers on the market.
Windows Blog
13 hours
We fixed an issue where, if the User Account Control (UAC) settings were set to “do not dim my desktop”, running something from File Explorer as Admin could result in UAC displaying behind File Explorer. We fixed a capitalization issue in the “Open PowerShell here” context menu entry when you Shift + Right Click File Explorer whitespace. We fixed an issue for Insiders where customized desktop icon layouts were lost after rebooting. We also fixed an issue where when desktop icons were set to auto-arrange with a docked device and multiple monitors, undocking and docking the device could result in an unexpected desktop icon layout. Based on your very passionate feedback, we’ve adjusted the animation when lowering blue light to be a bit smoother. We’ve also made some polish tweaks to Blue Light Settings with more coming soon. We’ve updated the system tray logic to be more robust when faced with bad data that could potentially result in Explorer.
Ars Technica
13 hours
BBC One London
13 hours
We are being told bomb disposal experts, specialist officers from the Met Police, are working on the river and one foot wide. So quite a big device. We don't know when these roads are going to reopen. We don't know how long this is going to take for this device to be made safe. But there have been many devices found across London like this. We had won only last year.