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    Samsung Is Set To Reveal Something Epic At The Galaxy Unpacked Event on Feb 9

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    The date for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event has been set. Samsung has stated that on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT, the company will livestream something amazing on its website. Let’s get this party started. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S22, its next flagship series.

    We’re expected to see three models, starting with a base-model Galaxy S22 and ending with a performance-tier Ultra model with a dockable S Pen for those who miss the Note form-factor, as we have in previous years. The Galaxy S22 Plus is another option if you want a high-performance phone without the stylus.

    So far, we’ve read that the Samsung Galaxy S22 will launch with a 6.01-inch display, somewhat smaller than its predecessors, and that the Galaxy S22 Plus will have a 6.55-inch display.

    The Galaxy S22 Ultra would have the largest display of the three, measuring 6.81 inches, and would be perfect for replacing the Note.

    Samsung teased the Galaxy S22 Ultra last week, and it is expected to have the largest battery of the three models.

    The Ultra is expected to contain a 5,000 mAh battery, while the S22 and S22 Plus are expected to have 3,800 and 4,000 mAh batteries, accordingly.

    Expect the rear-facing camera array to differ slightly from previous Galaxy handsets in terms of appearance.

    A 108-megapixel wide-angle primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 10x magnification, and a second 10-megapixel telephoto lens with 3X zoom could all be found on the back camera. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s fifth circle is most likely a laser autofocus sensor.

    It’s still unclear what’s powering those cameras and the electronics within.

    So far, we’ve presumed that the Galaxy S22 models sold in the United States would be powered by Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU, as is the industry standard for Android flagships.

    Samsung, on the other hand, has just revealed the Exynos 2200 chip, the first smartphone processor featuring AMD graphics (albeit Exynos processors are normally reserved for international handsets).

    You won’t have to wait long to learn about Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones. Tune in on Feb. 9.

    Samsung Galaxy Unpacked | Samsung Australia

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    Android 12: Date of Publication, Functionality, Rumors, Leaks, and More

    Google has not yet released their next operating system for smartphones, but it’s expected an announcement will be made soon.

    Google is probably close to launching the first Android 12 beta developer, but we don’t really know anything about the forthcoming update so far. That said, some screenshots have leaked, and to make some informed guesses, we can use Google’s past launches as a guide. Below is what we know at present, and what we believe we know at present, about Android 12.

    When’s Android 12 Going to Be Released?

    Any day now, a developer beta may be released and Google normally accompanies the developer beta with a public beta a few months later. A formal release then occurs around August.

    The period of development for each new version of Android is long, with a beta developer normally released early in the year. On Feb. 19 2020, the first developer preview of Android 11 was launched by Google. If the same timing is adopted by Google, we might see Android 12 very shortly.

    Public beta, which allows someone with a comaptible smartphone like a Google Pixel or OnePlus phone to sign up and help Google test the new Android update. An official release happens toward the end of the American summer after developers have had time to get their apps ready for new APIs, and Google has time to finalize the build and get rid of any lingering bugs. Last year, Android 11 released on Sept. 8th.

    What Will This New Version Be Named?

    As Google has left behind its public dessert naming scheme, numbers are the future, so we expect Android 12 to be the name of this upcoming Android version.

    Google revealed with the introduction of Android 10 in 2019 that it was no longer going to use dessert names for the annual release of an Android update. Google launched Android 11 last year. So, we assume, that brings the release of this year on Android 12.

    That said, Google also uses sweets for potential updates as its internal code names, and thanks to XDA Developers, who have a lot of knowledge about this pending OS update, we have a decent idea that it is named Snow Cone internally.

    Which New Features Will Be Added To The Android 12 Version?

    As we get nearer to the first developer preview, leaks are beginning to become more regular. One hand mode, Material NEXT, enhanced multitasking, as well as a dedicated game mode are rumoured.

    Until the developer beta is available, Google generally does a pretty good job of keeping new Android features under wraps. With very little data leaked on what’s in Android 12, this year is no different.

    That said, some screenshots reportedly from documents shared with Google’s partners were recently released by XDA Developers. These screenshots and information is for Google’s partners and is to let them know what’s new in Android 12 so that they can start their planning.

    Googles Partners

    Looking at the screenshots, you can see that the widgets look entirely new, close to what widgets look like on iOS 14. There is also a new colour coded privacy mark that lights up the signal meter anytime an app has been or is viewed by the device’s microphone and camera.

    Again, this is similar to the iOS feature when an app has recently accessed or is currently using your microphone and camera, which puts a coloured dot on the screen.

    XDA Developers have posted even more detail about Android 12 over the last couple of days. There’s a new direction that the creators of Android’s Material Design should adopt.

    It’s called Material NEXT, at least internally, according to XDA Developers, and it seems to allow hardware partners to customize the applications to suit their brand on top of the material design.

    For one-handed use, Android actually has a few different options, but manufacturers the handset currently decide how it is applied. With Android 12, XDA has found evidence of a new one handed mode that can be integrated into its smartphones by hardware partners.

    It’s uncertain how it’s going to work, but XDA says that the window will narrow to 40 percent of its height with a gesture when it’s activated, taking buttons and text closer to the thumb at the top of the screen. Since Apple released larger iPhone versions that do something similar, iPhone users have had a Reachability feature.

    XDA also notes that proof of a new GameManagerClient on Android 12 has been discovered this is a dedicated gaming mode and is another fascinating feature that is rumored to appear on Android 12.. The service looks like it can help people who like to play on their mobile devices do things like do not disturb trigger, adjust window brightness, and when a game is opened, disable auto-rotate.

    And lastly,  Android 12 also seems to have a new multitasking workflow split-screen, which could help improve efficiency. The new method includes the development of app pairs, as you can do on Samsung Galaxy phones right now, to launch two applications that you often use in split-screen mode at the same time. This report is from 9to5Google. You can have Gmail and Google Docs setup as a pair, for example.

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    How to Keep Your Smartphone Clean During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

    With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, you never be too safe from it. The virus which spreads easily from one person to another is mostly grounded and not like any other airborne virus that takes a lot of time in air. One place the virus is highly likely to be on is on your smartphone.

    Using Wipes

    Using Wipes

    Wipes dipped in isopropyl alcohol which has a significant concentration of the alcohol is one way of getting rid of the virus which might have made its way to your smartphone’s surface. You just have to ensure that moisture does not get to the delicate components of the phone. You should avoid using pure alcohol or methylated spirit as it has some negative consequences.

    Stuck Dirt

    This is the use of sticky tape to remove dirt that is located on those difficult to reach spots.  These spots include the areas around the speaker or along the sides of the charging port. This can’t be clean with a wipe and might be housing the deadly virus.

    Using A Microfiber Cloth

    A Microfiber Cloth

    A quality type of microfiber cloth can get the trick done in case you do not want to use alcohol or any complicated stuff. You can purchase an excellent quality of this from online retailers. The microfiber cloth is a simple way of cleaning your phone and is also highly effective as it gets the job done with the least effort applied.

    UV Phone Sanitizers

    Phones have been proven to carry the most load of bacteria, more than even in the case of toilet seats. The bad news is that toilet seats get washed and cleaned more frequently than the phones. Some people have never even taken time to clean their phones which they have had for more than three years or so. Therefore, using a phone places one at high risk of coming into contact with the coronavirus. UV phone sanitizers would help get rid of bacteria and even the virus which might be on the surface of the phone.  For instance, phone soap is designed to make use of UV-C light to break down the virus.

    Using Cotton Swab

    Using Cotton Swab

    This would be ideal if you want to thoroughly clean the hidden part of your phone that are hard to reach.  Spots such as the headphone jack, the memory card and sim card slots gather a lot of dirt which include some harmful bacteria. Getting a good cotton swab will be highly effective in cleaning this parts.

    While undertaking the cleaning of your smartphone using any of the above methods, it is recommended that you have a safe mask over your nose and mouth. You should also sanitise your hands after completing the cleaning process of the smartphone.

    The coronavirus has the ability of staying on a surface for more than forty-eight hours. Therefore, unless you clean your smartphone well, it might be an agent of the transmission of the virus. The above methods are effective ways of keeping one’s smartphone clean and free from the coronavirus.

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    5 Best Android Smartphones of 2019

    In 2019, we witnessed the largest number ever of interesting and high-performance smartphones with improved specifications and features. Brands from all over the world rolled out either a brand-new range or a new model within the existing range, with the improved overall design, specifications, and even user interface. So, writing this article on my favorite and probably best 2019 smartphone proved to be quite a challenge for me.

    5. Google Pixel 4

    Google Pixel 4

    Having personally used it for almost six months, I confess that I am a big fan of its design and in some use-cases of the camera too. Apart from the stock android experience that unfortunately is becoming increasingly rare lately, the access to unlimited storage for all my pictures and videos and this without any compression is simply amazing especially considering the fact that the camera is quite fun to use and in some cases, the image quality is incredibly superior to most smartphones I’ve ever had. Priced at AU$1049, Google Pixel 4 is a perfect smartphone for individuals who are looking for a mean to experience the stock android interface and get access to some Google-specific feature sets.

    But, despite all its features, there’ s just too much missing. It doesn’t have an ultra-light camera, really poor battery performance, and a bizarre lack of internal storage.

    4. Nokia 9 PureView

    Nokia 9 PureView

    Nokia 9 is the most high-end smartphone released by Nokia in 2019 and is definitely a lot of fun to use. Priced at AU $1,099, it features a powerful Penta camera setup capable enough of capturing fantastic raw images with extreme detail, which you can tweak to your needs afterward. It also features a fantastic sleek, yet in some way, very minimalistic design that definitely feels premium in every way. Sadly, even though it features an impressive 120 GB internal storage, 6 GB RAM coupled with 3320 mA battery, Nokia 9 uses an outdated processor compared to similarly priced competitors. Moreover, the Penta camera setup doesn’t have any telephoto lens, which might prove to be a decision-making factor for many smartphone enthusiasts.

    3. OnePlus 7T Pro

    A very deserving of a spot on his list is the OnePlus 7T Pro. When this company started, they were in a league of their own in terms of offering the absolute best hardware at a much lower price. But recently, this whole category of cut-price flagships has become congested. OnePlus is no longer one of the cheapest phones to have the best hardware, but they’re becoming one of the better ones.

    With OnePlus 7T Pro, you’ve got really lightfast, up to date software plus a lot of love has gone into this display. It’s dazzling! And as is becoming a bit of a trend this year, its display has a fluid 90 Hertz refresh rate. Besides, even though far from the cheapest now, the OnePlus 7T Pro is still cheaper than a lot of its counterparts. Priced at nearly AU$ 890, this smartphone lets you experience one of the best fluid touchscreens coupled with superior performance powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB internal storage. Moreover, featuring wrap charge 30, it lets you charge your smartphone to nearly 90% in just over 20 minutes.

    2. Vivo NEX 3 5G

    Vivo NEX 3 5G

    Would you want to have a futuristic curved display smartphone? Well, then you definitely need to check out Vivo NEX 3 5G. If you fall in a category of smartphone enthusiasts who absolutely adore curved displays, then Vivo NEX 3 5G’s display curve is so dramatic you’ll find yourself letting out a little sigh of admiration every time you pull it out your pocket.

    Moreover, to shoot in the deal further, it has got a great specification featuring a really great 64-megapixel camera, a powerful 4500 mA capacity battery and the price tag still $ 1000 less than the Apple’s finest model.

    1. HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro

    HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro

    First on our list is surprisingly HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro, which, despite the ban from the US government, has emerged to be one of the most successful smartphones of 2019. What I personally like about this smartphone is its asymmetrical design on the front, along with its camera, which is absolutely fantastic even in a lowlight environment. In fact, from my personal experience, I believe its camera is as capable in the night as it’s in the day. Then it has got the newest 5G networking enabled Kirin 990 chipset, 4500 mA battery, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB internal storage. At a price of AU$ 1599, HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro brings you a unique smartphone experience, unlike anything you have ever experienced before.

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    Facebook App Uses iPhone’s Camera When You Are Scrolling Your Feed

    Joshua Maddux has unearthed yet more controversy around Facebook. Joshua has discovered that the Facebook iOS app was keeping the camera app on his iPhone active even while he was scrolling through his feed. This was reported by ZD Net.

    Other app users also confirmed these findings and Joshua also found the same bug on five other devices that he tested.


    This glitch or bug has only been only appears to be found on iPhones that are running iOS 13.2.2. There have been no users have been able to replicate this on devices that are running the iOS 13.1.3.

    What is not clear is how long this bug has been in existence for and it is not clear if this has been intentionally done. There are a few users that are currently running iOS 12 and they have also discovered that the camera app is active while they are using the Facebook app. 

    This glitch or bug doesn’t seem to happen when you have not given Facebook’s app permission to access or use your device’s camera. Additionally this bug doesn’t seem to be affecting the Android version of Facebook’s app.

    While there are not many people who would accuse Facebook of being over the top in regards to protecting user’s privacy it is more than likely this is an unintentional happening. However it possible that there are many people who will question this. 

    Cnet reported that Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, tweeted that this appears to be a bug and that Facebook was looking into the problem.



    Rosen Tweeted later that Facebook is submitting a fix to the App Store. 


    “We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape,” Rosen said. “In fixing that last week in v246 we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this.”

    He also confirmed that Facebook did not upload or use any photos or videos while it was running in the background, stating that it was in preview mode. 

    Should you be a user of the official Facebook app on your iPhone we suggest update the app or you could also revoke the the Facebook app’s permissions to access you camera and perhaps all other permissions from this app.

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    How Charging Your iPhone Could Let Hackers Access Your Bank Account

    The superficial task of charging your iPhone could lead to some serious privacy problems, like having your passwords stolen and bank account hacked by cyber criminals. 

    charging your iPhone

    This is all because of a discovery that certain low-grade charging cables were designed to gain access to your computer once you connect your iPhone to it.

    What’s worse is that it was meticulously designed to look identical to that of the Apple Lightning cables, making it seem like nothing fishy is happening deep down. 

    This product, developed by a hacker known as MG, was showcased to the public during the Def Con Cybersecurity Convention in Las Vegas held last week.

    The product was called OMG cable and was made from an original Apple Lighting cable and was fitted with a small Wi-Fi-enabled implant. “It looks like a legitimate cable and works just like one,” as announced by the developer MG at the said conference.

    “Not even your computer will notice a difference – until I, as an attacker, wirelessly take control of the cable. Once the product is plugged into the computer, a hacker using a nearby Wi-Fi network can wirelessly transmit malicious payloads on the computer. From here the hacker could remotely lock the victim’s computer to collect their username and password when they log back on.

    MG also demonstrated remotely accessing phishing sites on the user’s screen using the cable itself. These phishing sites were fake websites created to collect personal details of the victims.

    “It’s like being able to sit at the keyboard and mouse of the victim but without actually being there,” he said.

    The hacker said it took him up to 300 hours and close to $A6000 to develop the risky cable. While it was an Apple item that served as the base of the product, MG claimed it can be created from any USB cable.

    Besides all this, MG still plans to recreate the cable from scratch and make money out of it online as a “legitimate security tool.”

    Apple recommends only using accessories certified by the company for the best protection.

     “An Apple Lightning to USB cable has ‘Designed by Apple in California’ and either ‘Assembled in China’, ‘Assembled in Vietnam’, or ‘Indústria Brasileira’ on the cable about seven inches from the USB connector.,” it’s website explains. “You’ll see a 12-digit serial number at the end of this text.”

    While it’s still advisable to use authentic Apple products for your iPhones, it is still worth noting that it has been reported that an authentic iPhone cable was used for the hack, as what was showcased in the convention, which still makes it vulnerable for sneaky cyber attacks.

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    The Best Phones of MWC 2019

    There was a heap of new phones at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress , MWC 2019, but these are our top picks for the best of the best. It is pleasing to see Sony and Nokia back in the bigger picture

    Some top choices: 

    Sony Xperia 1: Awesone screen, incredible camera. 

    Samsung Galaxy Fold: Revolutionary. 

    Samsung Galaxy S10+: Great Battery, excellent camera beautiful screen. 

    Nokia9: One of the best camera phones. 

    Xiaomi Mi 9: Latest snapdragon, sensational camera, OLED screen. All great for its price

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    10 Best Smartphones Of WMC 2018

    There was a lot of phones to be  excited about in 2018. The World Mobile Congress 2018 (WMC 2018) saw some great gadgets, tech, and smartphones announced. 

    Asus Zenfone 5 / 5Z were unveiled and they have  similar design to the iPhone X. Asus focused on having a higher body screen ratio and also AI capabilities. Should camera work as it has been announced, this could be of the best camera phones in 2018. 

    Nokia was in attendance at the WMC 2018 and announced many new phones. The premium Nokia 8 Sirocco, the Nokia 7 Plus, The Nokia 6 Android One and the Nokia 1 Android Go.

    Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ cameras have been reimagined and now include the addition of variable aperture camera/dual aperture cameras. Many have stated that this Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be the best camera phone of 2018. 

    The Sony Xperia XZ2 comes with the first 4K HDR shooting camera. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact was also announced. 

    The Vivo Apex Concept smartphone excited amny in attendance with its finger-print sensor. Vivo is the first company to announce a smartphone that has an under-glass fingerprint scanner.

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    48% of Your Battery Will Be Back in Just 5 Minutes of Charging, Again, Huawei Teases Fast Charging Tech

    A new video has been put out by Huawei to tease its next-generation for fast charging. Huawei Watt Lab developed a new technology and claimed to charge the smartphone batteries 10x faster than that of a conventional battery. Huawei has said that smartphones will get charged in just a few minutes according to the setup shown in the video. Back in 2015, Huawei had revealed the technology itself, however the company is teasing all the techies again, maybe hinting an upcoming launch.

    On Wednesday, Huawei posted on YouTube. According to the latest video, the company claims to have an innovative quick charging solution that will refill the battery capacity to 48% in just 5 minutes. The amount of charge will be enough for 10hours of talk time according to Huawei. In the video, Huawei said that the new technology manages to achieve “high charging efficiency” which is ten times faster than the current charging time, without sacrificing the battery life. As believed by Huawei, the new quick charging battery will offer backups in electronic devices such as smartphones, mobile power supplies, computers and electric vehicles.

    Two videos had been posted by Huawei back in 2015 wherein one, within 2 minutes a 600mAh battery has been shown charging to 68% of its capacity in just 2 minutes. However, on another, 3000mAh capacity and having a 620 Wh/L and above of energy density has been charged to 48% capacity in just 5 minutes. The new video released by Huawei is somewhat similar to the 2nd video from the 2015, however the part for the 3000mAh battery capacity has been omitted this time.

    In the new video, another interesting thing to note is that Huawei’s new technology is able to quickly charge smartphone batteries, the only thing is that there is a separate device for that. It means that to be able to charge their batteries, they will have to remove their smartphone batteries. So, the question is, would removable batteries will make a comeback or not? Huawei had recently launched smartphones in India, the Honor View 10, Honor Lite 9, and Honor 7X, and these models all sport non-removable batteries.