Monday, October 22, 2018

Bug! Early adopters of the Pixel 3 & 3XL are having buzzing speakers, poor memory management issues

Bug! Early adopters of the Pixel 3 & 3XL are having buzzing speakers, poor memory management issues

a view of the google pixel 3

It's just a few days back when the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL were officially announced and today reports are flying to the internet that these Pixel smartphones are entitled to have some malfunctions.

Early users and reviewers of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL phones reported that some features are not working properly especially with the larger Pixel 3XL which majority of the reports claim that the speakers are buzzing and distorting, especially the bottom one; a similar issue previously observed on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL models.

Further explaining the reports, there’s buzzing at certain frequencies which can be observed when apps using a specific frequency in sound production is in use.

Again, it was observed that the lower speaker is louder than the upper speaker, we initially thought it's an issue, however,  it was addressed by Google saying it’s their way of styling/designing the pixel 3 and 3XL devices.

Finally, the Pixel 3 and 3XL were reported to be suffering from low RAM management. Especially with the Pixel 3 which users claim apps are restarting or force closing, certain apps are closing other apps, apps are dropped from RAM due to low memory management.

Other minor reports include Camera issue which are probably caused by the poor memory management.

Hopefully Google will handle these issues probably by introducing new software update. However, we’ll update this post as soon as there's a fix to the issues, be it temporary or permanent.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Xiaomi is set to unleash the Mi Mix3: World’s First 10GB RAM & 5G Connectivity Smartphone

Xiaomi is set to unleash the Mi Mix3: World’s First 10GB RAM & 5G Connectivity Smartphone

Xiaomi body build _  with 24MP Dual Selfie Camera

Lot of high-end smartphones have been released during this last quarter of the year. Xiaomi is fully set to take the lead of complex mobile technology as it has confirmed to announce the then rumored Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 on October 25.




Some unique features of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has been singly disclosed on twitter by the well-known Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer, Xiaomi.

The first mind-blowing leak is the one which addresses how fast the smartphone will be.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be powered by a massive 10GB RAM which means the smartphone will be lag-free. Hopefully, Xiaomi is the first in the world to design a smartphone with extreme performance as it should be in a 10GB RAM.
Smartphones are becoming even smarter than PCs.

10GB RAM-------------



Another tweet by Xiaomi also confirmed the availability of a 5G network connectivity feature in the Mi Mix3. Remember Samsung is also packing the 5G network on its upcoming Galaxy S10.
Since the Mi Mix 3 launch is a few days away, probably it may be the first to feature the greatest internet speed.

5G Network--------------


In addition to the 10GB RAM, a Snapdragon 845 processor chipset will be housed in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. With this achievement, the smartphone will be much more than a phone; it’s a gaming device. Say goodbye to phone lag as you as you run multiple tasks with the 10GB RAM/Snapdragon 845 processor Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.




It feels nice to have an 2,340 x 1,080 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio) all-screen display smartphone with no notch, no waste of pixels. And again, there’s a graduated 24MP selfie camera which can only be seen up the device when you slide down the screen. This is pretty much styling and seems great, with 24MP front camera you can shoot high-quality selfie pictures and video calls.
As seen in the embedded video above, Xiaomi made the sliding factor so simple that users could easily reveal the selfie camera with a simple sliding of the screen.




The smartphone will be available in three storage options; 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

These are the leaked specifications of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Hopefully, the 10GB RAM, 24MP selfie camera may turn out true as they were leaked via tweets by the company. However, the launch date is October 25 when all rumors will be wrapped off as the specifications and specs become official.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Full Specifications, Release Date and Price of Google Pixel 3XL in the US and UK

Full Specifications, Release Date and Price of Google Pixel 3XL in the US and UK

A few days ago, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL were launched. And today, we're revealing the full specifications, prices and release dates entitled to these two Google Pixel phones.
Below are the specs and features of the $799+ (about 960 EUR) worth Google Pixel 3XL


Google Pixel 3XL
From view of the Google Pixel 3XL.
Image Credit: pcworld.com 


Full Specifications and Price of Pixel 3XL


LAUNCH
Announced: October, 2018
Status: Coming soon. Exp. release October, 2018
Pre-Ordering: Yes, visit Google Store, Best Buy

PLATFORM
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
CPU: Octa-core (4x1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver & 4x2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold)
Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
GPU: Adreno 630

Design & Display
  • Dimensions: 158 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm (6.22 x 3.02 x 0.31 in)
  • Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
  • Weight: 184 g (6.49 oz)
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM card & eSIM
  • Protection:
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
    • Always-on display
    • 100% DCI-P3 coverage
    • HDR
    • IP68 Certified; dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

  • Display Type: P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Display Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio (~523 ppi density)
  • Size: 6.3 inches, 100.3 cm2 (~82.8% screen-to-body ratio)

MEMORY
  • SD Card slot: No
  • Internal: 64/128 GB
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM





CAMERA
  • Primary: Single 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm,
  • Features: Auto-HDR, Dual-LED flash, panorama, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), dual pixel PDAF
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)
  • Secondary (Selfie) Camera: Dual 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF
    8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF
  • Features: Auto-HDR
    Video: 1080p@30fps

SOUND
  • Alert types: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone jack: No
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
CONNECTIVITY
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Blueotooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (Power Delivery 2.0)
  • Radio: No
  • NFC: Yes

FEATURES
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), proximity, accelerometer, barometer, gyro, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Push Email, Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5

MULTIMEDIA
  • MP4/H.265 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • Photo/video editor
  • Document editor

BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Ion 3430 mAh battery
MISC
  • Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W
  • QI wireless charging

Colors: Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink

Price: About 960 EUR ($799)



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Nokia 7.1 Key Specs and Price in US, UK - An Affordable iPhone XS Option

Nokia 7.1 Key Specs and Price in US, UK - An Affordable iPhone XS Option


HMD Global has been known for releasing Nokia smartphones. The company just released the long-awaited Nokia 7.1, a midrange smartphone at a very affordable price of $349 (£299).




What does a $349 smartphone have to offer?
The price of Nokia 7.1 is very friendly, considering the specs it holds and when compared to other similar phones with the same specs range.

The phone brings an elegant display, holding a 5.84-inch notched display and it’s the first phone to feature “PureDisplay screen technology.” This enables it to display HDR-quality images and also convert SDR to HDR being that it supports HDR 10


Like most other smartphone devices, the Nokia 7.1 is in Google’s Android One program, that is two more upgrades will eventually storm the device; it comes out of the box running on Android 8.0 Oreo OS. However, the Android 9 Pie OS support is expected to roll into the device in November.
There's a lot you could do with the Phone when it’s running on Android 9 Pie, not excluding the OS’ adaptive battery feature, and more. See the top best 5 features of Android 9 Pie OS.

Additionally, the phone's performance is maintained with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.


At the back of the device mounts 12MP / 5MP dual cameras with the most feature being the Nokia-branded “Bothie” photos which makes it possible to simultaneously shoot a photo from the back and front-facing cameras. This is powered by ZEISS Optics.




The Nokia 7.1 is powered by a 3,060mAh to keep it running and with the help of Android 9 Pie upgrade in future, you will be able to stretch its lasting time per charge. The phone comes with a fast battery charging ability (9V/2A 18W) that charges on a 2.0 USB-C port assisted by a 3.5mm headphone jack

Memory-wise, this device is available in two variants; 64GB Storage and 4GB RAM memories or 32GB Storage and 3GB RAM.
If you're not satisfied with the memory options, the phone is privileged to house a micro SD up to 400GB.


Availability
Pre-ordering of the Nokia 7.1 has commenced on shops like Amazon, B&H, Best Buy. Meanwhile, it will start shipping on October 17 in the UK and 28  October in the US.



Friday, September 28, 2018

How to recover lost or deleted files on your Android phone

How to recover lost or deleted files on your Android phone

Should you lost your important files on your Android device? Here’s how you can regain access to them.


If actually you landed on this page from a search engine result, probably one of the following keywords brought you here;

  • Recover lost files on Android phone
  • How to recover lost files in Android
  • Recover lost android files
Well, now that you are here, I'm going to show you the simple ways you can recover your deleted files on your Android phone




Initially, recovering lost files could be executed on PC, but now it has made its extension towards Android smartphones. Losing relevant files on your smartphone is somewhat painful to experience and may be thinking that gaining access back to those files are nearly impossible. You actually need some useful apps/tools to work on your Android phone; this should prevent you from losing your documents or files even if they were unintentionally deleted.

These tools I'm gonna be sharing with you are available on Google Play. You should search any of the tools’ name on Google Play or rather follow the link I’ve provided.
Just a few seconds away from knowing these tools and how to use them; keep reading.


Must Read: How to Secure Your PC From Hackers


#1. MY ES FILE EXPLORER



ES File Explorer File Manager available on Google Play Store

This is one of the oldest and trusted file manager or explorer available to every Android devices.
Apart from setting ES File Explorer as your default storage manager (if you wish to) or music player, there's so much task you can handle with it and one of them is what you are about to learn.




If you've ever deleted and recovered a file on Windows PC then you should be familiar with the desktop app known as “Recycle Bin”.
It may interest you to know that ES File Explorer has it also.

Without wasting much time, let's discuss how you can regain access to your lost or deleted Android files with ES File Explorer

Step 1. On your Android device, Download ES File Explorer, preferably from Google Play to avoid malicious attack.

Step 2. After installing the app, launch (open) it and push a slide from your left screen corner and click on “Tools” from the displayed menu

Step 3. Navigate down the menu and there you will find “Recycle Bin” already activated, just click on it and you will find all your deleted files.


A screenshot of ES File Explorer sliding menu with Recycle bin feature


#2. Dumpster



Retrieve your lost or deleted Android files using Dumpster; download from Google Play

This is another amazing tool available on Google Play whose main function is to retrieve deleted files of any format (Mp3, Mp4, txt, jpg, png, doc, and many others), as well as applications.

How To Use Dumpster to Recover Deleted Android Files

Step 2. Open the app and swipe from the left side of your screen to draw out the menu.
Step 3. Go to Settings»»Recycle Bin Settings and select the kind of files you want dumpster to save for you; preferably choose “All” kind of files.



How to setup dumpster recycle bin to help you retrieve deleted contents on Android

Should you ever delete any file from your Android device while Dumpster is installed, you can decide to either permanently delete or retrieve the file. Your decision can only be made in Dumpster app.


An illustration on how you can restore or permanently delete a file in dumpster recycle bin

Must read: How to effectively recognize Phishing attacks and stay protected

#3. Use Droid Backup



Download and install droid backup from Google play and your relevant files will always be available even when they get lost    


From the name you can easily tell that it’s a backup app which allow you to backup any type of file you do not want to lose. These files include applications, doc files, contacts, SMS, and even call logs.



How To Backup Files Using Droid Backup For Android

Backing up and retrieving files with Droid Backup is very easy. You manually choose what to be backed up and incase you accidentally lose it, Droid backup will always reverse the file into your file storage when you demand for it.

Step 2. Launch the app and click any of the logo belonging to a respective type of file. Assuming you wish to backup an app, for example, you will have to click on the android logo seen at the right end (see screenshot below)


Step 3. Click “backup” and then select the file you want to backup

If your backed up file happen to wipe off from your phone, you can restore it by repeating step 1 and then click “Restore”, then you'll see your backup files, choose the one(s) you want to restore and you're done.



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

New Threat: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Explodes In A Woman's Purse

New Threat: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Explodes In A Woman's Purse

It may interest you to know that the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone has been found to have copied the nightmare Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had in 2016.
The explosive incident of Samsung’s recent Note model is still on the go! Sad as it may seem.


Samsung is being sued by a woman who reported an explosion of her Galaxy Note 9 smartphone

Recently, an American Galaxy Note 9 user reported that the phone exploded inside her purse. Reporting from New York Post, Diane Chung sued Samsung regarding the disgraceful explosion of her Samsung Galaxy Note right inside her purse. She filled a lawsuit against the company and she is currently waiting for the court’s judgement.



Diane Chung explained how the incident occurred, that she was using the smartphone while in an elevator and it suddenly became hot. For safety sake she stopped using the phone and dropped it inside her purse. Not quite long, she heard a noise and found smoke escaping out of her purse, only did she realise it was her Galaxy Note 9 that got exploded and in an attempt to bring it out, her fingers got burnt.

This is not funny at all! A $1234 (£899) Galaxy Note 9 has been found to be a threat to health. And according to her, the Galaxy Note 9 only stopped burning when it was carried with a cloth and dipped into water.

What Could Be The Cause Of This Galaxy Note 9 Explosion?
If one should investigate the cause of a smartphone that got burnt, the battery would be the first suspected part.
However, Kate Beaumont, product director, had a security check on Galaxy Note 9 batteries and concluded that the batteries did not catch fire. Meaning the battery may not be the reason for Diane Chung’s Galaxy Note 9 explosion.

Meanwhile, Samsung unleashed the following statement: “ We have not received any reports of similar incidents involving a Galaxy Note 9 device and we are investigating the matter.”




Friday, September 14, 2018

Apple Launch Event 2018: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Release Date, Specs And Price

Apple Launch Event 2018: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Release Date, Specs And Price

Release Date, Price and Specs of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

On 12 September, the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR were launched 

What we have been anticipating for has been released and it’s even more than we expected; Apple launch event on September 12 was great! The event prevailed many of Apple’s new products, not excluding Apple 2018 iPhones.




What Actually Got Unveiled Before The End Of The Event?

  • iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iOS 12 Software Apple Watch

What's new in these 2018 iPhones?

There's indeed much difference between these 2018 flagship iPhones and 2017 iPhones.
  • One spiking difference is the A12 Bionic chipset in the XS models which promises 30 per cent boost performance than last year’s A11 Bionic Chip, 40 per cent lower power consumption and support for Machine Learning.
  • The iPhone XS Models are also the first to feature dual SIM; Apple’s own eSIM technology and a physical SIM Card. However, the iPhone XR supports one physical SIM Card slot and a digital eSIM
  • New attractive Colors owing to the iPhone XR

Release Date

Apple still keeps to their yearly date of releasing its iPhones up for sale. The iPhone XS and XS Max will start receiving pre-orders from 14 September, and shipping will begin on 21 September.

For the cheaper iPhone XR, its pre-ordering will begin on 19 October and it will be on sale starting from 26 October.

Price

All these 2018 iPhones are available in varieties of storage capacities which Apple has used as a determinant of their prices.
Each iPhone will be offered in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB configurations.



HTML Table Design
iPhone XS, XS Max, XR US Pricing
64GB 128GB 256GB 512GB
iPhone XS $999 $1,099 $1,149 $1,349
iPhone XS Max $1,099 N/A $1,249 $1,449
iPhone XR $749 $799 $899 N/A



HTML Table Design
iPhone XS, XS Max, XR Starting Prices
iPhone XS (64GB) iPhone XS Max (64GB) iPhone XR (64GB)
United State $999 $1,099 $749
United Kingdom £999 £1,049 £749
Australia AU$1,629 AU$1,799 AU$1,229 



iPhone XS and XS Max Key Specs

  • iOS 12 Operating System
  • A12 Bionic Chip: 7-nanometer processor to help launch apps 30 per cent faster than 2017 iPhones.
  • Display: OLED HDR Screen (Super Retina Displays)
  • Display Sizes: 5.8-inch (458 ppi) and 6.5-inch (458 ppi).
  • 3D Touch Pressure-Sensitive Screen
  • Protection: iP68 Water-resistance rating
  • Dual SIM: Yes, via eSIM technology
  • Dual Rear Cameras: 12-Megapixel and telephoto lenses.
  • Front-facing Cameras: 7-Megapixel, to feature in-depth portrait mode photos.
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB Options.
  • Improved Face ID; to unlock the phones speedingly.
  • Stereo Sound Support: Yes, wider than 2017 iPhones.
  • Battery: Apple claims that the iPhone XS should last 30 minutes longer than iPhone X, and iPhone XS Max could last 1.5 hours (90 minutes) longer than the iPhone X
  • Colors: Silver, Space gray, Gold.

A side view of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

Key Specs Of iPhone XR; The Cheapest iPhone

  • CPU: A12 Bionic chip
  • iOS 12 Software
  • Build: Aluminum body with glass back
  • Display Type: LCD screen (Retina display)
  • Display Size: 6.1-inch (326 ppi), 1792 x 828 pixel resolution
  • Haptic touch screen, like a trackpad
  • Protection: IP67 certification (water resistance)
  • Camera: 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, featuring Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB options, Portrait mode photos through software
  • FaceID: Yes, with True-Depth camera system
  • Battery: It claims to last 1.5 hours more than the iPhone 8 Plus
  • Colors: White, Yellow, Product Red, Black, Blue, Coral (pink)


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Best 10 Ways You Can Secure Your Gmail Account From Being Accessed By Cyber Criminals

Best 10 Ways You Can Secure Your Gmail Account From Being Accessed By Cyber Criminals

Read the Top Best Methods To Secure Your Gmail Account From Being Accessed By Cyber Criminals


Gmail security


I have come across several methods that can be performed to prevent your Gmail Account from getting hacked.


Gmail accounts which are controlled by Google Inc are now vulnerable to hackers and the rate at which Gmail accounts are being hijacked by hackers is to a very high extent. We all know the usefulness of Gmail accounts being one of the best Email hosting platforms that can be used to access all Google Products with all in one username and password, yet all of a sudden it's gone. Sad as it may sound but do you know that we are actually the one creating room for hackers to access our accounts?

Let's go into the proper business for today.





Top 10 Tips To Employ To Secure Your Gmail Account From Cyber Threats

1. Avoidance of Phishing Mails.


Avoidance of phishing emails

Try never to open any phishing emails which are usually found in the Spam folder. You know, spam messages are automatically moved into the spam folder for safety purpose. Though if you think the messages are not really spam, then you can view the mail and follow the link. But if the mail doesn't attract any sign of trust from you please don't try clicking on the link as it may be a way of accessing your Gmail account.

You may receive an email carrying the following headlines...

Your BVN has been deactivated.
Your Amazon Shopping has been shipped.

WARNING>>> Do not click on the provided link.


Recommended: See how to recognize phishing Emails





2. Using Ugly Email

This is the type of Gmail usually used in recognizing tracking emails. To get this;
Just make a search for “Ugly Email“ in your  Google Chrome browser ( i recommend you should make the search in Chrome Web Store). Having seen the Ugly Email from your search result, just click “Add to Chrome” and a new tab will be opened.
This Ugly Email will be added to your Chrome and you can find it at the top right corner of your Chrome browser.

Now to know if your Ugly Email is rocking well, log into your Gmail account and open existing emails or even new emails and if you should ever see a nasty eye that is somehow devilish in any of the mail you opened, then you should know it is a tracking email.





3. Try Using A Secure Connection

This a very important task you must carry on when logging in your Gmail account.

Try using the secure connection that is seen as HTTPS usually before the web address.

To do this:

Go to Setting»»General»»Browser Connection or better still, you should try using VPN like UltraSurf or VPN Robot for login.


To get UltraSurf on your browser, it's an extension so just go to Settings»»Extensions, scroll down to the end and click “add more extensions”, from the displayed interface make use of the search bar by searching for UltraSurf and from your result click “Add to Chrome”.

So whenever you are browsing with the browser, your connection becomes anonymous, though you can disable the UltraSurf if you wish not to use it for some websites.


4. Always Check Filter Forwarding and POP/IMAP

You really need to take this so serious as hackers may try adding filters to your Gmail account. These filters can secretly pass on emails so long the filter remains in your Gmail account.

To be on a safer side, try getting rid of any filters that look suspicious to you.


5. Try Using Incognito.



Chrome incognito mode

This may sometimes be useful most especially when you are surfing the internet with public devices found in places like Cyber Cafe, hotel and/or others. The usefulness of this Incognito or Private browser is to help you secure your connection so as not allowing cookies to store your web activities.


Recommended: How to Protect Your Android Smartphone From Hackers



6. Google 2 Step Login Verification

Google 2-step verification

This is one of the best security provided by Google. Each time you try to log in from another device, having given your login credentials, you'll be asked to take any of the following google login verification process;
  • Text me a code
  • Provide your backup Gmail account ( if any)
  • Using google authentication app and others.

But I'm only in support of the text code as it is the safest means of verifying you are the one trying to log in. Of course, the hacker can never provide the security code sent to your device to log in.




7. Track your Account Activities

Google - My activity

This is a very important task you should always do. You should always keep an eye on your Gmail account to track every activity going on in your account.

To do this, just log in to My account and at the lower right corner of the platform, you will see “Last Account Activity” just click on details. There, you will see the devices accessing your account as well as the time and location they logged in. So if you notice any unauthorized login, all you have to do is change your password at that moment before the hacker does something else.


8. Avoid ignoring Gmail security alert.

Most of us usually make this nasty mistake of ignoring security alerts sent by Google. You should know that Google only send those security alerts when they feel it's necessary for you to update your security. It may be that they noticed something fishy concerning your account and to make sure it's not hacked, they'll send you an alert to update your security.


9. Try removing apps connected to your account

Do you know that apps are connected to your Gmail account? Whenever you use your Gmail to sign up for any third-party app, they are automatically connected to your Gmail account. Hackers can even try to connect an app to your account via play store and other means. So I recommend you should always remove unauthorized apps from your account by logging into www.accounts.google.com.


10. Always update your number.

Never forget to always keep your mobile number up-to-date and if you should ever lose your phone number then try getting a new one and link it to your Gmail account because that's what google will always use to send you a security code.

Other Tips include:
  • Do not disclose your password.
  • Use a recovery email, that is, a secondary email.

So above are the methods of securing your Gmail account from getting accessed by hackers. I hope I've been able to provide adequate security tips for securing your Gmail account.  Please kindly share this post with others using the share buttons provided below.