LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

LG posts info on January 2017 Android security updates

While we still have a few more hours until 2016 reaches its end, LG has decided to go ahead and post the patch numbers on Google’s January 2017 security updates for Android. LG’s website also has information on some patches that are specifically for the company’s handsets.

The website says there will be a total of 73 security patches on the Android side in January, with seven of those updates labeled as “critical”. In addition there will be eight more updates that are just for LG’s smartphones like the LG V20. While there’s no specific info for the Google security updates, other than their identification numbers, there are more details on the eight LG patches. One of them is labeled as “critical” and specifically affects devices that use chips from MediaTek. LG says the patch is to get rid of the MTKLogger application which can log “personal information to storage without user consent” and  “can be started by third-party application without user consent.”

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How to use the Android 7.1 storage manager to free up space

How to use the Android 7.1 storage manager to free up space

How to use the Android 7.1 storage manager to free up space

The Android 7.1 update has arrived in developer preview form for anyone with a Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Pixel C and the desire to try it out. Among the pretty short list of new Android 7.1 Nougat features is a new tool in the settings called Manage Storage which is worth mentioning.

Manage Storage is, as you might suspect, a storage manager. It appears in the Storage section of Settings and provides you with two options: to manually free up space or to enable Smart Storage. While one might simply sound like an automatic version of the other, they actually do different things and work well in concert with one another.

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How to tell if a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is safe

How to tell if a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is safe

How to tell if a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is safe

Editor’s note, October 12th, 2016, 05:00AM ET: On September 2nd, 2016, Samsung issued a recall on the Galaxy Note 7 because of a safety concern with the battery. The company halted sales and recalled all 2.5 million devices it manufactured. It then issued replacement devices that were deemed to be safe for use by both Samsung and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Unfortunately, it turns out that those devices were no safer than the first run and presented many of the same risks. As a result, Samsung has been forced to recall those and is stopping production on the Note 7. You can read more about the recall and the events that have transpired in our Galaxy Note 7 recall Story Stream. You can no longer tell if your Galaxy Note 7 is safe, and all devices should be returned for a refund or exchange for another phone.

Samsung has launched a new site to let Galaxy Note 7 owners know if their device is safe or not. It comes around two weeks after Samsung started recalling Galaxy Note 7 handsets worldwide due to exploding battery fears. More than 90 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have overheated due to defective batteries in just the US alone, and some users have reported battery explosions that have been blamed for fires in a Jeep and garage. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a formal recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on Thursday.

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How to Make a Smartphone Detect Anemia

How to Make a Smartphone Detect Anemia

How to Make a Smartphone Detect Anemia

In places where medical resources are lacking, smartphones could become indispensable medical equipment.

A new way of detecting anemia, a condition caused by a lack of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, using a smartphone camera hints at how such devices might be used to provide early warning of an illness without the need for expensive equipment or a hospital visit.

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How to take a screenshot on the HTC 10

How to take a screenshot on the HTC 10

How to take a screenshot on the HTC 10

Taking a screenshot can be quite helpful in many ways. If you need to share something on your screen with someone but they aren’t next to you, sending them a screenshot is a handy way to do so.

If you own an HTC 10 and are wondering how to take a screenshot, look no further! Taking a screenshot on the HTC 10 is very easy, and there are two methods you can choose from:

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Chromebooks with Google Play Store access can be found using Android Device Manager

Chromebooks with Google Play Store access can be found using Android Device Manager

Chromebooks with Google Play Store access can be found using Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager has saved our guts at least once, right? The ability to find, ring, block and wipe a device remotely can be very convenient when a phone gets lost or stolen. And now we are finding out Chromebooks with access to the Google Play Store can also take advantage of these neat features.

While it seems to be an accidental side feature, the ability to use the Android Device Manager with a Chromebook will prove useful to many. Especially considering these are devices made with mobility in mind.

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How to Operate Your Smart Watch with the Same Hand That Wears It

How to Operate Your Smart Watch with the Same Hand That Wears It

How to Operate Your Smart Watch with the Same Hand That Wears It

Smart watches aren’t exactly models of efficiency—they require one hand to operate while the other wrist wears it. A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers figured there had to be a better way to pinch, swipe, and click using just the hand that wears it.

They tapped into the existing smart-watch sensors like gyroscopes and accelerometers and, using machine learning, taught an off-the-shelf Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch to recognize five different gestures performed by the hand wearing the watch. It included relatively fine gestures like pinch and tap, plus larger hand movements such as rub, squeeze, and wave.

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How to integrate Smart Lock into your Android apps

How to integrate Smart Lock into your Android apps

How to integrate Smart Lock into your Android apps

Smart Lock, full name Smart Lock for Passwords, is a Google API, announced at I/O 2015. A very simple description of it is an API that enables users signup and login to Android apps, without needing to enter a username/password combination! Yes, you read that right. With Smart Lock, app developers can design their applications to store (and sync across devices) usernames and passwords and/or federated login tokens. Our very own Edgar Cervantes has an excellent article on syncing passwords using Smart Lock.

One of the most exciting features of Smart Lock is that users are not limited to using Google accounts. Smart Lock supports username/password, Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft and even bespoke account types.

Related: The best Smart Locks

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5 common problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and how to fix them

5 common problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and how to fix them

5 common problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and how to fix them

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is, as the name suggests, a smaller version of its flagship namesake. It also takes on a more mid-range nature in terms of specifications, but continues to be as feature-packed as any Samsung smartphone, with a design language almost identical to its larger sibling, only with less of a footprint. As is the case with most devices, users have faced a few problems along the way. Which is why,we’ve rounded up some of the most common problems users face with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, and offer potential solutions on how to fix them!

Disclaimer: Not every user of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will face these issues, and it is quite likely that you won’t come across any of the problems listed below.


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