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It's no secret that a countless number of mobile apps indulge in a bit more of our data than we'd like, and many even handshake with external servers, causing us to wonder what on Earth they're doing. Well, as some researchers at MIT have found out, a huge number of the top 500 apps on Google's Play Store send data back and forth that has absolutely nothing to do with the functionality of the app. Cue the eerie music. The researchers like to call this kind of communication "covert", as the fact that it's happening is completely invisible to the user. While it's easy to jump to conclusions about... Read more...
At HotHardware, we report on the latest and up-and-coming smartphones all of the time. Some of those are a bit more interesting than the others, and among the recent crop of devices we've covered, there's one that definitely has a bit more "pop": the Pepsi P1. Today, we get confirmation that the phone is real, and it even has a second model, called P1s. Let's face it: branded products like this often taste flat. But, the P1s is intriguing. It's attractive, as the photos here can attest, and it boasts some impressive specs for a device that costs a mere $110 USD in Chinese markets. Many of the specs... Read more...
It's sure been an interesting month for HTC. When the company introduced its One A9 in late October, it looked like a solid offering overall, even if it looked like it plucked some design cues from Apple's iPhone (something an HTC exec vehemently denies). Things became odd, though, when the company bumped the phone's price up to $499, when its debut price of $399, per most opinions, is exactly where it should have remained. And, as if things couldn't get any stranger, the phone took its good ole time reaching consumers after launch. Oy, HTC. Well, before the One A9 situation can smooth out, we're... Read more...
If you purchased a higher-end smartphone in the past two years, chances are good that it has an SoC under its hood that packs ARM's ARMv8 architecture. It's what made 64-bit mobile processors possible, and with that comes increased performance as well as the ability to utilize lots of memory, among other processing efficiencies. Today, it's not hard to find ARMv8 in even modest smartphones, some of which could cost under $100. But in emerging markets, the architecture has been nonexistent. This is a problem ARM is planning to solve. It plans to do that with its brand new Cortex-A35, a microarchitecture... Read more...
The rollout of HTC's latest smartphone, One A9, has been quite interesting to say the least. When it was first announced, it was impossible to look at it and not think that its design was inspired by Apple's iPhone, something a company exec vehemently denied. But then HTC pulled the odd move of announcing that the phone would become $100 more expensive ($499) after November 7th. At the promotional price of $399, the A9 isn't priced unfairly, but it's not exactly priced in such a way that it'd have a great pull on those mulling their next phone purchase. The market is getting more competitive than... Read more...
Google's latest Android OS, Marshmallow, has been out for an entire month. You might think, then, that any device from this point forward to hit the market will feature it right out-of-the-gate. Of course, that's not the case. In an ideal world, that's how things would play out, but when so much effort is needed to prepare an OS for the launch of a new device, it's virtually impossible for a company to upgrade at the last minute to the latest hotness. The best they can do, then, is aim at getting an update out as soon as possible. That's BlackBerry's intent. The company has just launched its latest... Read more...
Security firm Lookout has just revealed what could be one of the most hard-hitting pieces of malware to ever hit Android. It doesn't have an official name, except to be referred to as "trojanized adware", and right from the top, we can tell you that if you only stick to downloading apps through Google's Play Store, you have nothing to worry about. There are two things that make this piece of malware so severe. First, it's effectively wrapped around legitimate apps. Users can download these, such as Facebook and Snapchat, and install them normally. Nothing will look out-of-the-ordinary, and Google... Read more...
Apple's operating systems might be considered as some of the most secure on the planet, but as has been proven time and time again, nothing is bulletproof. Not even the company's latest iOS build, it seems. ZERODIUM, a firm that rewards those for finding unknown bugs, has just announced that a team has secured its rights to a bounty worth a staggering $1 million, or roughly the equivalent of 1,333x 16GB iPhone 6S Plus units. Speaking of which, if you are in the dark about what the 6S Plus brings to the table, check out our in-depth review. In order to succeed in ZERODIUM's challenge, the attackers... Read more...
At this point in time, it's difficult to predict whether the future of the Apple Watch, or any other smartwatch for that matter, is going to be bright. What we do know, though, is that sales of the Apple Watch have been quite good so far in the grand scheme of things, already competing with the top dogs, such as Fitbit. Still, it's a given that Apple would love to taste even more success, and get these expensive wearables flying off of the shelves. To help with that, the company has just rolled out an interesting promotion in a very limited number of stores, likely to help gauge possible success.... Read more...
Sprint boss Marcelo Claure wants you to do cartwheels over a new unlimited data plan that costs just $20 per month. On the surface, that sounds pretty enticing, doesn't it? The problem here is that the term "unlimited" really means 1GB of high-speed data -- once you go over that low threshold, you can kiss your 4G LTE speed goodbye and say hello to the painfully slow lane. After 1GB, Sprint's "Starter Unlimited Data Plan" bumps you down to 2G speeds until your next billing cycle. To add some perspective, Facebook on Wednesday implemented a thing called "2G Tuesdays" to give employees a taste of... Read more...
Have you ever watched a friend that was once on top of the world spiral out of control in his later years? Maybe it was drugs or alcohol that brought him down, but whatever the case, there's a feeling of pity and perhaps even guilt for not being able to do anything about it. In some ways, it feels the same rooting for HTC. No, I'm not saying that HTC employees are snorting lines of blow or drowning their sorrows in a whiskey river. But the company does show signs of imploding. Following a string of revenue losses over the past several months, HTC has decided to no longer issue guidance on its future... Read more...
T-Mobile has really been knocking it out of the park this year, and it's reaping great rewards for the company. This past fall, the company leapfrogged Sprint to become the third-largest US wireless carrier, and given the company's momentum, things are only going to improve. While it's hard to argue that T-Mo's network isn't as wide-reaching as AT&T's and Verizon's, the company is sure doing everything it can to help smooth that over until the situation improves. Networks aside, T-Mobile seems to be the most "fun" of all the major carriers, thanks to the company's outspoken and hilarious CEO,... Read more...
To some, Facebook might just be another app on their smartphone or tablet, but Facebook itself doesn't believe that's all it should be. In fact, the company has long believed that our lives should be as integrated with the service as possible. We saw proof of this with the Facebook Home launcher, and it's hard to count the number of times a Facebook phone has been rumored. Ultimately, the company has decided that its app is enough (for now), and in addition to Facebook Messenger, most user needs are covered. However, the company is beginning to roll out a rather significant update that will help... Read more...
Last week, HTC unveiled its latest smartphone, One A9, to a decent amount of fanfare. Rather than stand on its own, though, the buzz around the Internet was that the phone was a rip-off of Apple's iPhone. HTC didn't take too kindly to this criticism, and commented a couple of days later that it's in fact Apple that ripped off its own One M7, released back in 2013. Wherever the truth lays in that, it doesn't much matter, because the One A9 is a great-looking phone, period. Part of that owes thanks to the great color selection, which includes Deep Garnet, Carbon Gray, Opal Silver, and Topaz Gold.... Read more...
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