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New January Android 8.1 images arrive for carrier-specific Pixel and Nexus devices

“Only a handful of devices are receiving new Android 8.1 Oreo builds today” writes Jimmy Westenberg for androidauthority.com. It’s been about three weeks since Google first posted the January 2018 security patch, and today we’re getting a few more builds for certain Pixel and Nexus devices on Verizon, Telstra, and Softbank.Aside from the security patches detailed in the Android and Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletins, we don’t really know right now.If you don’t want to go through the trouble, these devices should receive their over-the-air updates in the following days. Source: androidauthority.com Share This:

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Gboard Go, a lightweight keyboard app, now rolling to entry-level Android smartphones

“Gboard Go mainly looks and works similar to the standard Gboard app, but lacks features like ability to search for GIFs and send stickers” reports bgr.in. According to Android Police, the new Gboard Go app has started rolling out for smartphones with lower amount of RAM and running Android 8.1 or later.The Gboard Go is also expected to appear on Android Oreo (Go edition), an optimized version of Oreo that will power budget smartphones this year.Lava, Intex and Karbonn are also expected to support the operating system with their devices…

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Another major reason for unhappy teenagers: smartphones

“So what can parents do about teenagers and their smartphones?” writes Alessandra Malito for marketwatch.com. Previous research by Twenge found that teenagers who spend five or more hours per day on smartphones are more likely to have at least one risk factor for suicide.Twenge and colleagues analyzed results from a survey of more than 1 million U.S. 8th, 10th and 12th graders about their time on various devices, social interactions and overall happiness. Explain the potential impact of smartphones on their mental health and monitor their online and phone activity,…

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Four ways to avoid being a victim of Russian cyberwarfare

“Russian cyberwarfare is the new threat to the nation, according to Nick Carter, the head of the British army, which means that the new frontline is, well, you” writes Alex Hern for theguardian.com. So it’s now more than just simple self-care to be smart about your online security – it’s your patriotic duty.Take the Mirai botnet: a swarm of millions of hacked devices, it was used to overload servers by bombarding them with traffic requests. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Paedophiles could hide abuse images in the ‘internet of things’, think tank warns 

“The rise of the “internet of things” will mean paedophiles are able to store child abuse images in smart devices, a think tank has warned” writes Olivia Rudgard for telegraph.co.uk. “Because of the inherent nature of the lack of security with internet of things devices as things stand, it does mean that there’s a huge risk,” he said.Householders could even end up being investigated by police who believe that abuse images belong to them because they are stored on one of their devices, he warned.Fred Langford, deputy CEO of the…

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You can now use your voice in the Alexa app for Android

“Alexa support in the Alexa app seemed like an obvious thing, but for whatever reason Amazon waited a long time to finally bring the voice assistant to its app” writes Williams Pelegrin for androidauthority.com. Up until now, the Alexa app was used to manage settings for the Echo and other connected devices that utilized Amazon‘s voice assistant.Thankfully the app is about to get even better, thanks to Alexa voice integration. Source: androidauthority.com Share This:

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Home security firm ADT drops 10% in NYSE debut

“ADT makes security devices including surveillance cameras and burglar alarms, besides automation products such as digital door locks and thermostats” writes Michael Sheetz for cnbc.com. With some 15 million alarms sold annually, the company is the biggest home monitored security company in North America.ADT is backed by private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which would own about 85 percent of ADT common stock following the offering.Shares of ADT fell 10 percent in the company’s market debut Friday, giving the home security products maker a valuation of $9.56 billion.ADT’s shares opened…

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Google is patching a bug that slows down Wi-Fi networks connected to both Android and Chromecast devices

“Google is rolling out a patch today which will fix a bug that slows down Wi-Fi networks connected to both Android and Chromecast built-in devices” writes Jan Est for theverge.com. People with an Android phone and a Chromecast device, like Google Home, on the same Wi-Fi network are impacted by the bug.According to a blog post, Google said a bug in its Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic, which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks. The company says users experiencing…

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