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Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can be hijacked with a $14 laser pointer 

“The team tested popular smart speaker models from all the major tech firms as well as some smartphones that variously run Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri” writes Isobel Asher Hamilton for businessinsider.com. Shutterstock Their list of devices included Google Home, various Amazon Echo models, the Apple HomePod, and Facebook’s Portal speaker which runs Alexa.The team found microphones in some of the most popular smart speakers and smartphones on the market interpreted the bright light of the laser as sound.Amazon Echo speakers were among the devices the researchers found…

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Samsung Galaxy Fold, Google Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T, Apple Watch Series 5, and more: Reviews round-up

“It is pretty incredible for a first-generation device that offers technology not yet seen in any other device” reports zdnet.com. However, at $2,000 it still isn’t a phone that everyone should buy, but everyone should at least see it to appreciate what Samsung has done and where the future of smartphones may go. Source: zdnet.com

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In a world made small by smartphones, we crave escape into otherness

“For the former, the world is made small by smartphones” writes Brigid Delaney for theguardian.com. The thing that has helped flatten the world has gained so much power and momentum it has swallowed the world instead.Whether the world feels small, close and manageable, or foreign, unknowable and chaotic, says something about where you live and what sort of device you carry in your hand. Source: theguardian.com

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Huawei tightens grip on China smartphones with record 42% share in third quarter: Canalys

“SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Huawei Technologies lifted its share of China’s smartphone market to a record 42%, with third-quarter shipments rising by two-thirds as domestic consumers rallied behind it after U.S. sanctions, data released on Wednesday showed” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Nevertheless, promotions and patriotic purchases have driven Huawei’s smartphone sales in China, helping it more than offset a shipments slump in the global market. Source: 95kqds.com

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Sony logs record second-quarter profit on robust sales of image sensors for smartphones

“Sony’s sensor division saw operating profit rise to 76.4 billion yen from 47.9 billion yen a year before, while profit at the gaming business fell to 65.0 billion yen from 90.6 billion yen” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Sony raised its annual profit forecast to 840 billion yen from an earlier estimate of 810 billion yen.That was a tad under a consensus estimate of 848 billion yen from 23 analysts and somewhat below last year’s record profit of 894 billion yen.The result beat an average estimate of 235 billion…

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Here’s everything Google announced at its big product event

“But with its latest range of devices, Google is demonstrating that it still takes hardware seriously, from smartphones to smart home devices” writes Annie Palmer Is for nbcnews.com. Google unveiled its newest smartphone, the Pixel 4, alongside a revamped pair of Pixel Buds and several new Nest smart home devices at its annual hardware event in New York on Tuesday. Source: nbcnews.com

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The next version of the best smartphone you can buy may finally come with wireless charging

“The unannounced OnePlus 8 smartphone is rumored to feature wireless charging, according to reliable gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, known as @OnLeaks on Twitter” writes Antonio Villas-boas for businessinsider.com. Wireless charging on the so-called OnePlus 8 would be a first for OnePlus phones, which have consistently topped our list of top smartphones despite lacking the feature.Indeed, OnePlus phones offer a better balance of value, performance, features, and design than any other smartphone out there. Source: businessinsider.com

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Sony Xperia 8 Announced With Snapdragon 630, Dual-Camera Setup: Price And Specifications

“Catering to its home market, Sony Japan has announced its latest Android-powered smartphone: the Sony Xperia 8” writes Prasham Parikh for mashable.com. While Sony isn’t as relevant as it used to be in the smartphone market, it still hasn’t completely stopped making Android-powered smartphones.The front of the phone houses a 6-inch FullHD+ LCD display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 that is now standard on smartphones from Sony. Source: mashable.com

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Google, Samsung & Other Smartphones Vulnerable To Scary Hack

“This zero day vulnerability affecting Samsung devices is a pretty big deal, as that means that millions could be affected” reports androidheadlines.com. Another zero day vulnerability has surfaced, and while it doesn’t affect all Android devices, it does affect some of the most popular ones from Samsung, Google, Xiaomi and others. Source: androidheadlines.com

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Microsoft thinks a dual-screen Android phone can take on Apple and Samsung

“And the bigger play isn’t just selling Android smartphones — it’s convincing people that two screens are the future” writes Shara Tibken for cnet.com. Offering iOS and Android apps has attracted new users it never would have signed up otherwise.The first Windows Phone devices — largely built by Nokia, which Microsoft bought in 2014 for $7.2 billion — received accolades from reviewers but found few buyers. Source: cnet.com

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