OnePlus Left Behind a Testing App on Its Devices With Backdoor to Root Access: Report

HIGHLIGHTS OnePlus reportedly installs a diagnostic app on its devices The company is looking into it, co-founder Pei said OnePlus 3, 3T, and 5 reportedly install the backdoor app OnePlus has landed in soup again just a few days ahead of the launch of its much-anticipated OnePlus 5T smartphone. The Chinese company has been found to leave behind an app on its recent devices that can act as a backdoor capable of providing root access without unlocking. For end users, this essentially means that some OnePlus smartphones can be easily rooted without…

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India will have to wait longer for Android Pay as Google shifts focus to Tez, its digital payment app

Google is not going to roll out its Android Pay service in India any time soon. The company is rather focused on pushing its new app – Google Tez, a Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment application, in the country. During a Q&A session following the launch of Google Tez app on Monday, company’s senior executive Caesar Sengupta told the media that the company has no immediate plans to launch the Android Pay service in India. He cited lack of wider availability of (Near Field Connectivity) NFC-enabled smartphones and penetration of…

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind the scenes of Alexander Hamilton’s life. Today, the company announced it is opening the educational VR tours to the public through a new Expeditions App. All you need…

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Good day at school? There’s an app for that

Behaviour-recording program tracks a child’s education, but ensuring privacy is a concern School children listen in to a lesson in class. Photograph: Fredrick Kippe/Alamy Stock Photo When a child is asked by parents what they got up to at school, they probably won’t confess that they were told off for talking in their English lesson, or that they didn’t do their maths homework. But now honesty may be the only option as behaviour-tracking apps are becoming increasingly popular as an educational tool. One of the most common apps, ClassDojo, is…

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UK: new course price calculator app launches

The app calculates a quotation based on students’ preferences for study, accommodation and extra-curricular activities. Photo: David Blackie Beckie graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Japanese, during which she lived in Kyoto for a year. She can often be found debating feminism, politics and the media or looking for the best gin cocktails in London. She’s addicted to Spotify and is currently listening to David Bowie (isn’t everyone?). The service is being offered to English in Britain members as part of their existing subscription The CoursePricer…

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Spy App Vendors: The Best in the Business

iPhone is considered a difficult target, especially for spying purposes, as Apple confidently claims to have reinforced its defenses through an additional layer of security and world-class features in a bid to keep unwanted guests like malware and snoops at bay. However, the minds behind state-of-the-art spy apps have managed to outfox the tech giant through the development of iPhone software that have little to no regard for the seemingly thick walls guarding the flagship phone. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell which spy app is really adept at…

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AIDA launches revamped mobile app to cruise customers

AIDA has updated its mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones. The new generation now includes a live feed from on board the ships. With the free app, users can for the first time experience an AIDA cruise in real time: Live news from on board, from the Theatrium, the restaurants and the sun deck, as well as photos from the current destinations, create a vacation atmosphere and make it possible to experience an AIDA cruise from your smartphone. When is the next AIDA family gathering? With the app, the…

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Productivity App Paper Lands on iPhone

The popular iPad productivity app Paper is finally making its way to iPhones. Developer FiftyThree on Thursday launched Paper version 3.0, deemed the “biggest update in the app’s history” with support for Apple smartphones and a slew of new features. The app combines all your text notes, lists, photos, and sketches in the same space, letting you capture your ideas in whichever form you like. “You can see and make sense of your ideas by having them laid out like a wall of sticky notes,” FiftyThree said. “This is the…

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The app has overtaken the internet

Consumers now spend more time consuming digital content via smartphone and tablet apps than they do via surfing the web — either on a handset or on the desktop. The average US smartphone user now spends 88% of his or her time when using a handset within an app and just 12% using the web browser. ComScore’s latest report into US mobile app use also reveals that 60% of all media consumption is mobile — 52% via apps and 8% via the browser — with desktops making up the remaining…

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