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How to tell if your phone or tablet has a virus

Written on April 8, 2017

Long before ransomware and large-scale hacks became everyday problems, viruses were crawling into our desktops and infecting our screens. These days, smartphones and tablets are just as vulnerable as regular computers; malware is often used to subvert your private accounts; and somewhere in the world there’s a cynical coder with an ax to grind or Read more »

The best portable printers of 2017

Written on April 4, 2017

Few people, when packing for a trip, would consider bringing along a printer. Big and bulky printers don’t make good travel mates. But as Bob Dylan’s been known to sing, the times, they are a-changin’. Like so many other technology products, printers have gotten ever smaller and lighter, and plenty of viable choices for portable Read more »

12 ridiculously niche smartphones

Written on April 4, 2017

The smartphone market is pretty well-established by now. You’ve got your big players in Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and a few others, all of whom do basically the same things: big, clear touch screens, fast data networks, decent sound. Aside from the branding and the operating system, there’s not a tremendous amount of difference between one Read more »

Insta360 Air brings affordable, easy 360 photo and video to Android phones

Written on April 4, 2017

You can share 360-degree video and images in more places than ever before, but how to capture that content in the first place? Insta360 has built a bit of a name for itself creating relatively inexpensive add-ons for the smartphone you already have that would give the ability to use those devices to record and Read more »

4-year-old boy uses Siri to call ambulance, saves mom’s life

Written on March 23, 2017

A 4-year-old boy in the U.K. saved his mom’s life after he used Siri to call an ambulance, telling emergency services that “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing.” The boy used his unconscious mother’s iPhone to contact police, according to a statement released this week by London’s Metropolitan Police. The 4-year-old unlocked the Read more »

Burner Apps: How to get extra numbers for a smartphone

Written on March 15, 2017

The obligatory way to explain the “burner” phone is by mentioning The Wire, one of the greatest television shows of all time that almost no one watched. The show is streaming on HBO Now/GO and Amazon Video, so catch up when you can. But for the uninitiated, a burner is a no-contract, prepaid mobile phone, Read more »

Malware found preinstalled on dozens of android phones

Written on March 15, 2017

Malware has been discovered preinstalled on 36 Android phones belonging to two companies, security software maker Check Point reported on Friday. “In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users’ use — it arrived with it,” noted Oren Koriat, a member of Check Point’s Mobile Research Team. Read more »

The scientist ‘mining’ mobile phones

Written on December 30, 2016

“Is your mobile phone getting on a bit or your computer slowing down? Perhaps you are thinking of swapping them for the latest models.” “It might be worth considering this – 41.8 million tonnes of electronic devices were thrown on the scrapheap worldwide in 2014. That figure has almost certainly increased since. . . . Read more »