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More data emerges about radiation risks and smartphones

San Fransisco - Every so often a report is raised about the risks of smartphones, especially when placed against the head for long periods of time. Some data is contradictory, but a new report raises a risk that has apparently been withheld from the public since 2009.

Apple investors call for company to help child device 'addiction'

Two major Apple investors have publicly pressured the company to investigate the impact of its devices on the health of children. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System collectively control $2 billion of Apple shares.

Samsung's new flagship processor is optimised for AI

Samsung announced its new Exynos 9810 mobile processor, the chip set to power the company's upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. The chip has been optimised for AI applications and enhanced media, hinting at mobile features similar to those on Apple's iPhone X.

AT&T commits to launching 5G mobile network during 2018

AT&T has announced it will launch its first 5G mobile network in the U.S. before the end of the year. The company said it has set itself an "ambitious milestone" to offer standards-compliant 5G and will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity.

Your phone's gyroscope could let hackers guess your PIN

Security researchers have documented a way to unlock a target's phone using readings from "zero-permission" sensors. Apps can access sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope without special permissions. The readings can be used to deduce your PIN.

Google to replace Project Tango augmented reality with ARCore

Google's announced the second preview of ARCore, its new Android SDK for mobile AR apps. The company's also revealed it's to shutter its earlier Project Tango initiative. Tango was one of the first mobile AR systems but only two devices are compatible.

Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Google launches lightweight Android OS for entry-level phones

Google's launched a new lightweight Android version which offers a pared-back operating system and smaller apps for entry-level phones. It's designed to make low-end devices more usable by ensuring smooth performance, helping bring more people online.

Google steps up Android privacy protections with new warnings

Google's announced it will step up its Safe Browsing protections on Android devices to provide more warning when apps steal your personal information. The alerts will include potentially risky apps that weren't installed through the Play Store.

Samsung starts mass-production of new 10nm smartphone processors

Samsung's announced that mass production of 10nm chips based on its second-generation FinFET technology has begun. The processors should start showing up in smartphones next year and will offer considerable performance and battery life improvements.

Microsoft Edge launches on iPhone and Android

Microsoft has announced its Edge browser is now publicly available on iOS and Android. It's the first time Edge has ventured away from Windows since its launch two years ago. It's meant to let Edge users on Windows 10 sync their browsing to their phone.

Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research

Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address.

Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

Skyworks and XY Findables partner on next-gen tracking devices

A new partnership between U.S. companies Skyworks and XY Findables has been formed to extend the range and battery life of ‘nearable technology’ sensors — sensors that track an object.

OnePlus 5T launch overshadowed by allegations of 'faking it'

OnePlus launched its latest flagship yesterday, the 6-inch 5T equipped with high-end specs for only $499. The release has proved more controversial than previous OnePlus devices as fans are increasingly discontented with the firm's lack of innovation.

Nokia: Android smartphones biggest malware target in 2017

Android smartphones accounted for the majority of malware attacks over the past year, behind devices running Windows. The figures come from Nokia's Threat Intelligence Lab which warned more needs to be done to keep mobile users secure.

Google's Pixel 2 has a dedicated security chip to keep data safe

Google's detailed how the "tamper-resistant" security chip inside the Pixel 2 helps keep enterprise users secure. The chip is a first for Android and helps the device verify it's being used by its real owner. Google said it puts security "at the core."

Android cyberattack combines phishing and data theft

Cybercriminals have combined three techniques into a single campaign, creating an attack that can steal credentials, phish credit cards and install bank Trojans. Based on an "increasingly sophisticated" form of malware, it targeted Austrian bank users.

HTC launches its first Android One device

HTC has launched its first Android One product, a version of its new U11 Life. The device is designed around a clean software experience ideal for users looking for a first smartphone. It's part of Google's efforts to ramp up the Android One program.

Razer unveils its debut smartphone for 'ultimate entertainment'

Razer has unveiled its first smartphone, a device geared specifically towards on-the-go entertainment. The company, better known for its gaming products, said the handset has "ground-breaking" audio-visual hardware for improved mobile gaming and videos.

The Essential Phone gets a price cut amid reports of poor sales

-The high-end Essential Phone's price has been slashed by $200 (£151). -It's the latest project from Andy Rubin, the inventor of Android. -But reports suggest it hasn't been selling well as it competes with the likes of Google and Apple.

Banks 'two APIs away' from losing customers to mobile apps

Consumers are increasingly interested in mobile payments technology and are attracted to the idea of a centralised digital wallet. A new study by Accenture found smartphone users are "desperate" for a modern approach to banking that works around them.

Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Nadella implies Microsoft still working on enterprise smartphones

Microsoft recently confirmed Windows 10 Mobile is no longer in active development. This isn't stopping the company from pursuing refocused mobile ambitions though. In a new interview, CEO Satya Nadella suggested an enterprise device could still be coming.

Smartphone ownership to hit two-thirds of all adults next year

Two-thirds of all adults worldwide will own smartphones by the end of 2018, according to new predictions from media measurement firm Zenith. Growth is being led by emerging regions as saturation rises above 90 percent in some European and Asian countries.

Huawei's new Mate 10 comes with dedicated AI hardware

Huawei has announced its new Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, smartphones designed to compete with the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8. Huawei has aimed to differentiate its brand by adding dedicated AI hardware to the handsets, including a neural processing unit.

Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 Mobile is as good as dead

Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 Mobile will not be getting any new features going forward. The company said the lack of apps on the platform has caused its demise. The operating system will still be supported with bug fixes and security updates.

Google buys HTC's Pixel division in $1.1 billion deal

Google is buying HTC's Pixel division in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. The acquisition was first rumoured earlier this month. Google is not purchasing HTC's entire smartphone business, instead taking only the assets that helped create its Pixel device.

Tim Cook claims the $999 iPhone X is a 'value price, actually'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly claimed the $999 iPhone X has a "value price" and said people are thinking about the cost in the wrong way. Cook suggested that most people will never pay the price tag upfront, instead buying the device on a monthly plan.

Apple's Face ID might allow cops to unlock your phone

Apple's new Face ID technology on the iPhone X could make it easier for law enforcement to unlock your phone. The biometric authentication method offers fewer legal protections than a passcode or PIN. There are also concerns it could be bypassed.
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