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#1786 [Permalink] Posted on 29th January 2016 13:58
Anyone notice the new updates on Android today...so far not keen on the new emojis

YouTube now lets you ‘Watch Later’ directly from the notification bar on Android

It may seem minor, but kids everywhere will be jumping for joy with the addition of a ‘Watch Later’ function to video push notifications sent from the YouTube Android app.

If you’re subscribed to any channels in the app, you’ll be familiar with the notifications sent when your favorite YouTube star publishes another great video.

Until now though, you could only watch it there and then or head to the options button to disable notifications from that channel. Now you will be able to tap ‘watch later’ and the video will be added to your Watch Later list in-app.

The disable button still stands, however much fans like Rahil Bhimjiani, the guy who spotted this, think it doesn’t make sense.

His suggestion, shared as a true fan on Google+, is that this spot should be saved for a ‘download offline’ button.

This feature has not been officially announced, so it’s not clear whether it’s just a test, but it represents a logical use of Android’s push capabilities, so makes sense for a full roll out.

We’ve contacted Google to find out when this will go live to all users.
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#1787 [Permalink] Posted on 15th February 2016 19:14
Gotta friend you need to scare? Well you shouldn't :) but imagine if you did/could




Have you ever thought about changing the date on your iPhone to January 1, 9170? No? Well keep it that way, at least until a future iOS software update.

Apple has launched a support page that confirms a bug that could cause iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to be bricked if you change your date to May 1970 or earlier. The Cupertino firm says that the bug will be addressed in an “upcoming software update,” but if you’re affected right now, you’re advised to contact Apple Support.

Apple doesn’t reveal exactly what’s causing the bug, but it’s speculated that it could be that changing the date to 1/1/1970 could cause an issue called an integer underflow that iOS deals with by changing that negative integer to its maximum number. Programmer Tom Scott suggests that the problem is that that number is around 20 times longer than the entire universe is expected to be around, and so iOS may be having issues dealing with such a big number.

Folks that’ve already encountered the 1/1/1970 bug say that their phone gets stuck in a reboot cycle. Some have had luck fixing the issue by putting their device into DFU mode — which involves plugging it into a computer and performing a series of button holds — but you’re probably better off by simply contacting Apple Support. 

The good news is that since this bug only occurs when you manually change your device’s date, it’s not like it’s just going to randomly brick your phone one day. If you’ve got some prankster friends that might think it’s funny to see what the January 1, 1970 bug does to your phone, well, maybe you should keep your iOS device to yourself until Apple issues its bug-fixing update.

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#1788 [Permalink] Posted on 18th February 2016 10:07
Did your unlocked phone need unlocking when you took it abroad?

We recently supplied an unlocked Galaxy S6 Edge Plus to a client. The client took the phone to India and put a local sim card inside, but they were prompted with a message on the screen about the phone not being unlocked. So naturally, they took the phone to a shop to get it unlocked. They managed to unlock the phone and used the local sim card whilst abroad.

When they returned to London, the phone started to play up and slow down, so they returned it to us.

We checked to see if there was any update available for the phone, but unfortunately, the phone popped up a message saying that there was an issue with the software and it could not be updated or even checked. We eventually sent it back to Samsung and they refused to repair it and said it was beyond economical repair! All this head ache because the client got the phone flashed.

Anyways, had they read the instruction on the box before opening it, they would have clearly seen the solution.

The secret to unlocking Samsung handsets when in certain countries is to make/receive a 5 minute call with the usual simcard. Of course that means you will have to pay the bill when you get home unless you find a free number to call. Check regions before calling...

Don't believe it, well look for yourself.

See more proofs about this too.

www.androidcentral.com/heres-how-region-locking-works-eur...

www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/mobile-phone/how-remove-samsun...

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European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.


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#1789 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd February 2016 16:30
Many users will want to uninstall WhatsApp when they discover this new feature
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Privacy. Nobody likes it when someone invades theirs. There's nothing worse in life than getting home and someone asking you: "Where have you been?" Well if the rumors are true, WhatsApp will be the next one to ask you this annoying question. The bad news is that you don't need to answer - you're mobile will blow your cover for you. A recent leak shows that WhatsApp may be working on a new feature that would reveal the recent places you have been. But where's the proof? Well, take a look at this recent screenshot from WhatsApp's translation center:



This means that WhatsApp will always know where you are. The problem is that we don't know any more details about what they plan to do with that information. Will it be optional? Will it let the other users know where we are? There's only one thing we know for sure - WhatsApp is about to join the long list of apps that . Source: ADSL Zone (Spanish website)
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#1790 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd February 2016 17:11
What did you think of the What's app post above ^^^

Anyway, 4 years later from the iQuestion:

Yasin wrote:
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The iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad — the omnipresent “i” prefix has marked most Apple products since the release of the iMac in 1998. The Internet has been abuzz recently with remembering exactly what Apple's “i” stands for however . At an Apple event in 1998, Steve Jobs explained the link between “i” and “Mac.” I standing for instruct,individual,inspire and so on. So really its not one specific word but the first letter to many important ones.

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#1791 [Permalink] Posted on 7th April 2016 11:41
AS IF ANYONE EVEN KNEW IT EXISTED!

Taliban app removed from Google Play store

An Android app developed by the Taliban has been removed from Google's Play store two days after launching into the public domain.

Pashto Afghan News included official statements and video content from the hardline Islamist group and allowed users to access the organisation's Pashto language website.

According to The Guardian, the app was part of "a growing digital campaign by the Taliban to grow its audience", with the group taking cues from the online presence of Islamic State.

As well as its website, which is updated in five different languages, including English, the group maintains a "constant" presence on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, despite efforts to remove its pages and accounts.

The Taliban blamed "technical issues" for the app's disappearance, the BBC says, but the broadcaster adds it was actually removed because it violated Google policy, which prohibits hate speech.

The fact the app was published on the Google Play store raises awkward questions for the internet giant.

In the past, Google has left its app store fairly open, only intervening and removing content if it was flagged as dangerous. But last month, the company announced a new series of moderation checks would be put in place to catch offenders before an app is published. How Pashto Afghan News made it through the safety net is unclear.

According to Tech Crunch, the episode points to serious holes in the system and is "a high-profile example of a failure in Google's app review process".

The site says Google is still "relatively new to the app review process" and that it still relies heavily on a community of users to flag up malicious content, despite screening more than 1000 apps a day.

Google declined to comment to Tech Crunch on the app's removal.

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#1792 [Permalink] Posted on 12th May 2016 16:11
Samsung Launches 256GB MicroSD Card



Are you worried that the internal memory of your smartphone is just not enough to store all of the things that you absolutely need? Worry no more as Samsung today announced the launch of its EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. The new card offers the highest capacity for a microSD card in its class while promising fast speeds. The card has been designed for use with smartphones, tablets, 360-degree video recorders, drones, and action cameras.

256GB is a considerable amount of storage, that's actually more than what I have in my base 13 inch MacBook Air, so it can easily hold up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD video without needing a replacement.

The card delivers great performance thanks to Samsung's advanced V-NAND technology that provides read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively.

This level of performance will appeal to both professionals as well as general consumers who want to store high-resolution photography and 4K videos, aside from other graphic-intensive media like games and virtual reality experiences.

Samsung is going to offer the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card with a limited 10-year warranty in more than 50 countries, including the United States, for $249.99 starting this June.
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#1793 [Permalink] Posted on 1st July 2016 10:41
Selfie snappers obstructing tawaf 
 

Thursday 30 June 2016

MAKKAH: Pilgrims taking selfies and recording video clips were obstructing others performing the tawaf around the Kaaba, according to a report by an online publication on Wednesday.

This was particularly troublesome in Ramadan because of the large number of pilgrims circumambulating on the mataf in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, the report said.

Hasan Al-Ghamdi, a pilgrim, said some people cause a great deal of trouble by stopping during the tawaf to take images of themselves and their children. People bump into each other, which was particularly bad for the elderly and those with disabilities.

Abdullah Al-Saudah said he was performing tawaf when people stopped suddenly. “I thought somebody fell in the rush. After much effort, we discovered that some people performing Umrah were taking selfies near the Maqam Ibrahim.”

He said photography should be prohibited during the tawaf and saie, the walking between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa.

Naif Al-Hamd, a judge at Riyadh’s appeals court, said the Qur’an prohibits people from engaging in activities that divert their attention away from their devotions, as outlined in Surat Al-Zumar, verse 11. This applies to photography, he said.

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#1794 [Permalink] Posted on 4th July 2016 09:29
App to guide pilgrims in Haram 
 

Friday 1 July 2016

JEDDAH: The government is providing all necessary facilities to the pilgrims and visitors of the Grand Mosque through the expansion of the Haram and the implementation of the new navigation system, which guides pilgrims.

Seventy-five electronic screens have been installed inside and outside the Haram, explained Faris bin Mafooz Al-Saadi, the director general of the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Grand Mosque.

He explained that the screen system, which displays information in different languages, was designed for Ramadan with the help of a special team which worked around the clock to make sure it was ready on time.

Additionally, the “Al-Maqsad” navigation application was executed by Makkah Valley Company from Umm Al-Qura and was installed as part of the electronic screen system inside the Haram, with the cooperation of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Development Council.

“Al-Maqsad” contains geographical information about the Haram and helps pilgrims to find their way toward Kabba and other key sites, as well as toward the exits. The app can be installed on any smartphone.

Nabil bin Abdul Qadir, vice chairman of the Makkah Valley Technologies Corporation, said that “Al-Maqsad” is one of the most important applications that works to facilitate the movement of pilgrims and visitors around the Grand Mosque.

He praised the efforts of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques for the implementation of this application and for demonstrating their concern for the safety of pilgrims.

Saleh Bisalamh, CEO of the company, said Al-Maqsad will show the mobile users their location in Arabic and English and will help pilgrims find their way. It works without the need for Internet.

The application has been installed on the ground floor of the Grand Mosque and will soon be installed on the second floor.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/947631/saudi-arabia

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#1795 [Permalink] Posted on 18th July 2016 16:23
App that helps Grand Mosque navigation

 

Jul 14, 2016

MAKKAH — There are 30,000 users of the Grand Mosque navigation app Al-Maqsad, Makkah newspaper reported.

Amjad Al-Hazmy, director at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Projects, said that the app is designed to guide users to places inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah.

The application does not need internet connection to determine location.

“Users can easily navigate to important areas and service checkpoints in all floors of the Grand Mosque. The app was downloaded by 30,000 users on various devices including Android, iPhone and iPad,” said Al-Hazmy.

Umm Al-Qura University Businesses and Information Creativity President Nabil Kowshak said his company Wadi Makkah for Technology designed the app.

“The app aims to facilitate the navigation of users in the Grand Mosque.
The app provides information on the services offered at the ground level of the mosque. The app was developed in cooperation with the Internal Navigation Company,” said Kowshak.

CEO of the Internal Navigation Company Saleh Basalamah said the app depends on core blue low energy sensors that send signals to the mobile phone of the user to determine the user’s location.

“The app can then instruct the user by voice where to go in order to reach the desired destination. The app also provides 3D maps to help users,” said Basalamah.

He also said there are 1,500 sensors dispersed all across the first floor of the Grand Mosque.

“The company will be working on the second phase of the project soon.
The app has eight features including offline usage. The app, which is in Arabic and English, is available in iOS and Android. A tour guide of the Grand Mosque works on Bluetooth,” said Basalamah.

He said the app also provides navigation to the main roads in Makkah, the Grand Mosque and its arenas, special needs services, the gates of the Grand Mosque, bus stops and other facilities. 

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#1796 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd August 2016 10:19
Pokémon mania near Holy Kaaba slammed

Thursday 28 July 2016

MAKKAH: Even the holiest of all places is not spared by the Pokémon Go craze. The mobile game has taken the fight between its characters to the Holy Kaaba, and points of collection are being found on the gates of the Grand Mosque.

Opinions are rife about the game saying it is a violation of the sanctity of the Grand Mosque in particular and all other mosques, because some of its characters are inside mosques and the game spies on users.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Munea, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, said the game is a national security hazard as it aims to uncover secret locations, which is considered treason.

When the website team visited Makkah, it found that one of the fighting grounds of Pokémon was actually atop Kaaba. Around the new mataf, five players were found playing, and the number is growing. The points of gifts and the game’s characters were in front of gates of the mosque.

Appeals Court Judge and member of the Shoura Council Sheikh Issa Al-Ghaith said with regard to finding Pokémon characters on the Kaaba, hacking it and playing it without moving, “in general, I do not think there is anything ‘haram’ (forbidden) in it as it is.”

Nawaf Shaheen, a gaming expert, said: “Pokémon Go has also used a data bank from another game called Ingress. It wants the players to determine important locations in their cities. Among these places are hospitals, mosques and markets.”

He said that some people do not even know the content of the game and its subject.

Some people believe that it was targeting Muslims and Islam. Pokémon Go is a normal entertainment game; in each update, it changes its security settings and adds guidelines for players. For example, if a player is driving his car above 20 km per hour, the Pokémon characters do not appear.

Suhaib Khairallah, a technology expert and partner member in Microsoft Saudia, said Pokémon Go is not available in Saudi or other Arab countries. How can it target Muslims? He said the characters are largely found in mosques, markets and restaurants because the game covers areas where lots of people are found. The users join each other through Google maps.

Mashable website says that the designer of Pokémon Go, the executive president and founder of Niantic, was one of the workers of Google and has used data from an old game called Ingress which demands players to point out major features of their cities. The players presented 15 million such locations, of which 5 million are being used by Pokémon Go. Among these locations are holy sites.

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#1797 [Permalink] Posted on 5th August 2016 08:52
Battery Life Could Be Used To Track You Online

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A cunning new way has been discovered to monitor the activity of internet users - tracking battery life.

Following someone's online movements is useful to brands because it helps them to serve targeted ads.

Many people delete their cookies, or use a private web browsing mode, to thwart these advertisers.

But researchers have found a new way for advertisers to glean information about someone's browsing habits.

Two popular web scripts are being used to target a device's Battery Status API - which is the system used to give web browsers data about a device's battery life.

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#1798 [Permalink] Posted on 5th August 2016 09:29
More on the post above ^^^

Smartphone users beware - your battery status can be used to track you online


Worrying new research reveals huge security flaw that monitors online activity

Phone battery level could be used to monitor the online activity of its owner, according to new research.

The study from Princeton University describes the way battery status is being used to track users across different sites.

The research focuses on battery status API (application programming interface) – introduced in HTML5 and present in browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

The programming is intended to allow site owners to see details about different users' battery life, and therefore serve up low-power versions of their sites.

When it was introduced in 2015, however, researchers warned about the API's potential to be used to turn battery level into a “fingerprintable” tracking identifier.

Using a combination of battery life loss in seconds and battery life as a percentage, and potentially cross-referencing this information with other web identifiers, sites could pinpoint specific devices across different situations.

One of those researchers – Lukasz Olejnik – has written this week about the potential for this information to be leveraged by companies.

“Some companies may be analyzing the possibility of monetising the access to battery levels,” Olejnik wrote in a blog post .

“When battery is running low, people might be prone to some - otherwise different - decisions. In such circumstances, users will agree to pay more for a service.”

Olejnik highlighted the research by Princeton's Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan, who found two tracking scripts that made use of phone battery API.

“These features are combined with other identifying features used to fingerprint a device,” write the researchers.

While Olejnik's research from 2015 resulted in some fixes being made, and an acknowledgement of thanks from the international standards organisation for the World Wide Web for his group's work, he nevertheless warns that the potential remains for tracking scripts to be exploited.

"Unfortunately, it is no surprise that battery levels are being used to track individuals," commented Dr Richard Tynan, technologist for Privacy International.

"At face value, battery levels appear to be something that no one would or should ever spend time caring about.

"However we have seen companies gleefully exploit this seemingly mundane data that is generated as you use the battery in your device.

"For example, Uber exploited this battery level data to potentially charge app users more when their phones were low on battery , making the assumption that in their desperation, they would be willing to pay more for the ride."

“It is vital that legal and technical protections are developed to take account of the power that seemingly trivial data can wield, and the notion of anonymous data must be reconsidered," Tynan added.

"The current consent and permissions regimes are not fit for purpose in the modern data exploitation age.”

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#1799 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd August 2016 09:35
New solar-powered umbrella 
for Muslim pilgrims heading to Makkah
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Planning on going for Haj or Umrah soon? Now here's your latest accessory.

A Saudi-Palestinian company has invented 'smart umbrellas' featuring a navigation system and a solar-powered fan for Muslim pilgrims to use during the hot days of the Haj in Makkah. 

According to Reuters, the multi-purpose smart umbrella transforms sunlight into electricity, which is the used to generate power for the parasol's different features.

Manal Dandis, Co-Founder of Smart Umbrella, explained that the umbrella is equipped with solar panels which absorb solar energy and transform it into electric energy.

The built-in GPS system has been created to help pilgrims locate each other, and the umbrella has three USB outlets for charging mobile phones and other electronic devices. The inventors are looking for investors to start mass production of the umbrellas.


The smart umbrella called 'Kafya' was created in the Kingdom's holy city of Makkah, the brainchild of Saudi Arabian scientist Kamel Badawi.

Reuters reports that since Badawi has volunteered to help facilitate Muslim pilgrimage since he was a boy and through his years of service, he understood what pilgrims need the most, and thus the smart umbrella was born.

With the help of his Palestinian partner, Manal Dandis, the two set off to create a product they hope will add value not only to the experiences of Muslims in the annual haj season, but also to people around the world.

"Umbrellas are always in demand especially in Europe. They are also being used in haj. However the pilgrims only use the umbrella as a form of protection from the sun. No one has considered the umbrella could be used for more than one purpose. When we started thinking about this, we found that we could install a built-in fan to keep the user cool," he said to Reuters.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/s...uslim-pilgrims

 
 
 
 

 
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#1800 [Permalink] Posted on 31st August 2016 18:05
What's app feature.....

So this might be something you already know, or now use computers to send what's app messages, but this is something I learnt by accident.

I sent a message from What's app, (No, not my number :)) and as I was typing, I wanted to stress on one word, so I put a * at the beginning of the word and a * at the end of the word.

for example *Allah* and this appeared as bold to the recipient (and sender) like Allah

You might find it useful when making a point!
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