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Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How

Apple Reportedly Blocked Police iPhone Hacking Tool and Nobody Knows How | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. Law enforcement around the world has taken to using GrayKey to break into locked iPhones but it appears Apple has finally gotten ahead of the device’s crafty manufacturers. For now.
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Review: The iPhone X Goes To Disneyland

Review: The iPhone X Goes To Disneyland | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Most iPhone reviews are done by technically savvy writers that put them through their paces locally or in a lab. But what if you took an iPhone to a place..
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Is Asurion Cell Phone Insurance Worth It?

Is Asurion Cell Phone Insurance Worth It? | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Verizon Wireless calls its mobile phone insurance program Total Equipment Coverage. Sprint Nextel (S) has Total Equipment Protection. T-Mobile USA: Premium Handset Protection. The names are barely distinguishable, and the insurance all comes from the same place: Asurion, a 16-year-old company in Nashville that would prefer you never heard of it.

 

Asurion, which has 5,000 employees in more than two dozen offices around the world, is the quiet giant of the mobile phone industry. The four top U.S. wireless carriers offer its insurance exclusively, and more than 20 percent of the 293 million mobile customers in the U.S. pay Asurion to protect their handsets, according to the company. Asurion charges policyholders between $5 and $12 a month, depending on the model and type of coverage. If a customer loses a phone, breaks it, drops it in the toilet, or renders it unusable in any way, Asurion will try to ship a replacement in a single day—after the person pays a deductible.

 

Some accident-prone owners—and parents of phone-toting kids—praise the sense of security Asurion provides. Consumer advocates, though, almost uniformly say the insurance isn't worth the extra expense. "We think it's worthless," says Michael Shames, executive director of the Utility Consumers' Action Network. Consumer Reports magazine advises cell phone shoppers to skip the coverage and hang on to their old phones as a backup should the new hardware meet its demise.

 
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Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth It?

Is Cell Phone Insurance Worth It? | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Before signing up for phone insurance, learn what you'll really pay to get a replacement if you lose or break the phone you've got.
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The Great American Phone Insurance Rip-Off

The Great American Phone Insurance Rip-Off | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
All four major carriers in America offer phone insurance provided by one company. Here's how it makes its money.
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Apple Keeps Constant Log Of iPhone Calls In iCloud, Warns Cop Contractor

Apple Keeps Constant Log Of iPhone Calls In iCloud, Warns Cop Contractor | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
iPhone call logs are consistently sent to the iCloud in near real-time, making it easier for cops to grab such data from Apple, warns Russian firm.
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T-Mobile Will Fork Over $48 Million for Misrepresenting Its Unlimited Data Plans -- The Motley Fool

T-Mobile Will Fork Over $48 Million for Misrepresenting Its Unlimited Data Plans --  The Motley Fool | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
The FCC says T-Mobile has too many data restrictions on its unlimited data plans, and now it's paying the price.
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Pixel XL review: Google's new phone isn't a Nexus—it's better

Pixel XL review: Google's new phone isn't a Nexus—it's better | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Google has been selling phones since the Nexus One landed almost seven years ago. In fact, there have been eight Nexus phones, one each year through 2014, and two last year. They have generally been good phones, especially in the last few years. But the Pixel is not a Nexus. It’s better.

With the Pixel, Google did more than partner with a phone maker to slap  Android on an already-designed handset. It created its own hardware and software innovations on top of stock Android. The result is a phone that may displease Android purists, but should delight everyone else. This is Google’s first real attempt to push a phone to the mass market, and the Pixel competes directly with the iPhone as well as pricey flagships from Samsung and LG.

For this review, we’re looking only at the Pixel XL. The Pixel is smaller, with a 5-inch 1080p display instead of the Pixel XL's 5.5-inch 1440p display. The smaller display—along with the Pixel's smaller battery—is the only difference between the two models. 

Not a Nexus

Nexus phones were built in partnerships with hardware partners like LG, Motorola, and Samsung. Google would take a mostly-developed phone, and work a deal to make it the next Nexus. Google would then ask for a few tweaks, slap on stock Android and Google apps, and then resell it. But with the two Pixel phones, Google says it has had its hand on the wheel from the beginning, with HTC acting as a mere contract manufacturer. This is a longer and riskier process, but gives Google the opportunity to more tightly integrate its services, as well as tune hardware and software together.

 

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iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus: What's The Difference?

iPhone 7 Vs iPhone 7 Plus: What's The Difference? | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

It’s that time of year again: new iPhones. But the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are not like any previous Apple iPhone ‘number change’. Instead, from the outside, they look virtually identical to both the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So are they a huge let down or not?

In short: yes and no. On the downside, the leaks proved almost 100% accurate so there were no surprises on the night. But the flip side is Apple has changed a lot internally and provided a major camera overhaul to both models. 

So let’s break down the key differences to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…

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Sony made a $3,200 gold-plated Walkman

Sony made a $3,200 gold-plated Walkman | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Sony has built the perfect complement to your Apple Watch Edition: a $3,200 Walkman that’s plated in gold.
This is a super-high-end revision of the already-high-end Walkman that Sony introduce
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The iPhone 7 likely to disappoint as coolest new features saved for iPhone 8

The iPhone 7 likely to disappoint as coolest new features saved for iPhone 8 | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Apple’s iPhone 7 will seem muted compared with the iPhone 8.
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Government Issues New Tool to Help Mobile App Developers Identify Applicable Federal Laws

Government Issues New Tool to Help Mobile App Developers Identify Applicable Federal Laws | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
FTC released interactive tool entitled Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool intended to help developers identify federal laws that apply to apps that collect, create and share consumer information
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Here's Everything Apple Might Announce Next Month

Here's Everything Apple Might Announce Next Month | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to introduce a new version of the iPad Air, a smaller 4-inch iPhone called the iPhone 5se, and more next month.
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Jon M. Chu Shot This Short Film Entirely on an iPhone XS Max

Jon M. Chu Shot This Short Film Entirely on an iPhone XS Max | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
The Crazy Rich Asians director shot a kinetic short for WIRED titled Somewhere, and he did the whole thing on a new iPhone.
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Colorado Ballot Initiative Would Ban Smartphone Sales To Kids

Colorado Ballot Initiative Would Ban Smartphone Sales To Kids | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Under the proposed rule, stores would be required to document the age of a phone's intended recipient, and face sizable fines for supplying the under-13 set.
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4 surprising things about cellphone insurance

4 surprising things about cellphone insurance | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

You dropped your cellphone (again). And this time, it was into a pool.

Thankfully, you opted for cellphone insurance — but how much do you really know about your plan?

You’re probably aware that policies cover lost, stolen or damaged phones. What you might not know, however, could fill a book — and it would be a shocking read. Consider this the Cliffs Notes.

1. Your deductible could equal the amount you paid for your phone. Right now, you can buy a new iPhone 6S with a two-year contract from Sprint for $199.99. To insure it, you might sign up for Sprint’s Total Equipment Protection, which costs $11 per month. But break that shiny new phone, and your insurance deductible will be $200.

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BlackBerry is back! Will anyone care?

BlackBerry is back! Will anyone care? | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Within the Encore Las Vegas hotel, there's a suite adorned with the BlackBerry logo. Three podiums stand by a window, displaying BlackBerry phones.

Executives are walking around, showing off the devices. One exec taps a remote, and the curtains pull back. Instead of sunlight, there's a large BlackBerry poster plastered on the window, hawking a new phone.

Wait a minute. Didn't BlackBerry (the company) give up on making BlackBerry (the phone)? Where am I? When am I?

This is not BlackBerry the company, though. It is China-based TCL, which is best known for making budget televisions found at Costco and Walmart. (TCL's Alcatel unit also makes budget-friendly phones.) TCL is at this week's CES showing off the devices, including a prototype of the next BlackBerry, which is only referred to as Mercury. But BlackBerry is back. Again.

 
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iPhone 7 Vs iPhone SE: What's The Difference?

iPhone 7 Vs iPhone SE: What's The Difference? | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Should you upgrade to the iPhone 7 or iPhone SE? The answer might surpris

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WikiLeaks reveals Barack Obama's personal email address

WikiLeaks reveals Barack Obama's personal email address | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Even a president-elect needs to send email. And as a result of the stolen email messages released by WikiLeaks, we now know what President Barack Obama's email address was during the presidential transition at the end of the 2008 campaign: bobama@ameritech.net. 

 

Five emails to or from that address show up in the hacked email file of John Podesta, head of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Dating back to the end of the 2008 campaign, the emails show that the Obama team was focused on getting the new administration up and running even before Election Day 2008. 

In one email dated Oct. 30, 2008, Podesta emailed Obama and advisor Pete Rouse under the subject heading "Economic Staffing Decisions." 

"Barack, Good meeting yesterday," Podesta wrote. "When we got off on the idea of creating an emergency national economic council, we left unresolved two questions that were contained in my 2 page cover memo." 

Podesta pushed for quick decisions on whether William Daley or Daniel Tarullo should run the interim economic staff team early on in the transition. Podesta recommended Tarullo. 

Podesta also reminded Obama that the president-elect had recommended billionaire investor Warren Buffett to the list of potential members of an interim outside economic council. He asked Obama for a decision. 

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N.J. college student’s iPhone explodes in pocket during class

N.J. college student’s iPhone explodes in pocket during class | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Student said he doesn’t know why his iPhone 6 Plus caught fire, but the device, which was turned off at the time, managed to leave a hole in his back pocket
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Apple expects to run into supply issues for iPhone 7

Apple expects to run into supply issues for iPhone 7 | MobilePhones | Scoop.it

Apple Inc. AAPL, -2.46% says it will no longer release first-weekend pre-order sales data beginning with the iPhone 7, because it expects to run into supply issues, according to a statement. The company said it expects to sell out of the iPhone 7, given the fact that it is launching in more countries than usual over the first weekend and there is limited supply. "We are now at a point where we know before taking the first customer pre-order that we will sell out of iPhone 7," the company said. "These initial sales will be governed by supply, not demand, and we have decided that it is no longer a representative metric for our investors and customers." The company also reiterated its financial guidance for the September quarter. Shares of Apple fell 2.4% to $105.77 in morning trade. They're down 6.9% in the past three months, versus a 2.6% increase for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.25%

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Study Reveals What Your Phone Says About You

Study Reveals What Your Phone Says About You | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Two studies are carried out to see how people perceive owners of iPhones and Android phones, and if those perceptions stood up.
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It’s OK Not to Use a Smartphone

It’s OK Not to Use a Smartphone | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Flip phones are smarter than you think: Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews feature phones offering simplicity, low prices and a way to unplug
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Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus barely better than BlackBerry Priv

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus barely better than BlackBerry Priv | MobilePhones | Scoop.it
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has taken the top rating on Consumer Reports’ smartphone report.
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