White House use of end-to-end encrypted apps avoids federal law
Published in News


Secure communications without paper trails prevent historical preservation


In the four weeks since the current US presidential administration took over Washington D.C., White House staffers and a myriad of policy executives appear to be using specific end-to-end encryption apps on their mobile devices for leaking confidential information without leaving any evidence of paper trails.

HTC to exit entry-level smartphone market in 2017
Published in Mobiles
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 23:02

HTC to exit entry-level smartphone market in 2017


Will focus on "high-margin" devices, not just high-end market

During its fourth quarter earnings call, HTC announced that it plans to exit the entry-level smartphone business this year as it begins to focus on high-margin, high-profit devices.

Xiaomi to launch first smartphones using in-house CPUs
Published in Mobiles


Mi 5C arrives in March

Native Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi Technology is expected to sidestep this year’s Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona as it gears up to announce its next-generation Mi 5C based on a custom in-house developed CPU in March, according to the latest overseas reports.

Nokia launching three new smartphones at MWC 2017
Published in Mobiles
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 08:07

Nokia launching three new smartphones at MWC 2017


At least one will be available on March 31st


Nokia is expected to make a comeback in the mobile smartphone business later this month at Mobile World Congress 2017 with the introduction of as many as four new handsets, according to the latest reports.

Apple's upcoming flagship 5.8-inch iPhone features glass housing
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Stainless steel reinforced frame, and a higher price


Apple’s upcoming flagship iPhone, set to be released with a rather large 5.8-inch display size, is expected to adopt a chassis made of reinforced glass with a stainless steel metal frame, according to sources from within the upstream supply chain.

Internet of things causes university to tumble
Published in News
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:08

Internet of things causes university to tumble


“Don't keep all of your IoT networks in one basket”

Yesterday the security team of a university’s IT staff faced an uphill struggle attempting to identify the origins of a campus-wide internet takeover that was eventually discovered as an assault coordinated through web-capable vending machines and other connected devices.

iPhone 8 converted to Qi wireless charging
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:56

iPhone 8 converted to Qi wireless charging


No long-range wireless charging solutions for now


Long-standing rumors surrounding the possibility of wireless charging being a hot feature in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 this year are now receiving some confirmation, thanks to the company’s recent decision to join the 213-member Wireless Power Consortium group.

Verizon brings back unlimited mobile data plans
Published in Mobiles


Also offers customers new devices for switching to unlimited plans


Yesterday,  Verizon Wireless joined AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in being the fourth major wireless carrier in the US to offer unlimited data plans for its mobile customers, signaling the beginning of a price skirmish among the top contenders in the market.

The FCC begins an almighty cock-up
Published in News
Saturday, 11 February 2017 06:39

The FCC begins an almighty cock-up


Mega mergers will not provide low-access areas affordable rates


The Federal Communications Commission underwent a change in administration just two weeks ago and is already seeking to change the landscape of provisions from prior terms that could end up stifling efforts to assist low-access areas and upend net neutrality provisions for smaller mom-and-pop websites.

Samsung’s third-generation SM961 256GB NVMe SSD reviewed
Published in Reviews


48-layer MLC V-NAND delivers more IOPS with low latencies

Last summer, Samsung introduced its first NVMe SSD series based on a new Polaris controller that replaced the UBX controller design from its previous OEM-series SM951 and consumer-oriented 950 Pro SSD lineups, moving ahead with the introduction of 48-layer MLC NAND technology and industry-leading throughput speeds.