Tag Archive: User


Wear OS gets helpful “Tiles” widgets for improved user experience

Google, in its continual process to refine and enhance the Wear OS (formerly Android Wear), experience, has rolled out a new feature for its wearable platform.

The latest change, Tiles, are glanceable widgets that can be swiped for information. Users can swipe to the left to pull up the tiles which can include details such as weather, calendar appointments, heart rate, news headlines, timer, and more.

Whether you’re into headlines or heartbeats, you can tailor your watch to meet  [Read More…]

Facebook says it exposed millions of Instagram user passwords

Affected users are being contacted now.

Back in late March, Facebook came under fire for storing its users’ passwords in a readable format — exposing around 600 million passwords to its employees. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Facebook’s now quietly announced that something similar also happened to Instagram accounts.

Added as a text update to an article on the Facebook Newsroom published four weeks ago, Facebook says the following:

Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM  [Read More…]

Facebook exposed up to 600 million user passwords to its employees

How does this keep happening?

Per a report from Krebs on Security on March 21, Facebook has — yet again — found a way to mishandle its users’ data. This time around, it appears that Facebook incorrectly stored user passwords and made them exposed to thousands of employees.

Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal  [Read More…]

The Nokia 7 Plus was accidentally sending user data to Chinese servers

Nokia left Chinese telecom code on the international model of the phone.

For the past couple of years, Nokia’s been establishing itself as one of the go-to brands for high-quality, reliable mid-range smartphones. The Nokia 7 Plus, one of Nokia’s many handsets, was released in February 2018 to widely positive reviews. However, as reported by Norwegian site NRK, it was accidentally sending user data to Chinese servers.

Per NRK:

In February, we got a tip from Henrik  [Read More…]

Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix unfettered access to user data

In its latest controversy, Facebook let tech giants read users’ private messages without their consent.

Facebook was hit with a maelstrom of controversy this year, and it doesn’t look like things are about to get better for the social network. A new report by The New York Times states that Facebook provided the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify unrestricted access to users’ data.

The publication says it interviewed over 60 people, including “former employees of  [Read More…]

Give your Android user a gift with a $50 Google Play code for $40

Free money and a great gift.

Don’t you just love it when a deal is staring you right in the face? Gift card deals are so unassuming. So obvious. The savings are right there in the value you get versus the money you spend. Spend $ 40 and get $ 50 back as a Google Play code. The deal comes from Walmart and is a digital thing, so you’ll have a PIN for your $ 50 emailed to you  [Read More…]

Five Developer options even the average user should use

You might not know this, but Android has some nifty and unique features hidden in a secret menu called Developer options. But even if these options are built for the convenience of developers who need additional functions to test apps they are writing, it doesn’t mean the regular user can’t benefit from trying them out.

Also, it wouldn’t hurt to know a bit about these hidden Developer options. Especially since some can actually help you improve your overall Android experience.  [Read More…]

Cheap Android phones are selling user data in developing countries

Data is collected and sold through the guise of a firmware update app.

User data and the privacy surrounding it has been a particularly hot topic this year, and while there’s been plenty of talk regarding it in the U.S., a new light is being shown onto this matter in developing countries.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, an Android phone called the Singtech P10 that’s sold in Myanmar and Cambodia actively collects various  [Read More…]

10 things every Pixel 2 user absolutely should know

The Google Pixel 2, and its larger sibling, the Pixel XL 2, is one of the best phones you can purchase right now. Available through Verizon and Google, it’s the latest and greatest in Android and features some pretty damn impressive hardware. It’s one of our favorite devices ever, even if it’s not exactly the sexiest device on the market.

One of the things we love about Android is that it offers so much customization. The platform continues to get  [Read More…]

Nine features and settings every Google Home user needs to know

First introduced in May 2016, the Google Home has fast become one of the leading connected smart speakers. It’s perhaps one of the most flexible devices of its kind and only gets better with updates and new features.

We’re in an era where the Google Home faces strong competition from the likes of Sonos, Amazon Echo, and the Apple HomePod. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks, and the space will get more crowded when Samsung delivers its first Bixby-powered  [Read More…]