Tag Archive: Using

Facebook has been using contractors to transcribe Messenger voice chats

How. Does. This. Keep. Happening.

What you need to know A report indicates that Facebook was paying third parties to transcribe Messenger audio conversations. The conversations were anonymous and often “vulgar.” Facebook says it has since stopped this human review process.

Were you sitting there to yourself and thinking, “Gee, it’s been too long since Facebook screwed up?” Me neither, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Again. According to a report from Bloomberg, Facebook has been paying hundreds  [Read More…]

Sony challenges future creators to produce short films using the Xperia 1

The students utilized the Xperia 1’s Cinema Pro app to create short films about the following words – KANDO, JOY, or WONDER.

What you need to know Sony teamed up with San Francisco’s Academy of Arts University for the Sony Xperia Film Fest. Top 25 entries will be premiered and judged at the Sony Xperia Summer Film Fest on August 14. The winner will get $ 10,000 for pursuing future creative efforts.

Sony’s Xperia smartphone brand partnered  [Read More…]

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals are made using 6 million recycled phones

Apart from phones, other small devices such as cameras, gaming consoles, and laptops were also collected.

What you need to know Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee has unveiled the Olympic medals, which have been made using recycled electronics. The Olympic Committee collected nearly 80,000 tons of old electronics to create the medals, including 6.21 million phones. A total of 5,000 medals are expected to be given out in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The organizing  [Read More…]

Cancelling your FaceApp Pro Subscription Means Using Google Play

FaceApp lets you use a variety of different features to play with photos. While you do need a Pro subscription to access every feature, once you get bored with the app, you don’t want to keep paying for it. To cancel your subscription, you’ll need to go through Google Play to keep from being charged again.

How to Cancel a FaceApp Subscription Open Google Play on your phone. Search for Faceapp in the search bar at the top  [Read More…]

Sprint customer accounts were breached by hackers using Samsung’s website

Sprint claims the information accessed by hackers did not pose any risk of fraud or identity theft.

What you need to know Sprint has said that hackers managed to break into its customer accounts through Samsung’s ‘add a line’ website. The carrier claims to have taken ‘appropriate action’ to secure the accounts of affected customers. Sprint hasn’t revealed exactly how many customer accounts were compromised by the breach.

Just four months after a data breach that compromised  [Read More…]

U.S. chipmakers are using a legal loophole to get around Trump’s Huawei ban

Intel and Micron are still selling to Huawei but have declined to comment on the report.

What you need to know In spite of a trade ban by the Trump administration, a few U.S. companies resumed selling components to Huawei three weeks ago. Component sales to Huawei have reportedly totaled hundreds of millions of dollars in just three weeks. The companies are “lawfully” getting around the Trump ban by not labeling the components as American-made.

U.S. chipmakers  [Read More…]

Are you using a case with the Pixel 3a?

Your daily check-in with the AC forums.

We’ve talked about the Pixel 3a a lot here on AC, and for good reason. It’s an incredible mid-range phone that offers tremendous value, especially if you value having a great camera.

One of the biggest differences between it and the regular Pixel 3 is its design. Rather than using a glass construction, the Pixel 3a is made entirely out of plastic. This allows it to be a bit more  [Read More…]

Fake presidential alerts can be easily sent out using LTE vulnerabilities

The attack has a success rate of 90%.

What you need to know The University of Colorado Boulder discovered a vulnerability with presidential alerts. Using LTE, the alerts can be easily spoofed and sent out to thousands of people. The test was performed successfully 9 out of 10 times.

Last October, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent out the nation’s first “presidential alert.” Using the same alert system that delivers AMBER and weather alerts to your phone,  [Read More…]

What launcher are you using on the Android Q beta?

Time to touch base with the AC forums.

Android betas are equal parts sour and sweet. It’s fun to get early hands-on time with Google’s latest software, but at the same time, it also means putting up with bugs and other quirks.

Not all apps work 100% perfectly on beta software, especially third-party launchers. Taking a look through the AC forums, these are the launchers some of our members have been using on Q with the most  [Read More…]

Huawei gets banned from using microSD cards in future smartphones

The company was also “temporarily restricted” from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

What you need to know Huawei has been banned from being a member of the SD Association. This means future Huawei phones likely won’t be able to use microSD cards. The Wi-Fi Alliance also “temporarily restricted” Huawei.

This past week’s been a tough one for Huawei. The Trump Administration banned the company from working with U.S. suppliers, meaning that Huawei’s relationship with Google will effectively end after  [Read More…]