Google & others may soon be barred from using SMS for two-factor authentication

The default option for Google’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is to have a code sent to you via SMS. The US National Institute for Standards and Technology, which sets the standards for authentication software, says that text messaging is not sufficiently secure, and that its use for two-factor authentication will in future be barred …

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Samsung goes official with Note 7 recall, feds urging customers to stop using devices

Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 started off as something relatively minor, but over the past several days, things have continued to escalate. With more reports of exploding devices every day and customers still not knowing about the recall, Samsung came under fire (pun intended) about how it had handled the recall. Now, the company has responded by making things official…

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Android Basics: Use Google Play Music on your phone without using up a device authorization

Google launched its music streaming service, Google Play Music, at I/O 2013 and has since improved it by including YouTube Red. With the all-access individual plan, you get unlimited music and an ad-free experience on YouTube, which can be an awesome deal. But Google’s 10 device authorization limit for streaming music can sometimes get in the way…

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Samsung using huge Galaxy S8-shaped sculptures to market the device across the UK [Gallery + Video]

One thing about Samsung is for certain, it goes all-in when it comes to marketing. Remember last year’s building-sized, Galaxy S7 edge-shaped billboard in Russia? Yeah, me too. So of course the Korean giant is doubling down on its efforts this year, this time targeting the UK…

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PieMessage open-source project brings Apple’s iMessage to Android using your Mac as a server

A new open source project called PieMessage enables cross-platform iMessage support, allowing Android users to communicate using Apple’s iPhone messaging platform.

In the video below, we get a short look at the PieMessage app in action with a still unreleased prototype version of the app.

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Hands-on: So far, using the $99 ZTE ZMax Pro is actually quite awesome

Just the other day ZTE and MetroPCS launched the ZMax Pro, a 6-inch smartphone with solid specs and great features such as a fingerprint sensor. Just glancing at the spec sheet you’d think this phone would cost at least 0 or more, but ZTE shocked everyone by launching this device for just . Is it any good? Let’s take a quick look after using the device for the past 24 hours…

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How to: Update Nexus devices to Android 7.0 Nougat manually using OTA downloads

Google announced several days ago that Android 7.0 Nougat is coming over-the-air to several Nexus devices in the coming days and weeks, but if you’re a die-hard that likes to always have the latest from Google, you know that could mean a pretty decent wait depending on your device. Thankfully, you can install the over-the-air (OTA) update manually now by following our quick guide…

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How to disable Android Oreo’s persistent ‘using battery’ notification

When Google first rolled out Android Oreo, a persistent notification came with it that displayed all of the apps that were running in the background. With the release of the Android 8.1 Developer Preview, this notification has now been renamed to “using battery” and allows users to disable it from always showing (even on 8.0). Here’s how to do just that…

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Do you use your smartwatch more for checking notifications or using apps? [Poll]

When Android Wear 2.0 was released, it had improvements across the board, but it also came with its own version of the Play Store so that users could easily download and use apps on their wrist. The thing is, applications built for Android Wear just aren’t that great, at least, not yet. So, if you have a smartwatch, do you own it mainly so you can check notifications or so that you can run applications?

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YouTube for iOS updated with VR mode for any video using Cardboard

Google has been making great efforts lately in bringing virtual reality to anyone with a smartphone, and the latest update to its YouTube app makes finding VR content super easy. YouTube for iOS now includes a dedicated Cardboard button, which automatically transforms any video into VR mode for watching with Google Cardboard.

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