Just a week ago, rumors of Apple developing a foldable iPhone model surfaced in the interwebs. The talk was that the tech giant was teaming up with LG in order to start building a smartphone with a foldable OLED screen possibly three years from now. Well, unlike the iPhone maker, ZTE is not waiting until the end of the decade to showcase its own take on the foldable phone concept.
According to the results of an online study recently conducted by Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales in 2018 will see some growth for the first time since 2015. The last couple of years have seen industry growth stall a bit, but by next year, the volume of smartphone units shipped across the globe is expected to reach an estimated 1.9 billion units, which represents a 2 percent improvement as compared to this year’s.
A report recently published by TechCrunch says that mobile phone companies are still giving users’ phone numbers and location information to third parties. The article then reported about Philip Neustrom, the co-founder of Shotwell Labs, who came across a couple of websites that that sent back various user data when accessed from a mobile data connection.
Less than a week ago, it was reported that OnePlus was gathering tons of data from mobile devices powered by its OxygenOS, apparently without the consent of the owners of those devices. A software engineer named Chris Moore had discovered the phone maker’s data collection activities, and thereafter, various users have been demanding an explanation from OnePlus.
According to a report recently published by ZDNet just this week, it appears that researchers have discovered a bug within the WPA2 security protocol utilized in just about every Wi-Fi enabled gadget today, including computers, routers, and even mobile devices. The flaw now goes by the nickname KRACK (which is short for Key Reinstallation Attack) and was reportedly uncovered by Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic.
Parental control apps are nothing new nowadays, and as a matter of fact, various mobile operators are currently offering their own respective take on the concept. For instance, Verizon Wireless has its FamilyBase app, while subscribers of another major US wireless carrier, AT&T, can take full advantage of Smart Limits. But when it comes to parental control apps from among the Big Four carriers in America, Sprint hay have just debuted the best of the bunch.
Via an official statement in its website, the third biggest mobile operator in the country is announcing that it has decided to limit LTE roaming for its subscribers traveling to Canada and Mexico starting on November 12th. The cap will be at 5 gigabytes each month, and while it is true that T-Mobile will not be charging for overages, mobile users will have to expect connection speeds as sleepy as 128 kbps if they go beyond the 5 gigabyte limit per month.
The number four wireless carrier in America has decided to introduce new lease deals for two of Apple’s newest iPhone models (the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus). Indeed, Sprint is promising discounts of up to $350 on the listed pricing to people who are willing to trade in any one of the eligible devices.
Razer is mostly known as a company that develops hardware and software offerings for gamer users. But back in January early this year, the firm had completed its acquisition of Nextbit, the startup responsible for building the Robin smartphone. With that move (as well as its acquisition of audio tech company THX in October of last year), the general assumption is that Razer might be entering into the phone making business soon.
Based on fresh information provided by Ookla, Sprint has managed to improve its average download speeds 33 percent compared to a year ago. Ookla gathered its data by way of its outsourced Speedtest mobile app, and according to the results, it appears that the number four biggest wireless carrier in the United States has increased its average download speeds in over 25 of the 99 top markets anywhere from 40 percent to over 100 percent. For instance, subscribers of the mobile operator who are based in the city of Houston in Texas enjoyed a 43 percent bump in network speeds during Q3 2017 as compared to Q3 2016, even achieving 22 mbps, while those in the Los Angeles metropolitan area experienced speeds improve 55 percent.
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