A number of users have found that several models of OnePlus smartphones, including this year’s OnePlus 5, feature a Qualcomm testing app called EngineerMode. This tool happens to allow anybody to gain root level access to a OnePlus device without needing to unlock that handset’s bootloader. While it is true that somebody with less than immaculate intentions would still need to have physical access to a OnePlus phone to really do some serious hacking, but the existence of EngineerMode now gives them a backdoor in which they can put some trackers and other means to get around the phone’s security.
Sensor Tower has recently released its latest projections with regards to app usage in America. According to its forecast, owners of iPhone devices who are based in the United States will be spending an average of $88 every year on paid mobile apps three years from now. Based on new data that it had collected, the company found that the money users spend on apps and in-app purchases is on the rise every year. For instance, iPhone users have paid an average of $63 in 2017, which represents a 33 percent increased compared to last year’s spending. Sensor Tower predicts that a couple of years from now, the growth over 2016 will have increased to a whopping 86 percent.
Venmo, the fund transfer service owned by PayPal, can now be used as a payment option when purchasing items at more than 2 million retailers’ mobile websites in America (including familiar retail brands such as Walmart, Target, and Forever 21, among many others). By taking full advantage of PayPal’s current network, Venmo has managed to gain support in quite a large number of retailers’ mobile websites.
Just this week, Venmo had announced that it is planning to begin letting customers instantly withdraw their balances to their bank accounts before the start of next year, that is if they are willing to pay the $0.25 fee for each transaction.
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.
Sure, Google had very recently unveiled a number of cool hardware offerings just this week, but the tech giant also made some announcements regarding its software efforts. Chief among these is the confirmation that Google Lens will finally be making its debut on Pixel smartphone devices later this year.
Some may remember that back in May earlier this year, Google had first introduced the service during its annual I/O developer conference. For those not in the know, Google Lens is basically a feature that scans and recognizes text and objects in real world settings, with the help of Google Assistant.
When Facebook first started deploying its Messenger Lite late last year, the social media giant had intended to roll it out to developing nations, especially those with below average Internet speeds. But after about a year since it debuted the mobile app in over a hundred countries, the company is now looking to launch the Android version of Messenger Lite to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
Recently this month, PacketZoom introduced Mobile IQ, which is basically a free end to end Application Performance Management and Optimization (APMO) platform designed for mobile apps, especially those that can be used together with the company’s Mobile Expresslane tech. Because Mobile IQ is a full suite, it covers essentially everything in terms of mobile app performance analytics, including troubleshooting, optimization, and management, all in real time.
This week, Amazon is unveiling a new feature called Amazon Spark. Akin to Instagram’s use of shoppable images, Amazon Spark basically urges users to post photos of products they like, as well as ideas or stories. Apart from allowing people to react by posting comments or smiles, the feature also has a shopping functionality that can translate to purchases with just a single tap.
More than a dozen years after making its debut, and just half a decade since reaching a billion users every month, the biggest social media platform in the planet has now hit a couple of billion active users on a monthly basis. To celebrate this impressive milestone, Facebook is offering a personalized “Good Adds Up” video that its users can create and even share to other users as well.
It is no secret that mobile users everywhere are using up more data than ever, but wouldn’t it be nice to actually have a tool that allows people to better manage how their smartphones and tablet devices are consuming mobile data? Google tries to address that with a new, experimental Android mobile app called Triangle.
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