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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

The shape of the smartphone is changing as a fad turns into a long-term trend, a business analyst has noted. Analyst outfit IHS Markit said it expected wide aspect ratios – either 18:9 or 18+:9 – to make up two-thirds of new device sales in Q3 of this year. At the start of 2017, the "traditional" 16:9 ratio display was seen on …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jul 2018
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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

Analysis Back in 2013, Canadian John Darrel Krokos got 11.5 years in a US jail for leading a massive cocaine smuggling ring. Two years later, his colleague Zaid Wakil was given a 20-year sentence. What was unique about their cases – and another 20 people also taken down in the investigation by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) – was …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jul 2018
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Bogus Mobile Device Management system used to hack iPhones in India

Business iPhone users in India have been targeted in a sophisticated and attack run through bogus Mobile Device Management (MDM) servers. Using either physical access or - more likely - social engineering trickery, certificates from a selection of two sketchy MDM servers were installed on targeted iPhones. This gave the hacker …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2018

Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

Fresh from fighting content filters in the EU, Google is working on the ultimate content filter– which seals the user off in a spam-free bubble. It's a nuisance caller detection feature built into Android, and it could have unintended consequences. The feature, spotted in recent commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jul 2018
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No one wants new phones – it's chips that keep Samsung chugging

A strong smartphone product range hasn't helped Samsung Electronics buck what is a saturated and exhausted phone market in the developed world. Samsung S9 Galaxy teaser Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids READ MORE The conglomerate makes TVs, phones and components. But the latter is the tail that wags the dog. …
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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

One day Apple may look back on its great iPhone X adventure and view it as an embarrassing midlife crisis, like running off with the au pair. The iPhone 8, based on a four-year-old design, was the best-selling phone in the world in May, according to Counterpoint Research. Samsung's Galaxy S9 Plus took second place. The X still …
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Xiaomi's Wang: We're coming to the USA

Chinese tech darling Xiaomi, flush with cash from a private equity placement, thinks there's never been a better time to crack the US market. Senior veep Wang Xiang said it was developing US-specific smartphone models with a 2019 launch in mind, Reuters has reported. However, carriers have to sign up to a deal. Xiaomi expects …
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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

What is billed as the "first large-scale empirical study of media permissions and leaks from Android apps" has found that an alarming number can help themselves to your screen. Over 89 per cent of apps in the Google Play store make use of an API that requests screen capture or recording – and the user is oblivious as it evades …
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GPU fairy visits Huawei owners, leaves graphics boost under phones

Older readers may recall an era where large computer firms shipped their systems with next year's upgrades already in place. In exchange for a large sum of money, a service technician would come round, open the box, and flick a switch. Huawei has become the second phone maker after Google to offer the same sort of thing – but …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2018
Business Plans gone awry, crumbled paper

So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

Xiaomi, the hugely hyped Chinese tech company, raised less money than it wanted in a private placement this week – the biggest Middle Kingdom IPO since Alibaba in 2014. Seeking to raise over $6.1bn on the Hong Kong exchange, Xioami is estimated to have pocketed $4.72bn. But it's still plenty with which to attack markets in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Jun 2018
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BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them

Review Imagine a consumer gadget where the designers didn't think buttons were an abomination to be removed with extreme prejudice, but something that attempted to make things convenient for users. Something to make a chore easier. Can you picture a kettle with an all-touch display, or living in a house where every light switch is a …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2018
HTC U12+ Teaser

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

Review "There will be no HTC U12," the man from HTC told journalists in briefings ahead of the launch of this year's flagship. "And no U12++." Company executives stressed that, for 2018, there would be just one flagship, and the HTC U12+ was it. HTC may be advised to revisit that statement. Why? The HTC U12+ is a sleek, powerful and …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2018

BlackBerry CEO: We need help from the channel to grow

BlackBerry is focusing on luring in more channel partners and developers to maintain growth, CEO John Chen told shareholders at the company's AGM. Chen has stabilised the business and jettisoned the devices unit that gave the company its name. Margins now reflect those of an enterprise software company – in the 70 per cents, …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2018

Dixons Carphone profits drop 24% amid hack 'n' high street struggles

Dixons Carphone's annual pre-tax profits have taken a dive, falling 24 per cent to £382m. closed sign Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning READ MORE Its full-year results, out today, confirm that the firm has taken a beating as it struggles with customers upgrading phones less often and the …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Jun 2018
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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

Samsung isn't the first name most people would associate with slick user interfaces – but its 2018 Android P overhaul could make rivals Apple and Google look shabby. Though Oreo brought few changes to Samsung's TouchWiz UI used on millions of phones, this year should see significant tweaks. Samsung uses an obscure, Korean- …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2018
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Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

Some Pixel 2 owners are still waiting for a fix for dead screens six months after the issue was first reported. The display turns off during a phone call and – like Rip Van Winkle – can't be woken up. The bug began to manifest itself with the 8.1 Oreo update last last year – see here and here. Google support advised some …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2018
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Brit mobile phone users want the Moon on a stick but then stay on same networks for aeons

Chinese brands have been eyeing Western markets for some time, but in the UK customer inertia means many punters stick with what they know. RootMetrics' consumer survey of UK mobile shows just how much. More than half of the UK's big four mobile network customers have been with their carrier for two years or more. O2 …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2018
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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

Interview Open source had a moral purpose when it was fighting "The Borg", Microsoft, in the 1990s, but then it fell from view. You could say it has found its mojo again, only this time it is about loosening the grip of companies built on ever more intrusive personal data processing: Google and Facebook. One of the biggest but most …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jun 2018

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