New iOS update fixes a very dangerous bug

Apple released a new version of its mobile platform, iOS 10.3.3, on Wednesday, fixing a couple of security issues. Sounds like business as usual, but one of the bugs squashed with this update was actually quite serious.   The issue, first reported by security expert Nitay Artenstein, let attackers execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip of an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch.  That particular bug, dubbed Broadpwn, is different from most security vulnerabilities as it requires zero user interaction. Read more [...]

Samsung’s Bixby is finally available for all Galaxy S8 users

Bixby, Samsung's smart voice assistant that was supposed to launch together with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, is now finally available for everyone.  Bixby was previously available only to a small subset of "early access preview" users who got to test an early version of the software. Starting today, those users can also update their Bixby to the latest version.  To install Bixby, users can press the dedicated Bixby button on their Galaxy S8 or S8+ devices. Once it's installed, you can invoke Read more [...]

This is Nokia’s new flagship phone

Nokia made a big comeback this year with the retro reboot of the legendary 3310 dumbphone, but its lineup of Android phones — Nokia 3, 5 and 6 — wasn't that exciting.  This could change with the company's upcoming flagship called the Nokia 8, and we may have just gotten our first glimpse of the new device.  Prolific leaker of all things phone-related, Evan Blass, has tweeted an image of the Nokia 8, showing the blue variant of the device from both sides.  Blass followed up with an image Read more [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is coming sooner than you think

Samsung Galaxy Note 7Image: Brittany Herbert/MashableBy Stan Schroeder2017-07-18 10:51:34 UTC We already sort of knew, but now we really know: Samsung will launch its next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, in late August.  According to ePrice, Samsung Mobile chief DJ Koh recently confirmed as much at a meeting with journalists in Taiwan, saying the announcement will come at the end of next month.  Koh didn't share the exact date; previous reports indicated August 23 as the launch date, Read more [...]

Meizu Pro 7 has a second display to take selfies with the rear camera

Just when we thought we've seen it all, China's Meizu has announced a smartphone that has a secondary display on the back, meaning you can assume that perfect selfie pose even when you use the rear camera.  The Meizu Pro 7 has appeared in several leaks over the next couple of days, but now it's official. The company announced on Twitter that the device will launch on July 26 and posted a photo of the boxed phone which clearly shows that the secondary display on the back is happening. The photo Read more [...]

HTC users are seeing banner ads on their keyboards

The HTC U11 (left) sits next to last year's flagship HTC 10 (center).Image: raymond wong/mashableBy Raymond Wong2017-07-17 15:20:12 UTC Banner ads are the last thing you'd ever expect to see (or want) included with your smartphone's on-screen keyboard. Yet, that's exactly what some owners of HTC Android phones are discovering on their devices. The reaction to the big time screw up is unanimous: "What the hell is this doing here?" Some HTC 10 and U11 users with the default TouchPal keyboard Read more [...]

Book spa treatments with Google, take retro photos, and more

Start updating your smartphone.Image: Lili sams/mashableBy Molly Sequin2017-07-15 15:00:00 UTC Too caught up in the battle for net neutrality to keep up with all the new apps and updates this week? Don't worry, we've got you covered.  Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Outlook is making our lives a lot easier.Image: Microsoft outlook/itunesSomething for both Apple and Android users! The email service just made replying a little easier. Now, group conversations automatically open to the first unread Read more [...]

This tiny gadget can tell you how drunk you are

Image: pixabayBy Team CommerceMashable Shopping2017-07-14 12:21:32 UTC We all do dumb things when we drink: call an ex, send a profanity-laced email to the boss, buy used jeans on eBay that aren’t returnable. We know we shouldn’t be doing these things, but there’s never a responsible person next to us to say “hey, I think you’ve had too much to drink.” Fortunately, there’s now a smartphone accessory that takes care of this for us: the DrinkMate Breathalyzer. Drinkmate promises Read more [...]

We’re frankly baffled that luxury smartphone maker Vertu is done for

Incredibly rich people lacking any sense of style let out a collective gasp today, as news broke that luxury smartphone maker Vertu will be liquidated.  Despite having a target market of moneyed assholes, of which the world is in no short supply, the UK-based company apparently struggled to find a customer base for its $46,600 polished 18-carat red gold phones. We're just as shocked as you are.  And what brought this visionary company down? According to the BBC, that would be an accounting deficit Read more [...]

Apple is adding 3D lasers to the iPhone so we can all be AR zombies

None of the iPhones yet have a 3D laser camera.Image: lili sams/mashableBy Molly Sequin2017-07-13 18:01:22 UTC Apple announced its augmented reality development kit (ARKit) at WWDC back in June. Now, the company appears to be adding a bunch of brand-new components to the next iPhone in order to beef up the new AR platform's capabilities. According to a Fast Company report, Apple is trying to add a rear-facing 3D laser system to the back of the next iPhone, set to debut this fall. The sensor Read more [...]