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Lenovo's X1 Yoga Creates OLED Envy

For quite a while now, companies have been talking about OLED screens in their laptops, but the cost and materials have kept this feature waiting for the next release - and then the next. Lenovo has arrived at their next release and the Yoga X1 OLED is absolutely fantastic. We've seen a similar unit at CES this past January - and eight months later - it's finally ready to hit the store shelves. The only downside is that after using an OLED laptop, you'll want one of these screens everywhere.

The dream of large OLED screens has, for the past few years, seemed perpetually on the horizon. LG has had OLED TVs on the market for a while, but they're still far more expensive than comparable LCDs. If you've wanted to get your OLED fix recently, you'd have to get it on a smaller phone or tablet screen. Now, the technology is finally making its way to laptops from the likes of Dell's Alienware, HP and Lenovo.

Source: Engadget

Google fiber makes cuts

The hype around Google fiber apparently hasn't translated into profits as Google has announced that they are going to be reducing their Google fiber staff by 50%. While everyone seems to be excited when Google fiber moves into a new city, apparently people aren't signing up at the rate that Google was hoping. Multichannel has the full story.

Google Fiber has not released subscriber figures, but the report said the division has about 200,000, putting it well below the pace required to reach a projected target of 5 million within five years. Google Fiber launched broadband and TV service in its first market, Kansas City, in July 2012. 

Pizza drones get the OK in New Zealand

Everyone is trying to figure out how they can make deliveries using drones, giants like Amazon are among them. In New Zealand they've been beaten to the punch by Domino's who've got the OK to start testing them using drones to deliver pizza. While I'm a little unsure how drone deliveries are going to work out in the end, if I can get pizza a few minutes faster I'm all in. The NZ Hearld has more on the story.

Aerial pizza delivery may sound futuristic but Domino's has been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones.

The fast food chain has partnered with drone business Flirtey to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world, starting later this year.

Domino's Group chief executive and managing director, Don Meij said the company had been investigating innovative and new delivery methods as business had grown.

Apple says goodbye to the home button

The next version of the iPhone is coming and the big rumor has been the lack of a headphone jack (in favor of a lightning connector). Also rumored to be missing in the next version is the iconic home button that has been there since day 1 of the iPhone. While it will be a change for some people, I would say adjusting to not having a home button will be a lot more palatable than having to buy new headphones. The Verge has more on this story.

We're just one month out from a new iPhone release, but news of next year's model can't seem to stop seeping out. According to Bloomberg, the 2017 iPhone will no longer contain the iconic home button Apple fans have grown accustomed to over the last decade. The news pairs well with other reports of next year's Phone, which will mark the device's 10th anniversary, using OLED display technology. That would allow the entire front of the device to "appear like a single sheet of glass," according to The Wall Street Journal in June.

Sony is bringing the PlayStation to your PC

Sony has made the announcement that they'll be bring their PS Now subscription service to the PC which will allow you to stream a library of over 400 PlayStation games on your PC. In addition to that they've also announced their DualShock 4 USB wireless adapter that will allow you to plug your PlayStation controller into your PC so you can play all of these games. PlayStation fans and people who want to play some of the titles without having to buy the console will probably be happy about this announcement, Hypebeast has the story.

Soon you’ll be able to play even more of your favorite PlayStation games on your PC.

Today, Sony took to its PlayStation blog for another major announcement ahead of its September 7 event in New York City: PlayStation Now is coming to Windows PCs. Introduced just last year, the PS Now subscription service offers the ability to stream a library of over 400 games for a monthly fee, meaning you’ll soon be able to play franchises like Uncharted, God of War and Ratchet & Clank on your laptop or desktop.

Maybe Pokemon Go isn't going to take over the world

It's been a few days since the last Pokemon Go story, maybe because the "buzz" has started to fade a little. According to some new numbers, Pokemon Go has seen a drop of around 12 million daily users over the past few weeks, although it's still sitting around 30 million which is still impressive. Dropping numbers is to be expected when any new blockbuster game hits the market after people get bored, Pokemon Go is working on some new features to try and keep people playing, it should be an interesting month or two to see if the trend of losing users continues or if they can hang onto their still impressive user base. Arstechnica has the story.

It had almost 45 million daily users in July, but this figure appears to have sunk by more than 12 million since the start of August, to just over 30 million said to be playing Pokemon Go. Further decline is expected, as downloads, engagement, and the time users spend on the app have all also visibly flopped, according to data provided by Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Apptopia.

WhatsApp to start sharing with Facebook

It was just a matter of time before this started happening. WhatsApp will start sharing user data with Facebook (who of course bought them in 2014). The sharing of data is of course so Facebook can customize advertising as well as help you find friends using the service, but mostly advertising reasons. WhatsApp is promising it won't become "spammy" but only time will tell how that turns out. The Verge has more details on the story.

After WhatsApp was bought by Facebook in 2014, users worried that the messaging app's strong stance on privacy might be compromised. Co-founder Jan Koum hoped to stem these fears, writing in a blog post at the time: "Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible." Today, though, the company is loosening some of its own restrictions, and has announced it will begin sharing a limited amount of user data — including individuals' phone numbers — with parent company Facebook.

WTU Episode #371 - Samsung's Milk Expires

We have just posted up Episode #371 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Android releases Nougat, Samsung's audio streaming service Milk reaches its expiry date, and Intel starts making the competitions CPUs. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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Android Isn't Even Close to Secure

This is an Android-heavy day, but there is some good news and this - not so good news for Android users. We've covered a few of the recent security issues Android has expereinced lately - such as the Qualcomm bug, but there is a lot more. Apparently there is also a TCP flaw that affects a mere 1.4 billion Android devices with Android 4.4 or newer installed. Thankfully, I do still have my original Nexus One and that is stuck back at 2.3. Other security issues have seemingly been ignored by Google - but the biggest problem is vender rollout as each manufacturer and then wireless provider have to ensure that patches work with their custom software. More details about the issues below.

The security bug, CVE-2016-5696, allows an attacker who is not in a man-in-the-middle position to probe servers or users for active connections and then guess the packet sequence. This enables the attacker to enter the packet flow between two parties, sniff on unencrypted traffic, or shut down encrypted connections. All Linux kernel versions between v3.6 and up to v4.7 are vulnerable. The first vulnerable version that featured this TCP implementation flaw, version 3.6, was released in 2012 and was also used to create the Android OS 4.4 (KitKat).

Source(s): Softpedia (TCP Bug), BBC (Qualcomm Flaw), Security Week (Other Current Flaws)

Opera Free Unlimited VPN Comes to Android

VPNs are wonderful things as they help keep you encrypted end-to-end and stop companies from tracking your location, IP address and more. The problem is that many VPNs charge for bandwidth or have a monthly fee. Opera previously launched Opera VPN for iOS after they acquired SurfEasy, and now they are bringing all the VPN goodness to Android. Of course if you have the VPN running, Netflix will probably block you - but hey, it's free and you can try it out on your Android Device simply by going to the Google Play store at the link below.

With Opera VPN, you get:
• One of the fastest, most reliable VPN services
• Unblocked access via your choice of five virtual locations (with more coming soon)
• The ability to determine WiFi network security level, as well as connection encryption and protection from threats 
• A built-in ad tracker blocker to stop advertisers from following you around the web

Source: Google Play


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