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By now, you are probably familiar with the many advantages of using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to reroute your internet traffic, but do you know how to actually set it up? It's not that hard really, but the steps still can be a bit confusing at first though. After you go through the guide we have for you, that should not be a problem anymore.


Step 1

 

Download your VPN directly from the Play Store first, because it's by far, the easiest and most natural way to get started with VPN for Android. Make sure that it's a reliable provider like Surfshark, because just like the rest of the apps on the Play Store, not every VPN application you will see is worth your attention.


Step 2

 

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In case you are unable to access Surfshark from your Android device, or if the device isn't compatible, just download the APK file directly from the Surfshark VPN website and you are all good to go.


Step 3

 

Install the application via Play Store, or with the APK file and follow the onscreen instructions. The Surfshark interface is easy to use and it will guide you through the rest of the process automatically.


You will need to allow some degree of phone access to the application, mostly related to your mobile and Wi-Fi networks, but it will do the heavy lifting all on its own. That's about it really, and by the time you are done, public Wi-Fi connections will be safer, you will be able to access Netflix content from any location in the world (you will still need a paid Netflix account though!) and even your ISP will have no idea about your browsing history. In case you are somewhat interested in the dark web, you should really get a VPN!

 

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vivo

 

Vivo has released a new smartphone, the Vivo Z5x in the budget category. The launch has been official placed in China and will probably be available in Indian market in near future. But when? We don't have an official timeline for this yet. The phone has moderate specifications usually comes within this price range, but it has two features that are premium-like: It's 6.53-inch full HD+ display with a screen resolution of 2340x 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The device is equipped with a powerful 5,000mAh battery and the company supplies an 18W fast charger, which is called dual engine flash charging. The battery is big enough to keep you going with a single charge for a whole day, even if you love to talk selfies. The phone will go on sale from the 1st of June.


The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710SoC main processor. The Android Pie version 9 with Vivo's funTouch OS 9 will run the device. It has three cameras at the back side: 16MP, 8MP, and 2MP. The last being the depth sensor, and in the front a punch hole type notch houses a 16MP selfie camera. The phone is available in three colors: Aurora, Extreme night black, and Phantom black.


For the security, Vivo Z5x has fingerprint scanner. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It comes with 4GB, 6GB, 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB storage options, expandable up to 256GB via microSD. The smartphone has been launched in China started at Yuan 1,398 which is approximately Rs. 14,500. The other variants are available for 15,400, 17,400, and 20,500 in Rupess. ensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Vivo Z5x measures 162.39 x 77.33 x 8.85mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 204.10 grams.


nokia


Nokia seems to be over. Sadly, the Finish Giant won't be releasing any Smartphones anymore, this was confirmed by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri at a recent analyst meeting in London. Nokia will still consumer products to its fans.

 

Nokia, the former biggest phonemaker in the world, could get its return as soon as tomorrow Nokia just teased that it has been working on something. It will show it off or talk about it at the #Slush14 startup and entrepreneur meetup that starts tomorrow in Helsinki and is said to gather some 10 thousand people.

 

The teaser itself shows a new device but we can only guess what it is a HTPC, a TV, home automation tech? Hopefully we're going to know all about it tomorrow.

 

It's hard to imagine Nokia not making any smartphones or phones in general but we'd wager a guess that it's not all over for the company, despite what its CEO reassures us of now. CEOs change and so do plans in the tech world and Nokia is only forbidden to make Nokia phones until December,31st of 2015.

 

 

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One M7

 

HTC updated its 2 years old flagship, HTC One (M7), to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop with Sense 6 UI. At the same time Google released the latest Android build version 5.1 Lollipop. Well, If you own an HTC One (M7) we have some Bad News for you buddy.

 

HTC decided to End the One M7 support, The handset will not be get any more major Android updates from this point forward. Not even Android 5.1 Lollipop or Sense 7 UI.

 

 

 

 

This information came from Mo Versi, HTC's VP of Product Management, so it's as official as can be. The HTC One did get updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop, so the new UI is in there already. But the many bug fixes and subtle improvements brought about by Android 5.1 won't ever officially be available for this smartphone, unfortunately.

 

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The Korean manufacturer had us all excited by highlighting some of what Bixby would be able to do once it comes out with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. However, it was not meant to be so. After so much marketing, as it stands now, Bixby isn't ready yet! Anyone who will buy the Galaxy S8 or S8+ will only get limited functionality from the AI assistant, which will not even include voice commands. They will hopefully be added soon via OTA updates, but it is an incomplete piece of software right now and the dedicated hardware button on the device's side is a disappointing reminder of that fact.


When members of the XDA Developer's Community released an app which lets you remap the Bixby button without rooting the device, most of us were quite happy. However, that was not something that Samsung liked much and via an OTA update, they have made sure that Bixby continues to remain tied to that button unless you decide to root your S8 or S8+. If there is still any doubt in your mind whether or not it was intentional, know that it was. A Tweet from an official representative of Samsung confirmed that little detail. How does it make you feel to know that Samsung won't let you remap a dedicated hardware button for a service that isn't even fully functional yet? Personally, I would have preferred to remap the button to be the shutter key and as a camera shortcut.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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The Galaxy A80 is all set to launch with its pop up front cameras and a huge 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display in FHD+ resolution this month, but is it worth your money? The answer would depend on one question and one question alone; how dedicated are you to Samsung?


Now, before you bring out the pitchforks, consider the following points and then ask yourself, if you can still justify the price tag of the device.


·        The Galaxy S10e is a better device in nearly EVERY department, except the display and the battery

 

·        The 48-mp sensor won't be able to compete with the 12-mp sensor on the S10e, even though it may seem like it

 

·        The bigger battery will not make too much of a difference, since the S8e's display is almost an inch smaller

 

·        They S10e will be available at a cheaper price than the A80

 

·        It's still not a flagship device at close to INR 50,000

 

·        The Vivo Nex has had the pop-up camera for more than year now; it's just a gimmick on the A80

 

·        It won't have a 3.5mm headphone jack


In my humble opinion, the Galaxy A80 is a strange device that should have no market at all and yet, Samsung is launching it with great expectations.


I would have even recommended the device for gaming because of the A80's giant, beautiful display, had it been powered by a flagship Exynos or Qualcomm chip, instead of the SD 710. Short of being paid for it, I am NOT recommending the Galaxy A80 to anyone!


Saikat Kar

 

 



Apple's 3D Touch is a form of pressure sensitive response from the iPhone, which can be utilized to perform different functions. There was a lot of talk about the Force Touch technology being an integral part of the upcoming Android N on release, but those have faded out since a newer report suggested that it won't be available on Android N just yet. In the meanwhile, a group of engineers from the University of Michigan have come up with something even more advanced, called the ForcePhone software.


This application won't require displays that are pressure sensitive or any other special sensors in the smartphone to work. Every smartphone has a speaker and a microphone; the technology will simply use them to emit an ultrasound frequency which will cover the 18-24KHz range. This will somehow allow the user to bring up additional menus and options with ease, by simply pressing a little harder on the display panel. Apparently, Yu-Chih Tung, one of the co-creators, was inspired by Nolan's "The Dark Knight" movie, where Batman tracked the Joker by converting all smartphones within the city into a gigantic sonar-based tracking system.


If it does turn out to be as amazing as it sounds, then "3D Touch" will no longer be a premium feature that's limited to only the top-end, expensive smartphones which have all the hardware that money can buy. We will find out more in between June 27-29, during the MobiSys 2016 in Singapore, as that is where people will get to see the ForcePhone app in action for the first time.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)


uBeam

 

Wireless charging is the Holy Grail of mobiles. Currently it exists but requires a super close connection. A new discovery from start-up company uBeam will allow for wireless charging at along-range, meaning you can walk around the room with your phone while it charges over the air. uBeam uses ultrasound to transmit electricity. Power is turned into the sound waves to be transmitted and then converted back to power on reaching the device.

 

Meredith Perry

 

The uBeam concept was stumbled upon by 25-year-old astrobiology graduate Meredith Perry. She started the company that will make it possible to charge gadgets over the air using a 5mm thick plate. These transmitters can be attached to walls, or made into decorative art, to beam power to smartphones and laptops for example. The gadgets just need a thin receiver to be added in order to receive the charge.

 

uBeam will mean gadgets can be designed differently, with slimmer batteries and more room for the charging plate. It will also mean cables can be removed almost entirely from the home. Imagine the kitchen with kettle, toaster and radio all powered wirelessly.

 

uBeam creator, Meredith Perry, said: "This is the only wireless power system that allows you to be on your phone and moving around a room freely while your device is charging. It allows for a Wi-Fi-like experience of charging; with everything else you have to be in close range of a transmitter."

 

 

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Can you live without a home button on your next shiny new iPhone? Well, you are probably living just fine already if you own the iPhone X, but at least you had a choice to go for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in 2017. As per recently posted images by 9to5Mac, none of the iPhones which Apple will release in a week's time will have the Home button. Does this mean that Apple is bidding adieu to the fingerprint scanner completely? Well, it certainly looks that way, unless they can do a Vivo and install the fingerprint scanner right within the display! Check out the images yourself, which also happens to have the 4th gen Apple Watch on there as well.


Just in case you are not up to date with the rumor mill, let us remind you of the key ones below.


·         Both iPhones will be styled similarly to the iPhone X


·         Only the larger, 6.5" iPhone will have an OLED display and two cameras


·         The older iPhone X might receive a price cut, but an upgrade in hardware ($899)


·         The new 6.1" device will be sold at $699 and the large screen, 6.5" iPhone will cost $999




Do take all this with plenty of criticism because unlike Samsung, Apple usually plays things pretty close to their proverbial chest.


Saikat Kar


iPhone AirPods

 

Over the last few months, a UK website and the Medium blogging platform launched a wave of articles implying that over 250 scientists submitted a petition warned about cancer risk associated with usage of AirPods. Problem is the petition was actually signed back in 2015, before AirPods were even released. The 2015 petition was related to Electromagnetic Field Exposure, signed by scientists. It cited "serious concerns regarding ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices".

 

The petition stated that these are included but not limited to radio frequency radiation emitting devices, such as cellular smartphones, Wi-Fi antennas, smart meters, and electric devices that generate extremely low frequency electromagnetic field. In 1998 WHO and member of UN has established guidelines for EMF radiation on Non-Ionizing radiation protection. Ten years later, the agency stated that scientists has provided no evidence of any adverse effects below the basic restrictions, it had outlined.

 

So rather than finding any link between cancer or any other issues in levels of EMF at or below the accepted regulations, the scientists suggest that it is probably a good idea to limit human exposure. The petition was updated in January 2019, with no mention of Bluetooth or AirPods being added. Apple sold 29 million pairs of AirPods and yet attract the attention of many writers. Various bloggers are using the concern for click bait and writing about the dangerous effects of AirPods? But does it can really cause cancer for its users. The Answer is No.

 

EMF risk assessment should be based on read data. We know that WiFi and Bluetooth use the same radio frequencies, but at a different intensities. WiFi uses about 40milliwatts of power whereas Bluetooth uses only 1mW. That's why Bluetooth lose its signal strength at a distance while WiFi can pass through the walls. In case you are standing in the sunlight, you are also exposed to ionizing radiation, the type that is actually known for cancer and other damage. The radio energy produced by electronics like AirPods is non-ionizing and doesn't posses the threat of cancer for its users.


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