Tag: phone

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Google unveils latest Pixel phone, rolls out new TV service

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service.

The products unveiled Wednesday focus on two areas where Google has struggled to make significant inroads. Google also used a half-hour showcase streamed online to introduce a $99 speaker that it says has better acoustics for playing music than the cheaper ones it has been selling primarily as a command center for its voice-activated assistant.

Google’s latest smartphone represents the fifth generation of a device that was supposed to prove the Mountain View, California, company can make hardware as well as it does software after the brand made its 2016 debut.

Although Google’s software is used by billions of people on their smartphones, its Pixel phones have barely made dent in the market. Sales have been disappointing despite mostly positive reviews, especially for camera technology that has prompted Apple to introduce similar features in iPhones.


Google has sold a total of 19 million Pixel phones so far, including just 3 million of the last model released a year ago, based on estimates from the research firm International Data Corp. By comparison, Apple sold twice as many iPhones in just three months — April to June — during the middle of a pandemic when millions of people were stuck at home, based on IDC’s estimates.

The company is trying to turn the tide with the Pixel 5, which offers a few new twists, including the ability to work with the new ultra-fast wireless networks called 5G that are still being built. The new phone also will boast several new camera features, including a tool for taking portraits in low lighting and a wide-angle

29
Sep
2020
Posted in computer

How to Securely Wipe Your Computer, Phone, or Tablet

If you purchased your computer in the past few years, it probably has a solid-state drive. SSDs are faster than older, mechanical hard drives and use flash memory instead of magnetic platters. But the downside of the technology is that securely deleting files from an SSD is very hard. SSDs use a technique called wear leveling to prolong life, but a side effect of this process is that data can remain on a drive even after you’ve erased it. Instead of using special software to erase an SSD’s contents, you’re better off encrypting the drive, which employs a mathematical process to muddle up the data using a passkey that only you have. Without the key, files on the drive look like gibberish—even if someone succeeds in recovering files, that person still won’t be able to open them.

The good news: Encrypting your storage drive is simple. This is something we recommend doing for every computer with an SSD, even if you’re not selling it. You can also encrypt mechanical hard drives for the same reason, but the process takes a particularly long time, and it’s easier to do a good-enough job of removing data on mechanical drives.

Chromebooks usually use solid-state storage, but Google enables encryption by default, so if you’re resetting a Chromebook, you can skip this section.

Windows

A Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption specifications screen

If you have a Windows computer, encrypting your storage drive can be a little tricky and depends on which version of Windows your computer has and what components you have installed.

Some Windows laptops have device encryption enabled by default. To check:

  1. Click the Start menu and then select Windows Administrative Tools > System Information (or type “system information” into the search menu in the taskbar).
  2. Look for Device Encryption Support; if you find it, and it says “Meets prerequisites,”
15
Sep
2019
Posted in technology

Utilizing Gadget And Cell Phone Reviews For Your Buying Choices

We still haven’t yet digested some of the newest gadget choices last 12 months and now, upcoming gadget and system conventions are abound, but once more, providing wonderful new gadgets from tablets, web books, tv screens and cell phones. Apparently Matt is as full of BS as Magic Jack’s chat room persons are filled with not realizing what they’re speaking about. The device’s lamp life lasts for a very long time and it’s appropriate with HDMI 2. If your MagicJack turns into misplaced or stolen contact the corporate instantly to dam service.

Based on a live-chat with the MagicJack folks, that 911 icon is apparently a dwell one. It is too straightforward to have an error occur on the finish, after they ask in order for you priority transport, the second 12 months, and any further gadgets. I’ve no actual plans to use the MagicJack on that little laptop computer, however it’s good to know that if, for some reason, I ever did, I might.

The ‘consultants’ might imagine that this is the case, nevertheless, they can’t say for certain that children using technology gadgets from an early age will give the children that use them, extra chance of owning their own enterprise or being more artistic and so on.

One way or the other, with all of the warnings about limitations of Magic Jack with regards to 911 service I’ve just by no means planned to make use of it (although I do have my location info listed just in case). Cancel) or launched to magicJack (if you happen to preserve the service).

A commenter introduced up a state of affairs wherein he’d purchased a second-hand MagicJack but didn’t have the original password and account data. For me, the cordless telephone system I take advantage of with MagicJack had …