WhatsApp now lets you backup to Google Drive without using any of your cloud storage quota

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Facebook and Google have struck a deal that benefits WhatsApp users. Starting later in the year, users will be able to store WhatsApp backups on Google Drive without using up any of their storage space. The new arrangement means that WhatsApp users now essential have unlimited storage space available to them free of charge. But the company has also issued a warning that people need to take action if they want to avoid backups being deleted. See also: Facebook denies asking banks for your financial details If you’re looking for love, Facebook Dating is on the way Facebook API changes… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Kids are dying because of their parents’ obsessive phone use

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Although it is the children of today who have never known a world in which mobile phones do not exist, it is the parents of these children that are causing serious problems — and not just by using phones while driving. The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) has warned that children are dying because of their parents’ phone usage. The organization says that rather than keeping an eye on their kids as they swim, parents are “fixated by their smartphones” and fail to notice when their youngsters get into trouble. The DLRG’s warning comes after over 300 people drowned in Germany,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to backup your computer to the cloud with OneDrive folder protection

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Previously only available to OneDrive for Business users, Microsoft is now rolling out OneDrive folder protection to everyone. Also referred to as “known folder move” — and rather copying the Backup and sync app from Google — OneDrive folder protection makes it possible to back up your important files and folders to the cloud. Here’s how to get started. By default, the new feature can be used to backup documents, pictures and desktop folders, but this does not necessarily mean that everything in these folders will be backed up. As Microsoft explains in a support article, Outlook database files (.pst)… …Continue reading on BetaNews

If you want to record calls in Android 9 Pie, you’ll need to root your phone

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Recording phone calls is dodgy territory legally speaking, but whether you choose to do it depends on where you are in the world, and whether you’re concerned about complying with the law. Since Marshmallow, Google has made it difficult to record calls on Android phones by killing the recording API, but this has not stopped third party developers finding ways around it. But with Android 9 Pie, Google has made it impossible for apps such as Call Recorder – ACR and BoldBeast Android Call Recorder to be used to record calls. Unless, that is, you’re willing — or able –… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to enable Chrome’s secret Emoji Context Menu to make it easier to type emoji

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The likes of Duolingo have made it easier than ever to learn French, Spanish, Polish, Hebrew or whatever other tongue tickles your fancy, but the language of the internet is — arguably — emoji. On your mobile phone, these handy little characters are easy to type, but less so on your computer. To make things a little easier, Google Chrome now has a hidden Emoji Context Menu that you can enable. Once activated, this menu can be used to access an emoji picker to add emoji to text fields. Here’s how to enable it. See also: Banned Windows Timeline Support… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter is killing push notifications for third party apps — here’s what you need to do

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Starting tomorrow — Thursday, August 16 — Twitter is disabling push notifications for third party clients. If you use the likes of Twitterific, Fenix or Plume, this could mean you miss out on important messages as Twitter clamps down on what third party tools are able to do. Twitter has long had a tempestuous relationship with app developers, including its frankly bizarre token limit which effectively restricts the number of users any app can ever attract. This latest move is billed as a part of a security drive, but it’s one that will impact a large number of people. There… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Need a rugged Oreo smartphone without (too many) compromises? Try the Poptel P10

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As Samsung, Apple and even the likes of OnePlus push out flagship smartphones with ever-larger price tags, it’s little wonder that people are increasingly seeking out cheaper alternatives. Where there’s demand, supply follows, so there’s no end of choice when it comes to handsets that pack a punch without breaking the bank. It’s possible — probable, even — that you’ve not heard of Poptel, but the Poptel P10 is a phone that’s worthy of a second look. No, it’s not a flagship-killer. No, it’s not anything even approaching a competitor for the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note9. But it… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Turkey to boycott US electronics as Trump implements ZTE and Huawei ban

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Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Act into law which imposes a watered-down ban on ZTE and Huawei products by the US government and IT contractors. The ban also covers a number of other Chinese telecoms manufacturers. There has been much to-ing and fro-ing about whether these sanctions would actually be introduced, but now and for the next two years they will be in place — something Huawei denounces as “ineffective, misguided, and unconstitutional”. But while this latest bill signing sees Trump wielding his power, the president will be unimpressed by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — the president of Turkey… …Continue reading on BetaNews

The Alldocube X is a low-cost ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 killer’

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The big news from Samsung recently was the launch of the Galaxy Note9 smartphone, but the company also launched an Android tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab S4. Starting at $649, the tablet may be beyond the reach of many people, but the Alldocube X is a cheap alternative. This 10.5-inch Super AMOLED tablet started life as an Indiegogo campaign, and it was 180 percent funded in just 24 hours. Priced at $269 and due for release in October, the Alldocube X is billed as a ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 killer’ — but can it live up to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google is tracking your location even when you tell it not to

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An investigation by the Associated Press has found that Google is tracking the location of Android and iPhone users even when privacy settings supposedly explicitly stop this from happening. The AP concedes that “for the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information”, but its investigation — the findings of which were confirmed by researchers from Princeton — showed that Google services recorded user data even when Location History was disabled. See also: Google Play shows warning to anyone searching for Fortnite APKs Google has slashed the size of Android apps Leaked report shows Google… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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