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Samsung set to post best profit in two years thanks to the Galaxy S7

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Samsung has announced its operating profit is the highest in two years, increasing by 17.4 on last year alone, thanks in turn to sales of its Galaxy S7 handsets. As reported by Reuters, profit made between April and June of this year was likely around 8.1 trillion won ($7 billion), which is just shy of the 8.5 billion won the company raised back in Q1 2014.

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2 weeks ago

What you need to know about HummingBad

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It's called HummingBad? Seriously?

Researchers at Check Point have published a blog detailing their report on a new bit of nastiness stealing data from Android phones and translating to hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for a Chinese group called Yingmob. The revenue comes from delivering ads, creating false clicks on those ads by making the buttons bigger than they look, and using those clicks to install one of over 200 apps the group has for keeping users connected to this network.

Are you in danger? How can you tell? Are your friends having data stolen and handed over to this group without their knowledge? Is there a worse name they could have used? It turns out there's a very low likelihood that this was ever a problem for you, but here's what you need to know about HummingBad and how to stay safe from this group.

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2 weeks ago

How to install and set up Authy for two-factor authentication on your Android

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Using two-factor authentication is a great way to protect yourself and your data. It's also fairly easy to do once you get used to having an extra step when you first use an account on your Android. Using it on multiple devices is easy with Authy.

There are several great apps you can use on your phone to get a 2FA (that's the abbreviation for two-factor authentication and it's much easier to type) token when you need one, and if you have multiple things with a screen that may need access to 2FA codes, Authy is pretty hard to beat. After you set up an Authy account, you can install the app on all your Android devices and any computer that has the Chrome web browser and the Authy extension installed. The first thing you need to do is install the Authy app from Google Play on a phone with a working SIM card.

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2 weeks ago

Rogers drops Cuba from its international 'Roam Like Home' package

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Rogers has confirmed that it is dropping Cuba from its "Roam Like Home" international roaming package.

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2 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 vs. HTC 10: Mettle and glass

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HTC 10 vs OnePlus 3

How does the OnePlus 3 compare to the HTC 10?

Every year, phones get better and cheaper, and usually bigger. Latency decreases; network speeds double. Metal eschews plastic; wireless replaces wired; timeless overcomes flashy.

The commodification of our gadgets is a known quantity by now, but no single category of product has so profoundly affected our lives as the smartphone. So it is strange when we dismiss them as boring, stifled from years of small improvements.

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2 weeks ago

Walmart Pay hits checkout lanes nationwide

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Walmart has announced that it has completed its rollout of Walmart Pay, its own take on mobile payments, to all of its stores nationwide.

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2 weeks ago

BlackBerry Priv gets the July 5 Android security patch

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BlackBerry Priv owners can now get their hands on the July 5 Android security patch. The update is for those who purchased their phones from ShopBlackBerry, and patches the latest set of vulnerabilities. Some people may have already seen this update arrive earlier this week.

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2 weeks ago

Where to buy the Sony Xperia X in Canada

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Sony may be putting its faith behind the more powerful, more expensive Xperia X Performance, but a couple of Canadian carriers are also selling the Xperia X. If you're looking for the cheaper option in Sony's new X lineup, here's where you can find it.

Buy the Sony Xperia X from Videotron

Videotron is selling the Xperia X for:

  • $0 on a 2-year term with a 3GB plan
  • $99.95 on a 2-year term with a 2GB plan
  • $549.95 on a month-to-month plan

See at Videotron

Buy the Sony Xperia X from Wind Mobile

The Sony Xperia X will be available from Wind Mobile starting July 14.

More: Where to buy the Sony Xperia X Performance in Canada

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2 weeks ago

Google's Android Security Bulletin for July 2016 has two patch indicators

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Google's doing things a little different this month, so pay close attention.

Welcome to another thrilling episode of Important Things Google Fixed with your host, Android Central! Every month for over a year now, Google has been releasing monthly updates to keep as many Android phones as possible more secure than they were the month before. During that time we've seen some of Google's partners make a real effort to deliver those updates every month, while other fall a little short when it comes to keeping their users safe.

Every month the list of things Google and their partners have discovered and fixed in Android is a little different, but unlike previous patch updates this month there will be two different indicators that your phone is up to date. We've got a quick breakdown of what those two dates are, and what they mean for the security of your phone.

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2 weeks ago

Verizon ups prices and data on monthly plans, introduces Carryover Data and more

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Verizon has announced a number of new features and services for its customers starting on July 7. They include new monthly plans with more data at higher prices, along with "Carryover Data", which will allow customers to take any unused data from the previous month and move it to the next month.

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2 weeks ago

LG's latest phone will get two full days of battery life

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After announcing a series of new X-branded devices earlier this week, LG Canada has announced that the X power, a mid-range handset with an enormous 4,100mAh battery, is now available in Canada.

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2 weeks ago

LG and Volkswagen team up to connect your car to your smart home

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LG and Volkswagen have announced they are teaming up to develop a "next-generation" connected car platform over the coming years.

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2 weeks ago

Snapchat Memories makes it easier to keep your favorite pictures and videos forever

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Snapchat has introduced Memories, a searchable archive of your past posts. The images will be kept in a camera roll-style screen found just below the Camera screen, allowing you to quickly and easily find what you are looking for. In an effort to keep things from unwanted eyes, Snapchat will also have a "My Eyes Only" section which will let you avoid awkward moments and keep those personal photos personal.

From Snapchat's official announcement:

You can use Memories to create new Stories from Snaps you've taken, or even combine different Stories into a longer narrative! It's fun to celebrate an anniversary or birthday by finding a few old Snaps and stringing them together into a new Story :)

We've also created a new way to send Snaps from Memories to your friends, or even post them to your Story. If you post a Snap you took more than a day ago to your Story, it will appear with a frame around it so that everyone knows it's from the past.

The new feature will be rolling out selectively over the course of the next month or so. This is a huge change to the service and the company wants to keep a close eye on it to make sure everything is running smoothly. Are you excited about this new feature? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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2 weeks ago

Reading is magic this Wallpaper Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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2 weeks ago

Google Now on Tap offers in-app translation, QR code scanning and more

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Google has rolled out a few interesting improvements to its Now on Tap feature. You can use Now on Tap to translate text on any screen, including apps, with just the tap of a button. You can also use it to uncover new facts about your interests, and search by image has gotten a boost.

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