Friday, December 28, 2018

Apple Allows Fake “Setup for Amazon Alexa" App To Rise To #6 Utility App, Would Apple Do The Same For A Fake Homepad App?

Snapvoip Update:
Well Apple App Store seem to have got it's act together, now the App, and the Developer, One World Software, has left the App Store. Good one Apple.

Setup for Amazon Alexa

We use the Apple App Store a lot since we have like 6 devices among us. We also tend to trust the App Store more that other App stores because of the strict quality control.
Apple seem to have dropped that when it came to the fake app, “Setup for Amazon Alexa". The app itself is a harmless as far as your data and credentials instead it loads you up with ads and keep you engaged long enough to show some ads until you shut the app down as it does nothing.
The developer of the app is One World Software, and if you see that name in the app store, run.

Here’s the description from “Setup for Amazon Alexa’s” App Store page:

We teach you how to correctly setup your device, and give you essential commands!


-Correctly setup the device

-Take control of the device, with different unique commands, found only on this app

If you are owner of a new Echo device either due to a purchase or a gift and if you like to set it up using your iOS device, install the real Amazon’s Alexa app for iOS and let the world hear your conversations.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Snapchat Wraps Your Dog In AR Lenses. They Look Cool In Those

 Since we wrap ourselves around our dogs, Snapchat is taking it one step further. The multimedia messaging app company announced the special versions of its Lenses designed specifically for dogs and the lenses are available in the Snapchat app right now.

The company also mentioned that there are currently only a handful of Lenses available for dogs, but that more will be launching soon. So for now, your dogs can filtered through to portray like wearing glasses, being butterflies, dreamy floating dog bones, etc.
So if you want to filter your dog, that is pretty easy too, to access the dog Lenses, simply point your camera at your dog and access the normal lens menu, from there, you can swipe between the different lens options.

Your Next iPhone Might Come From India, Instead Of China

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Foxconn  Sriperumbudur

Reuters is telling us in an exclusive report, that the Apple Inc manufacture iPhones with Foxconn India as early as 2019. This is the first time Foxconn manufactured iPhones anywhere other than China.
What makes it even more interesting is that, according to a source familiar with the matter, Foxconn will be assembling the most expensive models, like iPhone X family making Apple India's future solid as well as the Foxconn's.

Foxconn already has a plant in Sriperumbudur town in Tamil Nadu, a southern resourceful state in India. Perhaps the work will begin there.  Foxconn  makes phones for Xiaomi Corp in India in this plant so it is possible that iPhones will come out of here as well
Foxconn will invest $356 million or 25 billion Indian rupees to expand the plant, according to Tamil Nadu’s Industries Minister M C Sampath. As well as the monetary investment, this will also bring about 25000 jobs to the talented human resource pool in India.

This also could be a move by Apple to limit the impact of a trade war between the United States and China.This is not the first time iPhones were manufactured in India, Apple had Wistron Corp’s local unit in the Bengaluru technology hub assemble the lower-cost SE and 6S models, which were also the focus of Apple's sales in India. But it could mostly be that Apple, widening assembly beyond China to mitigate the risks of the Sino-U.S. trade war.


The Best Six Phones Of 2018 From Google, Apple, Samsung, Oneplus, Motorola and Huawei

CNET gives you Best phones of 2018
  • Google Fi and Google Pixel 3: Best photos among other features
  • The Good The Pixel 3 takes brilliant photos, even in super low-light, with its single rear lens and it can capture wider selfie photos. It's water resistant, has wireless charging and it can screen unwanted calls.
    The Bad The phone doesn't have expandable memory or a headphone jack. The shot-to-shot camera delay can be sluggish in certain modes.
    The Bottom Line The Pixel 3's truly exceptional cameras and AI-powered call screening give it an edge on the other great phones in 2018's crowded winners' circle.
  • Apple iPhone XR: Best value iPhone among the other pricey ones but Photos.
  • The Good The less expensive iPhone XR delivers most iPhone X and XS features, including an excellent big screen in a comfortable body, fast performance, Face ID and wireless charging, and a camera that's mostly as good as the iPhone XS.
    The Bad The iPhone XR's single rear camera lacks optical zoom and has a limited portrait mode. Its LCD screen, while large, bright and vivid, is still a step below the iPhone XS' OLED in contrast. The aluminum XR is slightly less durable than the steel XS.
    The Bottom Line The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for the price, delivering most of the advantages of the iPhone XS for hundreds less.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Best phone for Android power users with great Battery and Storage
  • The Good The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a big, beautiful phone with top-tier specs including a massive battery and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies.
    The Bad It's expensive and offers few real innovations over last year's Note 8. The fingerprint reader is uncomfortably close to the camera.
    The Bottom Line The ultra pricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones. But unless you're in dire need of an upgrade, the smart move is to wait for what the next iPhone, Pixel and even Galaxy S10 bring.
  • OnePlus 6T: Terrific mid price pick that rivals premium models for almost half the price of all of the above
  • The Good The OnePlus 6T offers top-notch hardware including a lightning-speed processor and an excellent camera for hundreds of dollars less than its competitors. For US customers, it works on Verizon's network.
    The Bad The phone doesn't have a headphone jack or a water-resistant design. Its in-screen fingerprint reader should work a tad faster.
    The Bottom Line The OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android you can get. But if you already have the 6, don't feel the need to update.
  • Motorola Moto G6: Best budget phone, period sleek lower price than any of the above with dual rear cameras and Android Oreo
  • The Good The Motorola Moto G6 has a near-stock version of Android Oreo, good dual-rear cameras, fast charging and a sleek design. And it's amazingly affordable.
    The Bad The battery life is not as long as last year's Moto G5 or G5 Plus.
    The Bottom Line The Moto G6 is a sublime value, despite its minimal drawbacks.
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Powerful and glamorous with a standout design and pricey as the top three with dual sim slots
  • The Good The Huawei Mate 20 Pro goes above and beyond with exciting new features and an eye-catching design.
    The Bad You can't use microSD cards to expand the storage. The main loudspeaker hidden in the charging port is muffled when you plug the phone in.
    The Bottom Line The Huawei Mate 20 Pro's impressive list of features puts it unquestionably among the top phones of the year. Shame you can't buy it in the US.
     You can read more  at CNET

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Funny Side Of Apple Product Launch, Have Fun!

Tim Cook and other Apple executives doing the Bad Lip Reading "Apple product launch" video,

Despite The US-led Opposition And Bans, Huawei Managed To Ship 200M Phones In 2018.

Huawei overtook Apple in Q2 2018
With all the device bans, the US led opposition, CFO arrests and partners like Softbank looking other way to get Sprint-T-Mobile deal alive, Huawei has managed to ship 200 million phones in 2018. The numbers are up thanks to different versions of phone models. The P20 and Mate 20 series have contributed 21 Million units, P20 16 Million and the Mate 20, 5 million devices.
But the biggest mover is  Huawei's own Nova series, including the just-launched Nova 4. The firm has sold more than 65 million of the mid-range devices since the series began.
The next number adder is the more budget-oriented Honor badge. Although there were no specific figures, Huawei lauded that the outstanding performance of the Honor series as a major factor in its success at home.
The numbers are positive for the number two phone maker in the world. The gain of 2018 is 30% of the previous year.
If you are wondering how Huawei made these numbers while being under such pressure,  the other side of the coin is that Huawei does not rely on USA for it's phone market. Also the device ban which is mouthed by every news outlet, is focused on 5G network equipment, not Huawei phones. One could walk in to phone shop, even in west, could purchase a Huawei phone, today.
The outlook for the 2019 relies on quite a few factors and how the phone company plays it's game. Most of the Asia and Africa are open and all these backlash on a local giant might wake up nationality pride in China. So Huawei is far from being squashed.

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