facebook audience networkWhile this has apparently been in effect for a while now, it has recently been brought to our attention that the notification icon in Facebook’s website actually differs from country to country! Now most people probably won’t notice the icon because of its color which kind of helps it blend into the background, that and the fact that we probably don’t look at it unless we have a notification.

However according to reports, it seems that the icon will look different depending on which part of the world you are in. For example the folks at TheNextWeb tested it out by accessing Facebook from the US and from Latin America via VPN, and they found that the icon actually does change! Read full post →Facebook Notification Icon Changes Depending On Your Location

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3According to an earlier report, it had been revealed that the Xiaomi Redmi Note had been sending user data back to China. Naturally this was a huge cause of worry for users as no one likes having their user data being shared without their permission, right? Well Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra (formerly of Google) has since come forward to answer some questions.

According to Barra, he claims that Xiaomi’s handsets (via the MIUI launcher) requests public data from Xiaomi’s servers from time to time. This data includes “thousands of jokes, holiday greetings and poems” and does not constitute the secret uploading of photos and text messages to Xiaomi’s servers. Read full post →Hugo Barra Clears Up Xiaomi Redmi Note Data Collection Allegations

samsung logo 640x480If there is one criticism that is constantly being lobbed at Samsung it is the fact that the majority, if not all, of Samsung’s smartphones use plastic in their builds. This by no means affects the handset’s performance, but in terms of looks and feel, well it obviously does not have the same wow factor as the HTC One M8 or the iPhone 5s.

However it seems that Samsung has plans to change that. The South Korean tech giant has recently confirmed during an earnings call in which the company’s SVP of mobile confirmed that Samsung would be releasing a handset made from new materials. This is in response to the company’s falling net profit. Read full post →Samsung Promises Smartphone Made With New Materials

kyocera brigadier1 640x371Earlier we reported that Verizon had launched the LG G Vista, and it looks like the LG G Vista isn’t the only handset that Verizon is announcing today. Alongside the LG device, Verizon has also launched the Kyocera Brigadier, a handset which was rumored about a couple of days ago. The Kyocera Brigadier, just like the LG G Vista, is priced at $99.99 on a new two-year contract, or it can be bought outright for $399.99. Read full post →Kyocera Brigadier With Sapphire Shield Arrives On Verizon

htc j butterflyIt seems that over in Japan, Japanese carrier KDDI has announced a new HTC smartphone that they will be adding to their portfolio in the form of the HTC J Butterfly. The handset will feature specs similar to that of the HTC One M8, but with a couple of differences which guess could be good or bad depending on how you look at it.

Most obvious would be the fact that the HTC J Butterfly will sport a plastic build, versus the metal build from on the HTC One M8. However at the same time, the HTC J Butterfly will offer up IPX7 protection, meaning that it will be able to withstand immersions underwater, a feature that is lacking on the current HTC One M8. Read full post →HTC J Butterfly Announced In Japan

As we had reported yesterday, it looks like the rumors were true because Verizon has since officially announced the availability of the LG G Vista. The handset will be priced at $99.99 with a new two-year contract, but for those who are unwilling to commit themselves to Verizon for the next two years, the handset will be available off-contract for a more expensive $399.99. Read full post →LG G Vista Now Available From Verizon

macbook air 2013 3 800x270 640x216A little over a week ago, Apple issued an EFI update to their mid-2011 MacBook Air models. The update was meant to fix certain issues about the laptop, such as it taking a long time to wake up after going to sleep, and also how the fans of the laptop would suddenly kick into high gear which could end up draining the battery.

However the update itself was flawed and in some cases, caused certain models to experience system crashes, after which the laptop had to be taken back to the Apple store to get it fixed and rolled back to the previous update. Well the good news is that Apple seems to have addressed the issue and has since rolled out a new EFI update. Read full post →Apple Issues New EFI Update For Mid-2011 MacBook Airs

apple logoAssuming the rumors are correct, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6 in September, but what about its release? When will that be? Well according to the folks at MacRumors, they claim to have been tipped off by a source who has revealed that the iPhone 6 is expected to see a release on Tuesday, the 14th of October.

What this means is that Apple could be announcing the iPhone 6 towards the end of September. Usually with iPhone releases, Apple takes about a couple of weeks after its announcement before it releases the product, so based on this information, late or early October will most likely be the announcement, although their sources claim September 16, almost a month ahead of its release. Read full post →iPhone 6 Release Rumored For 14th October

blackberry strongIn terms of smartphone designs, the BlackBerry Passport is an odd one. We won’t know how well it handles until we actually try it for ourselves, but for now, the 1:1 aspect ratio is a little weird. BlackBerry claims that the screen size will allow more contents to be displayed, and based on previous comparisons, we’re inclined to agree.

That being said, if BlackBerry were to design a slider version of the BlackBerry Passport, is that something you might be interested in? Well a recent concept has surfaced for a device called the BlackBerry Strong, which is essentially the slider version of the BlackBerry Passport. We should point out that this is a fan-based concept, so if you were thinking that it was real, think again! Read full post →BlackBerry Strong Is A Slider Concept Of The Passport

tor logo 640x386For those unfamiliar with Tor, it is basically a service in which Internet users can use to cloak themselves in a shroud of anonymity. While it does sound shady (and rightfully so, given that many of Silk Road’s users were using Tor), it does have more noble purposes, such as protecting the identities of journalists/reporters who need to find out information without giving away their identity.

That being said, it seems that even Tor is not safe from hackers, according to a recent report in which Tor claims that earlier this year, outsiders had breached its network in an attempt to learn the identities of some of its users. Some believe that this attack could have been conducted by researchers at the Carnegie-Mellon University. Read full post →Tor Claims Network Was Breached, University Researchers Suspected