London, San Francisco and New York have all reported drastically reduced smartphone thefts thanks to kill switches.
London has noticed the biggest fall in smartphone thefts at an astonishing 50 per cent, with San Francisco slightly behind on 40 per cent and New York reporting a drop of 25 per cent.
This is thought to be mostly down the the introduction of kill switches, a setting that means a phone can be remotely locked and wiped if it is stolen. This makes it much harder for criminals to sell it on and that has seen the number of snatched smartphones drop.
While the state attorneys of San Francisco and New York had been keen to force smartphone manufacturers by law to include kill switches in their handsets, companies such as Samsung, Google and Apple have taken the initiative and have added the technology before being legally forced to. Microsoft is also expected to add the function in their next wave of smartphone models.
It’s a good bet that if you’re reading this magazine you’ve got more than one Android device.
You might have a phone and a tablet, a work phone and a play phone, or any number of combinations, but sometimes it can be a bit of a faff keeping track of the battery levels of those devices.
That’s where Potential comes in. Not only does it keep you abreast of the power levels of multiple devices, it also lets you toggle the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on and off with a simple tap. It doesn’t run through your Google account either, so you’re not sharing your sign-in information.
Best of all, you don’t need a rooted device to make it work – you simply download the standard Potential app from the Google Play Store to your devices. All you’ll need to get it up and running are your Android devices and an internet connection. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, either.
“Honor? Who are they?”, we hear you ask. Well, Honor is a new standalone brand that has been created by Huawei. “Huawei? Who are they?” They are a huge Chinese telecoms company which makes both operator-rebranded phones as well as a number of own-branded devices such as the impressive Ascend Mate 7.
So, why a new brand? There are likely a few reasons. Firstly, Huawei itself hasn’t yet made massive inroads into the Western market. Secondly, perhaps the company has looked at the success of the OnePlus project and thought that it, too, can provide a high-spec device at a low cost. However, it’s a little strange that the firm chose to use the ‘Honor’ moniker, as this is also the name of an existing range of Huawei devices.
The Honor 6 costs £249 SIM-free, sold only by Amazon UK, which is pretty low for an unlocked Android phone. Yes, it’s £100 more than a Moto G (2014), but it is a lot cheaper than flagship devices. So it’s low cost, but is it high spec? Yes! The Honor 6 comes with an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD expansion, 4G LTE CAT-6 connectivity, a 5-inch Full HD IPS screen, a 13-megapixel camera on the back with a dual flash accompanied by a 5‑megapixel camera on the front, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Oh, and there’s an IR remote transmitter too (but oddly no built-in app to use it).
In the hand, the feel of the Honor 6 also belies its price. It’s encased in glass on the back and front, similar to a Sony Xperia, but with a plastic edge. It feels light but well made and the overall body size is good given the large screen and capacious 3100mAh battery. A notification LED is included on the front and the speaker, sadly, is on the back of the device, as is the smart silver ‘Honor’ branding. The speaker is quite loud, but very tinny and almost completely devoid of bass.
Everyone can now make PowerPoints and Word documents on their Android device.
Following last week’s previews of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Android tablets, Microsoft has announced that you can now download the full package from the Google Play store.
The technology giant has explained that the apps will be very familiar to users of these core Office products, while being fully optimised for Android devices, with large touch points negating the need for an external keyboard.
The preview apps were downloaded by more than 250,000 people in over 110 countries and all three gained Google Play scores of over 4.2 showing a positive response to the products.
We’ve all been in the situation where a simple misplaced finger can accidentally delete an important file or photo that we actually really need – it’s annoying but it does happen.
Unfortunately for Android users, there’s no simple workaround for restoring your deleted files and instead you’ll need to venture on to the Google Play Store to find a suitable third-party solution to help fix the problem.
We recommend the Dumpster app, which acts as a gatekeeper for all your deleted files before they permanently vanish from your device. It works in the same vein as a desktop PC’s recycle bin feature, where the user can restore the files they need or choose to permanently remove them for good. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of correctly configuring the Dumpster app to safely store and manage your deleted files, photos and other specific types of documents so that you can choose what to do with them before they disappear forever.
Commercial 3D printing company MakerBot has released an Android app.
MakerBot has made good on its promise to roll out an app for Android users and it is downloadable today from the Google Play store.
The app will allow you to control your printing from your smartphone or tablet with one click, setting up a print from a saved model in your library. The app will sync your Android device with the MakerBot Cloud Library where you can access your printing history.
As well as starting the print, you can also pause, cancel or even change the filament of the 3D printer remotely, thanks to this easy-to-use app.