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Google Assistant’s driving mode for Android is nearly ready, one year later

Google Google promised an Assistant driving mode for phones would arrive in mid-2019, but that clearly didn’t happen — over a year passed without any sign of it. It appears to be ready, though. XDA-Developers has discovered (via Android Police) that Google Assistant’s driving mode is at least partially enabled for Android users. The interface …

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UK closes loophole that allowed using your phone while driving

monkeybusinessimages via Getty Images The UK is about to make it clear that you shouldn’t grab your phone while you’re driving — regardless of what you intend to do. The government is closing a legal loophole (via BBC) that allowed people to pick up their phones while driving as long as they weren’t calling or …

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Here’s everything Apple announced at its iPhone 12 event

Apple Apple made us wait to get a glimpse of its 2020 iPhone lineup, and now it’s easy to see why. All told, it announced four new iPhone models on Tuesday. Add that a more affordable HomePod mini speaker, and it was a jam-packed event. iPhone 12 Apple Apple didn’t lead off with the iPhone …

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FBI sent a team to ‘exploit’ Portland protesters’ phones

REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Federal agents tend to focus their phone cracking efforts on terrorists, but they appear to have shifted their attention to civil disobedience. NYR Daily has learned that the FBI sent its “Fly Team” counterterrorism unit to Portland in mid-July to conduct the “initial exploitation” of phones and other …

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Google Fi starts selling 5G phones from Samsung

Cherlynn Low / Engadget Google Fi customers have been able to use unlocked Samsung phones on the MVNO’s network for years, but now those same customers can now buy a Samsung Galaxy device directly from the search giant. On the Fi website, the company has started selling the Note 20, the Note 20 Ultra, S20, …

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Google apps will add notifications for ‘critical’ security issues

Google Google’s latest effort to protect the safety and privacy of its users involves more prominent security alerts. Moving forward, when the company detects a potentially serious issue with your account, it will notify you directly through the Google app you’re using at the moment.     There’s a good reason for Google to make its already …

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Verizon’s mmWave version of the Pixel 4a 5G costs $100 extra

Google / Verizon Earlier today, Google announced the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, both of which Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) will carry. But if you want to purchase the latter through the carrier, you’ll have to pay $600 or $25 per month on a two-year Verizon Device payment plan to get the device. That’s …

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MWC 2021 has been pushed back to late June

JOSEP LAGO via Getty Images The 2020 Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona was one of the first tech casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the February date canceled after much debate. The next event was scheduled for March of 2021, but that event has now been postponed, too. Instead, GSMA (the industry association behind …

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Royole’s FlexPai 2 5G foldable phone costs under $1,500

Royole Back in March, we got a glimpse of Royole’s second-gen flexible phone, the 5G-enabled FlexPai 2, which takes advantage of the company’s latest OLED panel for its outward-facing flexible screen — a similar form factor to that of Huawei’s Mate Xs. This new panel supposedly comes with improved bend radius, better display performance and, …

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Iranian hackers’ Android malware spies on dissidents by stealing 2FA codes

REUTERS/TIMA It’s no secret that some countries have spied on their citizens through innocuous-looking apps, but one effort is more extensive than usual. Check Point Research has discovered (via ZDNet) that Rampant Kitten, an Iranian hacker group that has targeted the country’s political opponents for years, has developed Android malware focused on stealing two-factor authentication …

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