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    Dozens of Huawei and Honor devices with Kirin processors can now be bootloader unlocked which can allow custom ROMs and kernels to be installed

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 2 days ago - 13:50

Defeating Huawei’s draconian security measures wasn’t an easy task, but a developer named Andrey Smirnoff actually managed to decipher the bootloader unlock code generation algorithm for devices that are based on HiSilicon Kirin 960/659/655 chipsets. Apart from that, what makes PotatoNV possible is a low-level bootloader flashing method discovered by XDA Senior Member hackintosh5. The tool, which makes use of the VCOM_DOWNLOAD mode, requires users to open up the target device and access the test points on the motherboard.

With the release of PotatoNV, owners of the aforementioned Huawei and Honor devices are finally able to flash all the custom ROMs and kernels they desire. So this can mean being able to replace the Huawei software with a custom ROM like LineageOS or others, where you can optionally install the Google apps if you wanted to. Point is Huawei still gets to sell their hardware device so there is no loss to them, it just opens up additional options for users.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/huawei-honor-bootloader-unlock-potatonv/

#technology #mobile #huawei #rooting

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    Découvrez Coverd, la meilleure assurance téléphone du marché

    news.movim.eu / JournalDuGeek · 2 days ago - 09:40 · 4 minutes

De par leur nature et leur fréquence d’usage, les occasions de casser son smartphone sont démultipliées. Qu’il vous glisse des mains, que vous le fassiez tomber d’un coup malencontreux, ou encore le très cliché et pourtant tellement commun plongeon dans la cuvette des toilettes, tous les smartphones peuvent connaître ces accidents. Un smartphone haut de gamme, qui profite d’une qualité de fabrication très élevée et de matériaux premiums comme l’iPhone 12, est pourtant loin d’être indestructible. Alors pourquoi ne pas le faire assurer ? C’est exactement ce que permet de faire Coverd .

Protégez votre smartphone avec Coverd

L’assurance mobile, une garantie de tranquillité

En cas d’accident, vous pourriez simplement imaginer réaliser une réparation. Par vos propres moyens ou en passant par un spécialiste qui a pignon sur rue. Toutefois, cela peut rapidement revenir très cher. N’avez-vous pas déjà assez dépensé lors de l’achat initial ? Remplacer un écran d’iPhone 12 vous coûtera par exemple 221 euros chez Apple, changer la face arrière plus de 400 euros. Autant de raisons pour se pencher sur les assurances mobiles. Il en existe de nombreuses, cela peut être votre assurance habitation ou bancaire qui propose une extension smartphone.

Votre revendeur peut également en proposer une, souvent gérée par un tiers. Toutefois, la couverture est souvent limitée, tout comme le plafond. De plus, dans la majorité des cas, vous devrez gérer vous-même la prise en charge et le suivi des réparations. En effet, les assureurs disposant de leurs propres ateliers de réparation sont très rares. Ajoutez à cela une mécanique un peu old-school à l’ère du sans engagement : un contrat qui vous lie le plus souvent sur 12 mois.

Coverd, l’assurance smartphone sur mesure

C’est là qu’un acteur spécialisé dans l’assurance mobile comme Coverd prend tout son intérêt. En effet, leurs tarifs sont adaptés et calculés au plus juste de la valeur de votre smartphone. Ainsi, chez Coverd les primes d’assurance démarrent à 4,90 euros/an. Ce qui revient à 58,8 euros dans le cas d’un OnePlus 5 par exemple. Revenons à l’iPhone 12 dont la prime mensuelle de 8,90 euros/mois revient annuellement à 106,8 euros. Très raisonnable pour protéger un modèle qui démarre 909 euros non ? Surtout quand on sait que l’on conserve en moyenne un smartphone 22 mois (source : Cabinet Kantar). Vous êtes un véritable early-adopter ? Alors sachez que l’un des terminaux les plus chers du marché, le Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 sera protégé pour seulement 12,90 euros/mois.,

Pour ce prix et quelques soit votre smartphone, vous avez une prise en charge complète qui comprend :

  • Tous types de casse , ce qui inclut les éléments extérieurs qui peuvent se casser ou s’user prématurément
  • Le remplacement de votre batterie , si elle est HS, est inclus, chose assez rare pour être signalée.
  • Oxydation toutes causes
  • Votre mobile est très convoité par les voleurs ? Coverd propose une option vous protégeant du vol par effraction ou agression à partir de 1 euros de plus par mois (7 euros au maximum).
  • Enfin, vous avez un nombre de sinistres illimité avec un plafond de la valeur des sinistres à hauteur de 3 fois la valeur de l’appareil par an.

Coverd : prévention et prise en charge à 360°

Si le besoin se fait ressentir, la prise en charge d’un smartphone accidenté ou défectueux est totalement à la charge de Coverd. Il vous envoie un bon de transport, fait réparer le produit dans un atelier agréé et vous renvoie le téléphone. Tout cela en toute simplicité grâce à ses prestations online. Le site internet est le point d’entrée et le centre de toutes vos solutions. Ainsi, la prise en charge s’effectue sous 24 heures et le processus de réparation ne dépasse pas les sept jours ouvrés.

En cas d’interrogation, un chat instantané fluidifie encore plus les échanges, tout en garantissant un niveau d’information optimal. Enfin, en tant que spécialiste, Coverd sait que la meilleure des assurances reste la prévention. Ainsi, il vous offre des accessoires de protection, comme une coque souple et encore plus intéressante une vitre de protection d’écran. Tout au long de votre abonnement, d’autres accessoires vous seront envoyés. Une assurance tout-en-un pour mieux vivre au quotidien et surtout rester zen avec son smartphone.

Protégez votre smartphone avec Coverd

Cet article est sponsorisé par Coverd. Il a été réalisé en partenariat par une équipe dédiée, indépendante de la rédaction du Journal du Geek.

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    Samsung now updates Android 4 years of security updates, even longer than Google does for Pixels

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 16:43

Samsung is upping the ante on Android updates and offering four years of security updates on many of its Android devices. The company's full update package is now three years of major OS updates and four years of security updates, besting even what Google offers on the Pixel line.

Battery life (or replaceability) and OS updates are two of the most critical features that should be considered when buying a smartphone, so I'm really happy to see Samsung pushing the limits a bit. Nowhere near the 7+ years that Apple does for iOS, but still a positive move. Now if only Samsung pushed its updates out a bit quicker...

See https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/samsung-now-updates-android-for-longer-than-google-does/

#technology #mobile #android #samsung

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    City of Cape Town says that its law enforcement officers have begun using an integrated app on handheld devices to help with the issuing of traffic and by-law contraventions

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 14:37

In addition to the obvious administrative advantages, the app allows officers to save time by not having to issue a written notice as the manual notice book is replaced by this device, said the city’s JP Smith.

Smith said that app on the hand-held device does not only have scanning capabilities, allowing vehicle license disc and driver’s license scanning but has built-in GPS technology that allows for the correct allocation of notices to magisterial areas. The built-in camera will allow the officer to record digital evidence related to the contravention resulting in fewer disputes at court.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/technology/432836/cape-town-police-are-using-this-new-app-for-driving-and-other-fines-heres-how-it-works/

#technology #southafrica #capetown #lawenforcement #mobile

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    Free 'Clipboard - Paste Anywher‪e' works as a global clipboard for iOS and Android to Linux, Windows and MacOS desktops

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 3 days ago - 10:10

I had bought the myPhoneDesktop app a few days back to try to achieve this on my iPhone (pasting links or other text to my iPhone from the desktop) but there have been persistent network issues since Saturday for lots of people. So I cast my net wider and found this free (not open source) app that works across devices to copy and paste text and images.

There are mobile apps for iOS and Android, and on the desktop you can use a browser extension that works on any Chromium based browser. One of your devices will have a unique three word key, which you enter on any other device to set up the syncing. I'm not sure if the syncing is all local, but there is no e-mail or any other registration identification required to use it, so I'm thinking it's local. It has an option to wipe all posts off all devices. The other downside is no proper website explaining the product. But both apps were updated in May 2020, so it is still current.

See https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clipboard-paste-anywhere/pbmkobomelmhlgfbfjohpblialcopjco

#technology #clipboard #ios #android #mobile

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    RecorderGear PR200 is a Bluetooth headset that records all my phone calls without any apps or rooting or jail breaking of the phone

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · 4 days ago - 11:58 · 1 minute

I've been using BoldBeast on a rooted Android phone for many years and that gave me the option after any call whether to save it or not. Having recordings has helped me recall all the finer details of calls whilst I've been mobile, and with retailers it has twice saved my bacon when I could prove the promises made verbally to me which did not materialise. I have no mercy with retailers as nearly all of them state they are recording my call, and they never acknowledge my immediate verbal response saying I'm doing the same my side (for quality and training purposes of course).

So recently I switched back to an iPhone (it's a long story) and did not want to jailbreak it as otherwise my banking app breaks. So the obvious choice without using an app, is a hardware device. After looking around, all roads seem to lead me to the PR200. It acts as a Bluetooth headset and does the recording on its own hardware which means firstly no jail breaking or rooting of the phone required, secondly no monthly subscriptions or additional costs, and thirdly it is iOS and Android compatible. Yes I could have bought a Dictaphone, but that is anyway cost, I must also carry it with me, and worse I must have all calls on speakerphone.

The PR200 is basically like a fat pen and the battery lasts 14 to 15 days. It has a switch for either off, auto record calls, or record a voice memo. It's good for 100's of hours but also easily plugs into any USB-A socket to charge as well as transfer the recordings. Good news is they also sorted out the date/timestamp for recordings.

On the downside it is not quite as clear as my phone's speaker and yes you do have to have it paired and carry it in a pocket with you. That said if you have a week-long meeting to record this does that job too with its 8GB storage and 576 hour recording time.

#technology #gadget #callrecording #mobile #PR200

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    Tech Sales: The Best Deals from Samsung, Apple, Amazon and More

    pubsub.dcentralisedmedia.com / LifehackerAustralia · 7 days ago - 01:42 · 1 minute

It’s Friday friends, and man are we glad the end of the week is here. Not only because it means a glass of vino is patiently waiting for us, no. We’re glad because we’re bringing you the best available tech sales today and who doesn’t love a bargain ?

From mobile phones to headphones and internet deals, we’ve collected the best available deals in the tech space; ready for you to enjoy.

Check out some of our favourites below.

Mobile phone deals

Samsung sale

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Telstra is offering a $480 discount on the newly released Galaxy S21 Ultra, which works out to be a $20 per month saving on a 24-month plan. Plans start at $112 per month with 40GB.

iPhone 12 deal

Telstra is also slinging a solid deal for those keen on getting themselves an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro. If you register to get the new phone, they’ll throw in free Beats Flex. This deal is valid until March 1, 2021.

Best internet deals

There’s a solid selection of deals available on internet plans at the moment. SpinTel comes in at the cheapest at $74 per month for your first six months on a NBN 100 plan.

More on internet deals here .

Apple sales

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Apple AirPod deal

Apple AirPods Pro – $315 (down from $399)

Massager sales

RENPHO Massage Gun – Save $20 with Amazon coupon

Breo iSee Electric Eye Massager – $199.99 (save $30)

Dashcam deals

Uniden’s iGO CAM 65R $154.95, down from $279.95

Garmin 010-02231-11 Dash Cam 56 – $213.95, save 23%

Smart home device sales

Google home sale

Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) – $44, save $35

Google Home Max – $338, save $111

Amazon deals

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Echo Dot and Fire Stick Bundle – $89 (save $29)

Gaming deals

PS5 Controller Dual Charging Station – $29.99 (down from $39.99)

SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset – $182.77 (down from $339)

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS4) – $69 (down for $99.95)

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (PS5) – $69 (down for $99.95)

Ghost of Tsushima – $65 (down from $99.95)

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (PS5) – $59 (down from $89.95)

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    Nab a Mobile Plan for under $30 per Month with These New Deals

    pubsub.dcentralisedmedia.com / LifehackerAustralia · Thursday, 18 February - 05:10 · 2 minutes

If you’re looking for a new phone plan, it makes sense to try and bag a bargain. After all, there’s always a telco or five slinging some sort of deal. If you can help it, why pay full price? With that in mind, here are five of our favourite mobile deals you can get in Australia right now.

Telstra phone plans

Telstra is offering a $480 discount on the newly released Galaxy S21 Ultra, which works out to be a $20 per month saving on a 24-month plan. Plans start at $112 per month with 40GB, but Telstra is also offering a $50 per month discount on its 180GB plan for your first 12 months. This means you’ll pay $122 per month for your first year, and then $172 per month thereafter. Of course, since the plans are contract-free you can always drop down to a more affordable Telstra plan after the discount runs out. This offer runs until February 21.

gomo phone plans

How does only paying $60 for six months of mobile service sound? If you sign up with gomo before February 21 (and activate your SIM before February 28) you’ll get your first month for just $10. You’ll pay $25 per month for your second two months, and then you’ll get your next three months free. Better yet, you’ll have 18GB each month to play with, and since the plan is prepaid, you can leave at any time.

gomo is a new MVNO owned by Optus and powered by the Optus 4G network.

amaysim phone plans

amaysim is currently offering bonus data and a discount on your first three prepaid renewals. Instead of paying $30 for 30GB, you can get 35GB for $15. amaysim’s prepaid plans have a 28-day expiry. If you want to stick with amaysim after your first three recharges, you’ll go back to paying $30 for 30GB, but you can always love ’em and leave ’em.

amaysim is powered by the Optus network.

iiNet phone plans

Most of us associate iiNet with broadband, but the telco also offers mobile plans powered by the Vodafone network. It’s currently offering 50% off the entire range, but the standout offer is the 14GB plan. Instead of paying $24.99 per month, you’ll pay just $12.50 per month for your first six months. Spending this little on a phone plan typically only gets you a couple of gigs, so having 14GB to play with is a nice bonus.

Once again, this plan is contract-free, so you’re free to bail whenevs.

Vodafone phone plans

If you’re looking for a big data SIM-only plan, Vodafone is hard to beat: $35 per month will get you 50GB. Just be aware that this pricing will only last for your first year with Vodafone, after which you’ll pay $40 per month. Since the plan is contract-free, there’s no issue with leaving when the discount runs out, however. Better yet, you’ll also get three months of free access to Amazon Prime – valued at $6.99 per month.

If you’re between 18 and 25, and you can save a further 10% off plan fees for your first year, bringing it down to $31.50 per month.

Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut , Australia’s phone and internet comparison website.

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