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Android Fails To Delete Data, Sony Sells Selfie Smartphone, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 09-07-2014

Also, Microsoft issues reminder over the end of support for Windows 7, Uber ends emergency price gouging, Apple patents all-glass iPhones, hundreds of free Microsoft eBooks, and kids react to the original Game Boy.


Android Factory Reset Fails To Delete Data

According to Avast, doing a factory reset of your Android smartphone will not delete the data to the point it cannot be recovered. The security vendor bought 20 Android handsets from eBay and set about recovering their user data. In total, Avast employees recovered 40,000 photos, 750 emails and texts, and 250 contacts.

As reported by CNET, Avast suggests that a factory reset clean phones “only at the application layer.” This means that “fairly generic, publicly available” digital forensics software is all it takes to recover data. Which is a rather scary revelation for anyone who has ever sold a smartphone Thinking of Buying a Used Smartphone? 6 Things To Consider Don't want to be stuck with a long-term carrier contract or simply can't afford to fork out the full price of a brand new smartphone? Whatever your reasons, the following are a few things that... Read More to a complete stranger.

Sony Starts Selling Selfie Smartphone

Sony has launched the Xperia C3, which looks set to become known as the selfie smartphone. The C3 has solid specs: a 5.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. However, it’s the selfie-specific features that are turning heads.

The Sony Xperia C3 features a 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera with a soft LED flash that can be triggered by double tapping the back cover. Once taken, the selfies can be edited and enhanced in a number of ways using software exclusive to the Xperia C3.

We know selfies 5 Things To Avoid When Taking Selfies Selfies shouldn’t be taken lightly, and there are many things you need to avoid. Read More are a hugely popular form of self-expression, but surely a smartphone made just for selfies is a little OTT.


Microsoft Ending Support For Windows 7

Microsoft has warned that support for a number of products, including all versions of Windows 7, is ending in January 2015. Thankfully, this is just the end of Mainstream Support, which comprises five years of major updates. Windows 7 will receive Extended Support for a further five years, which means security updates will be released until at least January 2020.

This hasn’t stopped a number of websites suggesting it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More . It isn’t, so don’t worry. Unless you’re still using Windows XP 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More , in which case, what the hell is wrong with you?!

Uber Limits Price Rises During Emergencies

Uber (What is Uber? What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More ) has agreed to stop what it calls surge pricing, and the rest of the world calls price gouging, during emergencies. The company has formerly upped prices when demand has outstripped supply, most notably when Hurricane Sandy hit New York.

The new deal sees prices limited during these kinds of incidents, and Uber donating 20 percent of fares to the American Red Cross. It shouldn’t have taken legal pressure to incite such a change, but a long overdue change is better than no change at all.


Apple Patents All-Glass iPhones & iPads

Apple has patented a method for making all-glass iPhones, iPads, Mac monitors, and television sets. If used, the method would result in devices with outer casings made entirely of glass, which would look amazing but introduce obvious safety and durability issues. Did I hear someone say “style over substance?

Microsoft Releases Countless Free eBooks

Microsoft has released a huge trove of free eBooks [Broken URL Removed] related to its products and services. Almost 300 free Microsoft eBooks and resources can now be found on MSDN, with Windows 7, Windows 8, Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and Azure amongst the products featured. Apple fanboys 8 Essential Twitter Accounts for Apple Fanboys I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention... Read More should steer well clear.

Kids React To The Original Game Boy

And finally, we have further proof that all kids are ignorant idiots. OK, perhaps that’s a little harsh, but seeing these brats react to the original Game Boy 4 Hidden Gems From The Game Boy, Nintendo's Original Portable Console Nintendo released tons of games on the Game Boy, the most popular of which are certainly the Pokemon games. However, the portable console has a massive library, and far too many games were overlooked by... Read More will annoy everybody who grew up playing this handheld gaming relic. Circumcision is so underrated.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Is the failure of Android’s factory reset a big deal? Is Sony’s smartphone for selfies a stupid idea? Does the prospect of an all-glass iPhone excite you?


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  1. NorthWest
    July 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Best policy for Android is to encrypt the phone. Problem solved.

    • Dave P
      July 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Good point. Not a mainstream solution though, as most Android users wouldn't know the first thing about encrypting their data.

  2. Horace C
    July 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    "In a split second I'm going to throw it in the trash can."
    Really? Really? When I got the Gameboy Advance (Not the original, but still, an older device netherless), I spend my whole life, raging on Super Mario Advance 3. And loved every moment of it... Sigh.

    • Dave P
      July 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Pfft, kids don't know how lucky they are. If someone handed me an original Game Boy right now I'd play it until the batteries died.

  3. Tom W
    July 9, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    The report on Android Factory Reset only showed doing a basic reset. There's a more advanced reset available in the boot menu. I'm not sure if that one is any better at permanently deleting data, but any article you read on wiping data from an Android phone will tell you that it's a more thorough option and you should use it.

    There's already a prototype transparent smartphone that was unveiled more than a year ago. I'm hoping that Apple don't turn this into a lawsuit, just because it has enough money to blind people to "prior art".

    • Dave P
      July 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      The problem is the vast majority of mainstream users will just do a factory reset and assume that means all user data has been deleted. The name suggests as much.

      Wow, that could throw a spanner in Apple's works. Apple applied for the patent last year but probably not before that prototype was revealed. I smell a lawsuit coming in the future.

    • Tom W
      July 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Actually, the vast majority of users wouldn't bother to wipe the data at all (something else the report failed to mention - how many of the 20 phones hadn't had the data wiped at all before being sold). If a user is smart enough to know they need to wipe the phone, most will be smart enough to google the proper way to do it, and find one of the hundreds of articles that mention the full option.

      Apple won't have any problem with the lawsuit. They'll either tie everyone up in litigation until they run out of money and give up, or they'll buy the company, or they'll settle out of court. That's just what Apple does. Innovation through lawyers in expensive suits.

    • Dave P
      July 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      You should probably write TND instead of me... you delved a lot deeper than I did ;)

      That's true though, even if just one of those phones hadn't been wiped at all that would have skewed the results. I do think most people will do the bare minimum and assume they're OK though, and not Google first. Sad but true.

    • Tom W
      July 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      If I wrote TND, I would fail miserably at the "digest" part of it :)

    • Dave P
      July 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Ha, that's a good point. The tricky part often is condensing these stories down to the bare minimum. I'll carry on for the time being then ;)

  4. Srivatsan Venkatesh
    July 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Some of those reactions hurt I tell you. Good to know a few of them knew what it was at least.

    • Dave P
      July 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      They hurt all of us over a certain age, eh? Perhaps it's just because it makes us feel old :(