Android Fails To Delete Data, Sony Sells Selfie Smartphone, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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 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 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
This company still uses Windows XP. Gosh, upgrade to Win 7 lah. It’s 2014 already, and Microsoft already ended its support for XP.
— Kelvin Rawing (@kelvinrawing) July 8, 2014
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 . It isn’t, so don’t worry. Unless you’re still using Windows XP , in which case, what the hell is wrong with you?!
Uber Limits Price Rises During Emergencies
Uber (What is Uber? ) 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
If you would pay attention to the world as much as your iPhone, we would be living in a different place
— Gabriela McNamara (@GabrielaMCN) July 9, 2014
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 for Work (@MSFT4Work) July 8, 2014
Microsoft has released a huge trove of free eBooks 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 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 will annoy everybody who grew up playing this handheld gaming relic. Circumcision is so underrated.
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