[Download] Use the official BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app to check if your phone is safe

By now, you may have heard a little about the BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability that billions of devices are exposed to. Even if you haven’t actually paired with another device, many of us leave Bluetooth active on our phones, which leaves them vulnerable to BlueBorne because it doesn’t even need to pair with the handset to take control of it. Scary, right? An IoT security company called Armis Labs first discovered ‘BlueBorne’, and has also published an app that you can download to check if your handset is vulnerable to this latest attack.

Samsung pushes out firmware update for Galaxy Note 8 with camera improvements and security patches

The Galaxy Note 8 was officially announced last month at an Unpacked event held in New York, with preorders going live on August 24th. With the official release date of September 15th coming up in just a couple of days time, Samsung is rolling out a day one update for the Galaxy Note 8 that includes some optimizations and improvements.

Huawei Mate 10 lock screen features ‘Smart Color Selection’ in latest version of EMUI

Having announced its brand new HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor sporting baked-in AI at IFA 2017 a few days ago, Huawei is busy prepping to launch the Mate 10 on October 16th in Munich. To whet the appetite, Huawei has teased the lock-screen of its new device that should launch running EMUI 6 and confirmed the aspect ratio of its display. 

Google’s Image Search now displays badges to identify Gifs, videos, and recipes

Google’s Image Search is a wondrous thing, but sometimes when searching for pictures of food it would be great to know if it was a photo of something you could purchase or even a recipe that you could follow. Thankfully, Google has updated its Image Search engine so it will now display a badge to do just that, as well as if there are Gifs or videos available.

HTC is working on removing the ads that mistakenly appeared on its default keyboard

These days it seems that we are bombarded by adverts everywhere we look, and while the experience can be irksome, it’s the price you pay for using a free service or viewing content on a website. The one place that you wouldn’t expect to see ads appearing would be on your smartphone’s stock keyboard, but it seems that taboo was accidentally breached over the weekend with some HTC users experiencing ads showing on the TouchPal keyboard that is pre-installed on some HTC 10 handsets.

Sony adds Amazon Alexa support to its 4K HDR TVs running Android TV

If you own an Amazon Echo device and a Sony 4K television (2017) with Android TV, you can now control your television by voicing your commands to Alexa. Thanks to a new firmware update for your Sony 4K TV, Alexa can control the power, volume, switch inputs, and change channels. You can even ask Alexa to play, pause, stop, or even fast forward your favorite show.