France’s data protection agency, the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), has issued an order demanding changes in the way Facebook operates the social media site in France. CNIL is demanding Facebook stop tracking non-members without consent who visit the site and that they stop transferring some personal data back to the U.S. CNIL is also demanding Facebook implement stronger password complexity rules. The demands follow similar action taken last year in Belgium. Read more
The Nexus 9, which was launched in late 2014, is still being sold as Google has positioned the Pixel C as a high-end tablet belonging to another line that is just getting started. So, for people wanting an premium-yet-affordable tablet with stock Android, the Nexus 9 remains the most logical choice (unless you’re a gamer).
When the tablet hit the market, pricing started at $399 for a base model with 16GB of internal storage. And the 32GB model raised the price up to $479. Need a LTE signal for use away from a WiFi connection? The LTE model that comes with 32GB of internal storage is priced at $599. Today, though, you can save big on any model of the Nexus 9. Through HTC’s weekly Hot Deals promotion, the Nexus 9 has a 40% discount and a free Logitech keyboard is being included if you get the LTE model.
At the start of the month, Samsung opened up their built-in web browser to ad-blocking extensions. Adblock Fast jumped at the chance and quickly launched on the Play Store to help Samsung users block ads on the web, but it was yanked from Google’s storefront almost as quickly as it launched. Read more
Through their Go90 platform, Verizon is making available a special deal for the NBA League Pass for the second half of the season. To help entice potential NBA fans to sign up for the Go90 service, Verizon is also making some free NBA previews available to Go90 subscribers. You may recall that last fall Verizon inked a deal with the NBA to become the exclusive service provider for the NBA and several related properties like the WNBA. Making games available via the Go90 service was big part of the new partnership. Read more
Qualcomm’s most high-end chipset for the year is the Snapdragon 820. Qualcomm wants to make up for the downfall the Snapdragon 810 had last year with its new blazing fast and supposedly cool Snapdragon 820 chipset.
With just 12 days to go until Samsung takes the wraps off of its latest Galaxy S flagships, the S7 (SM-G930A) and S7 edge (SM-G935A) on February 21st, the leaks are increasing in frequency. Earlier today the stock wallpapers from the S7 Edge leaked online, and now a screenshot has leaked from the FCC with the S7 Edge’s battery capacity. Read more
Update (2/9/16): In the hours following our post, Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled the tweet that included the blurry photo. Justin Herrick, EIC of Talk Android, noticed Cook’s sly move when checking a tweet of his own that linked to the Apple CEO’s.
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Indian electronics manufacturer Amkette has announced a new Bluetooth controller for Android. Dubbed the Evo GamePad Pro 2, it’s supposed to be leagues better than the original Evo GamePad Pro.
As is often the case with mobile phone launches, the leaks and rumours increase in frequency the closer we get to the launch date of said device. In this case, we are talking about the launch of Samsung’s latest flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that will be unveiled on February 21st. Today’s leak has purportedly given us the stock wallpapers from the Galaxy S7 edge. Read more
Google announced today that it’s bringing Flood Alerts to its Google Public Alerts service. This new feature will provide real-time flooding data to users in India, which will be served up via Google web search, Google Now cards, the Google app, Google Maps, and on the Public Alerts home page.