Dual-screen YotaPhone 3 is finally official and it’s just as kooky as the last two

With an e-ink screen on the back the original YotaPhone was one of the weirdest smartphones around, yet somehow it’s made it onto a third iteration, dubbed the Yota3, which has just been announced in China.

Many of its specs along with its design have been upgraded since the YotaPhone 2, but it’s the same core idea, with a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen on the front and a 5.2-inch 720p e-ink Carta II display on the back.

That aside the Yota3 sounds like a fairly standard mid-ranger, with a metal shell, a 12MP f/1.9 rear camera, a 13MP front-facing one, a Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner and a 3,300mAh battery, but no headphone port.

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Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal

Alphabet’s Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan’s HTC to expand its smartphone business.

Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant.

The Taiwanese company was once a major player in the smartphone market but has struggled to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung.

Google expects the deal to close by early 2018, provided it gets the all-clear from regulators.

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Saudi Arabia lifts the ban on Skype and Whatsapp voice calls

Saudi Arabia is lifting its ban on voice calls on Skype, Whatsapp and other applications in the latest in a series of reforms by the kingdom’s new crown prince designed to make the country more attractive for business.

The conservative kingdom has previously banned internet phone calls – known as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) – restricting the ability of Saudis and expatriate residents to communicate with the outside world.

The government justified the ban in 2013 as a way of trying to “protect society from any negative aspects that could harm the public interest”.

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Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log into your computer.

The billionaire Microsoft co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function used to start up Windows computers is an awkward maneuver.

 “If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM (IBMTech30) for the issue.

WhatsApp Refused to Build a Backdoor for the United Kingdom

It sounds like messaging app WhatsApp isn’t backing down on its commitment to encryption.

According to a report from Sky News, the British government asked the Facebook-owned messaging app to build a way to give it access to encrypted messages, but it refused.

Encryption is a frequent hot topic in discussions around terrorism and extremism in the UK, America, and elsewhere in the world.

Apps like WhatsApp use end-to-end encryption, meaning messages sent on the platform are encoded in such a way that they can’t be intercepted and read by anyone other than the intended target — and that includes the company itself or the authorities.

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YouTube TV Updated With New Icon

YouTube is getting its biggest makeover to date.

The company’s iconic logo is getting a refresh, with the focus shifting away from the word “Tube” onto the play button for the first time. The updated logo consists of the YouTube icon — a red tube with a white screen and a red play button — followed by the YouTube wordmark in black. The logo also has a new typeface and color scheme.

According to the company, the new logo allows for a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens. This is because when space is limited, for instance on smartphones, the brightened icon can be used as an abbreviated logo, which can be seen more easily.

Android One Launches in the United States With Moto X4

The United States will be getting its first taste of Android One very soon. Today, Google and Motorola announced that the Moto X4 will be coming to Google’s Project Fi wireless carrier with the stripped-down Android One treatment. The Project Fi Moto X4 will cost $399 and come in two colors: black or silver. It will be available for preorder starting today.

The Android One version of the X4 is a little different than the one Motorola is selling in Europe and other parts of the world. It has a “pure Android experience”, which means that it lacks some of the enhancements that Motorola adds to its Android phones. You won’t find Moto Voice, Moto Access, attentive display, or one-button nav options on the Fi phone, but it will have Motorola’s helpful gestures and some display customizations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Fi X4 will not have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant either — the Google Assistant will be the only voice assistant option on the phone.

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Equifax Sends Breach Victims to Fake Notification Site

he official Equifax Twitter account encouraged people to visit a knock-off website that mocks the company’s security practices instead of the site the company created to warn of a massive data breach. That recent breach exposed personal details for as many as 143 million US consumers.

In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, an Equifax representative using the name Tim wrote: “Hi! For more information about the product and enrollment, please visit securityequifax2017.com.” The message came in response to a question about free credit monitoring Equifax is offering victims. The site is a knock-off of the official Equifax breach notification site, equifaxsecurity2017.com. A security researcher created the imposter site to demonstrate how easy it is to confuse a legitimate name with a bogus one.

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September Security Patch for Oreo Rolling out to Pixel/Nexus

Google on Tuesday detailed the contents of its September 2017 Android Security Update, revealing a number of fixes and patches that are set to start hitting the Pixel, Pixel XL, and compatible Nexus devices in the near future, if they haven’t already.
The Alphabet-owned company also broke from its tradition of detailing a new security update while simultaneously debuting its factory images and over-the-air (OTA) files, with the company stating that its Pixel phones, Nexus Player, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and the Pixel C tablet will all receive the September Android Security Update as part of their upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.
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