Tech Tip - Hands-Free Voice Control For Your Phone
Google’s Voice Access App (for Android 5 or later) lets you navigate your entire phone just by using your voice and Google’s voice assistant.
If you’d like to make controlling your smartphone an easy, hands-free experience here’s how:
Hard of Hearing? Skype Offers Live Captions And Subtitles
On 3rd December, Skype announced that it was celebrating United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities by launching its new call captioning with live captions and subtitles feature.
SIM Swap Scam Warning
A recent investigation by BBC TV’s Watchdog Live revealed evidence that some mobile phone shop staff are not conducting proper ID checks for replacement SIM requests, thereby enabling some customers to become victims of SIM swap scams.
Liberty Wins Right To Judicial Review Into Investigatory Powers Act
The fact that Human rights group Liberty has won the right for a judicial review into the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 could mean a legal challenge in the high court as soon as next year.
Tech Tip - Access Your Phone’s Photos and Texts On Your Computer
The Windows 10 phone app means that you can get instant access to your Android phone's photos and texts on your computer. Here’s how to get it:
ICO Investigation Into Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology
ICO head Elizabeth Dunham is reported to have launched a formal investigation into how police forces use facial recognition technology (FRT) after high failure rates, misidentifications and worries about legality, bias, and privacy.
Bitcoin and Other Crypto-Currencies Hit New Lows
After losing 74% of its value so far this year, Bitcoin’s value, and that of other crypto-currencies have continued to fall this month as a sell-off takes place in what some see as the natural course for the market, and as another opportunity to buy crypto-currencies at a low price.
70% Increase In DDoS Cyber Attacks On Black Friday Prompts Christmas Warning
Cyber security experts are warning companies with online shops to have adequate protection against DDoS attacks in place after a 70% increase in that kind of cyber-attack was recorded on Black Friday.
Mobile Networks Faster Than Wi-Fi
A report by OpenSignal has highlighted how the fact that smartphone users in 33 countries get faster average download speeds using a mobile network than Wi-Fi means that mobile operators and smartphone makers need to ensure that consumers’ smartphones aren’t simply pushed onto a Wi-Fi network, only to receive a worse experience than the mobile network.