Month: September 2020

Google Messages Testing Categories for Better SMS Filtering: Reports

Google Messages may soon categorise your SMS messages into various categories. According to various screenshots shared on Twitter, the Google Messages app may soon get categories like Personal, Transactional, OTP (one-time password), among others to segregate the types of texts that a user receives. The sorting of messages on the basis of content is probably aimed at making the overall user experience better. Google is already working on various features, like automatically deleting OTPs after 24 hours to unclog inbox, in the Messages app.

As per user reports on Twitter, Google is testing SMS categories in the Messages app and it may soon be rolled out broadly. Screenshots from that test have popped up on Twitter and show various categories, including All, Personal, Transactional, OTP, Offers and More. Various apps, like Truecaller and OnePlus Messages app, already come with SMS filtering options.

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How to enable the Verified Calls feature on Android

If you’re looking to get even more privacy on your Android phone, you should enable Google’s Verified Call feature immediately. Jack Wallen shows you how.

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Verified Calls is Google’s way of amplifying caller ID in such a way that you can quickly tell if a caller is a legitimate business or not. With this feature now available, businesses can sign up to use Verified Calls which makes it possible for them to better inform you why they are calling. In other words, you won’t even have to answer the call to know why that legit business is trying to contact you. 

For users, it’ll help make it easier to avoid spam calls and make it possible to immediately verify if a call is from a company they trust. For businesses, this new feature can increase call answer rates and could help build trust between you and possible

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TikTok Ban: Trump Likely Exceeded Law With Attempted Move, Judge Says

The US judge who stopped a ban on TikTok downloads from kicking in on Monday said that President Donald Trump likely overstepped the law with the attempted move.

TikTok had showed that the actions against it “likely exceed the lawful bounds” of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) that was cited to support the ban, the judge said in his ruling.

District Judge Carl Nichols issued a temporary injunction at the request of TikTok, which the White House has called a national security threat stemming from its Chinese parent firm’s links to the Beijing government.

The government order sought to ban new downloads of the hugely popular video-sharing app at midnight on Sunday.

“Plaintiffs have demonstrated that they are likely to succeed on their IEEPA claims,” Nichols said in the written ruling.

The act restricts a president from prohibiting personal communications involving nothing of value, according to the

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Google removes 17 Android apps designed to deploy Joker malware

The Joker malware has been a persistent thorn in Google’s side as it keeps popping up in shady apps to infect users of the Google Play store.

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Google has long been locked in a battle with cybercriminals who create and submit malicious apps to the Play store that somehow sneak past the company’s protections. One especially pervasive and problematic piece of malware is the one dubbed Joker, aka Bread. In the latest round, Google was forced to put the kibosh on 17 malicious apps uploaded in September that tried to infect unsuspecting users with the Joker malware.

SEE: Top Android security tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

In a blog post published on Thursday, security firm Zscaler explained that it discovered and identified the 17 apps and alerted Google, which then removed the offending programs. In total, there were around 120,000 downloads for the identified apps before Google was

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Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, Nokia 6.3 Tipped to Launch in November

Nokia 9.3 PureView, Nokia 7.3 5G, and Nokia 6.3 smartphones are expected to launch in November, a report claims. Nokia licensee HMD Global is reportedly planning a major launch event in November where it is expected to unveil the aforementioned phones. The Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected to be a flagship offering from the company and has been subject to leaks for quite some time now. The other two phones, Nokia 7.3 5G and Nokia 6.3, have also seen their fair share of leaks.

In its report, NokiaPowerUser cited sources who said that HMD Global is planning to hold a major launch event in November where it may unveil the Nokia 9.3 and the Nokia 7.3 5G. While the sources only mention these two models, the Nokia 6.3 is also expected to be announced at the same event. The report also mentioned that the launch event is still in

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