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Which Is The Best Budget 5G Phone?

October 13, 2020 | technology | No Comments

KEY POINTS

  • Samsung has announced the new Galaxy A42 5G, a budget smartphone with support for 5G
  • The device is cheaper than the OnePlus Nord
  • The Galaxy A42 5G’s specs aren’t top-tier, but its price won’t hurt the wallet

South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced a new 5G smartphone that’s more affordable than the newly-released Galaxy S20 FE – and is even cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.

Samsung has announced the new Galaxy A42 5G, its first budget smartphone offering support for 5G connectivity. The device will be sold for £349 (about $455) in the U.K. and is cheaper than the OnePlus Nord by about £30 since the latter currently sells for £379 apiece. It is the latest in Samsung’s attempts to win a bigger share in the smartphone market, particularly in the budget device category.

The new Galaxy A42 5G boasts midrange specs that are comparable to the

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Election Day is 22 days away and political ads are bombarding your Facebook feed, mailbox and now your text message inbox. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Do Not Text registry that applies to texting the same way it does to phone calls. There is, however, still a way you can attempt to stop political ads from swarming your phone.



a hand holding a cellphone: Stop unwanted text messages on your phone. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET


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Stop unwanted text messages on your phone. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET



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Don’t click on links in spam messages, and do some research before replying stop.


If you’re wondering how the organization got your number in the first place, it’s because all states allow access to voter data for election purposes — so if you’re a registered voter, your information is on file. 

Here’s how to stop the unwanted political texts.

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Microsoft recently published a security blog that warned about a sophisticated new ransomware variant. Not, as you might expect, ransomware that impacts users of the Windows operating system, though. Nope, instead, this was a warning for Android users.

The discovery of a context-aware machine learning code module in the MalLocker.B certainly deserves the sophisticated tag. However, that module has yet to be activated, and more of that in a moment. What has grabbed the attention of Android users who have read the various reports online, it would seem, is the fact that MalLocker.B can effectively brick phones only with a press of the home button when answering a call. But how true is that, and how worried should Android smartphone users actually be?

First things first, this is a fascinating and highly detailed bit of technical

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 officially starts up on Tuesday, Oct. 13 — the same day Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 12. While you’re not going to find any discounts on the new iPhone on Amazon, you could very well see some slashed prices on older models like the iPhone 11, along with deals on plenty of phones from other major manufacturers.

Last year, Prime Day meant deep discounts on flagship phones like the Moto Z3 Play, the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Google Pixel 3XL. Amazon has already trotted out a bunch of sales before Prime Day officially starts, and during this stretch of time, everything from Alexa devices to laptops and TVs is discounted.

Here are the best early Amazon Prime Day phone deals we’ve found so far — plus one where Best Buy beats Amazon by $5. Note that prices and availability were accurate at

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Perhaps Sony’s best phone yet

October 9, 2020 | technology | No Comments

The Sony Xperia 5 II is what many people have dreamt of: a pocketable, easy-to-use phone that packs a punch as strong as any flagship. The Xperia 5 II may be small in stature, but it’s big on features and performance. Is it the compact(ish) powerhouse phone you’ve been seeking?

Find out in the Android Authority Sony Xperia 5 II review.

About this Sony Xperia 5 II review: We spent a week evaluating the Sony Xperia 5 II. The device shipped with Android 10 and Sony’s user interface skin. It did not receive any updates while we used it. Sony supplied the Xperia 5 II review unit to Android Authority.

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Sony Xperia 5 II review: Who is it for?

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I will admit that back in February 2019 I was skeptical about Sony’s brave choice to adopt the 21:9 aspect ratio for

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Drivers are More Likely to Wear a Mask Than Drive Without Using a Cell Phone, According to Survey From National Safety Council and TRUCE Software

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During the 10th anniversary of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NSC and TRUCE find far too many risky behaviors – and an unwillingness to let them go

ITASCA, Ill., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — According to a survey released today by the National Safety Council and TRUCE Software, drivers remain persistently unable to disconnect behind the wheel, even 10 years after Distracted Driving Awareness Month brought increased attention to a persistent roadway killer, and nearly all states have some form of legislation prohibiting certain types of distractions.

The National Safety Council is dedicated to eliminating the leading causes of preventable death and injury focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. (PRNewsfoto/National Safety Council)
The National Safety Council is dedicated to eliminating the leading causes of preventable death and injury focusing our efforts on the workplace, roadway and impairment. (PRNewsfoto/National Safety Council)

In the survey

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  • 72% of organizations plan to assess or implement Zero Trust capabilities in some capacity in 2020 according to Pulse Secures’ 2020 Zero Trust Progress Report.
  • 39% of organizations admitted to suffering a security compromise involving a mobile device this year, up from 33% in the latest Verizon Mobile Security Index Report.
  • 220% increase in time spent in business apps in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019 according to App Annie’s State of Mobile 2020 Report reflects how phones are the new platform of choice. 
  • Cloud Security is the smallest, fastest-growing cybersecurity market segment with market size of $439M last year, projected to grow 33% this year according to Gartner.

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It’s October, and Apple’s entering uncharted territory without having announced a new iPhone by now. Typically Apple announces new iPhone models in September, but this year, things are different. We now expect Apple to announce the iPhone 12 on Oct. 13 or Oct. 14 (here’s why). The delay isn’t really a surprise, as Apple has said this year’s release date is going to be a few weeks later than usual. 



a close up of a camera: Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. Angela Lang/CNET


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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. Angela Lang/CNET



Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


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Get ready for the iPhone 12 now, instead of waiting until the last minute. 


Current rumors point to several new iPhone 12 models, maybe even an iPhone 12 Mini, with a new design (a dark blue color?), 5G connectivity and improved performance. 

With this year’s launch inching closer, it’s not too early to

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SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service.

The products unveiled Wednesday focus on two areas where Google has struggled to make significant inroads. Google also used a half-hour showcase streamed online to introduce a $99 speaker that it says has better acoustics for playing music than the cheaper ones it has been selling primarily as a command center for its voice-activated assistant.

Google’s latest smartphone represents the fifth generation of a device that was supposed to prove the Mountain View, California, company can make hardware as well as it does software after the brand made its 2016 debut.

Although Google’s software is used by billions of people on their smartphones, its Pixel phones have barely made dent in the

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