Download videos, or fix your phone Here are three new Android apps worth trying

Hundreds on apps get added to the Google Play Store every day. Despite being an android user, you may not be aware of most of them. Besides the new ones, many apps keep getting automatically updated. You might have tried downloading and using an app earlier but uninstalled it since some features you wanted were not available in it. But the app developers and Android would have received feedback from other users of the app and after making the modifications the app would have been updated. Here are a few apps that are worth checking out.

Video Downloader HD

This is a fairly new app on the Play Store launched in February this year and has already witnessed nearly half a million downloads. As the name suggests it is an app meant to download videos from the internet. The app has been built with a browser which helps you search videos easily. The app has a search feature and once you input your requirement, all videos in that genre will be displayed and you can choose and download. This app does not include YouTube video downloads. Obviously, it is advisable to use a Wi-Fi internet connection to download and the app will work irrespective of whether you have a 2G, 3G or a 4G connection. Download and enjoy the videos you have always wanted to watch and share.

Jokes for Instagram

If you have friends who keep forwarding jokes to you and you have always wanted to join the fun and send some jokes from your end, here’s the easy way out. Just go to your Google Play Store on your mobile and download and install Jokes for Instagram. The jokes are only in English and they should sound funny and interesting. Though the name of the app seems to suggest that they are for Instagram only the reality is you can send these jokes through any channel, SMS, WhatsApp or Twitter or Facebook and so on. The app is absolutely free and has many categories and you can choose the one you like and use to enjoy the jokes yourself and to share them. This is also a brand new app.

System repair for Android 2017

If you feel something could be wrong with your Android OS or if the phone hangs once in a while, you may wish to find some remedy from within the Play Store. The System Repair for Android 2017 app was first released in last quarter of 2016 and more than 500,000 installs have already occurred and the app has received several updated versions, with the latest Version 3 just updated 10 days ago.

The app has the capability to take care of any issues with the functioning of the system and will act like an anti-virus programme and clean up the system and if there are anomalies found, the app will repair them and your phone’s functioning will be restored to its normal levels.

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Got an iPhone 6 Plus with ‘Touch Disease’? Apple Launches Program to Help Fix That

If you need the iPhone 6 Plus touch disease fix, Apple has launched a program to help owners of the devices find help for this frustrating defect.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) recently acknowledged that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may actually exhibit ‘Touch Disease’ symptoms, and has rolled out a program to help fix the “disease.”

The term ‘Touch Disease’ was coined on the internet to refer to the display flickering or Multi-Touch issues that surface after the iPhone 6 Plus undergoes stress, such as being bent several times or dropped on a hard surface.

Many iPhone 6 Plus users have in fact complained that the touchscreen will stop working entirely for several months. The issue reportedly stems from faulty chips inside the devices, according to repair site iFixit. When the iPhone 6 Plus is dropped or bent, the chips become loose.

Now, the California-based tech company has said it will repair affected iPhone 6 Plus devices for a service fee of $149 — as long as your screen isn’t cracked or broken, and the phone is in working order.

Although some iPhone 6 users have also reported the issue, Apple’s new ‘Touch Disease’ repair service, (officially named Multi-Touch Repair Program) only applies to the larger-sized iPhone 6 Plus for now.

Apple’s Multi-Touch Repair Program

According to the Support team on Apple’s official website, you must choose one of the following options prior to any service to verify that your iPhone 6 Plus is eligible for this program, and is in working order:

  • Apple Authorized Service Provider – Find one here.
  • Apple Retail Store – Make an appointment here.
  • Apple Technical Support – Contact us.

Once your device is cleared for repair, you are advised to back up your data to iTunes or iCloud before taking it to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for the repair service.

Apple added on its website that it will also reach out to iPhone 6 Plus users who may have already paid for a service repair related to this ‘Touch Disease’ issue, either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement.

“The reimbursement amount will equal the difference between the price you paid for the original service to your iPhone 6 Plus and the $149 service price,” Apple wrote.

Apple’s Multi-Touch Repair Program covers affected iPhone 6 Plus devices worldwide for 5 years after the first retail sale of the unit, added the tech company.

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Google Discloses Windows 10 Bug Under ‘Active Attack’; Microsoft Working on Fix

Google Discloses Windows 10 Bug Under 'Active Attack'; Microsoft Working on Fix

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Windows 10 vulnerability is win32k.sys system call
  • Google said it’s being “actively exploited”
  • Microsoft is unhappy with Google going public before patch

On Monday, Google’s Threat Analysis Group published details of a critical vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows 10 that allows hackers to escape security sandboxes by using a system call with win32k.sys. The reason Google chose to go public with this knowledge is because it believes the vulnerability is being “actively exploited”.

Google had informed both Adobe and Microsoft of zero-day vulnerabilities only 10 days ago on October 21. While Adobe has already issued a patch for Flash – which is available via auto-updater or manual install – Microsoft has yet to send out an update for Windows 10 that blocks the use of this mechanism. And hence, as you’d expect, Microsoft isn’t happy with the disclosure.

“We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk,” Microsoft conveyed to VentureBeat via a statement. “Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible. We recommend customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser for the best protection.”Google’s short disclosure period for “vulnerabilities under active attack” came into effect in May 2013, bringing it down from 60 days to just a week. Google noted that 7 days might be “an aggressive timeline and may be too short for some vendors to update their products” but it justified the urgency of its disclosures by saying that it’s still enough time to inform users and give some advice.

Issuing a fix for a web plug-in such as Adobe Flash is obviously much easier than patching an operating system, which is why Google’s policy for vulnerabilities under active attack has remained controversial. For now, you should check to see Flash is updated and install Windows patches the moment Microsoft issues them.

Tags: Google, Microsoft, Windows 10, Adobe, Adobe Flash
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Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 Users Report Battery Drain Due to Oculus App; Fix Released

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S7 Users Report Battery Drain Due to Oculus App; Fix Released

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The new Oculus app update is causing many problems on Samsung phones
  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S7, S7 Edge report battery drain issues
  • Some users also reported lag and overheating issues

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy S7 Edge owners are reporting battery drain issues, after installing the latest Oculus app update. Users have been reporting of the issue on Oculusand Reddit forums, and claim that the issue seems to resolve itself after the app is deleted altogether.

Samsung users claim that their battery drains quickly as the Oculus app continues to run in the background constantly and put strain on the smartphone’s CPU. On the Oculus forum, users claims that almost one percent battery drained every 30 seconds from their smartphones, because of the update. For all those unaware, the Oculus app is a required install if users want to use their smartphones with the Gear VR headset. Some Samsung users also reported that their smartphone refused to charge up to maximum, even after leaving it on charge overnight. Overheating of phones while on charge, and the TouchWiz UI going wonky was also reported in some cases.

However, Reddit users claim that deleting the app resolves all the issues at once. The devices stop acting up, they charge fully, and the battery drain issue also disappears. Oculus acknowledged the issue and confirmed that it has been resolved. It told Gizmodo that updating or re-installing the app won’t cause any of the above-mentioned problems now.

“We recently pushed an update to the Oculus app that inadvertently caused some people to experience phone battery drain. The team has issued a fix that prompts people to update the Oculus software when they open the Oculus app. If they do not see the prompt, then the phone has been automatically updated and no further action is needed,” the company told the publication.

Samsung has being courting a lot of controversies this season, and this latest one, however temporary, will cause further dents in its reputation. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fault forced Samsung to do a worldwide recall, reporting a loss of billions. For now, Samsung has delayed the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 in India indefinitely. It assures it will fulfil pre-orders soon, but has not given any timeline for delivering on that promise.

Tags: Samsung, Mobiles, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge,Android, Oculus App, Apps, Samsung Gear VR

 

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