Microsoft tells everyone to get off Windows 10 Mobile with new FAQ page

If you’re holding on for dear life to a Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile phone, you have less than a year to upgrade to something else. This comes from Microsoft itself on a new FAQ page surrounding the end-of-life of Windows 10 Mobile.

The FAQ explicitly states that Windows 10 Mobile customers should “move to a supported Android or iOS device” by December 10, 2019. After that date, there will be no more free support, no more software updates, no more security patches, etc., for any Windows 10 phone.

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However, if you have a Lumia 640 or 640 XL, Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 was the last supported update for them. As such, those devices will reach the end of support a bit earlier on June 11, 2019.

Either way, after these end-of-support dates, your Windows 10 phone will be unsafe to use, as Microsoft will no longer be keeping it updated with security patches to combat viruses and malware.

While Microsoft admitted defeat long ago when it stopped making and selling Windows mobile devices, this FAQ is a new nail in the coffin for the mobile operating system. Although Windows 10 phones had their ardent supporters — and the OS itself was praised by a devoted fanbase — user engagement was just too low for the system to survive.

If you are one of those supporters, you’ve got some months left to enjoy your device. After that, it will officially be time to move on.

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Get protected with Password Boss — just $19.99

Password Boss PremiumPassword Boss Premium is on offer this week, and if you’ve ever had your phone lost or stolen you’ll know why it’s handy. Without a password manager, even when all the insurance is sorted out and you’ve got a new device, how do you remember all your passwords to get back into your accounts? 

Most of us have something like 30 to 50 log-in details to remember. We were always told not to write them down, and your accounts log in automatically. It’s not realistic to remember them, and some of them may need to be changed regularly. It’s a nightmare.

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Don’t wait until you’re in that situation to test your memory. The solution is a password manager, and Password Boss Premium is a solid choice. It stores your log-in details for all your accounts, all you have to do is remember one log-in for the app itself.

Password Boss comes with a host of other features to make your life easy. It’s protected with military-level encryption, it generates super-strong passwords, and it synchronizes across your devices. It even has a remote data-wipe feature in case your device is stolen.

Password Boss at a glance:

  • Use one master password to fill in unique usernames and passwords for different websites.
  • Store an unlimited number of passwords.
  • Auto-fill forms on websites with saved passwords.
  • Access your passwords anywhere with syncing across devices.
  • Share passwords with an unlimited number of people.
  • Prevent data theft by deleting data from lost devices and utilizing two-step verification.

There’s no time like the present to get peace of mind. To get Password Boss for life across three devices is only $19.99 — a huge 86 percent off the retail price. There are similar big deals on the five-device and unlimited-device packages.

The deals expire soon, and anyway, you don’t want to wait until you’re locked out of an account. Hit the button below to sign up.

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Android 9 Pie certified for the Samsung Galaxy A7, A8, and A9 (2018)

The Samsung Galaxy A8.

If you own the Samsung Galaxy A7, A8, or A9 (2018), there’s good news for you today — the Wi-Fi Alliance certified all three smartphones for Android 9 Pie. That means all three of Samsung’s 2018 mid-range offerings are one step closer to the latest Android platform update.

This somewhat runs counter to Samsung’s updated software roadmap, which does not include the normal Galaxy A8 (2018). Perhaps the exclusion was a mistake on Samsung’s end, since the roadmap includes the Galaxy A8 Plus and A9.

Regardless, Samsung’s 2018 A-series smartphones are slated to get Pie in April 2019. Because the rollout might take a bit, the April 2019 timeframe might be more of a starting point for the update.

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Keep in mind that most of Samsung’s devices, including the A-series smartphones, will not get the One UI overlay — only the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Note 8, S9 and S9 Plus, and Note 9 will get One UI. The overlay makes it easier to get to certain UI elements with one hand and adheres to the  round aesthetic of Pie.

The stable Pie update with One UI rolled out to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in December 2018. The update isn’t available in every country yet, but it’s available in at least three countries at the time of this writing: Germany, the UAE, and Montenegro.

Facebook employees caught leaving 5-star reviews for Portal on Amazon

A publicity image of the Facebook Portal smart display in a kitchen. Facebook

If you visit the Facebook Portal listing over at Amazon.com, you’ll find plenty of five-star reviews of the smart display product. However, what you might not know is that a small handful of those glowing reviews are actually from Facebook employees.

That’s what Kevin Roose — tech columnist for The New York Times — exposed on Twitter earlier today. Roose didn’t use any secret trickery to find the clearly-biased reviews, he simply checked the names: three prominent Facebook employees used their own, full names to review the product.

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Not only is it a violation of Amazon’s TOS for a company employee to write reviews for its own products, but it also makes Facebook look a bit desperate. After all, it’s not easy to sell a product designed to sit in your home with a camera attached to it when the company is constantly in the news for data and privacy violations.

To that end, Facebook’s vice president of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth tweeted back to Roose:

[These reviews were] neither coordinated nor directed from the company. From an internal post at the launch: “We, unequivocally, DO NOT want Facebook employees to engage in leaving reviews for the products that we sell to Amazon.” We will ask them to take down.”

Facebook Portal and its larger sibling Portal Plus are designed to act as an Alexa-powered smart speaker, a video-consumption device, as well as an easy way to have video chats through Facebook Messenger. Although you can easily turn the cameras and microphones off, Portal has had an uphill battle from the beginning since several Facebook privacy and security scandals have dominated headlines over the past year.

The Google Home Hub — another smart display released in 2018 — does not feature a camera.

Click the button below to buy a Facebook Portal — if you’re into that sort of thing.

Slimmed-down Weather Timeline app is coming back soon under new management

Weather Timeline

The much-loved weather app known as Weather Timeline unfortunately got removed from the Google Play Store last fall. Due to rising costs, the app’s creator — Sam Ruston — elected to hide the app from new users to keep functionality working for existing installs.

However, a different company ended up acquiring Weather Timeline. That company — the awkwardly-named ACME AtronOmatic — just pushed out a new update to the app, a big step on its way to re-release (via 9to5Google). ACME AtronOmatic also promised that Weather Timeline will be back on the Google Play Store soon in both a free, ad-supported version and a paid, premium version.

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Unfortunately, Weather Timeline won’t be exactly the same as people remember it. The biggest change will be the source of the weather data: whereas the original app featured many different sources to give as accurate a prediction as possible for your local area, the new version only uses one source in the United States: MyRadar. That means other sources such as Weather Underground and the popular Dark Sky will no longer be options.

If you’re one of the lucky people who previously downloaded the original Weather Timeline, congratulations: you are grandfathered into the premium, ad-free version of the app. When the app does get re-published to the Play Store, new users will have to choose between seeing ads or paying for the premium variant (which, notably, is what Ruston was trying to avoid).

ACME AtronOmatic does promise that the “new” Weather Timeline will look and function much as it did before, albeit with the loss of major data sources.

We will let you know when the app gets re-published to the Play Store. In the meantime, check out our weather app roundup below:

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The massive Collection #1 data breach: What is it and what you should do?

Troy Hunt

  • Have I Been Pwned creator Troy Hunt announced the Collection #1 data breach.
  • The collection of files contains millions of compromised email addresses and passwords.
  • The compromised data supposedly comes from 2,000 databases.

Data breaches have become so commonplace nowadays that we’ve almost become numb to them. However, security researcher and Have I Been Pwned creator Troy Hunt just reported a data breach that will hurt for a long time: Collection #1.

Collection #1 is a massive file that was recently uploaded to cloud storage service Mega. The file features 12,000 separate files that contain 87GB of data.

What’s in the data, you might ask? 772,904,991 unique email addresses and 21,222,975 unique passwords. A significant issue is the stolen passwords having cracked protective hashing. That’s why the passwords show up as plain text instead of being cryptographically hashed when the websites were breached.

These cracked passwords allow for a second issue, a practice called credential stuffing. Credential stuffing is when breached username or email/password combinations are then used to get into someone else’s account. Attackers don’t need to brute force or guess passwords — they can just automate the logins.

Credential stuffing is particularly concerning for those that use the same username and password combination across websites.

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It just so happens that Collection #1 contains almost 2.7 billion combinations. It also just so happens that roughly 140 million email addresses and 10 million passwords from Collection #1 are new to the Have I Been Pwned database.

Let’s also not forget the decentralized nature of Collection #1. Previous breaches usually had a common silver lining: each breach could be tied down to one website. Not so with this breach, which comprises of breaches across 2,000 databases.

In this case, the only possible silver lining is that Hunt doesn’t know if every single breach in Collection #1 is legitimate. However, Hunt also said that this is “the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP.”

What should I do?

First, go to Have I Been Pwned and type in your email address. The site lets you know if an account that uses that email address was compromised.

If you already used Have I Been Pwned, you should have received a notification of the breach. Almost half of the site’s users are caught up in the breach, so keep that in mind if you’re a member.

From there, click the Passwords tab on the top of Have I Been Pwned. Pwned Passwords lets you know if your password was compromised and helps you to use strong passwords.

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If you have a compromised email address and compromised passwords, it’s time to clean up your password practices. If a site supports it, use two-factor authentication. It might not be foolproof, but two-factor authentication helps to dissuade most that might want access to your account.

You can also avoid using the same password across multiple sites. It’s tempting to use the same password for the sake of convenience, but the practice is a dangerous double-edged sword.

Finally, use a password manager. 1Password, Dashlane, and LastPass are three of the more popular options out there, though you can also use the tried-and-true method of pen and paper.

Oh, and change your password. Definitely change your password. Make it something complex, something that can’t be found in a dictionary.

Android 9 Pie rolling out to Honor View 10 in the US

The Honor View 10 is one of the very few Huawei-made devices to be available in the United States. Those of you U.S. citizens who bought the popular 2017 smartphone will likely be excited to know that EMUI 9 — based on Android 9 Pie — is rolling out to U.S. variants now.

This update is build number 9.0.0.201 (C567E6R1P12) which is specifically for the Honor View 10 model BKL-L04.

Since the update carries Android 9 Pie, it comes with the usual Pie upgrades such as adaptive battery, navigation gestures, revamped UI elements, etc. You can read all about what Pie has to offer in our roundup here.

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EMUI 9 also has some specific upgrades of its own, such as more AI features, an upgraded game optimization program, etc. Check out what EMUI 9 has to offer here.

You likely will receive an OTA notification soon which you can use to upgrade your device. However, if you want to upgrade manually, you can open the HiCare app, select Update, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

If you don’t already own an Honor View 10, the device is going for only $389 on Amazon.com right now. Click below to grab one!

For 2019, expect more Nokia smartphones in the U.S.

Even though HMD Global is one of the fastest-growing smartphone makers in the world, its presence in the U.S. leaves much to be desired. That might change in 2019, when HMD Global looks to expand its presence in the U.S.

In an interview with Digital Trends, HMD chief marketing officer Pekka Rantala acknowledged that the U.S. is “one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world,” and that there are “big boys out there” in the U.S., where companies like Apple and Samsung hold the most mind and market share.

Even with stiff competition, Rantala is “confident” that HMD will increase its business in the U.S. this year.

To that end, HMD head of sales in the Americas Cristian Capelli said the company is in talks with U.S. carriers. Expanding its retail distribution remains HMD’s first goal in the U.S., but Capelli said that carriers will eventually “be the main outlet.”

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You can currently buy Nokia smartphones in the U.S. from retailers like B&H, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Micro Center. For HMD to further expand its retail presence would be good news for its bottom line.

Also good news for its bottom line: selling a wider array of Nokia smartphones in the U.S. That’s not to say devices like the Nokia 6.1 and Nokia 7.1 are bad smartphones. It’s just that seeing higher-end smartphones like the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco officially sold in the U.S. would be nice to see to increase competition and the number of choices.

In the U.S., you have Apple, you have Samsung, and you have everyone else. With the likes of LG and HTC struggling to regain relevance, HMD has a real chance to carve out a large space to call its own in the U.S.

YouTube is banning dangerous pranks and challenges including Bird Box and Tide Pod

After the Netflix Original Bird Box became a viral hit, people around the world uploaded videos to YouTube showing them compete in the Bird Box challenge. While some of the clips showing people stumble around their homes were funny, others involved dangerous stunts such as driving while blindfolded.

After receiving demands from the community to not allow these types of dangerous videos, YouTube has announced that it is banning all harmful challenges and pranks.

YouTube announced its policy changes yesterday in a blog post (via Ars Technica):

Dangerous challenges and pranks: Reminder – content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death violates our harmful and dangerous policy, so we’re clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks. YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous. We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress. Read more in this Dangerous Challenges & Pranks FAQ.

YouTube’s official policy on harmful or dangerous content has also been updated. The following items were added to the list that already included instructional bomb making, hard drug use, and other acts that may result in serious injury.

  • Challenges that encourage acts that have an inherent risk of severe physical harm
  • Pranks that make victims believe they’re in physical danger
  • Pranks that cause emotional distress to children
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Many worry that YouTube’s guidelines are too ambiguous and will lead to some content being deleted while others are left untouched. As YouTuber Philip Defranco discusses, will this only remove videos involving dangerous stunts such as the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges or will it also wipe the platform free of everything that includes upsetting a child such as Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Candy challenge?

To enforce these new policies and deter creators from uploading harmful videos, YouTube is using its community guidelines three-strike rule. After the channel has been stricken three times, the video platform can choose to shut it down completely.

YouTube is giving creators who have previously uploaded this type of content a pass. Over the next two months, any videos that were already uploaded involving harmful pranks or challenges will be deleted without striking the channel.

Critically-acclaimed platformer Oddmar is now available on the Play Store

Winner of the Apple Design Award 2018 and one of the best platformers on iOS, Oddmar is now available on the Google Play Store.

Oddmar stars the lazy and selfie Oddmar, who is pressed into service after the village chief forces him to carry out his Viking duties. In order to earn his place in Valhalla, Oddmar must burn down a forest. However, it’s this forest that grants him several powers from magical mushrooms if he protects the forest from evil creatures.


The story won’t win awards, but the looks sure will. Oddmar’s quality of animation doesn’t have a peer in the world of mobile games and is on par with Ubisoft’s Rayman games from the early 2010s. You’ll have to play it to properly understand, but the animation makes Oddmar better to play with your fingers than with a controller.

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Speaking of which, the game’s description in the Google Play Store says it supports game controllers, but we couldn’t get our Shield controller to work with it.

Oddmar features 24 levels with various traps and challenges. Each level features three challenges, with some challenges tasking players to complete certain levels as quickly as possible.

You can download Oddmar at the link below. The first chapter is free, with the remaining chapters costing $5.49 to unlock.