The "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" spreading on Facebook is a scam and is illegal, the United States Postal Inspection Service warned.
Facebook users may have come across some posts talking about a "Secret Sister Gift Exchange." The chain letter asks a user to invest $10 to get 36 gifts in return, but the offer is just another online scam, according to the Tech Times.
The "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" bears some similarities with the Secret Santa gift exchange. The scheme requires six people to invite six more people each to send gifts worth at least $10 to the one who invited them. Once it is done, the name in the first slot will be crossed out and the new participants in the list will be asked to do the same for the person listed above their name, Mashable details. more >>
Smartphone users in Mexico were the very first to hear about a better Moto G version called the Moto G Turbo Edition when Motorola unveiled the device in the country. The budget-friendly Moto G is considered to be "one of the company's best-selling devices" because of its affordability and good enough specs, according to a Tech Times report. The Moto G Turbo Edition reportedly improves on its predecessor's processor and display, with its octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset and full HD display. The Moto G only has a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor.
The report said that the device will be available starting November 13 for a price tag of $283. It will initially be available in Mexico, but Motorola has yet to announce if it will be launched internationally.
Among the upgraded device's specs are a 5-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 as protection and a faster 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor that comes with 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 405 GPU. Internal storage is at 16 GB with expandable storage support via microSD. more >>
BlackBerry has finally made a solid move to attempt a financial turnaround by launching its first Android-powered smartphone called BlackBerry Priv, but some experts feel that the effort may have come five years too late.
The former mobile leader has already dropped way past iPhone and Samsung over the years, but BlackBerry wants to prove it is not yet ready to give up by launching the BlackBerry Priv. The first Android BlackBerry smartphone promises a level of security higher than that of Google's OS, but many fear that the device may not be enough to save the company, according to The Indian Express.
The BlackBerry Priv, which is now available in the United States for $700, runs the Android Lollipop alongside the BlackBerry software to quickly address the security flaws in the Android OS including bugs such as Stagefright. The smartphone is a good sell for customers who prefer a physical keyboard and those who want the hardware to match the online security measures of the device, Digital Trends reports. more >>
After the release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the Internet is already abuzz with rumors about what Samsung's next flagship will look like and what new features it will have. According to a TechRadar report, Samsung may be looking at a January or February 2016 unveiling of the Galaxy S7. Speculations have it that the next flagship will have better processing power and the latest pressure-sensitive screen technology, among others.
With Samsung's next generation 14nm production method in place, the Galaxy S7 is expected to have on board the fastest processors so far manufactured – the new Exynos 8890 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. These new chips, according to another report in Phone Arena, have a lower power requirement, even with faster processing power.
According to the same Phone Arena report, Samsung is reportedly working with Synaptics as a partner in Synaptics' newest touch technology called ClearForce. This may mean that the next Samsung flagships will be equipped with this new technology, which is likened to Apple's 3D Touch technology. more >>
Vivo's Weibo account recently hinted that a new smartphone is coming – one that is named X6. The Chinese company was originally expected to follow up its XPlay 3S with a newer version called XPlay 5S. Instead, it teased that it is in fact coming up with a smartphone that will be the first to have 1 GB of RAM allocated just for graphics, according to a report in Tech Times.
In its Weibo account, the company showed an image of a gift box with the name X6 on it. No other information has been released about the device.
If reports and rumors are true, however, the Vivo X6 will be the first ever smartphone to sport a huge 1 GB RAM entirely for graphics use, out of the 4 GB total RAM of the device. more >>
International copyright advocates are celebrating the shutdown of one of the "most prolific movie pirates," known as YIFY. According to a report in Yibada, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) claimed responsibility for shutting down YIFY and its parent site YTS after it took legal action against Popcorn Time developers in Canada, leading to the closure of popcorntime.io in late October. Given this development, the report is also speculating that the biggest torrent downloading site, The Pirate Bay, may be next in line to be shut down.
YIFY, along with The Pirate Bay, was one of the few torrent downloading sites left standing until recently. Now, TPB is still standing despite attempts by some international copyright groups to put an end to their operations. A report in Heavy.com confirmed that Popcorn Time and YTS-YIFY are indeed shut down and that several groups are trying to take advantage of the void the shutdown has left through the proliferation of fake sites, such as yify-torrent.org and yify-movie.com.
Another Yibada report noted that the YTS/YIFY shutdown resulted in some rather "intriguing questions" as it turns out that there was an out-of-court settlement between MPAA and the operator of YIFY. Originally, MPAA filed a multi-million dollar suit but in the end, decided to settle it out of court. The report said that the agreement between MPAA and YIFY involved the pirate operator providing information to MPAA about how pirates operate. The agreement has been labelled as unprecedented because MPAA is known for being very harsh on offenders of copyright law, as attested by the previous cases it pushed. more >>