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5 of the Weirdest Cybersecurity Suggestions

The human brain’s innate sense of paranoia likely evolved as a self-preservation mechanism to protect man against actual and perceived natural threats. That sense of paranoia, however, now makes man susceptible to unusual suggestions to protect himself from new actual or perceived threats that arise in modern society. In the cybersecurity arena, some of those suggestions can be downright weird, where “weird” is defined as ineffective or ignorant of the substance of cybersecurity threats. Five particularly weird cybersecurity suggestions have permeated the industry for many years, yet they continue to have traction even though they have been debunked.

The Default Permit Approach

Cybersecurity teams that implement a “default permit” protocol are treating symptoms without curing the disease. In a default permit environment, any external calls into an information systems network that are not explicitly forbidden are, by default, permitted. Network administrators follow this weird suggestion out of a false sense of confidence that hackers are not interested in breaching their networks, either because their companies are too small or they do not maintain sensitive information. The reality is that all networks are hacking targets, and preventing breaches from only known threat sources leaves a network vulnerable to other attacks.

The Unplug It Suggestion

Ending internet connectivity, avoiding use of public wifi, and staying away from social media will help a company to avoid cybersecurity problems, but total cyber-isolation will also kill the company. Some cybersecurity teams have suggested an “unplug it” approach on a subtler level. One cybersecurity expert tells a story of one of his clients that shut down certain ports when a system test had been scheduled. The test showed that the remaining system ports were secure, but once the test was complete and the closed ports were reopened, the system was once again vulnerable. Unplugging system access and gaming security tests are among the weirdest cybersecurity suggestions.

The Hack and Patch Practice

Businesses pay good money to teams of hackers that attempt to find holes in their networks, and then pay additional money to technicians to repair those holes. Many times, the repair has holes of its own that become exposed in subsequent system breaches.  This “hack and patch” practice is the equivalent of paying vandals to break windows in a building and then paying to replace those windows with glass that is susceptible to further breakage. This weird practice throws good money at a seeming solution that does little to create a more secure information systems environment.

Relying on Users and Employees

HR departments go to great lengths to educate employees on the best cybersecurity practices and to warn system users to protect their information and to keep login IDs and passwords secure.  At the end of the day, however, employees and users are the weakest cybersecurity links. There is no weirder suggestion than absolute reliance on user and employee education, regardless of how good that education may be.

The sad realities of the cybersecurity world are that network and data breaches do happen and that companies lose millions of dollars as a result of those breaches. Every company, regardless of size and the quality of data that is retains, is susceptible to hacking. Cybersecurity insurance provides a backstop against ruinous losses when all other cybersecurity tools have failed to prevent those breaches.

Pay the Ransom

Hackers have developed ransomware that holds a company’s network hostage until the company pays a cash or bitcoin ransom to release it. The FBI has inexplicably recommended that companies should simply pay this ransom, even though ransomware losses have grown to almost $18 million annually. Paying ransom may be a company’s only option when it needs to recover access to critical data, but capitulating to hacker demands is a weird cybersecurity strategy.

The point of all it all is, you don’t have to follow a suggestion. Read up on cybersecurity and develop a plan of action from there.

Lost Hard Drive Data? Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free

Losing the data on your computer’s hard drive can be the biggest nightmare for anyone. Even if you don’t use your computer system for official purposes, an accidental formatting, a malware attack or any other way of losing data on your hard drive may mean that the data is lost forever. However, any issue with the hard drive doesn’t mean that the data is lost forever. The same can be said for your microSD card, the storage on your cell phone and tablets, and even on your digital camera’s storage. All these storage systems are recoverable with the most reliable file recovery software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free.

Whatever the cause of data loss, this recovery software makes it easy to recover all types of data. The only thing you should ensure is that the hard drive doesn’t have any physical damages. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free comes as a respite for millions of people using computers and storage devices at the workplace and home to get access to their lost data without the need having advanced computer knowledge.

When Does a HDD Data Loss Take Place?

There are many situations when the data on your hard drive may be lost:

  • Accidental loss of file or folder.
  • An important file or folder on the HDD has gone missing without any reason.
  • You have lost files on your HDD because of some malware attack.
  • Any partition has been formatted.
  • The partition table has been damaged or become corrupt for some reason.
  • You are seeing the message – “NTLDR is missing…..”

Everyone must have faced different situations where they lost their important Word, Excel or PowerPoint files, images, MP3 files, video files, and other key documents on their computer or laptop’s hard drive. Many times it’s due to a virus attack. The files become corrupt and cannot be accessed. Many times the files are lost after running anti-malware programs. Sometimes accidental partitions by novice users can also create such situations.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can be used to recover all types of files using simple steps. Almost anyone with basic computer skills can use this file recovery software.

What is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is the best and easiest-to-use, advanced file recovery software that can be used for recovering data from HDD and a wide range of storage systems. This program un-formats and un-deletes files that have been lost or even emptied from the Recycle Bin. Whatever the cause of data loss, this program can help you recover your files using a Windows-based system.

Underlying Concept

The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free program works on the following concept for recovering your files:

When a file gets deleted from a hard drive, the file’s content’s don’t get destroyed right then. The Windows system will mark that spot on the hard drive to be available for storage by making changes to just a single character within t he file tale. The file may not be visible any longer in My Computer, but it is still present there. The file entry will not be displayed. In order to get that file back all that is required is to turn ‘on’ the flag – that single character.

How to Use the Program?

Here is how you can use this recovery software for getting your valuable data back.

Step #1:

Install the file recovery software by downloading it.

Step #2:

Open the program and choose the type of file(s) you want recovered. The following screenshot shows you how you can choose the file type:

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You can also select “all file types.” Click on ‘next’ to make the next selection.

Step #3:

Choose the disk on which you lost the data. Then ‘scan’ and the selected disk will be scanned in an instant to find the type of file you want. If the partition has been lost, the recovery software allows you to choose “lost disk drives” before clicking on ‘scan’.

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Step #4:

Once the scanning is complete, the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free interface will provide you a preview of the listed recoverable files. You can now even select the files you want to recover. Once the files are chosen, click on ‘recover’. The recovered files should be saved on another disk for preventing overwriting.

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This file recovery software can also recover your deleted files which have been emptied from recycle bin. Whether it’s your MS Office files, photos, videos, emails, database files or any other file types.

Even when the partition is not visible, it doesn’t mean that it has been lost. The partition is not visible when the partition table has been destroyed or deleted due to virus attack or accidental deletion.

The recovery software EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can be downloaded for free. The free plan allows you to recover up to 2GB of lost data. Upgrades are also available.

SpotCam HD Eva: Feature-Rich Home Monitoring Camera for Every House

The cloud is the latest revolution in the tech world and there’s good reason why it’s becoming so popular. Not only is its capacity unlimited, its potential is vast. This is why it has found room in the surveillance camera industry too. SpotCam HD Eva has integrated the cloud in its otherwise striking set of features to provide a security-cum-surveillance cam system that’s simply unbeatable.

The innovative features of this home monitoring camera system are simply out of this world. It has become a major brand and offers a value-for-money package that simply cannot be ignored.

Night Vision

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When was the last time you heard about a surveillance camera that could capture picture even in the dark? SpotCam HD Eva can do that without a hassle. It has specially designed infrared LEDs that automatically work in the dark and provide you clear picture.

High Definition Picture Quality

SpotCam HD Eva

Surveillance cameras are typically known for their poor picture quality. But SpotCam HD Eva has carved a niche for itself with its HD 720p picture quality. Besides, it has a wide angle view, another feature that’s limited with most conventional cams. 

Dual-way Audio Support

SpotCam HD Eva Camera

Some cams do have audio support, but it’s one-way. You can listen to the live audio feed, but can’t return communication. SpotCam goes a step further and allows you to speak over. The built-in microphone and speaker allow you to communicate with your family or employees using the cam.

Real-time Alerts

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SpotCam HD Eva is a smart surveillance camera. If it detects audio or motion, it will send you alerts to your email inbox or through the SpotCam app. So if there’s intrusion or unexpected activity, you will instantly know about it.

Go on the Air

This is another feature that proves that SpotCam HD Eva is different. If you want, you can setup live streams on your social network.

Go Computer-Free

Install the app on any mobile device (Android or iOS) with internet connectivity and view feeds anytime, anywhere. In fact, you can setup and use SpotCam HD Eva without even using a computer. Whether you are at the workplace, on vacation or traveling, get the live feed and alerts on your mobile.

The cam can be connected to your Wi-Fi network and remain online at all times. This eliminates the need for any cords, except the power cord. You can also schedule when the cam needs to be turned on and off. It’s also easy to setup. It takes just seconds and you don’t even need a computer to set it up. Just install the app and SpotCam HD Eva will start the live feed.

SpotCam & the Power of the Cloud

SpotCam provides you cloud-storage feature through its NVR plan. This feature means that storage is no longer a concern for you. There’s no longer any need to maintain local storage. The app will stream live video to SpotCam’s cloud server using bank-level encrypted (SSL) technology. Your videos are stored on MySpotCam.com and can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

The cam has multiple cloud-storage plans and you can choose the one based on your storage requirements.

  • 24-hour video recording: Free

SpotCam Live Plus Plans:

  • 3 days of video recording: $3.95 per month.
  • 7 days of video recording: $5.95 per month.
  • 30 days of video recording: $19.95 per month.

With the SpotCam NVR Plan, you can store your favorite clips forever. This is alongside the feature to store your live videos so that you can view them later. The videos stored on can be accessed from the cloud by visiting MySpotCam.com. The cloud can also be accessed from within the SpotCam app.

Share Videos

Social media has penetrated almost every aspect of your life. SpotCam has integrated social networks into its overall profile. You can share your videos and live streams with friends and public. Live video from the SpotCam HD Eva’s feed can be shared with your friends or public. So if an event is unfolding, you don’t have of capture the video in your mobile’s cam to share. HD video can be shared directly from within the SpotCam app or using your PC.

Key Takeaways

SpotCam is the sole major cloud-based home monitoring camera  brand offering indoor and outdoor surveillance solution along with pan and tilt feature. This is also the only brand that offers free continuous 24-hour cloud recording as a free feature forever. You can however choose longer-duration recordings too. The cam can remember its position if it stops for over 2 minutes. It will return to this current position once it has rebooted.

Overall SpotCam HD Eva is the first genuine cloud-based cam that offers pan and tilt feature. It also has a unique memory feature. This cam is the perfect cam for any home or business where you value all the unique features offered by it.

Sony’s latest bids to dominate modern gaming

Although Apple’s latest iPhone has created many headlines in the tech world, it’s Sony who could enjoy a spectacular remainder of 2016. This is because Sony have not only updated their groundbreaking PlayStation 4 device, but they’ve also sought to improve the way that we interact with the modern gaming world thanks to the stunning new Xperia XZ mobile and the fascinating PlayStation VR headset.

Such moves signal the all-encompassing way in which Sony seek to place themselves in the ever-changing tech domain, which suggests that although smartphones are in the ascendancy, there are still many different ways that consumers wish to keep themselves entertained.

Xperia XZ gaming potential

We’ve already given an overview of Sony’s Xperia XZ that shows how the smartphone boasts an eye-catching curved display and an advanced 23 MP camera sensor, but this beautifully designed device could prove to be a great little gaming tool too.

With a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a very responsive Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM, it should be capable of handling even the most arduous session of data-heavy games like Hearthstone.

Sony Xperia XZ IP 68 Certified Water Resitance

Sony Xperia XZ Fingerprint Sensor Technology

Sony Xperia XZ Dual LED Flash

Sony Xperia XZ Camera Sample Pictures

And thankfully the device also includes a very impressive 2900mAh battery that should be able to help players hunt down the hugely enjoyable and massively exciting progressive jackpots on online pokies games like Mega Moolah over at Lucky Nugget Casino without running out of power.

PlayStation developments

But it’s not just mobile casino games that Sony have got their eye on, as the brand recently made the bold move to introduce the PlayStation 4 Pro. This upgrades the phenomenally successful PS4 with a more powerful GPU that will enable 4K and HDR gaming which will make the visuals on games like Uncharted 4 all the more stunning when viewed on a 4K HDR TV.

Although there are a few that are disappointed that the PS4 Pro won’t include Ultra HD Blu-ray playback, it still represents Sony’s determination to match the convenience of mobile gaming with some bold moves to facilitate high-end gaming.

However, it’s the highly anticipated launch of the PlayStation VR that looks to be the most enticing prospect for fans of first-person shooters and even online pokies enthusiasts. This is because it promises to deliver a much more user-friendly virtual reality gaming experience that will be accompanied by over 50 VR-ready games to ease us all into the new virtual reality environment.

Sony’s new flagship Xperia XZ launched at IFA 2016

Sony Mobile launched its first flagship of Xperia “X” series i.e. Sony Xperia XZ and premium compact phone i.e. Sony Xperia Compact at IFA 2016 today. Xperia XZ features curved 5.2″ glass display and Xperia X Compact features 4.6″ glass display.

Sony Xperia XZ features new Sony IMX300 23MP camera sensor with laser autofocus and supports new Type-C USB Port. For the first time Sony has introduced new colors like Forest Blue, Mineral Black, Platinum. Sony Xperia XZ will be available from October 2016 globally in both Single and Dual SIM variants (depending on regions).

Sony Xperia XZ – First Flagship of Xperia “X” series

Check out the Xperia XZ detailed specifications below.

Sony Xperia XZ Launched at IFA 2016

Sony Xperia XZ Specifications 

Sony Xperia XZ Photo Gallery

Sony Xperia XZ Forest Blue Color

Sony Xperia XZ Camera Laser Auto Focus Sony Xperia XZ Triple Image Sensing Technology Sony Xperia XZ 5.2" HD Display Sony Xperia XZ Camera Sample Pictures Sony Xperia XZ Color Variants

Sony Xperia XZ Dual LED Flash

Sony Xperia XZ Hands On

Sony Xperia XZ IP 68 Certified Water Resitance

Sony Xperia XZ Fingerprint Sensor Technology

Sony Xperia XZ Marshmallow UI

Sony Xperia XZ 2900 mAh battery

What say guys, are you impressed by the specifications of Xperia XZ? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source – Sony Mobile

Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact Press Pictures LEAKED

Sony Mobile is about to launch two new Xperia Smartphones at IFA 2016 i.e. Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, both of them have already been appeared in many leaks so far. Just before Sony’s IFA 2016 press conference, press pictures of both devices have been leaked exclusively.

Fresh set of released pictures give us clear view of the design of both devices. Xperia XZ is expected to feature USB Type-C port, dual LED flash camera.

Sony Xperia XZ – Press Pictures

Xperia XZ pics have been leaked in dark ink blue color.

Sony Xperia XZ Pic Leaked

Sony Xperia XZ Flip Cover

Sony Xperia XZ Leaked Pics

Sony Xperia XZ Camera Pics Leaked

Sony Xperia X Compact – Press Pictures

Xperia X Compact pictures have been leaked in cloud blue color.

Sony Xperia X Compact - Press Pictures LEAKED

Sony Xperia X Compact Back Panel Leaked

Sony Xperia X Compact Flip Cover Leaked Pic

Sony Xperia X Compact Leaked Pics

We will keep on adding more info to the post as soon as anything comes up on the specifications front.

Like the new design? Drop your comments below.

Source – XperiaBlog

PDF Creator For Mac: Creating PDF Files Has Never Been this Easy

These days, a lot of professionals use PDF files as a way to share information or data because of the security and independence it offers and these are enough reasons to use PDFs. For example, instead of using Microsoft office, you can decide to use PDF since it is secured and not easy to edit. Even if you have already created your files in Microsoft office, you can always convert them back to a more secured PDF file so easily.

There are just few tools that you can use to convert PDF’s from Microsoft office in Mac and Wondershare PDF creator for Mac is one of the tools and the best of them all. With the PDF creator for Mac, you have an awesome tool that helps you convert all your Microsoft office documents to a more reliable PDF. Below are the reasons why you should choose this awesome tool.

PDF Creator For Mac

Download PDF Creator For Mac

Important Functions

Wondershare PDF creator for Mac supports the creation of PDF files from any Microsoft file type. It is important to note that it can create PDF whether it is from the old or new file format like PPT, PPTX and the rest. For example, you can create PDF from PowerPoint files. ( See how to create PDF from PowerPoint file). It works like a magic.

Wondershare PDF creator for Mac has solved the problem of wasting too much time trying to convert office to PDF documents. Make no mistake, this used to be a problem initially but with this tool, it is now possible to create multiple PDF documents from just one office document and all these can happen at the same time. All you need to do is to add a batch of files or better still, add the entire document folder and create the PDF files you desire.

When you do not want to compromise on the quality of output, then this tool is your best choice. It gives you the highest cutting edge output that works so well with other PDF converters, readers and editors. Everything is designed to standard from the resolution to the formats; you will get the quality you want.

PDF Creator For Mac

Awesome Features

  • This tool is just easy to use. You do not need any form of elaborate training to use it. Its user interface is friendly and intuitive that means if you can use a computer then you can use it.
  • There is also no file limit you can upload to the platform. Just import as many files as you want.
  • The quality of PDF produced is superb and it covers both old and new office format
  • It is highly compatible with Mac as there are no bugs, hitches and error messages when you use it on Mac.
  • This tool is highly reliable and you can always get quality help at after sales service

The reality is that creating PDF files from office documents have never been this easy, Just try it.

Avengers Bootanimation in HD for Android smartphones

Today we are sharing Avengers Bootanimation in HD for Android smartphones. It is compatible with all android devices with resolution 1080×1920.

If has a fluctutating black and white background having Avengers logo in between. You need a rooted android device to install the bootanimation.

Avengers Bootanimation for Android 

Download the bootanimation zip file. Rename it to “bootanimation.zip” after downloading. Take a backup of your present bootanimation file and then go to /systsem/media and replace the file here (with the downloaded one).

Avengers Boot Animation

Check out more Android Bootanimations here and games at hityah.com

Let us know, if you like it. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (shared by chitshiv)

Sony releases Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme officially

Sony has released another promotional Xperia Theme in the form of “Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme“. Magnificent 7 is an upcoming movie directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Theme is compatible with Xperia devices running Android 4.4+. You get cool navigation buttons and customized home screen and lock screen wallpapers.

Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme

Download Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme from the Play Store.

Download Xperia FIFA theme from Play Store

Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme

Download Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme

Xperia Seven Theme Apk

Xperia Magnificent 7 Theme apk

Check out more Xperia Themes here.

Like the theme, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact accidentally confirmed by Sony

A moment ago Xperia X Compact picture was leaked online (front panel) and now Xperia XZ and Xperia X Comapct names have been spotted on Sony’s Czech website.

By looking at the screenshot leaked, Xperia XZ is tagged under “Photography” and Xperia X Compact under “Pictures without Blur”. Both phones are expected to be launched at Sony’s IFA 2016 press conference.

Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact Confirmed by Sony

Check out the screenshot of the posting by Sony’s Czech website.

Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact Confirmed by Sony

Sony Xperia X Compact Pic Leaked

Check out the leaked pic of Sony Xperia X Compact here.

We will keep you updated as soon as we get more info on Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ.

Source – TechStatic | via – PhoneArena

Xperia X Compact Picture Leaked ahead of Sony’s IFA 2016 conference

Sony’s IFA 2016 press conference is just a week away and ahead of it in the fresh leaks, Xperia X Compact picture has appeared. Apart from the front panel pic of Xperia X Compact nothing is revealed for the time being.

Recently we saw pics of Sony F833X getting leaked which might feature a 5.2″ display with dual LED flash and a USB Type-C Port. It is still unclear whether both are same devices.

Sony Xperia X Compact

One can see front cam (without flash), flap on left side (most probably housing SIM and SD card), and a new Xperia wallpaper, by looking at the leaked Xperia X Compact picture.

Check out the Xperia X Compact Picture below.

Sony Xperia X Compact Pic Leaked

If we get more information on the Xperia X Compact, we will update the post.

Are you looking for Xperia X Compact? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source – @evleaks

Sony Album 7.9.A.0.6 app update rolled – Minor Bugs Fixing update

A new update for Sony Album app rolled today in the form of 7.9.A.0.6 version over the older 7.9.A.0.4 version. Sony’s new Album app update is only compatible with Android 4.2+ running Xperia devices.

New update brings minor bugs fixing and peformance enhancement changes only. In the earlier update we saw that now you can only browse and download content in PlayMemories Online.

Sony Album App

Download Sony Album App, 7.9.A.0.6 version from the Play Store.

Download Xperia FIFA theme from Play Store

Album 7.9.A.0.6

If you are unable to download app from Play Store, use the below link to download the Album 7.9.A.0.6 apk directly.

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Album 7.9.A.0.6 apk

Check out more Sony Xperia App updates here.

If you are facing any bugs in the app, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Download Android 7.0 Nougat OTA Zip files for Nexus devices

Google Android 7.0 Nougat’s factory images and OTA zip files are now live officially and you can download them to update your Nexus devices. Updating your device via flashing OTA zip files will not wipe any data.

You do not need an unlocked bootloader on your device, just boot into recovery and use the adb sideload commands to push the zip file into your device.

Download Android 7.0 Nougat OTA Zip files

Download the concerned OTA zip file from below link.

  • Nexus 6P (angler) – Download NRD90M zip
  • Nexus 5X (bullhead) – Download NRD90M zip
  • Nexus 6 (shamu) – Not released yet
  • Nexus Player (fugu) – Download NRD90M build
  • Pixel C (ryu) – Download NRD90M build
  • Nexus 9 (volantisg) LTE  – Not released yet
  • Nexus 9 (volantis) Wi-Fi – Download NRD90M build

New features like multi-window view, over 1500 emoji, multi locale language settings, quick switch between apps, Doze (battery saver feature along with new data saver feature), custom quick settings, notification direct reply, bundled notifications, display size, seamless updates, file-based encryption, direct boot, etc. will come on the devices getting update.

Download Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images for Nexus devices from here.

How to get Android 7.0 Nougat update on Nexus 6P? Steps here.

If you have already updated your device, let us know your views on this system update. Drop your comments below.

via – AndroidPolice

Download Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images for Nexus devices

Google released Android 7.0 Nougat update for public on Nexus devices and now it is rolling globally. For the time being only following news devices will be soon getting the update notification viz. Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One).

Both OTA and Factory images zip files are now available for download from Google officially. If you flash the OTA zip file then your device will get be updated to Android 7.0 without wiping any data but while flashing factory images, a full wipe is done (fresh installation).

Download Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images

New features like multi-window view, over 1500 emoji, multi locale language settings, quick switch between apps, Doze (battery saver feature along with new data saver feature), custom quick settings, notification direct reply, bundled notifications, display size, seamless updates, file-based encryption, direct boot, etc. will come on the devices getting update.

Download the concerned Android 7.0 Nougat Factory image file for your Nexus device. Your device must have an unlocked bootloader to carry out the flashing process.

  • Nexus 6P (angler) – Not released yet
  • Nexus 5X (bullhead) – Not released yet
  • Nexus 6 (shamu) – Not released yet
  • Nexus Player (fugu) – Download NRD90M build
  • Pixel C (ryu) – Download NRD90M build
  • Nexus 9 (volantisg) LTE  – Not released yet
  • Nexus 9 (volantis) Wi-Fi – Download NRD90M build

Android 7.0 Expanded emoji and Quick Settings controls Android 7.0 Split-screen

We will keep on updating this post as soon as new factory images are live for downloading.

If you have Nexus 6P and want to update it on Android 7.0, then look here.

If you have already updated your Nexus device to Android 7.0 Nougat, let us know your views on that. Drop your comments below.

 

Source – Google Developers

Sony officially releases Android 7.0 Nougat update plan

Android 7.0 Nougat is now officially live for Nexus devices and Sony has officially released its update plan now. New features like multi-window view, over 1500 emoji, multi locale language settings, quick switch between apps, Doze (battery saver feature along with new data saver feature), custom quick settings, notification direct reply, bundled notifications, display size, seamless updates, file-based encryption, direct boot, etc. will come on the devices getting update.

Android 7.0 Nougat update will land on following Xperia devices officially viz. Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance.

Sony’s Android 7.0 Nougat update plan

Sony has mentioned its entire Xperia “X” series and recently launched Xperia “Z” series smartphones. Somehow Sony has not mentioned Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 which could mean that they might not get Android 7.0 Nougat officially (in the first phase).

Android 7.0 Expanded emoji and Quick Settings controls

Android 7.0 Split-screen

If you own a Nexus 6P and looking to update it on Android 7.0 Nougat, check this post.

What’s your views on Sony’s Android 7.0 Nougat update plan, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source – Sony Mobile | Android Blog

How to Get Android 7.0 Nougat NRD90M build on Nexus 6P via Android beta programme

Google pushed Android 7.0 Nougat update officially yesterday for Nexus devices. Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will be soon receiving the OTA update notification for Android 7.0 Nougat update.

All those users whose devices are/were enrolled in Google’s Android Beta Programme will also get final release of Android 7.0 Nougat update.

Get Android 7.0 Nougat update on Nexus 6P via Android beta programme

Step:1 Enroll your Nexus 6P to Android beta programme, Click here.

Step2: Once you are succesfully enrolled, go to settings > about phone > system update > Check for new update. You will get a notification as shown below (instant notification).

Android 7.0 Nougat update for Nexus 6P

Step3: Click on Download to get Android 7.0 Nougat update on your Nexus 6P.

We tried above mentioned steps on our Nexus 6P running Android 6.0.1 MTC20F firmware build (stable public release) and successfully got final stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat update NRD90M build.

NOTE:

  1. Un-enrolling after updating your device (from Android Beta Programme) to Android 7.0 Nougat update NRD90M build, “will not wipe any data” from your device or rolling back to Android Marhsmallow. We did trying un-enrolling from the beta programme and it worked.

We will soon post the OTA zip files/factory images for manual flashing on your Nexus devices.

Let us know if above trick worked for your Nexus 6P. Drop your comments below.

 

Sony TrackID app 4.5.B.0.6 update – Bug fixes and performance enhancements

Sony’s music recognition app, TrackID has got a new update in the form of 4.5.B.0.6 version over the older 4.4.B.0.10 version. New update brings usual bug fixing and performance enhancements.

If TrackID app cannot find the song you are listening to, it will show recent results for others in your country. With this app you can explore music videos, artist biographies, etc.

Sony TrackID app

Download Sony TrackID app 4.5.B.0.6 update from the Play Store.

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TrackID app

If you are unable to download the app from Play Store, use the below link to download the TrackID 4.5.B.0.6 apk directly.

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Sony TrackID app update

Check out more Sony Xperia app updates here.

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Moto Z Play Images Leaked – Glass rear panel spotted

Moto Z Play images have been leaked in wild and it has been spotted with new glass rear panel unlike Moto Z which has metal back. Moto Z and Moto Z Force have already been launched in the market by Lenovo.

Moto Z Play images running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow have been leaked online. Design wise Moto Z Play looks very similar to Moto Z (same spots for camera module and magnetic connectors for Moto Mods).

Moto Z Play Images

Check out the Moto Z Play images leaked below.

Moto Z Play Images Leaked

Moto Z Play Leaks

Moto Z Play Glass Rear Panel

Moto Z Play running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Moto Z Play is expected to feature 1080p display, Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB RAM, 64 GB Storage, 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front cam and 3510 mAh battery.

What say guys, do you prefer glass rear panel or metal one? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

via – GSMArena | Source – Reddit, Instagram(loosage_ho)

Sony releases official Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme

Sony Mobile just released official Xperia Cityscape Rio theme on Play Store on the occasion of ongoing Rio Olympics 2016. Theme requires Android 5.0+ running on your Xperia devices.

It is compatible with Xperia Devices Z5, Z5 Compact, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3 etc. as tested by Sony. Beautiful yellow-blue colored themed UI is present in theme.

Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme

Download Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme from the Play Store.

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Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme

Download Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme

Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme apk

Xperia Rio Theme

Xperia Cityscape Rio Theme Review

Check out more Sony Xperia Themes from here

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Sony Album 7.9.A.0.4 app update rolled – You can only browse and download content in PlayMemories Online now

Sony Album App got a new update in the form of 7.9.A.0.4 version over the older 7.8.A.0.8 version. In this new update now you can only browse and download content in PlayMemories Online (other features have ended).

UI design of the device list in Google Cast updated along with usual bugs fixing and performance ehancement. Album app is only compatible with Xperia devices running Android 4.2+.

Sony Album App

Download Sony Album App, 7.9.A.0.4 version from the Play Store.

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Sony Album App, 7.9.A.0.4 version

If you are unable to download from Play Store, use the below link to download the apk directly.

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Sony Album 7.9.A.0.4 app

Check out more Sony Xperia App updates here.

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Sony SmartWatch 3 got M1D63G build update

Sony SmartWatch 3 recently got a new update in the form of M1D63G build update. M1D63G build updates marks the secruity patch, dated 5 July 2016.

M1D63G build brings Android Wear 1.5.0.3044569 version. Users who have already updated their Sony SmartWatch 3 are reporting better battery life now.

Sony SmartWatch 3 M1D63G build update

Check out the M1D63G build update details below.

SmartWatch 3 M1D63G update

Download M1D63G OTA Zip

M1D63G from MWD49B

Download Sony_tetra_tetra/283116eb9d1601add291ffd9c7bc922fad4b7f93.zip

A few users have reported an issue where SmartWatch 3 is not getting charged to full 100% after this update, a hard reset in this case might fix the issue.

If you have already updated your SmartWatch 3, let us know what’s your views on battery life. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (shared by lamducthien, sashank)

23.5.A.1.291 firmware update hits Xperia Z3

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update is rolling for Sony Xperia Z3 now, same update has earlier been confirmed rolling on Xperia Z2 also. It is also expected to hit Xperia Z3 Compact very soon.

23.5.A.1.291 firmware is confirmed in regions like France, Italy, Turkey, MEA, Austraia on Xperia Z3 D6603. Update is available via PC Companion for the time being.

Xperia Z3 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update

23.5.A.1.291 firmware brings security patch, dated 1 May 2016. STAMINA mode and ULTRA STAMINA Mode is back now.

23.5.A.1.191 firmware Xperia Z3

Xperia Z3 23.5.A.1.291 firmware ftf

For Xperia Z3 D6603

Flash the ftf on your device (no root, no unlocking of bootloader required, Tutorial here).

Download D6603_23.5.A.1.291_IT.ftf

If you have already updated your device, let us know your views on it. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (Shared/ftf by Jozinek) | Image Credits: NewBieSS

Xperia Z2 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update rolling out – STAMINA Mode is back

Sony Mobile has just pushed another Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update for Xperia Z2 which brings STAMINA and ULTRA STAMINA mode back. 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update has security patch from May 2016.

Xperia Z2 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update is confirmed in regions likes Algeria, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, USA. etc.

Xperia Z2 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update

Same update is also expected to hit Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.

Xperia Z2 23.5.A.1.291 firmware update

23.5.A.1.291 firmware Changelog

  • New Xperia Home Launcher (supports landscape mode)
  • Soft Charging Support
  • Stable firmware
  • More Responsive UI

Xperia Z2 Stamina Mode

23.5.A.1.291 firmware Xperia Z2

Xperia Home 10.0.A.0.55 App

Xperia Z2 23.5.A.1.291 firmware ftf

For Xperia Z2 D6503

Flash the ftf on your device (no root, no unlocking of bootloader required, Tutorial here).

Download D6503_23.5.A.1.291_Customized_MEA 1281-2115_R6D.ftf

Xperia Z2 23.5.A.1.291 firmware Video

Let us know your views on the new firmware update. Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (Shared by Jozinek) | ftf by skapunkcsd90@4pda | Image Credits: Lasantha | Video : Xperia

Download Leaked Android 7 Wallpapers from Nexus 2016 Device

We shared new Nexus Launcher from supposedly Nexus 2016 devices yesterday and today we are sharing new Nexus 2016 wallpapers from Android 7. New set of fresh wallpapers include both sceneries and abstract colors.

Wallpapers resolution is 2880 x 2560px which looks great on 2K resolution android devices. We have attached some wallpapers below in the post.

Android 7 Wallpapers from Nexus 2016 Device

Check out the new Android 7 Wallpapers from Nexus 2016 Device…

Android 7 Nexus Wallpaper 1

Android 7 Nexus Wallpaper 2

Android 7 Nexus Wallpaper 3

Android 7 Nexus Wallpaper 4

Android 7 Nexus Wallpaper 5

Android 7 Nexus Wallpaper 6

Check out more Android Wallpapers here.

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via – Android Police  | Source for Download