What digital security experts wish you knew about data privacy

Keep your data safe from prying phone apps.

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Digital security becomes more important each year, especially when it comes to our mobile apps. Many of us rely on apps for entertainment, navigation, exercise and social networking, but they are notoriously tough to trust. Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell at face value if an app is tracking you, even when you say stop, and no protection is foolproof in today’s world of ever-evolving technology. An app that behaves well today could turn into a bad actor tomorrow if the company behind the app is sold, changes

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Huawei’s P50 Pro, P50 Pocket get wider release with glaring omissions

The Huawei P50 Pocket folds up like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip series.


Following their unveiling in China last year, Huawei’s foldable P50 Pocket and flagship P50 Pro will go on sale this month in the UK and wider Europe for about £1,090 and £1,005 respectively (converted from their €1,299 and €1,199 official pricing). Due to  ongoing difficulties between Huawei and the US government, the phones won’t go on sale in the US, but those prices convert to about $1,470 and $1,355. This puts the phones squarely in luxury territory alongside the Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Pixel 6 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro vs. Samsung S21 Ultra: Which zoom is best

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro might be two of the best phones Google has ever made. The Pro model specifically has a gorgeous 6.7-inch, 120Hz display, a not-too-extreme price of $899 (£849, AU$1,299) and, of course, the cameras. It’s always the cameras. The conspicuous camera bar on the back houses a trio of shooters: a main 50-megapixel camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide and a 48-megapixel telephoto that offers 4x optical zoom.

That last camera is particularly important. Following the widespread adoption of Portrait mode and Night mode, zoom is becoming the big phone camera feature for many companies. That’s

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Finished your Wordle today? Give these other word games a try

Wordle gives you one puzzle a day, but other word games let you play as much as you want.

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Wordle has taken over social media. You can’t open Twitter or Facebook without seeing someone posting a set of gray, yellow and green blocks, a meme about the game, or debating the best starter word.

Wordle asks players to figure out a five-letter word in six or fewer guesses. After each guess the game shows gray blocks for wrong letters, yellow blocks for right letters in the wrong spot and green blocks for letters in the right space.

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Coming in February: Samsung’s next Unpacked event will feature the Galaxy S22

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S21 FE, shown above, earlier this month. But what’s next?

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The next Samsung Unpacked event is just around the corner: There’s still no word on an official date, but we now know that it’s happening in February. The tech giant will introduce its 2022 flagship phone lineup, likely called the Galaxy S22, at an Unpacked event next month, according to a blog post from company president TM Roh. 

Roh also implied that the event will feature a successor to the larger Galaxy Note, which hasn’t seen a new version since 2020.

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Pixel 6 Pro vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra: Which camera is better?

The Pixel 6 Pro (left) and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra and Google’s Pixel 6 Pro were both among our top-rated phones of 2021. With their impressive performance, their glorious displays and feature-rich experiences, both phones deserve the titles of “flagship” Android handsets and are still well worth considering even as 2022’s new phones begin to appear

And they both have amazing cameras, with the S21 Ultra particularly impressive with its astonishing 10x zoom lens, while the Pixel 6 Pro manages to give the iPhone 13 Pro a run for its money

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