Cell Phone Cancer Cautioning as Malignant Brain Tumors Double

New fear have been raised over the part of cell phones in brain cancer after new confirmation uncovered rates of a dangerous sort of tumor have multiplied over the most recent two decades.
Foundations and researchers have approached the Government to notice longstanding notices about the risks of radiation after a new examination uncovered an additionally "alarming" pattern in cancer than beforehand thought.

However, the new study, published in the Journal of Public Health and Environment, has stoked controversy among scientists, with some experts saying the disease could be caused by other factors.
The research team set out to investigate the rise of an aggressive and often fatal type of brain tumor known as Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).

They analyzed 79,241 malignant brain tumors over 21 years, finding that cases of GBM in England have increased from around 1,250 a year in 1995 to just under 3,000.
The study is the first recent effort of its kind to analyses in detail the incidence of different types of malignant tumors. 

Cell Phone Cancer Cautioning as Malignant Brain Tumors Double

The scientists at the Physicians’ Health Initiative for Radiation and Environment (PHIRE) say the increase of GBM has till now been masked by the overall fall in incidence of other types of brain tumor.
Last night the group said the increasing rate of tumors in the frontal temporal lobe “raises the suspicion that mobile and cordless phone use may be promoting gliomas”.

Professor Denis Henshaw said: “Our findings illustrate the need to look more carefully at, and to try and explain the mechanisms behind, these cancer trends, instead of brushing the causal factors under the carpet and focusing only on cures.”

In 2015 the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks concluded that, overall, the epidemiologic studies on cell phone radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation exposure do not show an increased risk of brain tumors or of other cancers of the head and neck region.

This was despite a study published the previous year indicating long-term mobile and cordless phone use triples the risk of brain cancer, although this contradicted other similar investigations.
According to Cancer Research UK, it is “unlikely” that mobile phones increase the risk of brain tumors however “we do not know enough to completely rule out a risk”.

However, the organization cautions that because phones are a relatively recent invention it may take many more years until the data is sufficient to make more robust conclusions.
Responding to the new research, Kevin McConway, Emeritus Professor of Applied Statistics at The Open University, said the significance of the trend may be less clear cut than the research group claim.
But he added: “This research does point to something that may well be worth investigating further. “Other studies in other parts of the world have found similar increases.” “It’s important, though, to understand that this new paper did not examine any new data at all about potential causes for the increase.”

The new study list causal factors aside from mobile phone use that may explain the GMB trend, including radiation from X-rays, CT scans and the fallout from atomic bomb tests in the atmosphere.

“This Journal of Public Health and Environment study was published independently and was not funded by Children with Cancer UK, however any rise in the number of children being diagnosed with cancer is deeply worrying – particularly for brain tumors which have a very poor prognosis.

“Brain tumors kill more children in the UK than any other cancer. It’s essential we fund more research to make kinder and safer treatments for young patients and understand why there is an increase in incidence rates .” said: Cliff O’Gorman, Chief Executive of Children with Cancer UK.

LG's Financial Plan K30 Phone comes to T-Mobile in the US

LG revived its mid-range telephones at Mobile World Congress this year. And keeping in mind that we were altogether occupied with its ostentatious leader gadgets this week, one of those moderate telephones — the K30 — wound up accessible at T-Mobile. It’s a re-branded K10, which LG announced in February this year. It features a 5.3-inch HD display, 32GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,880mAh battery. T-Mobile doesn’t even list the phone’s RAM (likely 2GB) or processor model, so that’s a great sign. It’s running Android 7.1 Nougat, unlike the K10, which runs Marshmallow, according to XDA-Developers and T-Mobile.  
"Updated to account for XDA-Developers’ reporting that indicates that the phone might not ship with USB-C. Also corrected to say that the phone runs Android Nougat, not Marshmallow".
 
LG's Financial Plan K30 Phone comes to T-Mobile in the US

Now, T-Mobile says the phone charges over USB-C on its website, but XDA-Developers says that’s wrong and it actually uses Micro-USB. I want to believe USB-C is accurate, but my heart’s telling me it’s too good to be true. The K30 costs $225, or $9 per month for two years.

Whatever is left of the refresh K-series phones will probably remain abroad. Yet, all things considered, in case you're pondering higher-end LG devices, the company just presented its new G7 ThinQ, and additionally its V30S ThinQ prior this year. These telephones ought to be accessible soon.

Step by step instructions to Sell Your Old Phone Safely

The high cost of another telephone can be a hard pill to swallow, however it winds up simpler in the event that you offer your old one. Here's the manner by which to ensure your own data is safely wiped before you hand your telephone off to an outsider.

First: Back it up
Before you do anything, back up all the data currently on your phone. Not only will this prevent you from losing precious photos, but it’ll also make setting up your new phone a breeze, since you can restore all your apps, contacts and other data from the backup.

iPhone users: If you’re signed into iCloud, there’s a good chance your phone is already backing itself up automatically (you can check by going to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup and making sure the switch is “On”). But iCloud storage is limited, and it takes a long time to download all that data, so if you’re moving to a new phone, I recommend backing up manually to iTunes on your computer.

To do so, plug your iPhone into your PC or Mac and launch iTunes. Click the iPhone button that appears in the top-left corner of the toolbar, and click the “Back Up Now” button. This process may take a few minutes, but when it’s done, you’ll have your important information backed up to your computer, and your new phone will prompt you to restore from iTunes during the initial setup.
Step by step instructions to Sell Your Old Phone Safely
Android users: Every Android phone is a little different, and you’ll probably have to do some digging to make sure everything is backed up before continuing. Your contacts, calendar and other similar data are probably already synced with your Google account, and you can automatically back up app data, call history, device settings, photos and text messages from Settings > System > Backup (just make sure the switch is turned on). But it couldn’t hurt to go through your apps and make sure their settings are backed up somewhere, too.

If you log into an app with an account, it probably backs up your data regularly to that account. In other cases, you may need to manually create a backup file from that app’s settings. Then you can plug your phone into your computer, drag those backup files onto your desktop (I’d also drag your photos over, just in case) and store them safely for your next phone. If you aren’t sure if you have everything, it might be a good idea to buy your new phone before selling the old one, so you can make sure you have what you need before wiping.

De-register your accounts
Before you erase everything, you should “De-register” your phone from your accounts. This ensures that the phone’s new owner won’t run into problems when he or she tries to activate the phone, and that you can’t track the phone’s location after you sell it.

iPhone users: First, head to Settings > Your Name and tap “Sign Out” at the bottom of the screen. This will remove the device from your account, allowing the new owner to activate the phone with his or hers. If you have an Apple Watch, you’ll want to unpair that as well, and if you’re moving to a non-iPhone, you’ll want to De-register iMessage or you may not get text messages from other iPhone users on your new phone.

Android users: Most Android phones shouldn’t run into trouble if someone else tries to activate them with a new account, but to be safe, it’s a good idea to sign out of your Google account before resetting your phone. Head to Settings > Users & Accounts, tap on your Google account and tap the “Remove Account” button. If you have a Samusng phone, you should also sign out of your Samsung account from Settings > Accounts > Samsung Account — tap the three dots in the corner and choose “Remove Account.” (Note that these menus may be slightly different for different phones.) Securely wipe your data

Once you’re sure you have everything backed up, you’re ready to erase that data from your device. Take care, though: This needs to be done in a way that ensures the phone’s new owner can’t recover any of your personal information.

When you delete a file from your phone or computer, it isn’t actually erased. The device just marks that space “free” to overwrite with other data. But anyone with easy-to-obtain recovery software can view recently deleted files, which means your personal information is at risk.

That’s one of the reasons encrypting your devices is so important — especially if you’re going to erase and sell them. If your device is encrypted before performing a factory reset, any leftover data on the device will appear as a jumbled mess to anyone who tries to recover it, and your personal information will remain secret and safe.

iPhone users: Thankfully, every iPhone since the 3GS is encrypted by default. (In fact, there’s not even a way to turn it off.) If you have an iPhone, you can securely erase your device by heading to Settings > General > Reset and tapping “Erase All Content and Settings.” When the process is finished, it will return you to the “Welcome” screen you originally saw when you bought the phone.

Android users: Many Android devices are encrypted, but it varies depending on the manufacturer and age of your device. So we recommend a few extra steps before erasing your Android-based smartphone. Head to Settings > Security and look for an “Encryption” setting. If you see something that says your phone is encrypted, you’re good to go — otherwise, tap “Encrypt Phone” to start the process. (Again, these instructions may be slightly different depending on your phone.)

The encryption process may take a few hours, but once it’s finished, you can now proceed to erase your phone. Head to Settings > System > Reset Options and choose “Erase All Data (Factory Reset).” Once that’s done, your phone will be as good as new.

If you have a particularly old Android phone, you may not have an option to encrypt it. You can, however, factory reset your phone, then use an app like iShredder 5 to erase the free space on the phone, then perform another factory reset.

Get your phone ready for sale
Now that your device is wiped, you’re ready to post your phone and get that cash! Now is a good time to remove your SIM card on the side of your phone using a small paper clip. This occasionally contains personal information, and it’s also linked to your cellular account, so you’ll need it to activate your new phone.

If you’re using an Android phone with an SD card, you’ll probably want to remove that as well. While you can erase the SD card and include it in the sale, it’s more complex to erase it securely, so it’s better to just keep it. If you want to include a microSD card to increase the sale price, you can buy a good one for $20 or less.

At that point, make sure to give your telephone a decent cleaning with a delicate, dry fabric to get earth, grime and fingerprints off of it (particularly in the event that you had a case, which can truly cake soil on the edges). Take great photographs of the telephone — some place with great lighting and a white foundation is perfect — and post it available to be purchased. The more frill you incorporate, similar to the first charger, earphones and box, the more cash you can get — particularly in the event that you offer some place like Swappa, which doesn't have the robust expenses that destinations like eBay can charge. Simply make certain to leave yourself a little space for transaction on your rundown cost on the off chance that individuals attempt to talk you down.

IOS 11.3 has been Released

IOS 11.3 has been released. First previewed by Apple in January, the release has gone through six beta releases, over which many of the features have appeared and disappeared. It is available for iPhone, iPad, and HomePod, and is accompanied by updates for Apple's other devices: tvOS 11.3 for Apple TV and WatchOS 4.3 for Apple Watch.

Notably absent from this release is AirPlay 2, which will surely disappoint all the HomePod early adopters. Also missing is Messages in iCloud, first promised for iOS 11 back at WWDC back in June 2017. The feature was available in the latest beta, but has been removed from the final 11.3 release.

What's in iOS 11.3? Battery and Performance (beta)
As promised, Apple has brought much-needed power management to the battery settings in iOS 11.3. Users can see their overall battery health, and your phone will recommend if it needs to be serviced. You will also be told if your battery is triggering a chip slowdown, and you can choose to turn that feature off. The switch will only be available for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. Head to Settings > Battery > Battery Health (Beta) and you will see the peak capacity (relative to a brand-new battery) and whether or not your phone is capable of sustaining peak performance. If your older iPhone is subject to slowing down because the battery can no longer deliver the necessary peak voltage for full performance, this is where you would see it. This is also where you would disable such throttling. 

IOS 11.3 has been Released

ARKit 1.5
Apple is also raising its AR game with ARKit 1.5, bringing "even more immersive AR experiences that better integrate with the world and giving them the tools to power a new generation of AR apps". The new ARKit will be able to recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces such as walls and doors, as well as map non-square surfaces such as circular tables. The real-time video view on your screen gets a big boost in resolution, too. Tim Cook has been a huge proponent of AR, and told the Financial. Post that "AR is the most profound technology of the future. It amplifies human performance. It amplifies humans, not substitutes, and doesn't isolate. I'm a huge believer in it".

Animoji
iPhone X users will also get four new Animoji to play with: a lion (see above), bear, dragon, and skull.

Safari 11.1
iOS 11.3 (and macOS 10.13.4) ship with Safari 11.1. The new version sports a number of new features, including:  
  • Service Workers: Implement background scripts for offline web applications and faster web pages.  
  • Payment Request: Provide a consistent user payment experience in Safari using a standards-based API.  
  • Security Improvements: Improved protection against memory corruption and code execution attacks.  
  • Web Inspector Updates: New designs for the Network Tab and the Styles sidebar in the Elements Tab. Users can expect better password auto-fill (including in apps that use Web View), a better Reader mode, and improved protection against cross-site web tracking.

Business Chat (beta)
Apple has added a new feature to Messages called Business Chat that lets users communicate directly with businesses, including Discover, Hilton, Lowe's, and Wells Fargo. That way, you can schedule service appointments or make purchases without sharing contact information.

Health Records (beta)
iOS 11.3 features a new Health Records app that aims to streamline patients' medical data across health-care providers. According to Apple, the pass code-protected app will collect health data from various institutions and organize them into a single view, including notifications for lab results, medications, and conditions. A limited number of private health providers support this feature right now (as it is in beta), but the list will grow over time.

Videos in Music and News
Among the other additions in iOS 11.3 are music videos inside Apple Music and news video clips inside Apple News. Apple added thousands of music videos to Apple Music along with a bunch of curated playlists; you can find them in Apple Music by heading to the Browse tab, and then selecting Music Videos.

HomeKit and AML
Apple is highlighting HomeKit software authentication (a feature it first talked about last year), which removes a big barrier for smart home gadget makers. They used to have to include a special secure authentication chip in their products to support HomeKit, but no longer. Apple will also support Advanced Mobile Location (AML). This is a feature used primarily across Europe that will automatically turn on location services and text your location to emergency responders when you call emergency services. It has been supported on Android since 2016 and already has some high-profile success stories, so it's good to see Apple jumping on board.

Lots of little things
iOS 11.3 is full of small improvements, too. There's better power management for iPads that are constantly hooked up to a power supply (like those in kiosks), a few tweaks to the App Store, and improved Japanese and Chinese keyboards, just to name a few. And of course, you'll find a tot of bug fixes in this release.

How to get it
You'll receive a notification that iOS 11.3 is ready for you sometime over the coming days. But if you want to grab it as soon as possible, simply open Settings and head to General and then Software Update.

Xiaomi has announced Mi Mix 2S

Xiaomi has announced its Mi Mix 2S, an upgrade on the Mi Mix 2 with an enhanced camera that integrates AI, improved performance, wireless charging and more.

New features
It was no surprise to see Xiaomi add the 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU and 7.5W Qi wireless charging to the Mi Mix 2S. The result is up to 30 percent increased performance and 15 percent improved power efficiency, plus added convenience. Though wireless charging is slower than cable charging (the Mi Mix 2S will wirelessly charge in two hours and 40 minutes), it’s handy to be able to throw down your phone and not fiddle with cables. 

The Chinese firm has increased the screen-to body ratio and created a design that somehow beats the previous impossibly good-looking and award winning handset, with a full-screen 5.99in display (sans notch), a curved ceramic body and 7000-series aluminum frame. Xiaomi says it’s the perfect marriage of technology and art.

Xiaomi has also implemented Face Unlock and ARCore technology and support for 43 global bands, and it’s upgraded the camera. The latter is the headline feature in this upgrade.

Now with two 12Mp cameras at the rear (wideangle plus telephoto), the Mi Mix 2S integrates AI and can do clever stuff such as on-the-fly translation and currency conversion, and intelligent background blurring. The latter is actually also possible from a single camera, which means you can create bokeh-effect selfies, too.

It’s a seriously impressive camera – Apple’s iPhone X took an absolute battering during the launch in comparison – and a high DxOMark score of 101 points places it two points higher than even the Samsung Galaxy S9. You can see one of the photos captured by the Mi Mix 2S overleaf.

The camera has an incredible 206 preset scene modes, and with dual-pixel autofocus that increases the number of focus points 30 times over is superfast to compose a shot. More impressive still is the massive 1.4μm pixel size, which makes for even better low-light shots with 25 percent more light intake, 2x optical zoom, four-axis OIS and hardware-level noise reduction.

The sensor in question is a Sony IMX 363 with a six-element lens and f/1.8 aperture.

Specifications Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S :

  • 5.99in (2160x1080, 403ppi) IPS LCD capacitive display 
  • Android 8.0 Oreo 
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 835 processor 
  • Octa-core 4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver CPU 
  • Adreno 630 GPU • 6/8GB RAM 
  • 128/256GB storage 
  • Fingerprint scanner 
  • Dual rear-facing cameras: 12Mp (f/1.8, 1/2.55in,1.4µm) and 12Mp (f/2.4, 1/2.9in, 1µm), 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection auto-focus, 4-axis OIS, dual-LED dual-tone flash 
  • 5Mp front-facing camera: f/2.0, 1.4µm, 1080p 
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0 
  • A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • USB 2.0 Type-C 
  • Non-removable lithium-ion 3,400mAh battery 
  • 150.9x74.9x8.1mm 
  • 191g

How to Get Google Play Music for Free

Google’s answer to Spotify is called Google PlayMusic, a music streaming service that costs£9.99 per month and gives you unlimited access to millions of songs. You can get Google Play Music for free, though. Here we show you how.

Get the Google Play Music free trial
The best way to get Google Play Music for free is by taking advantage of the 30-day trial. It is completely ad-free and you’ll have access to the entire library with unlimited skips.
You can sign up for the trial by at Family plan Apps,but be sure to cancel before you’re charged. You can cancel the subscription right away and continue using your 30 day trial confident that you won’t have to pay the $13.93 at the end of it.

Get the free version of Google Play Music For a truly free version of Google Play Music, you can go to the same sign-up page on which you’ll find access to the free trial Family plan Apps but instead of clicking subscribe you need to click ‘No Thanks’. You’ll still need to add a card or PayPal account, but as long as you don’t buy any music from the Play store you won’t be charged.

There’s a major catch here, though. Unlike the likes of Spotify and Deezer, Google’s free version is not at all like it’s paid for version. You won’t get access to the streaming library at all (with Spotify and Deezer you get ads, a set number of skips and other limited features with the free version but otherwise access to the same service).

Instead, you’ll be able to upload up to 50,000 of your own songs to Google Play Music that you’ll be able to listen to across all of your devices including iOS. These can be MP3 files you’ve purchased from anywhere. You’ll also get recommendations based on your tastes.

While still a very useful service, it’s probably not quite what you were expecting from a free version of Google Play Music (it surprised us, too). If a free music streaming service is what you’re after, you won’t fid that from Google.

How To Control Kids’ Screen Time on a Smartphones

While Android smartphones and tablets can be brilliant ways to entertain, educate, and keep your children safe, they do have the downside of being addictive. For a parent, the sight of your little ones mesmerized by glowing rectangles for extended periods of time is not a happy one.

But, there are ways to limit this exposure and ensure that your child gets up of their backside every once in a while. We show you a few easy ways to control the amount of time your children spend with their screens.

Use a dedicated screen time app
There are a few different apps that can automatically limit the time children spend on their devices. These include Screenlimit Apps, Boomerang Apps, Kids Zone Parental Controls Apps, and MM Guardian Apps. Another example is Screen Time Apps, which offers a sensible range of features and control for $4.19 per month. The app works (like they all do) by installing the Screen Time app on your child’s phone and then the Parental version on your own device. From this you can set daily time limits for individual apps, ban some entirely, prevent apps from being installed unless you approve them fist, have set hours when devices can be used, and a general pause button that freezes everything and allows you can talk with your youngster without their attention being distracted. 


It’s not all crushing authoritarianism though, as you’re able to create a list of tasks that the child can accomplish to earn more screen time. So, get the Maths homework out of the way and there’s half an hour of YouTube in it for you.

The main advantage of Screen Time is that it moves the point of conflict away from the parent trying to wrestle a device from their child, and instead aims it towards the app. There’s a 14-day free trial, so you can see if this is the kind of solution for your family.

Use a dedicated tablet or phone
If you’re in the market for a new device, then it might be worth considering one with parental controls built in. The most popular by far is the Amazon Fire HD 8 and Fire 7, not only because they offer excellent value for money, but mainly due to the Fire for Kids feature.

This allows parents to set up profiles for each of their children, and specify how long they can use the device each day. There are also granular controls, so individual apps can be banned or have limited access,while reading apps can be given unlimited time.

True, it’s not an Android tablet and you are limited to the apps available on the Amazon store, which doesn’t include the full Google Play selection (or any Google apps), but there’s a decent variety there. Of course, Prime subscribers have access to free Kindle eBooks, and Amazon Prime Video, so that’s not a bad start.

Set real-world incentives and restrictions
If you don’t want to abrogate responsibility to software then there are still helpful ways to entice your progeny away from their devices. We’ve seen some success with family device-free days, where everyone surrenders their technology and stares at each other in embarrassed silence for hours on end.

Other methods that have worked for some parents are locking devices away every evening and then returning them once homework and chores have been completed, or creating reward charts that allocate screen time for real-world achievements and tasks such as making their bed or helping with the washing up.

It’s a more hands-on approach and not always easy, but that’s parenting in a nutshell really.