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Reader mail: Are third-party keyboards snooping on my passwords?Geraline writes: I read your “How to type with a swipe” article. I had an Android phone that came with Gesture Typing, but I’ve today been given another Android phone, and it doesn’t have that. I’ve downloaded SwiftKey and Swype but on clicking on them, they each asked permission to capture sensitive information like passwords etc. So I thought, WTF!? and promptly said no. I loved Gesture Typing, I could type almost as fast as a teenager!! I’m feeling really bummed now!! Read More

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Sleeping through your iPhone's alarm?

Your iPhone's alarm clock won't do much good if the volume's turned way down. Here's a setting that'll keep your iOS alert tones loud and clear.Read More