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Cool Shit: Extreme-Smartphone 9500 V2

This post is a little different from other Cool Shit posts. The good folks at Extreme-Smartphone.com reached out to me and told me they were launching the second version of their X-Tel 9500 phone in South Africa.

Now, I’ll admit that name doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue. But it doesn’t really need to as this phone is more about getting things done than showing off.

Recently the likes of Sony and Samsung have been water and dust-proofing their phones. That’s cute if you accidentally drop your phone in a puddle. This phone wants to still be ready to go if a truck drives over it.

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The company that makes this phone (X-Systems) makes everything from dump-phones to tablets, all ruggedised for the harshest conditions. They also have a focus on mobile security. That should make for a pretty good combo.

As for the X-Tel 9500 V2 we have some specs:

  • Gorilla Glass 3.0
  • IP68 Waterproof
  • Physical Answer + Reject buttons
  • Physical SOS side button
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Upgradeable battery (4500 mAh)
  • 4G, Dual Sim
  • Bluetooth LE
  • Range Sensor
  • Light Sensor
  • 8MP Sony Camera
  • 4″ FHD Screen
  • Quad-Core 1.4GHz CPU
  • Android 5.1
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage

Now for the fun stuff: They claim this phone is “hexa-proof”, that means it is waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof, freeze-proof, tempe-proof, and oil-proof. That is a little bit more than the average smartphone will handle in its lifetime.

Local pricing is yet to be announced but in Europe it goes for 430EUR so it should be inline with similar spec Android smartphones.

It seems like there is quite a powerful phone hidden under that though exterior.

I’m waiting to get my hands on a review model and when I do, I’ll put this phone through its paces and see if it lives up to what it claims.

Scary PSA: Is Your iPhone Cheating on You?

We have all seen a few action movies where you see the one guy sneak up to the other guy’s car and stick a magnet GPS tracker underneath a wheel arch. Well that is actually just a waste of time. All he needed to do was grab the other guy’s iPhone for a few minutes.

Now this could be used if you think your significant other has been straying too. Most people generally keep their phones on them. So if you want a nicely mapped out view of where your significant other’s iPhone has been just grab it and open up Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations.

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How To Solve Most Software Security Problems

In this day and age, having security problems with software is inevitable. So many people are trying to hack your shit from crazy Russians to the NSA.

WordPress for example has a very bad reputation for security and I would tend to agree. The latest version with no plugins is probably safe. However that isn’t the version most people are running and most people do use plugins.

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