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Chips in replacement parts completely hijack your phone security

  People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops contain secret hardware that completely hijacks the security of the device. The concern arises from research that shows how replacement screens—one put into a Huawei Nexus 6P and the other [...]

By |2017-08-26T14:32:00+00:00August 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chips in replacement parts completely hijack your phone security

Android O is O-fficially launching August 21

  Google has revealed the launch date for the final version of Android O: August 21. Google will be livestreaming an unveiling event live from New York City at 2:40pm ET to coincide with the solar eclipse. There's a new teaser site up at Android.com/eclipse, which counts down the time until the event. "Android O is touching down [...]

By |2017-08-20T19:39:19+00:00August 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Android O is O-fficially launching August 21

Bing bigger than you think Microsoft boasts,33% of US searches

  Bing is bigger than you think! #SEM #PPC #bingadswebcast pic.twitter.com/fFtEDvM634 — Bing Ads (@BingAds) August 17, 2017 We've known from Microsoft's financial reports that Bing has been growing. The search engine became profitable in the third calendar quarter of 2015, and Microsoft says it has continued to grow both the market share and revenue-per-search [...]

By |2017-08-20T19:38:55+00:00August 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bing bigger than you think Microsoft boasts,33% of US searches

System76’s Galago Pro solves Linux’s Goldilocks problem

  The Linux world has long maintained a very specific rite of passage: wiping the default operating system from your laptop and plugging in a USB stick with your favorite distro's live CD. Some of us get a little, dare I say, giddy every time we wipe that other OS away and see that first [...]

By |2017-08-20T19:36:25+00:00August 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on System76’s Galago Pro solves Linux’s Goldilocks problem

Facebook original video platform launch with Mike Rowe, MLB, more

  Facebook has been amping up its video efforts recently, particularly by acquiring rights to live sports and reportedly experimenting with its own original content. Now we have confirmation of that original content, plus a new service from the company: Facebook Watch. According to a blog post by Facebook's Director of Product Daniel Danker, Watch is a new [...]

By |2017-08-20T19:37:06+00:00August 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Facebook original video platform launch with Mike Rowe, MLB, more

Bank-fraud malware not detected by any AV

  A researcher has uncovered an elaborate bank-fraud scam that's using a malicious extension in Google's Chrome Web Store to steal targets' passwords. Once installed, the Interface Online extension, uploaded at least twice in the past 17 days, surreptitiously monitors all connections made with the Chrome browser. When users visit specific pages programmed into the [...]

By |2017-08-17T18:55:22+00:00August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bank-fraud malware not detected by any AV

After phishing attacks, Chrome extensions push adware to millions

  Twice in five days, developers of Chrome browser extensions have lost control of their code after unidentified attackers compromised the Google Chrome Web Store accounts used to issue updates. The most recent case happened Wednesday to Chris Pederick, creator of the Web Developer extension. Last Friday, developers of Copyfish, a browser extension that performs optical [...]

By |2017-08-17T18:48:05+00:00August 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on After phishing attacks, Chrome extensions push adware to millions

Game of Thrones script for “Spoils of War” leaks after HBO hack

  The next episode of Game of Thrones, S7E4 "Spoils of War," has leaked online in script, summary, and video storyboard form after HBO suffered a large hack earlier in the week. HBO has been working hard to clean up the leaked files via a flurry of DMCA takedown notices—but conversely, one DMCA notice sent [...]

By |2017-08-08T16:25:26+00:00August 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Game of Thrones script for “Spoils of War” leaks after HBO hack

Mozilla’s new file-transfer service is drop-dead easy

  Mozilla is testing a new service that makes it dead simple and quick for people to semi-securely share files with anyone on the Internet. Send, as the service is called, allows senders to encrypt any 1-gigabyte or less file and upload it to a Mozilla server. The service then creates a link with a [...]

By |2017-08-08T16:20:50+00:00August 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mozilla’s new file-transfer service is drop-dead easy

Microsoft offers new ways to buy Surfaces, cheapo VR headsets, and more

  With a bunch of financing and availability changes today, some Windows hardware is now easier to buy, and some Windows hardware is now better. Way back in October last year, Microsoft announced that a range of cheap virtual reality headsets would be released for Windows PCs. These headsets would have two standout features. First, [...]

By |2017-08-02T09:57:50+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Microsoft offers new ways to buy Surfaces, cheapo VR headsets, and more