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Following on from The Pirate Bay's 24-hour trial of using a cryptomining script to generate revenue rather than using advertising, we now have a Chrome extension which is trying the same thing. Unfortunately for the developer, their implementation of the script causes high CPU usage for the entire time that Chrome is open and the extension performs a non-ess...
Huawei Pay might launch in the US by the end of 2017
One year after being launched in China, Huawei Pay is still exclusively available in that market, but a recently discovered patent application reveals that this mobile payment service is heading for the US market.
PSA | Legacy 32-bit iOS apps will fail to run on iOS 11
The iOS 11 update is just around the corner for compatible Apple devices. Users of legacy 32-bit apps need to be aware of the fact that iOS 11 will not allow execution of 32-bit apps unless they have been updated by the developer to support the 64-bit architecture. Going forward iOS, and eventually macOS, will support only 64-bit applications.
Nokia 8 Oreo update teased by HMD executive
Chief Product Officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas has teased Android Oreo for the Nokia 8 on Twitter. The Nokia 8 was rumored to launch with Oreo onboard, so this comes as no surprise.
CCleaner hijacked by hackers to open a backdoor for remote code execution
Piriform, makers of the popular PC cleaning software CCleaner, said that a few versions of the program's 32-bit binary were hijacked by hackers who could insert a two-stage backdoor capable of remote code execution. Investigation is on to understand what exactly caused the hijack that resulted in about 2.27 million users getting affected.
Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4
People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Action Launcher 28.1 features adaptive icons
Although Action Launcher 28.1 is a free launcher app, the AdaptivePack addon that is needed to have adaptive icons on Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat devices is a commercial product. Its regular price tag reads US$4.99, but this week it can be acquired for 30 percent less.
Google Tez aims to revolutionize the digital payment landscape in India
Google has launched a new payment service, Tez, which enables fast payments without the need to share information such as bank account numbers, fund transfer codes, or even pair up mobiles by NFC. The new service is compatible with any Indian bank that supports the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
The comprehensive Android Oreo device update list
Android Oreo launched a few weeks ago, and with Google releasing a vague statement on the plan for updates for devices outside its Nexus and Pixel lines, it's time we had a look at the plans of other OEMs. Hop in to know if your device will be receiving the Oreo update.
UPDATE 20/9/17: Motorola
UPDATE 20/9/17: Motorola
Samsung Galaxy S8 with Oreo spotted on Geekbench
A Galaxy S8 has been spotted running on Oreo. This lends credence to earlier information that Samsung was testing Oreo for the S8. Promising as this may be, it may yet be a while till S8 owners get the Oreo update.
The Pirate Bay is caught stealing from users who are busy stealing content
Motorola releases official roadmap for Oreo devices, Moto G4 Plus misses out in spite of past promises
Motorola has released a statement on its blog on its plans for Android Oreo, with all recent flagships set to get the update. Things are looking much less rosy for owners of budget devices and last-gen mid-rangers, though, as they'll be stuck on Nougat.
Nokia 8 with Oreo onboard hits Geekbench and GFXBench
Since it surfaced on both Geekbench and GFXBench running Android 8.0 Oreo, the Nokia 8 might soon become the first Nokia handset to get this major update. Unfortunately, the new firmware has no official launch date yet.
The HP EliteOne 1000 is a purpose-built AiO for collaboration
HP launched the EliteOne 1000 All-in-One (AiO) G1 PC at its World Partner Forum in Chicago featuring 7th gen Intel Core i7 65W CPUs and optional Intel Optane memory with a range of display options. The AiO comes with a 2 MP dual-facing pop-up webcam and an upgradeable PC base.
QNAP briefs about QTS 4.3.4 OS and the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen
QNAP offered a glimpse into some of the advancements coming to the QTS 4.3.4 operating system that includes new features such as snapshot support for ARM-based QNAP NAS. It also offered a closer look into the TS-x77 NAS powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs.
Android and iOS-like app permissions coming to Windows 10 apps
Microsoft is bringing app permissions for improved privacy and security with UWP (Windows Store) applications. Admins of the Enterprise Edition have an option to reduce the diagnostic data collected to be reduced to the minimum needed for administration by company IT departments.
Cryptocurrency mining malware has infected over 1.65 million computers this year
Data from Kaspersky Labs shows that the number of cryptocurrency mining trojan infections in 2017 has passed 1.65 million to date. Criminals use infected PCs to crunch transactions and route the success fee to their own digital wallets.
Firefox 57 to drop the search bar
Although new users will get the new uni-bar design by default, existing Firefox users who will update their browser will not lose the traditional search bar.
Nova Launcher 5.5 beta gets adaptive icons
This new feature introduced by Android Oreo arrives for Nova Launcher 5.5 beta users running Android Lollipop or later. This popular Android launcher now provides the ability to automatically scale and shape legacy icons for consistency.
Google Chrome to include protection from man-in-the-middle attacks
Google Chrome 63 will come with a feature designed to protect users from third parties who are attempting to intercept their encrypted SSL transmissions.
Free Netflix coming to T-Mobile customers tomorrow
T-Mobile's "Netflix On Us" offer brings free Netflix to all ONE Family plan users with at least two T-Mobile ONE lines. This deal comes as T-Mobile's answer to services like AT&T's DirecTV Now and Verizon Wireless' Go90.
Performance comparison: 15 W ULV dual-core vs. 45 W HQ quad-core CPU
We've been paying extra attention to CPU throttling lately, but what exactly do you need that CPU power for? We run an ultrabook with 15 W CPU and desktop replacement with 45 W CPU through everyday tasks while measuring CPU utilization to determine whether you really need a full-fat 45 W CPU in your notebook.
Dell Dynamic Power Policy: A look into how Dell manages thermal and power policies across its XPS lineup
Using a combination of hardware and software, Dell designs its XPS lineup of notebooks to dynamically adjust power inputs to the various components to ensure that the system operates within specified temperature limits. We explain how Dell implements its Dynamic Power Policy to maximize performance within design constraints.
Lenovo fined US$3.5 million for pre-installing adware on some laptops in 2015
The saga about some Lenovo laptops coming pre-installed with adware in 2015 has now come to an end with the results of their court case being announced a few hours ago. Lenovo must pay a fine of US$3.5 million and has had some restrictions placed on how they handle pre-installed software in the United States.
Xiaomi launches the Mi A1 smartphone
The new Mi A1 smartphone comes with stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat on board but uses Xiaomi's own photo app. It sports a dual camera with 2X optical zoom and a price of less than US$235.
IFA 2017 | Kirin 970 officially unveiled, Neural Processing Unit for AI functionalities onboard
The Kirin 970 has been officially announced, and while it doesn't really do much new in terms of raw power, it brings improvements in the GPU and power efficiency region, with the SoC being built on TSMC's 10nm process.
Xiaomi Mi A1 hits Geekbench
Xiaomi's new device, the Mi A1, has been listed on Geekbench, with its scores and specifications largely being a match to what we saw in the recently released Mi 5X. The A1 is expected to be an Android One device, which means that it will carry stock Android instead of Xiaomi's MIUI skin.
IFA 2017 | Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch now official
The all-new Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch is Garmin's first device to come with Garmin Pay support for both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. It can be acquired already starting at US$299.99.
IFA 2017 | Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will officially roll out starting October 17 along with a slew of Windows Mixed Reality headsets
At its IFA 2017 keynote in Berlin, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will start officially rolling out starting October 17. Microsoft's partners will also start shipping affordable Windows Mixed Reality headsets alongside the new OS update.
Microsoft invites Insiders to test drive Office 365 from the Windows Store
Microsoft is inviting Insiders to test out Office 365 programs from Windows Store. These are the original Win32-based programs converted using the Project Centennial desktop bridge that can now call UWP-specific APIs and services.
It's official: Apple's iPhone 8 event will be held on September 12
Apple has sent invitations for its iPhone 8 launch event, which will be held for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple's 'spaceship' campus.
Xiaomi Mi A1 surfaces on Weibo
This handset is supposed to launch as the first Xiaomi smartphone with stock Android on board. The details are not available yet, but the leaked images reveal a Galaxy S8-like slim-bezel design.
WhatsApp will soon allow you to chat with verified businesses
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has started a pilot program to verify business numbers. This allows customers to directly chat with businesses for quicker updates and problem resolution.
Google announces the availability of ARCore Augmented Reality SDK
Google has announced the availability of an early preview of the ARCore API for developers to create AR experiences for qualified Android devices. The initial preview is restricted to the Pixel phones and variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Verizon starts rolling out Android Oreo to Google Pixel handsets
Contrary to popular notion, Verizon has started to seed the Android Oreo update to Google Pixel phones on its network much before any other major US carrier has initiated the process.
Google pulls 300 Play Store apps infected with WireX botnet malware
Google has removed nearly 300 apps from the Play Store after researchers identified that they were infected with malware. Around 70,000 users in over 100 countries have been affected.
Blackberry set to licence their android build to other manufacturers
Blackberry is in talks with device manufacturers to license their security enhanced Android build, according to the India Times. Blackberry already has three brand licensing deals, and this move would increase the market coverage of their software.
Blackview BV8000 Pro camera bug fixes released
The BV8000 Pro sports a 5" FHD display, 6 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a Helio P25, and a 4180mAh battery. Being a rugged phone, it also comes with an IP68 certification.
OxygenOS 4.1.7 now available
In addition to the latest security patch, this new firmware for both the OnePlus 3 and 3T brings battery optimizations, performance improvements, as well as multiple minor tweaks and fixes.
Microsoft removes the Lumia channel from YouTube
One year after shutting down its regional Lumia accounts and its support account on Twitter, Microsoft removes the official Lumia channel from YouTube. Its phone business' revenue in the second quarter has fallen to US$5 million from US$1.4 billion back in 2015.
Samsung Bixby finally available worldwide
Although this virtual assistant is now available virtually everywhere, the only two languages supported remain US English and Korean for now. Additional languages and devices should get Bixby support in the future, but the details are not yet public.
Nintendo Switch gets PayPal support
Nintendo accounts can now be linked to PayPal so their users can easily pay for future purchases using the Nintendo Switch or on the company's website. Sadly, this update is not available for Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.
New research paper demonstrates smartphone security hole in replacement hardware
A research team has successfully compromised a smartphone by injecting malicious code into the drivers for the touchscreen. The code allows full access to the device, including the ability to alter files, use the phone's camera, download malicious apps, and grant root access without unlocking the bootloader.
New iOS 11 beta builds now available
Next to the sixth public beta, Apple also unleashed the iOS 11 beta 7 aimed at developers. The anticipated release date of the final version remains in September when the next-gen iPhone should arrive.
Paranoid Android 7.2.3 comes with new languages
The latest release of the popular custom ROM known as AOSPA to its users brings new customization options to the stock launcher, including app labeling, as well as support for Russian, Dutch, French, German, and a few other languages.
Android 8 released, O is for Oreo
Android O has finally been released, with O standing for sweet, tasty Oreos. Updates have started rolling out for those in the Beta program, and users should be able to download factory images soon.
Android 8.0 to launch as Oreo, reveals Evan Blass
Although a few other names surfaced in the Android 8.0-related rumors we heard so far, it seems like the next major iteration of Google's mobile operating system will be named Oreo after all.
Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0
About a year after receiving Android Wear 1.5, Motorola's smartwatch is finally ready to get the features and improvements that other wearables such as the Asus ZenWatch 3 or Huawei Watch already got thanks to Android Wear 2.0.
Action Launcher 27.1 now available
A few weeks after receiving Google Now integration, Action Launcher gets a new update that delivers a weather widget for handsets that run Marshmallow or later, as well as new customization options.
Bing market share at 33 percent in the United States
Infographics from the Microsoft Bing team show market share is higher than you may have expected with many countries in double digits. International market share is at a much lower 9 percent.
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