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Google+ is shutting down following a data breach. (Source:

Google+ to shut down following hacking revelation

Google has admitted that its social media app, Google+, has been hacked. This data theft has affected approximately half a million profiles. The users in question may have had many points of important user data extracted from thei...
The must-have fingerprint reader feature of this year may have competition already. (Source: Anandtech)

2019's in-display fingerprint reader may be considerably better than 2018's

There are some phones to be released later this year - as well as some that already have been - with in- or under-display fingerprint (FP) scanners. This technology is based on optical (or light) sensors that act to construct a 2D...
Image source: DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, grows daily searches by 50% to 30 million

DuckDuckGo is quickly becoming a popular alternative to Google's increasingly invasive search engine. The privacy-focused search tool just announced hitting 30 million searches a day. While this is a far cry from the 3.5+ billion ...
The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. (Source: Google)

Pixel 3 and 3 XL launch: any surprises are on the inside

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been released. Their appearance will surprise nobody, as both phones look exactly as described in all their leaks. The Pixel 3 XL has a notch, but may also have a lot of interesting new Google feat...
Bloomberg claims that almost 30 US companies were affected by the alleged Chinese spy chips. (Source ITPro)

US Homeland Security statement plays down Bloomberg spy chips claim

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a statement that seems to refute Bloomberg’s claim that a significant number of US companies had been compromised due to clandestine microchips reporting sensitive data back to Chi...
The T2 chip found in new MacBooks. (Source:

Can you fix your own 2018 MacBook? An internal Apple report says no, but iFixit says yes

An internal service document recently leaked from within Apple states that no-one but company staff and Authorized Apple Service Providers (AASPs) can repair or replace most MacBook 2018 and iMac Pro components without the devices...
Pete Lau has revealed a few more details about the 6T. (Source:

OnePlus CEO interview suggests that the 6T will cost more than the 6

Pete Lau, the CEO of the smartphone maker OnePlus, has been talking about the company's upcoming release in a new interview with CNET. Lau admitted that this phone, the 6T, is going to retail for more than its predecessor. Accordi...
The video may have been intended to tease Screen Unlock. (Source: MSN)

OnePlus releases first official teaser video for the 6T

OnePlus has posted a teaser video for its upcoming 6T flagship update on Twitter. This clip, which is the first of its kind, may hint at the in-display fingerprint sensor confirmed to feature in the phone. The video also invites u...
50 million Facebook accounts were compromised due to a security flaw

50 million Facebook accounts were compromised due to a security flaw

A Facebook breach has compromised almost 50 million accounts. After discovering the breach on September 25, the company reset the access tokens of the 50 million affected accounts and 40 million others as a precautionary step. The...
A render showing all the leaked color options for the Mate 20 Pro. (Source:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro may come with voice-based unlocking

Huawei is now rumored to be integrating a new form of device security, Voice Unlock, into its upcoming flagship, the Mate 20 Pro. This device may also have a 6.9-inch screen, as much as 6GB in RAM and an extra-large battery. Howev...
Adbank is an Ethereum-based ad platform. (Source: Adbank)

Austrian national tourism body will use blockchain to protect its next ad campaign

The Austrian national tourist office (ANTO) is embracing blockchain in order to protect its upcoming advertisement investment. It is a digital campaign that ANTO will roll out in partnership with Adbank, an Ethereum-linked platfor...
The Galaxy P30 may feature Samsung's first in-display fingerprint sensing. (Source:

Rumored Samsung device could be first to get Galaxy P-series name and graded color scheme

Move over Galaxy S, Galaxy P is here. At least, this is what an increasing number of leaks say. The series is purported to kick off with the release of the Galaxy P30 and P30+. It is also possible that one of them will come with i...
Chrome now automatically logs you into the browser without telling you

Chrome now automatically logs you into the browser without telling you

The latest version of Google's Chrome browser will now automatically log users in if they log into any Google service. This, in turn, opens the door for the user's browsing data to be accessed by Google. While this isn't the case ...
Image: Canonical

Canonical extends security support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is the basis for many cloud and enterprise services, is coming up on its end of life this April. Canonical will begin offering an Extended Security Maintenance service in April that will continue rolling ou...
A new reports estimates the worth of the smart home market in 2025. (Source:

Smart home market to exceed US$90 billion by 2025: new report

Smart home technology has definitely caught on by now, with many people automating or controlling their living spaces with new products designed to be integrated into them. A new market research report suggests that the market bui...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 2018 (i5-8350U, Full-HD Touch, 256GB) Laptop Review

92% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 2018 (i5-8350U, Full-HD Touch, 256GB) Laptop Review

The better and cheaper X1. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 has joined its WQHD HDR and Core i7 equipped sibling in our offices for review. The G6 is the entry-level model of current touchscreen-equipped Carbon X1 devices. The G6 is free from the thermal issues from which its sibling suffered thanks to its less powerful CPU, but this comes at a cost to the WQHD HDR display. Despite this drawback, the G6 provides a more rounded overall experience than its more expensive sibling.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Two prominent VPN providers have needed to push updates for vulnerabilities in their systems. (Source:

NordVPN and ProtonVPN obliged to push updates to patch new CVEs

Two popular VPNs have been reported as subject to newly-discovered security issues discovered by Cisco Talos. These flaws apply to those using the services on Windows PCs, and could allow a hacker access through a 'Connect' comman...
MediaTek believes that its new feature, Active Stereo, is a better form of face-unlocking than Apple's. (Source: Deccan Chronicle)

MediaTek claims that its new Active Stereo will beat Apple Face ID

Device unlocking using an owner's face has become quite popular. Unfortunately, offering truly secure, flexible and effective facial scanning in your product can get difficult and expensive. MediaTek claims that its new take on th...
The Librem 5 has been delayed by 3 months due to hardware issues. (Image: Purism)

Purism plans to ship first batch of Librem 5 Linux smartphones in April 2019

Purism's upcoming Linux phone, the Librem 5, has run into some development delays that have pushed its release back 3 months to April 2019. Due to a flaw in the phone's CPU, the battery drains in less than an hour. Purism is worki...
Mastercard has been accused of selling cardholder details in a deal worth millions (Source:

Mastercard reportedly sold purchase data to Google - without telling customers

Bloomberg sources have alleged that Google and Mastercard have signed a deal in which the former gets access to the latter's users' data. This partnership has apparently been in effect throughout 2018, and lets advertisers track s...
devolo claim that their new line of Powerline-enabled Magic mesh adapters will speed up your home WiFi. (Source:

IFA 2018 | devolo's new Magic line combines mesh WiFi and Powerline

devolo's new home networking solution, Magic, is a form of mesh WiFi that also uses Powerline technology. It does so using next-generation chips and new, AC-adapter mesh points. devolo claims that this combination can drastic...
Yahoo reportedly sells its users' email data to advertisers. (Source:

Yahoo is still profiting off your email data

Yahoo, which is now a part of Oath Inc., has been reported to persist in the sale of user email data to advertisers. This practice, which Google for one has sworn off in the past, may include the scanning of information concerning...
ThinkPad T480s: Lenovo adds a ThinkPad Privacy Guard display option

ThinkPad T480s: Lenovo adds a ThinkPad Privacy Guard display option

Privacy and security are a major focus for business laptops. An in-built privacy filter like HP's SureView displays for its EliteBooks is very important for customers who work with sensitive information. To counter HP, Lenovo has ...
Epic Games has patched a major security flaw in the Fortnite Mobile installer for Android. (Source: APK Pure)

Fortnite Mobile installer for Android found to contain a Man-in-the-Disk exploit

Google disclosed a vulnerability in the Fortnite Mobile APK that allows a pre-installed malicious application to exploit the way the game installs for the first time in Samsung Galaxy devices. Thankfully, Epic has patched this vul...
Firefox 62 will feature a new Firefox Monitor add-on. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 62 comes with Firefox Monitor that notifies if you've been pwned

Version 62 of Firefox will integrate a new add-on called Firefox Monitor that basically informs users if their email accounts have been compromised. The add-on uses the popular Have I Been Pwned database backend to check if the ac...
Intel has been releasing security patches since January, but this is the first time it banned testing them for performance discrepancies. (Source: MarketWatch)

Intel revises ban on benchmarking its newest microcode patch

When Intel banned testing the performance of its newest microcode patch for security vulnerabilities, many tech enthusiasts spoke out against the company. Finally, Intel has listened to the backlash and will soon be revising the r...
Xiaomi Mi A1 with August 2018 security patch Oreo 8.1

The Xiaomi Mi A1 gets a new security patch which also fixes the notification LED bug

Xiaomi's popular mid-range Mi A1 smartphone continues to receive full software support, the latest update for this handset bringing the official security patch dated August 5. Even better, the new firmware also addresses the notif...
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, may be able to distinguish between user voices in the future. (Source:

Recent Apple patent could allow Siri to recognize multiple different users

Apple has filed a patent that may contribute to the voice assistant Siri's functionality in the future. It may impart the ability to recognize different voices and attribute them to corresponding users on new versions of the softw...
US President Donald Trump signs bill that bans ZTE and Huawei hardware from governmental use August 2018

No Huawei and ZTE handsets for the US government, decides President Trump

Although ZTE can sell its products to the civilian consumers all over the US, a recent bill that was signed by Donal Trump bans the government use of any device made by the Chinese brand due to security issues. Even more, this bil...
A team of researchers has found that it is possible to compromise a Mac during its initial boot. (Source: CGTrader)

Black Hat USA briefing indicates possible set-up exploits in enterprise-level Macs

Macs are more or less impervious to hacking, right? Not any more, according to two cybersecurity researchers during a briefing at the Black Hat USA Conference 2018. However, the attacks involved are difficult to achieve and need t...
Google's Project Zero was set up to research improved data security. (Source: SteemKR)

The head of Google's Project Zero sees no future for blockchain in security

Parisa Tabriz is a director of engineering and also leads Project Zero, a cybersecurity research core, at Google. Tabriz delivered the opening keynote at a recent conference in Las Vegas, in which she dismissed blockchain's potent...
Meltdown alongside Spectre was originally reported as a hardware level exploit on Intel CPUs (Source:

Qualcomm CPUs have been shown to be unprotected against the Meltdown exploit, researchers say

Earlier this year two large security exploits known as Spectre and Meltdown were reported to exist on modern day CPUs. While Spectre has been confirmed to be exploitable on AMD, Intel, IBM, and ARM, it was previously believed only...
Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update

Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update

Though the patch notes don't explicitly mention it, the update is likely addressing the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities on the old Microsoft 2-in-1 tablet. Owners should prepare for a small performance drop if so.
TSMC is one of the world's leading producers in fabs and node process development (Source: Wikimedia)

Update | Semiconductor company TSMC attacked by virus, production line affected

TSMC stopped production in several fabs on August 3 after a virus had penetrated key systems. Production has stabilized and returned to normal, but how the virus infiltrated the company is still unknown. The downtime caused by the...
Contact number of the UIDAI was discovered in Indian Android phones. (Source India TV)

Google admits to 'inadvertently coding' Aadhaar helpline number in Indian Android phones

Smartphone users in India are reporting seeing an entry for a contact in their phonebook that purportedly belongs to a Government authority. The number apparently was added without users' consent and Google has now issued a clarif...
Ron Wyden wants all US Government sites to remove Adobe Flash content by next year. (Source: Fossbytes)

US Government agencies asked to stop using Adobe Flash

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has instructed Government agencies to come up with procedures to remove Adobe Flash from all US Government sites and PCs by August 1, 2019 citing Adobe's end of Flash support by end of 2020. This move is b...
Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i9 is immune to AMT vulnerabilities

The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Core i9 is immune to Active Management Technology-related issues

While the Dell XPS 15 9570 that uses the high-end Intel Core i9 processor comes with vPro disabled, some users are afraid of the AMT-related vulnerabilities that could allow a remote attacker to gain control of their machines. Fra...
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability affects smartphones as well as laptops integrating Intel/Broadcom/Qualcomm Bluetooth-enabled hardware. (Source: Cubot Blog)

New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered

The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficie...
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

Bikram Yoga. The ThinkPad X380 Yoga steps back into the limelight, this time with a less powerful processor. Despite the reduction in clock speed, the i5 variant still sweats under pressure. This and other small shortcomings make for a good package with some small flaws.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
HP EliteBook 755 G5

87% HP EliteBook 755 G5 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Vega 10) Laptop Review

AMD for Business. HP's EliteBooks offer an attractive design, AMD technology, and many security features. However, these business notebooks frequently stood out with a high power consumption, their low display quality, and a mediocre battery life. We evaluate in our review of the HP EliteBook 755 G5 whether something has changed with this newest generation.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 topped the list of devices with high failure rates. (Source: NDTV Gadgets)

Report: Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Apple iPhone 6 were the 'worst performing' smartphones of 2017

Research firm Blancco has published a Mobile Device Repair and Security Report that throws up some interesting facts. The report puts Samsung as the OEM with the highest failure rate among Android manufacturers and the Xiaomi Redm...
Fujitsu LifeBook U938 (i5-8250U, LTE, SSD, FHD) Subnotebook Review

89% Fujitsu LifeBook U938 (i5-8250U, LTE, SSD, FHD) Subnotebook Review

Lightweight luxury. Compared to its predecessor, the LifeBook U938 is slightly lighter. The biggest upgrade is the quad-core processor, but not much has changed otherwise. Battery life is still decent, but falls short in direct comparison with its biggest rivals.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 920 g
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review

Pushed to the limit. The P52s is back, this time with an improved screen and a slight bump in processing power. Is the 4K display an improvement for the P52s, or is the display too much for the weak GPU?
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA Quadro P500 | 15.6" | 2 kg
The WPA3 security protocol is now official. (Source: Phone Year)

Wi-Fi gets its biggest update in 14 years — WPA3 security protocol now official

The ubiquitous and all-pervasive Wi-Fi is receiving its first major update in 14 years with the announcement of the WPA3 authentication protocol by the Wi-Fi Alliance. WPA3 is the successor to WPA2, which was the target of many ha...
Google Android Oreo statue at Googleplex, Android apps feature DRM as of late June 2018 (Source: Louis Gray)

Google adding DRM to all Android apps

Earlier this week, Google silently introduced a feature that is supposed to increase the security of the Android platform by adding a string of metadata to all APK files. As long as Google does not go DRM-crazy the same way Electr...
Just about as useful.

Update | Security vulnerability discovered in the new OnePlus 6

A fatal vulnerability has been discovered on the new OnePlus 6, one that allows the flashing of unsigned boot images on the device even when the bootloader is locked.
There have been similar reports. (Source: Telegraph)

Chinese police now installs surveillance software on tourists' phones

A user on Reddit has narrated the tales of their trip into China, which saw the country’s border police accost them and install what was almost definitely surveillance software on their Android devices.
Samsung will be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID 3D tech integrated in the OLED displays. (Source: Qualcomm)

Samsung Galaxy S10 confirmed to integrate ultrasonic, virtual fingerprint recognition

Samsung is finally acknowledging the arrival of the in-display fingerprint sensors with the launch of next year's premium smartphones. The Korean company has closely been working with Qualcomm to deliver what they call the ultraso...
The Cambridge Analytica scandal leads to a month-long Facebook ban in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea to ban Facebook

Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month, but the starting day has not been unveiled yet. The reason for this is to allow the government's analysts to track down those behind fake accounts, adult uploads, and those ...
ZTE was initially banned from doing business with US companies for seven years after breaking trade sanctions. (Source: Reuters)

Update | Trump administration working on ZTE deal

A report by The New York Times has stated that the Trump administration has worked out a deal that would prevent ZTE from complete collapse. According to a source familiar with the matter, ZTE would have to comply with a number of...



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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)