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The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
In 2015, it was cited as the means by which cyber-attackers stole more than £20m from British bank accounts. (Source: BBC)

Researchers: Microsoft Office security hole exploited by hackers and government agencies

Microsoft recently released a security patch to resolve a vulnerability in Microsoft Office. Attackers, including malware distributors and cyber-espionage groups, are exploiting the flaw to seize control of users' systems.
The personal data of 100,000 taxpayers has been compromised through an exploit of the FAFSA program. (Source: IRS)

Hackers compromise U.S. taxpayer data through university financial aid system

Using an exploit in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and tools used to retrieve tax data, hackers were able to breach part of the IRS database and steal personal data for 100,000 U.S. taxpayers.
Holding a picture of the owner's face in front of the camera seems to be enough. (Source: iDeviceHelp)

Samsung Galaxy S8 can be unlocked with a photograph

A video has surfaced of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 being tricked into unlocking with a photograph, raising questions of security.
The U.S. House of Representatives has signed the action to repeal FCC regulations concerning user privacy.

United States House of Representatives votes to allows ISPs to sell browsing history

Both the House and Senate have now voted to allow ISPs to sell the personal data of their customers. The measure will go before President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into action.
Look-alike iPads could be used as bombs aboard flights. (Source: Apple)

An iPad bomb threat partly led to the recent device ban on flights

Islamic terrorists have been plotting to use iPads as bombs, which would be smuggled into a plane's passenger cabin and detonated mid-flight. Such a plot forms part of the reasoning behind the recent laptop and tablet bans on US & UK flights.
With the search box, users can find any publicly-shared sensitive information. (Source:

Publicly-shared documents hosted on expose sensitive information

Researchers as well as everyday users have discovered a trove of easily-accessible sensitive information on From phone numbers to social security numbers, the info is just a quick search away, open for malicious actors to steal and exploit.
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake introduced the repeal of the FCC regulations. (Source: Washington Times)

ISPs can sell your browsing history without your consent, Senate rules

FCC regulations that would disallow ISPs to share or sell users' internet browsing history and other private information without their explicit consent have been shot down in the US Senate.
Most Android phones in the US are running old security software. (Source: Skycure)

Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable

A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products

The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
T-Mobile's Scam ID service will identify possible scam phone calls. (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings

Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Google has admitted that less than half of the active Android devices in 2016 received security updates. (Source: Phone Arena)

Google promises better security for Android in 2017

Google has promised to provide more frequent and timely security updates for Android in 2017 due to the increasing number of Android-powered devices and the corresponding threat from malware.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad 13 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

A worthy successor? Following Lenovo’s delivery of a good outcome in the business sector with its ThinkPad 13 last year, the manufacturer now sends the successor based on Kaby Lake CPUs into the race. We examined whether Lenovo is successful and has listened to our complaints concerning the predecessor.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The CI549 Nano is a passively cooled mini PC made for businesses. (Source: ZOTAC)

Zotac set to release business-centric mini PCs at CeBIT 2017

The small form factor PCs are meant for business professionals and sport features like Intel AMT and Intel UNITE.
China has been facing criticism regarding economic policies viewed as unfriendly to many foreign companies. (Source: Karishma Sheth)

Apple invests US$500 million into opening two more Chinese R&D centers

Apple has announced it will open two more research and development centers in Suzhou and Shanghai. The two additional centers will join the existing two slated to open in Beijing and Shenzhen. The total cost of the investment will be at least US$500 million.
Microsoft's resolution to a problem they created is to upgrade your PC to Windows 10. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft blocks Windows 7 and 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs

As promised by the Redmond company last year, Microsoft will soon begin blocking updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 on Kaby Lake and Ryzen platforms.
Family Link offers parents a new way to manage Android devices. (Source: Google)

Google offers a solution to content management through Family Link

The service (currently invite-only) allows parents to restrict their children's use of Android devices. Parents can control what apps are downloaded, limit screentime, and lock a device at certain intervals during the day.
The extravagantly designed phones fetched an equally extravagant price tag (Source: Sirin Labs)

Sirin Labs' ultra-secure $16,000 smartphone is no more

Solarin, a really expensive Android smartphone focused on security and marketed towards business consumers, is no longer the company's focus. However, it will continue to receive official support for at least a year.
The malware came pre-installed on various Android devices, including some Samsung phones

Severe malware infection discovered in 38 Android device models

What makes this infection noteworthy is not that it exists, but the circumstances surrounding it. The malware was found to come pre-installed on the devices, meaning there was no way for users to avoid it.
As of March 2017, about 97.2% of Android devices may be vulnerable to exploits in WikiLeaks' latest documents. (Picture source: Android Developers)

Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA

Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
The "Weeping Angel" exploit tricks users into thinking the TV is powered off while it is actually on and recording. (Source: Samsung)

Wikileaks reveals trove of CIA hacking tools for iOS and Android-driven devices

WikiLeaks has released a trove of information revealing the range of the CIA's hacking exploits and cyber-ordinance, including malware to use Samsung smart TV's for surveillance.
"Smart" devices are smart because they collect and learn from data they collect from their users. (Source: The Motley Fool)

Consumers are still (rightfully) wary of smart home devices

A new research report released by Gartner has revealed consumers to be wary of the risks of IoT devices while skeptical of their benefits.
IBM has started programming an API for their quantum computers. (Source: IBM)

IBM creates IBM Q to sell quantum computers

Quantum computing may be years off, but IBM thinks the technology has come far enough to begin programming and applying quantum computers. Big Blue plans to start programming a new API for the machines.
The HP Pro x2 is the first device to sport the new NanoSaver slot. (Source: Kensington)

Kensington releases lock for ultra-thin devices

Kensington has announced the release of the first security lock designed for ultra-thin systems. The NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock has a head of only 10mm, and is making its debut in the HP Pro x2 2-in-1.
BlackBerry KeyOne Smartphone Review (First Impressions)

BlackBerry KeyOne Smartphone Review (First Impressions)

Press me! TLC's new KeyOne is a new Blackberry smartphone with a physical keyboard. The KeyOne combines a 4.5-inch touchscreen with a pressure-sensitive keyboard, which can also be used as a trackpad at the same time. Here are our initial impressions of the device at the launch of MWC in Barcelona.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Qualcomm Adreno 506 | 4.5" | 180 g
Blackberry: KeyOne Smartphone announced

MWC 2017 | Blackberry: KeyOne Smartphone announced & Hands-On

Blackberry fans will be happy about a new handheld with mechanical buttons after the button-less DTEK60. Blackberry calls the new smartphone KeyOne, which is once again manufactured by TCL and equipped with Blackberry's Android based software with special security features.
Google and Microsoft have volunteered to enact new anti-piracy measures in the UK. (Source: TechTimes)

Google and Microsoft agree to censor pirated movies, music, and sport websites in the UK

Google and Microsoft have joined a voluntary anti-piracy action in the UK which has the companies demote search results for website where pirated music, movies, or sporting events can be found.
Acer's TravelMate P449 under review. (Source: Acer)

80% Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review

Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Intel Core i7-6500U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 14" | 2 kg
HP to launch Sure Click cyber protection for the EliteBook x360 1030 G2 this Spring

HP to launch Sure Click cyber protection for the EliteBook x360 1030 G2 this Spring

HP will tackle web-based security threats with new software designed specifically for its Elite series of business PCs.
Dell Latitude 14 E5470 6440HQ Notebook Review

89% Dell Latitude 14 E5470 6440HQ Notebook Review

Workhorse with minor drawbacks. A business device for everyday use: This is where Dell comes in with its Latitude 14 E5470. Security features, strong processor, plenty of working memory, and a solid-state drive are installed. These are good prerequisites for a business laptop. However, not all that glitters is gold, and thus our review sample has to accept some criticism. Read just where these shortcomings are found in our in-depth report.
Intel Core i5-6440HQ | Intel HD Graphics 530 | 14" | 1.9 kg
After February, Coin services will no longer be available. (Source: Coin)

Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February

While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
The Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle is designed around security. (Source: Blackphone)

Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices

The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
Windows Defender and a bit of common sense may serve most people better. (Source: Miyo Van Stenis)

Uninstall your anti-virus and use Windows Defender, says veteran software engineer

Third-party anti-virus programs are doing more harm than good, says a veteran programmer. If you're running a modern Windows operating system, stick with Windows Defender.
The Toshiba Portégé X30 and Tecra X40 are new thin-and-light business notebooks coming soon from Toshiba. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba introduces new Portégé X30 and Tecra X40

The new devices are targeting business consumers looking for a durable thin-and-light notebook.

China cracks down on "unauthorized" VPNs

The Communist Party of China has decided to crack down further on their control of the internet, targeting VPNs. The new law would make "unauthorized" VPNs illegal, and would require the companies to obtain government approval in order to operate. It is unclear what is involved in the "approval" process.
Toshiba's Portege X20W will be available with a Kaby Lake processor next month. (Source: Toshiba)

Toshiba updates Portégé and Tecra lines with Kaby Lake processors

Several business devices are getting bumped to Kaby Lake over the next month.
Coming soon to an appliance near you. (Source: MalwareTips)

Internet of Things will need extensive support lifecycles

Companies need to take security updates for IoT-enabled devices just as seriously as smartphones—if not more. Companies that fail to supply regular security updates for phones should not be entrusted with putting smart-appliances in our homes.
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 835 is expected to power top flagship smartphones and tablets. (Source: Qualcomm)

CES 2017 | Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC

The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
The computerized iris scan was patented in 1994. (Source: US Patent & Trademark Office)

Starting today, Singapore will begin recording iris-scans of residents

Beginning January 1, Singapore will begin requiring the iris-scans of its residents. Singapore already collects photographic and fingerprint data of its residents, but the addition of iris scans poses the greatest potential risk to privacy.
The alleged screenshot reveals both a 3:2 aspect ratio and Android 7.0. (Source: Roland Quandt)

BlackBerry partner TCL's "Mercury" handset to have 4.6-inch 3:2 display, hardware keyboard

More details regarding BlackBerry's new "Mercury" handset have emerged, confirming a Snapdragon 625 CPU, 3:2 aspect ratio, and 4.6-inch screen.
By January 8, nearly all remaining Galaxy Note 7s will be rendered inoperable in the US. (Source: Ron Amadeo/ArsTechnica)

T-Mobile rolling out Note-7-killing update; AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to follow

T-mobile has begun rolling out firmware designed to effectively brick remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7s. Verizon and AT&T will roll out the update January 5, while Sprint will wait until January 8.
BlackBerry DTEK60 Smartphone Review

88% BlackBerry DTEK60 Smartphone Review

BlackBerry's Lifeboat? With the DTEK60, BlackBerry delivers a well-equipped Android smartphone, backed with the company's renowned reputation for security. But is it enough to save the company?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 | Qualcomm Adreno 530 | 5.5" | 165 g
Fitness trackers such as the Fitbit (pictured) are the most popular type of smart-wearable. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitness bands good for health, terrible for privacy: Study

A recent study by The Center for Digital Democracy has found that despite the highly personal health information collected by wearables, there are insufficient regulations in place to safeguard the treatment of the information.
New security features, such as HP Sure Start, will be available in HP's upcoming EliteBook line and other HP devices. (Source: HP)

HP unveils new security features for commercial PCs

The new features are aimed to deter intrusions by protecting multiple layers of notebooks and PCs.
Popcorn Time gives the victim 7 days to either pay up or infect others. (Source: Bleeping Computer)

Ransomware allows you to decrypt your files by spreading it

New ransomware, called "Popcorn Time", allows the victim to get their files back by spreading the malware instead of paying.
The malware can gain root access on Android phones, exposing the entire device to the hackers. (Source: Android Recovery Mode Screen)

Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts

Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
Nearly 1 million Germans offline last weekend due to hack attempt

Nearly 1 million Germans offline last weekend due to hack attempt

Regional attack by Mirai botnet knocks 900,000 Germans offline.
The Nexus 6P by Huawei is one of the first devices to receive the update to Android 7.1.1. (Source: Huawei)

Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December

The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
The update to Android 7.0 Nougat is currently only available in the U.S. (Source: HTC)

Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.

HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
HP Announces new HP EliteBook 705 G4 series of notebooks

HP Announces new HP EliteBook 705 G4 series of notebooks

The business oriented laptops are powered by AMD's 7th generation PRO APUs.

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