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The VAVA Portable SSD Touch. (Source: Indiegogo)

VAVA crowdfunds the "world's most secure" portable USB type C SSD

The VAVA Portable SSD Touch is a new product launched via Indiegogo recently. It is a stick-like drive with a hardware-based fingerprint scanner on the top of its aluminium, supposedly shock-proof casing. It also apparently packs ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:34:00 +0200
The "iPad Air" shown in the new renders. (Source: SvetApple)

iPad Air 4: New renders show an updated tablet with a Touch ID-enabled power button

The fourth-generation iPad Air has been linked to a new design that would leave it looking more like its Pro sibling. SvetApple has posted new renders based on its latest leaks. They include support for Touch ID, which is found em...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:09:00 +0200
Wearable payments may really take off in the coming decade. (Source: Samsung)

Wearable payments might fund a near-US$1.4 trillion market by 2027

The ability to complete point-of-sale transactions using wearables alone represented a market worth US$285.47 billion in 2019, according to new market research. However, this value is also now thought to grow until it reaches $1.3...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 16 Aug 2020 23:09:00 +0200
The P30 Pro's days as a normal Android device may be numbered. (Source: Huawei)

Google's temporary license to work with Huawei has expired, which may be bad news for the OEM's older phones

Google applied for a temporary general license (TGL) in order to keep older Huawei devices compatible with its Android app ecosystem even after this OEM was placed on the US administration's Entity List in May 2019. However, this ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 16 Aug 2020 15:07:00 +0200
Telegram unveils video calling for its anniversary. (Source: Telegram)

Telegram celebrates its seventh anniversary with the announcement of video calling for Android

The popular messaging app Telegram marks its seventh year of business today (August 14, 2020). It has ushered this anniversary in along with a new feature: video calling. It now exists in alpha form, boasting picture-in-picture an...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 14 Aug 2020 23:31:00 +0200
Over 20GB of confidential design data and files were stolen from Intel in a security breach (Image source: Panda Security)

Hackers steal over 20GB of confidential design data from Intel in massive data breach

Days after Canon, Intel is the next major company to face a massive data breach. Over 20GB of confidential design data including SDKs, flash tools, marketing templates, debug tools, and more were stolen and subsequently leaked onl...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:25:00 +0200
Over 10TB of user data was compromised in the data breach (Image source: Panda Security)

Canon is hit by massive ransomware attack: 10TB of user data at risk, with doubts as to whether or not images were compromised

A large number of Canon domains were recently targeted by the Maze ransomware attack, resulting in the theft of over 10TB of sensitive user data. While Canon claims that photo images weren’t compromised, other sensitive user infor...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:30:00 +0200
The Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC starts at US$69 (Image source: Apricorn)

256-bit Hardware AES encryption on a USB Type-C pen drive for US$59? Meet the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android

Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key 3NXC is reportedly the world’s first USB Type-C pen drive featuring hardware encryption. With a number of laptops and Android smartphones now leveraging USB Type-C, the 3NXC is increasingly relevant. Th...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:13:00 +0200
Hackers could conceivably leverage the Secure Enclave exploit to steal personal data and biometric info from iOS users (Image source: Panda Security)

Alarming “Unpatchable” exploit in Apple’s Secure Enclave could put the data of millions of users at risk, per Chinese hackers

According to Pangu Team, a Chinese hacker group, an “unpatchable” exploit has been uncovered for Apple’s Secure Enclave, the co-processor that stores keys for Face ID, Touch ID, and passwords. This potentially puts the personal da...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:51:00 +0200
AMD Ryzen 4000G aims to take on Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake head-on but will only be available in OEM PCs. (Image Source: AMD)

AMD announces the Ryzen 4000G series Renoir APUs for pre-built OEM desktops; claims a slam dunk when compared with Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake

AMD has now officially unveiled the Ryzen 4000 APU series for pre-built OEM desktops across consumer and commercial segments. The Ryzen 4000G APUs sport the exact same configuration as their mobile counterparts but feature additio...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 21 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0200
The effects of a BadPower attack on a vulnerable device (Source: Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab)

BadPower can melt or set your phone on fire

Chinese security researchers discovered that the firmware of fast chargers can be corrupted to deliver higher charging parameters, thus damaging the devices connected to them. A charger affected by a BadPower attack can melt or ev...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:04:00 +0200
Cheetah Mobile's app suite has come under fire recently. (Source: NDTV)

Xiaomi supposedly disables the Clean Master app across its lineup in India

Xiaomi confirmed a short while ago that it would finally remove the Clean Master app and service from its phones in India, following the ban of the app by the government. The promised update has arrived for the Mi Cleaner app but ...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:44:00 +0200
The new Mobvoi LifeSmart outdoor camera. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi releases its first Wi-Fi enabled home security camera

Mobvoi may be best known as a wearables brand; however, it is also breaking into the market for smart-home gadgets. The latest of these is the LifeSmart outdoor camera. It supports footage at HD or FHD resolutions, has an IR night...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:55:00 +0200
Belkin's new TruePrivacy Screen Protector. (Source: Belkin)

Belkin's new Screenforce-series product for MacBooks is also designed to boost privacy while using these devices

Belkin's latest screen protector for Apple ultrabooks also confers a property that HP devices with SureView have by default. It occludes the content on these screens for viewing angles not those of the user, thus reducing the risk...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:26:00 +0200
LinkedIn allegedly snooped on user data present in the iOS clipboard (Image source: LinkedIn)

LinkedIn taken to court for allegedly snooping on sensitive user info like passwords and credit card details through clipboard data on its iOS app

A California resident filed a lawsuit against LinkedIn for allegedly snooping on user clipboard data on the social media app’s iOS version. The issue was brought to light thanks to a new privacy-oriented feature in iOS 14 that tel...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:36:00 +0200
The eufyCam 2 Pro. (Source: Anker)

Anker's eufyCam 2 Pro is a new 2K, 100% wireless security camera system

The eufyCam 2 Pro improves on its previous generation in that its image sensor's resolution steps up to 2048x1080 (or 2K). It also incorporates night vision (color and IR), 2-way audio and a battery life of up to 12 months. This n...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:16:00 +0200
The PlayStation 4 is set to get a new jailbreak. (Source: Sony)

PlayStation 4 firmware 7.02 kernel exploit surfaces; jailbreak back on the cards

Be glad, PlayStation 4 owners; a new jailbreak is on the way. Developer @theflow0 has now announced the existence of a kernel exploit on PS4 running firmware 7.02 or older. The kernel exploit currently has to be chained with a fir...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:47:00 +0200
Image via Wikimedia commons (w/ edits)

The United Kingdom will remove Huawei equipment from its 5G networks by the end of 2020

Despite its 20-year reliance on Huawei-made telecom hardware, the United Kingdom has now decided to remove Huawei from its 5G infrastructure by the end of 2020. The shift in policy is based on a new report from British cybersecuri...
Sam Medley, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:19:00 +0200
The latest Chrome Dev for Android 10 is 64-bit.

Chrome for Android upgrades to 64-bit in its latest few versions

Android has been a 64-bit OS for some time now. However, this transition has not resulted in a wholesale switch to the same in all apps. Nevertheless, Chrome has finally shown signs of migrating to this platform, starting with its...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:12:00 +0200
The Librem 14 brings a larger display and Intel's latest 6-core silicon to its privacy-focused approach. (Image: Librem)

Purism Librem 14 brings its privacy-focused hardware kill switches to a new Comet Lake U Linux-based laptop

Purism is back with its latest privacy focused Linux-based laptop. The latest device in its range is the Librem 14 which effectively crams in a larger display into a similar footprint to its Librem 13 model.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:57:00 +0200
Owners of the Redmi Note 9 in Europe will have to wait longer for MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 users in Europe apparently on hold as new MIUI 11 stable update rolls out

It seems likely that the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 smartphone users in Europe has been temporarily halted. A new MIUI 11 stable update has started rolling out for the Redmi Note 9 instead, which will bring the device up to d...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 04:51:00 +0200
Many S20-series phones are in line for this OTA. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung updates select newer phones with the July 2020 security patch

Some phones from 2019 and 2020 that bear the Samsung Galaxy name now have OTA updates that contain the latest Android security patch. They include the S20 series, as well as the Note 10s. Some higher-end Ax0 devices are also inclu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:04:00 +0200
Some of the POCO M2 Pro's new teaser material. (Source: Twitter)

POCO M2 Pro: more evidence of Redmi Note 9 Pro-clone status emerges

POCO has confirmed the existence of the M2 Pro, and is currently teasing it on Twitter and Flipkart ahead of its July 7, 2020 launch. These official leaks show some inextricable links between it and the pre-existing Redmi Note 9 P...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:48:00 +0200
A new PS4 jailbreak looks unlikely. (Source: Digital Trends)

A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak looks increasingly unlikely

The hopeful PlayStation 4 homebrew scene has waited a long while for a new kernel exploit, after the release of the firmware 5.05 jailbreak back in 2018. That wait is unlikely to end anytime soon, in light of recent developments.
Column by Ricci Rox, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:06:00 +0200
The Nintendo 3DS. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo 3DS bugs are no longer eligible for the HackerOne program

Nintendo had been promoting the security of its 3DS and Switch devices by soliciting bug reports through HackerOne's bounty initiative. Here, users are incentivized to find such discrepancies with financial rewards. However, the h...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:01:00 +0200
German Amazon workers go on strike for 48 hours

German Amazon workers go on strike for 48 hours

On Monday and Tuesday, Amazon employees will strike at a total of six locations in Germany for better working conditions and, in particular, better protection against a possible corona infection in the workplace. In Germany, too, ...
Christian Hintze, Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:55:00 +0200
Broadband service awareness and uptake in the US. (Source: Parks Associates)

US households spend about 36% more on their ISP now compared to 2012: new study

New research of broadband internet provision and its adoption in the US found that consumers spend about US$60 on them per month at the end of 2019, compared to about $44 in 2012. This new study also concluded that these customers...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Jun 2020 17:47:00 +0200
The PlayStation 4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)

Sony deals sharp blow to future PS4 jailbreak prospects

Sony has now opened up its Bug Bounty program to the public, offering a whopping US$50,000 to anyone able to find a critical PlayStation 4 vulnerability. This deals a heavy blow to the hopeful PS4 homebrew scene, and further place...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 25 Jun 2020 23:27:00 +0200
The Acer Enduro N7. All images via Acer

Acer launches new Enduro line of ruggedized laptops and tablets

Acer announced several new ruggedized mobile devices today. The Enduro line boasts two rugged Windows laptops, two rugged Windows tablets, and a rugged Android tablet.
Sam Medley, Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:45:00 +0200
Xiaomi Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE: A 1080p and 360° security camera that costs just CNY 149 (~US$21) (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE: A 1080p and 360° security camera that costs just CNY 149 (~US$21)

Xiaomi has launched its fourth security camera, the Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE. The smart camera has a 110° field of view and can record in 1080p. The camera supports up to 32 GB microSD cards, H.265 encoding and can rotate 360° horiz...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:58:00 +0200
More vulnerabilities have been uncovered in Intel's silicon. (Image: Intel)

Another month, another Intel chipset malware vulnerability

Intel has undoubtedly had more than its fair share of chipset security issues over the past couple of years. However, the end to the company’s security woes doesn’t yet seem to be in sight after yet another vulnerability has been ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:29:00 +0200
Business-grade phishing poses business-grade risks. (Source: Pixabay)

The rate of mobile phishing aimed at businesses grew by 37% by the end of March 2020

The security group Lookout has released the results of its latest study of fraud that targets phones or tablets owned by enterprises. It found that the number of such incidents grew by 37.1% between the last quarter of 2019 and th...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 17:01:00 +0200
This particular wallpaper can potentially soft-brick your Android smartphone. (Image Source: Ice Universe on Twitter)

PSA | Cursed wallpaper soft-bricks several Android phones: Details and possible workarounds

It has been found that a certain wallpaper can soft-brick several Android phones particularly newer Samsung phones and Google Pixels. Apparently, this is due to Android's SystemUI not being able to handle the higher Google Skia co...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:46:00 +0200
One developer became US$100,000 richer after finding and reporting a critical security flaw to Apple's bounty programme. (Image source: TheDigitalWay / Pixabay)

Apple pays US$100,000 bounty to developer for finding critical login vulnerability

Apple has paid a US$100,000 bounty to Bhavuk Jain for a security vulnerability he found within the "Sign in with Apple" ability found on some websites and third-party applications. The bug could allow hackers to take full control ...
Craig Ward, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:02:00 +0200
The new Samsung Money card. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches its own Apple Card-esque service in the US

Samsung Money is a new partnership between this OEM and SoFi that offers a new type of Mastercard-issued debit card. It also extends benefits such as a fee-free account and potentially increased interest on savings. This new arm o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 30 May 2020 20:42:00 +0200
The new Lifebook U9310X. (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu's latest series of Lifebooks includes "the world's lightest convertible with a pen"

Fujitsu has announced new additions to its business-class Lifebook line of notebooks. They are led by the U9310 and its 2-in-1 variant, the U9310X. This 13.3-inch convertible has up to 10th-gen core i7 Intel processors and weighs ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 28 May 2020 19:22:00 +0200
AOKpass provides vendors with a privacy-oriented compliance standard for health data (Image source: ICC)

COVID-19: International Chamber of Commerce passes landmark AOKpass declaration to protect health data in an era of invasive COVID-10 tracking apps

The International Chamber of Commerce recently presented its AOKpass declaration to safeguard health data in the context of privacy and data security issues with the current crop of COVID-19 tracking apps.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 25 May 2020 16:54:00 +0200
Xbox hack concerns should be kept to a minimum, but not the same can be said for the NT 3.5 leak. (Image Source: Entertainment Box)

Original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source codes leak online

Since these are "vintage" source codes, there should be no concern regarding possible hacks. Emulators for the original Xbox already exist and are said to already be using the leaked codes, but still cannot provide complete compat...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 22 May 2020 16:13:00 +0200
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon 8th gen. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo releases the 8th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon to the German market

Lenovo introduced the latest ThinkPad X1 Carbons with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7s at CES 2020; however, they have not been available in some regions thus far, Germany included. This has now been addressed on the OEM's webstore.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 May 2020 23:52:00 +0200
The Surface Book 3 forgoes Thunderbolt 3, making less likely to get hacked as a result it would appear. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft might have been right to skip Thunderbolt 3 (again) on the new Surface Book 3

Microsoft has been copping it for bypassing Intel’s Thunderbolt ultra-high-speed I/O once again on the new Surface Book 3. However, it appears that its recently revealed security concerns about the technology and how it interfaces...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 11 May 2020 14:59:00 +0200
The Galaxy Z Flip is one of a few phones with the May 2020 security patch. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung updates the Galaxy Z Flip, S10 and A50 with May 2020 security patches

Google has released its latest security patches for Android, and as usual, the Pixel series of phones had first pick of them. However, Samsung has reportedly gotten ahead of all other OEMs by rolling these May 2020 upgrades to 3 o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 May 2020 22:39:00 +0200
Mi Browser allegedly spies on its users

Xiaomi's default web browser allegedly records users' browsing habits

Security researchers have discovered that Xiaomi's default web browser records and transmits user data to remote servers. It includes potentially sensitive information such as search engine queries and browsing history, and the be...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 01 May 2020 12:28:00 +0200
Most Americans don't trust big tech with properly tracking coronavirus cases.

Half of Americans with smartphones don't trust tech companies to properly handle COVID-19 tracking

In a recent poll from the Washington Post and the University of Maryland, more than half of smartphone users in America expressed distrust in how big tech companies would handle tracking and reporting coronavirus cases. Additional...
Sam Medley, Thu, 30 Apr 2020 06:12:00 +0200
The new QNAP TS-x31K series. (Source: QNAP)

QNAP releases a new personal/home multi-bay NAS server

QNAP Systems has debuted its new 1.7GHz TS-x31K series for network-attached storage (NAS) of a residential or private magnitude. It comes in 1- to 4-bay SKUs, each of which supports Gigabit Ethernet and SATA 6Gb/s. They also all h...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Apr 2020 21:36:00 +0200
Facebook apparently has a data hemorrhage. (Source: Facebook)

Over 260 million Facebook profiles have been found to be on sale on hacker forums

A security group has reported the detection of 267 million Facebook profiles on a server being offered in exchange for £300 (~US$340). The users in question are apparently mostly located in the United States. This allegedly hacked...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Apr 2020 22:49:00 +0200
The exploit is introduced via a seemingly harmless blank email. (Image Source: zecOps)

Apple's iPhone and iPad devices have been plagued by serious vulnerabilities since 2018, security analyst reports

The vulnerability allows attackers to gain control of all the data stored within the mails received via the Mail app on iOS devices. Apple has recently become aware of the security problem, but the vulnerability may have been expl...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:48:00 +0200
Images via Vivaldi and DuckDuckGo

Vivaldi browser 3.0 uses DuckDuckGo's tracker blocker

The latest version of Vivaldi now includes a tracker blocker developer by DuckDuckGo. The tool, which is powered by DuckDuckGo's Tracker Radar software, makes browsing the Internet a bit more private out of the box. However, other...
Sam Medley, Wed, 22 Apr 2020 23:05:00 +0200
The tfp0 bug that may lead to Jailbreak on A13 iOS devices. (Image via @ProteasWang on Twitter)

New exploit may lead to Jailbreak on A13 devices like the iPhone 11

A new exploit discovered in iOS 13.4.1 on A13 devices may lead to an eventual Jailbreak method for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max running the latest version of iOS. While the bug itself is not able to Jailbrea...
Sam Medley, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:08:00 +0200
The Tor Project has had to cut its team to 22 in response to a steep drop in funding. (Source: The Tor Project)

The Tor Project forced to lay off one-third of its staff

The Tor Project has announced that it has had to let go 13 employees, which counts for one-third of its core workforce. Entirely funded by donations, the team has been forced to make the layoffs due to the effects of COVID-19.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 19 Apr 2020 12:05:00 +0200
A shot of the alleged Google Card. (Source: TechCrunch)

A new leak suggests Google's version of the Apple Card is on the way

Late 2019 saw rumors that Google was developing a type of Apple Card-competitor in partnership with certain financial institutions. Now, there may be more evidence that this new instrument is indeed nearly a reality. It is to be a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:51:00 +0200



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