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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
The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus. (Source: Lenovo)

The dual-screen Lenovo ThinkBook Plus will be released soon

Lenovo's innovative ThinkBook Plus is now up for pre-order on JD.com, prior to general sales starting from April 24, 2020. To recap, this 13.3-inch notebook has a 10.8-inch e-ink display on its lid. The user can thus write or dood...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 18 Apr 2020 20:55:00 +0200
Zoom has yet another security issue. (Image via Zoom)

Zoom zero-day vulnerabilities are being auctioned for up to US$500,000

Two new zero-day vulnerabilities have been found for the popular teleconferencing software Zoom. The exploits, one of which affects the Windows client and the other of which affects the macOS client, are currently up for auction o...
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Apr 2020 22:59:00 +0200
Qualcomm's 3D Sonic fingerprint sensor technology. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm and BOE announce a collaboration to bring 3D Sonic fingerprint sensing to more displays

BOE has announced that it will make more displays that support Qualcomm's 3D Sonic fingerprint sensor technology in the future. These panels will also be of more types and for more use-cases than ever before. This includes flexibl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Apr 2020 21:30:00 +0200
Image via AltStore

You can now sideload unverified apps on iOS without Jailbreak or revokes

The latest update to the AltStore/AltServer iOS app allows users to sideload their own IPA files without the need for Jailbreak or the worries of possible revokes. AltStore uses a method that exploits the app developer license sys...
Sam Medley, Sun, 12 Apr 2020 03:58:00 +0200
The new Covid-19 contact-tracing API will depend on user opt-in, apparently. (Source: Google)

Apple and Google collaborate on a new API to help track Covid-19 transmission

Consumer tech has already been used for 'Covid-19 contact tracing' in Taiwan and South Korea already. Now, Google and Apple have jointly announced a new API to do the same using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It will apparently used ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Apr 2020 17:53:00 +0200
The Realme XT's bootloader unlock is now officially available. (Image Source: Realme)

Realme XT bootloader unlock now officially available, but there's a downside

The bootloader unlock tool for the Realme XT is now official with instructions for use being made available on the Realme Community site. While the bootloader unlock allows Realme XT users to install custom ROMs, it disables offic...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:19:00 +0200
Firefox 75 is collecting data from you by default, and you may not know it. (Image via Firefox w/ edits)

Firefox 75 includes telemetry that sends data about your default browser settings to Mozilla every day

The latest version of Firefox for Windows, Firefox 75, includes a default telemetry practice that sends users' default browser settings to Mozilla once a day. The data is sent via a Windows scheduled task. While disabling this tel...
Sam Medley, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:20:00 +0200
Tuned is a new app for couples aimed squarely at couples. (Image via Apple App Store)

Facebook releases Tuned, an app that gives couples a "private space" to message each other

Tuned, an app designed for couples, is now available on iOS. The app comes from the NPE Team within Facebook. Though Tuned is billed as a private app for couples, users should be aware that anything sent through Tuned could be sen...
Sam Medley, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 04:40:00 +0200
Raspberry Pi: Turn the single-board computer into a door opener with face recognition and SMS alert (Source: Seeed)

Raspberry Pi: Turn the single-board computer into a door opener with face recognition and SMS alert

A new project has turned the Raspberry Pi into a cheap electric lock. The project uses facial recognition to make it particularly easy to open the door and should also be comparatively easy for beginners to utilize. Also, relative...
Silvio Werner, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 18:29:00 +0200
The right VPN can turn your online actions invisible, and you into a digital ghost

Home office guide: Which VPNs are the best?

Whether you’re looking for the fastest, most secure, most versatile, or cheapest, there’s definitely a VPN out there that’s right for you. Here are some of the most reliable and likely to enhance your gaming, working, or browsing experience.
Christopher Thomas, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:26:00 +0200
Microsoft releases optional patches for Internet connection problems on Windows 10. (Image source: Pixabay)

Microsoft releases optional patches for Internet connection problems on Windows 10

The big February update brought some internet connection problems for some users, especially when using a VPN. An unfavourable mistake in the age of the home office, in our opinion. Microsoft confirmed the bug and promised a quick...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:22:00 +0200
VPN use was found to increase in March 2020. (Source: Flickr)

Global VPN use spiked during March 2020, study finds

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are popular tools among those who want to safeguard their internet usage and the data involved. The sudden and widespread need to work from home has given them a new dimension of necessity, however....
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:14:00 +0200
OnePlus also recently re-designed its logo. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus launches its own payments service in its home country

OnePlus Pay is the latest smartphone OEM-provisioned digital wallet platform on the market. To date, it only works in China, although it could expand to other markets later. As with other similar services, it allows a user to stor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:31:00 +0100
The ICI HotSpot non-contact thermometer. (Source: ICI)

A US company donates its IR-powered remote thermometers to authorities affected by COVID-19

Infrared Cameras Inc. is a Texas-based company that makes products that allow the assessment of a target's core temperature without touching them. For example, its HotSpot thermometer uses infrared (IR) technology to help assess s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:33:00 +0100
The new Reolink Lumus. (Source: Reolink)

The new Reolink Lumus Wi-Fi security camera also has a motion-activated spotlight

Most IP and Wi-Fi-connected home security cameras are designed to simply detect suspicious movement on a property. However, the Lumus may improve on such products from Reolink in that it also has a built-in spotlight. This augment...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0100
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to advanced prevention measures worldwide. (Source: CDC)

Samsung, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi suspend work on their devices at their Indian facilities

Samsung, Xiaomi and OPPO are among a growing number of businesses announcing a shut-down of their plants in India in order to comply with this country's COVID-19-related lockdown measures. Meanwhile, Vivo has reportedly asked thei...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:53:00 +0100
HMD Connect is a new roaming alternative. (Source: Google Play Store)

HMD Global offers a new way to get mobile data wherever you are

HMD Global has launched a new product, which is for an Android phone rather than being one. Known as "Connect", it distributes data-only SIMs that operate based on a sort of pay-as-you-go model. The user buys data "packages" to us...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Mar 2020 18:49:00 +0100
A good VPN service is essential for those who spend a lot of time online. (Image source: Globb Security)

Deal | Increase your web-surfing options: Private Internet Access offers yearly VPN service from US$2.85 a month thanks to 71% savings

Private Internet Access is currently offering some great deals on its Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. While the monthly subscription stands at US$9.95 each month, a 6-month plan can be had for the equivalent of US$5.99 a mo...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 21 Mar 2020 10:15:00 +0100
Netflix soon only in SD resolution due to high network usage?

Netflix soon only in SD resolution due to high network usage?

Because of the Corona-Breakout a large number of people is staying home causing Internet usage to climb up. Although the data usage it is not yet absolutely critical, the EU is already discussing ways to restrict data traffic in f...
Christian Hintze, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 12:53:00 +0100
The Purism Librem Mini's software can detect hardware and software tampering. (Image source: Purism)

Purism reveals the Librem Mini - a configurable mini PC with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and PureOS from US$599

Purism has launched its Librem Mini small form-factor mini PC, with preorders for the device now being taken. The tiny computer comes with a Whiskey Lake Intel Core i7-8565U processor and can be configured with up to 64 GB RAM. Pu...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 07:53:00 +0100
Google's Advanced Protection has new features. (Source: Google)

Google's Advanced Protection starts to prevent the side-loading of non-Play Store apps

Advanced Protection is a program offered by Google to those potentially in need of enhanced mobile-device security. The Mountain View giant has announced some new changes to its policies. They include a built-in blocker for side-l...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:03:00 +0100
The free offer on DxOdyssey will last at least until August 31 (Image source: DH2i)

Free software | To combat COVID-19, DH2i just made its enterprise-grade DxOdyssey “unVPN” free for all work from home employees

With COVID-19 forcing millions of employees to work from home, network software company DH2i just made its DxOdyssey “unVPN” free for stay-at-home workers until August 31st.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:01:00 +0100
The PlayStation 4 is set to get an updated jailbreak release. (Source: Digital Trends)

A new PS4 firmware 6.20 kernel exploit is finally in the works

Rejoice, PlayStation 4 owners, a new jailbreak solution is coming your way. Popular developer @theflow0 has announced the discovery of a new vulnerability on firmware 6.20 of Sony's outgoing console, with a kernel exploit and jail...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Mar 2020 10:22:00 +0100
The OnePlus 7T series has an Open Beta. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus announces the 7T and 7T Pro's first OxygenOS Open Beta

OnePlus often releases Open Beta versions of its Android skin, OxygenOS. They are often updated compared to the "normal" (stable) builds in terms of features, security patches and other new tweaks. The OEM has started just such a ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:54:00 +0100
Mozilla will update KaiOS in fundamental and vital ways soon. (Credit: TechAltar via YouTube)

Mozilla and KaiOS' new partnership may result in a better future for feature phones

Phones that run neither Android nor iOS have been falling behind in terms of their browser and web-based support. Mozilla and KaiOS (the mobile platform most likely to run on such devices) have addressed this through a new partner...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Mar 2020 19:19:00 +0100
Yet another Intel chip-level security flaw uncovered. (Source: Intel)

New and unfixable Intel chip flaw discovered putting PCs at risk of attack

Intel has had a rough trot with chip-level security flaws in the past couple of years and it seemed as though it had gotten on top of them. Unfortunately, security researchers have discovered a new chip-level vulnerability affecti...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 07 Mar 2020 11:31:00 +0100
Huawei's CEO presents on the OEM's 5G hardware strategy. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei reportedly circumvents US policy with its 100% in-house base station

Base stations are crucial pieces of hardware for mobile networks, particularly 5G ones. Huawei is now reportedly in a position to sell versions of these devices based on their own proprietary chipsets, rather than those made by US...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:04:00 +0100
Cheetah Mobile's apps can no longer be downloaded on the Play Store. (Source: Cheetah Mobile)

Google announces the removal of about 600 apps from the Play Store

Google has released a blog post explaining why nearly 600 apps have just been removed from Android's Play Store. These apps were deemed guilty of "mobile ad fraud", which contravenes the Mountain View giant's policies. The apps in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:24:00 +0100
Self-driving cars could become more acceptable through improved camera tech. (Source: GSA)

A Korean research group claims to have improved camera calibration for self-driving vehicles

Cars that are capable of autonomous driving are often touted as the future. However, their actual ability to do so through perceiving the real world in 3D with sufficient accuracy is still in development. A new research paper publ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Mar 2020 20:54:00 +0100
The new Kami Wire-Free Outdoor Camera. (Source: Kami)

Kami releases its 100% wireless, weather-resistant outdoor IP security camera

Kami - YI Technology's new home-security brand - has released its new Wire-Free Outdoor Camera. As it lacks the need for connectivity hubs and has batteries that can be recharged in a USB-powered holder, it can be installed anywhe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 27 Feb 2020 21:24:00 +0100
MediaTek's MT3620 may be one of the most popular IoT MCUs out there. (Source: MediaTek)

MediaTek asserts that its MT3620 MCU has driven Microsoft Azure Sphere uptake

The MediaTek MT3620 is the first microcontroller unit (MCU) to directly integrate the Azure Sphere security platform from Microsoft. This solution is used to connect a business' internet-of-things (IoT) system with Azure's cloud s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:55:00 +0100

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