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A new law could change how apps are distributed on iOS and Android. (Image: royalty free)

Proposed law in North Dakota may force Apple and Google to allow alternative app stores on mobile phones

A proposed North Dakota law will force Apple and Google to allow developers alternative options for distributing iOS and Android apps, respectively. The bill will also allow developers to receive in-app payments through any method...
Sam Medley, Thu, 11 Feb 2021 19:05:00 +0100
Sony describes Ghost of Tsushima as the “fastest-selling” PlayStation title to date (Image source: PlayStation)

Ghost of Tsushima fans come to the rescue of real life, typhoon-struck Tsushima island, exceed crowdfunding goal by 500 percent

A crowdfunding campaign for infrastructure repair on Tsushima island exceeded its funding goals by five times, thanks in part to fans of PlayStation exclusive Ghost of Tsushima.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:21:00 +0100
Experts remain unsure about the extent of the damage caused by the cyber attack (Image source: Panda Security)

Alleged Russian cyber attack allegedly exposed US deep state secrets through "Orion" data breach

Multiple US government branches, including the Department of Commerce, and an unknown number of private sector players have been hit by a massive cyber attack. Experts still remain uncertain about the volume of sensitive informati...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 18 Dec 2020 13:07:00 +0100
The maker of Cydia is suing Apple to force the Cupertino colossus to allow other app distribution methods on iOS. (Image via Cydia)

Founder of Cydia, the jailbroken iOS app store, files suit against Apple for anti-competitive behavior

Jay Freeman, the developer of the Cydia app store, has filed suit against Apple for monopolistic practices that have shut alternative app distribution methods out of iOS. If Freeman wins this suit, it could force Apple to allow an...
Sam Medley, Fri, 11 Dec 2020 23:17:00 +0100
Roughly 225 MSI RTX 3090 GPUs were stolen in China. (Image via MSI)

Over US$330k worth of MSI Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs stolen in China

Thieves in China have nicked CN¥2.2 million (~US$336,700) worth of Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs from an MSI factory, according to reports from Chinese news outlets and social media. This translates to about 225 graphics cards.
Sam Medley, Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:41:00 +0100
Apple's macOS Big Sur is spying on you. (Image: Apple logo w/ edits)

MacOS Big Sur is spying on everything you do and sending the data to Apple

Apple's latest operating system, macOS Big Sur, uses a new API to constantly send users' data (including how, when, and where a Mac is used) to Apple. This data is transmitted to Apple without encryption, meaning anyone with acces...
Sam Medley, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:32:00 +0100
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is set to launch on Friday, but the entire game has already leaked on the Internet. (Image via Nintendo)

Super Mario 3D All-Stars leaks in full online days before release, confirmed to use emulation

Just days before its release, Super Mario 3D All-Stars leaked onto the Internet in full. While a leak of the game is bad enough, an intrepid data miner reports that the game uses emulators to play the three retro Mario games withi...
Sam Medley, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:28:00 +0200
PUBG Mobile may be unbanned in India soon

PUBG Mobile likely to be unbanned in India as developer distances itself from Tencent

Massively popular Battle Royale title PUBG Mobile might make its highly-awaited comeback to the Indian market soon. The game's developer has terminated its agreement with Tencent, indicating that it is looking for another publishe...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:44:00 +0200
The Indian Government has banned PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile banned in India along with 118 other Chinese-origin apps

After mulling on the decision for over a month, the Indian Government has finally banned PUBG Mobile. Over 110 other Chinese-origin apps join it, most of which appear to be mobile games from lesser-known developers like NetEase. W...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 02 Sep 2020 17:49:00 +0200
Facebook has a feud with Apple. (Image: Facebooke and Apple logos w/ edits)

Apple rejected update for Facebook app that informed users of Apple's 30% cut of in-app purchases

Facebook claims that Apple blocked an update that would have informed users of Apple's practice of taking 30% of all in-app purchases. The update, which introduces a tool allowing businesses to sell tickets to online events, origi...
Sam Medley, Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:45:00 +0200
Chromebooks like the 5190 Education simply aren't available for school districts and students. (Image via Dell w/ edits)

American public school systems face a shortage of 5 million laptops for students

As public school systems in the United States shift to online learning in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many districts face a massive shortage of laptops for students. The shortage compounds existing problems facin...
Sam Medley, Wed, 26 Aug 2020 20:46:00 +0200
MacBook Pro with a broken flex cable showing

Apple may face another class-action lawsuit for display cable flaw in 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros

Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple for the "flexgate" flaw that plagued some 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros. The lawsuit alleges that Apple knew about the flaw when they sold the MacBook Pros and that Apple viol...
Sam Medley, Thu, 20 Aug 2020 21:48:00 +0200
Image: Reddit logo (w/ edits)

Massive Reddit hack litters site with bizarre pro-Trump content

Reddit, one of the most popular social media sites on the Internet, suffered a major breach. The hackers, whose identities and affiliations are currently unknown, used hacked moderator accounts to post strangely worded pro-Trump m...
Sam Medley, Sat, 08 Aug 2020 06:33:00 +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
PUBG Mobile might get banned in India soon

PUBG Mobile likely to get banned in India along with over 200 Chinese-origin apps

The Indian Government is looking at banning even more Chinese-origin apps. Over 200 apps are on the list, with the most prominent one being PUBG Mobile. Games like Call of Duty: Mobile, Clash of Clans, and Clash Royale are likely ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:51:00 +0200
Amazon India will require sellers to display 'country of origin' on every product listing by August 10

Amazon India will require sellers to display 'country of origin' on every product listing by August 10

Following a directive issued by the Indian Trade Ministry, Amazon has made it mandatory for all sellers to mention its 'country of origin' on every product listing. Sellers have until August 10 to comply. Other platforms, such as ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:41:00 +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
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
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
TikTok is now banned in India

Indian government bans 59 prominent Chinese apps; TikTok, Mi Community, UC Browser, and more affected

The Indian government has banned 59 Chinese-origin apps in the country. Some of the banned apps include TikTok, Share It, UC Browser, WeChat, Mobile Legends, UC Browser, and Club Factory. The directive also instructs Google and Ap...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:50:00 +0200
The Chrome extensions stole data from over 32 million people (Image source: Panda Security)

“Massive criminal surveillance campaign” of malicious Google Chrome extensions stole data from over 32 million users: do you have these installed?

A report by Awake Security indicates that 70 Google Chrome extensions, downloaded by over 32 million people, have been stealing user data and browsing history on a massive scale. The large-scale operation was enabled by a maliciou...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:56:00 +0200
TikTok is among the Chinese apps that Indian intelligence allegedly red-flagged (Image source: TikTok)

TikTok, UC Browser, SHAREit, Clean Master among list of 52 Chinese apps flagged by Indian intelligence agencies amid mounting tensions

Indian intelligence agencies have allegedly requested the Indian government to ban or warn the public about 52 red-flagged apps of Chinese origin, amid mounting tensions between the two countries. Among the flagged apps are the po...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 19 Jun 2020 08:17:00 +0200
The OpenCore Computer system is claimed to be available as a pre-made Hackintosh. (Source: OpenCore Computers)

'OpenCore Computer' advertises pre-built Hackintosh computers that break Apple's EULA

A new website advertising pre-built Hackintoshes could soon fall foul of Apple's legal team. Their Ryzen systems go against Apple's EULA and precedent has been set in the past regarding shutting down commercial Hackintosh builds. ...
Craig Ward, Sun, 14 Jun 2020 14:20:00 +0200
Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung speaking out about the Hong Kong protests (Image source: The Verge)

Activision cancelled its WoW: Shadowlands stream to “make space for other voices.” Where was that space when Blitzchung and Hong Kong needed it?

Activision Blizzard recently announced that it would be delaying its World of Warcraft: Shadowlands livestream to make way for “more important voices.” However, the decision appears insincere, especially in light of Blizzard’s tre...
Column by Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 08 Jun 2020 16:28:00 +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
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
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
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
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
Social media warn against increased content deletion by AI instead of human reviewers

Social media warn against increased content deletion by AI instead of human reviewers

Google, Facebook and Twitter have also sent the majority of their employees home. Inevitably, the big social media are increasingly relying on AI routines to have potentially inappropriate content removed. Now they warn that this ...
Christian Hintze, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:16:00 +0100
Minecraft: Reporters Without Borders build The Uncensored Library to leak censored articles globally

Minecraft: Reporters Without Borders build The Uncensored Library to leak censored articles globally

Many repressive states censor government-critical articles and block citizens' access to the material. The Reporters Without Borders organization is now breaking new ground to make censored articles accessible to everyone. They ju...
Christian Hintze, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 13:37:00 +0100
Facebook will soon begin paying users for recordings of their voice, which the company claims it will use to improve products like the Portal. (Image via Amazon)

Facebook will pay you for a voice recording

Facebook will soon send invitations to some users of its Viewpoints marketing research app. The invites will allow users to record a phrase and the names of some of their friends in exchange for $5. Facebook claims these recording...
Sam Medley, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:54:00 +0100
Facebook may have to pay over $9 billion in tax dues if the IRS wins the case (Image source: Facebook)

Facebook is getting sued by the IRS for not paying $9 billion in taxes

The IRS is suing social media giant Facebook for allegedly undervaluing its 2010 IPO, thereby avoiding over $9 billion in tax payments.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:04:00 +0100
While xHelper can be removed by antivirus software, it will soon reinstall itself. (Image via Malwarebytes forum user Amelia)

Android trojan xHelper can reinstall itself after removal and factory reset

An Android trojan by the name of xHelper has been found to reinstall itself after removal. Worse still, the malware reinstalls itself even after a factory reset. Malwarebytes has devised a fairly complex manner of removing the mal...
Sam Medley, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 17:21:00 +0100
Crypto AG corporate logo (Source: Crypto AG via Wikipedia)

Secretly owned by CIA, Swiss tech company Crypto sold encryption products to 120 countries and...

Liquidated in 2018, Swiss firm Crypto AG seems to have been involved in helping the US and German governments spy on no less than 120 countries for decades. The story has just surfaced thanks to an investigation carried out by The...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:20:00 +0100
Huawei corporate logo on an office building, Huawei using backdoor to access global mobile networks February 2020 news

Huawei caught red-handed: The company has backdoor access to mobile networks worldwide

The latest Huawei-related security issue is huge and it's enough to describe it in a few words for everyone to figure out: for over a decade, the Chinese behemoth has been using backdoors intended for law enforcement to access mob...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:16:00 +0100
Wacom hardware seems to do more than advertised

Another one caught red-handed: Wacom has been tracking your activity as well

Although Wacom hardware should have no reason for sending out the history of application use of its owners, it looks like this has been happening for a while and there's no official explanation for that yet. Nevertheless, this sto...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 06 Feb 2020 11:57:00 +0100
The iPhone X can be cracked by Cellebrite's tool. (Source: Business Insider)

Cybersecurity experts: Android phones may now be more secure than iPhones

iPhones are way more secure than Androids, right? Apparently not. A new report with information from forensic experts heavily points towards the reverse being the case. Androids may now be more secure than iPhones, with a Huawei f...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 06:52:00 +0100
Avast-related search suggestions in Bing search (Source: Own)

The price of free software: Avast has been selling the browser history of its users

Although there are still freeware products that are completely free, others come with hidden traps that the user only gets to find out about via scandals. The free Avast antivirus is such a product — it turns out that the Czech fi...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 17:42:00 +0100
Smartphones in Russia will soon have to be more Russian... whatever that may mean. (Image via Charles DeLuvio on Unsplash, with edits)

Electronics sold in Russia must soon have software that supports "Russian spiritual and moral values"

A new draft of a government resolution in Russia mandates that all electronics sold in the country carry pre-installed software from Russian companies that espouses the "formation of the priority of traditional Russian spiritual a...
Sam Medley, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 05:20:00 +0100
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to drop pre-installed Amazon Web App

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" will finally kill the pre-installed Amazon Web App. The move comes in the wake of Canonical's eliminations of the Ubuntu web launcher dependency. Many users hated the Amazon Web App, which was introd...
Sam Medley, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:12:00 +0100
The vulnerability could impact every Windows system released in the past 20 years (Image source: Microsoft)

The NSA reports "extraordinarily serious" Windows flaw to Microsoft: The US military's already received an update

Sources told Krebs on Security that Microsoft is working to patch an "extraordinarily serious" vulnerability, potentially affecting every Windows system released in the last 20 years.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 18:47:00 +0100
The FBI was unable to crack a mass shooter's iPhones

FBI asks Apple to help unlock two iPhones that belonged to a mass shooter

The FBI has asked Apple for help unlocking a pair of iPhones that belong to a mass shooter. Even though the agency has both devices in its possession, it is unable to get past the lock screen. Apple says that it will help the FBI ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 03:56:00 +0100
With Trump's signature, TRACED is now US law (Image source: Wikipedia)

TRACED Robocall legislation signed by Trump

Donald Trump recently signed off on the TRACED Act. The Act, which received bipartisan support in the US Congress, imposes stiffer penalties on robocallers. It also seeks to tackle the issue of caller ID spoofing.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0100
Mr. Smashy's hacking module (Image source: @THESMASHY)

Pi Zero-based WiFi hacking module created

A security developer on Twitter recently released a tutorial on how to create a WiFi hacking gadget using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. The module runs Raspbian Buster, under the hacker-friendly re4son kernel.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 17:10:00 +0100
Ookla's Speedtest VPN is the latest free virtual private network. (Image via Ookla)

Ookla launches Speedtest VPN, a free virtual private network

Ookla, the organization behind, has launched a free VPN. Speedtest VPN is a free virtual private network service, currently only for users of the Speedtest Android and iOS apps. The VPN is currently in beta and caps ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 04:25:00 +0100
ToTok is no longer available on the Play Store (Image source: Gulfnews)

ToTok, alleged UAE government spyware posing as a chat app, pulled from Play Store

Following a damning New York Times report, popular chat app ToTok was pulled from the Google Play Store. The report indicated that the app was UAE government spyware masquerading as a chat app to monitor the personal information o...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:51:00 +0100



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