Is your Android Device Vulnerable to the Stagefright Hack? Then This app for You
Aug08

Is your Android Device Vulnerable to the Stagefright Hack? Then This app for You

A vulnerability in Android’s “Stagefright” media playback engine was publicly revealed late last month, potentially affecting nearly a billion Android devices. It enables an attacker to take control of the victim’s phone by sending a specifically crafted MMS. Now, Zimperium — the security research firm that discovered the vulnerability — has created an Android app that lets you check if your device is...

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Hackers are Exploiting an OS X Flaw to Install Tricky Adware
Aug05

Hackers are Exploiting an OS X Flaw to Install Tricky Adware

A security flaw in an operating system is dangerous, but a security flaw that’s being actively exploited in the wild, and for which there is no official fix, is much more problematic. That’s exactly what’s happening to Apple’s latest version of OS X, according to security company Malwarebytes. An OS X security flaw detailed in July by security researcher Stefan Esser allows an attacker to install software on a...

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The App which Helps You Burn Calories without Radically Changing Your Routine
Jul31

The App which Helps You Burn Calories without Radically Changing Your Routine

A group of researchers has created an app that may make it easier to actually make health and fitness changes and stick with them. It logs where and when its users are active and stationary, as well as what they’re eating. Called MyBehavior, the app also offers users a list of activity- and food-oriented suggestions each day, along with details about the calories they’d save or burn with them. Plenty of smartphone apps...

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Learn to Limit the Data You’re Giving Apps When Log in with Facebook
Jul31

Learn to Limit the Data You’re Giving Apps When Log in with Facebook

Ever sign into apps like Airbnb or Candy Crush via the blue “Log in with Facebook” button? It’s an easy alternative to the tedium of creating an account by typing in a userID and password, and since you’re likely already signed into Facebook’s app, you’ll have quick access to other apps in just a couple of taps. The caveat for the convenience has always been agreeing to hand over a collection of...

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8 Skype Alternatives That are Worth the Hype
Jul28

8 Skype Alternatives That are Worth the Hype

Skype might be good enough for your Grandma, but can it really be trusted for your business communications? On paper, Skype is now a tempting choice for a company, as well as being the go-to tool for catching up with tech-fearing relatives. It’s recently been made available as a Web service and amalgamated with Microsoft’s other business communication offering, Lync, bringing enterprise security and IT control features with it. But...

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5 can’t-miss apps: Google Spotlight Stories, Vizo, Vervid and more
Jul26

5 can’t-miss apps: Google Spotlight Stories, Vizo, Vervid and more

With rumors that Square just filed for an IPO and Apple’s latest earnings raising questions about Apple Watch sales, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps. Luckily, every weekend, we round up our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes a social news app, a relaxing game centered around a tree and Google’s immersive Spotlight Stories app making its iOS debut. Check out the...

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