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Fake ads on Windows 10 apps lure victims
Some Windows 10 users are complaining that ads from Microsoft’s own apps invite them to use deceptive applications. These ads would appear in native Windows 10 applications such as the News app. Specifically, these ads are disguised as false warnings that warn users of non-existent security threats. The security blog... Read more
The Persistence of Chaos laptop riddled with malware sells for $1.3m
Would you buy an infected laptop? More to the point, would you buy one for $1.3m? We guess not, although someone just has… The Persistence of Chaos, an artwork project, saw a laptop packed with six kinds of dangerous malware. The laptop was then sold in an online auction... Read more
Google Maps can help you find the best menu items
With Google Translate, Google Earth, and this new feature for Google Maps, Google is rapidly becoming your most important travel companion. When you’re trying out a new restaurant, it can be difficult to decide what menu items to try. Luckily, Google Maps now has a new feature called “dish-cover” that helps you... Read more
Watch the Mona Lisa brought to life with AI
Earlier this week we told you how artificial intelligence (AI) was being used to create whisky. Now for something a little more alarming… A new AI experiment has seen the Mona Lisa brought to life. The famous work of art is just one of a host of iconic faces... Read more
Google admits storing passwords in plain text
It wasn’t that long ago that Facebook was lambasted for keeping a lot of user passwords in a plain text database. The social media giant tried to defend itself, saying that the database was only available internally, to Facebook employees, but the fact remained that basic carelessness had put... Read more
Behold the world’s first AI-generated whisky – it’s pretty neat!
If you’re a lover of artificial intelligence (AI) software and whisky, prepare to have your day made. The world’s first AI-generated whisky is about to be poured. What’s better? It sounds delicious and you can buy it. Even if you’re not a big fan of the tipple please carry... Read more
The internet pays tribute to Grumpy Cat
Social media has been in mourning following the passing of perhaps the internet’s most famous feline. The death of Grumpy Cat, so named for her permanent scowl, was announced by owners this time last week (Friday May 17). However, the loss of the Arizona cat – who died aged... Read more
What you need to know about the WhatsApp attack
Following a huge attack on one of the most popular messaging services, users are being advised to react. News of the WhatsApp attack echoed around the world when it broke on Tuesday May 14. It is understood that hackers found a “major vulnerability” on the messaging app. They were... Read more
Apple recall certain adapters due to potential ‘electrical shock risk’
Apple is recalling certain products over fears of electrical shock risks if broken. News of the Apple recall came earlier this week, when an ‘Important Notice’ was published on the tech giant’s official site. It’s understood many exchanges have already taken place. However some Mac users may still not... Read more
What you need to know about romance and confidence fraud
A heart-breaking statistic has recently been discussed by security software experts, yet it’s perhaps not a surprising one. Avast posted an article about romance and confidence fraud to its blog following contact with an FBI expert. Titled ‘Romance and confidence fraud: Cybercrime’s $363 million secret’, Jeff Elder’s article is... Read more
Microsoft Word reveals ‘Ideas’ to use AI to improve writing
Never mind spellcheck, there will soon be another helpful feature to support struggling writers. Microsoft Word has revealed plans to use AI to improve writing. This new feature will go beyond the usual grammar fixes that many users have relied upon for years. It is understood that, thanks to... Read more
Don’t fall for this Royal baby scam
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced the latest Royal baby on Wednesday May 8. However, before official photographs were shared, cybercriminals were reportedly already preying upon the worldwide intrigue. It is understood that there were fears concerning a Royal baby scam. Yes, fraudsters were apparently using the birth... Read more
The Game of Thrones #AryaChallenge brings out the best of social media
Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers are coming… We’re curious here at FileHippo HQ, have any of our readers done the #AryaChallenge yet? We didn’t like to ask last week as we appreciated it would have given away not just a little spoiler, but THE spoiler. Yes, it was Arya... Read more
Vine descendant Byte begins beta testing
FileHippo told you last November that a long-awaited follow-up to Vine was being launched. Now there’s been another exciting development… Byte is set to carry on where Vine, the former short video app sensation, left off. Its creator, Dom Hofmann, confirmed the news last year. It was no secret... Read more
Key steps for a healthier Twitter revealed
Leading figures at one of the world’s biggest social media platforms have revealed plans to make it safer. A healthier Twitter has been promised, with key steps outlined. This comes following a blog post written by Twitter vice president Donald Hicks and senior director David Gasca. The pair, co-writing... Read more
Android and iOS smartphone users warned about ‘Exodus’ malware
Technological advancements are being made every day. Unfortunately, with every step forward there seems to be greater dangers out there in the tech world. The latest comes in the form of ‘Exodus’ malware, targeting Android and iOS users. It has been reported that this type of cyberattack can steal... Read more
The Important Social Media Changes The Epilepsy Society Want to See
The UK Government has been urged to protect people with photosensitive epilepsy, by better regulating fast-paced social media content. Warnings have been issued by The Epilepsy Society, a charity looking to raise awareness of “online harms”. It’s understood that a growing number of people with epilepsy have experienced seizures... Read more
Amazon Reviews – are they always what they seem?
Whether you’re tech savvy or not, product reviews are a huge factor in potential online purchases. This is especially the case when it comes to Amazon reviews, or any other kind of online shopping platform. Often, we can’t see, feel or try-out the product so we put our faith... Read more