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Russian Government Tries To Ban Telegram Encrypted Privacy App
Roskomnadzor, the Russian state’s communications authority and regulator, moves to block Telegram messaging service after company refuses to hand over decryption keys to private messages. The state agency had ordered Telegram to provide back door keys to all of its encrypted messages. The request was denied by the tech giant, partly... Read more
Third-Parties Can Now Control Google Assistant
Google allows its Assistant voice commands to be customized. Fans of Google’s in-home virtual assistant will be impressed with a new feature that will allow the Assistant device to interact better with smart devices. Thanks to the new functionality, users can tell their devices to follow commands that operate things... Read more
Something Funny, Alexa? Amazon Says No.
Spooky spontaneous laugh freaks out Alexa users. Terminator-style self-awareness jokes have abounded on the internet this week thanks to a glitch with Amazon’s Alexa home virtual assistant device. According to multiple users, their Alexas have begun randomly laughing maniacally, without provocation or request. To fight back against what has... Read more
Plans Underway For Lunar 4G Network
Vodafone and Nokia to create first 4G network on the moon. Not too long ago, finding a business that offered a public Wi-Fi connection was like hitting the jackpot. But now, with internet connectivity basically falling on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, it might be more rare for consumers to... Read more
Record Number Of “Swipe Rights” At 2018 Olympics
Things got hot at this year’s Winter Olympics. The Olympic games are about national pride, gold medal achievements, record-breaking athletic accomplishments, and, well, hooking up. Each year, regardless of venue, the Olympic Village that hosts most of the athletes distributes in the neighborhood of 100,000 condoms to the athletes,... Read more
Researchers Find Account Takeover Flaw In Tinder
Poor encryption blamed for access to user data. Tinder’s geographically-based social networking “meet new people” model is responsible for introducing the concept of swiping right to society, but it’s also credited with a new problem: cybersecurity. Specifically it’s one of a growing number of apps and platforms whose encryption... Read more
Tech Addiction Rehab: Are YOU Addicted?
New Center for Humane Technology created by former Google, Mozilla, and Nvidia leaders, aims to help ‘addicted users’.  “I don’t have a problem… I can stop anytime I want to…” Those words have become a part of the pop-culture vernacular, synonymous with a tongue-in-cheek point about overconsumption. And while a number... Read more
Top Tech Execs Limit Kids’ Screen Time
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft founder Bill Gates raise concerns on youngters’ use of tech and social media It’s not hard to imagine the rosy picture of having an ultra-wealthy tech innovator for a parent, but a new report says that life as the offspring of a top... Read more
Children’s Apps Found To Be Filled With Porn Malware
Malware displaying pornographic ads discovered in game apps on Google Play. Be careful what you download, especially if you’re planning to hand it off to an impressionable young user. A new finding of content in the Google Play Store includes around 60 children’s apps that are filled with malware.... Read more
Apple To Give iPhone Users Option To Turn Off ‘Feature’ That Slows Older Devices
Apple has announced that a new update later this year will allow the users of older models of iPhones to turn off the ‘feature’… it introduced in December that slows them down when their batteries become old.  The new option will become available in next update to iOS 11.... Read more
Apple Shareholders Voice Concerns Over Youth Smartphone Addiction
Two prominent investors urge Apple to take action and develop tools that could help protect children from using their iPhones too much. According to a joint letter written by the two major shareholders, Apple CEO Tim Cook, should issue health warnings for children using iPhones, detailing the mental and... Read more
Cracked Smart-Phone Screens Could Self-Heal In Future 
Self-healing glass could mark the end of the dreaded shattered phone screen. A new type of polymer glass that can heal itself when cracked by simply being pressed together by a person’s hands, is now in development by scientists at the University of Tokyo after a student there discovered it… by accident.  Graduate school student Yu... Read more
Skirting iPhone X’s Facial ID With DIY Hack
Apple iPhone X Face ID fooled by a mask. In the months of giddy speculation and strategically leaked news about the latest iPhone, one of the much touted features was a camera that was specifically suited for facial recognition. It presumably spoke to capabilities of facial recognition for things... Read more
WhatsApp ‘Fake’ Downloaded More Than One Million Times From Google Play
Fake Android update appeared in Google’s official app store. It is understood that more than a million people downloaded a fake version of WhatsApp onto their Android devices through the official Google App center, before Google realized and removed the fake app from the Play store. It’s easy to see... Read more
Legal Govt Tracking Of Mobile Phones For Data Mining
Mobile phone tracking data ‘could replace census questions’. A recent UK government announcement just might prompt a few citizens to fetch their tinfoil hats: the Office of National Statistics (ONS), what in other countries might be referred to as the “census bureau,” has revealed that they’ve tested a data... Read more
Adobe Predicts Online Mobile Christmas Shopping Will Break New Records This Year
More than 50% of all web traffic will be from smartphones and tablets. Adobe Analytics has released its online shopping predictions for the upcoming holiday season and have estimated that online sales will be some $107.4 billion in the United States, alone – an increase of almost 15% on... Read more
Snapchat Drops Out Of App Store Top Ten
Snap Inc (SNAP) no Longer a Top 10 iOS App Store app. For the first time all year, popular yet potentially dubious messaging and image-sharing app Snapchat, fell out of the top 10 in the iOS App Store rankings. Without a lot of information as to what could have... Read more
Apple Fires Engineer Over iPhone X Leak?
Engineer reportedly fired after his daughter posted a video of the iPhone X before the official launch. There’s a tale or two going around the internet, one that leaves so many unanswered questions as to be nearly unbelievable. Reportedly, an engineer at Apple invited his daughter – Brooke Peterson... Read more