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Showing posts with label android. Show all posts

Saturday, 18 August 2018

University researchers create app to extend Android battery life by up to 25 percent

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have figured out a way for Android multitaskers to get 25 percent more time out of a battery charge, though the particular scenario that takes advantage of this isn't a common one. And as Engadget reports, this battery saving has a few caveats.
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If you're one of the chosen few to have Android 9 Pie running on your phone right now, then you have split-screen support, which is where Waterloo's "MultiDroid" app comes into play, although it has yet to be released to the public. In a nutshell, the app works by dimming the side of the screen that you're not interacting with at that moment.

As any mobile geek can tell you, simply having the screen on will be one of the biggest drains on your battery, second only to rendering 3D or VR, which remains challenging even for desktop and laptop PCs. According to the university, being able to selectively dim areas of the screen can extend your battery charge by 10 to 25 percent.

Note: This battery-saving technique only works with OLED screens, which are customarily reserved for expensive phone models.

Interested readers can check out the university's full report at the IEEE Access website.

But what are the odds that you'll get Android Pie?

While Android 9 is currently only available on Google's Pixel phones and the Essential PH-1, dozens of other devices are scheduled to be updated. Motorola currently leads the pack with eight, Sony is purportedly readying six phones, and Samsung has committed to Pie updates for its high-end models like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

Despite Google's recent inroads with Motorola and Sony, it continues to struggle overall with getting manufacturers and mobile network carriers to update older phones and launch new devices with the latest version of their operating system.

Android Oreo took eight months to come to the Galaxy Note 8, and one year to come to the Galaxy S8. Samsung has not committed to release dates for Android Pie updates on any of their devices. The Galaxy Note 9 came out earlier this month sporting 8.1 Oreo, just as 9.0 Pie was reaching store shelves.

According to Google's own statistics, only 12 percent of their phones are running Android Oreo, which came out last year; 30 percent of phones are still on the version before that, and 24 percent are still on Marshmallow, which was released to the general public nearly three years ago.

For reference, Apple states that over 80 percent of its users are on iOS 11, and only 14 percent remain on iOS 10. (iOS 12 is currently available in a public beta; a final version is expected next month.) Granted, Apple has far fewer devices to deal with, and it makes a lot of its own chips, so it's much less reliant on third parties for software updates. But the contrast remains stark.

In Summary:
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have designed an app that can extend your battery charge by up to 25 percent, although it currently only works with Android Pie and OLED screens.
Only a small handful of phones are currently running Android Pie, as Google continues to struggle with getting manufacturers and mobile network carriers to update older phones and launch new devices with the latest version of their operating system.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Google Chrome WARNING -Horrific malware can steal YOUR credit card details

Google Chrome is a fast, secure, and free web browser, built for the modern web. It is a freeware web browser developed by Google. It was first released in September 2008, for Microsoft Windows, and was later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS and Android. 
                                          
google chrome malware steals credit card details

Google Chrome users have been warned about a new strain of malware that can steal saved credit card details from the hugely popular internet browser.

Security experts from Proofpoint are putting Google Chrome fans on their hills about a malware researchers have dubbed Vega Stealer.

The malware is a variant of the August Stealer strain that was discovered back in December 2016.

That piece of malicious software was capable of stealing saved passwords, documents and sensitive data from Chrome, Firefox, Skype and Opera.

The Vega Stealer malware is being distributed through a spam e-mail campaign.

It tries to trick people into clicking on it with subject lines likes “online store developer required”.

The e-mail includes a Microsoft document called “brief.doc” that contains malicious macros that deliver the Vega Stealer payload.

Speaking about the malware in a blog post, Proofpoint researchers said: “The document macro utilised in this campaign is a commodity macro that we believe is for sale and used by multiple actors, including the threat actor spreading Emotet banking Trojan.”

Once Vega Stealer has infected a computer it starts stealing data and searches the victim’s desktop for different file formats.

This is done for exfiltration purposes and then the malware sends the data to a remote command and control server.

Proofpoint added: “While Vega Stealer is not the most complex or stealthy malware in circulation today, it demonstrates the flexibility of malware, authors, and actors, to achieve criminal objectives.

“Because the delivery mechanism is similar to more widely distributed and mature threats, Vega Stealer has the potential to evolve into a commonly found stealer.
“Vega Stealer…could have longer lasting impacts if further developed and distributed. Due to the distribution and lineage, this threat may continue to evolve and grow.”

As always, one of the best ways to stay safe from malware delivered by e-mail is not to click on suspicious looking messages with attachments.

This is especially the case if the e-mail is allegedly from a well-known company but the e-mail is not registered to their official domain.

The news comes as Google Chrome continues to hold onto its crown of the world’s most popular internet browser.
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Monday, 14 May 2018

'Take a Break' Feature For YouTubers to Help deal with Addiction

Google has rolled out a new set of controls that will allow YouTube users to set limits on their video viewing, and help them set "Take a Break" reminder from browsing the channels for too long, a media report said. 
                                             
 youtube addiction

The new feature will enable the users to set a reminder for every 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes, at which point the video will pause and users will receive "Take a Break" notification that they have been binge-watching videos for longer than they decided to.

Also Read: MTN Hourly YouTube Data Plans and Subscription Codes

Users can then choose to dismiss the reminder and keep watching, or close the app, the TechCrunch reported late Friday. The changes announced during Google's I/O keynote will roll out in the latest update of YouTube, along with YouTube's ability to send notifications. The reminders will come with an option of being dismissed and the feature will also allow users to disable notification sounds during a specified time period each day.

The new features are first expected to hit the 13.17 and higher versions of the YouTube mobile app on both iOS and Android, the report said.
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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Google Pay now supports web browsers on PC, iOS: Here are its benefits

The fast, easy, and free way to send money to friends and family. If they have an email address or phone number, you can pay them with Google Pay – whether you're going to order that pizza, or sending money halfway across the country. No more IOUs. No more bank transfers. Just an instant way to pay using the debit cards already in your wallet. Send or request money. 


Google Pay
Google has announced the expansion of its Google Pay payment service to more devices. Google Pay is now available to access on the web for iOS and desktop, which means that the browsers on both the platforms, namely, Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox will integrate Google Pay for any transactions. Google earlier this year merged Android Pay with Google Wallet into a single entity called Google Pay.                                              
In a blog post, Google’s Product Management Director for Consumer Products, Gerardo Capiel, announced that besides adding new platforms for Google Pay, saving a credit/debit card to Google Pay on a Pixelbook will make it accessible on the web across devices. Google Pay will not require the user to input any payment details again once they have been saved. While checking out on Chrome or other browsers, Google Pay will automatically fill in all the billing and shipping details.

The most interesting feature that Google Pay brings to the disposal of the customers is the ability to update the details of the new cards if the old ones have been misplaced or lost. As soon as the user’s bank issues a new card, Google Pay will fetch the details automatically, so he/she doesn’t have to manually enter them again. Same is the case with the cards that have expired. On the issuance of a new card by the bank, the same will be automatically updated on Google Pay.

Google is also rewarding the users who use Google Pay app on their Android devices. There are rewards for making payments, as well as for inviting friends via referrals. Google Pay is now live in the US, Canada, Poland, Russia, Australia, and the UK.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Want your smartphone to have a good battery-life? Start charging it the right way

If you want to get the most use out of your phone between charges, you can't go wrong with these tips to Start charging your smartphones the right way.
                                               
  best way to charge a phone


You know how much you rely on your phone. It’s no wonder that robust battery life means more to you than you ever thought possible.

This might come as a shock, but most of you have been charging the phones and tablets the wrong way.

You must have heard or read on WhatsApp about phone on overnight charging exploding and causing injuries or death to the user while the person was asleep. Well don't worry, the overnight charging wouldn't do that to your phone, but it is also not recommended, according to the findings of Cadax , a company that offers devices that test smartphone and other batteries.

According to Battery University, which the company runs for free, the phone needs to charged in short bursts and not too frequently, if you want to a good overall battery life.

It doesn't matter if you only charge up 10% or 20% as, according to Battery University: "Partial charges cause no harm."

Also, if you want to lessen the wear and tear to your battery, do not hit the red zone, which is 15 per cent in most of the phones.

Try to keep the device between 65% and 75% -- "the sweet spot", according to the website.

Many of you might be thinking that "hey, I don't have a desk job. I won't be around a wall socket all the time." Well in that case lay your hands on a power bank. 

The experts have also recommended that never ever, never ever, never ever charge your battery fully.

Try to keep it around 95 and you are good to go.

Why you ask?

Well, that's because today's modern lithium-ion batteries do "not need to be fully charged, nor is it desirable to do so."

The website states: "In fact, it is better not to fully charge, because a high voltage stresses the battery".

And now, the last point, which may confuse you.
'You don't need to remove the charger when it's full' 

What? 'I just read something on the contrary'. Well, yes you are right. But, if it so happens that you have left your phone on charging and it has hit the 100% mark, then the charger, according to the website, will automatically turn off.

Still, it is recommended that you avoid leaving your phone on overnight charging, hitting the 100 per cent mark and inculcate the habit of juicing up the device frequently and in small doses.
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Monday, 9 April 2018

You Can Now Stream YouTube TV On Firefox

YouTube TV lets you Watch live TV from 50+ networks including live sports and news from your local channels. Record your programs with no storage space limits. No cable box required. Cancel anytime.
                                             
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Google and YouTube are under the same canopy, so naturally, YouTube’s services and features are designed and optimized for Google products like its Chrome browser. So it’s not surprising that YouTube TV supported only Chrome for quite a long time ever since its launch. It makes sense.

But now we have some good news for non-Chrome users. It looks like Google is slowly loosening its grip on YouTube TV’s browser requirements and learning to play with others. According to YouTube TV’s support page, Mozilla’s Firefox browser has been added to the list of compatible browsers. The support page doesn’t tell us which versions are supported though, but we can guess that it is the latest one so users should probably upgrade to be safe.

This brings the total number of support browsers up to a whopping two: Chrome and Firefox. It’s a start. The support page also mentions that support for more browsers is expected to come n the future, so if you’re using Opera, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or others, support may be coming soon.

For those using Firefox, you can head over to YouTube TV and try it out if you haven’t done so already. It’s nice that support is now opening up more today.
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Thursday, 29 March 2018

How To Add Time Or Location Stickers On WhatsApp Photos, Videos & Status

Whatsapp messenger now has stickers and timestamps on its status updates just as it is on instagram and Snapchat. Although not all of the stickers, have been added yet! Instagram and Snapchat provides a lot of other stickers like temperature, poll and more apart from location and time. The two new stickers introduced on WhatsApp can be added to photos, videos or status. In this post, I will let you know the simple steps to add time or location stickers on WhatsApp from Android and iPhone.
                                                   
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The feature has been rolled out for both Android and iPhone app. So, make sure you’re on the latest version of the app by going to the respective app stores.

Add Time Or Location Stickers On WhatsApp

We have used the steps and screenshots from the iPhone app but there are only slight changes on Android, nothing significant.

Sending Photo Or Video To Contact Or Group With Stickers

1. Select the conversation of a friend or group.

2. After that, select a photo or video from the Camera Roll or use the WhatsApp Camera to capture the image or record a video as you would normally do.

3. When you have the desired photo or video tap on the smiley icon at the top row (indicated in the screenshot below
                        see a new section StickersAdd Stickers To WhatsApp Status
Add time and location stickers on WhatsAppSave

4. Now, you should see a new section – “Stickers” above Smileys. Under that, you will get new time and location stickers. Tap on the desired sticker to add it to the photo or video.

Note: To use the exact location on the location sticker you need to turn on location services on your phone or else you can move the pin on the map to add a fake location.

5. When the sticker is added you can adjust its size using pinch and zoom. It is possible to add multiple stickers in the same post. To do so, tap on the smiley icon again and select the sticker.

Delete Added Sticker on Photo or Video on WhatsAppSave
sticker is added you can adjust its sizeget new time and location stickersdjust its size using pinch and zoom If you want to remove the added sticker press and hold it and drag it to the trash icon that appears at the top left corner.

Pro Tip: You can change the sticker color and style by tapping on it when it is added to the photo/video.

Change sticker style on WhatsAppSave

Add Stickers To WhatsApp Status

There is not much of a difference here from the above method. All you need to do is go to the Status tab and start adding something to your status. Alternatively, you can even start adding to your status directly from Camera Roll or Gallery.

After you select or capture the media then you can simply use the smiley icon to add stickers as explained above.

Once you have added the stickers to your post then you can send it to anyone in chat or upload to your status as you always do.

Apart from this WhatsApp has also added the ability to search group participants but that’s only for iPhone as of now.

I hope with this post you will be able to add time and location stickers on WhatsApp. In future, WhatsApp may add even more stickers like those on Instagram and Snapchat. Do you like the new stickers on WhatsApp? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Facebook Lite to launch worldwide

A stripped back version of the the social media platform will be rolled out across the world to attract users will slower mobile data connections. Facebook Lite uses less that 1MB of data.                                                                                                       facebook lite world wide
Facebook said on Thursday (Friday morning, NZT) the Lite version, which has been available in New Zealand since 2015, would be available to users in more countries, including the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Ireland. 

"We've seen that even in some developed markets people can have lower connectivity, so we want to make sure everyone has the option to use this app if they want," the company said.

According to Facebook's corporate site, Facebook Lite uses less than one-half of a megabyte and has News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications.  A version of Facebook Messenger Lite is also available.
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Friday, 9 March 2018

How To Chat With a Blocked Person on Whatsapp Messenger

This is a funny but straightforward trick no app needed. Here I will tell you how you can chat with a With a Blocked Person on Whatsapp Messenger.
                                 
         


Step 1: After getting blocked, contact a mutual friend and tell him or her to make a group and Add you and the person who has blocked you on the same group.

Step 2: Now tell your Mutual friend to exit from that group, After exiting only you and the contact that blocked you will be left. Now Simply open the group and send a message and it will reach to the person who has blocked you because he/she is a group member.
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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Chrome begins Blocking annoying ads based on the Better Ads Standards

While most advertisements on the web is aware of client encounter, throughout the years, chrome has progressively gotten notification from clients that some promotions can be especially meddling. As was reported last June, Chrome will handle this issue by expelling advertisements from destinations that don't take after the Better Ads Standards. We've already talked about a portion of the points of interest encompassing how Chrome shields clients from nosy advertisements, however as we approach the dispatch date of February 15, we needed to go in the engine and examine how this component functions in more detail.     
  better ads standards

What are the Better Ads Standards? 

The Better Ads Standards are the consequence of open customer inquiry by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry assembled and concentrated on enhancing clients' involvement with web based promoting. More than 40,000 web clients in North America and Europe took part in reviews where they were indicated regular advertisement encounters and requested to assess how meddlesome the encounters were. The most meddlesome advertisement encounters incorporate prestitial promotions (those full-page promotions that piece you from seeing the substance on the page) and glimmering energized promotions. More insights about the exploration and strategy can be found on the Coalition's site. 
                                   
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Despite the fact that a couple of the promotion encounters that disregard the Better Ads Standards are issues in the commercial itself, the larger part of risky advertisement encounters are controlled by the site proprietor —, for example, high promotion thickness or prestitial advertisements with commencement. This outcome prompted the approach Chrome takes to shield clients from a considerable lot of the meddling advertisement encounters recognized by the Better Ads Standards: assess how well locales agree to the Better Ads Standards, educate destinations of any issues experienced, give the chance to destinations to address distinguished issues, and expel promotions from locales that keep on maintaining a hazardous advertisements encounter. 

Today, the Better Ads Standards comprises of 12 promotion encounters that exploration observed to be especially irritating to clients. Picture Source: Coalition for Better Ads 

Assessing locales for infringement 

Locales are assessed by looking at an example of pages from the site. Contingent upon what number of infringement of the Better Ads Standards are discovered, the site will be assessed as having a status of Passing, Warning, or Failing. The assessment status of destinations can be gotten to through the Ad Experience Report API. Site proprietors can likewise observe more nitty gritty outcomes, for example, the particular infringement of the Better Ads Standards that were found, by means of the Ad Experience Report in Google's Search Console. From the Report site proprietors can likewise ask for that their site be re-checked on after they have tended to the rebellious advertisement encounters. 

The Ad Experience Report in Google's Search Console permits site proprietors to see their general site assessment status, and also the specifics of any infringement distinguished on their site. 

Separating on destinations at the system level 

At a specialized level, when a Chrome client explores to a page, Chrome's promotion channel first checks if that page has a place with a site that falls flat the Better Ads Standards. Assuming this is the case, organize asks for on the page —, for example, those for JavaScript or pictures — are checked against a rundown of known advertisement related URL designs. On the off chance that there is a match, Chrome will hinder the demand, keeping the promotion from showing on the page. This arrangement of examples depends on people in general EasyList channel leads, and incorporates designs coordinating numerous promotion suppliers including Google's own advertisement stages, AdSense and DoubleClick. 

What this looks like in Chrome 

                                           
how chrome blocks ads
Chrome will consequently piece promotions on destinations that fall flat the Better Ads Standards, utilizing the approach portrayed previously. At the point when no less than one Ad asked for has been blocked, Chrome will demonstrate the client a message showing that advertisement blocking has happened and in addition a choice to debilitate this setting by choosing "permit promotions on this site." For work area clients, the notice in Chrome's address bar will seem to be like Chrome's current fly up blocker. Android clients will see message in a little infobar at the base of their screen, and can tap on "points of interest" to see more data and abrogate the default setting. 

Chrome will naturally square meddling promotions on locales that have been found to damage the Better Ads Standards, yet clients have the choice to cripple the component by choosing "permit advertisements on this site." 

Early outcomes demonstrate positive advance for clients 

                                     
While the aftereffect of this activity is that Chrome clients won't see advertisements on locales that reliably abuse the Better Ads Standards, our objective isn't to channel any promotions whatsoever yet to enhance the experience for all web clients. As of February 12, 42% of locales which were coming up short the Better Ads Standards have settled their issues and are currently passing. This is the result we were seeking after — that destinations would find a way to settle nosy promotions encounters themselves and advantage all web clients. Be that as it may, if a site keeps on keeping up resistant promotion encounters 30 days in the wake of being informed of infringement, Chrome will start to piece advertisements on that site. 

We're supported by early outcomes indicating industry moves from meddling advertisement encounters, and look sending to proceeded with joint effort with the business toward a future where Chrome's promotion sifting innovation won't be required.
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Monday, 19 February 2018

5 Essential Gadgets for College Students

Earning your degree from an accredited college can help you launch a new career, or further your current one. College years will be some of the best years in your entire life, but they can also be quite stressful. Not only do you have assignments to deal with, you also need to combine activities, relationships, and the whole process of growing up into a responsible adult.                       

top 5 gadgets for college students

This post highlights 5 essential gadgets would be of real help on your path to success.

1. Bose Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphonesbose wireless headset


No matter which college you’re enrolled in, there are going to be noisy times. With roommates, friends, and a bustling campus, it’s tough finding a quiet spot where you can study or get work done. That’s when noise-cancelling headphones really shine.
The QuietComfort 35 Series II by Bose is excellent (our QuietComfort review), but quite expensive.

2. Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Kindle voyage college study

If you read books on a weekly basis, then you need a Kindle. It’s lightweight, comfortable, carries thousands of books with you, and easier on the eyes than reading on a smartphone or tablet.

The Paperwhite model provides the best value, but you may want to consider the Basic model if you’re strapped for cash, or the luxury Oasis model if you have the cash to burn. Learn more in the "guide to picking the right Kindle" for your needs.

3. LapGear Deluxe Lap Desk

Lap gear

If you’re going to use a laptop in bed, a laptop tray (also called lap desk) will work wonders for long-term comfort and posture health. It can also prevent the buildup of dust and heat in the laptop itself, which causes heat damage.

4. Anker Ultra-Compact Power Bankanker power bank

A power bank (also called portable battery) is something you will definitely use a lot. It’s a lightweight device that can charge or power any device that draws energy through USB: smartphone, tablet, portable speakers etc.

This power bank, when full, is enough to charge more than three iPhone 6s or two Galaxy S6 smartphones. Like most powerbanks,it is rechargeable through a normal outlet.

5. External Hard Drive

portable hard drive

For college students, an external hard drive could be considered no less than an investment. Back up your presentations, notes, pictures, audio/visual clips, movies for calming you down or music to loosen your, back up everything.
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Google Finalizes $1.1 billion deal for HTC design talent

Google's $1.1 billion arrangement to get a large portion of HTC's cell phone design division has authoritatively been finalized. Equipment SVP Rick Osterloh shared the news in a blog entry, hailing the landing of a "unimaginably gifted group to take a shot at far superior and more inventive items in the years to come."                           
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The arrangement includes more than 2,000 HTC engineers moving over to Google. They will all stay in Taiwan; Osterloh takes note of that Taipei is turning into Google's greatest building center in the Asia-Pacific area. HTC's agreement fabricating operations and VR division are not influenced, but rather a considerable larger part of the cell phone R&D group is joining Google, as indicated by a man comfortable with the issue.
The move speaks to a genuine extension of Google's equipment endeavors, and the most clear use of the new building ability is in its line of Pixel cell phones. Google worked with a subset of its new HTC enlists on an agreement for the Pixel and Pixel 2, as indicated by a source acquainted with the advancement, and now the organization will have a bigger R&D group in-house.

Google is as yet a little player as far as cell phones transported, however the Pixel telephones are pointed soundly at top of the line players like Apple and Samsung. Other Android makers "know why we're doing this," Osterloh tells Bloomberg in a meeting. "Honestly, Apple is doing extremely well in created markets."

While the Pixel line isn't exactly standard yet, the HTC bargain is a concentrated push to give Google's equipment division a moment help in data transfer capacity. "We don't need it to be a specialty thing," Osterloh disclosed to The Verge in a meeting a year ago. "We would like to offer items in high volumes in five years."
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Skygofree Android Malware with the Ability to Steal WhatsApp Messages

Security researchers have identified a sophisticated piece of software that has been used to gain full control of people’s Android phones and steal information.
The “Skygofree” spyware implant has been in use since 2014, according to researchers at Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The team noted that it had interesting functionality that have never been seen in the wild before.
                                         
       Skygofree Android Malware Steals WhatsApp Messages
                                     
In the malware's arsenal of weapons is the ability to track user location, record audio when the target’s phone enters a specific location, connect to attacker-controlled networks, monitor messaging apps, intercept text messages, take photographs, and much more. Kaspersky says its capabilities are " similar to Hollywood spy movies."

The tool, which is “spread through web pages mimicking leading mobile network operators,” can also be used to steal WhatsApp messages, Kaspersky Lab said. The researchers added that Skygofree was “also capable of taking pictures and videos, seizing call records, SMS, geolocation, calendar events and business-related information stored in the device’s memory.”

This appears to be a high-end piece of spyware. With the victims so far all appearing to be in Italy, Kaspersky Lab suggested that whoever created the surveillance tool was likely Italian as well.

“Given the artefacts we discovered in the malware code and our analysis of the infrastructure, we have a high level of confidence that the developer behind the Skygofree implants is an Italian IT company that offers surveillance solutions, rather like Hacking Team,” Kaspersky Lab malware analyst Alexey Firsh said in a statement.

Italy’s Hacking Team security firm hit the headlines a few years back when the company was itself hacked, revealing how it had provided surveillance tools to a variety of foreign governments. These included the human-rights-violating regimes of countries such as Egypt, Uzbekistan, and Sudan, and in 2016 the Italian government responded by revoking Hacking Team’s export license.

Although Skygofree seems to have been most widely distributed in 2015, Kaspersky Lab said its surveillance campaign was still ongoing.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

The 25 Most Frequently Hacked Passwords Of 2018

Security applications and service provider, SplashData, has published a list of the most frequently hacked passwords of the last year as they have always done Each December for the past seven years. The results are sadly predictable – year after year millions of us rely on simple word and number patterns, our birthdays, partner’s names, and, of course, “password” to keep our online accounts secure.
                           
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SplashData created the list using over 5 million hijacked passwords that were made public over the past 12 months, excluding those stolen from adult websites and any swiped during the Yahoo hack (which involved some 3 billion accounts). The majority came from users in North America and Western Europe.

Read: How to Protect your Instagram account from Hack

While many on the list are fairly standard (“123123”, “Password”, “admin” etcetera), there were a couple of unexpected entries, including “monkey” and “whatever”. Others were a little more topical – a very cynical (and entirely appropriate) "trustno1" snuck in at number 25 this year.

The list does have a serious purpose, though. The team at SplashData hope this list will make people think a little more about safety online and encourage users to take active steps to keep their digital data secure against hackers.

“Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘starwars’ is a dangerous password to use,” Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, explained in a press release.

Hackers are using common terms from pop culture and sports to break into accounts online because they know many people are using those easy-to-remember words.”

“Football” and “dragons” (a likely reference to Game of Thrones) also made the list.

Here’s the top 30:

1. 123456 (unchanged... for the fourth year in a row)
2. Password (unchanged)
3. 12345678 (up 1 from last year)
4. qwerty (up 2 from last year)
5. 12345 (down 2 from last year)
6. 123456789 (new)
7. letmein (new)
8. 1234567 (unchanged)
9. football (down 4 from last year)
10. iloveyou (new)
11. admin (up 4 from last year)
12. welcome (unchanged)
13. monkey (new)
14. login (down 3)
15. abc123 (down 1)
16. starwars (new)
17. 123123 (new)
18. dragon (up 1 from last year)
19. passw0rd (down 1 from last year)
20. master (up 1 from last year)
21. hello (new)
22. freedom (new)
23. whatever (new)
24. qazwsx (new)
25. trustno1 (new)

Please if any of these passwords are similar to yours, it may be time to switch up your passwords. Experts suggest stringing four simple but random words together. Length is key to making your password hack-proof – “correct horse battery staple”, for example, would take computer hackers 500 years to crack, plus it’s far easier to remember than a meaningless jumble of characters.   
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Remote Desktop is now on Chrome web browser

Remote desktop refers to a software or operating system feature that allows a personal computer's desktop environment to be run remotely on one system (usually a PC, but the concept applies equally to a server), while being displayed on a separate client device. Remote desktop applications have varying features. Some allow attaching to an existing user's session (i.e., a running desktop) and "remote controlling", either displaying the remote control session or blanking the screen. Taking over a desktop remotely is a form of remote administration. 
                                             
            Chrome remote desktop
                                 
Tools like remote desktop access have been invented, to help ease the pain of tech support.
Thanks to Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop, now available on the Web.
Chrome Remote Desktop actually isn’t that new. It has been around for as long as Chrome OS and Chromebooks have been around. The only difference, at least for now, is that you can use it directly in your web browser, specifically Chrome. That is, if you’re the one remotely accessing someone else’s computer.

The way it works is still the same. The other end, that is, the person whose computer you will access, will still have to be installed the Chrome Remote Desktop extension. He or she will then generate a PIN that you will use to complete the connection and have access to their computer from your side.

So why the new web browser version? That’s because the old version, which exists as a Chrome web app, will soon be gone. Google has decided that the app path isn’t exactly going as planned and will be scrapping those completely. And one of those is its own Remote Desktop app.

Read: 9 Tricks for Saving Mobile Data On Your Android Phone

At the moment, the Chrome Remote Desktop is still labeled in beta, so it isn’t something you should depend on just yet. Even Google’s support pages have not yet been updated and still point to the old ways of doing things. Fortunately, that old way is still accessible and completely usable. At least until the web version rolls out in stable form.

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Friday, 3 November 2017

The Razer Phone: Full Specifications, Price, Features and Concept Design

Razer today unveiled the Razer Phone, an Android smartphone with groundbreaking audiovisual technologies and processing muscle that takes personal entertainment to the next level.  
                                      Razer Phone, an Android smartphone                               
The first device from Razer's mobile division, the Razer Phone comes with a phenomenal display, cinematic audio and enough power to last a user all day, all in the palm of his or her hand.

SMOOTHER. BRIGHTER. FASTER.

The Razer Phone is equipped with the world's first 120 Hz UltraMotion™ display that delivers the fastest refresh rates and smoothest graphics among today's smartphones.

UltraMotion's adaptive refresh technology synchronizes the GPU and display to remove image tearing or lag while driving efficient power usage.

The 5.72-inch display - a Quad HD IGZO LCD - delivers vibrant and sharp images with a wide color gamut.

TRUE-TO-LIFE CINEMATIC AUDIO

The Razer Phone is powered by Dolby Atmos® technology to provide true cinematic audio via front-firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers.

A THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio convertor (DAC) guarantees audiophile-quality sound with one's favorite headphones.

INSANE PERFORMANCE

The Razer Phone ensures the ultimate viewing and gaming experience with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform and a massive 8GB of RAM.

Users can fine-tune their experiences with the Razer Game Booster app, and the phone's best-in-class thermal design reduces throttling to maximize power and performance.

POWER THAT JUST KEEPS GOING

The Razer Phone packs a large 4,000 mAh battery, one of the largest capacities found on smartphones today. This allows gamers to keep playing all day long, while Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ enables rapid charging.

AMAZING CAMERA PERFORMANCE

With dual rear 12 MP cameras, the Razer Phone gives photographers a versatile tool to create amazing images. Zooming from wide angle to telephoto is seamless with a quick pinch on the display, and the dual-tone flash ensures that subjects will always look natural.

A PREMIUM EXPERIENCE FOR POWER USERS

The Razer Phone's sleek, 8-mm-thin aluminum body is a beauty to behold and to hold. It comes with Android Nougat and will receive the Android Oreo upgrade in spring 2018.

The device comes with Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant Integration. A wildly popular launcher, Nova Launcher Prime offers extreme customizability of the Android experience to suit every taste and need.

WATCH. LISTEN. PLAY.

Every feature of the Razer Phone was designed to bring users the ultimate in mobile entertainment:

Watch - Enjoy movies the way they were meant to be seen. Feast your eyes on a big screen with crisp details and the smoothest motion, complete with true-to-life vibrant colors. Add loud, riveting sound to complete the cinematic experience right in your hand.

Listen - Go ahead and turn up the volume—everything sounds amazing. Expertly tuned audio delivers all the highs and lows of your favorites tracks whether you listen through the stereo speakers or your favorite headphones. Don't suffer in silence, there's enough battery power to keep your tunes streaming all day long.

Play - From your everyday commute to playing in a tournament, experience buttery smooth gameplay and lightning-fast performance thanks to top-of-the-line components. Dial in your graphics to optimize your experience no matter what game you're playing. And with a larger battery size, you can indulge in the latest games without worrying about running out of power.

"It's common knowledge that I'm obsessed with my smartphones, I play a ton of games on them, and they're my go-to for streaming content," said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "We have wanted to make a phone with gaming-level tech for years, and the Razer Phone delivers in every way we imagined."

GAMING PARTNERSHIPS
                                          Razer Phone gaming Razer partnered with the world's top gaming companies, including Tencent® and Square Enix®, to bring the best gaming experiences to mobile and take full advantage of the Razer Phone's extraordinary features. Mobile games are being optimized by partners for Razer Phone's UltraMotion display with frame rates of up to 120 frames per second.

"Arena of Valor," which Tencent is launching soon in North America, is the world's most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Players battling on the Razer Phone will engage in overclocked action and turbocharged team fights, thanks to the device's powerful gaming capabilities.

"The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development," said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. "Arena of Valor brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game. This partnership sets the standard for the next generation of mobile screen play."

OTHER GAMING PARTNERSHIPS

"Final Fantasy® XV Pocket Edition" from Square Enix
"Gear.Club" from Eden Games
"Lineage 2: Revolution" from Netmarble Games Corporation
"Old School RuneScape™" from Jagex Limited
"RuneScape™" from Jagex Limited
"Shadowgun Legends™" from Madfinger Games
"Tekken™" from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
"Titanfall™: Assault" from NEXON Co., Ltd. and Particle City, Inc.
"World of Tanks Blitz" from Wargaming Group Limited.

RAZER THEME STORE
The Razer Theme Store allows gamers to customize their phone, changing wallpapers, icon packs and colors throughout the phone. It includes custom ringtones by Razer DJs and custom wallpapers inspired by the world's top gaming titles, such as "Shadowgun Legends™".

THREE AS EXCLUSIVE EUROPEAN CARRIER
In Europe, Razer has exclusively partnered with Three to be its launch carrier in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: "My ambition is always to innovate in ways that deliver better experiences for our customers and a partnership with Razer is a perfect fit. Razer has produced something that is a step ahead of any other mobile gaming device and I am delighted to be able to make this exclusive experience available to Three's customers."

Susan Buttsworth, CEO at Three's international opportunities development division at CK Hutchison, said: "The launch of Razer Phone with Three marks another step in growing our Group strategic partnership with Razer and our position in the wider mobile gaming space. Not only is the device fine-tuned for gamers but it will also be of appeal to customers looking for a best of breed entertainment device, thanks to its stunning display and great audio quality. We look forward to a deeper co-operation with Razer, and will continue to bring to the Three customer base the most new and exciting products, services and digital experience."

RAZER PHONE SPECIAL EDITION
1,337 sets of the Razer Phone Special Edition with Razer's iconic green triple-headed snake logo will be available from Three stores in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, at Razer Store in San Francisco, and online in the USA and Canada via Razerzone.com.

The standard edition of the Razer Phone features a chrome triple-headed snake logo.

PRICING

Recommended Retail Pricing: US$699.99 / €749.99 / £699.99

AVAILABILITY

Three Europe:United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

Razerzone.com:North America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden.

The Razer Phone will also be available on Amazon.com and at selected Microsoft Store locations in the USA.

From November 1, 2017, 9 p.m. GMT, pre-orders will begin at Three outlets and on the Three website. The Razer Phone can also be reserved on Razerzone.com in launch countries. The Razer Phone will go on sale in launch countries from November 17, 2017.

ABOUT RAZER

Razer™ is the world's leading lifestyle brand for gamers.

The triple-headed snake trademark of Razer is one of the most recognized logos in the global gaming and esports communities. With a fan base that spans every continent, the company has designed and built the world's largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software and services.

Razer's award-winning hardware ranges from high-performance gaming peripherals (for the PC and console platforms) to the Razer Blade gaming laptops. Razer's software platform, with over 35 million users, includes Razer Synapse (an Internet of Things platform), Razer Chroma (a proprietary RGB lighting technology system), and Razer Cortex (a game optimizer and launcher). Razer services include Razer zGold, one of the world's largest virtual credit services for gamers, which allows gamers to purchase virtual goods and items from over 2,500 different games. 

The company has a global footprint with nine offices worldwide and is recognized as the leading brand for gamers in the USA, Europe and China.

Founded in 2005 and dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Singapore, Razer is backed by institutional investors including IDG-Accel, Intel Capital and Horizons Ventures.

ABOUT THREE

Three UK is a mobile communications company focused on making the industry better for everyone. We want to give customers a quality, reliable experience and address the industry issues that frustrate them. We continue to look at ways of improving the services we offer our customers. Three UK carries 36 percent of the UK's mobile data traffic. Our network covers 98 percent of the UK population.

Three UK is part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd group of companies which has mobile operations in 11 countries. Three UK employs more than 4,400 people across its offices in Maidenhead, Glasgow and Reading and its 324 retail stores.

For more information, visit www.three.co.uk.

RAZER PHONE - SPECIFICATIONS, FEATURES

Processor

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform

System Memory

8 GB dual channel (LPDDR4, 1600 MHz)

Storage

Internal: 64 GB UFS

External: microSD (class 10, 2 TB max.)

Display

5.72-in. IGZO LCD 1440 x 2560

120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut (WCG)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Rear Cameras

12 MP AF f1.75 wide

12 MP AF f2.6 zoom

Dual PDAF

Dual tone, dual LED flash

Front Camera

8 MP FF f2.0

Sound

Stereo front-facing speakers

Dual amplifiers

Audio adapter with THX-certified DAC

Power

4000 mAh lithium-ion battery

Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+

Wireless

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.2

NFC

Bands

GSM: Quad-band GSM UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8

LTE:B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66

TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39

Size

158.5 mm x 77.7 mm x 8 mm

6.24 in. x 3.06 in. x 0.31 in.

197 g

Android Version

Nougat 7.1.1

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