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Yes, the NSA planned to hijack Android apps, that's what it does

The Intercept and CBC News report that back in 2012, the US National Security Agency (NSA) along with allies from the so-called ‘Five Eyes’ alliance (which also includes Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia) developed a plan to hijack data links in the Google Play and Samsung app stores:<p>As …

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Fortune.com

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A few 'GTA V' mods are installing malware on PCs

While you've been busy enjoying guns that fire cars, piloting flying saucers or swimming 'round a flooded Los Santos thanks to mods for the PC version of <i>GTA V</i> something darker's lurked beneath the surface. <i>GTAForums</i> user aboutseven noticed that a C# compiler was running in the background on his or …

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Google's Homemade Self-Driving Cars to Hit Roads This Summer

As its very own self-driving cars prepare to hit the pavement, Google shares more about its secrets.<p>Here’s something that irks Chris Urmson: Sometimes people will get in self-driving cars, the spectacularly complex piece of technology he runs at Google and to which he has devoted most of his …

#TheDress: have researchers solved the mystery of its colour?

The image of The Dress that went viral this year and split friends and families over the colour of its stripes has sparked a fresh debate among scientists.<p>The close-cropped picture of the garment became an internet sensation when it appeared on Tumblr in late February. Its horizontal stripes were …

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How many PlayStation 2s would make a Galaxy S6?

A fun new visualization compares old tech with new and finds that computing power has increased a trillionfold since 1956.<p>Did you know that two Nintendo Entertainment Systems combined have the same computing power as the Apollo Guidance Computer that sent men to the moon? Or that the Samsung Galaxy …

Hackers Are Using Popular Websites To Attack Governments And Other Targets

There’s evidence to suggest that hackers are using popular websites to attack government agencies, NGOs and other cyber espionage targets with increasingly more subtle insurgencies.<p>That’s according to the findings of a new report from security firm FireEye, which last month revealed details of a …

Google might be copying Apple's iPhone strategy for its new flagship phone

In 2014, the iPhone model was released in two sizes for the first time: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It has been wildly successful, gifting Apple the most profitable quarter of any company ever at the end of 2014.<p>In contrast, Google's Nexus line of smartphones has always seen comparatively low …

Designing for Android: an iOS developer’s perspective

As an iOS developer, I’m frequently asked, “When are you going to do an Android version?” Like it is just a matter of time.<p>But the truth is, we’ll probably never support Android. While there are sound business rationales for this, my motives are rooted in design philosophy.<p>The commercial and …

Apple's push into China is crushing Samsung

Over the last few months Apple has heavily invested in China and it’s starting to hurt Samsung.<p>Those efforts are paying off, with China passing the US to become the biggest iPhone market in April this year.<p>IDC’s latest study on the Chinese market shows another interesting change last quarter: …

Yes, Google can wiretap your Hangouts for the government

If you’re looking to plan a heist, you’d probably best stay clear of Hangouts: Google has inadvertently confirmed that its chat platform is susceptible to police and government monitoring.<p>While the tech giant usually keeps quiet about Hangouts’ security features, the revelation (of sorts) came out …

Yes, 10-core smartphones will be a thing in 2016

When MediaTek first launched an octa-core mobile processor back in late 2013, many folks -- including Qualcomm -- called it a gimmick, but said feature has since become quite popular amongst device manufacturers, to the point where Qualcomm eventually had to come up with its very own octa-core …

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Google admits Hangouts doesn’t use end-to-end encryption, conversations can be wiretapped

Following a Reddit AMA on government surveillance, Google has admitted that while it does encrypt Hangouts conversations, it does not use end-to-end encryption, meaning the company itself can tap into those sessions when it receives a government court order requiring it to do so. This contrasts …

Apple Watch propels LG to over 90% of the smartwatch display market

According to market research firm DisplaySearch, LG Display—the sole company currently making displays for the Apple Watch—brought in over $186 million during the first quarter of 2015, a number more than 90% of the overall market estimated to be worth a total of $240 million (via Business Korea). …