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16+ must-see places in Berlin

Berlin’s metropolitan area has nearly 6 million residents representing more than 180 different nations. It’s a city brimming with culture and …

Germany

Fingerprint Quick Action Brings the Pixel's Fingerprint Gestures to Any Phone

Android (6.0+): The Pixel phones have one really neat, hidden feature that so far has been hard to duplicate: fingerprint gestures. Swipe down on the …

Eze -- A Must Visit When in the French Riviera

After many years of wanting to visit, this May my mother and I were finally able to book a trip to the Mediterranean coastal jewel of France that is the Cote d'Azur. For a tourist there's plenty to see and do in the French Riviera during the month of May as it annually hosts the Cannes Film …

Yahoo Working With Congress After Ransomware Attacks Reported on House

Yahoo said Wednesday that it's working closely with congressional technology experts after the House was reported to have been the target of recent "ransomware" attacks.<p>The House Information Security Office advised representatives late last month that it had blocked access to its networks from …

All the Special Key Combinations that Change Your Mac's Startup

The startup sound is a Mac’s way of letting you know everything is okay, but sometimes, things go bad and you need to boot into a different mode then …

Linux bug could let hackers control 66% of all Android devices

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Linux kernel could allow attackers to gain access to millions of Android devices as well as Linux PCs and servers.<p>Security firm Perception Point found the bug indexed as CVE-2016-0728, which has existed for almost three years since Linux kernel version 3.8 …

My Surreal Existence As a Black American Woman In Paris

You learn to exist in a sort of in-between space. That is, until you're reminded of where you sit.<p>It's a funny dance that occurs when Americans encounter each other elsewhere in the world, but especially in Paris. We go through the motions, speaking French until someone finally cracks and asks the …

GCHQ admits for the first time to 'persistent' hacking in the UK and abroad

The UK's digital spy agency, GCHQ, has admitted for the first time in court that it hacks computers, smartphones, and networks in the UK and abroad. GCHQ's use of hacking — known in official parlance as computer network exploitation or CNE — has been an open secret since the Snowden revelations in …

Google launches new Star Wars themed easter egg

To celebrate the upcoming launch of <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i>, Google has embedded a neat little easter egg over on Search, which transforms all …

Windows 10’s fall update is deactivating certain apps without asking

Windows 10 is possibly making unwanted changes to your gaming rig.<p>Microsoft’s first big update for its operating-system-as-a-service is deleting some user-installed apps without asking Windows owners for permission, according to dozens of complaints on message boards and forums. The affected …

Windows 10

Choose a side in Star Wars and Google’s apps will follow your path

If you’re a big fan of the Empire’s policies, if Darth Vader is your personal role model, if you think Stormtroopers are totally underrated, Google now lets you paint your allegiance all over your apps.<p>Just go to Google.com/StarWars and join the Dark Side. You can also choose those goody two-shoes …

A handy remote diagnostics feature comes to the Samsung+ app in latest update

If you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy device and are looking to maximize your experience, you might want to download the Samsung+ application from the Play Store. Previously known as the Samsung Owner’s Hub, Samsung+ is not only a helpful tool to troubleshoot device issues, but also a good way to …

Samsung Galaxy

You can now try Firefox OS 2.5 on your Android device with a quick APK install

Bored with your current flavor Android, but don’t want to flash a new ROM? You’re in luck. Firefox has today released an interesting “Developer Preview” version of their web-based Firefox OS.<p>The Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview is an experimental app that lets you use an almost-complete version of …

Android News

Chrome vulnerability could allow hackers to take control of any Android phone with just a link

Over at MobilePwn2Own at the PacSec conference in Tokyo, Japan, a security researcher named Guang Gong showcased an exploit he’d developed over three months which, if used, could take control of virtually any Android phone with just a Chrome link…<p>The exploit — which wasn’t revealed in full due to …

Android Phones

Schedule a delayed SMS message with Tasker – Android customization

Are you having fun learning Scenes in Tasker as you follow along our Android customization series? We sure are. Last week we created a little message board that takes your picture, this week we’re taking greater control of our SMS text messaging, creating a delayed sending tool to schedule messages …

Android News

Luma debuts a Wi-Fi router that uses mesh networking to provide quality Internet at home

A few years ago, I needed to buy a router, but when I looked at the ones at the store, it was daunting. The associate wasn’t really able to help me, so I went with one based on brand name. That wound up being a bad decision, as that router didn’t provide the most reliable service in my apartment.<p>If …

Wi-Fi

Houston Voters Reject Measure Barring LGBT Discrimination

Opponents of HERO effectively scared voters into thinking it would allow men in women's bathrooms.<p>Houston voters struck down a non-discrimination ballot measure Tuesday, delivering a blow to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement that had campaigned heavily for passage.<p>Prop. 1, …

Neato's new robot vacuum adds in app-enabled smarts (pictures)

Decibullz earphones are molded music to the ear

The openings to my ear canals are small. There, I said it. Hearing is not a problem, but finding earbuds that fit is a pain in the, well, ears.<p>Apple’s customary earphones that came with every iPod or iPhone I bought got tossed in a drawer. At least there, they wouldn’t fall out.<p>Decibullz, a startup …

Factory Reset Protection on Samsung devices can be bypassed in just a few minutes

In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google introduced a security feature called Factory Reset Protection to help folks keep their data safe. It works like this: if FRP is turned on and your Android device is reset from the recovery menu, the Android device will require you to re-enter the primary Google …

Signal encrypted chat app arrives to Android, Edward Snowden approved

It’s been a half year since Open Whisper’s Signal first hit the iOS, and since then the encrypted calling and texting app has won a reputation for being one of the most secure, trustworthy solutions for private conversation on mobile. Now the app is finally making its way over to camp Android as …

Apps

How to Create an Untraceable Messaging Device With an Old Phone

Secret, anonymous messages aren’t just for the dastardly. Luckily, a little privacy isn’t difficult to get. With some effort and a spare phone, …

Kangaroo is an amazing $99 Windows 10 portable PC

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo, a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The term “mobile desktop” may seem like an oxymoron, but that really is the best description: Picture your typical desktop PC tower shrunk down to the size of a phablet sans screen; just …

Gear & Gadgets

TalkTalk’s incompetence over hacking is actually making us more security savvy

With countless reports of companies losing control of users’ data, being hacked and putting private information out there for anyone to see, people are paying more attention than ever to exactly how they use online services. The basics of ‘good password policy’ is repeated oft enough for even the …

Every iOS Setting You Should Check When You Get a New Phone

Once upon a time, iOS “just worked” out of the box. But over the years, Apple’s introduced all kinds of features to iOS that most of us don’t want to …

Apple and Google 'FREAK attack' leaves millions of users vulnerable to hackers

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as “FREAK attack.”<p>There’s no evidence so far that any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are now moving to repair. …

Information Security

Salient Eye: Turn your spare Android smartphone into a free home security camera system

Salient Eye aims to disrupt the home security market by giving users a purpose for their old Android smartphones<p>Startup Salient Eye has developed an …

Will increasing cyber attacks spell the end of username and password security?

US regulators are considering mandating that companies ramp up online protections, but analysts warn there is no immediate cure-all<p>When a burglar breaks into a home, changing the locks or otherwise shoring up the home’s security is among the first things likely to get done in the …

Cyber-attacks

Meet The Disarmingly Adorable Robot That Will One Day Chase Us Down For Our Machine Overlords

Some think the robot apocalypse might be an overblown fabrication dreamed up by sci-fi dorks. But if machines like DARPA’s clumsy and ambling Atlas bot really do become sentient killing machines, at the very least we’d be able to outrun them, right?<p>Wrong.<p>Over here we have a little guy called …

Netflix says piracy service Popcorn Time is a real competitor

Netflix isn't just worried about HBO — it's worried about pirates, too. In a letter to shareholders yesterday, Netflix says that piracy is one of its "biggest competitors," and notably, it specifically points to one piracy service that's caught its attention: Popcorn Time. Popcorn Time's app is …

Popcorn Time