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Android bug: MMS attack affects 'one billion' phones

A bug in the Android mobile operating system has been discovered by researchers, who say it affects nearly a billion devices.

The flaw can be exploited by sending a photo or video message to a person's smartphone, without any action by the receiver.

Google said it had patched the problem, but …

Google

Google cools focus on flagging Google+ network

Google has revealed plans to sideline its social network Google+ by changing the way users log in to its products and services.

It said it would no longer require users to sign up to Google+ to post comments to products such as YouTube.

Brad Horowitz, who manages Google's photos and sharing services, …

Google

Apple Watch - Music Apps

HSBC and First Direct now support Apple Pay in the UK

Apple Pay's UK launch was spoiled earlier this month by lacklustre support from some of the nation's most popular banks. HSBC and First Direct were among the notable omissions, but today they're stepping up and giving customers the option to link their debit and credit cards. That means you can …

United Kingdom

Periscope for iOS can mute notifications

Periscope's latest version for iOS comes with a handful of useful features, including one for folks suffering from notification overload. Now, you can "mute" broadcasters you follow so you don't get a pop-up every time they go live. Don't worry about missing their shows, though -- their updates …

Periscope

Samsung announced the first monitors to wirelessly charge your handset

With the latest release of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year in March at the MWC 2015, Samsung has set a new benchmark …

Samsung

This free iOS keyboard puts Instagram into every messaging app

A couple of weeks back, we wrote about an app that puts Instagram into the iOS notification center. But if you’re a really huge fan, this is even better – an Instagram iOS custom keyboard.

Keyfeed is a free custom keyboard that lets you share and like Instagram pictures from any app that uses the …

Instagram

Fallout 4: Todd Howard on loss in the post-apocalypse world

Todd Howard says he never stops thinking about the games he makes. When one Elder Scrolls or Fallout project ends, he’s already planning the next. As VP of development at Bethesda Games Studios in Maryland, the place he has worked for over 20 years, he has a comparatively small team by today’s …

Fallout 3

The Artificial Intelligence AK-47: A cheap, replicable autonomous weapon is inevitable

“The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting.”

– Autonomous Weapons: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics …

Artificial Intelligence

Lrn for iOS is the app that will get you learning to code

There are plenty of apps and initiatives designed to help you to code – Codeacademy, Code.org and Code Institute among them – but the truth is whatever approach you take, there isn’t a magic trick to mastering it.

I’ve tried lots of methods in the past and found that the biggest issue is sticking …

Learning

Amazon Prime Music launches in the UK

Amazon is launching its Prime Music streaming service in the UK, in a move that will see it aim to undercut Spotify and Apple Music.

The service is bundled as a free add-on to Amazon’s Prime delivery service, which also includes books, movies and photo-storage services as “value added” extras.

Prime …

Amazon

Stagefright: new Android vulnerability dubbed 'heartbleed for mobile'

A major security flaw in Android lets an attacker take control of a phone simply by sending a text message – and for the vast majority of Android users, there’s no fix available yet.

Even the small number of people using Google’s own line of Android phones, sold under the Nexus brand, are vulnerable …

Google

Amazon brings its Prime Music streaming service to the UK

Amazon has today announced that its Prime Music streaming service is now available for members based in the UK, having previously been restricted to users in the US.

First launched in the US in June, the service allows paying Prime members (£79 per year) to freely stream its catalog of one million …

Amazon

Here’s why your Twitter app is looking different

There’s a lot of hooplah on Twitter today about… well, Twitter.

The company has just started a series of tests that tweak major changes to its design on iOS, including the replacement of the ‘fav’ button with a heart which we saw on Android last month.

It appears that Twitter is performing a series …

Social Media

A simple developer error is exposing private information on thousands of websites

Git is a developer’s best friend… except when it’s not used properly and exposes a site’s security.

The tool is used for version control. It tracks changes to code over time, so that multiple developers can work together efficiently and roll back if they need to.

Git is also the core tool used to …

Websites

New photos of Galaxy Note 5 leak

With the new design direction that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have taken, many of us have been interested in what the company will do with the …

42 mobile landing page optimization tips

We’ve all heard the phrase “you only have one chance to make a first impression”, this is even more true when it comes to mobile landing pages. At the most basic level a landing page is the first interaction a customer will have with your website.

Getting that first impression right is critical. …

Landing Page Optimization

You now have the ‘Power’ to check your battery quickly

For those Apple Watch wearers, you know that the more you use your watch, the less you are using your phone. If you are checking emails, sending text …

Batteries

Twitter for iOS update enables interactive notifications

Twitter for iOS is getting a small but useful update that should make the app a bit more convenient to use.

First up, Twitter notifications are now more powerful, allowing you to favorite or reply to tweets while using other apps. The update takes advantage of the new APIs introduced with iOS 8, …

App Store

Apple reportedly ditches plans for an ‘iPhone 6c’

Weve got some bad news for anyone hoping for an iPhone 6c to arrive sometime in 2015. At least according to one analyst, Apple has apparently …

iPhone

Periscope for iOS now lets you mute notifications and control language settings

Periscope for iOS now lets you control which users you receive notifications from, and uses iOS’ Handoff so you can start watching a stream on one device and seamlessly transition to a different one later.

A new mute feature lets you mute users that might post too often for your liking. The …

Periscope

Prizefight - Apple Music vs. Spotify

Android 5.1 Lollipop now rolling out to the T-Mobile HTC One M9

If you’ve been waiting for the update to Android 5.1 Lollipop to make its way to your HTC One M9 on T-Mobile, your wait is almost up. Starting today, …

T-Mobile

Mail in iOS 9: Three huge changes that will make email less awful

Apple’s native Mail app didn’t get the makeover in iOS 9 that Notes and Maps did, but it did get a few tweaks that will make managing your email less …

Email

15 new iOS 9 features that are rocking our world

Get excited about the little thingsImage by ThinkstockApple’s newest iOS is far from a drastic overhaul, and that’s OK. Sometimes it’s the most …

iOS

Garmin Forerunner 225: The running watch free from buyer's remorse

Top 5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10

'I'm sitting next to a weirdo on the bus' and other true meanings of emoji

So there’s going to be a film based on emoji. Of course there is, there’s a film based on everything these days. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But the emoji film is going to have a tricky time getting the meanings of emoji right. It’s often the case that the symbols’ official Unicode Consortium titles do not relate …

Emoji

Tip of the Day: How to Move, Delete, and Mark Multiple Emails at a Time

You can easily mark, move, or delete an email in your iPhone's Mail app from within the body of an email using the menu at the bottom of your screen. You can also manage individual emails from within your inbox by swiping to the left over the email. But this is tedious and unnecessary if you have a …

Email