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Google’s Safe Browsing now also blocks deceptive ads

The Web is a rather dangerous place, not because the technologies that build it up are inherently insecure (thought they do have bugs). It's because of social engineering, the term used to describe techniques that con people into clicking on links or downloading things they normally wouldn't, leading to infected computers and devices. Google launched its Safe Browsing feature for Chrome late last year to combat social engineering scams and now it is expanding it to cover deceptive "embedded content", also known as ads.

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Opera Max adds public Wi-Fi security on top of data savings

Opera Max is a service and an app on Android that tries to help you save on data usage by compressing the data that comes from and goes to your Android device. However, those data savings might not be of much use when your device has been hacked or snooped on because you happen to be in a compromised public Wi-Fi. Opera proposes a solution that hits two birds with one stone. By upgrading its app to use SPDY with SSL, Opera promises not only secure Internet use in a public hotspot but also faster speeds.

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Apple Music for Android can now save music to SD cards

As if it weren't shocking enough that Apple has an Android app that doesn't try to convince users to switch to iPhones, it has just updated said app with a feature that no iPhone can have. At least technically. Apple Music on Android has been updated with, among other things, support for downloading music to external (micro) SD cards. This, in theory, would allow users to listen to a lot more music offline, more than any iPhone or iPad can handle, at least with current configurations.

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BlackBerry reiterates its commitment to BlackBerry 10 OS

It's admittedly hard to keep a serious and credible face when one of your own broke ranks to basically negate what you officially said earlier. That might be the sentiment that BlackBerry is going through right now when its senior director for APAC product management Damian Tay mentioned the company's eventual transition to an Android-only platform. Although it already said so last month, BlackBerry feels the need to emphasize again its commitment to its own BlackBerry 10 OS, at least for the near future.

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VAIO Phone Biz flaunts Windows 10 Mobile and Continuum

When Sony sold off its VAIO PC brand, it was presumed that the new VAIO company would busy itself with only PCs. Last year, however, the Japanese company unveiled its first ever smartphone, unsurprisingly an Android mobile device. Now it's unveiling its second, and, as the rumors have suggested, it is indeed running Windows 10 Mobile. VAIO Phone Biz, as it is called, is clearly designed for the business man or woman, but with less than "serious business" specs but with a lot of business-class looks.

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Google Play Music podcasts available for some users

That Google was planning to add podcasts to its Play Music service isn't exactly news. We've known that since last year. That it would be coming this month, however, is the big thing, thanks to a slip of the tongue by sportscaster Bill Simmons. Now that the cat is out of the bag, it seems that Google is slowly, very slowly rolling out the service. Thanks to the new A/B testing feature for Google Play apps, some Android users have begun enjoying podcasts on the same app as their music.

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Nintendo’s next mobile game will be on a popular character

Nintendo has just revealed some new but very, very small details about its first ever mobile game, like opening up pre-registrations. Suffice it to say, fans, not to mention investors, remain unimpressed. Perhaps sensing the disturbance in the force, the Japanese gaming giant tries to offer its remaining fans, and those putting money into the company, some hope. It's next mobile game will be better. Why? Because it will involve a character that fans are already familiar with. Let the guessing games begin!

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Apple now owes VirnetX more than what Samsung owes it

Some might call it poetic justice, but that might jumping the gun a bit too early. In a trial held at the East Texas Federal District Court, a notorious site for many patent lawsuits, a jury unanimously declared Apple guilty of infringing on "patent holder" VirnetX's patents in Apple's VPN on Demand feature as well as FaceTime and iMessage. More than that, however, the jury handed down a hefty sum of $625.6 million in damages. In comparison, Samsung is paying, somewhat, Apple $548 million in patent design damages.

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Google removes Samsung-advertised ad blocker for policy violation

It's not unusual for apps to be taken off a marketplace, even in Google's somewhat more embracing Play Store. But when that app happens to have come from the most prolific Android OEM, the Internet goes somewhat crazy. Google has, in its officially capacity as the final arbiter of Android's official app store, removed an ad blocking app approved and advertised by Samsung from Google Play Store. Its reason? An almost vague reference to a policy violation that disallows one app from disrupting the functions of another.

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Amazon finally gives the Kindle home screen an upgrade

These days, tablets and smartphones are all the rage. But despite the number of these devices with colored screens, the faithful ebook reader has never gone out of fashion. At least the devices haven't. Their home screens, on the other hand, might need a show of love or two or more. Amazon is finally giving its Kindle ereaders some much needed attention. Without changing much of the reading experience, Amazon is tweaking the home screen and adding much desired features that make it easier and quicker to get to the content or controls that you want.

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Super Mario Maker user creates a “computer” in-game

Move over Minecraft, there's a new kid in town. Well, as far as crazy and mind-blowing creations are concerned. While Super Mario Maker has indeed let a thousand creative ideas bloom, you probably wouldn't expect someone to create a computer right inside the game. A computer running inside a program running on a computer. Game-ception! Of course, given the technical and practical limitations, the "computer' is nothing more than a crude, and terribly tedious, adding machine, but still testifies to the creators genius. And patience, lots of patience.

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Kangaroo Plus pocket-sized PC jumps with double the memory

Computers the size of small boxes or overgrown smartphones aren't exactly new, but very few are really portable enough that they can be used even without access to a wall socket. One such rare find was the Kangaroo PC, which launched a little more than three months ago. Now InFocus, the maker of Kangaroo, has decided to take things up a notch a bit. Introducing the Kangaroo Plus, the same PC the size of a smartphone but now with twice the RAM and twice the storage.

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