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Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Bloatware, a not so loved term used to describe unwanted software on your smartphone or tablet, the mobile equivalent of spam. It has been a long bemoaned blight in the mobile world and yet very little seems to be done about it because the powers that be simply would not allow things to change. In fact, things might get even worse, thanks to Digital Turbine's new Ignite product, which not only gives carriers the ultimate bloatware tool, it also potentially bypasses Android's security measures.

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Google is trying to change CAPTCHA as we know it

Google is trying to change CAPTCHA as we know it

We’ve all been there, quietly setting up an account for a website or service, only to be met with the CAPTCHA. Everything is great, then some misaligned words with weird fonts and distortion take hold, leaving you craning your neck and questioning your eyesight. CAPTCHA is designed to thwart bots from creating fake accounts or sending spam messages, but for you and I, it’s just a pain. Google is trying to stop CAPTCHA from ever frustrating us again, and is attempting to replace it with a more reasonable approach.

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Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Iranian hackers breached global companies, say researchers

Cylance, a US-based cyber security firm, has reported that Iranian hackers have breached "top" companies across the globe, including aerospace firms, energy companies, universities, and more. Affected companies are located in the US, France, Germany, China, England, Saudi Arabia, India, and Israel, according to the researchers, and were targeted under an effort that has been ongoing for the past couple years. Though no specific companies have been specified, the infiltration could let the hackers cause physical damage in due time.

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Sony Pictures hack spawns FBI warning, pulls in Mandiant

Sony Pictures hack spawns FBI warning, pulls in Mandiant

After a widespread hacking incident aimed at Sony Pictures earlier this month the company has been forced to bring in FireEye Inc's Mandiant forensics unit to help rid them of their mess. This is a professional computer systems repair group that specializes in security, making clear that this isn't just a run of the mill attack. The FBI has also taken action, letting loose a warning packet earlier this week and launching an investigation into the matter. This attack was also quite likely responsible for the leak of several unreleased top-name movies in the past week.

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SkyBell v2.0 gets better eyesight for your WiFi door

SkyBell v2.0 gets better eyesight for your WiFi door

WiFi-enabled doorbell SkyBell has been upgraded, with version 2.0 of the wireless ringer getting better eyesight and stronger connectivity. The doorbell, which hooks up to a WiFi network and beams video and two-way audio to a smartphone or tablet, has been revamped with a new wireless chipset that, so SkyBell claims, will add up to smoother video and faster reconnections to the network. Meanwhile, there are Dropcam-style cloud DVR features in the pipeline.

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FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

FBI malware warning hints at Sony Pictures attack

The FBI has issued a warning about dangerous malware, and Reuters has acquired a five-page confidential document on it the agency sent to unspecified companies in the U.S. today. That document reportedly contains some information about the malware, and reports that it has been used in a "destructive cyberattack" in the US. The agency did not specify which company has fallen victim (nor if there is more than one), but it is believed to be related to the recent massive attack against Sony Pictures.

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Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

Girl Scout Cookies online: invites required, limited nationwide roll-out

The end-times for your wallet are near: Girl Scout Cookies will soon be allowed to be sold online. The Girl Scouts' Chief Digital Cookie Executive (that's a real title) Sarah Angel-Johnson has spoken. This is the first time Girl Scout Cookies will be available direct through the Girl Scouts online since the internet was first activated. Girl Scout Cookie sales generate "an estimated" $800 million in cookie sales a year - this online initiative could bring between 50-150% more in the next 12 months.

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Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Intel acquires PasswordBox, may include service with McAfee

Security for your Intel-toting PC may soon be getting a whole lot easer. Intel made clear this morning that they'd be acquiring PasswordBox, a service that will allow users to collect all of their webpage passwords in to one package, requiring that they only remember a single password instead. PasswordBox has been in service for about a year, having been downloaded by users over 14 million times in the past 12-18 months. Intel has not let it be known exactly how they'll be integrating PasswordBox into their own services yet, but they have suggested that the PasswordBox will be moved into their security software business.

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Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

Man tracks down stolen package through Facebook, surveillance footage

It's not unheard of these days for delivered packages to go missing, especially when so many people are buying potentially valuable gifts online. The delivery service drives up, leaves a box at your front door when no one answers, and someone nearby with ill intentions and a chance opportunity snatches the item and runs off. One man in Texas recently found himself in this situation, but through creative use of a surveillance camera and Facebook, he actually managed to track down and recover his package.

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FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

FingerKey app uses iPhone’s Touch ID to unlock your Mac

I'm calling it right now: I predict within a few years (let's say around the "iPhone 7's" release) that Apple will have a native solution for unlocking your Mac using your iPhone/iPad's Touch ID sensor. I'm basing this on Apple expanding the use of Touch ID through Apple Pay and opening it to developers, as well as the new Continuity features that OS X and iOS to work near-seamlessly together. But, until then, a non-native solution is already here in the app FingerKey for iPhone.

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