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Malware can hijack Firefox extensions to compromise users

Malware can hijack Firefox extensions to compromise users

Web browsers these days, especially Chrome, use sandboxing methods to prevent unauthorized access to the computer or excessive use of resources. But while that may be true for the browser's tabs and content themselves, that might not always apply to other things related to it, like extensions. That is the problem facing Firefox and some of its most popular extensions right now. Security researchers have discovered that thanks to vulnerabilities in how Firefox implements extensions, hackers can write seemingly harmless add-ons that piggyback on "clean", valid extensions in order to gain access to files or scam users.

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Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

So you'd like to enable the brand new Encryption security WhatsApp has brought to the world today, do you? Lucky you, there's not a whole lot you're going to have to be doing. Thanks to WhatsApp's newest software update, the app and ecosystem now has end-to-end encryption automatically. According to the developers behind this app, "When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands."

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Google Reminders available on the web (and in Android, iOS)

Google Reminders available on the web (and in Android, iOS)

Today Google launches Reminders for web, an extension of Google Reminders that'll have users even more addicted to their abilities than before. Once you begin to use Google Reminders, you find yourself relying on them - trusting them to remind you of the most important bits and pieces in your life. I know I do. I really do. I'm terrible at remembering things. One I tell Google - through my Android device - to remind me to pick up milk at 5PM when I'm done with work, there's no way I'll remember it unless my device reminds me - and it does. Today there's more.

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Let’s See Google Maps’ 2016 secret Android Pegman

Let’s See Google Maps’ 2016 secret Android Pegman

This morning an APK was explored by an intrepid developer making headway into the depths of Google Maps. There it was discovered. A new Pegman. Pegman, for those of you that do not recognize the name, is the little fellow who sits at the corner of your screen or on a map, showing you where you are in the world. Pegman is yellow, tiny, and has his own funky little arrow to show direction. Today the new Pegman has been discovered, and he, too, is funky.

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iOS 9.3.1 update arrives with web link crashing bug fix

iOS 9.3.1 update arrives with web link crashing bug fix

Apple has pushed out iOS 9.3.1, and with the update comes a fix for the web link crashing bug that would leave some apps unresponsive. In certain cases, apps could become unresponsive and/or crash after the user tapped a link within some other app, including Safari. This makes for a small overall update, but one that fixes a particularly frustrating issue some users have been dealing with.

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Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Let’s Try: Google’s Lip Swap for Android

Google has a face-swap app that goes by the name Lip Swap. It's terrifying. You're going to need to have a peek at it if you're going to understand the horror and the glee that comes with trying it out. This app was born of the same glorious experimental minds that brought you today's Inside Abbey Road Google Cardboard release, allowing you to tour the legendary sound studio. This is not like that.

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Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

Google Calculator released on Google Play with Android Wear app

This morning Google decided to release another of their standard apps to the Google Play app store for any device to download. This is not the first - and certainly not the last - app that Google has made that'll be released to the Google Play app store for several reasons. One reason Google does this is to enable quicker updates to the apps - otherwise they'd need to update them each with a system update to the devices that employ them.

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Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for developers

Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for developers

Apple has launched its new Safari Technology Preview browser for developers, giving them the chance to test drive “incoming web technologies” like visual effects and new layouts before they’re released for everyone. Safari Technology Preview is available to download now (it requires the latest versions of El Capitan on desktop), and comes with some advantages over the WebKit Nightly, including support for iCloud, updates every two weeks in the App Store, and being validated/signed by Apple.

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Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Microsoft Ink puts stylus front and center

Those of you that reach for a pen and pad when you want to write yourself a note will soon be welcomed into the fold with Windows 10. Microsoft has introduced a number of features that'll make you find writing with a stylus on a Windows 10 device easier, more interesting, and worth the hassle - now more than ever before. This is Microsoft Ink - perhaps not the first time you've ever heard that term if you're a hardcore Microsoft Word user - but now it's prepped to envelop the world of hardcore pen-users too.

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Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Apple has a number of different operating systems for its various device these days, including iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and, of course, OS X for the Mac itself. Ever notice that one of those is not like the other when it comes to the naming convention? Turns out, Apple may already be planning to address this, with OS X possibly being rebranded as "macOS" sometime in the near future. A developer has spotted a hidden file in the latest update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan that makes mention of "macOS" in the name.

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iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

iOS issue causes links to crash, fix incoming

Apple will issue an update to the latest release of iOS as complaints from users suggest an issue with web links. Reports have appeared from users working with devices from the iPhone 5 all the way through the iPad Air 2. Other devices that appear to be affected are the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad mini. Thus far it does not appear that either iPad Pro or iPhone SE has been affected as such.

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Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

Mobile carriers finally ditching voice calls

It would appear that T-Mobile is leading the charge with a number of data-only smartphone plans starting later this month. While a massive number of smartphone users use very little or no portion of their allotted voice call minutes here in the present, T-Mobile may be the first carrier to realize this, and act. With a plan. A Simple Choice mobile internet plan. The future is here - voice calling is only a little-used app, after all.

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