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Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

It has never been easier to buy stuff online, be they digital goods or ordering for physical ones. But, like many conveniences, that may have come at a price that no one will be willing to pay. According to security researchers from Newcastle University in the UK, that price is security. They have demonstrated that it only takes six seconds to get a Visa credit or debit card’s number, expiry date, and security code, all thanks to a lax security implementation in its online payment system.

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HTC One M9 Nougat US rollout begins with unlocked models

HTC One M9 Nougat US rollout begins with unlocked models

Just weeks after it had started to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to its HTC 10 flagship, the company is now doing the same for last year’s HTC champion. HTC USA’s Twitter account proudly announced that the HTC One M9 has finally started to get the Nougat update. At least for the unlocked units first. Those who bought theirs from a carrier, however, will still have to wait next year to receive all the nutty goodness of Android 7.0.

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2017 Moto X leak photos try to prove it’s real

2017 Moto X leak photos try to prove it’s real

Rumors of the Moto X’s death are exaggerated, or so the saying goes. Considering how Lenovo and Moto didn’t exactly pull one out of its hat this year, it’s all too easy to conclude its death, despite the company insisting otherwise. This latest pair of leaked photos, then, go in Lenovo’s favor and proves that such a phone still does exist. Well, as much as you can give credence to leaks. Unsurprisingly, this 2017 Moto X, which seems to be in its final form, looks like the Moto Z, without the modules and with a full-metal jacket.

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LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

If rumors and leaks were truly prophetic, then we practically have a near complete image of the LG G6’s key features. Those rumors have been pretty consistent in what LG’s next flagship will have. Or, more importantly, what it won’t have. According to the latest sources, the G6 will indeed ditch the modular feature that should have been, but wasn’t, the selling point of the G5 before it. In its stead, the G6 will feature allegedly more expensive waterproofing and wireless charging.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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Samsung Gear S2 gets a taste of Gear S3 in latest update

Samsung Gear S2 gets a taste of Gear S3 in latest update

Samsung’s Gear S3 is naturally the focus of the brunt of its development and improvement efforts, but owners of the previous gen Gear S2 smartwatch need not turn into green-eyed monsters just yet. The Korean manufacturer has just announced the rollout of its second value pack update for the Gear S2, which brings just a smidgen of Gear S3 features and then some. Unfortunately, it seems to miss one of the latest and hottest feature that the Gear S3 got: Samsung Pay support on non-Samsung smartphones.

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Make your home smarter – 8 of the best smart home devices in 2016

Make your home smarter – 8 of the best smart home devices in 2016

Homes are getting smarter, little by little. Despite recent troubling reports of how the so-called Internet of Things are ticking security time bombs. Those software issues, however, are more likely to get fixed, hopefully sooner rather than later, rather than the dozens of smart home appliances and products to disappear from the market.

Setting up a smart home can look like a daunting task, with so many moving pieces and so many choices. Of course, it doesn't have to be and you don't have to go all out all at once. To get you started on the road to home automation heaven, here are 8 of the best products, in different categories, to check out when you're planning to take your home to the future.

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Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Jolla Sailfish OS might be coming to a smartwatch near you

Smartwatches might no longer be the hot items they once were, if they truly were, but some seem to be unwilling to call it quits on the market. In fact, some are still just catching up to smartwatches. Whether it is Fitbit’s rumored plans to buy Pebble or the new generation of smartwatch platforms popping up here and there. The latest ambitious attempt at cornering at least the software market is Sailfish OS, the Linux-based platform from Jolla. Although the startup isn’t yet saying it will be coming out with a Sailfish OS smartwatch, it is proudly boasting that, at least on the software side, it can easily be done.

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BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”

BLU to use Google’s updater instead of Chinese “spyware”

2016 may be remembered as being unkind to smartphone makers, be it because of slumping, or at least plateauing, sales, or distinct problems and scandals that rocked even mainstream news. Miami-based BLU Products would have had a normal year if not for the one last minute issue that gripped its business. Security firm Kryptoware discovered and reported that some of the company’s smartphones used a particular piece of software sourced from China. And that piece of software regularly phone home with data collected for the sake of advertising. Or so the story goes.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries brings back the single-player way

Almost every game these days have an online element to them, either really playing with others online in a massive persistent world or simply going into one-off skirmishes. Some gamers, however, have a deep love for keeping things single. Such gamers might find solace and joy in the announcement of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the first time in over 15 years that the franchise is getting a non-multiplayer, totally single-player game. That is, if developers Piranha Games successfully launches it in 2018.

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The Mummy has a hint of Mission Impossible because Tom Cruise

The Mummy has a hint of Mission Impossible because Tom Cruise

This isn’t your grandfather’s The Mummy. In fact, it isn’t even the 1999 The Mummy. While the former lies squarely in the realm of horror and the latter standing along the lines of family-friendly adventure, the 2017 representation of the iconic monster is 100% pure adrenaline-pumping action. And how can it not be with Star Trek Into Darkness director Alex Krutzman at the helm, guiding Tom Cruise in the lead. But don’t you blink, because this might only be the beginning.

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GoPro Karma drone’s Grip now on sale by its lonesome self

GoPro Karma drone’s Grip now on sale by its lonesome self

We’re still not sure when the Karma, GoPro’s first ever and ill-fated drone, will return. IF it will return, which may be in doubt given GoPro’s financial troubles. But while the Karma itself may not be here, or may never be again, it’s legacy will live on. Or at least part of it. GoPro has just made available the Karma’s stabilizer as a standalone handheld product, the Grip. Perhaps it’s a last ditch effort to salvage what it can from the Karma, by selling the feature that made the drone quite impressive.

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