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US, UK government websites infected by cryptomining malware

US, UK government websites infected by cryptomining malware

Governments originated from the need to not only govern but also protect citizens, though some will probably dispute how much that still applies today. It is with a bit of irony, then, that some government websites have become unwilling, not to mention unknowing, vehicles to actually harm their own citizens. It has just recently come to light that thousands of websites, including those run by US and UK governments, have become infected by cryptocurrency mining malware, causing anyone who visits those sites to generate money for still unidentified miscreants.

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ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

ARCHOS Core S phones jump on the 18:9 screen train

It’s been a while since we last heard from the French manufacturer, but this month ARCHOS is making a big comeback. And by big, we’re talking screen size but not phone size. Oui, ARCHOS has joined the 18:9 screen aspect ratio bandwagon and it’s flaunting its new Core 55S, Core 57S, and Core 60S at the upcoming MWC conference. But while these phones are advertised to meet increased demand for bigger screens, they might fall a bit short in meeting expectations for other features.

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Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good start

Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good start

Windows 10 is popping up in some odd places, like old phones and ARM boards. It’s all unofficial, of course, but it might still serve to spark some interest in taking Microsoft’s operating system to places where Microsoft itself might have given up on. We’ve seen both Windows RT and a smidgen of Windows 10 on ARM running on Lumia phones. Now Dutch developer Bas Timmer, a.k.a. @NTAuthority, has brought Windows 10, again its ARM version, to a device that Microsoft already half supports: the Raspberry Pi 3.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro durability test starts the year right

Huawei Mate 10 Pro durability test starts the year right

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is probably one of the more controversial phones of 2018, but not because of the phone itself. 2018 started badly for Huawei when, just days, maybe even hours, before its proud announcement, AT&T pulled out from its partnership with the Chinese company, reportedly due to political pressure. That hasn’t stopped Huawei from offering the phone in the US, albeit without carrier perks and strings, with pre-orders starting this week. And for those who want to get their hands on this flagship, JerryRigEverything has just proved it to be one of the most durable phones of 2018.

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Android Messages web interface coming soon

Android Messages web interface coming soon

Google’s messaging message is frankly all over the place. It has multiple messaging platforms and apps that overlap with one another and sometimes get replaced by yet another. Sometimes, though, they have different feature sets. Whether this latest clue serves to simplify that message or complicate it even more is up to you to decide. But at least it will be making things convenient. The latest version of the Android Messages app apparently holds clues to an upcoming “Messages for Web” which will let users send messages through web browser, just like Google Allo.

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Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike, insists Facebook

Facebook Downvote button is not a Dislike, insists Facebook

When will Facebook ever get a Dislike button? If you ask Facebook, probably never. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't cooking up ways to help users express their disapproval without typing anything. Multiple users have reported seeing a "downvote" button in some parts of Facebook. It's not a dislike button, a Facebook representative explains. And while some might consider it splitting hairs, there is indeed a subtle difference between the two. In the end, however, it might have the same effect.

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Windows 10 Pro palm vein recognition coming courtesy of Fujitsu

Windows 10 Pro palm vein recognition coming courtesy of Fujitsu

Move over 3D face recognition, Microsoft wants your palm instead. The biometric security industry has exploded thanks to the popularity of fingerprint scanners and the whole drama around face recognition on phones. Tech companies are now racing to find the next big thing, and the next body part, for securing devices and files. Microsoft, who already supports face and fingerprint recognition via Windows Hello, has teamed up with Fujitsu to integrate the latter’s PalmSecure technology into Windows 10 Pro.

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Apple AirPods explosion now under investigation

Apple AirPods explosion now under investigation

Consumer electronics catching fire is definitely not new, but ever since Samsung's catastrophic Galaxy Note 8, consumers and media, and even governments, have their ears pricked up for even the slightest hint of a fire waiting to happen. Or in this case, had happened. It wasn't a phone this time, or even a now forgotten and poorly-named hoverboard. It was, surprisingly, Apple's AirPods, the company's answer to removing the headphone jack from its iPhones. Fortunately for Jason Colon of Tampa, Florida, the bud didn't explode while he was still wearing it.

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Huawei P20 Lite leaks leave little to the imagination

Huawei P20 Lite leaks leave little to the imagination

The P20 might be Huawei’s star, which may or may not be announced later this month at a place other than MWC, but the P20 Lite seems to be getting more attention these days. Given Huawei’s release pattern, its existence is pretty much in the bag. But what’s curious about it is that it seems to be a compromise between old and new, straddling the fine line between what users have become used to and what Huawei thinks the market will be gravitating to, which mostly means the iPhone X.

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Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom final $121B bid

Qualcomm board unanimously rejects Broadcom final $121B bid

The most popular mobile chip maker isn't exactly swimming in dough. In fact, it's in danger of losing a number of high-profile lawsuits in a couple of markets. But it's not desperate yet, at least not to the point of accepting Broadcom's best and, according to the latter, final offer to buy it. In a rather strongly-worded announcement and letter, Qualcomm announces that its board has unanimously rejected Broadcom's higher offer amounting to a hefty $121 billion .

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Future Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro

Future Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro

It’s a bit amusing to see Apple embracing something it scorned in the past. Although it hasn’t completely adopted the stylus the Microsoft has with Windows Ink, Apple does seem to be playing around with the idea of expanding the Apple Pencil beyond the confines of iPad Pros. And, no, that doesn’t mean an iPhone Apple Pencil. In fact, based on this recently spotted patent, it won’t even need any iOS device at all.

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Chrome will soon mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

Chrome will soon mark all HTTP sites as “Not Secure”

The Web can be a pretty scary place. The power and information it gives users is also available to those with less benign intentions. Browser makers have long been trying to make the Web safer, only to be foiled by user browsing habits on end and websites’ poor security practices on the other. Google, for its part, has given developers and administrators enough time to get their act together. But enough is enough and starting July this year, the Chrome web browser will mark all websites still using HTTP instead of HTTPS as “Not Secure”.

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