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Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

It's time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn't enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when it's installed, the app has effectively given someone in China the ability to take control of the phone it's installed on. In other words - uninstall Meitu (and any apps made by the same company) IMMEDIATELY and consider changing all passwords of apps and accounts associated with your smartphone.

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Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Logic Pro X and GarageBand get big updates: Touch Bar, iCloud, more

Apple's Logic Pro X has gained Touch Bar support on the latest MacBook Pro, with the music software - and its GarageBand for iOS cousin - getting a big update today. Logic Pro X 10.3 not only embraces the slender touchscreen strip on Apple's latest notebook, but revamps the UI throughout; as for GarageBand for iOS 2.2, that gets a brand new synthesizer and a new interface. Meanwhile, music-makers using both products will be better able to create on the move thanks to new remote access options.

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Pokemon GO Update: Easter Egg Event clues inside

Pokemon GO Update: Easter Egg Event clues inside

This morning the folks at Niantic updated Pokemon GO apps for both iOS and Android devices. That means updates for Samsung Galaxy devices, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, and the lot - and iPhones of all sorts. This new update for Pokemon GO is the latest in a line of "fixes" for a number of elements - one of which should lead the way to the rest of the Gen 2 Pokemon in the near future.

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Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple hikes UK App Store prices after pound’s Brexit slump

Apple is raising App Store prices in the UK, blaming the weaker pound for increasing app costs by around 25-percent. The news was confirmed in an email to developers, in which Apple revealed that it would raise the lowest app price from £0.79 to £0.99, among other adjustments. It's being seen as the latest side-effect of Brexit, the UK's referendum decision to leave the European Union.

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PlayStation 4 system update 4.5 beta testing signups start

PlayStation 4 system update 4.5 beta testing signups start

Sony says the next major system software update for its current-generation console is inbound, and if you want to get a chance to test it before it releases to everyone, now is the time to sign up. PlayStation 4 owners can sign up to be a beta tester anytime from now until ‘early’ February; those who get in will be able to test system software update 4.5.

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Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera Neon hands-on: “Concept Browser” hits more than it misses

Opera is looking to change the state of internet browsers, and it has launched a new browser called Neon as the first step in realizing that vision. Starting today, Opera Neon is available to download on Mac and Windows, and it's the culmination of a year and a half of work by Opera's design team. As everyone knows, competition in the web browser space is stiff, so I downloaded Opera Neon and took it for a spin to see how it stacks up to more traditional browsers.

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Razer zGold and zSilver detailed: Virtual Currency for gear and games

Razer zGold and zSilver detailed: Virtual Currency for gear and games

The folks at Razer have introduced zVault, a virtual currency system that can be used to buy gear and earn games. Fans of Razer can pay real cash to get zGold - or earn zGold for verifying their Razer account with zVault. Once they've earned or purchased an amount of zGold, they can head to gaming stores such as the unfortunately titled GamersGate to trade zGold for goods.

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Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Windows 10 privacy revamped: Creators Update to streamline settings

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update isn't just bringing new features, but a revamped privacy system that the company hopes will settle concerns about ads, location sharing, and more. Although the Creators Update isn't expected to arrive for Windows 10 fans until around April 2017, Microsoft has been detailing some of the tweaks and improvements, both in individual settings and how those settings impact the overall experience. Meanwhile, there's a taste of the new focus on privacy available to try today.

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Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

The next update to Pokemon GO may indeed be the one where Legendary Pokemon appear for the first time. Word from the underground (and our anonymous source with knowledge on the subject) suggests that considerations are being made for China's sake. After being blocked in China just this week, Niantic is seeking a way to come back with a bang (once they've got their issues sorted with China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or "SAPPRFT".)

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Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

This morning the folks at Voxer have released their first walkie-talkie functionality in their own app. This functionality will work with end-to-end encryption, making it the only end-to-end encrypted walkie-talkie-specific messenger on the market right this minute. This release from Voxer will be made available for iOS and Android devices immediately.

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iPod click wheel-based iPhone OS prototype footage surfaces

iPod click wheel-based iPhone OS prototype footage surfaces

Apple historians may know that before Cupertino settled on going with iOS as the iPhone's software, it considered adapting the iPod's interface and OS to power the now-iconic smartphone, including the MP3 player's click-wheel. The original prototypes of that software have never been seen before, but frequent leaker Sonny Dickson has managed to get his hands on a selection of screenshots and even video, revealing what was once known as "AcornOS."

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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