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Isn't it nice when malware authors make it easy to remove their dirty code? Sometimes all you have to do is open the Control Panel and uninstall the offending program, just like any other application. And for browsers, simply nuke the extension that is causing trouble. Unfortunately, some recent browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox are making things difficult on users by cleverly hiding their whereabouts. The extensions in question hijack Chrome and Firefox to redirect web searches and drive up click counts on YouTube videos, presumably to generate ad revenue. That in and of itself is not... Read more...
Over the past few weeks, complaints have been pouring into Google's support communities and reddit concerning Google Home and Chromecast devices flooding home Wi-Fi networks with packets of data, causing their internet speeds to slow to crawl. Thankfully, Google has responded late this week with a fix to address these slowdowns. "In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic which can slow down or temporarily impact Wi-Fi networks," wrote Google. "The specific impact to the network will vary depending on the router." As... Read more...
When it comes to operating systems for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks we all know what Google has to offer. We have Android for tablets and smartphones and then you have Chrome OS for notebooks and desktops. We also know that Google is working on another operating system that might be the replacement for both Chrome OS and Android called Fuchsia. When we last visited Fuchsia, a PixelBook was serving as the testbed for the next generation operating system. Fast forward a couple weeks and more details of the Fuchsia operating system have surfaced along with videos of it in action. The video... Read more...
Well this is disturbing—researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security company Lookout have discovered a cyber-espionage campaign that has been operational since 2012 and is aimed at Android users. The campaign, dubbed Dark Caracal, has infected thousands of Android devices in more than 20 countries, resulting in the theft of hundreds of gigabytes of data. The malware that is being doled out as part of Dark Caracal is mostly focused on spoofing secure chat messaging clients on mobile devices. Among them are fake versions of Signal and WhatsApp, which appear to... Read more...
Have you wanted to dabble with artificial intelligence but felt overwhelmed by the complexity of it all? Well, good news—Google is rolling out what it calls Cloud AutoML, a suite of machine learning products designed to help developers with limited machine learning experience and expertise to train high quality image recognition models, the company announced today. Basically, it's a way for developers to get their feet wet, rather than jumping into the deep end right off the bat. Image Source: Flickr via Matt Montagne "With Cloud AutoML, you can bring your training data to create your own... Read more...
It's all fun and games on the Internet until some idiot dreams up the Tide Pod challenge, followed by more idiots partaking in this idiotic viral phenomenon. The challenge, in case you haven't come across it on social media, is to stick the detergent capsule into your mouth and chew it, munch it, and ultimately eat the colorful pod filled with concentrated detergent. It's not just disgusting, it's stupid and dangerous. So much so that YouTube is pulling videos of the challenge. Image Source: Flickr via Austin Kirk "YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage... Read more...
Once thought to be a dying breed, unlimited data plans for smartphones have come back with a vengeance in the past two years. Google is now getting in on the action with what is in essence an unlimited data option for its Project Fi MVNO service. The feature is called Bill Protection, and it caps the $10/GB pricing tiers at $60 once you use more than 6GB of data during a billing cycle. If you were to use 8GB of data in one billing cycle under the old policy, you would pay a total of $100 ($20 base fee for unlimited calling and texting, plus $80 for data). Now, with Bill Protection, your total outlay... Read more...
Security researchers have uncovered malware hidden in four different extensions for Google's Chrome browser. Collectively, the four extensions have been downloaded and installed more than half a million times, including onto workstations within major organizations globally. While likely used to commit click fraud and search engine optimization (SEO), the number of installs could provide cyber criminals with a potent botnet. "While revenues are not known, a similar botnet uncovered in 2013 yielded $6 million per month before it was taken down," security researchers at Icebrg, a computer security... Read more...
Android malware that has the ability to spy on users and perform other nefarious tasks seem to be a dime a dozen these days. However, a new piece of Android malware is making the rounds, and it's loaded to the brim with sophisticated spying capabilities that have never been seen before. Dubbed Skygofree, the malware was first developed back in 2014 and has gone through a number of code rewrites since then. In its most current iteration, the number of features that are at its disposal are quite remarkable. Kaspersky labels Skygofree as "multi-stage spyware that gives attackers full remote control... Read more...
Try wrapping your head around this one—Google is diving under water in order to build a bigger cloud for land dwellers. It's not actually as confusing (or ironic) as it sounds. Google has already helped built three undersea fiber-optic cables, and now it plans to add three more, which will both speed up data transfers to certain reasons and offer alternative routes when data fails in other areas. It will cost Google hundreds of millions of dollars and take more than a year to lay the new cables. It's a big investment, though a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 billion Google has spent... Read more...
Several years ago, spammers figured out they could fill up a user's Google Calendar with advertisements and other unwanted messages by sending them out as event invites. The issue has largely flown under the radar, but unfortunately for some Google Home owners, the exploit (if you want to call it that) is preventing them from receiving legitimate notifications over their smart speaker, turning what was a nuisance into a major problem. We were alerted about the issue from Micah Stroud, a former NVIDIA employee who sent us an email detailing his frustration with the situation. "For the past three... Read more...
They say that we all have a doppelganger out there; someone who looks almost just like we do. Google recently updated its Arts & Culture app and it suddenly went viral. The update lets users of the app snap a selfie and then it uses AI to search famous artworks for your artsy doppelganger. For some people, the app did a very good job matching them up. If you have never used the Arts & Culture app, it has been around since last year and was originally meant to let users browse famous art from hundreds of museums around the world. The portrait feature launched in an update last month and... Read more...
Technology is awesome when it works as intended, and maddeningly frustrating when it glitches. Unfortunately for some owners of Google's Chromecast dongles and Home smart speakers, they are experiencing the latter with unexpected Wi-Fi dropouts and router reboots. The issue affects several different router models and seems to be related to the way Google's devices cast content. The complaints have been piling up at Reddit. Those suffering from wonky wireless issues report the problem with Chromecast and Google Home devices on ASUS, Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, and Synology routers. TP-Link acknowledge... Read more...
If you make video calls on your Android device, then you're probably familiar with Duo, Google's app that was designed exactly for that (basically a Hangouts replacement). One of the app's shortcomings has been an inability to call people who not on your contacts list and have not registered with the service. Well, we have good news—Google has not added that feature, allowing Duo users to dial up and video chat with anyone on their contacts list. This works with audio-only calls as well. Users who received a call from a Duo user but do not have Duo installed themselves can answer the call... Read more...
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