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Slay the Spire, the decade’s best deckbuilding game, coming to iOS in June

Slay the Spire, the decade’s best deckbuilding game, coming to iOS...

Slay the Spire's success story is a remarkable one. As one of thousands of games to land on Steam in 2017, this fusion of roguelite progression and "deckbuilding" mechanics, made by a heretofore unknown development team out of Seattle, managed to become a phenomenon due entirely to word of mouth. The game has since surpassed…
Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19 at scale

Apple and Google detail bold and ambitious plan to track COVID-19...

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Google In a bold and ambitious collaboration, Apple and Google are developing a smartphone platform that tries to track the spread of the novel coronavirus at scale and at the same time preserve the privacy of iOS and Android users who opt in to it. The cross-platform system will use the proximity capabilities built into…
Teardown of Huawei flagship phone finds US parts despite blacklisting

Teardown of Huawei flagship phone finds US parts despite blacklisting

Enlarge / The Huawei P40 Pro. Huawei is still using components made by US companies in its newest flagship smartphone, a Financial Times teardown has found, despite the US all but blacklisting the Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer. On Thursday, Huawei launched its P40 smartphone—one of the first flagship devices the company has launched since Washington’s…
>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software

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More than 4,000 Google Play apps silently collect a list of all other installed apps in a data grab that allows developers and advertisers to build detailed profiles of users, a recently published research paper found. The apps use an Android-provided programming interface that scans a phone for details about all other apps installed on…
Google Play’s malicious app problem infects 1.7 million more devices

Google Play’s malicious app problem infects 1.7 million more devices

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Google Play, the company’s official repository for Android apps, has once again been caught hosting fraudulent and potentially malicious apps, with the discovery of more than 56 apps—many of them for children—that were installed on almost 1.7 million devices. Tekya is a family of malware that generates fraudulent clicks on ads and banners delivered by…
Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android

Microsoft releases new all-in-one Office app for iOS and Android

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The homescreen in Microsoft Office for iOS. Samuel Axon Pressing the add button brings up three options: Notes, Lens, and Documents. Samuel Axon Selecting documents lets you pick from these options for Excel, Word, and PowerPoint documents. Samuel Axon The other major feature at the top level in this app is Actions, which gives you…
Got small kids? Now’s a good time to buy a Fire Kids Edition tablet

Got small kids? Now’s a good time to buy a Fire...

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Enlarge / The 8" version of the Fire HD Kids Edition is the sweet spot—small enough for young kids, but noticeably bigger and nicer than the 7", with lots more storage. If you have little kids and need an inexpensive, safe source of games, media, and books for them, we've got good news for you—Amazon's…
Google Play apps with 470k installs can log in to your Facebook and Google accounts

Google Play apps with 470k installs can log in to your...

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Researchers on Thursday documented two new malware campaigns targeting Android users. The first involved nine apps that had been downloaded from Google Play more than 470,000 times. With names such as Speed Clean and Super Clean, the apps masqueraded as utilities for optimizing device performance. Behind the scenes, they connected to servers that could download…
US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware

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An Android phone subsidized by the US government for low-income users comes preinstalled with malware that can't be removed without making the device cease to work, researchers reported on Thursday. The UMX U686CL is provided by Virgin Mobile's Assurance Wireless program. Assurance Wireless is an offshoot of the Lifeline Assistance program, a Federal Communications Commissions…
Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank thieves

Vulnerability in fully patched Android phones under active attack by bank...

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A vulnerability in millions of fully patched Android phones is being actively exploited by malware that's designed to drain the bank accounts of infected users, researchers said on Monday. The vulnerability allows malicious apps to masquerade as legitimate apps that targets have already installed and come to trust, researchers from security firm Promon reported in…

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