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How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

How law enforcement gets around your smartphone’s encryption

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Enlarge / Uberwachung, Symbolbild, Datensicherheit, DatenhoheitWestend61 | Getty Images Lawmakers and law enforcement agencies around the world, including in the United States, have increasingly called for backdoors in the encryption schemes that protect your data, arguing that national security is at stake. But new research indicates governments already have methods and tools that, for better…
The Galaxy S21 is official, gets an across-the-board $200 price drop

The Galaxy S21 is official, gets an across-the-board $200 price drop

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from left to right, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the S21+, and the S21. Samsung The front of the S21+. The front of all three phones looks pretty much identical. Samsung The many colors of the base model S20. These models are plastic. Samsung The S21+ backs. Samsung Samsung really likes this "Phantom Violet" color. Samsung…
Hackers used 4 zero-days to infect Windows and Android devices

Hackers used 4 zero-days to infect Windows and Android devices

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Google researchers have detailed a sophisticated hacking operation that exploited vulnerabilities in Chrome and Windows to install malware on Android and Windows devices. Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft, and most outside researchers (both companies have since patched the security flaws). The…
Amazon cuts off Parler’s Web hosting following Apple, Google bans

Amazon cuts off Parler’s Web hosting following Apple, Google bans

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Amazon Web Services is suspending Parler's access to its hosting services at the end of the weekend, potentially driving the service offline unless it can find a new provider. "Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday,…
Amazon cuts off Parler’s web hosting following Apple, Google bans

Amazon cuts off Parler’s web hosting following Apple, Google bans

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Amazon Web Services is suspending Parler's access to its hosting services at the end of the weekend, potentially driving the service offline unless it can find a new provider. "Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday,…
Android ransomware has picked up some ominous new tricks

Android ransomware has picked up some ominous new tricks

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Though ransomware has been around for years, it poses an ever-increasing threat to hospitals, municipal governments, and basically any institution that can't tolerate downtime. But along with the various types of PC malware that are typically used in these attacks, there's another burgeoning platform for ransomware as well: Android phones. And new research from Microsoft…
“Joker”—the malware that signs you up for pricey services—floods Android markets

“Joker”—the malware that signs you up for pricey services—floods Android markets

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September has been a busy month for malicious Android apps, with dozens of them from a single malware family alone flooding either Google Play or third-party markets, researchers from security companies said. Known as Joker, this family of malicious apps has been attacking Android users since late 2016 and more recently has become one of…
ASUS’ ultra-powerful ROG 3 made me fall in love with mobile gaming again

ASUS’ ultra-powerful ROG 3 made me fall in love with mobile...

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My nearly-a-year-old OnePlus 7 Pro can run pretty much any app you throw at it, and games with high frame rates look fantastic on its 90Hz display. But it’s been months since I’ve played more than the round of Sudoku to kill time waiting in line for groceries. That all changed when I received the…
Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App Store [Updated]

Epic files suit against Apple after Fortnite pulled from iOS App...

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Enlarge / Fortnite seen in the App Store on an iPhone on May 10, 2018. Update 4:05pm EST: In a video message premiering in Fortnite's own Party Royale mode, Epic write that it has "defied the App Store Monopoly. In retaliation, Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices. Join the fight to stop 2020 from…
Your next smartphone will be a lot harder to scratch

Your next smartphone will be a lot harder to scratch

Enlarge / The new generation of Gorilla Glass promises double the scratch resistance of 2018’s Gorilla Glass 6.Corning It takes about two years for Corning to develop each new generation of Gorilla Glass, the resilient material that graces a critical mass of smartphones. That process has for several update cycles focused on protecting screens against…

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