OnePlus admits that up to 40,000 accounts were affected by a credit card breach

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Last week it emerged that OnePlus was conducting an investigation after a number of customers complained about fraudulent credit card charges. Now the company has given an update on the matter, saying that its website was attacked and a malicious script stealing credit card details was injected, affecting up to 40,000 people. The company has issued an apology for the incident and says that it has contacted those it feels may have been directly affected. In a statement, OnePlus explains that over a two-month period, customers who entered their credit card details at oneplus.net may be at risk. See also:… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon hikes monthly Prime fee by 18 percent

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Amazon has just given people another reason to pay for their Prime subscriptions on an annual rather than a monthly basis. The company has increased the cost of a monthly subscription by $2 per month. This is the first rise in Amazon Prime subscription pricing for a few years now, and the fact that the annual fee remains unchanged is a clear indication that Amazon is eager to lock customers into year-long packages. See also: Donald Trump wants US Postal Service to charge Amazon ‘much more’ Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, and the US gains live sports Amazon… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook to fight ‘sensationalism, misinformation and polarization’ with news trustworthiness surveys for users

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Facebook has said time and time again that it will do more to fight the problem of fake news on the social network, and the company’s latest idea is to simply ask users which news sources they know and trust. In a post on his own Facebook page, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook will start to “ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source.” Seemingly blind to the idea that this could be open to abuse and manipulation, he says that this will shift the balance of the news that is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter admits that 670,000 people interacted with Russian propaganda bots during US election

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Twitter has revealed that a total of 677,775 Americans followed accounts or liked tweets associated with Russian propaganda groups during the 2016 US election. The company does not reveal how many people saw the tweets posted by these accounts. That Russia tried to use Twitter — and other social networks — to influence the outcome of the US election is hardly news, but there has been an ongoing investigation trying to determine the scale of the operation. In its latest announcement, Twitter also says that it closed 50,258 accounts with links to Russia. See also: Facebook is developing a tool… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Italy launches investigation into Samsung and Apple for slowing down phones

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Just a couple of weeks ago a French watchdog announced that it was investigating Apple about the “planned obsolescence” of iPhones. Now Italy is also looking into both Apple and Samsung after complaints that the companies are purposefully slowing down older phone models. Apple has already admitted and defended the fact that it slows down older iPhones, saying that it is done to ensure the best performance from aging batteries — later saying that an upcoming update will make the slowdown optional. In Italy, both Apple and Samsung stand accused of reducing handset performance to “induce consumers to buy new… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Intel: Meltdown and Spectre bugs also affect Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake systems

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In an update following the Meltdown and Spectre revelations, Intel has admitted that the problems also affect newer chips. The company had previously focused its attention — and that of users — on Broadwell and Haswell chips, but now company vice president Navin Shenoy has conceded that Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake-based platforms are susceptible. In rather more positive news, Shenoy also says that good progress has been made in identifying the root cause of the problem. Furthermore, beta microcode should be made available to vendors next week. See also: Microsoft releases confusing patches for AMD systems… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Tim Cook: iPhone users will soon be able opt out of performance reduction

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Many iPhone owners were disappointed to learn that Apple had been purposefully slowing their handsets, with many people believing it confirmed rumors that Apple slowed older iPhones to encourage upgrades. Facing a backlash, the company explained that the forced performance degradation was an attempt to maximize battery life, and it then announced a cheaper battery replacement program. Now Tim Cook has said that a future iOS update will make iPhone throttling optional. See also: Debunked: Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage upgrades Yes, Apple really is slowing down your old iPhone — but says it’s for your own good… …Continue reading on BetaNews

YouTube updates its video review process yet again to avoid another problem like Logan Paul

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YouTube is to subject large numbers of videos to manual review in an attempt to ensure that they are “ad-friendly.” Google says that “stricter criteria for monetization” will be introduced as it tries to avoid further controversies such as Logan Paul’s video that featured a dead body. The changes are likely to mean that some YouTubers will lose money when they are introduced in February. Google is also making changes to the requirements that need to be met to join the YouTube Partner Program. It used to take relatively little to join the Partner Program — just a total of… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Having Wi-Fi problems? Your Chromecast device could be to blame

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Google support forums are filling up with complaints from Google Home and Chromecast users that they are experiencing problems with their Wi-Fi connections. With such devices connected to a network, many people are having issues with stability, or finding that their network collapses entirely. Both TP-Link and Linksys have issued patches for their routers, but the problem ultimately lies with the Cast feature of Google Home and Chromecast devices. To start with, it appeared that the problem was only affecting Google Home Max users who were working with a TP-Link Archer router, but it soon transpired that other devices and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Kaspersky reveals details of extraordinarily powerful Android trojan, Skygofree

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Security firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed details of a highly-sophisticated Android trojan that takes advantage of multiple vulnerabilities to gain full control of a device. Skygofree has capabilities that have never been seen in the wild before. In the malware’s arsenal of weapons is the ability to track user location, record audio, connect to attacker-controlled networks, monitor messaging apps, intercept text messages, take photographs, and much more. Kaspersky says its capabilities are “reminiscent of Hollywood spy movies.” See also: Hundreds of fake Android apps have a hidden Coinhive miner Hundreds of Android and iOS apps use your mic to check… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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