Chrome 63 is more secure than ever — and uses even more memory

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Google’s Chrome browser has something of a reputation for being memory-hungry. With the released of Chrome 63 this image is not going to be shed — a new security feature increases memory usage even further. The latest desktop version of the browser includes a new Site Isolation feature which launches individual sites — all sites, or a specific list — in sperate processes. While this is something that will be of particular interest to enterprise users because of the added security it brings, it’s something that will appeal to any security-minded user who is willing to shoulder a 10-20 percent… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Huge Janus bug leaves Android apps open to unauthorized code modification

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Researchers from security firm GuardSquare have discovered an Android vulnerability that allows for app code to be edited with affecting the apps’ signature. Dubbed Janus, the vulnerability has massive potential for malicious use, and affects Android 5.0 onwards. The security hole would allow an attacker to tweak an entirely legitimate app to behave maliciously without triggering any security alerts. Although vulnerability CVE-2017-13156 has been patched in December’s Android update, very few people will have access to this security fix. On the plus side, check performed on apps that are submitted to Google Play should mean that anything obtained via official… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Kodi addon site TVAddons to stop proactively checking for piracy

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Justified or not, Kodi has been somewhat synonymous with pirated content. At the heart of Kodi-related controversy are the addons that provide access to such material, and addon site TVAddons constantly finds itself embroiled in things. Having recently announced that it managed to build up 12 million monthly users despite being closed down, TVAddons has now announced a change to the way it operates. While still perfectly happy to comply with the law when it comes to pirated content, the site will now rely on DMCA takedown notices rather than proactively checking for infringments. See also: Back from the dead:… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, and the US gains live sport

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Apple TV users in more than 100 countries now have access to Amazon Prime Video. The arrival of the streaming service means that anyone with an Apple TV 4K or an older model can enjoy a plethora of movies and Prime Original series. On top of this, in the US, the Apple TV app brings live sports to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users. There are already a number of supported sports apps within the Apple TV app, including those from ESPN and the NBA, and more will be added. Prime Video subscribers can manually browse through the programming that’s… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Disqus has been acquired by marketing firm Zeta Global

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Interacting with BetaNews — and countless other websites — means making use of the Disqus commenting system. Today the firm has been acquired by “marketing technology company” Zeta Global. Disqus says that “we still are and will remain the same Disqus that you know and use,” but there will be concerns from users that the company is being taken over by one with a vested interested in marketing and, therefore, user data. Zeta’s press release on the matter is very brief: “Zeta Global today announced it has acquired Disqus, the web’s leading audience engagement platform used by 4 million websites… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: Popular ai.type keyboard leaks personal details of 31 million users

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Third-party Android and iOS keyboard ai-type is at the center of something of a privacy nightmare after a misconfigured database leaked the personal details of more than 31 million of its users. Researchers at Kromtech Security Center discovered an unprotected database had been exposed by developers, revealing incredibly detailed information about its users. The database was found to be freely available for anyone to download, with no password required to access a treasure trove of information. See also: Google updates Safe Browsing rules so apps must warn when they collect personal data UK government to tweak Snooper’s Charter after conceding… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google yanks YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV in Amazon spat

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Google has announced plans to block its YouTube apps from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV as the situation between the two companies stepped up a notch. This is, of course, not the first time this has happened. The bad feeling stems from Amazon’s unwillingness to stock Google products such as Chromecast, Nest and Google Home, and refusing to make its Prime Video service available to uses of Google Cast. Amazon’s use of a “hacked” version of the YouTube app on its hardware has also been a bone of contention. See also: Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Echo Show for… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Yahoo sues Mozilla for breach of contract — so Mozilla counter sues Yahoo

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Mozilla and Yahoo have started a legal spat about the deal that existed between the two companies regarding the use of the Yahoo search engine in the Firefox browser. On December 1, Yahoo fired the first shot filing a complaint that alleges Mozilla breached a contract that existed between the two companies by terminating the arrangement early. In a counter complaint, Mozilla says that it was not only justified in terminating the contract early, but that Yahoo Holdings and Oath still have a bill that needs to be settled. Yahoo’s complaint centers on “breach of contract” and “breach of covenant… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple wins iPad trademark case against Xiaomi Mi Pad

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A court has ruled that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi may not trademark the name Mi Pad in Europe. The name was thought to be too similar to Apple’s iPad, despite there being a difference in pronunciation. The General Court — the second highest court in the European Union — said that consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity of the two names. See also: Apple agrees to cough up for $15 billion Irish tax bill Apple Pay Cash rolls out to iOS 11.2 users in the US Xiaomi has been trying to register the trademark in Europe since… …Continue reading on BetaNews

After a year of silence, VLC for Android is updated with much-needed new features

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When an app goes silent for more than a year, it’s reasonable to assume that it has been killed off — but that’s not the case with VLC. The Android version of the popular media player has been updated to version 2.5 after getting stuck at 2.0 for 13 months. Work has been going on for VLC 3.0, but you would have been forgiven for thinking that the app had just been forgotten about. With the launch of VLC 2.5 there are a number of new features to enjoy including a new dynamic UI, a night mode, and picture-in-picture support… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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