Google adds DRM to Android APKs to verify the authenticity of apps from Google Play

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DRM is something that’s usually associated with streaming music and video, but there’s no reason that it can’t be put to other uses. Proving this, Google has started using a form of DRM to improve app security by verifying that APKs originate from the Play Store. It’s a system that works much like signed drivers in Windows. The aim is simple: to improve the security of Android users by ensuring that they are using genuine apps that have not been tampered with in any way. Google is not referring to the new system as DRM, saying instead that it is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Don’t panic! Hackers have not found a way to bypass the iPhone passcode limit

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Enter the wrong passcode into an iPhone and you’ll not only be denied access to it, but also run the risk of wiping its contents if you enter an incorrect code too many times. This is a problem faced by law enforcement agencies when they encounter iPhones in the cases they’re working on — as well as people trying to hack into phones for nefarious purposes — so it’s little wonder that hackers are constantly trying to find a way to earn unlimited guesses at passcodes. One hacker thought he had cracked it. Security researcher Matthew Hickey proudly boasted at… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft has the patent for a thinner, re-designed USB-C connector

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It is a slow process, but USB-C is gradually becoming more and more popular — although it’s a long way from ubiquity yet. Ready to rock the boat a little, it has emerged that Microsoft holds a patent for a redesigned USB-C connector. The patent is not brand new, but Microsoft’s May 2017 filing for an “Ultra-Thin USB-C Connector” has juts come to light. While the redesign is hardly going to set the world on fire, it’s the sort of thing we could well expect to see in a refresh Surface lineup. The patent was first spotted by Windows Latest… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Got a MacBook or MacBook Pro with sticky keys? Apple has a free service program for you

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For some time, a number of MacBook or MacBook Pro users have complained about problems with their keyboards — specifically that keys either stop working completely, fall off, or become “sticky”, resulting in repeated characters. Now, after two years of complaints and a lawsuit about the butterfly mechanism in its keyboards, Apple has finally acknowledged that there is a problem. The company has also launched a keyboard service program so those affected by the problem cane get it addressed, free of charge. See also: Bricked iPhones with ‘Error 53′ just cost Apple $6.7 million in Australia Apple will automatically share… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google Account revamped — increased transparency and new security and privacy options

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Google has unveiled a new look for users’ accounts, making information clearer, improving transparency and adding new options. To make it easy to find information, Google has added a search function and there’s also a cleaner look to aid navigation. Building on the previous update to Security Checkup, your Google account now also highlights settings you can change to improve your security. See also: Google launches Podcasts app for Android Google updates Android Messages so you can send texts from the web Google enters ‘strategic partnership’ with China’s JD.com The rejigged look means that it is now easier than ever… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns over relationship with employee

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Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, has resigned after it came to light that he was in a relationship with an employee. Shares in the company dropped 1.3 percent at the news. Although the relationship was entirely consensual, it was deemed to be a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy which managers must abide by, and it has been brought to light in the context of the #MeToo movement. The current chief financial officer, Robert Swan, is to become interim CEO until a full-time replacement can be found. See also: CVE-2018-3665: Floating Point Lazy State Save/Restore vulnerability affects Intel chips Spectre… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft acquires machine learning and AI startup Bonsai

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Seeking to strengthen its artificial intelligence arsenal, Microsoft has announced an agreement to acquire San Francisco-based AI startup Bonsai. Bonsai already had Microsoft links, having been set up back in 2014 by two former Microsoft engineers, Mark Hammond and Keen Browne. The company specializes in “deep reinforcement learning” which can be used to teach autonomous systems within simulations, and the company sees this tying in with Azure. See also: Gamers waiting for virtual reality on Xbox are out of luck Satya Nadella speaks out against ‘cruel and abusive’ border policy and explains Microsoft’s involvement with ICE Microsoft issues statement distancing… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Gamers waiting for virtual reality on Xbox are out of luck

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Backtracking on what it said last year, Microsoft has announced that it has no plans to bring either virtual reality or mixed reality experiences to its Xbox console. Back in March 2017, the company had said that it wanted to bring MR to Xbox users, but now it seems to have changed its mind. Microsoft has not really given any reason for the change of heart, but it has not given up completely on VR or MR. See also: Satya Nadella speaks out against ‘cruel and abusive’ border policy and explains Microsoft’s involvement with ICE Microsoft issues statement distancing itself… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Alexa for Hospitality brings Amazon’s digital assistant to hotel rooms

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Not content with infiltrating people’s homes with its range of Echo devices, Amazon is now looking to elbow its way into hotels with Alexa for Hospitality. Amazon has struck a deal with Marriott International that will see the introduction of Echo devices into rooms. Guests can use these to play music, contact reception and get information about the hotel — and both Amazon and guests alike will be hoping there won’t be a repeat of the recent privacy slip up that resulted in an Echo recording and sharing someone’s conversations. See also: Amazon Echo secretly records couple’s conversation… and then… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Satya Nadella speaks out against ‘cruel and abusive’ border policy and explains Microsoft’s involvement with ICE

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has publicly shared an email he sent to employees, in which he speaks out against current US immigration policy. Describing the separating of children from their families as “cruel and abusive”, he stresses that while Microsoft does work with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the work amounts to support for “legacy” services and is in no way related to child separation. The president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, also used a blog post to set out the company position on the matter. See also: Microsoft issues statement distancing itself from ICE’s separation of children from parents… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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