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

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, …

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Huge Janus bug leaves Android apps open to unauthorized code modification

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 …

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Kodi addon site TVAddons to stop proactively checking for piracy

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 …

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

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 …

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Disqus has been acquired by marketing firm Zeta Global

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Apple wins iPad trademark case against Xiaomi Mi Pad

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 …

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

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 …

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