Police in India arrest four over Game of Thrones leak

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HBO has had something of a rough time of things lately, suffering not only a hack that led to a series of leaks, but also a Game of Thrones leak via a distribution partner. Police in India have now arrested four people in connection with the leak of the episode The Spoils of War. Shortly after the leak occurred, HBO’s distribution partner Star India admitted it was the source of the episode. Now three employees and one former employee of Prime Focus Technology — a company which processes Game of Thrones ready for streaming on Hotstar — are being questioned… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook expands Marketplace across Europe

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Looking to compete with the likes of eBay and Craigslist, Facebook’s Marketplace serves as a place for people to go to buy and sell locally. Following on from success in the US, UK, Australia and other countries, the social network is expanding the exchange further into Europe. In total, Facebook’s Marketplace is spreading to 17 European countries, meaning that it is now available in a total of 24 countries. The expansion means that people living in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland now have access to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Leaked memo shows high return rate for Surface devices, and Microsoft’s image-improvement plans

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When Consumer Reports announced that it was dropping its “recommended” status from Surface devices, Microsoft was quick to defend itself. While the software giant disagreed with the move, saying it doesn’t believe the “findings accurately reflect Surface owners’ true experiences or capture the performance and reliability improvements made with every Surface generation,” a leaked internal memo shows high return rates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book. While it’s certainly true that return rates have dropped over time, the information contained in the memo goes some way to explaining the decision taken by Consumer Reports. The memo also shows that… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google is testing Material Design in Google Calendar for the desktop

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Despite the age of its Material Design, Google is being surprisingly slow in rolling out the look to its products. While the UI is found pretty much universally in Android apps, the appearance on the desktop is happening at a rather more leisurely pace. Chrome 59 sees the appearance of Material Design, and now Google is testing the look in the desktop version of Google Calendar. The design is undergoing testing through Google’s Trusted Tester program, but images have leaked out giving us a glimpse of what’s to come. Over on Reddit, a user called xDawnut has shared a series… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Opera kills off its free VPN, Opera Max

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Opera Max — the free data-saving VPN tool from the team behind the Opera web browser — is being killed off. The app has been removed from Google Play with immediate effect, and there will be no more updates. Opera is not really giving a reason for the sudden decision other that the fact that Opera Max had “a substantially different value proposition than our browser products.” The announcement will come as bad news for anyone who had come to rely on Opera Max to keep their data usage in check, particularly when traveling. It’s a similar idea to the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google buys health monitoring startup Senosis Health

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Google’s latest acquisition is Senosis Health, a Seattle-based startup focused on monitoring and diagnosing health conditions via mobile phones. This is not Google’s first venture into the world of health, but it could signify its next big step. Senosis Health, founded by Shwetak Patel, has transformed regular smartphones into medical devices that can be used to monitor everything from jaundice in babies to chronic respiratory diseases. The aim is to do as much as possible without the need for extra, specialist equipment. Senosis Health has even devised an app — HemaApp — which can measure hemoglobin levels using nothing more… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Hackers leak more HBO episodes — but Game of Thrones is left in the cold this time

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HBO continues to feel the fallout from the recent hack it suffered. We have seen leaks of episodes and scripts from Game of Thrones, and the network allegedly tried to offer the hackers a “bug bounty” to stop the leaks. The offer did not work, and the leaks continue. Episode five of Game of Thrones season seven may have aired last night (meaning today will undoubtedly see a flurry of downloads from torrent sites), but the hit show has been let of the hook in the latest batch. This time, it is episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and other shows… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Bitcoin breaks $4,000

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The price of Bitcoin continues to rise, with the cryptocurrency now trading at over $4,000. It’s only a matter of days since the price set at record when it passed $3,500, but this has now been broken already. The surge has been driven by Japanese interest in the currency, and trading currently stands at just under $4,200. After something of a wobbly period, the rise in Bitcoin has been fuelled by investors seeing it as a quick way to make a healthy return. The recent creation of Bitcoin Cash did not kill off the cryptocurrency in the way some feared.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy warning: Android apps infected with SonicSpy spyware can record audio

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Security researchers from Lookout are warning about raft of spyware-infected apps that have been found in Google Play. Seemingly connected to Iraq, more than a thousand apps hve been found to include SonicSpy spyware. The spyware is embedded in a variety of legitimate-looking apps, such as messaging tools based on Telegram. One such example is an app called Soniac which was found to be capable of not only recording audio and retrieving contacts, but also taking photos and gathering phone logs. Lookout warns that SonicSpy is sneaky, and tries to hide from users to avoid detection. The first time the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

No more major updates to OnePlus 3 and 3T after Android O

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Following on from the launch of the OnePlus 5, owners of previous generation handsets from the Chinese company may well have been wondering how much more support they can expect. In an interview published on the OnePlus forums, the company’s head of product has revealed all. Oliver Z says that OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners will not see any more major updates after Android O is released. If you were hoping to see Android P, you’re out of luck. This is going to be hard for some OnePlus fans to take; while it means the handsets will have been… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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