Has your iPhone started crashing in iOS 11.1.2? You’re not alone… and there’s a fix

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Today is December 2, and some iPhone users have found that their phones are constantly crashing. A problem with iOS 11.1.2 means that repeated crashed have been triggered by notifications from 12.15 this morning. Apple is not only aware of the problem, but has already issued an update that addresses the issue. Here’s what you need to know. See also: Google faces class action lawsuit for gathering personal data from millions of iPhone users Authorities serve Apple with a warrant to access the Texas shooter’s iPhone SE Security: macOS High Sierra bug lets you log in as ‘root’… without a… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google reveals the biggest apps, games, movies, songs and books of 2017

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As we approach the start of a new year, the inevitable “best of” lists are starting to crop up. Never one to miss a trick, Google has released its own top five lists for 2017. The lists cover the US, and there are a few obvious names taking the top spots — Super Mario Run is unsurprisingly shown to be the most popular game, while Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and It make appearance high in the movie and book charts respectively. But in addition to the top five new apps, new games, streamed songs, movies, TV shows and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Sneaky websites continue to mine cryptocurrency even after you close them

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With the massive rise in popularity — and value — of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, it’s little wonder that people are seeking out ever more imaginative and sneaky ways to mine coins without having to invest in dedicated hardware. Websites that mine for cryptocurrency in the background, making use of visitors’ CPU time, are nothing new — the Pirate Bay has been caught red-handed, for instance, using a Monero miner in the form of the Coinhive JavaScript Miner. But now researchers have discovered that some websites are using a drive-by mining technique that allows them to continue cryptomining even after… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: UK government to tweak Snooper’s Charter after conceding it is illegal in its current form

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The highly controversial Snooper’s Charter — also known as the Investigatory Powers Act — is, the government has been forced to admit, illegal under European law in its current form. The Brexit process may well be underway, but at the moment, the UK is still subject to EU law. As such, the government is making changes to the law. While the tweaks will not change the level of surveillance people are subjected to, they will restrict who has automatic access to that information. Last year the government was forced into trying to defend the indiscriminate gathering of data and making… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google bans most Android apps from displaying lockscreen ads

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It is near impossible to avoid ads these days, but Google has just introduced a new policy that makes at least one area of your smartphone a safe haven. The new policy means that most apps will no longer be permitted to display ads on the lockscreen. But while this is something that will please Android users, it’s not something that the company has really trumpeted. So what’s with the “most” caveat? Google says that apps that happen to make use of the lockscreen to display information or provide access to features and settings of that app are not permitted… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google faces class action lawsuit for gathering personal data from millions of iPhone users

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A group going by the name Google You Owe Us is taking Google to court in the UK, complaining that the company harvested personal data from 5.4 million iPhone users. The group is led by Richard Lloyd, director of consumer group Which?, and it alleges that Google bypassed privacy settings on iPhones between June 2011 and February 2012. The lawsuit seeks compensation for those affected by what is described as a “violation of trust.” Google is accused of breaching UK data protection laws, and Lloyd says that this is “one of the biggest fights of my life.” Even if the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google launches Datally for Android, a tool to monitor and control mobile data usage

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For many people — particularly in certain parts of the world — mobile data is an expensive commodity. If you’re someone who likes to keep an eye on exactly what’s using up all of your allowance — and take control of it — Google’s new Android app, Datally, can help. Datally has been designed to not only reveal which apps are using up data, but to provide a way to rein it in. Formerly known as Triangle whilst in beta, the app lets you block background data usage on a per-app basis, and makesit much easier to access data-related settings.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook may start using selfies to verify logins

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Some Facebook users have reported that the social network is asking them to upload a selfie as a means of verifying their identity. It seems that the company is testing out a new form of captcha as it asks that you “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face.” Just like Facebook’s recent idea that users could protect themselves against revenge porn by uploading naked images of themselves, the test is likely to raise concerns about privacy. See also: Microsoft to drop Facebook login from Skype If you send nudes to Facebook for revenge porn protection, the photos… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft Edge beta for Android gains password syncing and more

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Microsoft has just given mobile users a more compelling reason to use Edge as their web browser — and heaven knows one was needed. The latest update to the mobile browser brings a genuinely useful feature: password syncing. The announcement that Edge was coming to Android and iOS came somewhat out of the blue, and now it seems that Microsoft is intent on making it a real contender for the mobile browsing crown. Password syncing is the headline addition to the browser, but it’s not the only thing that’s new. See also: Download Microsoft Edge preview for Android Microsoft Edge… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Security: macOS High Sierra bug lets you log in as ‘root’… without a password

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If you thought that you needed a password to access a password-protected Mac, think again. A massive security hole has been discovered in macOS High Sierra that makes it possible to log in with admin rights without the need to provide a password. The problem appears to be specific to High Sierra, and the ease with which it is possible to gain unfettered access to a system has many people — understandably — concerned. Logging in with administrator rights requires little more than entering root as the username, and leaving the password field empty. It really is that simple. While… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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