Google Continues To Battle With Malware In Play Store

In recent months, Google has taken steps to tighten up its processes so that fewer poisoned apps find their way into the Google Play Store.  In addition to that, the company has stepped up its efforts to ruthlessly track down and remove malicious apps whenever and wherever they are found.  By most accounts, that effort has been successful. Sadly, it …

Are Graphics Processing Units Vulnerable To Hacker Attacks?

Bad news for computer users everywhere.  Researchers at the University of California in Riverside have discovered that GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) are vulnerable to side-channel attacks like Spectre and Meltdown, which have been plaguing Intel CPU’s for the better part of a year. The team, (consisting of two computer science professors and two PhD students) reverse-engineered an Nvidia GPU and …

Fraudulent Payments Are Hurting Venmo And Its Users

The mobile payment platform Venmo (owned by Paypal) has a fraud problem.  That’s not exactly new.  The company has struggled with fraud issues for a long time, but recently, things have gotten out of control.  According to the Wall Street Journal, the company reported losses of $40 million in just the first three months of 2018, and there’s no end …

Officials Want To Know If Wireless Carriers Are Throttling Video

Remember earlier this year when net neutrality got killed off and everybody said it wouldn’t matter? Well, it seems it might have mattered after all. Recently, three US Senators sent letters of inquiry to four wireless carriers. They are investigating allegations that the carriers have been throttling (slowing down) video services or Skype video calls. The allegations stem from recent …

Most Travelers Are Oblivious To Security Risks During Travel

Over the course of the holiday season this year, more than half of the working adults in the United States will be traveling with one or more of their work devices. Unfortunately, only a tiny fraction of those fully appreciate the data security risks inherent in travel, which is a grim reality that could put your company and its data …

FCC Increasing Wireless Spectrum For More Bandwidth Options

The wheels of government bureaucracy turn slowly, but they do turn. Currently, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is slowly pressing forward with an expansion of the available spectrum, on a quest to increase bandwidth for connected devices. Given the explosion of smart devices that has seen the Internet of Things (IoT) become the fastest-growing segment of the internet, it’s not …

Having Issues With Your iPhone X Touchscreen?

If you own an iPhone X and have been experiencing problems with the touch responsiveness of your display, you’re not alone.  Apple has acknowledged that faulty components in an unspecified number of iPhone X’s may cause the display module to fail.  In response, they’ve launched a new program to replace affected screens for free. If you’ve been experiencing any issues …

Are Banner Ads Coming To Some Windows 10 Apps Soon?

Given how unpopular ads are, you wouldn’t think that Microsoft would be experimenting with ways of displaying more of them. Unfortunately, that’s the direction the company is headed. Currently, members of the Windows Insiders test group can see ad banners in both the Mail and Calendar apps.   Microsoft already allows third-party ads in Outlook.com for non-Office 365 subscribers, Microsoft …

Target’s Twitter Gets Hacked And Hackers Post A Scam Tweet

Target is the latest company to fall victim to a simple but effective Twitter-Bitcoin scam.  The scam is about as straightforward as it gets:  A tweet gets sent out by a well-respected brand or prominent individual.  It contains a link which is likely to be clicked on, given that it’s from a prominent individual or well-respected brand. The page at …

Facebook Will Roll Out Unsend In Messenger Soon

For more than a year, Facebook has been working on an important update to their Messenger service that will give users the ability to “unsend” messages in conversations you’ve had with others. This means permanently deleting them from both your record of the conversation and theirs. On the face of it, that sounds amazing. If it was as amazing as …