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Security firms struggle with Apple iMessage spam

  • 22/08/2014 at 23:08 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple and MalwareThose with Apple devices, both computer and mobile, may have noticed a growing number of spam messages being sent across the board. That is thanks to a vulnerability with iMessage, which allows spammers to easily send their “offers” to any Apple owners.

In a very short time, 30% of all mobile spam has become the domain of spammers using iMessage, the messaging service by Apple. It is a growing problem that has security firms working over time in an attempt to combat it.

According to reports, one particularly aggressive and widespread spam campaign has managed to up mobile spam in particular. All it takes is a little bit of coding and it is being sent off to Apple devices all at once.

These spam messages are usually selling something, such as knockoff designer items and accessories. Anything could potentially be sent, however, such as messages attempting to connect with “contest winners”, or collecting fake debts as a means to mine financial information. The possibilities are as endless as they are with email spam.

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New Android security flaw could lead to stolen financial details

Android LogoA new flaw in Android security could potentially leads to stolen financial and personal details. It is all thanks to a “fake ID” style malware system that can sneak into other apps, undetected.

For some time, Android has been criticized for their lax approach to third-party app security. Fake applications, or those that only claim to provide a service but actually do nothing, have been featured in the past as “top apps” recommended by Google Play.

Now, a much bigger issue has been uncovered. A new form of malware could be using those apps to gain access to your information.

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Microsoft is laying off 18,000 workers and will end Android experiment

MicrosoftMicrosoft has followed up their email on the new productivity focus of the company with a far more alarming set of messages from Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. It looks like a lot of people will be losing their jobs.

Just a few months after taking up Nokia and beginning their own Android experiment, Microsoft is cutting back on funding for the project. That includes the slashing of 18,000 jobs, a massive cut that could begin as early as this week. A full 12,500 of those jobs are coming directly from the merged Nokia workforce.

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Google I/O 2014 Dev Conference Highlights: Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV and Android One

  • 25/06/2014 at 23:30 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google I/O 2014 HighlightsGoogle I/O 2014 Developers Conference kicked off today at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco. With this occasion we found out new things about Android Wear, Android Auto, the further development of Chromecast and Android TV, and a new initiative, Android One.

Integration through your entire day was the focus on today’s presentations at the Google I/O event. The company is hoping to connect your entire life, from when you wake up to when you go to bed at night, with the Android brand experience.

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Facebook introduces Slingshot, latest contender for Snapchat

  • 17/06/2014 at 23:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Slingshot LogoAfter a little sneak peek last week that built the hype, Facebook has officially released their new Slingshot app. The second application to come out of Facebook Creative Labs, it is directly taking on Snapchat using the same concept…with a twist.

Those who have used Snapchat knows how it works. You send a video or photo, add text and send it off to a selection of contacts. They open it when they choose, see it, and can either screencap to save, or let it pass into the ether. It offers a bit of privacy for communication from those who might check your phone.

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Finally! Amazon Prime launches new music service

Amazon Prime MusicAmazon Prime users rejoice! There is now an additional feature with your membership that will allow you to access the site’s music library for free. This adds to the list of services that includes free two-day shipping, free ebook lending, and free movies and TV shows.

Music services are becoming ever more popular. Sites like 8Tracks allow you to listen to user-created playlists. Pandora and IHeartRadio provide live streaming. Now Amazon is trying to muscle in on both, providing access to their music library to stream, as well as offering playlists for members who want to stay within a specific genre.

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Apple unveils iOS 8 and the new Health app at WWDC 2014

  • 03/06/2014 at 00:06 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Apple iOS 8Apple has finally unveiled the much anticipated iOS 8, their latest version of their mobile software. They have claimed it as the biggest iOS release ever, and for good reason, in particular for developers.

In their official press release, Apple named three major features as the biggest changes for the software. These were the new health app, the iCloud Photo Library, and updates to iMessage. While these are sure to impress consumers, developers have a lot more to look forward to when it comes to working with the new iOS.

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