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Google and Microsoft disclose new CPU flaw, and the fix can slow machines down

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ4ISL3u6nuRMJWdlgxUsK Google and Microsoft disclose new CPU flaw, and the fix can slow machines down  The VergeGoogle, Microsoft find another Spectre, Meltdown flaw  CNETResearchers disclose new Spectre exploit variant, but Intel and AMD leave mitigation off by default  TechCrunchFull coverage


The jungle village hooked on their phones


Social media has arrived in this tiny village. Can it bring good as well as bad?


The Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers with Google Assistant

Google Assistant is growing rapidly, getting new features and more smarthome support every day.

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Netflix on Chromecast gets show intro skipping support

Netflix has been pushing out a bunch of relatively minor but welcomed updates over the last couple weeks, not the least of which is newly added support for skipping introductions on shows via Chromecast. The skip intro button has already been made available on most other platforms that support Netflix, such as smart TVs, enabling users to bypass long or … Continue reading


Facebook is killing Snapchat with the format it created

After introducing Stories in 2013, Snapchat’s most prominent feature has really come into its own in the past two years. In 2016, Facebook poked the proverbial bear by making off with Snapchat’s signature feature. Drawing the ire of the internet in the process, it didn’t take long to expand into other Facebook-owned properties, like Instagram and Whatsapp. Now, some 14 months later, Stories has really become a force in the ever-shifting social media landscape. Unfortunately for Snapchat, this didn’t happen on its platform. According to TechCrunch, Facebook now boasts 150 million daily Stories users. Snapchat, on the other hand, has…

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Teen monitoring app TeenSafe exposes thousands of passwords


UK-based security researcher Robert Wiggins has found two exposed TeenSafe servers, leaking the passwords and information of some users of the monitoring service.

TeenSafe is meant to protect teenagers by letting their parents monitor their texts, phone calls, web history, location, and app downloads. The breach was first reported by ZDNet.

According to the report, TeenSafe left two of their servers, which were hosted on AWS, exposed and viewable by anyone. Moreover, the database included information such as the parent’s email address, child’s Apple ID email address, device name, device unique identifier, and plaintext passwords for the teenager’s Apple ID.

So… just about everything.

TeenSafe requires that teenagers abstain from using two-factor authentication so that parents can keep an eye on their activity, making those teenagers even more vulnerable to malicious actors now that their personal information has been exposed.

TeenSafe claims on its website that it encrypts data so that it wouldn’t be accessible in the case of the breach.

According to ZDNet, the server held at least 10,200 records from the past three months containing customer data. The publication also included that some of those records were duplicates and that one of the servers appeared to store test data.

That said, it’s unclear if there are other leaky servers with exposed data yet to be discovered.

TeenSafe says it has more than 1 million parents using the platform.

“We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted,” a TeenSafe spokesperson told ZDNet on Sunday.

We reached out directly to TeenSafe and will update the post if/when we hear back.

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Wicked Botnet Uses Passel of Exploits to Target IoT

The code is integrated with at least three exploits that target unpatched IoT devices, including closed-circuit cameras and Netgear routers.


How to Convert a Microsoft Word Document to a PDF

PDFs are handy for distributing documents so that they’re seen the same way by all parties. Typically, you’ll create documents using another app, and then convert them to PDF. Here’s how to do it for a Microsoft Word document.


Microsoft just bought the key to making Cortana far smarter

Microsoft has acquired Semantic Machines, an artificial intelligence startup which could help Cortana hold more natural dialog with users. The California company has focused its efforts on so-called “conversational AI,” moving beyond the more basic back-and-forth currently supported by the Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa. Right now, talking with one of those virtual helpers could leave you doubting … Continue reading


Inside the animal internet

animal-internet-hero.jpgHalfway across the world, a goat is shivering. You know this because you’ve hooked her up to an accelerometer, which can measure tiny changes in her body movements. You also know the goat’s heart rate, body temperature, how much energy she’s using, w…


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