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Android security: First Kotlin-based malware found in Google Play Store

Video: In battle against malware, Google adds Play Protect logo to certified Android devices The first Android malware designed to steal information, carry out click ad fraud, and sign users up to premium SMS services without their permission, written using the Kotlin programming language has been found in the Google …

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YouTube drops Logan Paul from Google Preferred and puts his Originals on hold

YouTube has taken further action against social media star Logan Paul, dropping the vlogger from its Google Preferred program, which is meant to be a mark of trust to signal to advertisers they can rely on these media creators to generate higher-quality content. After Paul posted a video of a …

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Meltdown-Spectre: IBM preps firmware and OS fixes for vulnerable Power CPUs

IBM’s Power Systems hardware needs operating system and firmware patches to be fully protected. Image: Jack Plunkett/Feature Photo Service/IBM IBM has outlined a month-long plan to fix datacenter equipment running on its Power CPUs, which the company has now confirmed are vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU attacks. The …

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Google’s first WorldSense VR headset, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, ships in Q2 for ‘under $400’

We got our first full look at a positionally tracked Daydream headset running Google’s WorldSense technology today. Lenovo unveiled the Mirage Solo headset today, which it hopes to ship in the second quarter of this year. The standalone device will sport a Qualcomm 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64 …

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Google, Lenovo unveil standalone Daydream VR headset

Google and Lenovo on Tuesday at CES 2018 unveiled a Daydream VR headset called the Mirage Solo. A first for the Daydream platform, the Mirage Solo can function standalone, meaning it doesn’t need a smartphone tether by cord or Bluetooth. It also has integrated positional tracking thanks to Google’s WorldSense, …

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Google launches a new directory to help you discover Assistant actions

Google says you can now perform more than a million actions with the Google Assistant. Those range from looking up photos with Google Photos to starting a meditation session from Headspace. But one problem with voice assistants is that it’s very hard to discover which actions you actually can perform. …

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Maven buys HubPages: No future for mom-and-pop publishers

Ari Levy at CNBC writes about HubPages, an independent online publisher being acquired by publisher Maven. HubPages sells to Maven, giving venture investors exit after 12 years Levy writes that the deal won’t make anyone rich but at least employees will keep their jobs and have stock in a publicly …

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Google cancels UK ads from shady rehab clinic referrers already banned in US

Another day, another way tech giants are found to be profiting handsomely from unsavory ad practices. Today brings the news, as reported by the Sunday Times, that Google has reaped “millions” from shady companies that advertise online as help lines for people suffering from addiction, but in reality funnel those …

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CES 2018 pre-show thoughts and attendance plans (MobileTechRoundup show #418)

Kevin and I haven’t seen each other in person for several years, but next week we will both be in Las Vegas for CES 2018. Listen to MobileTechRoundup show #418 to hear what we are taking and planning to see. Image: ZDNet Here comes CES! What we’re taking and going …

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App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017

Global app revenue climbed 35 percent in 2017 to reach nearly $60 billion, according to a new report today from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which measured paid apps, subscriptions, and in-app purchases across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. However, Apple is the one pulling in the most …

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