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(credit: UCR Today) Researchers have uncovered a new type of Android adware that’s virtually impossible to uninstall, exposes phones to potentially dangerous root exploits, and masquerades as one of thousands of different apps from providers such as Twitter, Facebook, and even Okta, a two-factor authentication service. The researchers have found more than 20,000 samples of …

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Enlarge/ The new Apple TV and Siri Remote. (credit: Andrew Cunningham) When you update a piece of technology after leaving it essentially untouched for three years, the changes are bound to be big. That’s certainly true for the fourth-generation Apple TV, the first significant update to Apple’s “hobby” project since early 2012. Where the old …

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Enlarge How much would you pay for a good pair of headphones? $50? $200? How about $55,000? Sennheiser, purveyor of all things high-end audio, has released an update to its legendary Orpheus headphones, which combine an electrostatic set of cans with a valve pre-amp clad in solid marble. The company claims this results in an …

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Enlarge/ A sampling of third-party data sharing by Android apps. Images for iOS apps looked similar. (credit: Technology Science) Apps in both Google Play and the Apple App Store frequently send users’ highly personal information to third parties, often with little or no notice, according to recently published research that studied 110 apps. The researchers …

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(credit: Valentina Palladino) Most Wi-Fi security cameras follow a simple formula: sleek pieces of hardware, motion and sound detection features, a mobile app where a live stream can be watched, and a subscription platform that lets you choose the footage you want to keep. Netatmo, a company that launched in 2011 with a connected “weather station,” …

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The digital Google Store. According to a report from Crain’s New York Business, Google has scrapped plans for a flagship retail store in New York City. Google leased the 5,442 square foot space in New York’s SoHo district and apparently spent $6 million renovating the building in preparation for the first-ever standalone Google Store, but now it plans to sublease the …

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“Smart Reply” generates three responses and sticks them at the bottom of the screen. (credit: http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/11/computer-respond-to-this-email.html) Google Inbox, Google’s new-age e-mail client that lives alongside Gmail, can now respond to messages for you. The feature is called “Smart Reply,” and for e-mails that only need a quick response, Inbox will generate three short replies you can …

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(credit: Google/Ron Amadeo) A recent report from The Wall Street Journal claimed that Chrome OS and Android are merging. The Journal said that Chrome OS would be “folded into” Android—a move that would have big implications for both OSes. There have been a lot of follow-up reports from all over the Internet, so before we get all speculative, let’s round up …

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(credit: DJI) Drone manufacturer DJI today unveiled the Manifold, an embedded computer for drones that offers more powerful hardware and runs on Ubuntu Linux. “Designed for developers, the Manifold’s built-in Ubuntu operating system supports CUDA, OpenCV, and ROS,” DJI said. “It is ideal for research and development of professional applications. The Manifold can natively run …