Google Assistant gains ‘Hey, Google’ support on a range of Android devices

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/hey-google-rollout/ Voice control of computers and smartphones is becoming increasingly common, and for Android users a new option is opening up. Previously only available on Nexus and Pixel devices, support for the “Hey, Google” trigger is rolling out to more handsets. This gives Android users … Read more

Windows 10 included a password manager complete with massive password-stealing potential

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/windows-10-keeper-vulnerability/ Microsoft has been bundling a password manager that features a dangerous flaw with some versions of Windows 10, a Google security researcher has revealed. Tavis Ormandy noticed that his copy of Windows 10 included Keeper, which he had previously found to be injecting privileged … Read more

Patreon scraps plans to introduce new charges, and apologizes to users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/16/patreon-pricing-change/ Artists’ and creators’ platform Patreon has scrapped controversial plans to introduce a new pricing structure after a vocal backlash from users. The site — used by many artists and creators to raise money — had planned to add a service charge to pledges placed … Read more

Facebook adds Snooze button to silence irritating friends, pages and groups

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/16/facebook-snooze-button/ If you’re friends with someone on Facebook it should mean that you’re interested in hearing about what they have to say and see what they have to share. But at the same time, it’s likely you’ve been extremely annoyed by the incessant stream of … Read more

TVAddons: Streaming through Kodi addons protects you from malware and cryptocurrency miners

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/tvaddons-kodi-addon-are-great/ Kodi has been the subject of controversy for some time, and addon repository TVAddons has, in particular, been criticized from many quarters. Having recently announced that it will no longer proactively check for pirated content, TVAddons is suggesting that there’s a very good reason to … Read more

Your HP laptop may be harboring a secret keylogger in Synaptics touchpad drivers

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/13/hp-laptop-keylogger/ If you have an HP laptop, there’s a reasonable chance that you have an keylogger installed. The tool is embedded in Synaptics touchpad drivers. Before you start panicking too much, it’s worth noting that the keylogging capabilities of the tool are disabled by default, … Read more

Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky software

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/13/trump-bans-kaspersky-software/ The distrust — at least publicly — that the US shows for Russia is well-known. Following concerns about potential espionage from the Kremlin, the government has banned the use of Kaspersky software on its systems. This ban has now been cemented into law as … Read more

Warning: if you remove the Apple Pay Cash app, it’s not obvious how to get it back

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/13/reinstall-apple-pay-cash/ The Apple Pay Cash ‘app’ is built in to iOS, so you might well expect that it would be locked in place, completely un-uninstallable. But that’s not the case. In fact, you can remove — or at least hide — the app, but you will … Read more

Twitter introduces new ‘threads’ feature for easier tweetstorms

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/13/twitter-threads/ It’s just over a month since Twitter doubled the maximum possible length of tweets to 280 characters — but this was not enough for many people. But rather than further increasingly the length of tweets, the site has instead introduced another feature users have … Read more

Chrome 63 is more secure than ever — and uses even more memory

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/09/chrome-63-site-isolation/ Google’s Chrome browser has something of a reputation for being memory-hungry. With the released of Chrome 63 this image is not going to be shed — a new security feature increases memory usage even further. The latest desktop version of the browser includes a … Read more

Huge Janus bug leaves Android apps open to unauthorized code modification

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/09/android-janus-security-vulnerability/ Researchers from security firm GuardSquare have discovered an Android vulnerability that allows for app code to be edited with affecting the apps’ signature. Dubbed Janus, the vulnerability has massive potential for malicious use, and affects Android 5.0 onwards. The security hole would allow an … Read more

Kodi addon site TVAddons to stop proactively checking for piracy

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/09/tvaddons-dmca-kodi/ Justified or not, Kodi has been somewhat synonymous with pirated content. At the heart of Kodi-related controversy are the addons that provide access to such material, and addon site TVAddons constantly finds itself embroiled in things. Having recently announced that it managed to build … Read more

Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, and the US gains live sport

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/06/amazon-prime-video-apple-tv/ Apple TV users in more than 100 countries now have access to Amazon Prime Video. The arrival of the streaming service means that anyone with an Apple TV 4K or an older model can enjoy a plethora of movies and Prime Original series. On … Read more

Disqus has been acquired by marketing firm Zeta Global

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/06/zeta-global-acquires-disqus/ Interacting with BetaNews — and countless other websites — means making use of the Disqus commenting system. Today the firm has been acquired by “marketing technology company” Zeta Global. Disqus says that “we still are and will remain the same Disqus that you know … Read more

Privacy: Popular ai.type keyboard leaks personal details of 31 million users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/06/ai-type-personal-data-leak/ Third-party Android and iOS keyboard ai-type is at the center of something of a privacy nightmare after a misconfigured database leaked the personal details of more than 31 million of its users. Researchers at Kromtech Security Center discovered an unprotected database had been exposed … Read more

Google yanks YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV in Amazon spat

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/06/google-pulls-youtube-from-amazon-echo-show-fire-tv/ Google has announced plans to block its YouTube apps from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV as the situation between the two companies stepped up a notch. This is, of course, not the first time this has happened. The bad feeling stems from Amazon’s … Read more

Yahoo sues Mozilla for breach of contract — so Mozilla counter sues Yahoo

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/06/yahoo-mozilla-legal-action/ Mozilla and Yahoo have started a legal spat about the deal that existed between the two companies regarding the use of the Yahoo search engine in the Firefox browser. On December 1, Yahoo fired the first shot filing a complaint that alleges Mozilla breached … Read more

Apple wins iPad trademark case against Xiaomi Mi Pad

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/xiaomi-mi-pad-ipad-trademark/ A court has ruled that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi may not trademark the name Mi Pad in Europe. The name was thought to be too similar to Apple’s iPad, despite there being a difference in pronunciation. The General Court — the second highest court … Read more

After a year of silence, VLC for Android is updated with much-needed new features

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/vlc-for-android-2-5/ When an app goes silent for more than a year, it’s reasonable to assume that it has been killed off — but that’s not the case with VLC. The Android version of the popular media player has been updated to version 2.5 after getting … Read more

Apple agrees to cough up for $15 billion Irish tax bill

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/apple-irish-tax-bill/ Apple is just one of many technology companies whose tax arrangements in Europe have been criticized. Like other firms, Apple made use of Ireland to help reduce its tax bills, and this is something that the European Commission took exception to. Last year the … Read more

Apple Pay Cash rolls out to iOS 11.2 users in the US

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/apple-pay-cash-rollout/ Over the weekend, Apple pushed out iOS 11.2 a little earlier than planned to address a crashing problems affecting iPhone users. The update included a non-functioning version of Apple Pay Cash, but now Apple is flicking the switch to activate the new payment options. … Read more

Windows Update in Windows 7 starts throwing up 80248015 error

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/05/windows-7-windows-update-80248015-error/ Despite Microsoft’s aggressive pushing of Windows 10, Windows 7 remains staggeringly popular. A growing number of users are currently reporting an issue with Windows Update at the moment  — specifically error 80248015. The full error message reads: “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, … Read more

Now you can stream Neil Young’s entire back catalog for free

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/neil-young-archives/ The massively prolific Neil Young has just made his entire musical back catalog available to stream free of charge. Obsessed with audio quality — you might well remember Young’s Pono music player and streaming service, as well as his hatred of the MP3 format … Read more

Facebook launches Messenger Kids for under-13s

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/facebook-messenger-kids/ In a move that’s likely to raise a few eyebrows, Facebook today opened up its messaging platform to children under the age of 13. A new app, Messenger Kids, is now available in the US for iOS users. The app is currently available as … Read more

UK and EU to expand Bitcoin regulation to combat money laundering and tax evasion

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/04/eu-uk-bitcoin-regulation/ Following concerns that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are being used for not only tax evasion but also money laundering, governments in the UK and across Europe are planning to introduce new regulatory measures. One of the key proposals will bring to an end the … Read more