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How to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp Technology 

How to send uncompressed images on WhatsApp

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. WhatsApp is notorious for compressing its images, so that otherwise-beautiful pictures look like they were shot from a generations-old camera phone. I exaggerate only slightly. Luckily there’s an easy way to “trick” WhatsApp into sending a good image without having to download any third-party software or stressing yourself out. The screenshots for this article are for iOS, since I have an iPhone handy, but…

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What is malware? Everything you need to know about viruses, trojans and malicious software Technology 

What is malware? Everything you need to know about viruses, trojans and malicious software

What is malware? Malware is shorthand for malicious software. It is software developed by cyber attackers with the intention of gaining access or causing damage to a computer or network, often while the victim remains oblivious to the fact there’s been a compromise. A common alternative description of malware is ‘computer virus’ — although there are big differences between these types of malicious programs. What was the first computer virus? The origin of the first computer virus is hotly debated. For some, the first instance of a computer virus —…

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New iPhone hacking tool can reportedly access a user’s iCloud data Technology 

New iPhone hacking tool can reportedly access a user’s iCloud data

An Israeli security company with a track record of developing some of the most advanced and sophisticated mobile hacking tools we’ve ever seen has upped the ante considerably. According to a report from the Financial Times, the NSO Group is selling an updated version of its famed Pegasus tool that can not only access information stored on a target’s iPhone or Android device, but even access a user’s information stored in the cloud. As a quick primer, Pegasus was designed to surreptitiously monitor all facets of a user’s device, including…

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FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns Technology 

FaceApp is back and so are privacy concerns

FaceApp, a Russia-based app that applies filters to photos, is having another moment in the spotlight this week. The app first went viral in 2017, but this time it’s catching on because of a filter that makes users look older or younger. As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos. Close research suggests FaceApp isn’t doing anything particularly unusual in either its code or its network traffic, so if you’re worried about FaceApp, there are…

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Bluetooth flaw allows iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch, and more to be tracked Technology 

Bluetooth flaw allows iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch, and more to be tracked

A Bluetooth flaw has been discovered that would allow a bad actor to track a wide range of devices — including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. Other vulnerable devices are laptops and tablets running Windows 10, and Fitbit wearables. Android devices are, however, not at risk … TNW reports on the vulnerability discovered by Boston University researchers. Researchers from Boston University (BU) have discovered a flaw in the Bluetooth communication protocol that could expose most devices to third-party tracking and leak identifiable data […] The vulnerability allows an attacker…

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Instagram will now warn you before your account gets deleted, offer in-app appeals Technology 

Instagram will now warn you before your account gets deleted, offer in-app appeals

Instagram this morning announced several changes to its moderation policy, the most significant of which is that it will now warn users if their account could become disabled before that actually takes place. This change goes to address a longstanding issue where users would launch Instagram only to find that their account had been shut down without any warning. While it’s one thing for Instagram to disable accounts for violating its stated guidelines, the service’s automated systems haven’t always gotten things right. The company has come under fire before for…

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Delete These Banned Apps From Your Android Phone Technology 

Delete These Banned Apps From Your Android Phone

Google recently removed several apps from the Google Play Store after discovering they violated the Play Store terms of service—and, more importantly, could be used as stalkerware. That doesn’t mean they’re deleted from your Android device, though, so now’s a great time to remove them. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, “stalkerware” involves giving a third party access to another user’s device, location data, and other sensitive information. These apps often present themselves as “normal” tracking tools—for employee activity on company phones or your children’s whereabouts (a moral grey area…

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Nasa’S Daunting To-Do List For Sending People Back To The Moon Technology 

Nasa’S Daunting To-Do List For Sending People Back To The Moon

Ahalf-century after landing the first humans on the Moon, NASA is looking to put people back on the lunar surface, but this time the agency has an even more ambitious deadline to meet. The goal is to send humans back to the Moon by 2024, a mere five years from now. NASA has a whole lot more hardware to develop this time — which leaves many wondering if such an extremely ambitious lunar return can be done. NASA’s plan to return to the Moon is called Artemis, and like Apollo,…

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iOS and Android are about to get a bunch of new emoji Technology 

iOS and Android are about to get a bunch of new emoji

Tomorrow is World Emoji Day. Why is there a World Emoji Day? No idea! But it’s tomorrow! To recognize the day, Apple and Google have both shed some light on their plans regarding new emoji coming to their operating systems in the coming months. Both companies are adding around 60 new emoji in all, from cutesie stuff like sloths and otters to important icons of representation. First up, both companies are overhauling their handholding couple emojis so that your emoji people can hold hands with whomever you please, regardless of…

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eBay Crash Sale is happening now and offering rival Prime Day deals Technology 

eBay Crash Sale is happening now and offering rival Prime Day deals

eBay hasn’t been discreet when it comes to its plans for Prime Day 2019 or throwing shade at Amazon. The company said it’s ready with hot summer discounts, deals and doorbusters if its rival can’t handle the heat. “If Amazon crashes (again), eBay will drop even more ‘can’t miss’ deals on things shoppers actually want, including gaming consoles, smart home tech, backpacks, name-brand sunglasses, and more. Stay tuned…” the company said in a press release Friday. Last year, Amazon’s Prime Day hit a speed bump. The mass influx of traffic…

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