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Malware Threats on Macs Outpace Windows For First Time Ever Technology 

Malware Threats on Macs Outpace Windows For First Time Ever

It’s generally accepted that Macs are safer and less malware-prone than Windows PCs. Well, not anymore. A new report says that for the first time ever, Mac-specific threats outpaced PCs by a rate of 2:1 in 2019. The report comes from Malwarebytes, an antivirus software maker. In its 2020 State of Malware Report, the firm says it found the volume of Mac threats increased year-over-year by more than 400 percent. While it attributes some of that number to a larger Mac userbase, the company calculated the number of threats per…

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Instagram now lets you see which accounts you interact with the most and least Technology 

Instagram now lets you see which accounts you interact with the most and least

Instagram has added a feature which lets you sort through the accounts that you’re following by “Most shown in feed” and “Least interacted with.” From there, users can manage their follow status and notifications, or mute an account. “Instagram is really about bringing you closer to the people and things you care about — but we know that over time, your interests and relationships can evolve and change,” the company says. “Whether you graduate, move to a new city, or become obsessed with a new interest and find a community,…

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Delete These Scammy Android Apps That Drove 382M Downloads Technology 

Delete These Scammy Android Apps That Drove 382M Downloads

Whenever we post “delete these apps” stories, we invariably see comments claiming that the malware apps in question are so bizarre and pointless, you’d have to be the dumbest Android user on Earth to download them in the first place (or something to that effect). According to a new report from VPNpro, the Chinese company Shenzhen Hawk appears to have launched 24 different sketchy apps into the Google Play Store that have racked up a total of 382 million downloads. While you might not have been suckered into installing one onto your device,…

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Twitter says bad actors linked users with phone numbers Technology 

Twitter says bad actors linked users with phone numbers

Twitter has revealed a security incident that occurred at the end of last year, where phone numbers were matched to usernames. The company said Monday that a large number of fake accounts exploited its API to access the information. The accounts were suspended immediately. The incident, discovered on Dec. 24, affected users who have a phone number linked to their account, and who have enabled the “let people who have your phone number find you on Twitter” option. To get the numbers, the fake accounts sent large numbers of requests…

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Google may soon let you record phone calls on Android Technology 

Google may soon let you record phone calls on Android

I’m pretty sure most of have wished we could record our phone calls at one point or the other. I often interview people over the phone, and it’s annoying to have to jerryrig a microphone setup. Maybe you want proof of a spam caller’s harassment. Or maybe you just want to give that you want to give your bank a taste of its own medicine and record your conversation for quality assurance. Google’s Phone app, used in Pixel and Android One devices, may soon let you (again). Mishaal Rahman over…

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AT&T will have 15 5G phones in 2020, cover 200 million people by summer Technology 

AT&T will have 15 5G phones in 2020, cover 200 million people by summer

AT&T’s 5G network is currently live for consumers with one phone that only works on its low-band service. As 2020 rolls on expect that number to dramatically change, as Chris Penrose, AT&T’s senior vice president of Advanced Mobility and Entertainment Solutions, told CNET on Wednesday at CES that the company plans to have 15 5G phones this year. Most of the phones will be capable of taking advantage of AT&T’s low-band 5G spectrum as well as its higher-frequency millimeter wave. Additional devices like laptops, tablets and hotspots will also be…

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4 unexpected Google Maps tips that go way beyond directions Technology 

4 unexpected Google Maps tips that go way beyond directions

I use Google Maps practically every day, even though I seldom actually need driving directions. It may not be obvious at first glance, but Google Maps can do a lot more than just get you from Point A to Point B. Beneath all those high-res satellite images and color-coded traffic patterns hides a powerful search tool, loaded with tons of crowd-sourced, real-time data on scores of retail stores, restaurants, professional offices, public parks and practically anywhere else you want to go. Turn-by-turn directions are cool and all, but they’re so…

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How to Find the ‘What Disney Character Are You?” Filter on Instagram Technology 

How to Find the ‘What Disney Character Are You?” Filter on Instagram

If you’ve looked at Instagram Stories over the past week or so you’ve probably noticed at least one friend showing off who they might be if they were a cartoon character. For me, the first one I saw was the “Which Pokemon Character Are You?” filter, followed later by the Disney and Harry Potter iterations. In all three, a box appears above your head when you activate the filter and rotates through a series of options before landing on your fate. If you’ve gone searching for the filters; however, you…

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WhatsApp ending support for Windows phones and other older devices Technology 

WhatsApp ending support for Windows phones and other older devices

The popular cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp is discontinuing support for older Android, iOS and Windows phones. After Dec. 31, WhatsApp will no longer be usable on Windows phones, according to a support FAQ. Android versions 2.3.7 and older and iOS 8 and older will be supported until Feb. 1, 2020. To continue using WhatsApp, the FAQ suggests updating to an Android running OS 4.0.3 or higher, iOS 9 or higher, or select phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 or higher, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2. In addition, the FAQ said that there’s…

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Data, Passwords Easily Extracted From Locked iPhones On iOS 13.3 Technology 

Data, Passwords Easily Extracted From Locked iPhones On iOS 13.3

A Russian cybersecurity company that makes digital forensic tools for law enforcement and business specialists has discovered a way to hack into locked Apple iPhone devices. The method reportedly works on most iPhone models ranging between iPhone 5s and iPhone X. It is also effective on iPhone devices running on iOS 12 through iOS 13.3. The cybersecurity company is called Elcomsoft. It’s newly expanded capability to extract data even on devices running on iOS 13.3, which many claims unlockable, is through the update rolled out on its iOS Forensic Toolkit….

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