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Some Gmail users woke up to find spam sent from their accounts

Apr 23, 2018 - 9:00 AM - by Reverend
On Sunday morning, many Gmail users woke up to find spam in their sent folders. Understandably, many people’s first thoughts were that their accounts were hacked. That does not appear to be the case, however, as some users reported that spam was still being sent from their accounts even after changing their passwords.

“My email account has sent out 3 spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recongnize[sic],” reads a post on the Google help forums. “I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again 2 more times. The subject of the emails is weight loss and growth supplements for men advertisements. I have reported them as spam. Please help, what else can I do to ensure my account isn’t compromised??”

The content of the emails makes it clear that they are spam and include such topics as shady loans, male growth supplements, and other such things.

Several users also reported that the spam emails appear to be linked to Telus, a Canadian telecoms company. The company has said that the emails were not sent from its servers and that it is currently working with its 3rd party vendors to address the issue.

In terms of account security, several users noted that had two-factor authentication on their accounts making it very unlikely that they were hacked.

“My account is totally secured and has no access from anywhere but my PC and my phone,” another user replied. “Along with 2 factor authentication. Still getting these spam emails from ‘myself’, come on google fix it up.”

Fortunately, Google is aware of the issue. In response to a tweet about the topic, Google’s Seth Vargo said that the company’s engineers are working on the problem.

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Sega announces MegaDrive Mini as the iconic console turns 30

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:47 PM - by Reverend
Japanese games developer Sega has unveiled the MegaDrive Mini as it gears up to celebrate the iconic console's 30th anniversary.

In 1988, Sega launched the original MegaDrive, which instantly become a hit with die-hard gamers across the globe. Now, the firm has given the device a refresh to keep the retro brand alive.

According to gaming blog Polygon, the company made the much-anticipated announcement during the weekend at the Sega FES event, which attracted developers and games enthusiasts from around the world.

The company confirmed that the device will first be rolled out to customers in Japan, before making its way to the "US and other territories later this year".

The MegaDrive Mini is essentially a smaller version of the 16-bit Genesis, which is approaching its 30th birthday.

Unfortunately, Sega has not revealed much information about the console. However, it is been confirmed that AtGames will be creating the hardware for the device.

Details may be scarce, but AtGames revealed the console will have "different emulation" and "additional features" compared to the flashback model launched last year.

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'Log In With Facebook' Feature Lets Web Trackers Scoop Data

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:39 PM - by Reverend
Marketing firms may have abused a Facebook Login feature to secretly track users over the internet, according to new research.

The problem involves the "Login with Facebook" function, which—as its name suggests—lets you log into websites with your Facebook credentials rather than having to create separate accounts across the web.

However, researchers at Princeton University claim Facebook Login is susceptible to abuse. They detected online web trackers piggybacking on it to collect Facebook user IDs and email addresses.

"When a user grants a website access to their social media profile, they are not only trusting that website, but also third parties embedded on that site," the researchers said.

Tracking scripts we're found on over 400 websites, which were probably exploiting the Facebook Login feature to help businesses better monetize their users, researchers said.

However, the scale of the problem appears to be relatively small; a list of the affected domains does not contain many mainstream sites. For instance, the second most popular website on the list is an Indonesian newspaper that lets readers log in with their Facebook account.

Nevertheless, the findings underscore the potential for abuse. "This unintended exposure of Facebook data to third parties is not due to a bug in Facebook's Login feature," the researchers said. "Rather, it is due to the lack of security boundaries between the first-party and third-party scripts in today's web."

Facebook is investigating the findings. "Scraping Facebook user data is in direct violation of our policies," the company said in an email on Thursday.

"While we are investigating this issue, we have taken immediate action by suspending the ability to link unique user IDs for specific applications to individual Facebook profile pages, and are working to... [Read More]
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Apple iTunes 12.7.4 (

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:51 PM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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Apr 18, 2018 - 1:43 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD HD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD or Blu-ray as soon as it's inserted into the drive.



(For RedFox AnyDVD HD you need to purchase a RedFox license key, SlySoft licenses are not supported.)

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Google to launch new Gmail design in the coming weeks

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:33 PM - by Reverend
Google is planning to launch a new design for its Gmail web interface soon. In an email to G Suite administrators, obtained by The Verge, the company says the new design will include “several new features” that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. Google promises a “fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web,” with features like Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails, and offline support.

Google isn’t revealing exactly what the new design for Gmail looks like, but the company did recently launch a new design for Google Calendar. The calendar was updated with modern icons, colors, and cleaner event boxes. Overall the design looked a lot more like the mobile app, and it’s reasonable to assume that Gmail itself will be updated in a similar way. Google did radically redesign Gmail for its separate Inbox app back in 2014, but the company has stuck to the original Gmail design so far for its web version.

Google’s Gmail redesign will be available in the coming weeks as an early access program for G Suite customers and personal Gmail accounts. Google is looking to test critical Chrome extensions, to ensure the new Gmail experience is compatible before it’s widely available.

Google confirmed a new Gmail is on the way in a statement to The Verge. “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase),” says a Google spokesperson. “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

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Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arrive April 13

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:54 AM - by Reverend
Add the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to the list of devices you can get in bright red.

Apple on Monday announced that the two 2017 iPhone models will be available in the color later this week. The phones are part of the Product Red program, meaning that a portion of the profits from the sale of the devices goes to the Global Fund, a charitable organization that funds programs that combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Apple, the company has donated more than $160 million since partnering with the Fund in 2006, and is the Fund's largest corporate donor.

The new models have a black front face and a red backside, harkening back to the U2 iPod released back in 2004. By contrast, last year's iPhone 7 Product Red edition had a white face.

The price of the red iPhones are the same to end users as the space gray, white and gold models, which have been available since September 2017. They start at $699, £699 or AU$1,079 for the iPhone 8 and $799, £799 or AU$1,299 for the iPhone 8 Plus.

Instead of a red finish, iPhone X owners will have to settle for a new Product Red version of the folio case ($99, £99 or AU$145). There, the Product Red color gets added to the existing portfolio of six hues.

The red iPhones and case will be available to order as of Tuesday, April 10. Delivery and in-store availability starts Friday, April 13.

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Snapchat brings back its popular reverse chronological order for Stories

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:27 AM - by Reverend
Snapchat’s redesign has been controversial, to say the least. A few months ago, the popular social media app made headlines after throwing users for a loop with its decision to show Stories in an algorithmically sorted feed, rather than chronological order. It appears that Snapchat is now listening to its users’ grievances, and is rolling back the redesign (at least for some users) and instead showing Snapchat Stories in reverse chronological order once again.

When Snapchat first offered up its new look, its CEO Evan Spiegel wrote in, “We are separating the social from the media, and taking an important step forward towards strengthening our relationships with our friends and our relationships with the media.” The idea was that Snapchat would offer its user base more personalized content. That idea, while well conceived, was not particularly well received by everyone.

Snapchat is now taking things back a bit. As originally reported by Techcrunch, some folks are now seeing the reverse chronological ordering of Stories both in the version of the app where there are separate Stories and Chat tabs, as well as the design where there is only Stories and All tabs.

The issue with reverse chronological ordering is that it automatically gives the advantage to users who are frequent Snapchat users. And the benefit to algorithmic sorting is that it has historically helped with social media platforms’ growth. For example, both Instagram and Twitter implemented this sorting technique, and Instagram has been touting that it has eclipsed Snapchat in terms of popularity among users. Indeed, after Snapchat implemented algorithmic sorting, the social media platform saw growth numbers increase.

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