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Stealthy Google Play apps recorded calls and stole e-mails and texts

Enlarge (credit: portal gda ) Google has expelled 20 Android apps from its Play marketplace after finding they contained code for monitoring and extracting users’ e-mail, text messages, locations, voice calls, and other sensitive data. The apps, which made their way onto about 100 phones, exploited known vulnerabilities to “root” devices running older versions of…

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Apple discontinues iPod Nano and Shuffle, updates iPod Touch models

(credit: Chris Foresman) You’ll see no mention of the iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle on Apple’s website anymore. Today, the company removed the two media players from its website, and reports suggest the company is discontinuing both devices. A report from Business Insider includes a statement from an Apple spokesperson citing the “simplifying” of the…

Culture & Gaming

AMD Ryzen 3 1300X and 1200: True quad-core CPUs for just $130 and $110

Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) Ryzen 3 1300X and Ryzen 3 1200, AMD’s budget-focused quad-core CPUs, launch today for $130 and $110 respectively. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but don’t expect much change from £120 and £100 respectively. Like the rest of the Ryzen line-up, Ryzen 3 offers more cores compared to a similarly…

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iPhone-maker Foxconn to build flat-screen display factory in Wisconsin

Enlarge / The OLED-toting Google Pixel (left) next to the iPhone 7 Plus’ LCD panel. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Foxconn, one of the electronics manufacturers that makes Apple’s iPhones, is set to reveal plans to build a factory in Wisconsin to product flat-screen displays. Foxconn has been in talks with state governments about investing $7 billion in US…

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USB 3.2 will make your cables twice as fast… once you’ve bought new devices

Enlarge (credit: USB-IF ) If you’ve invested heavily in USB Type-C cables, the USB Promoter Group has some good news for you. The next version of USB, USB 3.2, will double the speed of existing Type-C cables. Cables currently qualified for USB 3.1 generation 1’s 5 Gbps will be able to operate at 10 Gbps;…

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Moto Z2 Force hands-on—Motorola bets the farm on Moto Mods, loses

Remember the Moto Z ? The Lenovo-controlled redesign of Motorola’s flagship smartphone bet the farm on a modular phone idea, and the modular system kind of sucked. The modules were expensive, only worked with brand-new Motorola smartphones, and didn’t offer anything useful over a non-modular version of the same accessory. To limit the effect the bulky modules…

Tech

Elon Musk: Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is “limited”

Enlarge (credit: Bill Pugliano & Justin Sullivan, Getty Images) There aren’t many people in the world who can justifiably call Mark Zuckerberg a dumb-ass, but Elon Musk is probably one of them. Early on Tuesday morning, in the latest salvo of a tussle between the two tech billionaires over the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence,…

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Android O Preview 4 is out—next stop, final release

Enlarge (credit: Google ) Google has just announced the availability of the fourth and final Android O Developer Preview. As usual, the preview is available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, and the Android Emulator. Like the third preview, we’re not expecting much in the way of UI changes…

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Samsung Foundries plans to triple market share in the next five years

Enlarge / Samsung’s chip manufacturing business goes way beyond Exynos. (credit: Samsung) A report from Reuters says Samsung Electronics plans to “triple the market share” of its foundry business over the next five years. Samsung plans to “aggressively add new clients,” with E.S. Jung, head of the Samsung foundry division, telling Reuters, “We want to become…