Prisoner’s dilemma: Microsoft can’t break Windows out of its PC jail

Microsoft this week finally threw in the towel on Windows 10X, its would-be competitor to ChromeOS. The announcement came roughly 18 months after an October 2019 event where the company showed off the dual-screen Surface Neo device that would have used this Windows spin-off as its operating system.

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Microsoft Office for Android finally gets Dark Mode

Microsoft Office for Android is getting an update. Last year, we remember it finally allowing files to be edited on Android G Suite. We knew the Microsoft Office app could keep it all together and we believe it could do so much more. The latest improvement for the program is Dark Mode. Users have been asking for this feature for the Office app for Android phones and it’s finally here.

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Microsoft Office for Android finally gets a dark mode

Microsoft is finally adding a dark mode to its Office app for Android. While the Office app has been available on iOS and Android for more than a year, only the iOS version has included built-in dark mode support until now.
“It’s been a highly requested feature by many of our customers,” admits…

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This ransomware-spreading malware botnet just won’t go away

The botnet has been known for using old-fashioned worms that spread via removable USB drives and instant messaging apps, began diversifying its infrastructure in recent years to become more resilient and to deliver more dangerous payloads, Microsoft said. The botnet’s geographic targeting for bot distribution and installation expanded, too, it said: more recent activity shows a shift to a more global distribution.

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Microsoft Warns of Data Stealing Malware That Pretends to Be Ransomware

Microsoft on Thursday warned of a “massive email campaign” that’s pushing a Java-based STRRAT malware to steal confidential data from infected systems while disguising itself as a ransomware infection.
“This RAT is infamous for its ransomware-like behavior of appending the file name extension…

Link: Microsoft Warns of Data Stealing Malware That Pretends to Be Ransomware
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App developers exposed millions of Android users’ data

App developers exposed millions of Android users’ data
Mobile app developers potentially exposed the private data of over 100 million Android users, by not following best security practices when integrating third party cloud-services into their applications.
Researchers from Check Point recently…

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Interview with Penta, the mobile banking app 🏦 for small and medium companies by Fintech Germany

By Joern “Joe” Menninger. Welcome to Startuprad.io we cover the German-speaking startup scene since 2015 with our franchise. Since 2019, we eased access to the German-speaking startup scene further with our special interest podcasts Fintech Germany, Blockchain Germany, Deeptech Germany, and German Startup News.

Link: Interview with Penta, the mobile banking app 🏦 for small and medium companies by Fintech Germany
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Cyber security specialist shares simple steps for staying safe online

A ransomware attack forced Waikato District Health Board’s IT and telephone systems offline this week, affecting clinical services across its five hospitals and bringing online security into sharp focus. Meanwhile, a 2020 study by Cybercrime Magazine estimated the cost of cybercrime damages would hit $US6 trillion by the end of this year.

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Opera GX Mobile beta ready for Android, offers custom navigation

The last Opera update we mentioned here was about the integration of a media player and the addition of WebSnap to the browser. That was after the Opera for Android 60 was updated with easier syncing between devices. This 2021, we’re featuring Opera for the first time with some good news. The Opera GX Mobile is now available but only in beta.

Link: Opera GX Mobile beta ready for Android, offers custom navigation
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Top 10 Most Useful Canada Travel Apps

There’s no denying that smartphones and their handy apps have revolutionized travel. Whether it’s booking flights and hotels, navigating new cities and finding parking, or gaining insight on local attractions, phone apps make many aspects of travel much easier. With Canadians aiming to be fully vaccinated by September, the easing of border restrictions will hopefully allow vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter Canada without having to get tested or go through quarantine.

Link: Top 10 Most Useful Canada Travel Apps
via http://www.mappingmegan.com

How your personal data may be exposed by misconfigured mobile apps

That mobile app you’ve been using could be exposing your personal data to the wrong people, not because of the way the app is designed but because of the way it taps into third-party services. As described in a report released on Thursday, cyber threat intelligence firm Check Point Research said it found that poorly configured access to third-party services in mobile apps can expose usernames, email address and even passwords to malicious actors.

Link: How your personal data may be exposed by misconfigured mobile apps
via http://www.techrepublic.com

Google’s making a big change to Android 12 that makes Apple look bad

Google is going to make it easier for Android users to install alternative app stores on their devices. The update, which will roll out with Android 12, will allow third-party stores to install and update apps without requiring user permission. . It would be silly not to ignore the context of what’s happening currently with the Apple vs Epic Games lawsuit.

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