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.
Link: Prisoner’s dilemma: Microsoft can’t break Windows out of its PC jail
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.
Link: Microsoft Office for Android finally gets 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…
Link: Microsoft Office for Android finally gets a dark mode
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.
Link: This ransomware-spreading malware botnet just won’t go away
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
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…
Link: App developers exposed millions of Android users’ data
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
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.
Link: Cyber security specialist shares simple steps for staying safe online
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
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
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
Learn how to sync your local Android device folders that house images and videos with your Google cloud account. Your Android device already does a great job of backing data up to a connected Google Cloud account. Out of the box, it’ll back up photos, videos, configurations, contacts, phone logs, and more.
Link: How to back up photos and videos within specific Android device folders to Google Cloud