Japan’s Rakuten Is Betting on a Future Without Apps

Rakuten Inc. is betting on a future without apps.The e-commerce company unveiled Rakuten Games on Tuesday, seeking to deliver titles that don’t have to be installed on phones or personal computers. The games can be played on web browsers or within other apps, making it easier for users to play…

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Discovering my inner curmudgeon: A Linux laptop review

Quick refresher: I’m a life-long Mac user, but I was disappointed by Apple’s latest MacBook Pro release. I researched a set of alternative computers to consider. And, as a surprise even to myself, I decided to leave the Mac platform. I chose the HP Spectre x360 13″ laptop that was released after CES 2017, the new version with a 4K display.

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Mobile Apps For Learning: Free eBook – Why Mobile Apps Are The Right Fit For Your Learning Strategy

Using Mobile Apps For Learning
This free eBook Why Mobile Apps Are The Right Fit For Your Learning Strategy is designed to help organizations who are on the lookout for innovative learning strategies to engage learners and enhance employee performance.
As the Chief Learning Strategist for EI…

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via elearningindustry.com

Found: Quite possibly the most sophisticated Android espionage app ever

Researchers have uncovered one of the most advanced espionage apps ever written for the Android mobile operating system. They found the app after it had infected a few dozen handsets. “Pegasus for Android is an example of the common feature-set that we see from nation states and nation state-like groups,” Lookout researchers wrote in a technical analysis published Monday.

Link: Found: Quite possibly the most sophisticated Android espionage app ever
via arstechnica.com

Notorious iOS spyware has an Android sibling

Security researchers have uncovered the Android version of an iOS spyware known as Pegasus in a case that shows how targeted electronic surveillance can be. Called Chrysaor, the Android variant can steal data from messaging apps, snoop over a phone’s camera or microphone, and even erase itself. On Monday, Google and security firm Lookout disclosed the Android spyware, which they suspect comes from NSO Group, an Israeli security firm known to develop smartphone surveillance products.

Link: Notorious iOS spyware has an Android sibling
via http://www.pcworld.com

Microsoft cuts Azure L-Series VM prices by up to 69%

Microsoft today announced that it’s cutting the prices of one type of virtual machines (VMs) that people can rent out from the Azure public cloud. Effective April the L-Series of VMs, which offer up to 5.6TB of storage on solid-state drives (SSDs), cost 60-69 percent less than before, Brian Hillger, senior director of business planning in Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, wrote in a blog post.

Link: Microsoft cuts Azure L-Series VM prices by up to 69%
via venturebeat.com