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Everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 wasn’t a great outing and while the company is well on its way to making up for it, it’s the Galaxy Note 8 that will finally close the book on 2016. We’re expecting that they’re going to want to keep at least a few secrets before the reveal of their Apple-competition handset later this year but… we’ve never really liked the idea of ...[Read More]

25 secret WhatsApp tricks you (probably) didn’t know about

There are over a billion WhatsApp users worldwide right now. The bad news? Your mom has already found her new favourite way to spam you. The good news? You can easily avoid her on the down-low, and that’s just one of the messaging service’s many secret tips you probably don’t know about. From disabling its ‘last seen’ feature to bookmarking messages you don’t want to forget about, there are loads ...[Read More]

After the ‘Facebook Files’, the social media giant must be more transparent

Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery. Internal content guidelines, recently published in The Guardian, offer new insight into the mechanics of Facebook content moderation. The slides show the rules can be arbitrary, but that sh...[Read More]

Can you ever be sure your connected kit is really secure?

Assuming you’re a regular reader of this or other technology news sites your kneejerk reaction to this headline should be “nope”. That’s a good instinct. Because just as new hardware tends to outpace the legislation that governs it, the people and companies behind that hardware tend to prioritise features, functions and time to market over security. With the pace of innovation and the potential pe...[Read More]

Destiny 2: Everything we know so far

Bungie has always said it has a 10-year-plan for Destiny, and now in year three, we have a better sense of where the shooter sensation is headed next. The Destiny 2 full game will be released this September, expanding the Destiny experience with plenty of new worlds, fresh gameplay elements, and more customisation options than ever. It’s the biggest overhaul of the MMO-cum-FPS since the rele...[Read More]

There’s a technology that could stop Facebook Live being used to stream murders – but it has a cost

It took 24 hours before the video of a man murdering his baby daughter was removed from Facebook Live. On April 24, 2017, the father from Thailand had streamed the killing of his 11-month-old baby girl using the social network’s Live video service before killing himself. The two resulting video clips were streamed hundreds of thousands of times before they were finally removed. This was the not th...[Read More]

Light Start — Android Go, a new Surface, Resident Evil reborn, and South Park smells funny

Google’s making Android for low-end phones better with Android Go Here at Stuff we absolutely love getting our hands on the latest phones from the handset powerhouses out to claim our allegiance. As such, we almost never have any issues running Android apps. But we’ve also tested enough entry-level phones to know that that isn’t the case for everyone. Google also knows that stock...[Read More]

The doomsday scenario of malware taking over the world happened last Friday

Last Friday, science fiction became reality. In countless movies about the future terrors of our digital world, doomsday scenarios have ranged from hackers taking over nuclear power stations to siphoning off millions from bank accounts. But on Friday the most improbable of terrible predictions of cybercrime came true. A massive ransomware attack affected over 100 countries, crippling courier giant...[Read More]

How WannaCry caused global panic but failed to turn much of a profit

The recent WannaCry cyber-attack led to panic across the globe, showing just how important it is for organisations to have secure operating systems. This was not even the most sophisticated malware around. Numerous networks could easily cope with it and it largely hit legacy operating systems such as Windows XP. In most corporate infrastructures, there would be no sign of Windows XP – and it seems...[Read More]

Google’s building its own smartphone-free Daydream VR headsets

VR’s great, but it always needs either a really expensive PC or games console, or your own smartphone. You know, the one with the iffy battery life and the cracked screen. Well not any more. Google’s decided it’s removing the phone part of the equation entirely, announcing at Google I/O 2017 that it’s building bespoke headsets that incorporate all its VR tech into one porta...[Read More]

8 new features Android O will bring to your phone

The age of Nougat is over. Google has officially unveiled its new Android O operating system for smartphones and tablets at its I/O conference. Right now, Android O really is meant for developers to start learning from and improving their apps. That means you can download its beta incarnation to an array of Google’s own devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and...[Read More]

Here’s how the ransomware attack was stopped – and why it could soon start again

The ransomware cyber attack that has so far affected around 300,000 computers in 150 countries could have been much worse. In fact, it still could be. The spread of the malicious software (malware), nicknamed WannaCry or WannaCrypt, has been halted several times by researchers who have identified flaws in the program known as kill switches. But cybercriminals are already fighting back by altering ...[Read More]

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