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Facebook suspends thousands of applications over privacy reasons

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Facebook suspends thousands of applications over privacy reasons

Facebook has suspended thousands of applications from its social networking platform over privacy reasons. The suspended applications were linked with around 400 developers, said Facebook.

The firm came under immense pressure last year after information regarding Cambridge Analytica accessing data of several users without consent came to the fore.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of harvesting data of millions of Facebook users and utilizing it for political advertising purposes.

The US FTC had fined Facebook with $5 billion in July, probably the biggest fine ever imposed upon a company for abusing consumers’ privacy.

What is the reason behind this suspension?

The Cambridge Analytica 2018 scandal tarnished Facebook’s reputation hugely. The firm has since experienced lawsuits as well as international criticism. And so, it is now looking forward to enhancing the firm’s privacy safeguards as well as its image.

As a part of this, Facebook had launched a privacy investigation last year into applications running on its platform. This review helps the firm better understand the abuse pattern and abolish bad acting developers, said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of product partnerships.

What is known about these apps?

Facebook has issued little information on the applications of developers in question. As per a statement, the removal of the applications wasn’t necessarily a sign that they presented any threat to users. Several apps weren’t even live and were in their testing stage still when they were suspended, said Archibong.

In a few cases, developers were even subjected to intense questioning after the suspension. A few apps were completely suspended for reasons which include inappropriate sharing of data collected from Facebook or for making the data available publicly.

An app known as myPersonality was banned as it was found sharing data with companies and researchers with just limited protections. In fact, it even declined to participate in one of the audit rounds, as per Facebook. The review process of the app is still ongoing.

Erin has around 2 years of experience in writing news bulletins for online publications, and she recently joined our team as an Author (Technology). She is a tech geek and has a better understanding of Technology trends and updates. She keeps herself updated about the latest technology happenings around the world. So, she writes technology news bulletins on the website, and apart from writing, she does check all news before publishing for grammar and other things to make sure we have high-quality content on the website. She is in love with Photography and traveling the world. Thus, she has been traveling to many countries and their cities. She loves to explore the tradition and culture of different regions of this world.

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Samsung Announced Galaxy Tab Active Pro: A Handy Tablet for “People Who Work in Industrial Areas”

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Samsung has announced Galaxy Tab Active Pro, for people who work outdoors or in industrial areas. It will be available at a cost of approximately $599.99.

Currently, it is available on Samsung’s channel partners. Samsung revealed to The Verge that it will be available on Samsung.com at some point in the future. Samsung also revealed that the LTE-enabled version will be available on November 15th for $679.99. This version actually works with the four major US Carriers.

Here are the specifications of Samsung Newest Rugged Tablet

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 screen.
  • You can max out the brightness to 550 nits.
  • The tablet includes the S-Pen which is available in the slot on the side of the device.
  • Both the tablet and the S-pen are IP-68 Certified.
  • The device is considerable water and dust resistant.
  • Samsung claims the device to be shock-resistant also, with a MIL-STD 810G certification.
  • Manufacturers say that the screen will sense touch even while wearing “light work gloves,”. This will prove to be handy if you regularly wear gloves in your line of work.
  • The galaxy tab pro has a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 670 processor.
  • It has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. However, you can add up to 512GB external storage using a microSD card.
  • It has a user-replaceable, fast-charging 7,600mAh battery. Samsung claims it will last for up to 15 hours.
  • The tablet has a 13MP back camera and an 8MP front camera.
  • It also has a fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack.
  • It charges over USB- and will work with POGO pin-based accessories like chargers and keyboards.
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Photo editing, gaming apps in Google Play Store hide spyware and bankers

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Photo editing, gaming apps in Google Play Store hide spyware and bankers

Researchers have discovered an array of trojans in Google Play Store which are hiding malicious mysteries.

On Wednesday, antivirus maker Doctor Web announced that these apps were found in September in Google Play and included bankers, downloaders, spyware, and adware.

As per the team, these apps portrayed to be genuine services including photography software, games, photo galleries, and utilities.

After the users downloaded the apps, the malware tried to get different software, a few of them malicious, installed on the phone. The malware followed the instructions it received from the control and command server.

Motorcycle Road 2D is a game discovered to host such a malicious component. The game is presently available for download on Android phones from 3rd-party stores.

As per Doctor Web, the malware from Android. Joker trojan family was found embedded in applications on Google Play Store. It had been embedded in camera plug-ins, image editors and Android security utilities among others.

Cyberhackers selected apps in such categories owing to their popularity among Android users. But, in these instances, Google acted pretty quickly and axed the offensive apps.

As per the team, the malware present in these applications could subscribe users to pricey mobile services without asking for their consent.

To confirm such a subscription, the hackers read verification codes of text messages. Moreover, Android. Joker malware also stole the user’s contact details and transferred them to the hackers.

A banking trojan called Android.Banker.347.origin was also found on the Play Store previous month. The malware targeted Brazilian users and was hidden in Encontre Mais mobile app which reportedly could locate members of the family.

One more banking trojan Android.Banker.352.origin was discovered in the crypto exchange app YoBit. Its aim was to whisk off credentials from users when they logged into their accounts.

Though Google tries to maintain its Android store free from malicious apps, a few of them still pass through its verification procedure. Hence, users should also try to stay safe and secure by going through reviews posted by others.

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3 signs that indicate its time to buy a new laptop

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Everyone wants the greatest and latest results when they purchase new products, be it a new car, television or smartphone. We want similar results from our laptops as well but when should we give in and buy a new laptop? It can get difficult to determine whether your laptop is in its last phase or simply needs some repair. This is the reason why we have listed a few important signs which indicate its time you go laptop shopping.

  • When the laptop slows down:

A slow functioning laptop is majorly an indication of it aging when you do not have any hackers or malware in your device. Laptops generally slow down when multiple apps run at the same time or when their memory begins filling up.

At times, upgrades or repairs to the RAM or CPU may help a toiling laptop regain its speed. In fact, this measure should be taken into consideration before you replace your struggling laptop.

However, if your laptop is slow at a point where it gets difficult to work on it then the repair may end costing you same as one new laptop. As such, it’s best to upgrade and get yourself a brand-new laptop.

  • When the laptop doesn’t support new software updates anymore:

How old is the current laptop you are using? Your laptop should cater to your needs for more than three years from the day you bought it. However, you might find that you cannot receive software updates over time, including your OS (operating system).

The technology in the computer system advances with time and the new software updates need better processing capability to function. It’s possible that these new updates may not arrive on your laptop at all because they need a lot of memory to run.

Your system might be incapable to process these updates at that level. Here, it is best to replace your laptop with a new system which is up-to-date with new software and much faster.

  • When the battery loses charge faster:

Laptop batteries, just like mobile phone batteries, lose out their charge with continuous use. Over time, the battery may even lose its charge retaining capacity. This implies that you will need to charge your laptop often.

There may even come a point where you will have to keep the laptop plugged in at all time to use it. In such a case, you can buy a new battery for your laptop to make it work. However, buying batteries for slip laptops from companies like Apple can make it an expensive venture for you.

But if your laptop still has charging issues when you put a new battery, it could be a sign that it is time to buy a new system. The issue may lie internally in the laptop and the repairs could be a lot expensive or rather impossible even.

Therefore, if your laptop is encountering any of the above signs, you may want to buy a new laptop. However, remember to shop wisely and buy a laptop which meets your needs.

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