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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.

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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‘Star Trek: Voyager’ gets an unofficial 4K remaster thanks to AI

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'Star Trek: Voyager' gets an unofficial 4K remaster thanks to AI

As with Deep Space NineStar Trek: Voyager is unlikely to ever get an official high-resolution remaster. The effects were shot on video rather than added to film after the fact, making it much harder to upgrade the quality than it was for The Next Generation. However, an unofficial project might get relatively close. Series fan Billy Reichard has started processing Voyager with a machine learning program that upgrades that ’90s era image quality as much as possible. You won’t forget that the show was made for tube TVs given the aspect ratio, but the AI is surprisingly effective — it produces something you probably wouldn’t mind watching on an idle afternoon if you’re a Star Trek devotee.

The effort is time-consuming at about six hours for an episode, and the necessary software is both expensive and tricky to work with. Voyager had variable frame rates that make audio sync a pain, as you can see in the sample clip below. It could be a long, long time before you can see Janeway and crew in 4K glory. Still, Reichard hopes to give every episode the AI treatment. Just don’t count on CBS sanctioning this, let alone making it officially available.

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Nier is getting a remaster and its title is quite a mouthful

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Nier is getting a remaster and its title is quite a mouthful

Nier, the 2010 game and the sub-franchise it started, celebrates its 10th anniversary this April and on that occasion, a remaster of the game’s Japanese release is coming soon, as well as a new mobile game called Nier Reincarnation.

The remaster (trailer at top) is formally called Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139. It’s launching on PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox One. Nier Replicant was the Japan-only launch for the game, on PlayStation 3. Western markets, and the Xbox 360 in Japan, got a version titled Nier Gestalt.

The trailer for Nier Reincarnation, for Android and iOS (above), doesn’t give up much beyond a scene-setting trailer. Translating the game’s official page on Square-Enix’s site, Reincarnation is called a free-to-play role-playing game, with microtransactions implied.

Nier was a spinoff of the Drakengard franchise, and spawned its own direct sequel, Nier: Automata on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2017 (and later Xbox One).

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Microsoft tweaks Xbox and Teams services during 775 percent surge in cloud demand

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Microsoft tweaks Xbox and Teams services during 775 percent surge in cloud demand

Microsoft is seeing a massive increase in demand for its cloud services during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We have seen a 775 percent increase of our cloud services in regions that have enforced social distancing or shelter in place orders,” explains a Microsoft Azure blog post. This increase in demand includes Windows Virtual Desktop usage growing more than three times, and record numbers across Microsoft Teams, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live, and Mixer.

Microsoft has started tweaking its cloud services accordingly. “To streamline moderation and ensure the best experience for our community, we’re making small adjustments,” says an Xbox support note. “We’ve temporarily turned off the ability to upload custom gamerpics, club pics, and club backgrounds.” Existing custom Xbox gamerpics will work just fine, but Microsoft is trying to lighten the load on its moderation team checking new uploads during an overall increase in Xbox Live activity.

Microsoft says it’s also working with Xbox game publishers to “deliver higher-bandwidth activities like game updates during off-peak hours.” Sony has also taken a similar approach by slowing down PlayStation game downloads to help preserve overall internet speeds.

Microsoft revealed last week that it will prioritize cloud access for first responders and emergency services, and keep Microsoft Teams up and running. Teams usage surged by 12 million in just a week earlier this month, and Microsoft Teams initially suffered some outages as a result.

Microsoft has now temporarily tweaked some aspects of Teams to improve overall capacity and reliability. “We made a few temporary adjustments to select non-essential capabilities such as how often we check for user presence, the interval in which we show when the other party is typing, and video resolution.”

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