Google pushed developers to fix security flaws in 275,000 Android apps

From InfoWorld: Over the past two years, Google has pressured developers to patch security issues in more than 275,000 Android apps hosted on its official app store. In many cases this was done under the threat of blocking future updates to the insecure apps.

Since 2014, Google has been scanning apps published on Google Play for known vulnerabilities as part of its App Security Improvement (ASI) program. Whenever a known security issue is found in an application, the developer receives an alert via email and through the Google Play Developer Console.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 won't be at Mobile World Congress

From CNET: Hankering after a Galaxy S8? Well you're going to have to wait.

Samsung will not unveil its next flagship phone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, the company revealed Sunday.

The announcement was made by Samsung's mobile chief Koh Dong-jin and confirmed in an email to CNET on Monday.

"Samsung can confirm the company will not unveil its flagship product at Mobile World Congress this year," said a company spokeswoman in a statement.

Prices plummet for AMD's beastly Radeon Pro Duo graphics card ahead of Vega's release

From PC World: The long, confusing lifecycle of AMD’s beastly Radeon Pro Duo is quietly entering its final days as retailers clear the deck for the forthcoming Radeon Vega graphics cards.

The $1,500 MSRP Radeon Pro Duo sits reigns as AMD’s graphics champion with not one but two high-end Fiji graphics processors, exotic high-bandwidth memory, and integrated closed-loop water cooling that kept the board running at chilly temperatures. But the timing and messaging around the graphics card just felt wrong from day one.

Samsung answers burning Note 7 questions, vows better batteries

From CNET: During a press conference Sunday, Samsung said two separate battery defects caused both the original batch of Galaxy Note 7 phones and the replacement units to overheat.

The first battery, it said, suffered from a design flaw. The battery's external casing was too small for the components inside, causing it to short-circuit and ignite.

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Cooler Master MasterKeys Pro L Review

"Did you just say that?" my friend turned around as she gave my other friend the dirtiest look on her face yet. "Yes," my other friend replied before pausing for a brief moment. "Wait, what did you think I just said?" "I thought you just said, 'Let's undress'." Suddenly, we all burst into laughter before my other friend could manage to respond. "I said, 'Is that Andres', not 'Let's undress'." Well, at least he had an opportunity to clarify. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. If an intended message is transmitted with error, brace for the unintended consequences. This happens in real life, and it very well happens when you are using your computer, too. Whether you are trying to send a message telling your roommate to buy some beer only to end up getting some beets instead, all the way to tapping in the right WASD inputs (And God forbid, the Windows key) while blowing up your opponents in a game of Call of Duty, it is of crucial importance you own a good keyboard to get the job done right. Nowadays, we all know backlit mechanical keyboards are the way to go. While there are many mechanical keyboards in the market today, Cooler Master stands out as one of the best manufacturers that consistently delivers on quality, design, features, and competitive pricing. Last month, we took a look at the MasterKeys Pro M, an excellent 90% layout keyboard with Cherry MX Brown keys designed to appeal to office users and gamers alike. Today, we will take a look at the MasterKeys Pro L with white LED backlighting. As its name suggests, it is very similar to the MasterKeys Pro M, except this is the 100% layout version. Will it deliver on everything as promised? Read on to find out!

Corsair MM800 RGB Polaris Review (Page 1 of 4)

If you take a look back at 2016 and the trends in the consumer computing world, you will notice one big thing being custom colors and RGB. Previously, we would have seen three categories of products when it came to color schemes. One was an all-black look. There might have been some streaks of different accent colors, but predominantly the product would be black. Second would be a very bright color, whether red, blue, or green plastered all over the place. Finally, there would be a white version, which is pretty much the same as the first option, except in white. However, people never seemed to be satisfied, whether they called the monochrome products as lacking in creativity, or they did not like the bold color choices. Fast forward to today, and manufacturers are now producing products with rainbow lights, allowing users to pick what they want. Whether this was to quiet the complainers or not, this is now the current trend. At first, it started with LED strips for case lighting. Then, peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and headsets were given the touch of color. This explosion continued into the computer, with motherboards, graphics cards, memory modules, cooling fans, and even storage options being blessed with the RGB effect. If there is anything that could have been given the colorful treatment, it probably has already been produced. One thing that has been overlooked, however, is the humble mousing surface. Today, we look at Corsair's answer to this with their MM800 RGB Polaris in our offices for review. Armed with fifteen zones of RGB lighting, this mousing surface is another colorful product, but I have to wonder if it is any good. How will it perform, and more importantly, will the lights make me better at games? Read on to find out!

Office 365 outstrips Salesforce, Box as top enterprise app

From InfoWorld: Among enterprise apps, Microsoft Office 365 is tops, Slack's growing fast, and platforms like Salesforce and Box are here to stay. But Slack's explosive continued growth isn't guaranteed.

These conclusions and more come from enterprise identity management firm Okta, courtesy of the third edition of its Businesses @ Work report, which aggregates in-house business app usage statistics from its customers.

Microsoft kills Cache, its note-taking experiment with Evernote-Google Keep aspirations

From PC World: When Microsoft launched its Cache note-taking experiment last year, we hoped it could become Microsoft’s version of Google Keep, if Microsoft devoted enough resources to it. Sadly, that’s not the case.

In a note to users, Microsoft said Thursday that it would shut down Cache at the end of February, and would no longer market it as a standalone service.

​Uber pays $20M to settle FTC claims it duped drivers

From CNET: Uber has agreed to hand over $20 million to settle claims that it misled drivers about how much money they could expect to make working for the ride-hailing service and how much it cost to buy or lease a car through the company.

The charges were brought by the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of Uber drivers. The FTC will now distribute the $20 million to drivers affected by Uber's reportedly bogus claims. Additionally, Uber is now prohibited from making false, misleading or unsubstantiated statements about drivers' income.


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