Hackers hid malware in CCleaner software

From The Verge: Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the app and distribute it to millions of users. Security researchers at Cisco Talos discovered that download servers used by Avast (the company that owns CCleaner) were compromised to distribute malware inside CCleaner. “For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner,” says the Talos team.

Google launches special payment app just for India

From CNET: India's Prime Minister shook up the country late last year when he killed 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes and coins (about $7 and $15). People quickly turned to digital payments, and now Google wants a piece of that action.

The search giant launched a new digital payment app called Google Tez for the Indian market on Monday. The app supports English and seven Indian languages, and is available for both Android and iOS platforms.

Vevo Hack Sees 3TB of Internal Files Posted Online

From PC Mag: Vevo will be a name well-known to anyone who enjoys watching the latest music videos on YouTube. It's a joint venture created by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group to act as a video hosting service.

On Friday, it was revealed that Vevo had suffered a massive hack courtesy of the hacking group known as OurMine. You may remember they hacked the Netflix US Twitter account last December. In total, some 3.12TB of data was stolen from Vevo's internal systems. That data was later shared online for all to see.

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Linksys Velop Review (Page 1 of 5)

A story was told of an engineer, a doctor, and a pastor who went golfing one morning. As they were waiting for a particularly slow group of golfers ahead of them, the engineer began to complain. "What is with these guys?" he began. "We must have been waiting for half an hour!" The doctor, sharing a similar impatience, responded, "I do not know, but I have never seen such ineptitude!" The pastor, being the more patient one of the three, approached the greens keeper as he came walking by. "Marco, what is with the group ahead of us? They seem rather slow on the course." Marco nodded and began to explain. "Oh yes, that is the group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so they can come in at any time and play for free." The group of three was silent for a moment before the engineer began to speak. "Why cannot these guys play at night instead?" Sometimes, you have to give it to the engineers for suggesting overly practical solutions to problems we encounter in our daily lives. However, while asking a group of blind firefighters to play golf at night is indeed a practical solution, it is not necessarily an elegant way to approach people. That said, there are times where practical and obvious solutions can be implemented in an elegant manner by engineers. For example, is your house too large that one Wi-Fi router cannot cover every corner? The obvious solution is to add more access points, but having multiple SSIDs is not an elegant solution. Fortunately, the mesh Wi-Fi concept aims to alleviate this problem. Inspired by large corporate Wi-Fi networks, the Linksys Velop promises total and complete coverage to every corner of your home seamlessly under one SSID. Will it work as well as it sounds? We took a three-node kit in to find out.

Kanto YU4 Review (Page 1 of 4)

I recently arrived back in Calgary from a nice long vacation. As usual, after I arrived, I went straight to the baggage carousel. The Calgary airport offers a neat little ETA timer for when your luggage will arrive. Unfortunately, the timer was still a bit high when I reached the carousel. Fortunately, I was not too bothered about it, since I still had to wait for my ride to arrive. After waiting a couple of minutes, I received a phone call from my friend, and I told him where I was so he could meet me there. A few more minutes passed, and I could see him walking almost directly toward me. At his point, I had no doubt he would see me. However, I was mistaken. After another minute, he walked almost right past me, and I had to call out to him. Often times, when we are so focused on finding something in a specific location, we will easily miss what we are looking for if it is in the near vicinity. I have actually also had similar experiences in audio products, where I have had to go back to ensure I did not miss what the overall sound was. It is very easy to focus in too much on a specific frequency, and then miss how all of the frequencies come together to make a full and rounded sound. Today, we have the Kanto YU4 desktop powered speakers, which I have taken my time in evaluating to ensure I am not too focused to be blinded, causing me to miss out on the full experience. Read on to find out about it!

SilverStone Ensemble EBA02 Review

In my opinion, reviewers are great at building the connection between the companies that offer the products and the customers who want to buy them. For customers, by reading or watching the reviews, purchasing confidence may be increased or decreased, depending on the outcome of the review. As for manufacturers, they can improve their products according to the feedback from reviewers before the customers start to complain, while getting some marketing out for their products. Before the age of the Internet, magazines were the most important way to publish reviews and they dominated the role for many years. Things changed eventually, and now people are more interested in reading online reviews. Compared with the paper-based magazine, there are several advantages, including publishing reviews quickly while delivering them to readers with practically no delay. More importantly, it is environmental friendly, so how awesome is that! In addition, if you think reading is not enjoyable, there are also video reviews. Thanks to YouTube, people do not need to pay big money to publish their video contents. Recently, we here at APH Networks published our first video review on the dodocool DA84 Mini Bluetooth Speaker. So guys, before digging into this review, check out the girl, uh, I mean the review video, and hit the Like button and Subscribe! Today's review unit, the SilverStone Ensemble EBA02, was actually developed with the cooperation of the Linus Tech Tips and their community. I do not think I need to introduce you who Linus Tech Tips is, since I believe he is one of the most well-known Canadian in the geek world. But is the EBA02 really a good headphone holder? Let us read on and find out!

Chrome 64 Will Block Noisy Autoplay Videos

From PC Mag: Google on Thursday announced that its Web browser will soon block autoplay videos that have sound. The new policy is slated to go into effect this January as part of Chrome 64.

"Starting in Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed when either the media won't play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media," Google Software Engineer Mounir Lamouri wrote in a blog post.

Google purges malicious Android apps with millions of downloads

From CNET: These fake apps were free, but they ended up costing millions of people using Android.

Researchers from Check Point, a security company, said Thursday that they discovered 50 apps hiding malware on the Google Play Store. The malware was downloaded between 1 million and 4.2 million times before the affected apps were removed, said Check Point.

The Essential Phone will get a clip-on headphone jack

From The Verge: A headphone jack might not have been essential enough to be part of the Essential Phone itself, but the company has confirmed it’s working on a module that includes one. “We are actively developing a high end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack,” the Essential team said during a Reddit AMA today.

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