Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

India May Have Used US-Company's Tech in Hacking SpreeBased in Austin, Texas, Exodus Intelligence is a so-called zero day broker, a firm that sells information about vulnerabilities in software that the developers don't know about—and therefore can't fix—and the exploits required to compromise them.

Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

The Russian government had pressured Apple and Google to take down the voting app for weeks, threatening fines and even accusing the companies of illegal election interference.

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

You Can Now Ditch the Password on Your Microsoft Account

"I remember it was 2017 and we started talking about what if instead of improving multifactor authentication we change course to just eliminate passwords," says Microsoft chief information security officer Bret Arsenault.

These Apps Saved My Sanity (and Probably My Marriage)

These Apps Saved My Sanity (and Probably My Marriage)

He’d drop the kids off to school and jet off to work, forgetting to mention that they’d decided to be car riders, not bus riders.I was tired of bickering, exhausted of upsetting friends I’d promised to carve time for, and completely over my husband’s and my endless cycle of forgetfulness.

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

How to Turn Your Favorite Web Apps Into Desktop Apps

If you think about the desktop programs you use regularly, for many people it's going to probably be limited to an image editor, a web browser, and perhaps an office application.This uses what's called progressive web apps, or PWAs, and we're going to explain everything you need to know.

I’m a Lyft Driver. My Passengers Act Like I’m Part of the App

I’m a Lyft Driver. My Passengers Act Like I’m Part of the App

In the future, ride-hailing passengers may conjure autonomous vehicles to their doorsteps with a few taps in an app.I’m replaced by an illusory me—the generic, invisible driver whom many Lyft passengers seem to have in mind.Passengers and drivers are two strangers in a moving vehicle.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

More than a thousand web apps mistakenly exposed 38 million records on the open internet, including data from a number of Covid-19 contact tracing platforms, vaccination sign-ups, job application portals, and employee databases.

Groups Call for Ethical Guidelines on Location-Tracking Tech

Groups Call for Ethical Guidelines on Location-Tracking Tech

Chris Tucker, chairman of the American Geographical Society, a private research and advocacy group, says the Locus Charter aims to capture the potential benefits and risks of a world of invisible real-time tracking: from your weather app to the GPS system in your car, or at an international level, state-supported contact-tracing apps that keep tabs on people worldwide.

How to Use Apple Music, TV, and iCloud on Non-Apple Devices

How to Use Apple Music, TV, and iCloud on Non-Apple Devices

Speaking of Chromebooks, the Android app will run on these laptops if you need offline syncing and various other features.

You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps

You Definitely Need These 11 Essential Apple Watch Apps

Each new model of the Apple Watch comes with added features and capabilities, and a thriving ecosystem of third-party apps makes your step-tracking, heart rate-monitoring timepiece all the more useful: Apps that help you get things done, get from A to B, get answers to your questions, and generally get on with life without having to constantly reach into your pocket for your phone.

Apple Bent the Rules for Russia—and Other Countries Will Take Note

Apple Bent the Rules for Russia—and Other Countries Will Take Note

“This comes within the context of years and years of mounting regulatory pressure on tech companies" in Russia, says Adrian Shahbaz, director for democracy and technology at the human rights nonprofit Freedom House.

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam

How to Use Any Phone as a Webcam for a Windows PC.If you're on a PC running Windows and you use an Android phone or iPhone, one of the easiest (and wireless) methods is to use an app called DroidCam .

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

All the Best Rokus Are On Sale Right Now

Whether you want to spend as little as possible on a small, unassuming device, or can spring for the soundbar, there's something in the Roku family that should appeal to your needs.★ Top Pick—Streaming Stick Plus for $43 ($7 off) : The Streaming Stick Plus works with HD or 4K HDR televisions, and is our choice for most people.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

That means you're not restricted to just the features inside Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, or whichever streaming platform you're signed up for, because you can use tools that run on top of these services as well to add extra features and options beyond what you get by default.

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

“It is frightening that with one update an app can turn malicious while going under the radar of Google Play Protect,” Collier wrote.The researcher wrote:No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

The Best Apps to Build Better Habits (and Stick to Them)

Habitbull VIA DAVID NIELDHabitBull gives you a good idea of everything that a decent habit tracker can be: a simple interface to log your goals and how often you want to hit them, more detailed calendars and charts so you can monitor your progress over time, and plenty of support to make sure you stay on track.

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Speaking as part of a conference convened for International Data Privacy Day, Cook excoriated the social media business model, which is based on monitoring people’s behavior in order to target ads to them.“The fact is that an interconnected ecosystem of companies and data brokers, of purveyors of fake news and peddlers of division, of trackers and hucksters just looking to make a quick buck, is more present in our lives than it has ever been,” he said.

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk: Details, Price, Celebrities

The iPhone maker’s relatively new subscription exercise service, which requires the use of an Apple Watch , is expanding to include outdoor walking exercises led by celebrities, one of whom is country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton.

CES 2021 Liveblog: Top Highlights From the Show

CES 2021 Liveblog: Top Highlights From the Show

Final Update on Wednesday, January 13: We've finished Day 3 of CES, and this will conclude our regularly scheduled liveblogging.

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

6 Apps to Help You Trim Down Subscriptions—and Save Money

Photograph: DoNotPay via David NieldGet the app set up on iOS, and it'll need connections to your banking and email accounts to start working its magic.

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

As part of that privacy policy refresh, WhatsApp also removed a passage about opting out of sharing certain data with Facebook: "If you are an existing user, you can choose not to have your WhatsApp account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.".

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

How Your Digital Trails Wind Up in the Police’s Hands

In a year where some in Big Tech pledged support for the activists demanding police reform, they still sold devices and furnished apps that allow government access to far more intimate data from far more people than traditional warrants and police methods would allow.

15 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

15 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

On your new Xbox, go to Settings > System > Backup and Transfer > Network Transfer, then check the option, select your old console, choose what you want to copy over, and then click Copy Selected to start the process.

How to Set Up Your New iPhone

How to Set Up Your New iPhone

When you turn on your new iPhone, you’ll be greeted by the Setup Assistant, through which you’ll establish essentials like your Wi-Fi network and six-digit passcode, Face ID, your Apple ID and iCloud account, and whether you want to activate Find My Phone and Location Services.

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

The Future of Social Media Is All Talk

Marshall was one of Clubhouse’s first 100 users, and she quickly got hooked on the app, which works like an audio chatroom.Now, the emergence of audio social networks makes it even easier for anyone to broadcast their conversations to the wider world.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

And while providing data for the labels is now mandatory in the iOS and macOS App Stores, it's also the developer's job to provide factual information and revise it over time.

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

Screenshot: David Nield via SignalYou have a number of apps to choose for text messaging, but few are as security-focused as Signal (Android, iOS) while also working across multiple platforms with ease.

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Android Phone More Secure

There are times when you will want to hand your unlocked phone to the people around you—showing photos to friends, for instance, or giving it to your kids to play on—and you may want to consider putting some extra locks on the apps you want to be more secure.