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Malicious Android Apps for installing ad-pushing malware are handled remotely

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Malicious Android Apps for installing ad-pushing malware are handled remotely Security researchers observed full-screen ads displayed on more than two dozen apps on Google Play Store, with almost 2.1 million downloads, after they downloaded configuration files. By the end of August, 25 apps in the Play Store were analyzed, and no hint of malicious behavior was observed. The apps would then download malware configuration files that make apps’ behavior suspicious. Then the modules will be enabled by the bundled malware components. These modules hide the icons of apps and display ads on the affected mobile devices, which in return would let malware developers earn money. Google removed all the 25 apps on September 2, after they were reported. Before removing them, it was made sure by the company that malicious functions were not coded into the APKs (Android Package Kits) that were submitted for review. Threat Intelligence team of  Symantec  identified the issue saying, through the downl

Google will no longer use Assistant recordings without users’ consent

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Google will no longer use Assistant recordings without users’ consent Google promises its users to never use any of its Assistant records for improving its AI without permission from users. According to  Nino Tasca, Senior Product Manager , Google will protect the privacy of its users of Assistant devices and also confirmed that it won’t save the voice recordings without the agreement by users. This development was made after the leaked audio of user recordings of Google Assistant used by contractors to improve the translation service of the digital device. Google wasn’t the only platform using Assistant recordings, Amazon and Apple also confirmed that they save conversations of users with Alexa and Siri to improve the algorithms of the device. Apple along with Amazon paused their services for a while and then revealed the ability of users to opt-out anytime they want to. In July, Google paused the reviewing of its digital assistant recordings and according to its announcements, Goog

Gen Alpha on the footsteps of YouTube and Instagram creators, 55% of them want to buy what influencers wear

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Gen Alpha on the footsteps of YouTube and Instagram creators, 55% of them want to buy what influencers wear 55 percent of Generation Alpha (aged 6 to 16) say they want to buy a product if their favorite YouTuber or Instagram star is using or wearing it,  revealed a survey  of more than 4,000 consumers. The report by  Wunderman Thompanson Commerce  suggest the changes that the influencer space will impose on the marketing strategies as the Gen Alpha increase their purchasing power. The marketing strategies will be different for Gen Alpha as compared to those for Gen Z and Millennials. The study has come up with the idea that the influencers might not stay mere partners with the outside companies and might open their own retail operations that suggest both good and bad news for legacy players. The report has suggested that this new trend might prove to be damaging for the retailer business if the influencers became retailers to fulfill the wishes of consumers. Many influencers have ext

Facebook has Added a New Filter to Help Group Admins in Singling Out People they have Previously Kicked Out!

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Facebook has Added a New Filter to Help Group Admins in Singling Out People they have Previously Kicked Out! While it can’t be denied that Facebook Groups make it easier to gather people of the same interests in one place, it has to be pointed out that troublemakers often find their way into a group as well. Troublemakers refuse to comply with the guidelines set by the Group Admin/Moderator and disrupt the peace. In order to get the group rid of such people, Admins kick them out. If not blocked however, these people can still send a request to join the group again. For groups with several incoming requests, it’s likely that Admins might not pay attention to their requests and let them in. However, it looks like Facebook has finally taken note of this issue and decided to do something about it. Social media consultant  Matt Navarra recently posted a tweet  where he highlighted a new filter that Facebook has added in the Member Requests settings. The filter in question is the “Previous

Google Maps is rolling out incognito mode for some users

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Google Maps is rolling out incognito mode for some users Google announced its under-development feature – the Incognito Mode for Google Maps back at the  Google I/O . During the event, Google claimed that the incognito mode feature would allow users to hide their browsing data. It would also restrict the app from storing the logged-in information. The latest news suggests that the Incognito Mode is here…almost... and  some users of Google Maps are getting early birds access  to the feature. In fact, some users of Google Maps have claimed to  receive emails  that ask for their confirmation to join the incognito beta for Google Maps. Once the user agrees to the ‘experiment,’ Google gives them immediate access to the app that limits their data tracking and storage. When the incognito mode is turned on, a black strip appears at the top of the Maps interface, signifying the activation of the feature. Users who are experimenting with the feature also claim that the usual blue location indi

Good News for Everyone by Google! Now Subscribe to the Play Pass App Package

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Good News for Everyone by Google! Now Subscribe to the Play Pass App Package Soon after Apple launched its game-centric subscription service, Google announced the launch of  Play Pass  that lets users get access to unlocked apps on Google Play Store. Unlike Apple, Google is allowing access to apps, whereas, Apple only allows access to several games that cannot be bought from any other platform. Anyone who has an Android phone can avail this subscription at a price of $4.99, whereas, users can also avail early bird discount that will cost them only $1.99/month for first-year membership. The only caveat about this new launch is that it is only available for US-based subscribers but Google has shown the will to extend this launch to other countries as well. Some apps that everyone can easily access the Google Play Pass includes Accuweather, Star Wars, Risk, and Pic Stitch. Enjoy using your favorite apps through Google Play Pass! Source :  https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/ 

Snapchat keeps a collection of Facebook’s bad behavior in “Project Voldemort”

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Snapchat keeps a collection of Facebook’s bad behavior in “Project Voldemort” Undoubtedly, Facebook is the world’s leading social media network. It is also the world’s second-largest digital advertising platform, falling just below Google. However, during the past few years, several tech analysts have claimed that Facebook has often used illicit method to reach its current position. In fact, Snap Inc. the parent company of Snapchat has kept a full collection of the ‘bad activities’ that Facebook has performed in the past to thwart their position. The file, dubbed as “Project Voldemort” by Snap’s legal team after the villain in Harry Potter series was recently presented to the Wall Street Journal which included all the moves made by Facebook to undermine their business. According to the report published by WSJ, the legal team of Snap has kept a record of various events where Facebook discouraged prominent social media influencers from using ‘Snap’ in their respective Instagram account

Google Photos is Reportedly Working on an Editing Extension and a Sorting Option!

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Google Photos is Reportedly Working on an Editing Extension and a Sorting Option! It can’t be denied that Google Photos has proven to be quite a handy tool so far for storing and sharing pictures, especially for Android users. It allows users to store unlimited amount of pictures and videos, with resolutions of up to 16 megapixels and 1080p respectively. Thus, it is important for Google to keep on working on this service to get more and more users to utilize it. Well, it looks like there are already some significant changes on the way for Google Photos. Recently, App Researcher Jane Manchun Wong posted a couple of tweets in which she highlighted the changes that we are referring to. In her first tweet , Wong broke the news about the photo sharing and storage service working on an album sorting feature. In the screenshot that can be found attached with the tweet, the sorting options include “Most recent photo”, “Last modified” and “Album title”. As the name suggests, sorting by “Album

Former Master Hacker Gives Important Password Tip

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Former Master Hacker Gives Important Password Tip Everyone knows that cybercrime is one the rise, which means that protecting yourself while you are surfing the internet should be one of the biggest priorities for you all in all. One thing that could lead to your online account or identity being compromised in some way, shape or form involves you not having a strong enough password. The less complicated your password is, the easier it will be for any malicious actor to try and make their way into your online profile and steal your data or perhaps even make it so that they would gain access to your online bank account as well. However, just because your password is complicated doesn’t mean it’s a good password. According to former master hacker from Arkansas  Kyle Milliken , who has only recently finished a stint in jail due to his illicit cyber activities, says that there is one tip that you should definitely keep in mind in order to keep your online profiles secure from people that

Instagram is Reportedly Working on a Feature that will Allow you to Edit your Story's Audience!

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Instagram is Reportedly Working on a Feature that will Allow you to Edit your Story's Audience! Instagram has surely been putting in extra effort for the past several months to get more and more users to actively use the platform. The Stories feature in particular has been the center of attention lately. Many interesting features concerning Stories have been rolled out recently and many have been  reported to be in development … which brings us to the latest one being worked on. Recently, App Researcher  Jane Manchun Wong  tweeted about the Facebook-owned media sharing service working on an “Edit Audience” option for Stories. According to Wong, the option is currently a shortcut for “Hide Story From”. A screenshot was also attached with the tweet, giving us a quick look at the feature’s placement and its current functionality. Users will be able to find the “Edit Audience” option right beside their profile picture when sharing a story. Once the option is selected, they will be gi

Paid and Organic search generate more revenue to websites than you think!

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Paid and Organic search generate more revenue to websites than you think! BridghtEdge  is a firm that recently researched on the revenue-generating websites just to get a  detailed insight  into the organic and paid search results. According to BrightEdge, more than 53% of the traffic generates revenue from Organic search whereas only 15% of traffic helps to generate revenue from paid searches. For B2B and other verticals, more than 70% of revenue generated is derived from Organic search as compared to paid searches. According to BrightEdge's study, organic and paid searches to deliver way more traffic to websites as compared to other means of advertisements. Although  there is a rise in the zero-click search results  but still paid and organic search are responsible for more than 68% of traffic generated on websites. If you take a look at the growth of organic traffic you’ll realize that the percentage of traffic from organic search has grown in the last five years. According to

Facebook causes decline in physical and mental health, report says

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Facebook causes decline in physical and mental health, report says If you have ignored the words of your adults that Facebook is not good for health, then you have done wrong because they are right! According to the research  of UC San Diego and Yale University, the social media has negative impact on physical and emotional health. Their research pointed out more decline in mental health. Holly Shakya, UC San Diego’s assistant professor, and Nicholas Christakis, Yale University’s professor, surveyed 5208 adults for two years in which they stalked their accounts, instead of asking them about their screen timings, and observed their emotional and physical health three times during research by checking their body-mass, BMI and asking them about their mental health and how much they are satisfied with their life and physical health. Their research article was published in  Harvard Business Review  in which researchers or the writers of the article have said that real-world interaction an

YouTube’s Verification Program Becomes Stricter, Difficult for Small Content Creators to maintain their Checkmark Badges

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YouTube’s Verification Program Becomes Stricter, Difficult for Small Content Creators to maintain their Checkmark Badges YouTube is making their verification process stricter for creators, which might lead content creators to lose their verification badges. YouTube will remove checkmark beside the names of the content creators if they don’t meet the heightened criteria. YouTube is planning to verify YouTube accounts of only those content creators that have 100,000 minimum subscribers. YouTube will only verify those accounts that show clear authenticity, as per  YouTube’s new rules . The criteria applies to YouTubers, artists, musicians, and others. Why is verification important for creators? A checkmark besides the name of the creators is a proof that they are prominent members of community. In addition, the checkmark helps the creators to appear as top recommendation when someone searches for related query. Removing the verified badge can leave the content creators upset especia