Huawei Preps for a Future Without Official Access to Android

(Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images) Can an alternative OS salvage Huawei’s smartphone business? On Tuesday, the Chinese smartphone maker said it would consider using a Huawei-made operating system or another substitute in the event the company loses its Android license due to the US blacklisting Huawei from the country’s suppliers. “I think an alternative option will naturally come out,” Huawei EU representative Abraham Liu told journalists in Brussels….

May 21, 2019
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Report: Google, Intel, Qualcomm Suspend Business With Huawei

The Trump administration’s fight against Chinese vendor Huawei has reached a new peak, as the US government places the Chinese manufacturer on a blacklist restricting it from trading with US companies without prior government approval. As a result, chipmakers including Intel, Broadcom, and Qualcomm, and software giant Google, have restricted Huawei’s access to their technology. On Sunday, Reuters reported that Google will suspend all business with Huawei that does not…

May 20, 2019
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How to Manage Your Website Passwords With Firefox Lockbox

Firefox Lockbox helps with password management on mobile devices and the web. Here’s how to get started with Mozilla’s free password manager. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. It’s always a challenge to manage website passwords. Using a dedicated password manager can help, but if you use Firefox on your PC and mobile devices, you can also…

May 18, 2019
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This AI Can Recreate Podcast Host Joe Rogan’s Voice To Say Anything

The day when technology can recreate your voice to say anything —no matter how insane— is pretty much here. A group of engineers has created an AI program that can convincingly mimic the voice of podcast host Joe Rogan. You can hear the results in the video below. The voice is not only identical to Rogan, but it can also produce a natural-sounding rhythm to almost every word said. [embedded…

May 18, 2019
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How (and Why) to Change Your DNS Server

You probably have a basic picture of how surfing the web works. You type pcmag.com in the Address Bar, your browser requests that page from a web host, and PCMag sends you a plenitude of useful information. But it’s not quite that simple. There’s another player involved, and understanding that fact can help you protect your security and privacy—and even speed your surfing. Here’s the thing: The servers that route…

May 17, 2019
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Slack Patches Windows App Bug That Could’ve Been Used for Spying

A security researcher has uncovered a flaw in Slack that could’ve been exploited to steal files over the business messaging app and potentially spread malware. The flaw involves Slack’s Windows desktop app, and how it can automatically send downloaded files to a certain destination—whether it be on your PC or to an online storage server. You can set a download location in the app’s preferences section. However, David Wells, a…

May 17, 2019
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Will Google’s New Privacy Plans Really Protect You From Google?

Google I/O 2019’s opening keynote had the usual enthusiasm and a higher-than-average number of hardware device announcements, but it was also an occasionally somber affair. All of the speakers, including CEO Sundar Pichai, took a very serious tone to stress the privacy features designed into each new product or feature trotted on stage—particularly Android Q, which has “over 50” privacy and security features. As is often the case in this…

May 16, 2019
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Europol Dismantles of Global Cybercrime Network

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) has dismantled a complex, malware-using, global cybercrime operation. In the process, 10 individuals have been charged and more are facing prosecution. Law enforcement cooperation between Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Moldova, Ukraine, and the United States, with the support of Europol and Eurojust, identified and dismantled a cybercriminal network that relied on the GozNym malware in an attempt to steal millions of dollars…

May 16, 2019
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Trump Poised To Ban Huawei Tech With New Executive Order

President Trump has signed an executive order that paves the way for the US government to ban technology sales from Chinese vendor Huawei and anyone else it views as a national security threat. The executive order, published on Wednesday, mentions no countries or companies by name. But it comes as the White House is facing a trade war with China. The Trump administration has also been outspoken in trying to…

May 16, 2019
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Google Recalls Bluetooth Titan Security Key Over Exploitable Bug

Google is recalling its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys due to a bug that can make the devices open to exploitation in the event a hacker is nearby. The problem deals with a misconfiguration in the product’s Bluetooth pairing protocol. Normally, the key should work like this: You hold it close to your PC or smartphone and the key will communicate over Bluetooth to unlock access to your online account. However,…

May 16, 2019
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