Whoops. Millions of Android phones are wide open to hackers

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All is not well in Google Play

A group of researchers has determined that hundreds of apps in the store have a gaping security hole that potentially allows hackers to implant malware and steal data from millions of Android smartphones. 

According to a paper detailing the alleged flaw, the problem lies within apps that create open ports on cellphones. This is a known and understood problem with computers, but hasn’t before been systematically studied in smartphones. The University of Michigan team used a custom tool to scan 24,000 apps and found 410 potentially vulnerable applications — at least one of which has been downloaded millions of times. Read more…

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All is not well in Google Play

A group of researchers has determined that hundreds of apps in the store have a gaping security hole that potentially allows hackers to implant malware and steal data from millions of Android smartphones. 

According to a paper detailing the alleged flaw, the problem lies within apps that create open ports on cellphones. This is a known and understood problem with computers, but hasn’t before been systematically studied in smartphones. The University of Michigan team used a custom tool to scan 24,000 apps and found 410 potentially vulnerable applications — at least one of which has been downloaded millions of times. Read more…

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The Tesla Model 3 dashboard sure looks nice

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Tesla Model 3s have yet to ship to customers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not already on California roads. 

An observant passerby spotted a blue Model 3 in the wild on April 27 being driven near the company’s Palo Alto headquarters and managed to capture photos of the vehicle’s interiorAs Teslarati reports, the pics appear to show the final version of the car’s dashboard. 

The large digital display located in the center of the dash  calls to mind Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s refusal to put a speedometer behind the wheel. 

@nickg_uk No

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2017 Read more…

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Tesla Model 3s have yet to ship to customers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not already on California roads. 

An observant passerby spotted a blue Model 3 in the wild on April 27 being driven near the company’s Palo Alto headquarters and managed to capture photos of the vehicle’s interiorAs Teslarati reports, the pics appear to show the final version of the car’s dashboard. 

The large digital display located in the center of the dash  calls to mind Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s refusal to put a speedometer behind the wheel. 

@nickg_uk No

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2017 Read more…

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The best movie shots of all time

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We start our series of the Best Shots of All Time by looking at size, breaking down some of the best close ups, mediums, wide shots, and extremes in film history. But it’s not all about looking pretty, we dive deep into how and why each type of shot is used.

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…

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We start our series of the Best Shots of All Time by looking at size, breaking down some of the best close ups, mediums, wide shots, and extremes in film history. But it’s not all about looking pretty, we dive deep into how and why each type of shot is used.

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…

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This reaction to seeing bad driver receive instant justice is all of us

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When people don’t follow the rules of the road, operating a vehicle can be an absolute nightmare with dire consequences. So when drivers witness an offending motorist receive a little bit of instant justice for their actions, it can be incredibly satisfying.

One driver with a dashcam was recently stuck in a bit of traffic when he witnessed another motorist pass the line in a right turn only lane. After turning right, the driver pulled a U-turn, and blew right through a stop sign, skipping the entire line of traffic in the process. The driver failed to notice a cop in the line of cars he just skipped, and he immediately got pulled over. Read more…

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When people don’t follow the rules of the road, operating a vehicle can be an absolute nightmare with dire consequences. So when drivers witness an offending motorist receive a little bit of instant justice for their actions, it can be incredibly satisfying.

One driver with a dashcam was recently stuck in a bit of traffic when he witnessed another motorist pass the line in a right turn only lane. After turning right, the driver pulled a U-turn, and blew right through a stop sign, skipping the entire line of traffic in the process. The driver failed to notice a cop in the line of cars he just skipped, and he immediately got pulled over. Read more…

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Now you can listen to Sufjan Stevens’ cathartic cover of ‘Hotline Bling’ anytime you want

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Sufjan Stevens released a live album version of the critically acclaimed Carrie & Lowell on Friday that graciously features his legendary cover of “Hotline Bling,” arguably the most lasting version of the song (sorry, Aubrey). 

While live versions of the singles “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” and “Should Have Known Better” offer intense emotion and performative power, Sufjan’s “Hotline Bling” gives the indie kids something to dance to for once.

Recorded in November of 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina, the live album features 14 songs in addition to “Hotline Bling,” which won over fans immediately when videos and pictures of the performance leaked online in 2015. Read more…

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Sufjan Stevens released a live album version of the critically acclaimed Carrie & Lowell on Friday that graciously features his legendary cover of “Hotline Bling,” arguably the most lasting version of the song (sorry, Aubrey). 

While live versions of the singles “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross” and “Should Have Known Better” offer intense emotion and performative power, Sufjan’s “Hotline Bling” gives the indie kids something to dance to for once.

Recorded in November of 2015 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in South Carolina, the live album features 14 songs in addition to “Hotline Bling,” which won over fans immediately when videos and pictures of the performance leaked online in 2015. Read more…

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These movie shots are not just the best, they’re GOAT

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We start our series of the Best Shots of All Time by looking at size, breaking down some of the best close-ups, mediums, wide shots, and extremes in film history. But it’s not all about looking pretty, we dive deep into how and why each kind of shot is used.

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…

More about Lawrence Of Arabia, Psycho, Raging Bull, The Godfather Pt. 2, and The Passion Of Joan Of Arc

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We start our series of the Best Shots of All Time by looking at size, breaking down some of the best close-ups, mediums, wide shots, and extremes in film history. But it’s not all about looking pretty, we dive deep into how and why each kind of shot is used.

Visit CineFix for more episodes and movie-related content. Read more…

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Pet parents are spending like actual parents online

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If you’re a proud pup parent, you’re not buying any old pet food. You’re buying the special stuff from a place you trust. 

That’s the dynamic that undergirds the $70 billion pet industry — and has helped ecommerce companies flourish despite big box competitors and the ever-present Amazon.

It also led to the biggest deal in e-commerce history when PetSmart announced its recent $3.4 billion acquisition of Chewy.com, a deal that surprised plenty who didn’t think of our furry friends as much of a tech-business opportunity.

“Maybe it’s because the dogs are so amazing and so cute that people expect the industry to be the same,” says Henrik Werdelin, co-founder of Bark & Co., the company behind the dog toy subscription delivery service Barkbox. Read more…

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If you’re a proud pup parent, you’re not buying any old pet food. You’re buying the special stuff from a place you trust. 

That’s the dynamic that undergirds the $70 billion pet industry — and has helped ecommerce companies flourish despite big box competitors and the ever-present Amazon.

It also led to the biggest deal in e-commerce history when PetSmart announced its recent $3.4 billion acquisition of Chewy.com, a deal that surprised plenty who didn’t think of our furry friends as much of a tech-business opportunity.

“Maybe it’s because the dogs are so amazing and so cute that people expect the industry to be the same,” says Henrik Werdelin, co-founder of Bark & Co., the company behind the dog toy subscription delivery service Barkbox. Read more…

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All the anti-Trump stickers in NYC are being documented on this Instagram

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Tim Olmstead of New York set out on a hero’s journey of sorts: to document all the anti-Trump stickers in NYC. Trust him. This is no small task. 

Some stickers end up repeating throughout the city, but every day more and more interesting, unique resistance art pops up in the form of stickers. Olmstead is attempting to document them all and sharing it with the world on his Instagram account resistrump

There, he posts each new sticker as he finds them. Olmstead told the Huffington Post, “they’re basically all over the place, anywhere you would normally see street art.” Read more…

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Tim Olmstead of New York set out on a hero’s journey of sorts: to document all the anti-Trump stickers in NYC. Trust him. This is no small task. 

Some stickers end up repeating throughout the city, but every day more and more interesting, unique resistance art pops up in the form of stickers. Olmstead is attempting to document them all and sharing it with the world on his Instagram account resistrump

There, he posts each new sticker as he finds them. Olmstead told the Huffington Post, “they’re basically all over the place, anywhere you would normally see street art.” Read more…

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Is Twitter’s growth all thanks to Donald Trump?

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Twitter’s public earnings call on Wednesday revealed the unthinkable: growth.

The company added 9 million monthly active users in the most recent quarter, shattering Wall Street expectations. What caused the uptick and can the company, under CEO Jack Dorsey, continue the momentum?

Tech Editor Pete Pachal, Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong, and Assistant Tech Editor Louise Matsakis discuss on this week’s MashTalk podcast.

Joining us to talk Twitter is Business Reporter Kerry Flynn. One big theory as to why Twitter saw a surge in active users might be none other than Donald Trump. More than any other U.S. president, Trump is vocal on Twitter and what he tweets is instant news fodder, regardless of the subject matter. Did Trump single-handedly give Twitter the boost it’s needed? It’s highly possible. Read more…

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Twitter’s public earnings call on Wednesday revealed the unthinkable: growth.

The company added 9 million monthly active users in the most recent quarter, shattering Wall Street expectations. What caused the uptick and can the company, under CEO Jack Dorsey, continue the momentum?

Tech Editor Pete Pachal, Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff, Senior Tech Correspondent Raymond Wong, and Assistant Tech Editor Louise Matsakis discuss on this week’s MashTalk podcast.

Joining us to talk Twitter is Business Reporter Kerry Flynn. One big theory as to why Twitter saw a surge in active users might be none other than Donald Trump. More than any other U.S. president, Trump is vocal on Twitter and what he tweets is instant news fodder, regardless of the subject matter. Did Trump single-handedly give Twitter the boost it’s needed? It’s highly possible. Read more…

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Ja Rule on Fyre Fest: ‘I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT’

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Now that the ill-fated Fyre Festival is officially cancelled until further notice, the event’s organizers are left to wonder how it all went so, so wrong

On Friday, Rapper and Fyre Fest co-organizer Ja Rule offered his apologies in a statement posted to Twitter. 

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— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 28, 2017

The apology address accusations that the festival is a scam, (“NOT A SCAM” he says) and noted that he is truly apologetic even though — in his mind — this really isn’t his fault.

“I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility,” he wrote. Read more…

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Now that the ill-fated Fyre Festival is officially cancelled until further notice, the event’s organizers are left to wonder how it all went so, so wrong

On Friday, Rapper and Fyre Fest co-organizer Ja Rule offered his apologies in a statement posted to Twitter. 

pic.twitter.com/KuJYxfsQJ4

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) April 28, 2017

The apology address accusations that the festival is a scam, (“NOT A SCAM” he says) and noted that he is truly apologetic even though — in his mind — this really isn’t his fault.

“I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT… but I’m taking responsibility,” he wrote. Read more…

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