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NSA hijacked Google Play to install spyware

The NSA teamed up with four other agencies to spy on smartphone users. Photo: NSA

The NSA teamed up with four other agencies to spy on smartphone users. Photo: NSA

The National Security Agency and several of its allies around the world have hijacked connections to multiple Android app stores to plant spyware on hundreds of millions of devices.

According to a top secret document leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the Google Play Store, Samsung’s app store, and UC Browser, a web browser that’s incredibly popular in China and India, were the main targets.

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Google Fiber customers get automatic fines for piracy

...and Google will remind you of that.

…and Google will remind you of that.

Those who choose to obtain music, movies, and other wares illegally will want to think twice about switching to Google Fiber. Some subscribers have reported receiving automatic fines via Google for allegedly downloading pirated material.

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Google Maps update brings better traffic alerts and alternate routes

Dodge the jams with Google Maps. Photo: Google

Dodge the jams with Google Maps. Photo: Google

Google has rolled out a nifty new Maps update for mobile that brings better traffic alerts that will be issued while you drive, and the ability to find alternate routes. The update comes just in time for Memorial Day, which is one of the busiest driving days of the year.

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KFC’s food tray keyboard saves your smartphone from greasy fingers

Customers love the Tray Typer so much that they take them home. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Customers love the Tray Typer so much that they take them home. Screenshot: Cult of Android

Using your smartphone while scoffing fast food will leave your shiny display covered in grease and grime, but thanks to KFC, there’s a better way to live-tweet what you’re eating.

The finger-licking chicken giant has designed a paper-thin Bluetooth keyboard called the Tray Typer, which lets you text, tweet, and even get stuff done over dinner without having to touch your smartphone at all.

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Google takes on Instagram and Flickr with new photo sharing tool

Google has some exciting things up its sleeve. Photo: Google

Google has some exciting things up its sleeve. Photo: Google

Google is getting ready to unveil a new online picture sharing and storage service at the company’s upcoming Google I/O software developers conference later this month.

Not linked with Google+, the tool will supposedly allow users to post pictures to Facebook and Twitter in a more straightforward way than is currently possible through Google. It will also represent another stab on Google’s part at the photo-sharing market currently dominated by Instagram, Snapchat and Flickr.

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Google apologizes for racist maps glitch

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Google Maps is in trouble again.

Google has apologized for its second major mapping embarrassment in one month, after a racist slur involving the N-word was demonstrated as finding the White House on Google Maps.

Searches including “n****r house” and “n****r king” returned the home of Barack Obama as one of the top suggestions.

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Forget Apple cars, Samsung just patented a robot battle suit

The future of war? Photo: Edge of Tomorrow, Warner Bros.

The future of war? Photo: Edge of Tomorrow, Warner Bros.

Samsung works in a lot of areas besides smartphones and, according to a recently published patent, one of those could soon be… Edge of Tomorrow-style soldier exoskeletons?

As described, Samsung’s wearable robot would be affixed to the legs of a user and would greatly enhance the strength of its puny human users by generating an auxiliary torque for assisting muscle power.

Well, at least this is one idea they probably didn’t borrow from Apple!

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Samsung’s Flow toes up against Apple Handoff

Samsung Flow is now available in beta. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Flow is now available in beta. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Flow, the South Korean company’s answer to Handoff, is now available in beta following its official unveiling at the Samsung Developer Conference last November. If you have a modern Galaxy device, you should be able to try it out, but don’t expect it to be exactly like Apple’s offering.

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Samsung rushes Galaxy Note 5 launch to counter iPhone 6s

Samsung wants your money before you spend it on an iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung wants your money before you spend it on an iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s latest flagship phablet could come early this year as the South Korean company looks to counter the threat of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due in September. A new report claims the Galaxy Note 5 will go on sale in July, three months earlier than expected.

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Court slashes Apple’s damages payout from Samsung

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The war continues.

Apple has received some bittersweet news in its ongoing litigation with Samsung as an appeals court has ruled that, yes, the iPhone’s design was copied, but that the overall look of a phone can’t be protected by law.

And here we were thinking there’s such a thing as a design patent!

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