Whatsapp Scam doing the rounds be aware​!

There is a WhatsApp scam doing the rounds that has already seen people behind the scam make millions.
 
There is a WhatsApp scam doing the rounds that has already seen people behind the scam make millions.
 
The Scam tells Whatsapp users that they are going to have to start paying for the service. It’s demanded that they must then pay 99p to continue using the app, The scam is playing on the fact that when Whatsapp first launched you were required to pay a 99p fee to continue using the app after 12 months.
 
This is not the case and the app is completely free for all users now, Don’t fall victim to the scam.
 
Once you’ve made a payment of 99p they have your bank details and quickly ​start bleeding your accounts dry. The people​ behind the scam have obtained a list of UK telephone numbers and have been sending out messages to the users with a high success rate of people paying the 99p.
 

 

The message states: “Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GDP simply tap on this link…”

 
Your best bet is to delete the message as soon as it arrives and to run antivirus software if you have clicked the link.
 
 

Uber ‘tracked iPhones to stop fraud’

Uber reportedly used a tactic called fingerprinting to track iPhones in order to fight fraud – despite Apple banning the practice.
 
Uber reportedly used a tactic called fingerprinting to track iPhones in order to fight fraud – despite Apple banning the practice.
 
The New York Times reports that in 2015 Apple discovered that the ride-sharing company had broken its privacy rules by collecting iPhone serial numbers. Boss Tim Cook told Uber founder Travis Kalanick to remove the “fingerprinting” code or he would ban the app from the Apple Store, the paper claims.
 
Uber said the practice of fingerprinting deterred criminals from installing its app on stolen phones, using stolen credit cards to book journeys, then wiping the phone and doing it again. “Being able to recognise known bad actors when they try to get back on to our network is an important security measure for both Uber and our users,” it said.
 
Security researcher Will Strafach told news site Tech Crunch that the coding in the iPhone version of the app from 2014 revealed that it was noting the device’s serial number. The New York Times also claimed Uber ringfenced Apple’s Cupertino headquarters so that employees using the app there would not notice.
 
Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from University of Surrey, said the act of fingerprinting is fairly common and generally not blocked by other operators – for example, if you sign into a service from a different device and get an email warning you about it, it’s because there is a device ID linked to your account.
 
“Digital fingerprinting can be effective in tracking who goes where on the web, and it can be used to prevent fraud, but also it has the potential to invade your privacy,” he said. “Whether it should be allowed ultimately will be a matter for the legislators and not all jurisdictions will necessarily agree.”
 
The practice is still banned by Apple.
 
 
 

Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant delayed

Samsung has confirmed that its much-anticipated answer to Apple’s Siri will be delayed.
  
Samsung has confirmed that its much-anticipated answer to Apple’s Siri will be delayed.
 
The Bixby voice-powered assistant was unveiled at a special event last month and was meant to debut on the South Korean giant’s new flagship devices. It promised to help users search and categorise photographs and access detailed information using voice commands. But the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will now ship without voice control for Bixby.
 
However, Google’s voice assistant, which is now a standard part of the Android operating system, will be available.
 
The full Bixby will be made available as an update later this spring, Samsung said. It did not give a reason why, but early tests suggested the software was lacking in the days ahead of its launch.
 
“Key features of Bixby, including Vision, Home and Reminder, will be available with the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 on 21 April,” the company said. “Bixby Voice will be available in the US on the Galaxy S8 later this spring.”
 
The smartphones, which impressed pundits at launch, have been seen as a way for Samsung to come back from the Note 7 exploding battery debacle – 2.5 million devices were recalled.
 
 

Cheques will clear in 24 hours with smartphone imaging tech

Bank customers who pay cheques into their accounts will soon be able to get the money cleared within one working day.
 
Bank customers who pay cheques into their accounts will soon be able to get the money cleared within one working day. 
 
At the moment, the process can take up to six days. The organisation that manages the cheque clearing system said the changes would be phased in from October 2017. However, it will be the second half of 2018 before all UK banks and building societies are able to offer the faster service.
 
Under the new arrangements, co-ordinated by the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company, banks will be able to clear cheques by exchanging pictures of them. At the moment, all cheques have to be physically transported back to the bank that issued them.
 
“These changes will put cheques firmly in the 21st century, delivering real and important benefits for the many individuals, charities and businesses that regularly use cheques,” said James Radford, chief executive of the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company. “Not only will cheques clear faster but banks and building societies may offer their customers the option of paying in an image of a cheque rather than the paper cheque itself.”
 
Barclays already allows some of its customers to pay in cheques via pictures on their banking apps. However at the moment they have to be cheques issued by Barclays.
 
Although cheque use has declined in recent years, there were still 477 million written in the UK last year. The industry had wanted to phase them out entirely by 2018. However MPs said they should be retained, as many older people in particular relied on them.
 
 

 

McDonald’s India delivery app ‘leaks user data’

McDonald’s delivery app in India leaked personal information about 2.2 million users, a security firm has found.

 
McDonald’s delivery app in India leaked personal information about 2.2 million users, a security firm has found.
 
A poorly configured server gave anyone access to the names, emails, home addresses and phone numbers of users, said Fallible. Sending a simple request to the server produced lots of information about users, it said. McDonald’s India said it had fixed the app and urged users to install the updated version.
 
The McDelivery app is operated by Westlife Development which oversees McDonald’s restaurants in south and west India. In a statement sent to the Times of India, McDonald’s India said the app did not store any “sensitive financial data” such as credit card numbers, passwords or bank account details.
 
“The website and app have always been safe to use and we update security measures on a regular basis,” it told the newspaper.
 
Fallible said it had checked after the app was updated and found that it was still leaking information, but gave no details about the extent of this leak. It added that it had told McDonald’s about the more recent problem it discovered and was awaiting a second response.
 
One app user is believed to have already started legal action over the leaky server, reports The Hindu.
 
Security firm Fallible said that the lack of strong data protection laws in India and the absence of any meaningful penalty for leaking data meant many companies did little to protect user data. It claimed to have uncovered “more than 50” instances of data leaks at Indian firms.
 
“We are pleasantly surprised when we find Indian companies without a personal or payment data leak vulnerability,” it said.
 
 

Google brings Assistant to Android phones

Google’s voice-activated digital assistant will soon be available on smartphones running the latest versions of the Android operating system.

 
Google’s voice-activated digital assistant will soon be available on smartphones running the latest versions of the Android operating system.
 
Until now, Google Assistant had only been available on the firm’s own Pixel phones. The service, like Siri on iPhones, allows users to interact with apps and ask questions.
 
Google’s update will starting rolling out this week to users with Android 6.0 Marshmallow or 7.0 Nougat installed.
 
“With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant,” said Gummi Hafsteinsson, product lead for Google Assistant, in a blog post.
 
Initially, Assistant will be available to English-speaking users in the United States. English-speaking users in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom will receive the update next. Support for other languages will follow, Google said.
 
 

Facebook launches standalone TV app

Facebook is to roll out an app that lets users watch the platform’s video content on television.

 
Facebook is to roll out an app that lets users watch the platform’s video content on television.
 
The move could allow it to eventually better compete with the likes of YouTube and traditional television channels for advertising revenue. Users with Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV and Samsung’s Smart TVs will be able to watch Facebook’s user-generated videos directly on their televisions.
 
The announcement is in line with Facebook’s increasing focus on video. The company has recently been paying creators for exclusive premium video content, and is heavily promoting the Facebook Live feature that allows users to live stream events.
 
Facebook says the standalone app will be released “soon”.
 
The announcement by the social media giant was made together with several other news about the company’s video features. Videos will now autoplay sound in the news feed and will be displayed in full, even if they are vertical.
 
 

Netflix users will get to watch series from other countries under new EU rules

The EU is to force Netflix to allow its subscribers to watch series from other countries.
 
The EU is to force Netflix to allow its subscribers to watch series from other countries.
 
The European Parliament is finalising legislation that would let people access their online media, like games or films, from their own country. At the moment, doing so is either impossible or very hard, because of restrictions that companies like Netflix put on the use of VPNs and other services.
 
Under the new rules, the parliament will stop content providers from using an IP address as a way of identifying where people are. Instead, online content providers will have to take “reasonable and proportionate measures”, according to the EU. Those might include “checks on electronic identification, payment details, public tax information, postal address details or IP address checks”, for instance.

 
While the rules are intended as a way of allowing people to travel around Europe and still get access to their music and films from home, they might also force companies to open up the current restrictions they place on watching content from other countries. Until recently, companies like Netflix had taken a relatively permissive approach to signing up to other libraries – but in recent years it has launched a huge crackdown that has all but put a stop to the trick.
 
The EU said that it had taken the decision because almost half of EU internet users do so to listen to music and watch films online. It expects more people will do so on the move when roaming charges in Europe come to an end, allowing people to use their normal internet plan wherever they are on the continent.
 
The rules now have to be formally approved by the Legal Affairs Committee, Parliament as a whole and the European Council, at which point they will start being enforced.
 
 

Five arrests in ‘fully loaded’ Kodi streaming box raids

Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free.
  
Five people have been arrested, accused of selling set-top boxes modified to stream subscription football matches, television channels and films for free.
 
The sale of so-called “fully loaded Kodi boxes” has been called a “top priority” by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact). The five traders were arrested in early morning raids. Fact said it believed the suspects had made in the region of £250,000 selling the devices online.
 
Kodi is free software built by volunteers to bring videos, music, games and photographs together in one easy-to-use application. Some shops sell legal set-top boxes and TV sticks, often called Kodi boxes, preloaded with the software. The developers behind Kodi say their software does not contain any content of its own and is designed to play legally owned media or content “freely available” on the internet.
 
However, the software can be modified with third-party add-ons that provide access to pirated copies of films and TV series, or free access to subscription television channels. The sale of these so-called “fully loaded” boxes is currently the subject of a legal test. The five arrests were made in Bolton, Bootle, Cheadle, Manchester and Rhyl.
 
Kieron Sharp, director general of Fact, said the arrests “should send out a clear warning to anyone involved in the sale and distribution of illegal set-top boxes. Set-top boxes loaded with apps and add-ons allowing access to copyright infringing material are very much illegal and anyone involved in selling these boxes should not be surprised to receive a knock on the door,”
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Fact said it had co-ordinated its “day of action” on behalf of the Premier League and subscription television providers BT, Sky and Virgin Media. The five have been released on bail following questioning.
 
 
 
 

Lost your AirPods? Apple’s latest app update will help you track them down

When Apple unveiled its wireless AirPods in October, there were concerns about how easy it would be to lose the tiny devices.
  
When Apple unveiled its wireless AirPods in October, there were concerns about how easy it would be to lose the tiny devices.
 
Now the company is releasing an app update for the worried owners that will help them locate their missing earphones. The Find My iPhone app is due to receive an update that will let users locate their AirPods, if they are in Bluetooth range of any iOS devices.
 
The wireless earphones, which Apple released in November last year after a one-month delay, have garnered positive reviews. But some people expressed concerns about losing the tiny earphones, which cost $159 (£159) to buy.
 
Now the company is releasing an app update to allow users to find the gadgets if they ever get lost. If the AirPods are within range of any iOS devices signed into iCloud, that device’s location will be used to show the user where to start looking for the lost earphones. The app will also be able to play a sound on either or both AirPods to help users track down their location.  
 
But the feature will not work if the AirPods are further away than Bluetooth communication can stretch, which is generally around 33 feet (10 metres). 

This is likely to only work inside your house. 

 
The feature will be available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with the software iOS 10.3 or later. Apple will begin releasing the feature to developers as part of the developer seed for iOS 10.3, which starts today. 
 
 
 
In a bid to help users keep track of their AirPods, a similar app called ‘Finder for AirPods’ was released last year, costing £3.99 ($3.99).
But Apple removed the app earlier this month, deeming it was ‘not appropriate for the App store’, although the reason remains unclear.
Finder for AirPods used the earphones’ Bluetooth signal to help users track them down.
It would tell users when they were warmer or colder, using the signal strength as a measure.
While this isn’t the most accurate tool to locate a small object, it was the only option available at the time without paying for new earphones.
Apple charges £65 ($69) to replace a lost AirPod, or £159 ($159) for a new pair.