Flight simulator dev: Sorry for installing password-stealing tool on your PC

Developer embeds Chrome password dump tool in official installer to combat pirates.

Cyber attackers are cashing in on cryptocurrency mining - but here's why they're avoiding bitcoin

Cryptocurrency mining malware has emerged as a key methof of criminal hackers making money - so why aren't they targeting the most valuable blockchain-based currency of them all?

​The future of smartphones: Five big questions

We've reached peak smartphone. But is the next innovation lurking among the stands of the world's biggest mobile show? Read more: http://zd.net/2ofFQVB

Top Android apps for productivity: Get more done with your Android phone or tablet

Slice and Grammarly made the cut.

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Sony wants to bring AI taxi services to Japanese streets

But Japanese regulation related to autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services are strict.

Windows Phone 7.5, 8.0: Microsoft just killed push notification services

Microsoft has hammered one more nail into Windows Phone's coffin -- no more notifications.

Meet Coldroot, a nasty Mac trojan that went undetected for years

The malware masquerades as a document, which, when opened, presents a prompt for the user's password.

Google AI can predict your heart disease risk from eye scans

Deep-learning algorithms can accurately predict heart disease by analyzing photographs of an individual's retina.

Honor 9 Lite review: Leader of the affordable Android pack

As Huawei's budget brand, Honor handsets are well known for offering good value for money.

Tesla cloud systems exploited by hackers to mine cryptocurrency

A Tesla spokesperson told ZDNet: "Our initial investigation found no indication that customer privacy or vehicle safety or security was compromised in any way."

​Nokia looks at options for its smartwatches and digital health business

The business unit combines employees from Withings and health and patient care experts from Nokia Technologies.

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Amazon spent billions to build its own rainforest, because why not.

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Want to work for Google? CEO touts 'jobs for thousands' in $2.5bn US expansion plan

Google will be expanding its offices and datacenters in 14 states across the US.

Windows 10 on Arm: It will be more limited and here's how, reveals Microsoft

Microsoft has removed a new document explaining the "necessary limitations" of Windows 10 on Arm chips.

​Samsung launches 30.72 terabyte SAS SSD

Samsung Electronics has launched a 30.72 terabyte SAS SSD, the PM1643, which boasts the largest memory capacity ever for a single form factor storage device aimed at next-generation datacentres.

Apple patches iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS for message crash bug

Start your day with a raft of patches for your iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, and Macs.

​Bogus Linux vulnerability gets publicity

No, there's not a new security hole that gives attackers complete control over Linux servers. But, if you use a poor password, yes, you can still get hacked. Imagine!

3D-printed 'clip-on' turns smartphone into fully functional microscope

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics have developed a simple clip-on that enables smartphones to visualise specimens as small as 1/200th of a millimetre.

Wyze Cam v2 offers more features at same $20 price

The second generation device adds some key features without adding to the cost.

Lawsuits threaten infosec research — just when we need it most

"The selfish part of me is, of course, terrified of going to prison or being sued into oblivion again," he said. "But then the altruistic part of me is still inside there somewhere yelling Spock's famous line: 'The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few!'"

Meltdown-Spectre attack variants discovered - Video

Researchers have developed a tool to uncover new ways of attacking the Meltdown and Spectre CPU side-channel flaws, which may force chipmakers to re-examine already difficult hardware mitigations. Read more: http://zd.net/2C2vaCq

Essential Phone colors, Google Pixel sales, Amazing Amazfit Bip battery (MobileTechRoundup show #423)

A new phone arrives at my house on Tuesday while I continue to be impressed by he incredible battery life of the Amazfit Bip watch.

Government agrees to up Medicare card privacy and security controls

Scrapping PKI certificates in favour of PRODA is one of 14 recommendations the Australian government has accepted following a review into health providers' access to Medicare card numbers.

​The future of smartphones: Five big questions

We've reached peak smartphone, but is the next innovation lurking among the stands of the world's biggest mobile show?

VPN services 2018: The ultimate guide to protecting your data on the internet

Whether you're in the office or on the road, a VPN is still one of the best ways to protect yourself on the big, bad internet.

FedEx exposure leaks thousands of customer records

Another day, another exposed Amazon S3 server.

Windows 10 security: Google exposes how malicious sites can exploit Microsoft Edge

Microsoft misses Google's 90-day deadline, so Google has published details of an exploit mitigation bypass.

Harvard's 'roach-bots' prepare for disasters, war - Video

Roboticists at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have unveiled a centimeter-scaled robot resembling a cockroach.

Can big business save us from fake news and loss of trust?

Big business could pull tens of billions of dollars from Facebook and Google if they cannot prevent fake news and harmful content

Singapore's OCBC Bank goes live with NEC's facial recognition system

Using NeoFace, NEC's artificial intelligence engine for face recognition, the bank is able to identify its 'VIP' customers as they enter the branch.

iPhone owners plagued by yet another iOS 11 bug

This bug not only crashes iPhones but also disables access to iMessage and other apps.

An IoT-driven economy requires technology-empowered firstline workers

Surveys show more attention, finally, to workers outside the office.

Paranoia will destroy us: Why Chinese tech isn't spying on Americans

The notion that the Chinese government would spy on corporations and our agencies with electronic devices manufactured by Chinese companies is not only absurd but would be catastrophic to furthering their ambitions in world trade.

Meltdown-Spectre flaws: We've found new attack variants, say researchers

Intel and AMD may need to revisit their microcode fixes for Meltdown and Spectre.

Use Microsoft Outlook? Update now to fix these two dangerous bugs

Microsoft's February patches include its mitigations for Meltdown-Spectre CPU attacks in its Security Only update.

VPN services 2018: The ultimate guide to protecting your data on the internet

Whether you're in the office or on the road, a VPN is still one of the best ways to protect yourself on the big, bad internet.

Holding ISPs accountable: Let's build an app to monitor net bias

In the continuing fight for holding our broadband providers accountable for their actions, our front line weapons will be the cloud and the Internet of Things.

Can big business save us from fake news and loss of trust?

Big business could pull tens of billions of dollars from Facebook and Google if they cannot prevent fake news and harmful content

Singapore's OCBC Bank goes live with NEC's facial recognition system

Using NeoFace, NEC's artificial intelligence engine for face recognition, the bank is able to identify its 'VIP' customers as they enter the branch.

Windows 10 security: Google exposes how malicious sites can exploit Microsoft Edge

Microsoft misses Google's 90-day deadline, so Google has published details of an exploit mitigation bypass.

Cryptocurrency mining GPU demand hampers scientific research

Researchers and gamers alike are becoming frustrated due to severe GPU shortages. Read more: http://zd.net/2oeH3vs

Apple HomePod review: Leaves a stain but not a strong impression

As smart speakers go, Apple's HomePod is late to the party.

Windows 10: This Microsoft mobile app wirelessly transfers pics from Android, iOS

Microsoft found that students had difficulties transferring content from multiple smartphones to a single PC.

Enter: Photos Companion app.

Qualcomm to Broadcom: Thanks for the meeting, but regulatory risk is too high for a deal

Broadcom tried to allay regulatory concerns by raising a breakup fee, but Qualcomm said a limbo state would be bad.

US special counsel indicts 13 members of Russia's election meddling troll farm

🚨 The Russians allegedly used false US personas to communicate with unsuspecting members and supporters of the Trump campaign involved in local outreach and groups that supported Trump.

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Better Know a Blogger: SJVN on Linux, Microsoft, space roadsters, and more

Steven, known as SJVN, stands out -- not just because he's a good journalist, but because he's a great explainer.

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