Online AI tool could help identify illegal opioid sales, wildlife trafficking and counterfeits

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Artificial intelligence-based tools could help to catch a range of criminals and crimes on the internet. New types of online AI tool could help make a substantial difference in spotting serious and dangerous crimes occurring on the internet. Many of these crimes contribute to millions of deaths around the year every year. A new form of online AI tool has the potential to help law enforcement personnel to spot illegal opioid sellers online. Equally, it could help to identify and locate counterfeits and even wildlife traffickers. As a result, the…

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Pre-installed malware discovered on US government-funded phones

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The UMX U686CL is a low-cost mobile phone with unwanted and un-removable surprises. One of the low-cost smartphones available through the U.S. government’s “Lifeline Assistance” service comes with pre-installed malware built right in. The phones are provided to users of the FCC-operated program when they can’t otherwise afford them. The Lifeline Assistance program helps low-income households offering, among other things, smartphones at a lower cost for individuals who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford these devices at full price. The program is meant to be helpful for these families, providing…

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Virtual Reality Facebook OS could help the platform skip Google and Android

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The social network giant is reportedly working on developing its own operating system. A new Facebook OS is currently in development, according to a report from The Information. Should this operating system be successful, it could help the social network firm to step away from its dependence on Google and Android. The operating system is reportedly in development to support its movements in virtual reality. At the moment the company doesn’t have its own virtual reality Facebook OS. Therefore, its Oculus VR headsets and Portal smart displays operate on an…

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Apple rejects PewDiePie’s Poopdie app for being too gross

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Ultra-popular YouTuber Felix Kjellberg’s new game application is available only on Android. YouTube celebrity Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known as PewDiePie, released a free game last week called Poopdie. That said, Apple deemed it too disgusting for its App Store, so iPhone users won’t be playing it, as of the writing of this article. That said, Android device users still have access to this poop-oriented mobile gaming app. Poopdie is essentially a gross-out game that appears to have certain components inspired by The Binding of Isaac. While the user plays the…

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4 out of 5 shopping apps leak user data

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A new NowSecure survey showed that 80 percent of these commerce applications breach security. Consumers who plan to use shopping apps to get their holiday gifts under the tree this year are being warned to pay closer attention to the efforts they make on behalf of their own security. The vast majority of mobile commerce applications are leaking the user’s personal information. A NowSecure survey found that 82 percent of shopping apps from brick and mortar stores are leaking personal data. Similarly 92 percent of commerce applications for online-only retail…

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