Pre-installed malware discovered on US government-funded phones

Pre-installed malware - Security protection for mobile phones

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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Apple App Store customers spend $1.4 billion in one week

Apple App Store - App Store on Mobile

iOS device owners brought 2019 to an extremely successful week in terms of application shopping. Apple App Store customers spent a massive $1.42 billion on applications on the week starting on Christmas Eve and ending on New Year’s Eve. This spend represents a tremendous 16 percent hike over the amount spent in the same week in 2018. The Apple App Store figures were shared by Apple this week. It also pointed out that on New Year’s Day alone, it broke its own single day sales records by bringing in $386…

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Cow facial recognition technology is changing farming in India

Cow facial recognition - herd of cows

Tech for livestock farmers has become a serious business in the country where animal wearables thrive. Hundreds of tech start ups have launched in India focused on livestock, including cow facial recognition devices and systems. This trend is changing agribusiness in the country. Agri-science technology such as livestock wearable health monitors are vital to these producers. This agri-science boom has inspired investors as cow facial recognition has taken off as vital solutions for the industry. It has raised hopes within a struggling but important sector in the country, though government…

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California launches QR code verification for legal cannabis dispensaries

QR Code Verification - Cannabis dispensary

The new quick response code scans with smartphones let consumers check whether a shop is legit. Marijuana users from California can now use their smartphones for QR code verification of a dispensary’s license. The Bureau of Cannabis Control launched a new program making it easier to spot licensed shops. The California Bureau of Cannabis Control rolled out a new QR code verification program at the end of last year. It made it possible for licensed cannabis dispensaries to display quick response codes in their shop windows. This way, smartphone users…

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New Amazon payment system will use shoppers’ hands as IDs

Amazon payment system - Hand

The online marketplace giant is taking more steps toward a unique biometric development. A new Amazon payment system is in development and could one day be used to ID customers based on their hands. This security feature is meant to help verify an individual’s identity without having to touch the person. Unlike fingerprint scans that are commonly used to unlock secured smartphones, no contact is needed. The Amazon payment system is one of the latest steps made by the online retail giant’s engineers. The technology’s development was made public through…

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