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LastPass is working with Google to ensure its Android app is not delisted

Google recently announced that it was going to take action against apps that misuse its Accessibility Services API. There are a number of big-name apps that make use of this API, including the likes of LastPass and Tasker.

Users of the password management tool were concerned to hear that their favorite app could be affected. But the company has spoken out to say that it is working with Google, and there will be "no immediate impact" to its users.

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Microsoft starts charging for its beta exam program

It's always great when something is free, but there is the danger that it becomes undervalued. That's precisely what seems to have happened with Microsoft's beta exam program, so the company has decided to start charging candidates to sit exams.

This is not so much about using the exams as a way of filling Microsoft's coffers, but more about trying to ensure that people who want to take the exams are able to. The Windows-maker says that there have been many instances of no-shows, and this is depriving others of a seat.

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ASUS ZenFone V Live Android smartphone is beautiful, affordable, and exclusive to Verizon

Apple is selling the $1,000 iPhone X nowadays, and yeah, there is a place for it. Shockingly, when the "X" first came out, people were not only willing to pay a high premium for Apple's latest, but they waited in line to do so. Think about that -- queuing up to part with a grand! If you have that kind of money, more power to you, but I know a lot of people are hurting financially out there -- the iPhone X is simply not achievable for them.

If you don't have a lot of money, do not worry -- you can still get a quality smartphone for much less. You can opt for an older iPhone model, or if you are particularly low on cash, choose Android. Google's operating system powers many affordable devices, and now, ASUS unveils a very intriguing model that is exclusive to Verizon. The "ZenFone V Live," as it is called, has respectable specifications, looks great, and best of all, it costs an insanely low $168.

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Setup and access your own cloud service using Mountain Duck 2

Backing up your data to the cloud makes sense. But using an existing service such as Dropbox is more complicated as these cloud services insist on mirroring your content across your devices.

The most obvious solution is to create your own cloud. This is easy to achieve through a service such as Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service). The Amazon S3 is a cost-effective virtual hard drive in the cloud. You are charged depending the amount of storage you use, the number of times you access your content and the location. It’s competitively priced, too. We backup our server content to Amazon S3 and our monthly bill rarely tops a dollar.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17040 to the Fast ring

Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Insider Build 17035 to users on the Fast ring (and Skip Ahead), but didn’t make it available to all. A bug affecting PCs with AMD processors meant that Microsoft was forced to block the new release on those systems.

The latest new build, Build 17040, fixes that issue, meaning it’s available for all Insiders to download from today.

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Get MacX MediaTrans V4.9 -- an iTunes alternative for Mac -- FREE for a limited time ($59.95 value)

MacX MediaTrans is the ultimate iPhone/iPad manager that lets users backup and transfer data between iOS devices and Macs in two ways.

With cutting-edge tech, MacX MediaTrans delivers super-fast transfer speeds -- you can copy over 100 4K photos in just 8 seconds.

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OnePlus 5T first-impressions review

When looking at the OnePlus 5T, it is difficult to believe that it is not a completely new flagship killer. You can thank the novel new display for that. It takes up more space on the front, giving you the impression that you are in for a completely different experience.

The new display is also larger, but it has small bezels all-around, which means that the whole device feels manageable in the hand. The aluminum body, which sports a Midnight Black finish on my review unit, has a quality feeling, which is what you expect from a OnePlus device.

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This is the OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus started a trend last year when it introduced the first "T" upgrade for its then-flagship killer, the OnePlus 3. On paper, the new model wasn't all that different to the original, but all the changes added up to make the OnePlus 3T much more refined.

Now, it is the turn of the OnePlus 5 to receive the same treatment, as OnePlus today officially announces the OnePlus 5T. Unlike the first time around though, the differences are not as small. The new kid on the block looks like a completely different flagship, thanks in no small part to a new, cutting-edge display.

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Fake Black Friday apps look to steal consumer details

As many as one in 25 Black Friday apps could be fakes looking to steal logins and credit card information according to a new report.

Digital threat management company RiskIQ has used internet reconnaissance and analytics to identify digital threats against the top five eCommerce brands during the Black Friday shopping season.

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Enterprises put at risk by employees' poor security habits

According to a new study, 25 percent of employees have tried to look at data at work that they weren't supposed to, and 60 percent were successful at accessing that data.

The survey by adaptive threat prevention company Preempt also reveals widespread bad habits, with 41 percent of employees using the same password for both personal and work accounts.

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Get 'Windows 10 for Enterprise Administrators' ($36 value) FREE for a limited time

Learn the art of configuring, deploying, managing and securing Windows 10 for your enterprise.

Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 is a step toward satisfying the enterprise administrator’s needs for management and user experience customization. This book provides the enterprise administrator with the knowledge needed to fully utilize the advanced feature set of Windows 10 Enterprise.

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Your Kodi box could kill you, experts warn

Kodi, and "fully loaded" Kodi boxes in particular, are frequently in the news. Mainstream media likes to spread a lot of FUD about the hugely popular streaming software.

If you’re a Kodi user streaming content via third-party add-ons, you know there’s a danger that those add-ons might stop working, or disappear altogether due to legal action, and there’s always the (very distant) threat that rights holders might start targeting end users. Now there’s another concern to keep you up at night -- your Kodi box might kill you.

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Twitter outlines new verification policies and strips many right-wingers of their blue tick

After awarding the coveted blue tick of verification to a white supremacist, Twitter recently announced that it would be pausing its verification program. Making good on this promise, Twitter says that it is not only no longer accepting public requests for accounts to be verified, it is also introducing new guidelines, and removing the verification tick from accounts that do not make the grade.

This means that white nationalist Richard Spencer, far-righter Laura Loomer, English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and others no longer have a blue tick next to their names. While Twitter is promoting this clamp down as part of its war on hate speech, some are complaining that the company is trying to silence right-wing voices.

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Ecobee brings voice control to its thermostat through Google Assistant

While the Internet of Things, or IoT, has been around for several years, voice control is a more recent development. It is convenient for performing all sorts of actions, such as switching lights off and on, changing the settings on a thermostat, and countless other things that you may never have thought of.

Of all the IoT devices on the market, the thermostat is one of the most popular and there are several competing brands on the market.

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Google teams up with Ticketmaster to offer concert tickets through YouTube

YouTube is -- of course -- about video, but it is becoming more than that. Google has just announced that it is teaming up with Ticketmaster, giving people the opportunity to learn about concert dates and buy concert tickets while watching artists' videos.

For now, the feature is limited to the US, but there are plans to roll it out on a wider scale. With YouTube increasingly used as a marketing tool by musicians, the progression to using it as a ticket outlet is hardly surprising -- but it's not clear what sort of cut Google is planning to take, and whether this could ultimately push up tickets prices.

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