A new Android trojan steals your banking info and holds your files ransom

A new kind of Android malware steals online banking credentials and can hold a device’s files hostage in exchange for a ransom, delivering a particularly nasty one-two punch. The malware, called Xbot, is not widespread yet and appears to be just targeting devices in Australia and Russia, wrote researchers with Palo Alto Networks in a blog post on Thursday. But ... Read More »

Pending home sales rise just 0.1% in December

A lack of homes for sale is keeping potential buyers at bay. Signed contracts to buy existing homes rose just 0.1 percent in December from a downwardly revised November reading, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Taking the revision into account, sales were flat. Only the Northeast, likely due to warmer-than-average weather, saw gains. These so-called ‘pending’ home ... Read More »

This Old Tech: Exploring the lost world of Prodigy

See larger image Remember when… From 1988 to 1996, IBM and Sears jointly operated a graphically rich online service called Prodigy, which allowed users from all over the United States to dial in and view weather, stocks, news, and more while also exchanging emails and bulletin board posts with other users. When the service shut down in 1999 (after a ... Read More »

Microsoft Azure continues open source love affair

Microsoft has been aggressive in embracing open source technology on its Azure cloud platform, and that continued Wednesday with the launch of several new features powered by open source projects. Following its earlier announcement of a partnership with Red Hat, Microsoft added Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 6.7 and 7.2 to the Azure Marketplace. That means developers who want to ... Read More »

Xiaomi Redmi 1s vs Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen

Motorola is one of the well established telecommunication companies that have been around for quite some time now. A known name, Motorola mobile phones have played a vital role in current technological advancement. On the other hand, Xiaomi has taken the android world by storm. In a lesser time it has become a trusted and known mobile brand. Cheaper as ... Read More »

Android root malware widespread in third-party app stores

Four third-party app stores for Android have apps with a malicious component that seeks root access to devices, according to Trend Micro. The security company found 1,163 Android application packages containing the malware, which it calls ANDROIDOS_ LIBSKIN.A, wrote Jordan Pan, a mobile threats analyst with Trend. The malware obtains root access to the phone, the highest level of access and ... Read More »

Honor Band Z1 review: A simple, basic, affordable smartwatch

I’m a little bored with Android Wear. It feels like every new version is about style rather than functionality. Part of that is Google’s doing, as it’s still figuring out what works, and part of that can be attributed to the manufacturers who want to be a part of this apparentwearables uprising but aren’t doing much innovating. It’s why I ... Read More »

Data: Apple primed to beat earnings estimates

Apple’s shares are down more than 16 percent the last three months versus an approximately 10 percent decline for the S&P 500 andNasdaq as investors and analysts lower their expectations for the company’s earnings report Tuesday evening. Many investors are betting the tech giant may actually surprise with an earnings per share beat, according to Estimize, a crowdsourced financial estimates ... Read More »

Lenovo Lemon 3 launched with SD616 SoC, 1080p display

Lenovo has launched a new budget phone. Dubbed Lemon 3, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 616 chipset and sports a 5-inch Full HD display. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB expandable internal memory. In terms of camera, the handset features a 13MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Packing in a 2,750mAh battery, the device ... Read More »

BlackBerry Priv now available for purchase in France

Just last week, BlackBerry expanded Priv’s availability to three new European markets, including Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. And now, the Canadian company has added another country to the list: France. Yes, the Android-powered handset is now available for purchase in France. You can buy it from the company’s official French ShopBlackBerry store. As for the price, the Priv carries ... Read More »