Author: Alex Reece

WhatsApp may soon let users unsend messages

WhatsApp may soon let users unsend messages

social media
WhatsApp is testing two major new features that could soon make their way to all users. The sought after feature will allow users to "unsend" messages, removing them from a receiver's phone before they have had a chance to read them. The popular messaging App is testing the addition as an option in the beta version of its latest update, which could soon be available on iOS, according to monitors WABetaInfo.  The beta release also includes other changes, including the ability to share your location with other users and a new font shortcuts. There's also a new 'change number' feature, which allows users to more easily tell contact if they've got a new number.  The feature is disabled by default, so users must switch it to inform their friends they have changed their details. A new
Android devices could be at risk of total takeover

Android devices could be at risk of total takeover

Internet, Mobile
Originally developed as a digital camera platform, Android has definitely come a long way. It just surpassed Windows to become the most popular operating system for Internet usage in the global digital realm. The latest threat has come into the light through the work of a Google’s Project Zero researcher, Gal Beniamini. The security issue is targeted on Android mobile devices which can be taken over through malicious Wi-Fi signals. These attacks were introduced through Broadcom’s Wi-Fi chipsets used in many Android and iOS devices. Attackers can easily access these chipsets to allow the execution of their malicious code over Wi-Fi signals, without prompting the device user to take any action. The issue was disclosed to Broadcom and, eventually, Apple was swift enough to release a patch t
Google issues fix for page jumps in Chrome app

Google issues fix for page jumps in Chrome app

Technology
Google has implemented a new feature into Chrome mobile called: “scroll anchoring”. Without getting too technical, the update will “lock content you’re currently looking at to the screen, keeping you in the same spot so you can keep reading,” all while the page continues to load. “This feature works by locking the scroll position on an on-screen element to keep our users in the same spot even as offscreen content continues to load,” Google wrote in a blog, which uses a Recode story as example (oops). In the browser without Scroll Anchoring, the page jumps back to the top after it finishes loading, while the other stays where the user has scrolled to. This is particularly helpful for mobile browsers, where more of the content gets pushed down when the page skips back up top. It lo
Twitter unveils low-data ‘TwitterLite’ service

Twitter unveils low-data ‘TwitterLite’ service

Mobile, social media
Twitter has introduced a new, speedier version of its site for the mobile web and dubbed it TwitterLite. Focused on emerging markets and users in environments with unreliable connectivity, Twitter Lite comes with a data-saver mode that blurs images and videos until they’re tapped. It is a new, mobile-only version that uses less data, loads more quickly on slow connections and takes up less than one megabyte of space. The service is available by default at mobile.twitter.com globally, rather than through an app. But Twitter said Lite is particularly aimed at people in emerging markets such as Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa, where mobile data is expensive. Twitter (TWTR, Tech30)said the new service announced Thursday has up to 30% faster launch times compared with the origin
Kaspersky Warns Against Lazarus Hackers as Nigeria among Targets

Kaspersky Warns Against Lazarus Hackers as Nigeria among Targets

Technology
Kaspersky  has urged all organisations to carefully scan their networks for the presence of Lazarus malware samples and, if detected, to disinfect their systems and report the intrusion to law enforcement and incident response teams. The warning was follow up to the results of Kaspersky more-than-year-long investigation into the activity of Lazarus – a notorious group of hackers allegedly responsible for the theft of 81 million dollars from the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 2016. A report from an investigation carried by Kaspersky Lab found that from December 2015, malware samples relating to Lazarus group activity appeared in financial institutions, casinos software developers for investment companies and crypto-currency businesses from various countries, with five from Africa. T