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Does WhatsApp have a backdoor in its encryption?

Does WhatsApp have a backdoor in its encryption?

Neither WhatsApp nor The Guardian are having a good day. The UK-based newspaper published a scathing exclusive report early Friday morning, purporting to reveal disturbing news about the encryption used by WhatsApp’s, the Facebook-owned messaging service. Almost as soon as the article went live, however, security experts took to the internet to publicly question the

iPhone apps should be sold outside App Store, lawsuit argues

iPhone apps should be sold outside App Store, lawsuit argues

Is Apple’s App Store a mall or the equivalent of a sole proprietor shop selling unique wares? That question appears to be at the heart of a now revived lawsuit against Apple, Pepper et al v. Apple Inc. In it, a group of plaintiffs claim that Apple’s insistence on selling all iPhone apps through the


7 can’t-miss apps: Duobook, Forest, AlarmMon and more

7 can’t-miss apps: Duobook, Forest, AlarmMon and more

With the tech world recovering from a CES hangover, you may have missed some of this week’s best apps. Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week’s list includes an app that allows you to switch seamlessly between ebooks and audio books, two apps that help you


Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung’s next flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, will be arriving very soon. The pressure is on for the Korean electronics giant to deliver a flagship phone that not only improves on the specs of last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but also kicks the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ butt. Adding more features has

Reliance Jio’s new app rivals Apple’s HealthKit

Reliance Jio’s new app rivals Apple’s HealthKit

India’s Reliance Jio telecom operator is offering a bouquet of apps at no charge to its subscribers, hoping to lure them away from Netflix, Apple Music and a range of other services. The company has quietly released another app, this time going after Apple’s HomeKit, and Google’s Health services. A health and fitness centric app


India wants more details from WhatsApp on its data sharing policy

India wants more details from WhatsApp on its data sharing policy

WhatsApp won’t be able to get away with its privacy policy changes so easily in India. India’s Supreme Court today sent a notice to the central government, telecom regulator TRAI, as well as Facebook and WhatsApp to address a petition that raises issues with WhatsApp’s move to share some user data with its parent company

Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

Microsoft launches StaffHub, a new Office 365 app aimed at shift workers

Microsoft today unveiled the newest addition to its Office 365 suite with the debut of an application for shift workers and management, called StaffHub. The program is aimed at those who don’t tend to work from desktop computers and have different schedules from week to week, such as in retail, hospitality, restaurants and other industries. The


The mobile app gold rush may be over

The mobile app gold rush may be over

Ten years ago, Apple announced the iPhone, which soon gave birth to the App Store and the resulting broader app ecosystem. That industry has now matured, having reached critical mass, according to a new report from Flurry out this morning. While there’s still some growth to be seen — app usage is up 11 percent

Snapchat launches universal search to simplify navigation

Snapchat launches universal search to simplify navigation

Snapchat just made it much easier to navigate the app and find friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories with a universal search bar that’s always accessible at the top of the app. Launching today for some people on Android and rolling out soon to all iOS and Android users, the search bar lets you