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Google’s Fuchsia OS is out in the open and shrouded in mystery

Google is developing a new operating system named Fuchsia, and the early source code is already public. Google itself and Fuchsia’s developers haven’t explained what the OS is for—but we can dig into the source code to learn more. Pink + Purple == Fuchsia Fuchsia is a new, open-source operating system being worked on by Google employees. “Pink + Purple ... Read More »

BitTorrent client is found distributing Mac-based malware

A popular BitTorrent client called Transmission has again been found distributing Mac-based malware, months after it was used to spread a strand of ransomware. Researchers at security firm ESET have been following a malware called OSX/Keydnap, which can steal passwords, and noticed that it was spreading through Transmission’s official site. Somehow, a version of the BitTorrent client containing the malware ... Read More »

New Pokémon Go maps show you where to catch ’em all

If you’ve been wondering how to find Pikachu, Scyther, Electabuzz, or any other rare Pokémon, you probably wanted to use the hot new thing: crowdsourced Pokémon Go maps taught players how to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. The problem?  Pokémon Go developer Niantic has said it will actively block “tracker” apps from accessing its data to find Pokémon in Pokémon Go. But ... Read More »

Mozilla launches free website security scanning service

In order to help webmasters better protect their websites and users, Mozilla has built an online scanner that can check if web servers have the best security settings in place. Dubbed Observatory, the tool was initially built for in-house use by Mozilla security engineer April King, who was then encouraged to expand it and make it available to the whole ... Read More »

10 selfie tricks that actually work

Taking the perfect selfie isn’t luck. It’s talent. It may be the only talent the Kardashians have (just kidding, Kim, I love ya). Your selfie game is weak: For some reason, all your selfies end up making you look older, heavier, and more washed out than you already are. Well, the good news is that if the Kardashians can master ... Read More »

Now you can play Solitaire and more in Google search

Google just decided to add a little more fun to search—as if “do a barrel roll” and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe references weren’t already enough. The company recently announced that you can now play solitaire, tic-tac-toe, and flip a coin right inside your search results. On top of that you can entertain young children (or childish co-workers) with animal ... Read More »

Facebook further automates trending topics, ditches human-written descriptions

Facebook is a little closer to completely automating its trending topics feature. On Friday,the company announced that it would no longer have employees write short descriptions for each trending topic it displays. Instead, the trending topics box will simply show how many people are discussing a topic. When you mouse over a topic, it’ll show a description that pulls from a news story ... Read More »

Five,to,Try:,Opera,VPN,secures,your,web,browsing,,and,Riptide,GP:,Renegade,revs,up

Google giveth, and then it taketh away. The latest casualty to undergo the Mountain View culling is the Device Assist app, which was built to offer quick tips, troubleshooting suggestions, and quick access to Google support. Now when you fire up the app you’ll see a notice that it’s going away under the Detected Issues section. Touch the card and ... Read More »

Five to Try: Opera VPN secures your web browsing, and Riptide GP: Renegade revs up

We’re nearing the end of summer, and whether you plan on enjoying the warm weather outside or curling up on the couch this weekend, you should make sure you’ve got some cool new apps and games on your phone. This week’s Five to Try column is headed up by Opera VPN, a free service that lets you get around regional ... Read More »

Ad,blockers,circumvent,Facebook’s,unblockable,ads

Let the whack-a-mole game begin. A mere two days after Facebook blocked ad blocking software, the ad blockers have managed to block Facebook’s ad blocker-blocker. Thursday morning, Adblock Plus announced that a new filter for banning Facebook’s ads has been added to the main EasyList filter list used by the extension. Here’s how to force Adblock Plus’s filter list to ... Read More »