McAfee: Apps from the Google Play Store were used to track defectors from North Korea

Researchers at security software firm McAfee have discovered that a North Korean hacking squad has installed a trio of malware-laden apps in the Google Play Store. The targets are defectors who left North Korea for South Korea. Once the malware is downloaded and installed, it copies contacts, photos and text messages from the victim’s device, and sends them to the hackers in North Korea. The three infected apps include one that deals with food ingredients and is aptly named Food Ingredients Info. The remaining two apps are security related and are named Fast AppLock and AppLockFree.
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Pokemon GO Summer Tour 2018 coming to Europe and North America in June/July

Although the last Pokemon GO Fest was a total fiasco due to major connectivity issues that prevented players from catching their favorite Pokemon, Niantic is ready to try again. The company behind one of the most successful mobile apps has just announced the Pokemon GO Summer Tour 2018, which will take place between June and July in various countries in Europe and North America.

The Summer Tour 2018 will kick off with a Safari Zone event in Dortmund, Germany, which will take place between June 30 and July 1. Since this is an open event for everyone to enjoy, it’s doesn’t require a paid ticket, …

Apple Pay support added for more banks in North America and Europe

Apple Pay continues to expand to more places across the globe. The mobile payment service is already available almost in every corner of the US, but Apple is trying to bring to more countries as soon as possible.

After recently introducing Apple Pay in Brazil, more banks and credit unions in the US, Canada, and France are now getting support for the service. If you live in any of the three countries mentioned, you find below the latest additions to the list banks that support Apple Pay.

Canada: Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, Valley First – Enderby, a division …

Mike and Karen Pence 'took a seat' to protest North and South Korean unity of all things

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When North and South Korean athletes walked out together during the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday, most people present cheered it as a sign of possible peace during a tumultuous time. 

But not Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence and his wife Karen were in attendance for the Parade of Nations as competing athletes of the world filed in. Athletes from North and South Korea entered together, wearing matching outfits and waving flags. The stadium erupted in cheers for the symbolic show of unity. 

As everyone stood, the Pences sat the whole thing out.

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Trump tweets 'only one thing' will work in North Korea, and we are so fed up with living in fear

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Late Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted a cryptic statement that seemed to threaten war with North Korea. 

Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid…… hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” Trump tweeted.  Read more…

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Trump threatens North Korea and slams three past presidents in less than 140 characters

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It’s amazing (and truly terrifying) the things Donald Trump can accomplish with less than 140 characters to work with.

On Sunday morning the Commander/Tweeter/Golfer-In-Chief fired off several tweets about North Korea’s Kim Jong-un — who he now apparently only refers to as “Rocket Man” or “Little Rocket Man” now — and casually called three former presidents failures like it was NBD.

*nervous laughter*

Trump kicked off the day explaining to Twitter users he told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he’s “wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man.” Read more…

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All Amazon Echo devices can now make calls for free on North America to the U.S., Canada and Mexico

It has been quite a week for Amazon’s Echo line up. Not only did Amazon revise the original Echo by adding a cloth cover, it made the new version of the original smart speaker shorter and fatter. The Amazon Echo Plus looks like the original Echo, adding improved Dolby sound and enhanced voice recognition. The addition of the ZigBee smart home hub makes it easier for users to control smart home products like entertainment systems, climate controls, locks and more. Other new models and accessories include the Echo Spot, the Echo Connect and Buttons.

Now, a new report published on Saturday …

Google is replacing defective Nexus 6P units with Pixel XLs, but only in North America


Nexus 6P will probably soon reach its EOL (end of life) status, as the phone is most likely not being manufactured any longer. Even those customers who turn in their Nexus 6P units for repair are offered other models in case their phones are beyond repair and must be replaced.

Not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but if your Nexus 6P has issues that aren’t related to software, then you might be in luck. It appears that Google is now replacing all Nexus 6P phones with Pixel XLs if the former is under warranty.

Unfortunately, this seems to apply in the United States and Canada …

North Korean tech company rips off Apple's trademarks by marketing the Ryonghung iPad

The powers that be in North Korea don’t seem to care about international conventions, so perhaps it is no surprise that they would stick their tongues out at trademark and patent violations. This time, the target is Apple. A tech company in the country, Ryonghung, has launched a tablet that it calls the Ryonghung iPad. This is obviously a rip off of the branding used by Apple for its tablets, right down to the use of the lower case “i” and capital “P.” Considering that Apple introduced the tablet category back in 2010, there is no question which company used the name first. And of course, Apple …

BlackBerry KEYone launches in North America tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last day of May 2017, but it happens to also be the first day that the BlackBerry KEYone will be available in the U.S. and Canada. In North America, the phone’s distinctive physical Keyboard and outstanding battery life have excited consumers, many of whom would have never considered buying a BlackBerry before. The KEYone will be sold starting tomorrow at select Best Buy stores and through Amazon, priced at $549.99 USD.

In the U.S., these unlocked models will be available in two different variants. One will support GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, while the other …