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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Deal: The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are $200 off at Samsung Store (Verizon models)

Samsung most recent flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are on sale at Samsung Store. If you’re looking to buy a new Samsung top-tier handset, this is the best place to shop. Samsung Store offers some of the best deals on many of the flagships the South Korean company launched in the last few years.

Usually, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships sell for $720 and $840, respectively, but Samsung has both of them on sale for just $520 and $640, so customers purchasing either of the two will save $200.

Keep in mind that while deal doesn’t require a trade-in, only the Verizon models …

Just Saiyan, Dragon Ball Legends is now available from the Google Play Store in the U.S.

Video game producer Bandai announced today via tweet that Dragon Ball Legends is now available for U.S. Android users. All of the characters you know and love make appearances, including Goku, Trunks, Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin, 18 and more. When installing DB Legends, you have the option of downloading the entire game (364MB) or a minimum amount of files (92MB). Obviously, installing all of the files will take more time (use a Wi-Fi connection), but the game will run smoother without frequent stoppages to download the next screen.

During battles, players control their character …

AI powered Google News app now available in the App Store and Google Play Store

The brand spanking new AI powered Google News app hit the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store on Tuesday. When the app is opened, “For You” brings you a brief look at five stories based on your past reading interests; this is a combination of top headlines, local stories, and topics that Google has detected an interest in on your part. Using machine learning capabilities, the app helps analyze the headlines and puts stories about the same subject matter together into “newscasts.” This helps you quickly get up to date about a particular story.

If you want to dig deeper, “Full Coverage” …

Bit Torrent app The Movie DB.Net still resides in the App Store

Bit Torrent client Popcorn Time can be sideloaded on iOS and Android, allowing users to watch pirated movies and television shows as easy as one would watch a title on Netflix. Because of its open source nature, several developers used Popcorn Time’s code to build their own apps. One is The Movie DB.Net app, which has been available to iOS users from the App Store since early last month.

According to a Reddit user with the handle of mystic_quiddity, The Movie DB.Net app uses a fork of Popcorn Time’s code that he created. Another Reddit user gave The Movie DB.Net thumbs up with his review …

New Apple videos poke fun at Google Play Store, non-iPhone portrait photos

Apple just released two short videos aimed at convincing non-iOS users to switch to an iPhone. Of course, by non-iOS, we basically mean Android, since this is the only other smartphone platform that’s relevant right now.
The first new Apple video compares “your” app store to the App Store, poking fun at the former for being unsafe and possibly containing apps that figuratively blow up in your face. The video doesn’t mention Google’s Play Store, but, let’s be honest, this is the only non-Apple app sore that matters, and it’s obviously the focus of the video.  
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Last Apple Watch pop-up store shuts next month

If you’re a Apple historian, a fan of the brand (yeah, okay, a fanboy) or a person who just has to know everything about everything, you might want to circle May 13th on your calendar. That is the date when the very last Apple Watch pop-up store closes for good. Even though the Apple Watch has become the number one selling timepiece on the planet, apparently it isn’t a good business to run a store that sells only Apple’s smartwatch.

The store that is shutting is located inside Tokyo’s tony Isetan department store, and was one of three such pop-up locations launched in the immediate …

Samsung Store drops prices on carrier Galaxy S9/S9+ to unlocked levels, cuts more off AT&T models

The online Samsung Store today has given U.S. consumers a reason not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9+ from their wireless providers. Sammy has lowered the price of carrier branded variants of its 2018 flagship phones to match the price of the U.S. unlocked versions. Since Verizon and AT&T each tacked on approximately $80 to the price of the Galaxy S9, and $90 to the price of the Galaxy S9+, this represents a small but much appreciated savings.

So the new pricing from the Samsung Store has the Galaxy S9 (U.S. carrier or U.S. unlocked) available for $719.99, and the Galaxy …

Microsoft Store removes Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile

There are many ways to say that the party is really over. You can stop providing beverages and food, you can flick the lights on and off, scream at the top of your lungs for everyone to “GET OUT,” or you can remove Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile from the Microsoft Store. A recent update to Instagram for Windows 10 to version 30.1569.12133.0 added some new features, but removed the option to install the app on handsets running the mobile version of the OS. It still is available for the desktop version of Windows 10.

Instead of the app, Windows 10 Mobile users can try the Instagram mobile …

Google continues Play Store clean up, bans all "Fake ID" apps and their children

After removing over 700,000 apps that were in conflict with its Play Store policy, Google seems to be chasing down more of those pesky intruders. This time the company is going after all “Fake ID” apps, which means insurance or drivers license number generators and any other apps that generate fake information.

This clean up is following a change in Google’s Developer Policy Center, according to which “We [Google] don’t allow apps that help users to mislead others, including, but not limited to, apps that generate or facilitate the generation of ID cards, social security …