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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Barbarian At the Gates

X % of top apps have been "hacked"

But how many of the hacked...er...repackaged apps are in the top 100?

Because it sounds like to me this particular mouthpiece is calling a knock off app that has similar name/icon/function with added "features" buried in the pile of phone apps at position one million a "hack" of the original application. But the genuine app is probably just fine, and isn't compromised.

This press release is akin to a web ad banner screaming YOUR COMPUTARS ARE INFECTION! CLIK HERE NOW TO FIX!

<sarcasm>This sounds totally legit to me. Buy with confidence!</sarcasm>

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ICANN, ICAN'T, IWON'T: uWHAT? How the internet is actually run

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I feel the march of progress

We're going from having the internet run by an organization that had a self serving agenda, and only payed enough lip service to being "open" to keep outright revolt from happening, to another organization that has a self serving agenda, and is only paying enough lip service to being "open" to keep outright revolt from happening.

The saddest thing is, the previous organization had an agenda that was intended to potentially benefit millions (their own country), and the new one really only cares about a few hundred at best. Seems like we're going from most of us being buggered to all of us being buggered.

Bless.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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Why would GooTube pay content creators?

YouTube made the content creators the product. Why do you pay the product, when you can dangle intangibles?

Considering that the content creator is the product, and the viewer was also the product (to advertisers)...GooTube offering subscriptions to remove ads converts one of the products into a customer. That's possibly implying that Google is seeing signs that the value of the viewer-as-a-product doesn't have much in the way of an upside anymore.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Re: Also sprach Douglas:

Transparent. Then it can be whatever colour you imagine it to be.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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With the ending of the Double Irish looming

Maybe Magic Leap is the Next Big Thing in corporate tax avoidance for US companies. Want your taxable profits to virtually disappear? Take a Magic Leap over Cuba to the Grand Cayman!

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Honestly

I'll admit it, if El Reg showed up outside my door, I'd probably cower in fear as well.

Beware the black vultures circling overhead!

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

Barbarian At the Gates

No worries

Once Apple convinces all their customers to also buy an iPad for their wrist, sales will double!

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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USB Type A has a quantum spin of 1 1/2

I'm looking forward to this new plug. No more of this:

1) Attempt to insert USB Type A plug blindly into the back of a device (doesn't go in)

2) Flip plug 180 degrees. Still doesn't go in.

3) Curse

4) Flip plug 180 degrees again. NOW it inserts.

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I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

Barbarian At the Gates

Dumb monkeys

is where the money is at. Smart ones take too much effort to keep happy.

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Dating app Tinder faces sexual harassment suit from ex-exec co-founder

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What we really need

How about an app that identifies people you really should stay the heck away from? I could use one of those.

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Sky-scraping boffins mash amateur astronomers into huge virtual telescope

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Let's Enhance

http://youtu.be/Vxq9yj2pVWk

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

Barbarian At the Gates

Thank you for your message

I appreciate the time and thought that you put into your recent communication to me. It was very insightful and pertinent to my current situation, and after many moments of contemplation, I believe I was able to comprehend the full depth, meaning, and context of the sage word that you sent me.

I don't know what I did for you recently that you would deem me worthy of taking the time out of your busy schedule to click twice. But thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It is generous outpourings of time and effort such as this that make my time on this hunk of rock, speeding through near vacuum at the speed of 108,000 km/h, have meaning.

Sincerely,

My Middle Finger

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Bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox finds a friend to fend off out-of-pocket investors

Barbarian At the Gates

Bought for 1 BTC?

Hope they don't lose this one too.

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Women found just TWO out of every HUNDRED US tech startups

Barbarian At the Gates

Maybe...

There aren't very many women starting up tech businesses because they are smarter than that.

Given the "bro" culture, the propensity to build high pressure work environments built more on bull-pucky and egotistical posturing and just flat out mysogyny in tech culture...most women can find better things to do with their time.

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Former Microsoft exec Bates bounces to GoPro

Barbarian At the Gates

Fancy camera company?

Fancy cameras? No.

Sweet little cameras that can go places 'normal' cameras can't (or won't survive), yes.

YouTube would be sadly lacking in fail videos without you, GoPro.

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King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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Joke

I'm sure you had many valid points...

But seriously, attention spans are measured in milliseconds these days. BRING ON CRASH SWEETS JOURNEY!!!

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Boffins demo FIVE MICRON internal combustion engine

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Pint

Cheers!

Now that's a soldering job I can get behind. Sometimes I require a pint or two in order to "steady my hand" before I have a go at it myself!

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

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My instant erase procedure

1) Insert bare drive in external docking bay.

2) Forget to take proper precautions and turn away for a brief moment

3) Resident feline with nickname of "Catastrophe" demolishes the drive, docking bay, definitely chews the crap out of the cable, and knocks any open drink containers over into your PC vents

It's the only way to be sure...

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NASA promises balloon ride and über precise 'scope pointer for planet-gazing boffins

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Re: Staggering.

Look at my glass.

Look into filling it with beer.

Now, imagine refilling it each time it becomes empty between now and pub close.

Also staggering...

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

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Coat

Unleash the dogecoins of war

Sorry, I had to.

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Forget ski-jumping – Russians setting records in Sochi visitor hacking

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Re: Advise for traveling in Russia or China.

So, the Russians should be worried that when they compromise an American journo's laptop, they may infect themselves with a Trojan while they slurp up data?

Let the Games begin!

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

Barbarian At the Gates

Time for a documentary

Titled 'King Candy Saga' of course

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First China banned Bitcoin. Now its crooks are using malware to steal traders' wallets

Barbarian At the Gates

So, what got stolen?

Bitcoin not being a legally recognized tender effectively makes it no different than, say, "gold mining" in World of Warcraft. Except Bitcoin got rid all those rubbish game mechanics that get in the way.

If a World of Warcraft account gets raided, you appeal to Blizzard and maybe something gets done to redress it.

If someone swipes your Bitcoin data file in a jurisdiction that does not recognize it as legal tender...civil lawsuit and attempt to damages based on...?

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

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Pint

Sadbook

All the fun went out of Facebook after the drunktards posting selfies moved on

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Apple CEO Cook breaks YEARS OF SILENCE, finally speaks to El Reg hack

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Trollface

Re: "Best" is not just a word

Best is a sentence because internet.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

Barbarian At the Gates

It's not that Jobs was a jerk

It's that the jerk died. Got it.

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Tokyo Apple Store staff rescue iPhone-queueing fanbois from typhoon

Barbarian At the Gates

Small favors

At least they had a shower before they came into the store

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Jolla's first Sailfish phone preorders 'fully booked'

Barbarian At the Gates

I wish them luck and good sales

Tough world, the mobile market is. There's room for a market leader, a worthy competitor, and a plucky underdog. I'd say the first two categories are currently taken, hope you Finnish lads and ladies have a good run at the "plucky underdog".

But wouldn't hurt to have the CV in order just in case it all goes pear shaped.

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

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Holmes

Pro tip:

Go into your phone Settings. Check the section under Device, where when you don't have headphones plugged in, the Beats Audio setting is grayed out and shown to be OFF, with the explanation:

"Beats Audio is not available on phone speaker"

So that ringtone sounds great without Beats Audio.

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Pint

Wait a second

You mean my account statistics of having attracted 74 upvotes and only 3 downvotes on The Reg forums isn't proof of my winning personality and sterling reputation?

I'm desolated. The only solution is beer.

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Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

Barbarian At the Gates

3D Printing stuff you don't need in the first place isn't a savings

Think of all the money we spent to save money on an item we don't actually need!

Makes me want to go out and buy a bunch of stuff that is "50% off This Weekend Only!" I don't need any of that either, but...THINK OF THE SAVINGS!

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

Barbarian At the Gates

wrapping your motor around a [..] telegraph pole

..."telegraph pole"...

Death by fictional item is always embarrassing for the surviving relatives. I suppose it's less embarrassing than being killed by a Snipe while on a Snipe Hunt.

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Flippin' Equus! Unfeasibly old horse bone DNA triumph

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Coat

Re: How

> can the first horse have existed 4 million years ago, when the world is only 6000 years old?

Should one subscribe to that particular mythology, there is only one logical conclusion:

There was only God before creation. Horse existed before creation. Therefore God is a horse.

Simple, yet profound.

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Critical Java SE update due Tuesday fixes 40 flaws

Barbarian At the Gates

Write once...

get owned anywhere

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Sony's board debates breaking up with Spider-Man

Barbarian At the Gates
FAIL

Agree with this particular shareholder or not

Sony needs to pull up its britches and make some big boy decisions. They've lost money for years. Made the news recently for having posted a profit for the first time in 5 years(!) this last quarter. Via asset liquidation: selling off a billion dollar building in New York City. Not by anything their business actually produced.

Leadership of the company saying "Trust us, we got a plan" doesn't carry much water here.

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Thank goodness for snake oil salespersons

If there weren't an endless stream of "revolutionary" and "all natural" and "organic" food products guaranteed to make your wee filled with unabsorbed vitamins and minerals...people would spend their money on truly horrible things.

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Creative Suite cloud lurch crushes beret-wearers' cost-slash bid

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Trollface

Doing an Elop

Nokia did it with Windows Phone. Apple did it with iMovie Pro. Adobe is doing it with Creative Cloud. It's what all the corporate hipsters do these days.

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Java applets run wild inside Notes

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Flame

They're honest

They named them Domino servers, because if you give one them a little push, they all fall down.

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Opportunity rover stuck in standby mode after Martian blackout

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Thumb Up

Best xkcd ever

Thank you for reminding me of one of my favorite xkcd's ever.

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Avoid nasty plugins with this extension, says Google

Barbarian At the Gates
Trollface

Re: software downloads

You ever go to the Chrome Web Store? It's like being told to go to the Windows Store. Except instead of scrolling horizontally, you scroll vertically. On the plus side, both of em have that "sandbox" thing going on.

My cats just love sandboxes!

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Major Dell investor cashes in ALL of its 24.5 million shares

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Mushroom

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remember the line from the Capitalist scripture, the Free Market Theory. Dell is trying to persuade the Investors that they should do their duty and sell ownership at a lower price and to impress them, takes on his multi-armed buyout form and says: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of wealth."

I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

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Spectre of Steve Jobs in one last outing at WWDC

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Re: *yawn*

Nope, not very long. First Apple device I used was an Apple ][. Maybe Apple will announce an Apple ]|[? Now that would be something...

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Barbarian At the Gates

*yawn*

At this point in the hype-cycle, we would have heard about 15 rumorted new features of the iPhone 6, have leaked information on how the next OS X point release was going to have all kinds of stuff in it.

We would have...if there was any sizzle left in Apple these days.

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Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

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Black Helicopters

Overlooking the obvious?

Okay. So, they take off so called personally identifiable information after a certain period of time, eh?

But it's still a recording of a punter's voice. Do they run the recording through a voice scrambler of some kind then after 6 months?

I think most people could consider an accurate recording of their voice as potentially being personally identifiable. Potentially identifiable biometric data...

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Stop with that LTE-B nonsense... it's NOT a thing - mobe standards guardian

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The marketdroids gotta use letters that don't mean anything, see? If they did something sensible, like append the ACTUAL speed of their LTE network as a number after the letters, then they'd be as embarrassed as those blokes referenced in the article, talking about when they'd be delivering the half decade old GSM standard.

Except in this case, they'd be talking about delivering LTE network speeds that are the same from half a decade ago...

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60-inch Apple iTV to be controlled by iRing remote?

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Facepalm

April fools is only one day, not a full month

A ring? Seriously? I won't believe it until I see it, and even then, I'll just point and laugh. People thought it was silly to have to wear glasses to watch 3D TV content. Wearing a glowy fashion fail just to change the channel is hilarious.

Time to break out the popcorn....

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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Joke

Shedding a few tears over this Google?

Here's a Kleenex, wipe those tears away...

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

Barbarian At the Gates

Gordon Deitrich

I thought Steven Fry was brilliant playing himself in 'V for Vendetta'

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Meh

I'm not yet convinced that electric vehicles that rely soley on battery stored energy will ever be practical in temperate to artic climates. Where I live, it's not uncommon to have 10+ days a year in which the temperature exceeds 100F/38C, and round about the same number of days in which temperatures dip below 0F/-20C.

That's pretty much murder for useful battery life, never mind the stresses of rapid charging at those extreme temperatures.

Electrics with gas generators now, those I see on the roads even in the coldest winter days. Shame they burn dead dinosaurs, but maybe someday another form of chemically stored energy will become practical and replace one or both of the current EV power sources.

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Big Windows updates may ship this summer – and every summer

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Time to think beyond Desktop OS

This subscription/yearly update stuff is crap. That's not what consumers want. Something that works great and does what they need it to is what they want. If it takes you a few years to make something that is so much better that it's worth money again to your customers...good. It's on you to do better if you don't like it.

Adding an ever faster treadmill just reeks of desperation. Make something new that people want. Or you are just greasing your path down the slope on your race to the bottom.

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