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Teen monitoring app TeenSafe exposes thousands of passwords

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

UK-based security researcher Robert Wiggins has found two exposed TeenSafe servers, leaking the passwords and information of some users of the monitoring service.

TeenSafe is meant to protect teenagers by letting their parents monitor their texts, phone calls, web history, location, and app downloads. The breach was first reported by ZDNet.

According to the report, TeenSafe left two of their servers, which were hosted on AWS, exposed and viewable by anyone. Moreover, the database included information such as the parent’s email address, child’s Apple ID email address, device name, device unique identifier, and plaintext passwords for the teenager’s Apple ID.

So… just about everything.

TeenSafe requires that teenagers abstain from using two-factor authentication so that parents can keep an eye on their activity, making those teenagers even more vulnerable to malicious actors now that their personal information has been exposed.

TeenSafe claims on its website that it encrypts data so..

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LG’s G7 ThinQ will cost more than a Galaxy S9 on T-Mobile

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

LG’s latest flagship, the G7 ThinQ, will be available for preorder at T-Mobile starting this Friday at 8AM ET. T-Mobile is also offering the phone in an exclusive raspberry rose color.

The G7 ThinQ will cost $750, or $30 down and $30 a month on an installment plan. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S9 only costs $720 at T-Mobile. The phone is coming to all brick-and-mortar T-Mobile stores on June 1st.

Sprint and Verizon don’t have pricing information available yet, and AT&T will not be carrying the G7 ThinQ since it’s going to launch another LG device exclusively this summer.

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Now you can buy a laptop with Alexa preinstalled

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

It was just matter of time, really. Amazon’s push to get its smart assistant on every piece of hardware imaginable now includes Windows 10 laptops, starting with Acer’s Spin 3 and 5 lines. Both include models sporting Alexa, currently available at retail.

Acer looks to be all in with the assistant — Alexa is coming to a number of other PCs from the company, including the Nitro 5 Spin gaming laptop and its all-one-ones, in the coming weeks. Beyond that, the company’s also bring Alexa to a number of existing systems courtesy of a software update, arriving later this week.

In a press release, Alexa VP Steve Rabichin says the company is “delighted” to be working with Acer. Well, yeah. The PC space was a pretty clear next step for Amazon, having already established a strong foothold in the smarthome space and slowly attacking the mobile market through third-party partnerships.

The company will, of course, be competing directly with Cortana. Microsoft’s assistant has attempted to estab..

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Crexi raises $11 million to bring commercial real estate out of the Dark Ages

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

Managing, buying, and selling commercial real estate is a fairly primitive process. Crexi founder Mike DeGiorgio remembers one experience in 2014 when he was required to fax and mail details about an urgent transaction to the leasing office, a move that made him think he was back in the era of Pogs and MTV’s Real World Season 1.

“There simply was no great industry solution for researching markets, finding comps, transacting, connecting with key stakeholders, purchasing or investing in properties, renting or leasing space, getting a loan, finding partners to purchase properties with, marketing yourself or the properties you own, sell, or lease etc,” he said. “I started thinking about technology solutions for the commercial real estate industry to solve many of these inefficiencies in the CRE space. I could not figure out why it hadn’t been done and set out to build CREXi to help industry stakeholders be more efficient and to make the industry more liquid, transparent, and easier to acc..

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Huawei’s Matebook X Pro is now available in the US, starting at $1,200

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

Huawei’s Matebook Pro X is finally bringing its tiny bezels and wild, pop-up keyboard webcam to the US today, for either $1,199.99 for the base model or $1,499.99 for the more powerful configuration.

On paper, those are some seriously good prices for the hardware Huawei is offering in the Matebook Pro X. Both models offer the same 13.9-inch, 3000 x 2000 touchscreen display that Huawei claims offers a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. Port-wise, there’s a USB-C port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and a legacy USB-A port, along with a headphone jack, and of course, the much-discussed pop-up camera disguised as a key on the keyboard.

Seriously good prices for the hardware on offer — at least, on paper
As for internal specifications, the $1,199.99…

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This top Silicon Valley venture firm just made a contrarian move with its newest fund

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

In Silicon Valley, venture firms with a track record of success find themselves awash in money thanks to the growing number of institutions that want to invest more of their capital in tech. In March, an SEC filing showed that General Catalyst had closed a $1.375 billion fund, the biggest vehicle in its 18-year history. Battery Ventures also closed on two funds earlier this year that are the 35-year-old firm’s biggest to date. Sequoia Capital, meanwhile, is reportedly out raising $12 billion across a series of funds, a move that’s unprecedented for the firm — or any U.S.-based venture firm, for that matter.

Fifteen-year-old Emergence Capital could easily follow the same path. Emergence funds early stage ventures that are focused on enterprise and SaaS applications, and it does this very well. Its bets include the storage company Box (now public), the social networking company Yammer (sold for $1.2 billion to Microsoft in 2012), and Veeva Systems, the company that’s generally known for..

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Mark Zuckerberg’s meeting with the European Parliament will now be live-streamed

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has announced that his meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tomorrow is no longer behind closed doors and will be live-streamed. Tajani made the announcement in a tweet that Zuckerberg has accepted his new request for the public meeting, which is expected to also include the leaders of Parliament’s political groups and some parliament members (MEPs). The meeting was previously a private one, but according to Politico, criticism from the public, lawmakers, and MEPs led to the turnaround.

“We’re looking forward to the meeting and happy for it to be livestreamed,” Facebook said in a statement to Politico. The meeting will be streamed via the European Parliament website from…

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Rhino-Saving Tech Also Could Protect Kids and Borders

May 21, 2018 Alex 0

Cisco has reduced the poaching of endangered rhinos in Africa by a whopping 96 percent. This success comes at a time when kids appear to be increasingly at risk from rogue school shooters and The United States government seems deadlocked on gun control. Guns kill rhinos as well, but the focus of Cisco's tech is on catching the poachers who kill around 1,000 endangered rhinos a year, rather than on taking away their weapons of choice. Where implemented, the solution has all but eliminated the problem.