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Beware This Android Malware That Erases Your Phone With A Single Text
It’s been a bad week for people’s phones, and it’s not getting any better: A Danish security firm’s found malware that ravages your Android phone with a single text — erasing data or sending rogue calls and texts.
Denmark-based security firm Heimdal detected the malware, called “Mazar”, which sends text messages that include an ostensibly harmless multimedia message link to users. Click through, and it downloads Tor to your phone, and then the actual malware, whose source the Tor software hides.
Vaio Is Planning To Merge With Toshiba And Fujitsu To Create A ‘PC Giant’
The Sony spin-off Vaio has announced that it plans to merge with the computer divisions of its rivals Toshiba and Fujitsu as early as next month to form a Japanese “PC giant”.
With the PC market in decline, Hidemi Moue — the chief executive officer of Japan Industrial Partners which controls Vaio — has announced that it expects to reach an agreement with the other two companies in March. Bloomberg reports that Vaio would hold the largest stake in the PC super group.
That Viral Photo Of The Martian DVD Next To Potatoes Is No Accident
This photo of a DVD of The Martian being sold next to potatoes has gone viral. If you’ve seen the movie, it seems like perfect cross-promotion, done perhaps by some clever person at a random grocery store. But it’s no accident.
The Albert Bartlett potato company has an official deal with Twentieth Century Fox to use Matt Damon’s face and their Martian movie to sell Albert Bartlett’s spuds. Specifically, their rooster potatoes. They’re even giving away a free trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.