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Hey Android Users: You Should Avoid These Insecure Apps

Here’s some bad news for Android users. Security researchers have discovered 100+ more apps that fail to encrypt your login data properly, making it frightfully easy for hackers to steal your password. What’s worse: the vast majority of the app makers aren’t doing anything about it.

USB File Explorer To Be Included With Android M

Sometimes it’s the little improvements that go a long way when it comes to mobile OS updates and with Android M, one of those small tweaks will be the inclusion of a file browser of USB storage devices.

CSIRO App Controls Your Appliances, Measures Individual Power Usage

Smart meters have taken us a step closer to “digitising” our power usage and making it easier to monitor just how much electricity we’re using. CSIRO however is taking the concept further and in conjunction with app developer HabiDapt, is trialling software that will allow you to see the current power consumption of individual household appliances, along with a breakdown of usage costs, with the ability to turn them on and off remotely.

iOS 9 Optimisations Could Deliver Better Performance For Older Devices

Apple’s iOS updates have a reputation for degrading the performance of slower devices. On one hand, it makes sense — more features require extra grunt. On the other, given the strict range of phones and tablets the company has, surely it can take a bit of time to tune its updates for specific hardware? Well, iOS 9 could signal a shift in Apple’s attitude towards optimising the platform for the likes of the iPhone 4S.

The Fantastic Pushbullet App Has A Competitor With Microsoft OneClip

I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but Microsoft thinks it has a better solution for the Windows crowd with OneClip.

Put Windows On Auto Pilot With Task Scheduler

Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft’s OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you to automate a multitude of tasks with no additional software required.

SmartPlate Wants To Be Your Personal Nutritionist

The number of smart devices is skyrocketing, so it was really only a matter of time before the internet of things invaded our dining rooms. Enter the SmartPlate, which, if used diligently, will ensure you never eat another meal without first knowing its full nutritional breakdown.

Three Handy Uses For Chrome Beyond Browsing The Web

You probably think of Chrome as a web browser — and so you should — but it has a few more tricks up its sleeve than you might have realised. Here are three of our favourite alternative uses for the software, which to a large extent work the same in Mozilla Firefox too.

No, Pirates Can't Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free

There’s been a lot of confusion about Windows 10 recently: first Microsoft said it would be a free upgrade. Then, it suggested even pirates could upgrade to genuine versions of Windows. That’s not actually true.

Here Is The Junk Microsoft Is Cutting From Edge, Its New Browser

It was inevitable Microsoft would have to wipe the slate clean when it came to building a replacement for Internet Explorer. While IE 11 is a far cry from the creaky ship that was 6, there’s just too much cruft to work with. Hence the creation of IE’s replacement, “Spartan”, or Microsoft Edge as it’s now called. So, what’s Redmond getting rid of? All the bad stuff.

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