Google has removed 60 games from the Google Play Store after a report from the Checkpoint security firm revealed that the apps had malware which displayed pop-up ads for porn within games. The disturbing part of this story is that most of the games that were infected by this malware were aimed at children. The malware is named Adult Swine.

The security firm’s report mentions that the ads are often pornographic which many adult users are likely to find highly inappropriate in a mobile game, let alone children who shouldn’t be exposed to them at any cost.

The malware was sourcing ads from mainstream ad providers that don’t allow their content to be used in this manner. Some of the ads were also sourced from the malware’s own ad libraries which is where the porn ads originated from.

As if pornographic ads weren’t enough, the malware also uses deceptive ads to trick users. They see pop-ups which say that their device has been infected by a virus. If they click on the add, they’re taken to the Play Store to download an anti-virus app which may not be an anti-virus to begin with and may even be more harmful than the deceptive ad.

Checkpoint reported its findings to Google and the company removed the infected apps from the Play Store. “We’ve removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers’ accounts, and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them,” the company said in a statement.

After multiple reports highlighting the practice, Apple confirmed a few weeks ago that it intentionally slows down old iPhones with naturally degraded batteries. While some spun conspiracy theories that Apple does this to get customers to upgrade, the company offered an entirely different explanation. Nevertheless, it took a lot of flak for this and apologized. It’s only fair to assume that perhaps it does the same with old iPads as well. Turns out, it doesn’t.
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The YouTube UI received a major overhaul on the web several months ago and it got a dark theme or “night mode.” It’s a coveted feature as it helps users navigate the website easily when they’re using their devices in low light or even in the dark. It’s just easier on the eyes. According to a new report, it may only be a matter of time before the dark theme is released for YouTube on mobile as well. The app may also receive an incognito mode simliar to what we find on Google Chrome.
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Hawaii residents were taken aback yesterday when they received an emergency alert on their handsets informing them that a ballistic missile was headed for their shores. It took more than 30 minutes for a clarification to be sent out as there was no threat and the alert was false. Subsequent clarifications have revealed that the alert was due to a human error and as state agencies have launched an investigation into the matter, so has the Federal Communications Commission.
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The procedure to sideload apps on Android-powered smartphones and tablets is simple enough. Just head over to the Settings menu and enable “Apps from Unknown Sources.” Unfortunately, it’s not as simple on Chrome OS. Users have to jump through several hoops before the OS lets them install Android APKs from a source other than the Play Store. Fortunately, it appears that Google might make it easier for users to do this soon.
Read full post →Sideloading Apps On Chrome OS Might Get Easier Soon

You can already use your bitcoin to purchase a variety of different products online. The digital currency is gradually being accepted by more online retailers and services. If you’re sitting on some bitcoin and are feeling hungry, why not order some fried chicken? KFC Canada recently ran a promotion in which it allowed people to pay for a bucket of fried chicken using bitcoin.
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Do you ever start watching videos on YouTube and come to a sudden realization a couple of hours later that you started off watching music videos and now you’re looking at someone trying to ingest a spoonful of cinnamon? We’ve all gone down this rabbit hole and we might blame our poor time management skills, we’re actually nudged along this path by YouTube’s AI.
Read full post →YouTube’s AI Is What Drags You Down The Rabbit Hole

Amazon wants Alexa to stand out from the competition and that involves making its digital personal assistant feel more natural and improving its personal skills. Alexa is already pretty good at offering suggestions and recommendations for a wide variety of things. In the future, the assistant will be able to think for herself, meaning that she’ll have her own opinions about the things that are recommended to the user.
Read full post →Alexa Will Soon Be Able To Think For Herself

It appears that Microsoft has developed a File Restore feature for its OneDrive cloud storage service that it’s going to roll out to users in the near future. This will enable users to restore their files from any point in the past and will certainly be a welcome addition for those who rely on OneDrive for their cloud storage needs.
Read full post →OneDrive File Restore Feature Reportedly Due Soon

Those who love their conventional watches don’t really care much for smartwatches. However, companies have been trying to capture that segment of the market with hybrid smartwatches. They pair analog watches with some smart functionality. A company called Ressence wants to take it one step further with the Type 2 e-Crown Concept which adds modern technology to a mechanical watch.
Read full post →Ressence Adds Modern Technology To A Mechanical Watch