Teen ‘compliments app’ Sarahah is reportedly rife with security issues


Sarahah, a ‘compliments’ app (think ask.fm) popular with teenagers, is reportedly rife with security issues, according to a UK researcher. The issues pertain to the web version of the Sarahah service, and not the mobile application. Scott Helme, the researcher who took a pop at the site, described Sarahah’s CSRF (cross site request forgery) protections as “fairly trivial to bypass.” CSRF is a highly dangerous form of attack, which could see a bad actor perform actions on the account of someone already logged in to the service. In this instance, Helme pointed out that an attacker could exploit this in…

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Pay with Google rolls out to help you blast through checkout pages


Google wants to make it easier for you to shop online and pay for services and subscriptions with a new payment mechanism that’s rolling out across Chrome on desktop, as well as a number ecommerce apps on Android. It’s called Pay with Google, and it essentially breezes you through checkout pages by autofilling your payment and shipping details, so you only need a couple of taps to complete a transaction. At launch, the feature will work on services across the US, UK and Brazil, like Airbnb, Deliveroo, Instancart, Kayak, Fancy, HotelTonight, StubHub, JustEat, and Papa John’s.   Pay with Google…

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Robert Scoble apologizes for sexual misconduct, for what that’s worth


Over the past week, tech evangelist Robert Scoble (he of Rackspace and Google-Glass-in-the-shower fame) was accused of sexual harassment in the past two years; following their public statements, he issued an apology on his Facebook page over the weekend. Scoble noted that he’d made efforts “to try to improve, including getting sober more than two years ago.” But he may not be trying hard enough: more women have come forward, alleging that he indulged in sexual misconduct even after he got sober. In an interview with USA Today, he said: I did some things that are really, really hurtful to…

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Tesla will soon build its electric cars in China


Telsa has confirmed its plans to build a manufacturing plant for its electric vehicles in Shanghai, so as to better serve the Chinese automotive market. As The Wall Street Journal notes, the move will help the Elon Musk-fronted company cut production costs and won’t need to form a joint venture firm with a local business – but it’ll likely still have to cough up a 25 percent import tariff on the cars it produces and sells there. Regardless, that’s a huge win for Tesla, as China is poised to put seven million electric vehicles a year on the road by…

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PSA: Bigger smartphone apertures don’t count if the sensors get smaller


In the past few years, smartphone manufacturers have started paying more attention to the optics they use on their smartphone, using wider apertures for better low light performance. That’s awesome, but as a photographer, I have an ongoing gripe about the marketing buzz around apertures: An aperture tells you little about performance if you don’t know the camera’s sensor size. As a refresher, all else being equal, wider apertures (a lower number) mean better low light performance and shallower depth of field (more background blur or ‘bokeh’). The problem with smartphone photography is that rarely is everything else equal, sensor…

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Na Zdorovie: Doing business with Russians explained


Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once famously said: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Even though Russia has undergone extraordinary political and cultural transformations and successfully embraced Western-style capitalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many people in the West still regard Russian business culture as very mysterious, incredibly intricate and difficult to understand.  I am originally from Russia and currently live in Moscow, although previously, I studied, worked and lived in France and the UK. I now work for a Russian tech company and mostly deal with foreign colleagues from…

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Get the most out of your Windows 10 taskbar with these customization tips


The Windows 10 experience is anchored by the taskbar. It provides an information-packed reference point for your workflow, but not every desktop serves the same purpose. Here are a few customization tips that’ll show you how to move, resize, and customize the taksbar to suit your needs. With the myriad of different display configurations supported by Windows 10 it’s possible you’re going to end up wishing the taskbar was somewhere else. The taskbar can be oriented top, bottom, right, or left simply by left-clicking and dragging it. I’ve heard complaints that some users find themselves unable to drag the taskbar…

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