Hackers use security utility to lock Macs in blackmail scheme

The “Find My X” service for Apple’s various devices is being co-opted by hackers to lock various systems and handsets in order to demand a Bitcoin ransom payment for their unlocking.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/09/21/hackers-use-security-utility-to-lock-macs-in-blackmail-scheme.html

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Airbnb ‘Smart Locks’ Bricked By Bad Firmware Update

Smart lock company Lockstate mistakenly sent a firmware update out to a set of “smart locks” that should never have received it, bricking the devices in the process. Expected replacement time? Between 5 – 18 days.

The post Airbnb ‘Smart Locks’ Bricked By Bad Firmware Update appeared first on ExtremeTech.

The original article can be found here: https://www.extremetech.com/computing/254177-internet-things-smart-locks-bricked-bad-firmware-update?source=Computing

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How to set up DIY video monitoring for home or office — subscription free

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Plug-and-play video monitoring cameras are all the rage, but most of them lock you into a proprietary and expensive backend. With a little extra effort, you can create your own monitoring system, with the devices you choose.

The post How to set up DIY video monitoring for home or office — subscription free appeared first on ExtremeTech.

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Trade in your old iPhone or iPad and get a 10% cash bonus to offset your new iPhone SE or 9.7" iPad Pro

Article Image Readers who are purchasing one of Apple’s iPhone SE or 9.7″ iPad Pros this week can lock in an additional 10% cash bonus on their old iPhone or iPad trade-in from BuyBackWorld, which offers some of the industry’s highest payouts on used Apple gear.

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iOS 9.3 will let IT managers define home screen layout, hide and blacklist apps

Article Image For businesses and other organizations, Apple’s forthcoming iOS 9.3 update will let them lock the layout of a device’s home screen — and exert more control over apps in general.

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Windows 10 now shows ads on the lock screen — here’s how to kill them

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Microsoft has begun using the Windows 10 lock screen to advertise content — but while the game it chose is excellent, some people won’t like the precedent this sets.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/223634-windows-10-now-shows-ads-on-lock-screen-heres-how-to-kill-them

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Users of Microsoft's 'free' Windows 10 find unexpected ads on lock screen

Article Image Microsoft recently began running advertisements directly on the lock screens of Windows 10 devices, catching users by surprise with marketing on their PCs and tablets.

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5 ways to customize your Android home screen

When you first fire up an Android gadget and get past the lock screen, you’ll find yourself on the home screen. Depending on who manufactured your gadget, it might be sparse with just a few icons, or crammed with icons and widgets.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/01/22/5-ways-to-customize-your-android-home-screen.html

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Securing Android: How Blackberry will lock down its upcoming Priv phone

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Blackberry has published several documents explaining how it will lock down Android devices and offer improved security over other providers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/216724-securing-android-how-blackberry-will-lock-down-its-upcoming-phone

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August debuts Apple HomeKit-enabled Smart Lock, Kwikset unveils Kevo Plus Internet-connected bridge

Article Image Two major players in the “smart lock” segment introduced new hardware this week with August unveiling a connected doorbell with camera, programmable keypad and a HomeKit-enabled version of its door lock, while Kwikset debuted an Internet gateway for its Kevo Bluetooth lock.

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Apple stops iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0 code signing as iOS 9.0.2 fixes lock screen exploit

Article Image After the release of iOS 9.0.2 on Wednesday, which fixed a number of bugs including a lock screen exploit, Apple stopped signing iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0 firmware for compatible devices, prohibiting users who updated from downgrading.

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Apple Watch to get Activation Lock with watchOS 2

Apple’s upcoming watchOS 2 will bring Activation Lock to the Apple Watch, the company quietly revealed on Monday via a new webpage for the operating system.



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Lock screen ads on Windows 10 bring us closer to a nightmarish capitalist dystopia

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At its Build conference earlier this week, Microsoft revealed a brand new lock screen for Windows 10 — opening up PCs to the hellscape of ads that is the Xbox user interface in the process.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/204595-lock-screen-ads-on-windows-10-bring-us-closer-to-a-nightmarish-capitalist-dystopia

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August iPhone-connected lock unveils new remote access add-on, private API

Owners of the Yves Behar-designed August Smart Lock now have the option to control the device from their iPhone even when they’re out of the house thanks to the new August Connect accessory announced by the company at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.



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Yves Behar's iPhone-controlled August Smart Lock arrives in Apple Stores

The August Smart Lock, created by famed designer Yves B?har, is now available at retail through a partnership with Apple, which is selling the HomeKit-connected device at all of its locations across the U.S.



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iPhone 5 & 5S trade-ins surge 2800% at Gazelle; AI readers get exclusive $10 bonus ahead of 'iPhone 6'

Last week, Gazelle began offering customers the ability to lock in cash trade-in prices ahead of Apple’s anticipated Sept. 9 “iPhone 6″ unveiling, and for the next 48 hours, AppleInsider readers can get an additional $10 cash bonus on their iPhone 5s trade in thanks to an exclusive partnership.



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