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No, 'Apple Wave' does not let you charge your iPhones in the microwave

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No, new features in iOS 8 do *not* include "Apple Wave" wireless microwave frequency charging, regardless of what 4chan tells you. Remember: Don't let Apple-new-release fever fog your brain, and do NOT believe everything you read on the intertubes!

10 security holes that cybercrooks dream about - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's episode of 60 Second Security.

Enjoy the latest security news in just one minute...

Apple ships a sevenfold security surprise, including iOS 8 and OS X 10.9.5

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Apple doesn't have Patch Tuesdays, but it does have Update Surprisedays.

We just had one of them, with brand new and more secure versions of iOS, OS X and Safari.

SSCC 165 - "U2 or not U2," that is the question [PODCAST]

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It's Chet Chat time!

Here's this week's episode of our news-you-can-use security podcast...

From the Labs: VBA is definitely not dead - in fact, it's undergoing a resurgence

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Our most recent detection statistics show that using Visual Basic code in malicious documents is a trend on the rise. So why have malware authors turned to Visual Basic to do their bidding?

"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it

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The Metasploit crew is calling this Android Browser bug a "privacy disaster.”

Here's what you can do to avoid trouble...

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...

85% of apps not up to scratch on privacy, study finds

Worldwide app study finds 85% not up to scratch on privacy

A coordinated study of apps run by a group of national privacy and data protection bodies from around the world has found that the majority are failing to provide adequate information on the privacy implications of using the app.

SSCC 164 - Spend Bitcoins using Apple Pay? *NOW* you've got me interested! [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat for your listening pleasure.

Our weekly computer security podcast with the News You Can Use...

Apple Pay - just how safe is it going to be?‏

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Apple Live 2014 saw the announcement of the Apple Watch, a free U2 album for all iTunes users, and the iPhone 6/6 Plus.

But perhaps of most interest to security watchers was "Apple Pay", Cupertino's guns-blazing answer to Google Wallet...

Patch Tuesday wrap-up, September 2014 - why even a single-bit data leak is worth fixing

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Here's what you need to know about the September 2014 Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft and Adobe...

Apple iCloud - 3 tips for keeping your photos and other data safe

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Apple confirmed it found no evidence of a security breach, but that some individual celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised. With that in mind, here are 3 tips to help protect you when using iCloud:

Google to pay $19,000,000 compensation for taking candy from kids

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Google will stump up $19,000,000 in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission.

The money will be used to refund Android users whose children, says the FTC, were able rack up in-app purchases too easily.

Apple, please provide better protection for iCloud - Secure our Selfies!

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In the wake of exposed candid celebrity photos Apple recommends using two-step verification. Would this have made a difference? Should Apple strengthen its authentication options?

Apple developer guidelines lead to rogue phone call risks in iOS

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It turns out to be surprisingly easy to trick unsuspecting users into making unwanted phone calls from iOS.

That could cost you premium-rate money, or give away your number to a scammer...

Microsoft vows to clean away misleading apps from its Windows Store

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Microsoft is vowing to clean up Windows Store after a recent survey of the app store found many scam apps that were deceptively labeled with logos and names of legitimate apps.

This has been an ongoing problem. Will Microsoft finally rid its store of "crap apps"?

How dare you use my camera! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's 60 Second Security.

A week of news distilled into a swift minute of amusing but informative video...

Facebook wants you to know that Messenger is not spying on you

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After a long build-up of rumors surrounding the Messenger app's required permissions to access the device's camera and microphone, Facebook is finally attempting to set the record straight.

Firefox OS app permissions will give users more privacy than Android

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Mozilla's mobile platform, Firefox OS, is behind Google's Android in just about every way.

But in one important respect, privacy, Firefox OS is trying to move ahead by giving users more control over what data apps can gather from their devices...

Linux hits 23 - the Time Machine that changed the world!

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Linux reached the entirely respectable age of 23 this week, more or less.

Paul Ducklin looks at what might have been...