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13 malicious apps removed from the Play Store

Check your Android phone now if you have downloaded any of these apps. These malicious apps are compromised with a malware called Brain Test, which will get root privileges of  your phone. Basically, this means the malware can take full control of your phone, potentially causing damages and acquiring personal information. The apps have already  been taken down by Google. The list of malicious apps are as follows: Cake Blast Jump Planet Honey Comb Crazy Block Crazy Jelly Tiny Puzzle Ninja Hook Piggy Jump Just Fire Eat Bubble Hit Planet Cake Tower Drag Box The only solution as of this writing to remove these apps is to flash the ROM. This means a  clean installation for the device’s operating system and entire data, which can be  downloaded from the phone’s manufacturer website. A factory reset will not remove these  malicious apps. These malicious apps managed to …

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Polaroid Licensee showcases CES 2016 brands ZINK, Ivation, LyxPro

C&A shows off a new range of consumer electronics that includes pro audio equipment, household appliances and photo equipment including products from ZINK. Featured in the C&A booth are products from the Ivation brand of consumer electronics, small kitchen appliances and household products. Debuting at this year’s show is a line of in-car dashcams including WiFi-enabled and super HD models. Additional new products include an Android operated Portable Smart DLP Projector that is compatible with a users’ smartphone or tablet, and a meat thermometer specifically designed with the tech savvy consumer in mind. The thermometer’s probe is waterproof and made of stainless steel and aluminum, making it heat resistant up to 572 degrees F. It’s super strong magnets and heat-resistant Teflon probe wire make it ideal for use with ovens and …

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General Motors unveils Bolt electric car in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, United States -- General Motors on Wednesday unveiled the production version of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, on which the US auto giant is pinning its hopes for the emerging segment. The Bolt aims to appeal to consumers looking at a more affordable price tag than the luxury, market-leading Tesla. "It's more than a car, it's a platform that can be upgraded," said GM chairman and chief executive Mary Barra, speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "Who are our customers? Anyone who wants to save time, money and the environment in a car that is truly fun to drive." The Bolt, set to go into production later this year, is designed to travel 320 kilometers (more than 200 miles) between charges. It also features some of the connected technology found …

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Chinese drone maker unveils human-carrying drone

LAS VEGAS — Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc. on Wednesday unveiled what it calls the world's first drone capable of carrying a human passenger. The Guangzhou, China-based company pulled the cloth off the Ehang 184 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the CES gadget show. In a company video showing it flying, it looks like a small helicopter but with four doubled propellers spinning parallel to the ground like other drones. The electric-powered drone can be fully charged in two hours, carry up to 220 pounds and fly for 23 minutes at sea level, according to Ehang. The cabin fits one person and a small backpack and even has air conditioning and a reading light. With propellers folded up, it's designed to fit in a single parking spot. After setting a flight …

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Why aren’t smart TVs very clever?

LAS VEGAS — Turns out that smart TVs can be, well, pretty dumb. Even moderately priced sets can now connect to the Internet and run Netflix and other apps — that's the "smart" part. Yet many people are ignoring the built-in features and turning to Apple TV, Roku and other stand-alone streaming devices that often do a better job. TV manufacturers like Samsung, though, continue to tout their newest and smartest models at this week's CES gadget show in Las Vegas. In a way, putting brains in a device that most people replace only every five to seven years isn't the brightest idea. Chips get faster every year, so by the time you're ready to buy a new set, its brains will be really, really old, at least in technology terms. The software, …

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Netflix comes to PH, now a ‘global TV network’

Streaming pioneer Netflix said Wednesday it had significantly expanded its global footprint to 190 countries, including the India Philippines. California-based Netflix, which began as a mail-order DVD service but is now producing award-winning original content alongside its offering of older shows and movies, launched in 2007. Now, 70 million subscribers pay a monthly fee for unlimited service. "Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network," cofounder and chief executive Reed Hastings said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "With this launch, consumers around the world -- from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo -- will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously -- no more waiting. "While you have been listening to me talk, the Netflix service has gone live in …

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Volkswagen reveals new Microbus at CES

LAS VEGAS -- Volkswagen’s (VW) old Microbus is getting a major update and could be in a garage near you in around three years. The company unveiled a futuristic battery-powered concept of the bus at the CES gadget show on Tuesday night called the BUDD-e. VW expects it to be able to go a staggering 373 miles on a single charge, far longer than electric vehicles today, due to a more efficient battery technology. The Budd-e has Internet connections to smart home devices and can be charged to 80 percent of its battery capacity in about 15 minutes, VW says. Many charging stations for other electric vehicles now take hours to do the same thing. It also has gesture recognition technology to control the infotainment screen, and the doors can be controlled …

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Tiny micro-processors will change future of sports, art – Intel CEO

LAS VEGAS -- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says tiny micro-processors will change the future of sports and art as he showed off new uses for the giant chip-maker's smallest processors during a keynote speech that formally opened the annual CES gadget show in Las Vegas. According to Krzanich, the tiny, wearable computer chips will help athletes and fans track speed and movement, while helping musicians create songs by waving their hands. The Intel chief invited a composer on stage to demonstrate a set of computerized wristbands that track hand gestures and translate them into musical notes. Other guests showed off drones and robots that use Intel's three-dimensional optical scanning technology to navigate around obstacles and recognize familiar objects. Krzanich also announced what he called a significant milestone toward the company's goal of having …

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Autonomous car breakthroughs featured at CES gadget show

LAS VEGAS — Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps and low-cost sensors are about to remove some big barriers to self-driving cars. Some breakthrough features will come to your dashboard quickly, while others will take a few years. But companies from Silicon Valley to Detroit will use the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate that autonomous car technology is heading for prime time. "It can happen today. The technology is more or less ready," said Amnon Shashua, chief technical officer of Mobileye, an Israeli company that makes computers to process information from car-mounted cameras that are increasingly sophisticated. Legal and government policy issues remain, and computer controls haven't quite been perfected. Still, Shashua and others say it's reasonable to expect cars to take over …

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Ford teams with Amazon to connect homes with cars

Ford unveiled an alliance Tuesday with US online giant Amazon aimed at allowing people to connect their cars into "smart home" networks. The partnership unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas aims to bring together connected vehicles with Amazon's Echo smart home hub. The tie-up will enable drivers to communicate with the hub and, for example, ask if their garage door is open, or request an appointment with their mechanic. It also will allow drivers to control lights, thermostats, security systems and other home devices from their car. Working from the voice-activated Echo hub, people will also be able to stop, start, lock, unlock and check their vehicle's fuel range from home. Ford chief executive Mark Fields told a news conference the tie-up came from Ford research efforts on "ways to link our …

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