Tag: sms

Google updates Messages app to fix bug that broke search functionality [APK Download]

Some of you may have recently encountered an annoying bug in Google’s SMS app Messages (formerly Android Messages) whereby the search function would no longer work — ironic when your company is primarily known as a search engine. Thankfully, a fix has now been released and the issue should no longer present itself. Hey @Google, thanks for […]

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Millions of SMS texts in unsecured database expose 2FA codes and reset links

Enlarge / 2FA via SMS happens worldwide, all. reader comments 10 with 9 posters participating Share this story Millions of SMS text messages—many containing one-time passcodes, password reset links, and plaintext passwords—were exposed in an Internet-accessible database that could be read or monitored by anyone who knew where to look, TechCrunch has reported. The discovery […]

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[Update: Fix due soon] Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing

You’ve may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there’s a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we’ve received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some. Our […]

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Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing

You’ve may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there’s a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we’ve received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some. Our […]

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Google to more closely monitor SMS and phone permissions of apps on Play Store

The Play Store may be packed with content, but there are some pretty strict rules in place when it comes to the things apps distributed by Google can do, and once in a while those rules are refreshed or tweaked. Starting this month, Google has refined its Developer Program Policies to include limits to call […]

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Android Messages 3.6 brings richer search interface, better automatic previews, and an updated icon [APK Download]

Article Contents Yesterday, Google announced an update to Android Messages that would bring a new richer search interface with people and categories front and center. Today, the new version of Messages is starting to roll out with that change and a few more things in tow. New app icon The first thing you may notice about Android […]

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Project Fi shutting down text forwarding on September 12

A sad bit news hit Project Fi users’ emails today. Google’s MVNO service is shutting down text forwarding on September 12. While I’m sure not everyone on the carrier uses this feature, I personally have relied on it since joining Fi.  Google notes that call forwarding to another number will continue to work, so there’s […]

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MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund

Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor Harley-Davidson to expand EV lineup, may include scooters, bicycles Update: EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry B2B e-commerce company Sokowatch closed a $2 million seed investment led by 4DX Ventures. Others to join the round were Village Global, Lynett Capital, Golden Palm Investments, and Outlierz  Ventures. […]

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Password breach teaches Reddit that, yes, phone-based 2FA is that bad

reader comments 19 Share this story A newly disclosed breach that stole password data and private messages is teaching Reddit officials a lesson that security professionals have known for years: two-factor authentication (2FA) that uses SMS or phone calls is only slightly better than no 2FA at all. In a post published Wednesday, Reddit said an […]

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SMS two-factor authentication is unsafe – Use these instead

The revelation of Google’s Titan security key has put the spotlight on a long-existing but not widely adopted technology: physical keys that open the doors to your digital life. FIDO-compatible security keys, strange as they may seem, is just the latest attempt to solve one of the biggest threats to digital security: passwords. But while […]

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Sokowatch closes $2 million seed round to modernize Africa’s B2B retail

Jake Bright Contributor More posts by this contributor Update: EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 accepted into YC, raises $1.2 million Kenya based Sokowatch aims to shake up the supply chain market for Africa’s informal retailers. The B2B e-commerce company closed a $2 million seed investment led by 4DX […]

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[Update: Rollout resumes with July patch] Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, but it might wipe your SMS history

We’re big fans of the Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 here at AP. Its combination of a handsome design, top-of-the-line software, great performance, and solid battery life makes it one of the best budget phones out there (even if it’s not officially sold in the US). The phone received Android 8.0 Oreo just before 2018 […]

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The Nudge is a planner app packaged as an SMS subscription service

How do you fix digital information overload and the resulting life-attention deficit that’s apparently afflicting smartphone owners everywhere — and even leading some very large tech giants to unbox ‘digital wellness‘ tools lately? San Francisco based startup The Nudge reckons the answer to getting millennials to spend less time sucked into screens, and more time out and about […]

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Samsung phones are dangerously sending random photos to random contacts

Samsung phones are no stranger to quirky problems, but this time the problem may actually be more serious than a phone exploding in your pocket. Apparently, several devices, including but not limited to the Galaxy S9, are spontaneously sending random photos to contacts in a user’s phone. It could be any photo sent to any […]

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Xiaomi Mi A1 now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update, but it might wipe your SMS history

We’re big fans of the Android One-powered Xiaomi Mi A1 here at AP. Its combination of a handsome design, top-of-the-line software, great performance, and solid battery life makes it one of the best budget phones out there (even if it’s not officially sold in the US). The phone received Android 8.0 Oreo just before 2018 […]

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[Update: Available to all] Android Messages web interface is starting to roll out, but the app needs an update

Google has been planning a web version of Android Messages for months—we’ve seen it appear in teardown, after teardown, after teardown. Now, it’s finally starting to show up for users. Well, sort of. The web interface has gone live, but the app doesn’t appear to understand that yet. The web component of Android Messages will allow […]

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