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Security Company: Coolpad Smartphones Have Hidden Backdoor

Chinese models show the new types of Coolpad mobile phones at the P&T/Expo Communication China 2008 at China International Exhibition Center on Oct. 21, 2008 in Beijing, China. Backdoors were recently discovered in Coolpad smartphones. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Chinese models show the new types of Coolpad mobile phones at the P&T/Expo Communication China 2008 at China International Exhibition Center on Oct. 21, 2008 in Beijing, China. Backdoors were recently discovered in Coolpad smartphones. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Smartphone users in China were noticing something odd about their Coolpad phones. The devices were automatically installing strange apps, and the users were getting advertisements...


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    Halloween is this Friday, and here’s some quotes and sayings for the day. “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest... Read more

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    Digital Death and the Digital Afterlife. How to Have One and How to Avoid It

    In 2012, the UK’s Sunday Times reported that actor Bruce Willis was going to sue Apple because he was not legally allowed to bequeath his... Read more

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    Hard Evidence: Are Tech Shares Undervalued or Is There a Bubble That’s About to Burst?

    No need to beat about the bush. There is another tech bubble in the United States. The relationship between the share prices and profits of... Read more

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    Dan Bilzerian Arrested? Instagram King Posts Video of Himself Getting Handcuffed by Police

    Dan Bilzerian, one the of the most famous people on Instagram, appears to have been arrested recently. Bilzerian is known for his decadent lifestyle, which... Read more

  • Reasons for the explosive growth of social channel Pinterest

    Once upon time the social networking site known as Pinterest was a visual pin-board platform. Nowadays the social networking service has grown to a visual... Read more

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    Julion Alvarez Dies? No, Fake ‘CNN’ Death Hoax Now Viral, ‘RIP Julión Álvarez’ Trends on Twitter

    Julion Alvarez wasn’t murdered, but what appears to be a fake Spanish-language website is claiming that he was. The fake site, GrupoWallStreet.com, is titled as... Read more

  • Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, a mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine, appears in court Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Michael Quine)

    Christy Mack: Brother of War Machine Launches Twitter Attack on Mack as Jonathan Koppenhaver Gets Charged with Even More Felonies

    Christy Mack is being attacked on Twitter by the brother of the man who allegedly beat her so badly that it took weeks to begin... Read more

  • An article stating Rockstar has confirmed the next Grand Theft Auto (GTA 6) will take place in Chicago is bogus. Close view of the packaging of the console game Grand Theft Auto 5 at the midnight opening of the HMV music store in central London on September 17, 2013. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

    Grand Theft Auto 6 in Chicago Hoax: Rockstar ‘Confirms Next GTA Will Be Chicago Based’ is Fake

    An article stating Rockstar has confirmed the next Grand Theft Auto will take place in Chicago is bogus. The fake news item was posted on... Read more

  • This image provided by Microsoft shows the start menu of Windows 10, the company's next version of its flagship operating system. The company is skipping version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered on mobile devices and Internet services. (AP Photo/Microsoft)

    Windows 10 May Bring New Hope for PC Gamers

    Microsoft has had a checkered past when it comes to supporting one of its most valuable communities. PC gamers are part of the reason that Microsoft is still doing... Read more

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    Candy Crush Saga Finally Arrives in the Windows Phone Store

    Microsoft has landed another key app in its Windows Phone Store today with the addition of Candy Crush Saga. The game, which has grown in popularity over... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    Xbox One Tops PS4 for Month of November With 1.2M Consoles Sold

    Microsoft has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season as the NPD market research firm is saying that the company sold 1.2 million... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle Available for $349, for Today Only

    As part of Microsoft’s ’12 Days of Deals’ Christmas promotion the company has released the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity bundle with savings of up to $109.99... Read more

  • Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 4 20th anniversary edition video game console is displayed at Sony's showroom in Tokyo on Dec. 4, 2014. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

    Limited Edition PS 4 Going for Over $20,000 on eBay After Selling Out Within Minutes

    The Limited Edition PlayStation 4 which launched last week was quick to sell out on Sony’s online store, but is now available for insane prices... Read more

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    Top 5 Vintage Games for Your iPhone and iPad

    For gamers, one of the most exciting trends on the App Store is the increasing availability of classic console and PC games on mobile devices... Read more

  • Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation 4 20th anniversary edition video game console is displayed at Sony's showroom in Tokyo on Dec. 4, 2014. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

    3 Cool PS4 Accessories You Can Buy on the Budget

    Buying a new console (or receiving one as a gift) was only half the battle. Now you have to kit it out with all the... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    3 Cool Xbox One Accessories You Can Buy on the Budget

    Buying a new console (or receiving one as a gift) was only half the battle. Now you have to kit it out with all the... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    BBC iPlayer App Is Now Available on Xbox One

    Earlier today, the BBC Sport app finally launched on Windows Phone – and now, the BBC has even more love to share with users of Microsoft’s products... Read more

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    GTA 5 Online Heists Update: Heist Missions, Cops and Crooks DLC Info Leaked via YouTube

    Grand Theft Auto V’s Heists DLC will be rolled out along with the Cops and Crooks DLC, said a noted GTA YouTube leaker. DomisLive, via... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    Xbox Live is Having a Few Issues, Likely From a DDOS Attack

    If you are having trouble connecting to Xbox Live right now, you are not alone, as many users are reporting that they are seeing error... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    Xbox One Black Friday Deals: Walmart, Microsoft, Target, Amazon, Gamestop, Xbox Live

    Black Friday is right around the corner and Xbox One owners are searching for the best deals and specials on games, while others are looking... Read more

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    Xbox Games With Gold December List: Free Games Include Worms Battlegrounds, The Raven

    The Xbox Games With Gold list for December has been announced. Microsoft announced that subscribers will get Worms Battleground, an artillery-based game of annelid annihilation,... Read more

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    PlayStation Plus Free Games: December PS Plus Revealed; Gods Among Us, Secret Ponchos for PS4

    The PlayStation Plus PlayStation 4 free games for December were revealed weeks earlier than normal. The free games for the PS4 are part of the... Read more

  • A control of a Microsoft's Xbox One game console is pictured in a shop in Shanghai on September 29, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

    EA Says Microsoft Is Catching up in Console Sales

    Last week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One had surpassed the 10 million sales mark (albeit to retailers, not customers) and now EA is saying that they,... Read more

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    Free Destiny Demo With Transferable Characters Now Available on All Consoles

    Destiny has been one of the most heavily marketed games of the year, being a new IP from Bungie, makers of the ever popular Halo... Read more

  • This photo provided by Microsoft shows a scene from the "Halo" video game for the Xbox One. Master Chief is returning to the battlefield next year. Microsoft announced plans Friday, May 16, 2014, to release the video game sequel "Halo 5: Guardians" for the Xbox One and a "Halo" television series to be produced by Steven Spielberg in fall 2015. (AP Photo/Microsoft)

    Learn How We Can (Theoretically) Build a Halo Ring (Video)

    There’s no disputing the massive appeal of the Halo franchise. The game started on the original Xbox, and is continuing to be a standout title... Read more

  • The Nintendo logo is seen on the final day of the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles, California June 13, 2013. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nintendo to Sell Transparent Nintendo 2DS Game Consoles

    Fans of Nintendo gaming consoles will have the opportunity to purchase the first transparent version of the Nintendo 2DS gaming console starting next week. The new Nintendo product measures... Read more

  • GTA Online got a recent High Life update this week. (GTA V screenshot/YouTube)

    GTA 5 Online Heists: Leaked ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Apartments; Possibly for Heists DLC?

    There’s been more alleged leaks about Grand Theft Auto V’s Heists DLC Noted GTA 5 YouTube leaker DomisLive said that he received screenshots of possible... Read more


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