Users alarmed by undisclosed microphone in Nest Security System

Enlarge / You can’t see it, but there is actually a microphone in here. (credit: Nest) Google’s Nest smart home brand is in hot water this week after news surfaced (via Daring Fireball) that its home security system, Nest Secure, shipped with an undisclosed microphone. Google activated the microphone earlier this month for Google Assistant […]

Google Play caught hosting an app that steals users’ cryptocurrency

Enlarge (credit: Yu Chun Christopher Wong/S3studio/Getty Images) Google Play has been caught hosting yet another malicious app, this time one that was designed to steal cryptocurrency from unwitting end users, researchers said Friday. The malware, which masqueraded as a legitimate cryptocurrency app, worked by replacing wallet addresses copied into the Android clipboard with one belonging […]

China will blame TikTok-like video apps for their users’ content

China’s growing crackdown on internet media now includes some tight limits on short-form video apps like TikTok. Recently imposed guidelines make app creators responsible for the content their users post, and ask platforms to review every bit of content — no mean feat when TikTok alone has roughly 150 million users in China. There’s a […]

China cracks down on Twitter users critical of its government

It won’t surprise you to hear that China keeps a tight lid on homegrown social networks, but it’s now doing more to stifle free expression on outside networks, too. The New York Times reported that Chinese law enforcement recently began a crackdown on residents who post criticism of the government on Twitter, even though the […]

Evan Spiegel’s Imperious Style Made Snapchat a Success—Until Users Fled

Snap, which was once seen as a viable competitor to Facebook, is struggling after the CEO ignored warnings about a redesign that proved unpopular. With usership and the share price falling, analysts and employees are raising questions about whether his trust-your-gut management instincts can help pull the company through.

International money transfers hit $613 billion this year — here’s what young, tech savvy users value most about them

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here. Business Insider IntelligenceRemittances, or cross-border peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers, hit a record high of $ 613 billion globally in 2017, following a […]

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now fully available—for “advanced” users

Enlarge / Who doesn’t love some new Windows? (credit: Peter Bright / Flickr) The Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, continues to limp out of the door. While the data-loss bug that saw its release entirely halted has been fixed, other blocking issues have restricted its rollout. It has so far only been available […]