When you type a password into a mobile payment app, you'd probably expect it to protect that password somehow. But it seems that the Starbucks app for iOS doesn't actually lock its usernames and passwords down. According to a Computerworld report, company executives admitted today that the mobile app stores passwords in clear text, with no encryption of any sort. By connecting your phone to a computer, the report claims, someone could easily retrieve your password from a crash log.
In 1971, eight people broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania, making off with confidential documents. Despite a huge manhunt involving 200 federal agents, the burglars were never caught. Only recently, after lawyers advised the group the US government can no longer try them for their crime, have five of the people who broke into that office on that night come forward. The group — including a professor and a couple who had young children at the time of the break-in — took tremendous risks in obtaining the confidential documents. ...
As with everything it does, Valve plans to tinker with the Steam Controller as many times as the creators and the users deem necessary until it’s complete. Those who were in attendance at Steam Dev Days on Wednesday were the first to learn that Valve is planning to readjust the ABXY buttons on the Steam Controller into a diamond layout, similar to the design of most modern home console controllers. This should limit compatibility issues for classic titles. Valve is also removing the touchscreen that dominates the center of the controller, replacing it with “ghost mode,” which apparently made the touchscreen redundant. According to The Verge, “ghost mode” will allow users to see a virtual display of the buttons on
Spotify, which is riding high after completing a massive fundraising round in November, said today that it has dropped all limits on streaming ad-supported music on the web. As of today, the company has totally removed the caps, in a move that has implications for competitors like Beats Music and Rdio. Spotify's free offerings have always been more generous than its peers The move comes less than a week before the high-profile launch of Beats, which is challenging Spotify with an enormous marketing campaign that includes promotional deals with AT&T and Ellen DeGeneres and is expected to include an advertisement that airs during the Super Bowl.
Mac users no longer have to sit on the sidelines while their Windows-using friends install CyanogenMod with ease. Cyanogen has just released an OS X beta for its Installer app, making it trivial to flash your Android phone with a new ROM from the comfort of your MacBook. Just be sure to check out the compatibility list before you dive in -- the beta won't work with some Samsung devices. Provided that everything lines up, you can start downloading at the source link.
You've heard of being a copycat, but what about a copyflap? That's apparently just what birds are doing when flying in a V-formation, something that's frequently seen when giant flocks migrate across the skies each year. A new study conducted by Nature suggests birds keep an eye on the leader, as well as their place in a formation, matching their flaps to ride waves of thin, spiraling air sent off by the lead bird and those who follow. ...
If you subscribe to the school of thought that dictates “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Finland is almost certainly burning right now. Following the revelation that Nokia likely used a cunning secret weapon in its fight to convince Microsoft to cough up $5 billion for its devices and services business and another $2.2 billion for patent licensing, we have seen the company’s tiny Android phone pop up a number of times. A leaked photo of an engineering prototype surfaced recently, and we saw on Tuesday that the device had an interface that mimics the look of Windows Phone on Android using a series of custom widgets. Now, a photo of what appears to be final hardware has been leaked on
It's Tuesday and time for the Engadget HD Podcast. We hope you'll join us live when the Engadget HD podcast starts recording at 8:45PM. Tonight we cover the news following CES, a wrap up of the storm, as well as a kick off of 2014. If you'll be joining us, take a peek at the topics after the break -- then do everything else you'll need to do in order to be ready to participate in the live chat.
What you see here is a leaked image that claims to be the upcoming successor to the classic TR-808 drum machine from Roland. If you're in need of a refresher, the unit debuted in 1980 and powered a truckload of iconic sounds over the past 30 years, including Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" and Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock." Heck, it's still getting plenty of use by musicians and producers today.
Facebook will reportedly launch a Flipboard-like news reading feature later this month either as a standalone application for mobile devices or as a “web experience” optimized for mobile devices, people familiar with the matter have told Re/code. Apparently known as “Paper,” and part of a bigger “Project Reader,” the news reader app would offer users quick access to various publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others, as well as status updates from friends, “all in a visually stunning ‘paper-like’ format.” Project Reader began a few years ago, but was split into multiple products down the road including the March refresh of Facebook’s News Feed but also Paper. The latter is said to incorporate digital book publishing
Microsoft opened up registration for its 2014 Build conference yesterday, and it has sold out just over 24 hours later. This year’s event takes place in San Francisco again, but Microsoft will play host at the Moscone Center between April 2nd and 4th. After holding Build 2013 in June, Microsoft is pushing its annual event forward a couple of months this year and is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8.1 alongside some initial Windows 9 details. Microsoft will also likely detail its upcoming "Update 1" release for Windows 8.1 at Build 2014.
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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
The makers of Viddy, a once fast-growing app for recording and sharing short videos, sold their company today for a reported fraction of their former valuation. Fullscreen, which offers tools and advertising services to makers of YouTube videos, scooped up Viddy — which rebranded last year as Supernova — for around $15 million, according to Re/code. And while Viddy lives on in app stores, its dream of becoming video's answer to Instagram appears to be dead and buried. Investors included Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Shakira, and Jay-Z's Roc Nation, and Viddy attracted celebrity users including Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, and T-Pain.
If a recent retailer listing is to be believed, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite leaks were about as accurate as they could have been. The listing for the SM-T110 can be found at X-Kom, a Polish electronics retail site, and specifications for the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite include a 1024 x 600 resolution 7-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 3,600 mAh battery, 2-megapixel rear camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The price of the two models listed on the site also lines up with the rumors: $165 for Wi-Fi only, $263 for 3G. Samsung Poland also posted a user manual for a device on its own website with the same product number, another sign that the new tablet should