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7-Eleven Japan shuts down mobile payment app after $500k stolen from customers

7-Eleven Japan shuts down mobile payment app after $500k stolen from customers

While 7-Eleven is a U.S-based company, it operates a massive number of stores and ATMs in the land of the rising sun. 7-Eleven Japan launched a new '7pay' app for making in-store payments on July 1st, and the company has already halted all payments after massive security flaws caused over $500,000 to be charged to unsuspecting customers.

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OneDrive's new Personal Vault puts extra security on your sensitive documents

OneDrive's new Personal Vault puts extra security on your sensitive documents

You can pretty much stick a file manager interface onto any app you want. But when it comes to actual personal storage apps, be it local or in the cloud, developers could always go further by installing an enhanced-security enclave — where particularly sensitive files can be stored and accessed only through further authentication. Microsoft recently decided to give OneDrive customers such an extra layer, branding it as their own "Personal Vault."

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The Nest Secure starter kit all-in-one alarm system drops to $230 ($170 off)

The Nest Secure starter kit all-in-one alarm system drops to $230 ($170 off)

Nest products are known to be well designed, easy to use, and reliable. What they're not so popular for is their price, which tends to be quite high. When the brand launched its Secure starter kit, it priced is at $400, which was probably a bit too steep. However, its all-in-one alarm system is now available for $230-$250, making it far more affordable than before.

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Presidential alerts can be easily spoofed, thanks to LTE security vulnerabilities

Presidential alerts can be easily spoofed, thanks to LTE security vulnerabilities

Last year, the United States performed the first public test of the national Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), an alert system designed to send messages to smartphones, TVs, and other systems simultaneously. The test was specifically for the 'Presidential Alert,' a new category that can't be opted out of (like AMBER alerts). It turns out these types of alerts can be easily spoofed, thanks to various security vulnerabilities with LTE towers.

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Used Nest Cams risked exposing their new owners, but Google has since rolled out a fix

Used Nest Cams risked exposing their new owners, but Google has since rolled out a fix

Smart home gadgets can get pretty expensive, and some might be tempted to pick up their hardware in used condition to save a bit of dough. Unfortunately for them, Wirecutter recently discovered that used Nest cams could provide the original owner with limited access to the new owner's feed, though the issue has since been fixed by Google.

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Secure your home with this weatherproof Canary Flex 2-pack camera bundle for $250 ($130 off)

Secure your home with this weatherproof Canary Flex 2-pack camera bundle for $250 ($130 off)

When investing in a security camera, you usually have to pick whether you'll use it indoors or outdoors, mostly because the latter are weatherproof and built to be more durable. Unfortunately, when you move out or decide your security device would have made more sense in another location, you end up having to purchase a new one — or end up with a bulky camera in your house if you went for the outdoor model. Thankfully, Canary's Flex cameras are, as their name might suggest, quite versatile as they work both indoors and outdoors while remaining discreet and resistant to harsh weather conditions.

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OnePlus accidentally leaked email addresses from its Shot on OnePlus app

OnePlus accidentally leaked email addresses from its Shot on OnePlus app

OnePlus has a little-known feature bundled with its phones called "Shot on OnePlus." It's a way for people to show off the photos they take on their phones by making them available to other OP users as wallpapers. However, OnePlus reportedly designed its API in such a way that it's easy for someone to harvest email addresses from Shot on OnePlus.

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'Face authentication' details in Android Q Beta 4 tease upcoming biometric support

'Face authentication' details in Android Q Beta 4 tease upcoming biometric support

Google's plans for better face recognition have been known for a while. After all, Apple's Face ID is so good that Google has to do something to play catch-up. According to teardowns by both 9to5Google and XDA Developers, new "face authentication" labels (strings) for settings options are hidden in Android Q Beta 4, and a search of the Settings app is showing related settings for some.

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Google will crack down on app access to Drive files in the name of user privacy

Google will crack down on app access to Drive files in the name of user privacy

Last year, Google began cracking down on third-party applications and services that could access Gmail. New restrictions were put in place to prevent unwanted behavior, and some applications were required to undergo security assessments. The response from most people has been largely positive, though there have been a few app casualties. As announced in a blog post, Google's next target for cracking down on bad third-party behavior appears to be Drive.

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