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Instagram adds two-factor authentication

In this edition of the worldwide wrap, Instagram has begun rolling out two-factor authentication and a Danish security company has detected an attempt to spread Android malware via text messages.

Instagram adds two-factor authentication

Instagram has begun rolling out its latest security feature – the two-factor authentication. The new feature will allow users to add and verify a phone number on which notifications will be sent when a login is attempted.

The social networking app's update will come "slowly", Engadget.com reported. This means it may take a while before all its users get the additional security feature. Testing for the new feature was first noted in a report by TechCrunch.
Via: International Business Times

Android malware can erase phones

A Danish security company has detected an attempt to spread a powerful form of Android malware via text messages.

Mazar can gain administrator rights on phones, allowing it to wipe handsets, make calls or read texts.
Via: BBC

Gmailify: Gmail on Yahoo, Outlook

Google is reaching out to users who want some of Gmail's more noteworthy features, like spam protection and inbox organisation, but don't want to go through the hassle of changing their e-mail address. The new service is called Gmailify.

Gmailify links a user's existing account to Gmail so that one has access to all the features – spam protection, inbox organisation, and even Google Now cards based on the e-mail address – without the user having to leave the current address behind.
Via: Information Week

Microsoft's Fetch! app

Man's best friend has inspired a new app – Fetch! Using your iPhone camera or photo library, it can identify and classify dogs by breeds and tell users what kind of human personality fits best with specific breeds.

And just for fun, the app will even take an informed guess on what kind of dog the users or their friends might be.
Via: Daily Mail

Facebook to bring ads to Messenger

A leaked document Facebook sent to some of its biggest advertisers reveals that Facebook will launch ads within Messenger in Q2 2016.

The document, obtained by TechCrunch, says businesses will be able to send ads as messages to people who previously initiated a chat thread with that company.
Via: TechCrunch

Google's Internet balloon crashes in Sri Lanka

A Google balloon, part of the company's high-speed Internet service known as "Project Loon," crashed in a Sri Lankan tea plantation during its maiden test flight, local police said on Thursday.

Villages found the deflated balloon with its electronic equipment in the island's central tea-growing region of Gampola on Wednesday night, an officer told the Agence France-Presse.
Via: Rappler


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