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Hyundai announces ability to start vehicles via Android app

Ahead of CES 2015 next week in Las Vegas, automaker Hyundai a new app that car owners will be able to use to remotely start their vehicles. The Hyundai Blue Link smartwatch app allows users to tap an icon or use voice commands to execute functions before stepping into their vehicles.

 

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"This new app expands Hyundai's exploration into how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer's lifestyle," said Barry Ratzlaff, executive director of the customer connect and service business development for Hyundai Motor America, in a press statement. "Connecting to your car through a smartwatch and voice recognition was previously something seen only in science fiction movies. Now, we can provide this capability to owners of Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link."

 

Features include remote engine start, remote engine stop, remote door lock/unlock, remote flash lights/honk horn, car finder, and the ability to call Roadside and Blue Link assistance.

Google hands out a large bug-finders fee of $50,000

A group of Polish security researchers have been rewarded with $50,000 from Google, thanks to their investigation and findings of 30 flaws within the Google App Engine developer platform - said to give hackers possible access beyond their own virtual machines.

 

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This flaw was further explained as allowing intruders the ability to bypass the Oracle Java security sandbox.

 

While in operation, Google detected this research team conducting their tests and locked them out of their Google App Engine account - meaning no more progress could me made. After two weeks Google allowed this team to continue their research, complete their exploration of the GAE flaws and produce a report on the findings. There was one clear-cut rule however, the researchers must limit their work to the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) layer and steer clear from the next sandboxing layer.

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Peel and stick sensor sets out to improve health

Pitched as an IndieGoGo campaign, the QButton is claimed as the "world's first post-it Bluetooth sensor."

 

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In simple terms, the QButton is being designed to help remind you when it's time to take care of yourself. Ranging from reminders such as when it's time for you to take a sip of water, or prompting you to stand up from your desk and walk around - this new stick-on technology is trying to work as a preventative, rather than a cure.

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WhatsApp's upcoming voice calling function detailed in a new leak

WhatsApp is a near unstoppable messaging client, so I'm sure most people will still balk at the fact Facebook dished out an enormous $22 billion to acquire them earlier this year. The company is now set to launch its new feature, a voice calling function, to its app in the coming weeks or months.

 

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Some new leaked photos are showing us what the latest update to WhatsApp will deliver, where we won't only get voice calling but image files and text support, too. The new details were yanked from the latest version of WhatsApp by Android World, where we can see the new features in all their glory.

 

We don't know when the voice calling function is coming to WhatsApp, but judging from this information being pulled from the latest version, I'm sure it can't be long now.

Samsung to can their 'ChatOn' service in 2015

Have you ever used ChatOn to chat to your friends? We haven't either. Samsung's unpopular messenger service has been marked for closure on the first day of February, 2015.

 

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Unfortunately this messenger app didn't really gain traction in the wider market, which is currently heavily saturated. If you're wanting to chat to a friend there is a seemingly endless list of ways to contact them in this day and age through your mobile. Off the top of my head I can immediately rattle off: Steam, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Xfire, WhatsApp, Line - amongst many others.

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Android apps can access your data on 4.3 and older without permission

Acording to Hong Kong's Privacy comissioner and iTNews, Android applications running on version 4.3 or older have the ability to access your personal photos, files and sensitive data without any notification.

 

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Yesterday there was a report published by the Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD), explaining the findings of this information and their tests on the authenticity of the Android app model.

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Bose could soon launch its own streaming music service

Bose has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, fighting being thrown off, and then back on Apple store shelves. Today we are hearing that the company might be launching its own music streaming service, that could compete against the likes of Spotify and Pandora.

 

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Hybebot is reporting the news from a job listing for a Senior Designer that would help make the "next generation streaming music platform" and a matching "ecosystem of products." Engadget has asked Bose to open up about its new plans, but there's been nothing said so far. This could be bad for the company's plans of getting back onto Apple store shelves, as a music streaming service would be competing against Apple.

 

We should hopefully find out more soon, with CES 2015 right around the corner.

Uber raises prices during the Sydney hostage ordeal then backpedaled

Early this morning, local time, news was spread by the mainstream media on a hostage siege taking place in Sydney's inner CBD involving 'Muslim Extremists' laying claim to an unknown number of hostages. If you're unaware of what's going on, one of the reputable news sources covering this unfortunate news (News.com.au) released a very simply laid out 'what we know' on the matter.

 

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In light of local business evacuations and people rushing away from this threat, users began noticing that popular rideshare app Uber was charging users around the CBD a $100 AU to flee safely to their homes, this is said to be a "result of automatic surge pricing meant to get more drivers online" as according to News.com.au.

 

Mashable first reported on this issue, being sent screenshots of Uber's iOS application charging a $4/minute, $9.59/KM, $100 minimum cost, being clearly labeled in bold writing as "4.0X the normal fare".

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Taxi drivers in France threaten to block Paris roads because of Uber

The roads leading into France's capital city may be in jeopardy this Monday, as Parisian taxi drivers are vowing to block major highways to protest the rise of Uber's ride-sharing service application - adding to yet another countries Taxi demographic unhappy with the company's offering.

 

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The court has refused a ban on the urban ride share service application Uber, seeing French cabbies threaten massive retaliation against the service that they claim is promoting unfair competition of their services.

 

UberPOP has a claimed 160,000 French users, with people being able to use their personal cars to transport passengers around at low rates. Taxi drivers are fed up with the recent rise in popularity of these services, bidding to the French commercial court to make a new law ot ensure Uber drivers have a harder time soliciting businesses. However, last Friday this law could not be enforced "until the government had published full details of the restrictions", as according to Business Insider.

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Amazon's app has been removed from the Google Play Store

An interesting development is occurring, with Amazon's app quietly being removed, or disappearing from the Google Play Store. Why? Well, it should be pretty obvious: Google doesn't want to compete with Amazon in its own backyard.

 

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Amazon has said that its updated app is the best way to experience its marketplace on Android, but in an official statement the company said its app had to be removed after an update was made to Google's Developer Distribution Agreement. The agreement now states that any app that "facilitates the distribution of software applications and games for use on Android devices outside of the Store" cannot be approved for the Google Play Store.

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