Indian politicians are bribing voters with free phones worth millions of dollars

Indian politicians have historically never been shy about making big promises to the public about their plans for the country during election campaigns; they even offer freebies to entice people to vote for them. In recent years, gadgets have become the giveaway of choice, taking over from cash, livestock, gold, and subsidized pantry staples. In the western state of Rajasthan, current chief minister Vasundhara Raje is stepping her game up with upcoming state elections. She intends to put 10 million smartphones into hands of the voters who vote for her, and their families The plan, which will see voters receive a grant…

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MEGA’s Chrome extension laced with cryptocurrency-stealing malware

The threats to your cryptocurrency are coming in quick! File-sharing service MEGA has been hacked to steal private keys and passwords, TorrentFreak reports. MEGA has given details of a targeted attack, in which hackers managed to upload a malicious version of its Chrome browser extension to Google’s Play Store. For five hours, any user who ran the installer from the Play Store had their accounts compromised. Services affected include popular cryptocurrency wallet services MyEtherWallet (MEW), MyMonero, and decentralized asset exchange IDEX. Tech giants Amazon, Microsoft, and Google were also specifically targeted. There is currently no reliable information regarding how many…

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Razer’s second gaming phone will struggle to find anything more than a niche

Gaming phones are a strange experiment in the mobile market. I can see them being either wildly successful or abject failures in the coming years. I guess this is why I’m simultaneously intrigued and puzzled by the announcement of the Razer Phone 2. Razer, if you’re unaware, is a Singaporean company and one of the biggest gaming hardware brands around – making laptops, computers, and peripherals. But, last year, it dipped its toes in the phone market with (arguably) the first modern mobile device aimed at gamers, the Razer Phone. (Side note: N-Gage lovers, please don’t @ me, I did say…

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Instagram is changing the way we experience art

With 1 billion users and growing, it was perhaps inevitable that Instagram would shake up the art world. The social photo platform has been accused by the media of fanning a narcissistic selfie culture. But in galleries, research is showing that the negative aspects are far outweighed by the positive. Instagram is changing the way we experience and share our visits to exhibitions, and how we perceive art. In fact, arts institutions are now actively courting Instagram users. The Museum of Ice Cream in the US is considered one of the most Instagrammed exhibitions, with over 125,000 hashtagged posts. The…

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