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Beware: Lots of fake Pokémon Go and Minecraft apps are still on the loose

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Despite constant warnings not to download apps outside of Google Play and Apple’s App Store, people are doing it anyway, and it’s getting increasingly worse. Security experts at Trend Micro noticed a rise in the number of adware installed on smartphones, and repackaged Pokémon Go and Minecraft software are at the heart of the problem.

While adware-infected apps have been around for ages, dubious third-party sources have been getting better at tricking people into downloading them. According to Trend Micro, a Vietnamese group named HiStore has already achieved over 10 million downloads for its counterfeit Pokémon Go app on iOS alone. That’s a crazy number when you think about it, considering how tight Apple’s ecosystem is. They also have fake versions of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

China-based Haima adds to the staggering amount by achieving over 68 million downloads for its fake Minecraft mobile app. How do they manage to trick so many people? You’d be surprised; social media is their main front, and clickbait titles distract users from downloading from the official App Store instead.

Luckily for those who got scammed, the damage shouldn’t be too critical. Trend Micro explains that the adware’s primary purpose is to dig into your smartphone and push targeted ads onto it. The scammers get paid by the advertisers for each appearance, and you have to suffer with pop-ups while playing what you thought was a legitimate copy of the game. Pokémon Go became a major success for Haima and HiStore, since lots of people wanted to get a head start over the competition during the slow global rollout.

What’s the lesson here? Don’t get too excited about downloading the newest game until it hits the official servers. As long as you download from Apple or Google’s certified stores, you’re in the clear. Trend Micro is also advising developers to fortify their software in order to prevent more fraudulent apps from being distributed.

Source: Trend Micro, via Wired

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J.Lo dishes out online dating advice

If you had my love…

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Online dating is hard. Though online dating apps like Tinder make it easier to put yourself out there and meet people, it doesn’t guarantee a happy ending for all the Tinderellas in the world.

This being the case, Tinder decided to help out some of their app users. They brought in none other than timeless dazzling diva singer and dancer Jennifer Lopez to give out tips to a single girl named Brooke.

Watch J.Lo’s amusing advice as they swipe away to find Brooke true love.

Of course, J.Lo’s dating advice came with a little shade aimed at her past experiences. But all in all, it was a successful swiping session.

Do you agree with J.Lo’s tips? What are your Tinder tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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ZOZOSUIT scans your exact body measurements with a smartphone

Have all your clothes custom-made for your size!

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Online shopping is technology’s gift to the modern shopping woman. These days, you can buy anything online! The big problem? You can’t really fit outfits from the internet, and as every girl knows, the fit is everything.

Japanese online fashion retailer ZOZOTOWN is trying to combat this problem with a new clothing brand, ZOZO. How are they different? They offer custom-made fast fashion pieces, and you won’t even need to leave your house to get them. How is it all doable online? It starts with the ZOZOSUIT.

This polka-dotted ensemble allows you to scan your precise measurements with just your smartphone. All you need to do is order the free suit from ZOZO, put it on, position your smartphone on a stable area, and twirl. No really, you just need to turn around slowly as the phone scans your whole body with the free ZOZO app. It then calculates everything and gives you your measurements. Easy peasy!

From this data, you can order clothes from their website that’s custom-fitted to your specific body type. You won’t ever end up with ill-fitting pieces again! It’ll only take around two weeks for them to make and each piece won’t cost you more than US$ 100.

As of now, ZOZO, which is widely popular in Japan, carries basics like crew neck shirts and denim pants, but there are plans to expand this lineup. According to the retailer, business shirts and suits are also coming soon.

ZOZO aims to bring this tech and better-fitting clothes to the world. They’ve just announced that it’s coming to 72 new countries including Australia, Brazil, China, US, and UK.

“The time where people adapt to clothing is over,” according to ZOZO’s chief executive Yusaku Maezawa. “This is a new era where clothes adapt to people.” With the ZOZOSUIT, that definitely sounds like a plan.

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App developers have been reading your emails on Gmail

A common but unnoticed practice

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When using an app or browsing the internet, privacy is always a concern. After the Facebook Cambridge Analytica fiasco, people have been wary about their private information freely being available online. If you use Gmail, you might want to double check the permissions you give to third-party apps connected to your account.

A report from The Wall Street Journal stated that third-party app developers are able to read the contents of the emails of millions of Gmail users. It’s not a bug though, and you have to give your consent to it.

Gmail’s access settings allow data companies and app developers to view people’s emails and other private details like recipient addresses and timestamps. Don’t blame yourself if you have allowed this because the consent form isn’t exactly clear that it would allow humans — not just computers — to read your supposedly private emails.

Google reached out to The Verge and clarified that it only gives data to selected third-party developers and with users’ explicit content. The verification process of Google checks if a developer’s company is well-represented by its own app. The app’s privacy policy should clearly state that it’ll monitor emails and the requested data should also be used for proper matters.

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Take third-party email apps as examples. They need access to Gmail to properly work, or else they won’t show any content inside the app. Google said not all requests from developers are granted, but they didn’t specify how many were rejected during the application process. Google themselves may also read your emails in very specific cases.

So before you grant an app access to your Gmail account, think twice. There’s no evidence of any misused data from third-party Gmail add-on developers yet, but you should know that they can read your emails and you’ve permitted them.

SEE ALSO: How to activate the redesigned desktop Gmail

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