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Apps are more popular than ever, Brazzers users suffer an embarrassing leak, that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall costs Samsung dear, Space Channel 5 comes to VR, and holding a funeral for New York City payphones.

Smartphone App Usage Explodes Past 50%

Everyone knows apps are where it’s at these days, but it’s still surprising to discover just how much of our time we dedicate to using them. According to the latest figures, smartphone apps now consume 50 percent of the time spent online in the U.S. That’s as much as the time spent on desktops, tablets, and the web combined.

As comScore says in its blog post about these latest stats, “While the smartphone app has been the most important access vehicle to the internet for some time, growing its share to a point where it now eclipses all other digital media platforms combined speaks to just how central to our lives the smartphone has become”.

This shouldn’t come as a huge shock. After all, unlike desktop computers and tablets, people have their smartphones with them at all times How Smartphones Have Ruined Movies Forever How Smartphones Have Ruined Movies Forever Smartphones are mostly great, but they have negatively affected some aspects of life. Let's examine how movies have been permanently changed by these awesome/annoying devices. Read More . Couple that with the fact that the quantity and quality of apps has increased immeasurably Get the Most for Your Money: 8 Apps Worth Paying For Get the Most for Your Money: 8 Apps Worth Paying For Not all app subscriptions are worth the money, but these eight could end up saving you time, money, and effort in the long run. Read More in recent years, and you get the market share we’re now seeing.

Brazzers Users’ Details Leak Online

Another day, another massive data leak. And this time it’s users of Brazzers that have had their login credentials splashed across the dark web for all to see. Brazzers, for the uninitiated among you, is a porn site, and while there should be no shame associated with looking at online porn, its not generally something you want to shout from the rooftop.

The data leaked from the Brazzers Forum, where people discuss the films, scenes, and performers they have particularly enjoyed watching. Hackers are thought to have used vulnerabilities in vBulletin to obtain access to the 800,000 email addresses, usernames, and passwords. Those passwords were unfortunately stored in plaintext. The Brazzers Forum is now offline and “under construction”.

The attack is thought to have occurred in 2012, just like the attack on LinkedIn What You Need To Know About the Massive LinkedIn Accounts Leak What You Need To Know About the Massive LinkedIn Accounts Leak A hacker is selling 117 million hacked LinkedIn credentials on the Dark web for around $2,200 in Bitcoin. Kevin Shabazi, CEO and founder of LogMeOnce, helps us to understand just what is at risk. Read More and the attack on Dropbox Are You One of 69 Million Hacked Dropbox Users? Are You One of 69 Million Hacked Dropbox Users? It has been confirmed that 68 million Dropbox accounts were hacked in August 2012. Was yours one of them? What should you do about it? And why did the hack take FOUR YEARS to come... Read More . A Brazzers spokesperson told Motherboard, “This matches an incident which occurred in 2012 with our ‘Brazzersforum,’ which was managed by a third party. The incident occurred because of a vulnerability in the said third party software, the ‘vBulletin’ software, and not Brazzers itself”. So that’s OK then!

Galaxy Note 7 Recall to Cost $1 Billion

Samsung recently announced it was recalling the Galaxy Note 7 Samsung Recalls the Galaxy Note 7, Google Kills Project Ara... [Tech News Digest] Samsung Recalls the Galaxy Note 7, Google Kills Project Ara... [Tech News Digest] Samsung recalls the Galaxy Note 7 over faulty batteries, Google shelves Project Ara, Apple is removing dysfunctional apps from iTunes, Instagram adds pinch-to-zoom, and why YouTubers are freaking out right now. Read More . That’s every Galaxy Note 7 it has sold so far. It’s also putting a stop to all future sales for the foreseeable future. This is all because some Galaxy Note 7 batteries have exploded while being charged. The odds of it happening to you are extremely low, but Samsung cannot afford to take any chances.

The problem is Samsung is now facing a bill of around $1 billion, according to some estimates. An amount which, according to Bloomberg, Koh Dong Jin, the head of Samsung’s smartphone business, described as “heartbreaking” at a recent press conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Heartbreaking is a good word for this whole thing, as it’s likely to cost Samsung dear, and not only in terms of cold, hard cash. Not only has the company lost its advantage over Apple, which is due to unveil the iPhone 7 Microsoft Teases Future Windows 10 Updates, New iPhone 7 Rumors... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Teases Future Windows 10 Updates, New iPhone 7 Rumors... [Tech News Digest] Microsoft promises more feature-packed updates for Windows 10, the iPhone 7 rumor mill continues to swirl, BlackBerry releases its Hub+ apps on Android, Spotify targets its Release Radar, and more proof youngsters have it too... Read More tomorrow, it will lose some previously loyal customers who will now shift their allegiances.

Space Channel 5 Is Coming to VR

Virtual Reality is now a thing, and it’s not going away anytime soon. There are already several different VR headsets to choose from Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive vs. Playstation VR: Which Should You Buy? Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive vs. Playstation VR: Which Should You Buy? Virtual reality is right around the corner and there are three systems to choose from. Here's what you need to know to make an informed, smart decision. Read More , and plenty more are coming down the line. So all we need now is some unmissable games to play on our shiny new toys. Cue Ulala from Space Channel 5.

For the uninitiated, Space Channel 5 is a Sega game originally released on the (much loved and much missed) Dreamcast 6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming] 6 Dreamcast Games That Stand The Test Of Time [MUO Gaming] In many ways the Dreamcast is the forgotten console in video games history. It didn't sell well, it didn't stick around long, and it never quite lived up to its early promise. However, those who... Read More . It features a futuristic news reporter who defeats alien enemies by matching their dance moves. Trust me, it’s a lot better than it sounds on paper.

Sega and mobile provider KDDI are currently showcasing a Space Channel 5 VR title at the Tokyo Game Show. It will be available to play on the HTC Vive at the show, but the actual release date, price, and platforms getting the game have yet to be announced.

Holding a Funeral for Payphones

And finally, payphones are a dying breed. They’re increasingly unnecessary in this day and age, when almost everyone owns a smartphone How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life How Smartphones Are Ruining Your Life Your smartphone could be ruining your life, or at least have the capacity to do so in the future. Read More or, at the very least, a dumbphone. Some cities are now getting rid of their payphones, so it’s time to say goodbye to these technological anachronisms.

Nick Smatt decided that the best way to bid farewell to the humble payphone was to hold a funeral in New York City. Mourners listened to a eulogy, sang a hymn to the dearly departed, and then said their goodbyes in their own individual ways. Sadly, they didn’t bury or cremate them.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

How much time do you spend using apps every day? Do you live in fear of your login credentials leaking online? Have you been affected by the Galaxy Note 7 recall? What classic game would you like to see made for virtual reality? What piece of technology would you hold a funeral for?

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