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Project Ara Falls Apart, Update Internet Explorer Now… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 20-08-2015

Google struggles to keep Project Ara together, Microsoft patches Internet Explorer, play Final Fantasy VII on iOS, Pocket Casts casts pods, find your Ashley Madison email, Kelly Clarkson sings Tinder.


Project Ara Is Just Too Fragile

Google recently revealed that Project Ara — its effort to create a modular smartphone — has been delayed until 2016 Android 6.0 Is Marshmallow, Google Hangouts Goes Live... [Tech News Digest] Google names Android 6.0, Google Hangouts gets own domain, age ratings for music videos, Project Ara gets delayed, Facebook revamps Notes, and the Nokia 3310 is hard as nails. Read More . And now we know why.

In a nutshell, Project Ara failed the drop test. As Google explained with a tweet promising, “No more electropermanent magnets.” These magnets are what Google has been using to keep the various modules attached to the body of the handset, but they clearly aren’t strong enough to keep the components from separating if dropped.

This is a rather serious fail on the part of Google, and it’s no wonder it has forced the company to go back to the drawing board. A follow-up tweet hinted at the possible solution, with Google “testing a signature experience to attach/detach modules”. Whatever that means. Regardless, don’t get your hopes up of buying a modular smartphone Project Ara: How Your Next Smartphone Will Be Built by You You buy an expensive device and it runs perfectly for eighteen months. Then it gradually starts to get a bit slower, and the storage fills up, and the battery doesn't last as long. Read More anytime in the near future.

Internet Explorer Gets Patched Up

Microsoft has issued a critical patch for Internet Explorer designed to fix a flaw already being exploited by undesirables. All versions of Internet Explorer, from IE7 to IE11, are affected, although the new Edge browser for Windows 10 How to Set Up Microsoft Edge, the Default Browser in Windows 10 Microsoft's new Internet browser Edge made its first appearance in Windows 10 Insider Preview. It's still rough around the edges, but sleek and fast. We show you how to migrate and set it up. Read More is safe. Interestingly, Microsoft is crediting Clement Lecigne of Google with the find.

Microsoft explains the issue in a Technet post, saying, “An attacker could host a specially crafted website designed to exploit this vulnerability through IE, and then convince a user to view the website”. Thankfully, there is still an element of user control involved, as “an attacker would have to convince users to take action, typically by getting them to click a link in an instant message or email that takes them to the attacker’s website, or by getting them to open an attachment sent through email”.


Users are being advised to update Internet Explorer as soon as possible. We would add that switching to another, probably better, Web browser would also fix the problem. You know Google Chrome Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions The standard Chrome experience can be made so much better with a handful of extensions. Read More and Mozilla Firefox Switching From Chrome: How to Make Firefox Feel Like Home So, you have decided that Firefox is the better browser for you. Is there anything you can do to make Firefox less of a foreign environment? Yes! Read More both exist, right?

Final Fantasy VII Lands on iOS

Final Fantasy VII is finally available on iOS, with Square Enix releasing the game in the App Store on Wednesday (Aug. 19). This mobile version of the classic RPG (role-playing game) works on iPhone 5s or later, iPad 3 or later, and iPad mini 2 or later.

Final Fantasy VII is priced at $15.99 in the U.S., which is significantly more than most mobile games. But then this is Final Fantasy VII, one of the greatest games ever released 10 Video Games That Changed The World These are the games that changed everything, that signalled the next step in the evolution of video games, and that needed to exist for the video games industry as we know it today to exist... Read More on any platform. It also comes with touchscreen controls, and various built-in cheats to help those struggling to make progress.

Pocket Casts Adds Nearby Podcasts

Pocket Casts, one of the best podcast catchers currently available, has been updated. At least on Android. The update has added a rather cool new feature which offers users a new way of discovering podcasts What Is The Best Way To Find New Podcasts? Finding good podcasts takes some digging. Word of mouth remains the best way to discover the next great podcast. If the grapevines are silent, here are a few more ways to find new podcasts. Read More they currently don’t listen to/have never heard of.


The new Nearby tab, found under Discover, shows you the podcasts being listened to by people in close proximity, and what podcasts you have in common with those around you. Provided they have Pocket Casts installed and are sharing the information. Unfortunately, iOS users will have to wait a little longer for the update to reach them.

The Ashley Madison Email Finder

The hackers who hacked Ashley Madison Ashley Madison Leak No Big Deal? Think Again Discreet online dating site Ashley Madison (targeted primarily at cheating spouses) has been hacked. However this is a far more serious issue than has been portrayed in the press, with considerable implications for user safety. Read More — the website for people who want to cheat on their significant others — recently dumped the data on the dark web Hackers Out Ashley Madison Users, Speak Like Stephen Hawking... [Tech News Digest] Cheaters are outed on dark web, how to talk like Hawking, the U.S. keeps control of ICANN, invest in video games through Fig, watch Netflix from afar, and take selfies with zombies. Read More . As a result, a lot of people are enduring a tough week, after being exposed as (potential) cheaters Ashley Madison: What Happens Now We Know You're A Cheater The Ashley Madison dating site was recently hacked by hackers who threatened to leak the entire database unless the site closed. This week, the database has been leaked. Are your indiscretions about to become public? Read More .

However, it turns out that many of the email addresses used to sign up to Ashley Madison were used without their owner’s permission. Which means your email address could have been used even though you had never even heard of Ashley Madison before last month’s incident.

Thankfully, there is a simpl ways to discover if your email address was caught up in the scandal. Simply type your email address into, and you’ll at least know if you have some explaining to do. We just hope your partner believes you’re entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.


Kelly Clarkson Sings Tinder Profiles

And finally, to succeed at Tinder The 10 Best Tinder Pick-Up Lines That Actually Work The real magic of Tinder is in your first impression. Here are the best Tinder pick-up lines that are truly effective. Read More — which essentially means scoring more dates than anyone else — you really need to spend some time on your profile. Pitching it just right is essential to Tinder effectively Tindering Effectively to Get More Matches Here are our top tips for attracting the kind of matches you want, whether you're looking for casual dating, a relationship, or just exploring the app. Read More . Unless, that is, you personally know Kelly Clarkson.

This video shows American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson singing a selection of Tinder profiles. She makes them all sound good, whether they’re bland, odd, or even a little bit perverted. So, there’s the answer: if you’re struggling to Tinder Using Tinder? Avoid These 8 Common Mistakes Here are common Tinder mistakes you should avoid, from falling for fake profiles to sabotaging your potential matches. Read More , make friends with a singer. [H/T CNET]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you have any interest in Project Ara? Are you still using Internet Explorer? Will you be buying Final Fantasy VII on iOS? Is Pocket Casts your favorite podcatcher? Was your email address caught up in the Ashley Madison hack?

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  1. Anonymous
    August 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I love the idea of 'modular' devices, especially because they could open the market for specific hardware parts usually only for businesses to the consumer market, and with that demand comes a spike up in progress for the field, as competition flows in and capitalism manifests itself. But, if Google's got problems, this'll take some time.

  2. Anonymous
    August 21, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    “An attacker could host a specially crafted website designed to exploit this vulnerability through IE, and then convince a user to view the website.”

    Yeah. Or they could install the exploit on any compromised server...hackers *have* been known to break into servers (say, WordPress installs with known flaws, or poorly configured webservers) and infect them with malware.

    Getting somebody to visit your site is easy if the site isn't yours and is reasonably popular.

  3. Justin Pot
    August 20, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    20 years after the initial controversy, Square is still making FFVII look better graphically by only putting cutscenes in advertising for the same. You can't make this stuff up.

  4. Anonymous
    August 20, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    "Simply type your email address into"
    How do we know know that '' is not a nefarious scheme to harvest email addresses?!