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Snapchat Memories Ruin Snapchat, New Mac Malware Installs Backdoors… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 07-07-2016

Snapchat conjures up bad Memories, a new form of Mac malware is on the loose, half a million hoverboards have been recalled, Microsoft helps you collect things, and racing drones in the pitch black.


Snapchat Kills Its Raison D’être

Snapchat has introduced Memories, a new feature which essentially kills its raison d’être. Memories does exactly what it says on the tin, saving snaps to an archive. This archive lives inside the main app, meaning your snaps are being saved to Snapchat’s servers.

Snapchat has always been designed as an ephemeral experience, with snaps only being available to view temporarily. This meant users were providing a brief, candid glimpse into their lives. However, Memories changes the very nature of Snapchat 12 Snapchat Features All Users Need to Learn Snapchat Streaks, Filters, and other must-know features can change your Snapchat game. Here's how to use the twelve best features. Read More , turning it into more of a standard camera app.

Memories means you can organize, edit, and/or share snaps long after they were originally taken. They’re saved in a private archive you can access by swiping up from the camera screen. Snapchat has helpfully included a “My Eyes Only” section for those snaps you’d rather no one else see, but they’re still being saved regardless.

Snapchat has, of course, previously attempted to expand on its limited offering New Snapchat Features You Need to Know About and May Have Missed Here are all of the newest Snapchat features you need to know about and may have missed from recent updates. Read More , allowing users to save snaps to their own camera roll, and collecting photos and videos taken over a 24-hour period. However, Memories changes things on a profound level, turning Snapchat into something else entirely.

Memories is being gradually rolled out as an update to the Android and iOS apps. However, Snapchat has warned that it could take up to 30 days before you see the update, as it simply cannot handle the influx of photos and videos this will send its way all at once.


Mac Malware Rears Its Ugly Head

Bitdefender researchers have discovered a new form of Mac malware that allows cybercriminals to hijack a user’s computer How Can Hackers Hijack My PC? [MakeUseOf Explains] Malware is usually very specific in what it does to your PC, whether that's displaying ads, taking over your browser homepage and search bar, or nagging you to pay for some fake anti-virus. Hijacking however... Read More . Dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor, this malware opens a backdoor into your Mac, allowing its creators to gain full access to your system.

The malware has been found embedded in a fake file converter application called EasyDoc Unfortunately, rather than being a drag-and-drop file converter as advertised, this downloads a malicious script that covertly opens your Mac up to attack.

Once this backdoor has been installed, the malware authors can access the command-and-control center from afar. This allows them to view files, execute commands and scripts, administer databases, send emails with attachments, and even capture images from your webcam.


Tiberius Axinte, Technical Leader of the Bitdefender Antimalware Lab, warned:

“This type of malware is particularly dangerous as it’s hard to detect and offers the attacker full control of the compromised system. For instance, someone can lock you out of your laptop, threaten to blackmail you to restore your private files or transform your laptop into a botnet to attack other devices. The possibilities are endless.”

The fake file converter transporting Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor isn’t digitally signed by Apple, which means that Mac owners taking the correct security precautions Here's The Only Mac Security Software You Need For most people, OS X is fairly secure out of the box — and there are a number of programs out there that potentially do more harm than good. Read More (and not downloading dodgy apps) should be OK. However, it’s another reminder that Macs are not immune from malware Mac Malware Is Real, Reddit Bans Racism... [Tech News Digest] Unmasking Mac malware, the Reddit racism row, Apple Music users, YouTube moves on from 301+, Destiny drops Dinklage, and The Human Torch drone. Read More .

Recalling Half a Million Hoverboards

Half a million hoverboards are being recalled due to the risk of them bursting into flames. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling the hoverboards after “at least 99 incident reports of the battery packs in self-balancing scooters/hoverboards overheating, sparking, smoking, catching fire and/or exploding”.

The recall affects hundreds of thousands of hoverboards made in China and sold under a variety of brand names. You can see the full list of recalled devices on the CPSC website, but the brands affected include Swagway, iMoto, Powerboard, and Hovertrax. The fire risk is due to battery packs overheating Facebook Maps Where We Live, Hoverboards Officially Unsafe… [Tech News Digest] Facebook makes detailed population density maps, FBI says all hoverboards are dangerous, Facebook creates a team for social in VR, Legend of Zelda turns 30, and watching 554 Simpsons episodes in 360º VR could actually... Read More .


To be honest even if your hoverboard isn’t included in the recall you should probably dispose of it at your earliest convenience. Because a) it could still be a fire risk, b) it doesn’t actually hover, and c) you look really dumb riding it. You’d be better off on your Marty McFly fantasies The Ultimate Guide to the Gadgets of Back to the Future II Join us as we take an in-depth look at a classic retro-futuristic movie that made us all dream. Welcome to the ultimate guide to the gadgets of Back to the Future II. Read More until someone invents a proper hoverboard Lexus Made a Real Hoverboard - But It's Not What You Think Following a month of speculation, Lexus has unveiled a fascinating project to the world: a working hoverboard. It's definitely awesome - but are they being totally honest about it? (No. No they are not.) Read More .

Microsoft Launches

Microsoft has launched a new app which helps you digitize and organize your real-world collections. While Pinterest (and the alternatives aimed at men If Pinterest Doesn't Interest, Try These Alternatives For Men Pinterest is a fascinating website that reveals the things people like, love, desire, and covet. For those that have so far remained immune to its lure, Pinterest operates on the basis of images found across... Read More ) lets you collect photos of things you find online, lets you collect photos of things you own in real life.

If just collated flat photos of objects it would dull and pointless. So, instead generates cut-outs of any objects you photograph, displaying them in a virtual display case. This brings your real-world collections to life in the digital realm, allowing you to more easily organize and share your collections., the latest app to emerge from the Microsoft Garage team, is currently only available on iOS in an invite-only beta. There is no word yet on a wider release, but you can sign up for the trial now at


Racing Drones In the Dark

And finally, this video shows a glimpse of the future of sports. Or at least one sport. This is FPV (First-Person View) drone racing at night, with a course laid out by a litany of LED lights. Filmed using a GoPro 7 Videos That Will Make You Want a GoPro Camera [Stuff to Watch] Clever marketing goes beyond memorable advertising when it demonstrates exactly what you are missing out on by not owning a product. I'm not usually a sucker for advertising, preferring instead to make my own mind... Read More , this looks more like a video game than a real sport with real competitors.

This particular race occurred during the Phoenix Cup, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona, earlier this year. We get to view the action from the drone operated by Tony Thompson, who ended up coming in second place. It may not be the greatest spectator sport in the world, but I now know I want to try racing drones myself. H/T The Awesomer]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is the new Memories feature likely to improve or ruin Snapchat? If you own a Mac, have you ever encountered malware? If you own a hoverboard, are you going to get rid of it? What collection(s) will you be sharing via Would you like to try racing drones, whether during the day or at nighttime?

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