FitBit Faces Class Action Suit over Rashes

After a spate of rashes caused by the new FitBit Force, the fitness tracking company is facing a class-action lawsuit. It is estimated that 1.7% of FitBit Force users have been affected by a skin irritation caused by the device, prompting a product recall.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the Gomez Firm in San Diego, will require the fitness tracking company to contact every Force owner in the state of California. The class-action suit launched against FitBit is also seeking a full refund of $130 for Californian customers, along with shipping fees and taxes.

Bizarrely, part of the action against FitBit is being taken by a user who has experienced no skin rashes or averse affects after using his Force fitness tracker. According to the Wall Street Journal, 49-year-old aviation instructor Jim Spivey remains unaffected by the FitBit Force, but feels that the company did not do enough to alert its customers of potential harm.

Speaking to news site TechCruch, a FitBit spokesperson stated that the company has already publicly offered refunds to any dissatisfied customers.

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Fake iOS Tor Browser Spreads Malware

Web browser Tor is a popular tool for anyone who wants their online movement to remain anonymous; however a mobile version of the software may not be as safe as users had hoped. A Tor application found in Apple’s App Store has been reported as a fake program spreading malware to unsuspecting users.

According to a report from several Tor users, the application became available in November of last year, however it was subsequently reported as being a fake over two months ago. Although the fake application was reported to Apple, it has remained available and fully operational over the last two months, leading more users to potentially become exposed to the malware download.

“I think naming and shaming is now in order. Apple has been putting users at risk for months now,” wrote a member of Tor’s passionate online community. A number of Tor users reported being affected by malware such as adware or spyware, though it has not been confirmed by Apple or any third party security analysts.

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Facebook Mobile Ad Sales Rise

Search engine and software giant Google holds the biggest chunk of the mobile ad sales market, but according to market research company eMarketer, Facebook may not be too far behind. Between them, the two companies raked in two-thirds of all mobile ad sales in 2013.

Last year was a strong one for mobile ad spending, surging 105% ahead of 2012, but this year is forecasted to surpass that by another 75% in total. According to eMarketer’s predictions, mobile ad sales may add up to a whopping $31.45 billion this year.

In 2011, Facebook only received 11% of its ad revenue from mobile, but that figure rose to around 45% last year, and is expected to continue climbing this year. Facebook has made more of an effort to increase its ad revenue on mobile devices, and the effort appears to be paying off for the world’s largest social network. As more and more of the world’s population makes the move towards mobile technology, advertising opportunities are only expected to rise.

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Hackers Use EA Site to Phish for Apple IDs

This week, video game makers Electronic Arts found that not only had their website been breached by hackers, but the page had been transformed into a phishing scheme. Users logging on to the compromised site were prompted to give their credit card information, along with passwords and other personal data.

The major security breach was first noticed by security firm Netcraft, who promptly notified EA of the situation on Tuesday. EA has confirmed that following their own investigation into the phishing scheme, the fake site has been removed from their domain, making the website safe for users once again.

“We have found it, we have isolated it, and we are making sure such attempts are no longer possible,” said EA spokesman John Reseburg in a statement to technology news site CNET. Reseburg went on to confirm that privacy and security were of paramount importance to the company.

In a blog post, eagle-eyed security analysts at Netcraft confirmed that the phishing attack had first been used to gain victims’ Apple IDs and passwords before asking for full names, credit card numbers, and a long list of personal data. It is not clear how many EA users were affected by the scam.

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Microsoft’s OneNote is Now Free, Available for Mac

OneNote is Microsoft’s handy collaborative information-gathering tool, saving and collating data in various formats from handwritten notes to audio commentaries and everything in between. After 10 years of service, the application is finally available for use on Apple’s OS X and has even been made free for all users.

In the past, OneNote was available for free on only a few platforms; any users running Windows 7 or earlier had to buy a new copy of the Microsoft Office suite in order to use the software. The app, which was previously also available free of charge on Windows Phone, has also been released to work on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

While some of the features have been altered, the result is still largely the same; a handy information-sharing application which can be an invaluable tool for group products. Microsoft has recently faced stiff competition from similar applications such as Evernote, which offered many of the same functions as OneNote for a far smaller price.

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Fake Malaysian Airlines Links Spread Malware

The entire world is watching as the strange saga of Malaysian Airlines flight unfold, but beware of news links promising an end to this mysterious and devastating story. Cybercriminals have been using fake news links to lure people to their malware-infested websites with the promise of good news.

Videos or news links promising headlines like “Missing Malaysian Airlines Plane Found” have spread like wildfire through social media sites Facebook and Twitter. According to security analysts at Malwarebytes, these hopeful headlines are being used by opportunistic malware creators to spread their software across social networks.

According to analysts, the links first appeared on Facebook, requesting access to user profiles in order to share a fake video stream of the missing Malaysian plane. Giving access to the personal information in your profile could allow hackers to use your phone number and e-mail address, which may lead to a more serious security breach.

Facebook has reported that the company is working to remove all malware links from its vast network.

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Can Flappy Bird Ever Return?

After a long period of silence over the rise and fall of Flappy Bird, developer Dong Nguyen hinted at a possible desire to bring his app back on the market sometime in the future. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Nguyen stated that he is considering allowing his hugely popular app on the market, but it might not be as simple as fans hope.

Although fans around the world may wish for Nguyen to bring his popular app back online, Apple’s developer guidelines may not make that very easy. After deleting the app from iOS and Android app markets, Nguyen may never be able to restore his game to its former spot after all.

According to Apple’s Terms of Service agreement, the young developer essentially forfeited the right to use the name Flappy Bird on iOS, as well as all of its ad revenue, which amounted to an impressive $50,000 a day by some reports. Android users may be interested to hear that Google Play does not impose the same restrictions on its developers.

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