7-Eleven Japan shut down its mobile payment app after hackers stole $500,000 from users

7-Eleven Japan shut down its mobile payment app after hackers stole $500,000 from users

On Thursday, 7-Eleven Japan suspended a recently-launched mobile payments feature on its 7Pay app after a flaw allowed a third party to make bogus charges on hundreds of customer accounts. The company released the feature on Monday, July 1st: it allowed customers to scan a barcode with the app and charge a linked credit or debit card. However, the company received a complaint the next day: a customer noticed a charge that they didn’t make….

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Google is testing a play button for Chrome’s toolbar

Google is testing a play button for Chrome’s toolbar

It appears that Google will soon add a play button to its Chrome browser, as spotted by Znet and Techdows. The button will live on Chrome’s toolbar, and will allow users to play or pause a video or music that’s playing in a tab. The feature is called Global Media Controls, and it’s currently being tested on Chrome’s Development browser, Canary. Once it’s enabled, the feature appears next to the URL field, and will highlight…

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Two earthquakes shook southern California this week. More could come, but predicting them isn’t easy.

Two earthquakes shook southern California this week. More could come, but predicting them isn’t easy.

Seismologists say more earthquakes could be on the way, but technological limitations makes it difficult to tell when they could strike. California’s largest earthquake in decades rattled homes, damaged buildings and led to widespread power outages on the Fourth of July — before being followed up by an even larger quake on Friday night. On Thursday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southeastern California. Its epicenter was in Ridgecrest, a city of fewer than 30,000 people…

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Formula E’s electric off-road SUV is an absolute unit

Formula E’s electric off-road SUV is an absolute unit

Formula E, the first global all-electric racing series, has unveiled the racecar that will run in its new upcoming off-road sister sport, “Extreme E.” Dubbed Odyssey 21, the all-electric SUV made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK this weekend. It has even been making runs up the famous Goodwood hill, and while it’s still just a prototype, one thing is clear: it’s an absolute unit. I wouldn’t say that just…

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Border Patrol leadership reportedly knew about derogatory Facebook groups for years

Border Patrol leadership reportedly knew about derogatory Facebook groups for years

Agents reportedly flagged posts from the group to leadership as early as 2016. Top officials at US Customs and Border Patrol reportedly knew about a Facebook group in which current and former agents routinely posted derogatory, inflammatory, and sometimes violent memes years before the group became public knowledge following a report by A.C. Thompson at ProPublica. That group may also not be the only one of its kind, according to reporting that found a second,…

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4K TVs from LG, Vizio, and Sony dominate this week’s best deals

4K TVs from LG, Vizio, and Sony dominate this week’s best deals

July Fourth brought along a bunch of good deals on tech, and fortunately, most of them are still happening. Below, we’ve rounded up the week’s biggest price drops on a few 4K TVs, gaming tech, and more. Looking into the very near future (just over a week from now), Amazon Prime Day 2019 will be underway. Expect to find even more sales when it starts on July 15th. We’ve put together some tips on how…

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Professor faces 219-year prison sentence for sending missile chip tech to China

Professor faces 219-year prison sentence for sending missile chip tech to China

A University of California, Los Angeles professor faces a maximum sentence of 219 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of smuggling chips with military applications to China. Convicted on 18 counts Yi-Chi Shih, an electrical engineer and adjunct professor at UCLA, was found guilty last month by a Los Angeles jury, officials said in a statement this week. He was convicted on 18 counts, including making an illegal export and multiple fraud…

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