Microsoft almost made a bezel-less Windows Phone in 2014, and it looked great

Microsoft almost beat Apple, Samsung, and Google to the punch when it comes to bezel-less, full-screen smartphone displays. Windows Central happens to have in its possession a rare Windows Phone prototype device, codenamed “Vela,” that was an early iteration of what would eventually become the uninspired Lumia 435.

The device sports the now nearly ubiquitous edge-to-edge display style now being used by Apple’s iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, and Google’s new Pixel 2 XL. Vela’s development appears to also predate Xiaomi’s Mi Mix, which helped popularize the modern bezel-less trend last year. Even more surprising: Windows Central says Microsoft was planning to price the unreleased Lumia phone at under $ 200, choosing to brand…

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Samsung updates Verizon Galaxy S5 (launched in 2014) with August 2017 security patch

We like to make fun of Samsung (and most other OEMs) for being slow to roll out new versions of Android. It’s true that Google puts everyone else to shame when it comes to big updates, but Samsung has been doing much better when it comes to security updates. Case in point: the Galaxy S5 on Verizon just got a security patch more than three years after it first launched in April of 2014.

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‘Duke Dashington Remastered’ is a From the Ground Up Remake of the 2014 Hit Puzzle Platformer

Game developer Jussi Simpanen and his company Adventure Islands are responsible for some phenomenal puzzle platformers on mobile, like Heart Star [Free], Tiny Dangerous Dungeons [$ 0.99], and Super Dangerous Dungeons [Free]. For his latest release though he’ll be going back to his very first mobile game Duke Dashington [$ 0.99] and re-releasing it as a brand new remastered version aptly titled Duke Dashington Remastered. In Duke Dashington each level is just a single screen which must be finished within 10 seconds, before the level collapses. Here’s how we described it in our original review: “The Duke is governed by a few simple rules. He can dash upward or horizontally, never downward. He dashes in that direction until he hits a wall, at which point he can dash horizontally, or fall to the ground; dashing upward while in midair is not possible, though he can dash horizontally during the middle of an upward dash.” Using that set of rules you’ll need to guide Duke through more than 100 levels spread across 4 different temples.

For Duke Dashington Remastered, the game has been “programmed from scratch with tighter controls, polished level design and all graphics have been redrawn.” It’ll include all 4 of the original temples and all their levels, but the developer is open to adding in even more new levels via updates if the demand is there. Also this remastered version will include a new Time Trial mode to add some additional replay value, as our one major gripe with the first game was that it was a bit on the short side and there wasn’t much to do once you’d beaten it. Like the first game Game Center leaderboards and achievements will also add additional reasons to play. Duke Dashington Remastered is quite far along and should be completed in the next month or two, and like Jussi’s other games it will release as free with advertisements with an optional one-time IAP to remove the ads.

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Ransomware victims have paid out more than $25 million since 2014, Google study finds

Ransomware victims have paid more than $ 25 million in ransoms over the last two years, according to a study presented today by researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. By following those payments through the blockchain and comparing them against known samples, researchers were able to build a comprehensive picture of the ransomware ecosystem.

Ransomware has become an almost unavoidable threat in recent years. Once a system is infected, the program encrypts all local files to a private key held only by the attackers, demanding thousands of dollars in bitcoin to recover the systems. It’s a destructive but profitable attack, one that’s proven particularly popular among cybercriminals. This…

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