It's April Fool's joke, but here you will not find any false news. Today we take a look at the top stories of the weekend, including the failure of AirPower, state malware in the Google Play Store, etc.
Apple News: RIP AirPower, 201
Shockingly something new, Apple announced that the AirPower project was "dead" and the product would not be released.
- Apple kills AirPower by failing to meet the company's high standards. Wild. [Review Geek via TechCrunch]
- Speaking of things that Apple decided to kill, the company also announced that it will close the Texture app on May 28th. Last year, she bought this magazine curation app, which she then turned into what we now know as News +. [PC World]
- The company also lost the engineer who managed the design of each self-made chip from the A7 to the A12x. [CNET]
- The happier news looks like Apple is preparing to add Chromecast support for Apple Music. It's nice to see that the company accepts things outside its own standards. [9to5Google]
It's unusual for Apple to announce a product while it's still being tested and developed. It is even more unusual if the company reverses an already announced product and cancels it. But that's exactly what happened at AirPower.
You may be curious as to why AirPower has been lifted, even though there are dozens of other multiple device chargers on the market. The answer is simple: Apple was not satisfied with the status quo and wanted to do something better with AirPower. While most cordless chargers for multiple devices have very specific charging points (where the induction coils are located), Apple wanted AirPower to work in a way that offered a better experience.
Rather than having to set up the phone (or other) to get to a specific location, the company wanted overlapping induction coils so you could just drop your phone, watch, or AirPod case anywhere, and charging would start. It's not a fumble to find the exact location for each device – just a flowing, intuitive experience. At least on paper that sounds great.
It turned out that the execution was much more difficult than the company envisioned, and after more than a year of testing, it proved impossible given the company's high standards. No doubt this is a shame, but I respect them for knowing when to fold them.
Google News: Hey Government, get your malware out of my Play Store!
In messages we only wish were April Fools' joke, a new kind of state malware was discovered in the Google Play Store. Google's goo.gl URL is also shorter, a new Nest Smart screen has been leaked, and so much more.
- The motherboard partnered with a nonprofit research firm called Security Without Borders to discover a new type of state-sponsored malware on the Internet. Google Play Store. The whole story is fascinating. [Motherboard]
- Google's Goo.gl link shortening service, originally announced in 2009, has now reached its end. Existing goo.gl links continue to work, but new ones can not be created. [Android Police]
- Google accidentally leaked a new product from Alphabet's Nest: The Hub Max, a 10-inch smart display with camera. The leak has since been pulled. [Android Police]
- Firefox and Edge users can now sign in to their Google Account with USB security keys. This functionality was previously only possible in Chrome. [Engadget]
- In Chrome 75, the setup screens for the first run were redesigned, including setting the dark mode and applying a wallpaper to the splash screen. [Techdows]
- Gmail is 15 years old today! To celebrate, Google introduces new features, such as the ability to schedule emails.
- Google no longer sold the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and left only the 3 and 3 XL in the store … for now at least. Something tells me that this is a step to prepare for the upcoming 3a and 3a XL. [Android Police]
- Samsung has promised monthly security updates for the Galaxy S10 family in Android news not directly related to Google. It has also moved a number of other devices, including the S7, to a quarterly update schedule. [Android Police]
Google provides protection against malware on the Play Store through Google Play Protect, which finds and removes malware every day. But as proven time and time again, it is not perfect. This new malware discovered by Motherboard proves it.
According to the report, this new malware was "sold to the Italian government by a company that sells surveillance cameras, but has not been known to produce malware," which is as curious as it is not surprising. Like most other malware, these suspicious apps offer something for nothing – device improvements or carrier promotions.
The malware is called Exodus and works by downloading a remote ZIP file containing the current version . Malware file that "hacks" the phone. However, after infection, the malware has complete control over the phone so that it can retrieve footage from the phone's environment, phone calls, location, messenger logs, text messages, and any other sensitive information.
If you are concerned I am interested in all the bloody details and strongly recommend reading the detailed piece of motherboard. This is also a good time to remind everyone to be safe and alert when installing apps, even if they come from the Play Store.
Related news: A 10-month security breach spawned 2 million credit card numbers  In a bid to keep up the trend of news you do not want to know, a recent data breach for over 10 months revealed the credit card details of 2 million Earl Enterprise restaurants. Customers on. Oof.
- Earl Enterprise Restaurants, the owner of facilities such as Planet Holywood and Mixology (among others), confirmed a ten-month data breach that exposed more than 2 million credit card numbers that are now being sold online. The violation has now been resolved, but be sure to keep track of your credit card statements when you visit Earl Enterprise. [The Verge]
- It is rumored that Amazon is working on a free, advertising-based messaging app for Fire TV. [Engadget]
- Sega joins the mini-game with the Genesis Mini. It will start on September 19th for $ 80 and contain 40 classic games. [The Verge]
- Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta is available for download. The full release will be released in April. [Liliputing]
- Valve announced a teaser for the upcoming VR headset called Index. Alright then! [The Verge]
- Last week, AT & T's 5G E-network was slower than its competitors' 4G LTE networks. Over the weekend, it was the first carrier to reach gigabit speeds with its real 5G network. [Engadget]
- Facebook accidentally deleted several posts by Mark Zuckerberg from the network, including all of his posts from 2007 to 2008. It decided that this was due to a "technical error" – and said it basically did not make sense to them retrieve. Curious. [Business Insider]
- But the good news is that Facebook finally shows you why you see the posts you do. This is a surprising step towards transparency. [Facebook Newsroom]
- Microsoft quietly updated the Surface Book 2 with better processors. [The Verge]
Data breaches have become an uncomfortable trend in recent years as more and more data is offered for sale on a daily basis. The worst part? There is not much you can do about it. You can be as vigilant as a person, but if the company that stores your data has a bug in their system, someone will find it . Your data is only as safe as the company that sticks to it, which is scary as more and more services use modern technical amenities. Pretty soon it will be almost impossible to keep your personal information, well, personal.