Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance

 Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolut uses your device’s location data to automatically turn insurance coverage on and off. By default, insurance coverage costs £1 per day… Read More

Hike brings payments, news, and messaging to basic Android phones without mobile data


Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform – all without mobile data. The company, which claims 100 million users on its platform, has been working for six months on Total, with the aim of making basic services available to people who are yet to experience the mobile web for the first time – and eventually get them online to experience the full suite of Hike Messenger’s services. And it’s actually rather…

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Kaspersky: Malware disguised as Android apps from carriers can steal your WhatsApp messages


Security firm Kaspersky has discovered a new piece of malware doing the rounds that’s capable of spying on your Android phone like nothing else before it. The company says that the malware is called Skygofree (named after one of the domains on which it was first spotted), and is usually disguised as a downloadable app on fake sites designed to resemble those of mobile carriers, and promises to increase your internet speeds. Once it’s installed, it can do plenty of damage, including: Tracking the device’s location, and record audio at specified locations. Connecting an infected device to a Wi-Fi network…

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Revolut now lets you automatically buy travel insurance based on your phone’s location


One of the most overlooked parts of going abroad is travel insurance. That’s probably because there’s a massive dichotomy between how easy booking a flight within Europe is, and how tedious it is to pick out a policy. London fintech startup Revolut plans to make things even easier. The company has launched a new geolocation-based travel insurance product, called Pay-per-Day. If the company detects that you’re abroad, it’ll automatically sign you up to a policy. To do this, the Revolut app uses your phone’s standard location services. If your GPS receiver picks up that you’re in a different country, a…

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Bitconnect, which has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme, shuts down

 Bitconnect, the lending and exchange platform that was long suspected by many in the crypto community of being a Ponzi scheme, has announced it’s shutting down. In a release on its website the platform said the shutdown is attributed to “continuous bad press” surrounding the platform, two cease and desist letters from both Texas and North Carolina’s securities boards,… Read More

YouTube tightens the rules around creator monetization and partnerships

 In an effort to regain advertisers’ trust, Google is announcing what it says are “tough but necessary” changes to YouTube monetization. For one thing, it’s setting a higher bar the YouTube Partner Program, which is what allows publishers to make money through advertising. Previously, they needed 10,000 total views to join the program. Starting today, channels also need… Read More

TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract and copyright infringement

 TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement. As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had previously told Laporte Twitter was simply a text-based microblogging service, the… Read More