Archive for March, 2017

Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I talked to a friend of mine on Skype yesterday. She lives in Los Angeles and for some reason we started discussing Starbucks, we both are coffee addicts and have the habit to drink coffee while doing computer work..

I am a frequent customer of Starbucks wherever I am and especially the past months in Shanghai. I usually buy coffee in the morning and atleast one time in the afternoon or evening. I admit I spend too much on coffee!

My friend in LA told me she is very confused about the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino which was a limited release between April 19 and 23. A grande Unicorn Frappuccino is packed with an impressing 59 grams of sugar! Even though the big sugar content it was a very popular drink and sold in large quantities during the period, which confused us a bit since people now are more aware of what they eat and drink and most try to avoid unnecessary sugar bombs.

However, both me and my friend will stay to the cappucinos and espressos. And yes, they are not super healthy either but compared to a unicorn frappuccino they are like vegetables and fruits.

Is China becoming unfriendly to foreigners?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

After spending the majority of last year and already more than one month here in China I am starting to ask myself if China is becoming unfriendly to foreigners and foreign companies? Foreigners and their entreprises were once a group China depended on to attract capital and tech to increase its growth.

Many foreigners describe the enviroment in China now as challening, hesitant and doubtful. All three words I can agree on to the fullest. The never knowing of what rules are applicable and you should obey is the most stressfull part of business life here.

Tightening internet censorship, proctectionism and slow market progress are growing concerns for foreigners in China. It is obvious that the there has been a focus shift from exports to a heavier reliance on internal consumption, all this happening at a time when China is seeking more economic influence and bigger voice on global political issues.

I read an interview with an american business executive who lived in China for 20 years, he sums up the situation very accurate: “For foreign companies in China, right now is perhaps the most distressing and unhappy time that I have seen. They are afraid of filing trade actions, or talking publicly about their problems as they fear that retribution would be very strong.”

Android Scams That You Must Be Aware Of

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

It’s unfortunate, but there are a lot of scammers out there looking to steal personal and financial information from Android devices. But don’t fret, we’re here to help you stay safe. These are the Android scams you should know about and how you can avoid getting caught in them.

Text message phishing scam

Phishing scams use deceiving messages to entice you to provide personal information to thieves. This could include financial details, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, birth dates and more.

How a text message phishing scam works is a message comes from what seems like a legitimate institution like a bank, government agency, insurance company, etc. The scammers first try to gain your confidence so they probably won’t ask for personal information right away. Usually, you’ll be redirected.

One text phishing scams is a trickster tells you that your bank account has been stolen and needs to be verified. The message then prompts you input bank login details, personal information or a PIN into a link they provide. Once inputted, your information is stolen.

You can avoid this scam by never trusting a text message from an unknown source. Even if a message looks legitimate it should still be verified before any action is taken. If it’s from a bank just pick up the phone can call them directly. Then you’ll know for sure.

Look-alike apps

Cyber thieves are creating apps which look and function like legitimate apps but are actually malware that steals personal or financial information, tracks locations and communicates with contacts and scams them as well. This doesn’t just happen with APKs. Some of these apps can be found in Google Play.

Fishy APKs are pretty well known and can be avoided by ensuring they’re always download from a reliable source. Check out our APK file guide to make sure you’re safe. There are also plenty of apps in Google Play that are there to scam Android owners. Make sure you check the app’s permissions and don’t trust all reviews.

One recent scam was the ‘exclusive’ version of WhatsApp dubbed ‘WhatsApp Gold’. This is fake and when it’s downloaded your phone is immediately infected with malware. There are other WhatsApp scams out there too like ‘WhatsApp Plus’. Only download the updates from WhatsApp itself and don’t trust any upgrades.
Tech support scam

Tech support or ‘high-tech’ scams have been around since the late 90s. They started out with desktops and have since moved to smartphones. What happens is a call from someone who says they are the tech support for your service provider or device manufacturer. This person then tried to elicit personal information.

One of the biggest tech support scams is the ‘ransomware’ scam. The ‘tech support’ person claims your device has been infected with a virus and they are there to help you but only if you pay for the service first. Then they attempt to get you to make a purchase through a phony site or just ask for credit card details over the phone.

Whenever you receive a message or call from someone who claims to be there to help, be cautious. If your phone was compromised a legitimate provider would not use that device to solve the issue. If you get one of these calls, hang up, and call your service provider from the number on the website.

Repair store scam

Not all Android device repair shops are created equal. Some of them are owned or staffed by thieves. If you bring your phone into one of these disreputable establishments your data can be stolen or hardware switched out for worse equipment.

One of the most common violations of data privacy with scam repair shops is when they break into a device. This does not always mean they steal data but it nevertheless is not desired. If you bring a device in to get the battery or screen repaired don’t assume the shop will not get into your phone. Even the most encrypted screen lock will not help because they can bypass this.

If you need a repair be sure to shop around before settling. And the chain places aren’t always better. There could be a rogue employee there. Your data is not safe even at trusted establishments and any sensitive information should be scrubbed before bringing in your Android device.