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  • Rights groups release software to detect government spyware

    11/21/2014 3:43:11 PM PST · by Brother Cracker · 8 replies
    america.aljazeera ^ | November 20, 2014 | Wilson Dizard
    Human rights group Amnesty International released free software on Thursday that allows users to determine if their computers are bugged by government intelligence agencies. The program, Detekt, was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target, Amnesty said. “Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists’ private emails and remotely turn on their computer’s camera or microphone to secretly record their activities,” said Marek Marczynski of Amnesty International. “They use the technology in a cowardly attempt to prevent abuses from being exposed,” he added. In many place,...
  • Microsoft Windows Turns 29: Happy Birthday to the World's Number 1 OS! [Love it or hate it]

    11/21/2014 1:41:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/21/2014
      Windows 1.0 was launched 29 years ago24 photosVIEW ALL  Windows was, is, and will continue to be the world's number one operating system for the desktop for many years from now, as neither Mac OS X nor Linux have what they need to overtake Microsoft's key player in the PC war. But have you ever wondered how everything actually started? Today is the best moment to ask such a question, because this is the day when Microsoft's Windows celebrates its 29th anniversary. While we're not going to get through the whole Windows history, because both Microsoft's official website...
  • Elon Musk worries Skynet is only five years off

    11/21/2014 3:17:11 AM PST · by Vaquero · 10 replies
    C/net ^ | 11-19-14 | Eric Mack
    Elon Musk worries Skynet is only five years off The Tesla and SpaceX CEO voices fears that artificial intelligence could become dangerous by the end of the decade.
  • Apple, GT Advanced Technologies And The Boule Graveyard

    11/20/2014 6:32:04 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 2:33 PM ET | Mark Hibben
    A recent Wall Street Journal report confirms my working hypothesis about what went wrong at GTAT's Mesa Plant. The 2000 sapphire furnaces GTAT constructed produced defective sapphire about half the time. The high risk inherent in the furnace approach justified Apple's decision not to purchase the furnaces. However, questions remain as to why Apple embarked on such a risky venture, and what might be done to salvage it. A recent report by The Wall Street Journal makes clear that GT Advanced Technologies' Mesa plant was incapable of economically producing sapphire for Apple. The report also makes clear exactly what...
  • The 10 Best Jobs For 2015

    11/20/2014 9:08:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jacquelin Smith
    If your New Year's resolution is to land a new gig, you may want to consider one of CareerBuilder's top 10 jobs for 2015. CareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to compile its new list of the hottest jobs, which is based on supply and demand. It features professions for which the number of jobs companies post each month significantly outpaces the number of people they actually hire — showing where companies are most hungry for talent and how much the positions pay. "Whether you're a seasoned worker or a college student deciding on a career path, this...
  • More details of Apple’s GT Advanced sapphire deal make it crystal clear how things fell apart

    11/20/2014 2:47:17 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | November 19, 2014 | MIKE BEASLEY
    The Wall Street Journal has revealed key details of the failed deal between Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies that show why the agreement collapsed and how GT managed to run itself into bankruptcy while trying to meet Apple’s standards. A previous report from the Journal revealed that GTAT had been unable to provide the iPhone 6 displays it had promised Apple, but now we have even more information on why that demand was so hard to meet. Originally Apple intended to buy the massive new sapphire furnaces GTAT had designed, but eventually Apple decided to simply ask GTAT...
  • DOJ warns Apple: iPhone encryption will lead to a child dying

    11/20/2014 12:57:41 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2014 · 5:23 pm
    “The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn’t access a suspect’s device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads,” Goodin reports. “Instead, the data can be accessed only by people...
  • Windows 7 SW for transcribing/audio amplifier?

    11/19/2014 3:49:37 PM PST · by Yehuda · 22 replies
    11/19/14 | Yehuda
    I'm a 25-year Mac user suddenly working on a 2009 Compaq desktop with a 500 gig HD, 3 gig of RAM, AMD Athlon II X2 215, on Windows 7. latest patches. I need to transcribe almost 2 hours of audio that is currently in itunes (playable on the PC); I can probably convert it to other formats. The problem is the audio is very soft on volume, and I can't hear it unless I squeeze my headphones up against my ears, and then of course I can't type as I listen. Years ago I would have run it out of...
  • Nokia re-enters consumer electronics with 7.9-inch iPad mini knockoff

    11/19/2014 11:35:22 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 · 12:54 pm
    “Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet,” Matti Huuhtanen reports for The Associated Press. “It will launch a 7.9-inch device early next year in China, the world’s biggest market, before selling it elsewhere.” “The device will be manufactured by Foxconn, which makes Apple’s handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership with Microsoft in 2011. That partnership ended unsuccessfully — in April, Nokia sold its cellphones unit to...
  • 87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked

    11/18/2014 11:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Attacks on Apple iOS devices are rising sharply, with 87 percent of the top 100 paid-for iOS apps now having been cracked and cloned - up from just 53 percent in 2013, according to a new report.87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked Arxan's 2014 ‘State of Mobile App Security' study also highlights the widespread targeting of Android apps. It finds 97 percent of the top 100 paid-for Android apps have been cloned, similar to previous years.The report, which was released on Monday, also reveals widespread copying of financial services, healthcare/medical and retail/merchant apps: 95 percent of Android-based...
  • Off with their heads! French socialists declare new Assassin's Creed video game is right-wing

    11/18/2014 6:21:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Sara Malm
    A French left-wing MEP has hit out at the creators of video game Assassin's Creed over their portrayal of Maximilien de Robespierre. A slight artistic liberty from the creators sees the character of Robespierre presented as a psychopathic mass-murderer, which has enraged the French left, Jean-Luc Melenchon claims the depiction of Robespierre, considered by many to have been the architect of the French Revolution, in the latest installation of the game is 'propaganda against the people'.
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.1, Apple TV 3 version 7.0.2, Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.1

    11/18/2014 12:20:50 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Monday, November 17, 2014 · 1:24 pm
    Apple today released iOS 8.1.1 which includes bug fixes and increased stability and performance improvements for both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4s. iOS 8.1.1 is available immediately as an over the air (OTA) update or as a download from iTunes. If your device does not have enough space, you need to connect to iTunes, back up your device and delete data from your device to make space for the update. For information on the security content of this update, visit: _____________________________________________ Apple today also released: Apple TV 3 version 7.0.2 which includes general performance and stability improvements....
  • Watch Out, Apple; Microsoft Now Second Most Valuable Company In The World [bumping out Exxon]

    11/17/2014 1:39:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11/17/2014 | Mike Upton
    The air is beginning to get a bit thin for the Redmond tech giant, as reports released Friday showed Microsoft climbing to the number two spot on the list of most valuable companies in the world, bumping out Exxon by roughly $9 billion. The cause for Microsoft and Exxon swapping places is two-fold, in that while the price of oil has been dropping, along with Exxon’s share price, Microsoft has been on the rise since October following reports of strong fiscal first-quarter gains with its cloud computing business at its heart. Microsoft has also been making waves recently with its...
  • States working to fix hobbled health care websites

    11/16/2014 8:48:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 16, 2014 2:07 PM EST | Steve LeBlanc
    The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude. […] Massachusetts was one of several states where the ambition of running their own health insurance marketplace inside a new federal system ran into a harsh reality. Some, like Oregon and Nevada, folded and decided to go with the federal exchange for the second round of open enrollment, which began Saturday. Others, like Maryland and Massachusetts, fired their technology contractors and are hoping for better results this time....
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu (book review)

    11/16/2014 1:16:24 PM PST · by Lorianne
    John Batchelor Show ^ | 15 November 2014 | John Batchelor interviews author Tim Wu
    John Batchelor interviews Tim Wu author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires audio 20:03
  • AT&T dumps smartphone tracking system; consumers can opt-out

    11/16/2014 12:13:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | on 16 Nov 2014 | John DiPietro
    The tracking mechanism - Relevant Advertising - put in place by AT&T essentially added an undetectable identification number to all Internet traffic on the cellphones of the users. Since the identification number helped mark all the sites visited by AT&T customers, advertisers could build up profiles on users by following the website trail he or she would visit. ... Revealing that the use of the controversial technology has been stopped by AT&T, company spokeswoman Emily Edmonds said that AT&T subscribers who do not want to be included in the carrier's new smartphone tracking system have the choice of opting out...
  • US DOE To Build Two NVIDIA GPU-Powered Supercomputers Three Times Faster Than The World’s Fastest

    11/15/2014 4:03:38 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies ^ | Friday, November 14, 2014 | Sean Knight
    In an effort to give the U.S. a leg up when it comes to supercomputers, the Department of Energy announced its plans to build two GPU-powered supercomputers that will bring the world closer to exascale computing. The DOE is awarding $325 million to build “Summit” for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee and “Sierra” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California while an additional $100 million will go into research for “extreme scale supercomputing” technology. The supercomputers are expected to be installed in 2017 using next-generation IBM POWER servers coupled with NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators and NVIDIA...
  • Facebook’s New Privacy Policy Means Users Shouldn’t Hide Anything

    11/15/2014 12:39:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | November 15, 2014 | Wayne Murphy
    Facebook is again taking a dig at your privacy. With the ever changing privacy policies, the manager of privacy and public policies at Facebook, Mr. Matt Scutari literally mocks the privacy of users to a certain extent. In fact, the manager of privacy and public policies at Facebook even condemn the privacy lovers by stating that Facebook does not even consider the option of privacy of its users for themselves. Facebook considers that there is absolutely no sense in allowing the users to hide stuff from Facebook. ... According to a statement by Mr. Matt Scutari, the manager of privacy...
  • Computer help needed: (Mozilla) AdBlock Plus Causing Video Lag

    11/15/2014 12:29:29 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 49 replies
    11/15 | self
    I have long ago "cut the plug" and watch movies and TV exclusively thru the internet using sites like Veetle, Solar Movies, an Movies4k. I have always used no script and AdBlockplus as these sites are notorious for popups and ads...but once defeated the content is amazing. Recently I noticed videos have been lagging. The sound is fine but the picture keeps studdering/ quickly freezing and unfreezing. I have done all I can think, cleared temp files, reinstalled firefox, no success. I then disabled all add-ons and BINGO-movies now playing perfect-no lag...but the damn ads are back! When I reinstall...
  • Apple criticized after users' private files end up in the cloud

    11/14/2014 3:29:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | 10/31/2014 | Craig Timberg
    After security researcher Jeffrey Paul upgraded the operating system on his MacBook Pro last week, he discovered that several of his personal files had found a new home — on the cloud. The computer had saved the files, which Paul thought resided only on his own encrypted hard drive, to a remote server that Apple controls. “This is unacceptable,” thundered Paul, an American based in Berlin, on his personal blog a few days later. “Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded them to their servers — across all...
  • It's Not Your Daddy's Microsoft Anymore: Open Sourcing Software to Linux, OS X, and others

    11/14/2014 2:10:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Tech Zone 360 ^ | 11/14/2014 | Doug Mohney
    Don't blink. Microsoft is starting to pick up speed as it starts to implement drastic changes in the way it does business. Open sourcing of server software with ports to other operating systems, increasingly aggressive service bundling, support for WebRTC, and free Windows for mobile devices are evidence that cloud first and mobile first aren't just hot air. CEO Satya Nadella is shaking up Microsoft in a way that would have given Steve Ballmer a heart attack. Announcing open sourcing of the .NET core framework with distributions for Linux and Microsoft OS X, as was done this week, would have...
  • U.S. government warns on bug in Apple's iOS software

    11/14/2014 1:41:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:32pm EST
    Nov 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. government warned iPhone and iPad users on Thursday to be on the alert for hackers who may exploit a vulnerability in Apple Inc's iOS operating system that would enable them to steal sensitive data. There was the potential for hacks using a newly identified technique known as the "Masque Attack," the government said in an online bulletin from the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Teams. . . Apple said in an emailed statement to Reuters. "We designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help...
  • Russia plans alternative version of 'Wikipedia'

    11/14/2014 11:16:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014 | Thomas Grove
    Russia plans to create its own "Wikipedia" to ensure its citizens have access to more "detailed and reliable" information about their country, the presidential library said on Friday. Citing Western threats, the Kremlin has asserted more control over the Internet this year in what critics call moves to censor the web, and has introduced more pro-Kremlin content similar to closely controlled state media such as television.
  • Sheriff's department files held for ransom by malware

    11/14/2014 7:01:23 AM PST · by Brother Cracker · 21 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 | Ben Hooper
    DICKSON, Tenn., - A Tennessee sheriff's department said it paid more than $500 ransom to release files locked away by malicious software accidentally downloaded into the system. Detective Jeff McCliss, IT director for the Dickson County Sheriff's Office, said the "Cryptowall" program was installed into the department's computer system in late October when someone streaming local radio station WDKN accidentally clicked on a rotating ad that had been infected with the malware. McCliss and Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said Cryptowall put a lock on the department's case folder and demanded $572 worth of anonymous online currency Bitcoins to unlock the files....
  • Emotional Toddler: My compassionate young daughter gets adorably emotional(Video)

    11/13/2014 9:54:38 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/13/2014 | Youtube
    Video Link Here
  • Is Ted Cruz, born in Canada, eligible to run for president?

    11/13/2014 9:33:46 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 117 replies
    Angie Drobnic Holan ^ | August 20th, 2013 | Tampa Bay Times
    Can Ted Cruz run for president if he was born in Canada? The Republican senator from Texas says he can. And just to be sure, he’s taking the extra step of renouncing the Canadian citizenship he says he didn’t even know he had. Cruz -- full name: Rafael Edward Cruz --was born in Canada in 1970 because his father was working for the oil industry there. The senator’s recently released birth certificate shows his mother was born in Delaware and his father was born in Cuba. The Cruz family left Canada a few years later. Cruz grew up in Texas...
  • Google to sunset Wallet for digital goods purchases

    11/13/2014 8:54:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    The Next Web ^ | November 13, 2014 | Owen Williams
    In a world filled with payment processors for dealing with online in-app purchases, Google has decided to step out of the game. The company quietly announced today that it’s sunsetting Google Wallet for digital goods. The service was launched in 2012 as a way to purchase virtual items on the web and inside online games. The company says that since launching the product the “industry has matured a lot” and is now “providing a number of alternative payment solutions.” Google doesn’t offer any suggestions for alternative providers, however. Google also said that those using in-app purchases on mobile via Google...
  • Microsoft to open source more of .NET, and bring it to Linux, Mac OS X

    11/13/2014 7:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 11/13/2014 | By Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft is planning to open source the full server-side .NET core stack and to take that open-sourced .NET core to Linux and Mac OS X, alongside Windows.Microsoft officials announced the company's latest .NET programming-model plans on the opening day of the Connect(); developer-focused event on November 12.In April 2014, Microsoft announced plans to open source a number of its developer technologies, including ASP.NET, the Roslyn .NET compiler platform, the .NET Micro Framework, .NET Rx and the VB and C# programming languages. Microsoft officials said they planned to make these technologies available via a newly created .Net Foundation.Today, the company is adding...
  • AMD’s Radeon R9 390X ‘Fiji XT’ may feature 4096 SPs, extreme memory bandwidth (HBM)

    11/13/2014 5:45:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | November 12th, 2014 at 10:33 pm | - Author Anton ShilNooov
    Advanced Micro Devices’ next-generation graphics processing unit is still several months away, but it looks like it is worth waiting. According to unofficial information from SiSoft Sandra benchmark’s database, the forthcoming GPU features unprecedented compute horsepower as well as uses multi-layer high-bandwidth memory with extreme bandwidth. If the listing in Sandra’s database is correct and really describes a prototype of the Radeon R9 390X “Fiji XT” graphics card, the next-generation offering from AMD will feature 4096 stream processors (SPs) (which, in case of the GCN 1.2 architecture, means 64 compute units and 256 texture units) and 4096-bit memory bus. The...
  • Like Your Cell Phone? That’ll Be An Extra 17 Percent

    11/13/2014 2:45:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 11 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-11-14 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Since Americans have become more mobile the demand for wireless access has increased. However, high tax burdens on wireless services have made it increasingly difficult for consumers to pay their cell phone bills. In a recently released report, Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014, Scott Mackey and Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation highlighted the tax burdens facing wireless technology consumers. These tax burdens are significantly higher than traditional sales taxes and vary vastly from state to state, city to city. Mackey and Henchman note the overall tax burden—federal, state, and local—has increased to an average of 17.05 percent...
  • Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

    11/13/2014 9:29:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | November 12, 2014 | Alastair Himmer
    When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road. Despite being engrossed in the latest instalment of Candy Crush or busy chatting with their friends on messaging app Line, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and fellow Tokyoites. But the growing ranks of these cellphone addicts are turning cities like Tokyo, London, New York and Hong Kong into increasingly hazardous hotspots, where zombified shoppers appear to be part of vast games of human pinball.
  • Can someone explain, in plain English, what 'NET NEUTRALITY' means?

    11/13/2014 6:04:17 AM PST · by maineman · 93 replies
    11/13/2014 | maineman
    I've researched the heck out of this BUT still don't get it. Just looking for a simple explanation for a simple man.
  • Chinese man proposes to girlfriend with 99 iPhone 6s, she says no

    11/12/2014 4:49:15 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 61 replies
    NewsCom.AU ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2014 3:48AM | Network Writers
    Grand gesture ... a Chinese man proposes to his girlfriend in a heart made of 99 iphone 6s. Picture: Weibo Source: Supplied HE’S got 99 problems, but a fiancé ain't one. A love-struck Chinese man decided to propose to his girlfriend in the middle of a heart made from 99 iPhone 6s, at a cost of over 500,000 yuan ($94,400), according to The Nafang, citing local media. Unfortunately for would-be Romeo, she said no – leaving him with a bouquet of flowers, a mountain of phones, and likely a very empty wallet. iphone proposal Rebuffed ... she says no....
  • Security Flaw in iOS Opens Malware Door for Cyber Crooks

    11/12/2014 9:21:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The VAR GUY ^ | 11/12/2014 | DH Kass
    Security provider FireEye (FEYE) is cautioning that an opening in Apple’s (AAPL) iOS leaves most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers attempting to swap installed, trusted applications for rogue software capable of stealing sensitive and confidential information from the user. FireEye first reported the bug to Apple in late July, dubbing the way it infiltrates iOS 7.1.1 and later devices (including the most recent iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 updates), a “Masque Attack.” The hack requires users first click on a malicious link included in an email or text message that targets the location of the malware download, tricking users...
  • Shameful: Princess Leia Cat-Called While Walking New York Streets (video)

    11/12/2014 6:42:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 27 replies ^ | 11-12-2014 | Larry O'Connor
    Whas our society come to? A new YouTube video produced by "Are We There Yet" shows that a member of the Alderaan royal family wearing a simple white dress with her hair in two space buns can't walk through the streets of New York City without being subjected to cat-calls and unwanted propositions from the dregs of the galaxy. As Leia strolled through Gotham, she was harassed by the likes of Boba Fett, Jawas, an Imperial Stormtrooper, Han Solo ("Hey, your worship..."), Darth Vader and even Yoda felt the need to proposition the poor princess. We expect this kind of...
  • Goodbye, snow days: Students study from home (St. Cloud MN, private HS)

    11/11/2014 5:04:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 11, 2014 5:34 PM EST | Kyle Potter
    She’s no Grinch about it, but Lynn Grewing is the principal who stole snow days. The early arrival of wintry weather in the Midwest this week gave Grewing an opening to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota, having students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. After a successful test run, Grewing declared Tuesday that students’ cherished snow days are a thing of the past—at least at Cathedral. […] Private schools like Cathedral—and, increasingly, some public school districts—across the nation are starting to use the flexibility technology provides to...
  • Net Neutrality -- Electronic Frontier Foundation's explanation on what it is and what it means.

    11/11/2014 11:50:38 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 44 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | Unknown -- Posted 11/11/2014 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
    Net Neutrality Net neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. Unfortunately, the FCC is considering a plan that would allow some Internet providers to provide better access to some websites that pay a fee to reach users faster. This kind of “pay-to-play” Internet stifles innovation. New websites that can’t afford expensive fees for better service will face new barriers to success, leaving users with ever fewer options and a less diverse Internet. There are many ways ISPs may discriminate against how we access websites,...
  • WireLurker, Masque Attack malware only a threat for users who disable Apple's iOS, OS X security

    11/11/2014 12:26:57 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Apple Insider
    WireLurker, Masque Attack malware only a threat for users who disable Apple's iOS, OS X security Feature By Daniel Eran DilgerDespite headlines fretting of a "new era in OS X and iOS malware," Apple's security systems for iOS and OS X are working as intended to protect users from exposure to the ubiquitous malware affecting open platforms including Android and Windows. Here's the realistic, non-sensationalized facts about how safe Apple's users actually are and how users can remain protected from threats that arise. Mac and iOS users are protected from viruses and malware by default unless the user bypasses their...
  • World Series of Poker, Final table

    11/10/2014 5:07:37 PM PST · by Zeneta · 27 replies
    ESPN | 11/11/14 | Me
    Tonight on ESPN the WSOP (World Series of Poker) is being televised. I love watching this and I was wondering if there are other Freepers that enjoy the WSOP?
  • FCC Plans Stealth Internet Tax Increase

    11/10/2014 5:07:22 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/17/2014 | harold furcht gottroth
    American politicians of all stripes clearly see and oppose the abuses of the Internet abroad. But our government officials are not aware that the Federal Communications Commission, without statutory authority, is proposing to expand its taxation and regulation of the Internet. The relationship between the Internet and government has become a useful barometer of personal and economic freedom. Oppressive governments use the Internet to oppress political enemies, censor ideas, and spy on citizens. The United Nations and other international organizations see the Internet as an untapped opportunity for tax revenues and regulations to support political favorites. FCC Plans Stealth Internet...
  • Cable stocks fall after Obama backs Net Neutrality

    11/10/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 10, 2014 6:01 PM EST | Ken Sweet
    Cable company stocks fell sharply Monday after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify Internet access as a utility. If the FCC were to approve the White House’s recommendations, the Internet would be regulated like other utilities such as electricity, water and telephone services. The White House is calling for an “explicit ban” on deals between broadband Internet providers and online services like Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster, a potential new source of revenue for cable companies. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama’s statement could put political pressure on FCC commissioners...
  • The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS

    11/10/2014 4:11:45 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2014 | JODY ROSEN
    The examination to become a London cabbie is possibly the most difficult test in the world — demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine city’s 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself? At 10 past 6 on a January morning a couple of winters ago, a 35-year-old man named Matt McCabe stepped out of his house in the town of Kenley, England, got on his Piaggio X8 motor scooter, and started driving north. McCabe’s destination was Stour Road, a...
  • Apple iOS bug makes devices vulnerable to attack: experts

    11/10/2014 2:28:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/2014 | Jim Finkle
    Researchers have warned that a bug in Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices. Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O) published details about the vulnerability on its blog on Monday, saying the bug enables hackers to access devices by persuading users to install malicious applications with tainted text messages, emails and Web links. The malicious application can then be used to replace genuine, trusted apps that were installed through Apple's App Store, including email and banking programs, with malicious software through...
  • Happy 100th birthday, Hedy Lamarr, movie star who paved way for Wi-Fi

    11/10/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNet ^ | 9 November 2014 | Steven Musil
    Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood actress known for her good looks and classic come-hither bedroom gaze, also played a key role in developing cell phone technology widely used today.Born 100 years ago today in Vienna, the actress made a lesser-known contribution to wireless communication when she tried to defuse a potential military threat during World War II. To prevent remote-controlled torpedoes from being hijacked, she helped develop an early version of spread spectrum communication, which is part of the basis for wireless technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.Her successes remind us that women were central to the invention of many technologies...
  • Microsoft's CEO Gave Us The Clearest Vision For The Company We've Had In Years

    11/10/2014 8:50:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/10/2014 | Steve Kovach
    Over the last few years, it’s been tough to pinpoint what Microsoft’s focus is. In 2012, then-CEO Steve Ballmer wrote an open letter to shareholders labeling Microsoft as a “devices and services” company. It was a signal that Microsoft would not only make the software that people use, but the devices that software runs on. That’s a very Apple-like philosophy, but one that hasn’t paid off for Microsoft as we’ve seen with its Surface line of tablets and acquisition of Nokia. The narrative shifted when Satya Nadella took over as CEO in April. Hardware took a backseat to what he...
  • Obama says FCC should reclassify internet as a utility

    11/10/2014 8:05:10 AM PST · by driftdiver · 27 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Jacob Kastrenakes
    President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act," Obama says in a statement this morning. "In plain English, I'm asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life." "The decision is still up to the FCC" There's been...
  • Home Depot blames security breach on Windows, executives given new MacBooks and iPhones

    11/09/2014 11:48:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 50 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | November 9, 2014 | By JOE ROSSIGNOL
    Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published an in-depth look at The Home Depot’s recent security breach of its payment data systems, in which 56 million credit card accounts and 53 million email addresses of customers were compromised. A root cause of the security breach: a Windows vulnerability in the retailer’s main computer network. “Once inside Home Depot’s systems after gaining credentials from the outside vendor, the hackers were able to jump the barriers between a peripheral third-party vendor system and the company’s more secure main computer network by exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system,...
  • 8 Common Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing Today

    11/08/2014 6:15:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/8/2014 | LISA EADICICCO
    Is it bad to charge your phone overnight? What about charging an iPhone with an iPad adapter? Despite how often we use devices like smartphones and laptops, we have plenty of questions about how those technologies works. And with so much information out there — not all of it true — it's hard to know if we're treating our electronics properly. We've dug into some of the most common myths in consumer tech to debunk some of the biggest misconceptions out there. 1. Mac computers can’t get viruses Yes, Apple computers are susceptible to malware, too. Apple used to brag...
  • One lawyer may have just killed part of the Internet of Things

    11/07/2014 7:16:57 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Network World ^ | Nov 4, 2014 6:50 AM PT | By Andy Patrizio
    By showing the intrusive nature of a smart TV, the whole pitch for IoT gets a lot harder I've long felt the Internet of Things would be a tricky sell for a number of reasons, security and privacy being chief among them. People may not like having so many aspects of their lives connected to the internet, whether it's out of fear of being hacked or the intrusive nature of the companies behind the products. The latest story on the privacy front won't help. Michael Price, counsel in the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice...

    11/07/2014 1:33:38 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Electronic Freedom Foundation ^ | November 5, 2014 at 6:00 am | EFF Staff
    Which apps and tools actually keep your messages safe? In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to find out, in the first phase of a new EFF Campaign for Secure & Usable Crypto. This scorecard represents only the first phase of the campaign. In later phases, we are planning to offer closer examinations of the usability and security of the tools that score the highest here. As such, the results...