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Security Researchers Gave Snapchat A Nasty Christmas Present By Telling The World How To Hack Snapchat

That's because these same researchers just published detailed instructions on how to hack Snapchat.<p>The researchers, who call their company Gibson Security, were frustrated that Snapchat had ignored their previous work, sent to Snapchat in August, they said. That's when they had found a bunch of …

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Jailbreak team Evasi0n drops Chinese app store Taig after backlash

Evasi0n has reversed course after initially including Taig, a Chinese app store, in its latest iOS jailbreak. Some users of Evasi0n7 were surprised to discover the inclusion in addition to the bog standard Cydia that jailbreakers are accustomed to seeing, setting off a flurry of concern — it came …

A Plan to Create Just Two Time Zones in the Continental United States

Daylight Saving Time is a reminder that losing another hour of evening light isn't just annoying—it's an economically harmful policy with minimal energy savings.<p>Updated: Nov. 5, 2017<p>Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Nov. 1, 2013. The original headline was, “Daylight Saving Time Is …

Syria meets deadline for plan to destroy chemical arsenal

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Syrian government has met an international deadline to submit a detailed declaration of its chemical weapons facilities and a plan to destroy the nation's toxic arsenal, the group overseeing the disarmament process said Sunday.<p>Syria had until Sunday to present its …

A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fitsneatly by the dashboard of your car.<p>The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to …

The science and magic of wine-making

Watching a cloudy, sweet liquid turn into a clear, alcoholic one – accompanied by the hiccupping of an airlock – is a treat<p>… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity …

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars

We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists.<p>Indeed, earlier this month, NPR's Lauren Frayer reported that Spain, which has long had a love affair with cars, is embracing the bicycle: For the first time on record, Lauren …

Fon brings its WiFi-sharing service to the US

Reach a certain level of fame in Europe and you've got two choices: rest on your laurels, or risk it all for a shot at America. It's one transatlantic journey that few careers survive, but the latest to try is Spanish muni-fi outfit Fon. Buy one of the company's $60 WiFi hotspots and it'll portion …

'Running battle': How Google hopes to beat countries cracking down on Internet freedom

Google hopes a little browser tool will help change the world.<p>The company that revolutionized Internet search is now unveiling a sort of online underground tunnel — a way for people in restrictive countries like Iran and Syria to get around digital censorship and surveillance.<p>The idea behind the …

Researchers propose million-year storage disk that could 'outlast the human race'

Under ideal circumstances, traditional magnetic hard disks (and the data you store on them) will last at most a decade. And when it comes to preserving vital information about the human race and all that we've achieved, that's simply not good enough. At least, that's according to researchers at …

JFK 50th draws media tidal wave

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has unleashed Camelot mania.<p>While hearkening back to that grim day on Nov. 22, 1963, the appetite for all things Kennedy has been ratcheting up all season, and the media world is eager to feed the public’s interest with books …

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