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EFF wants the NSA to destroy 14 years worth' of phone records

When the USA Freedom Act passed last June, it put an end to the country’s National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance program in which it collected millions of phone records of citizens’ calls over 14 years.<p>But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) believes that isn’t enough to protect …

Crypto101 Introductory Course for Programmers

This isn't something I normally highlight, but when I saw this mentioned on I Programmer, Crypto 101 - A Free Ebook, and looked into it a little, I …

Google is testing a Chrome browser that adds post-quantum encryption

By on July 12, 2016 at 11:30 am<p>In a truly forward-thinking move, Google is getting serious about the effort to future-proof internet security: user’s …

Here's how to build an ultra-secure and private computer for less than $200

But it doesn't have to be.<p>If you don't want to be tracked online, or want to keep your conversations truly private, there is an all-encompassing solution called Tails.<p>And it's so good, even ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden trusts it.<p>Here's how to get Tails and set up your own secure PC.

Samsung's bendable smartphones might become real in early 2017

Samsung has been toying with the idea of bendable (or is it foldable? who knows) phones since 2008, when it showed a prototype device sporting a …

Mobile

What if the FBI Tried To Crack An Android Phone? We Attacked One To Find Out

The Justice Department has managed to unlock an iPhone 5c used by the gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people in San …

Amazon expands Dash Button line-up, top sellers to date include Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle

Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons product line – those Wi-Fi connected, push-button devices that let you buy products from its site with just a press. One year after the buttons went live, and apparently not the April Fool’s joke people once imagined, Amazon says it now …

These Will Be The Top Jobs In 2025 (And The Skills You’ll Need To Get Them)

As work changes at warp speed, here are 2025’s hottest job sectors (and the skills you’ll need to work in them).<p>Two-thirds of Americans believe that, in 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work humans now do. The World Economic Forum’s 2016 report, <i>The Future of Jobs</i>, estimates that 5 …

FBI’s war with Apple shows how little control we have over our privacy

The now well-known and increasingly long-running battle between Apple and the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone is over. Or, it is for now.<p>But with the FBI reportedly getting access from a third-party, leading to a request to withdraw the case, there are unanswered questions about the security of …

A 4K PS4 Could Be Big Trouble

The big rumor out of last week, aside from everything out of the Game Developer’s Conference, is the Kotaku report that Sony might be working on something like a PS4.5 — a mid-generation hardware update that would increase the PS4′s graphical horsepower, assumedly to allow the console to handle 4K …

Play as a MI7 Hacker in this Cyber Espionage Simulator

’Mainlining’ gives the contemporary battle for online privacy an old-school feel.<p>On November 4, 2015, the controversial Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the "Snooper's Charter") was debated in the UK Parliament for the first time. In the months since its introduction to Parliament, the …

UK Parliament

Top 9 Habits To Stay Happy And Motivated In Your Life

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”― Plato<p>Yes! Life is a battle, and we can make it better, we can run our life smoothly …

Coffee pot: What happens when you mix marijuana and caffeine?

You can now add coffee to the growing list of foods and drinks that are available as products infused with marijuana.<p>Several companies have started selling cannabis-laced coffee, claiming to give users an added "buzz" to their cup of joe.<p>But what happens when you combine two psychoactive …

What Is Time, And Why Does It Move Forward?

The laws of physics don't care which way it goes.<p><i>This article was written by Thomas Kitching from UCL, and was originally published by The</i> …

Why My Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset Is Gathering Dust

<i>Photo by Daryl Deino</i><p>I once considered the Samsung Gear VR the most innovative tech device since the iPad in 2001. The Gear VR went with me everywhere. I bought the developer's version in December of 2014 and the commercial version last November. I never thought I would get bored of it, but I have; …

Virtual Reality

Pot Pigs: Farmer Pioneers Marijuana-Fed Pork

A pig farmer in Washington State, is taking advantage of the recent legalization, by feeding his pigs marijuana. He says the marijuana-fed pigs—which end up as bacon, sausages, and pulled pork—gain weight 20% faster than his other ones, and customers decribe the taste as "more savory" in "blind …

Canadian City Plans to Track Offenders With Technology That Doesn't Even Exist

Can sci-fi fight crime? Not likely.<p>Law enforcement agencies across North America have implemented intrusive practices with questionable effectiveness in the name of curbing crime: stop and frisk, "carding," and, some would argue, bulk metadata surveillance.<p>On Thursday, the tiny Canadian city of …

5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge (left) and 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 (right) have subtle but important differences. Image credit: Samsung

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Get a Samsung Gear VR headset for $71.99

<i>CNET's Cheapskate scours the Web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. And find more great buys on the</i> <i>CNET Deals page.</i><p>Ready to take your VR experience to the next level? By which I mean leaving behind Google …

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge available on all US carriers March 11th, pre-orders on February 23rd

Buy early and get a free Gear VR<p>So, how much will the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge cost you? Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all announced the availability information for the new flagships. Pre-orders start on Tuesday, February 23rd, and the devices will be in stores (or on your …

Meet the $249 OnePlus X

With its first two phones, OnePlus proved that it could deliver flagship-level devices at a cheaper price-point than most of its rivals. Neither were exactly design duds, but for its third handset -- and the second to be unwrapped in 2015 -- OnePlus is focusing on style in particular. It's called …

Mobile Technology

I took myself offline completely. Here's why

The increasing power of governments and companies to spy on us is worrying. We need to think more carefully about how we act online<p>Last week, I gave up my entire digital identity. That is, during the course of a panel discussion entitled, "Data Shadow: Anonymity is our only right, and that is why …

You’ll never guess how the NSA managed to spy on the Internet for so long

Verizon finally has a trump card it can reliably play against chief rival AT&T. No matter how bad things get, at least Verizon wasn’t the one that …

Here's how the Pentagon wasted $33 billion last year

The report by the Center for International Policy offers 27 examples of inefficient Pentagon spending. It comes one day after President Obama rolled out the department's $583 billion budget request for fiscal 2017, with the Pentagon second only to Social Security in terms of spending.<p>"Whether one …

A $25,000 Tesla Sounds Great, But Is It For Real?

A mass market Model 3 would transform the electric car manufacturer into a mainstream automaker.<p>Tesla will soon accept deposits for its long-awaited mass-market electric car, but analysts cautioned would-be consumers not to get too optimistic about how little they'll really pay and how soon they …

The NYPD Has Secretly Been Spying On Cell Phones Since 2008

It's using surveillance devices originally developed for the CIA.<p>The New York Police Department has secretly tracked cell phones more than 1,000 times between 2008 and 2015, documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union show.<p>The documents, released only after an inquiry under the state's …

According to these court documents, turning your phone on is consent to being tracked

In 2014, Baltimore Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of Kerron Andrews for attempted murder. To find him, law enforcement requested a pen register to record his location data and all outgoing phone calls. The request, however, didn’t ask about using a Hailstorm (a type of Stingray — a bulk …

The FBI Wants $38 More Million to Buy Encryption-Breaking Technology

The Bureau is making its fight against the “going-dark” one of its top priorities.<p>For more than a year, FBI Director James Comey has been publicly complaining about how much of a hard time his agents, as well as local and state cops, are having when they encounter encryption during their …