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You Can Finally Get Rid Of Your iPhone's Dumb Default Apps

For everyone who's never actually used the Stocks app.<p>If you never turn off your phone (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), then it's not a problem!

Is The Password Dead? The Future Of Web And Mobile Authentication

Richard Reiner Contributor<p>Richard Reiner is the chief technology officer of True Key by Intel Security.<p>Will 2016 be the year when passwords become obsolete? Or will we just continue to grin and bear it? And what’s the matter with passwords, anyway?<p>Passwords have been around a long time (think about …

Slightly creepy experiment with ants shows that drugs can permanently alter behavior

Scientists turned guard ants into scout ants with one brain injection.<p>Carpenter ants live in a caste system, where some members of the colony grow …

Microsoft may have your encryption key; here’s how to take it back

It doesn't require you to buy a new copy of Windows.<p>As happens from time to time, somebody has spotted a feature in Windows 10 that isn't actually …

Information Systems

How to Turn Off Facebook “On This Day” Memories on iPhone

Facebook has this nifty little feature called “On This Day” or “Year In Review” that shows you posts from the past and encourages you to share and comment on them, which is great if they’re memories you want to see. However, Facebook selects which pictures to show you based on past interaction, …

The myth of Mariana's Web, the darkest corner of the internet

Chances are, like me, the first time you heard about the Dark Web it was described as a foul and depraved marketplace, where children, drugs, and pirated movies could be bought for mere Bitcoin. Tabloids paint it as a place where a veritable "Top 10" of our biggest fears resides. Opportunistic …

Top 10

Bombshell report details dozens of secret devices U.S. Government uses to track cellphones

Though Edward Snowden’s first revelations regarding NSA surveillance surfaced more than two years ago, government surveillance remains a hot-button …

Your VPN may be worthless

You may have heard that VPN provider Perfect Privacy found a massive security hole in most services -- one can de-anonymizes users, thus rendering it useless.<p>Two weeks have passed and most affected providers still haven't fixed the problem, called "Port Fail."<p>Perfect Privacy told <i>Engadget</i> via email, …

Third-party Doze apps and what you need to know

We've seen a handful of apps popping up in Google Play that claim to bring the Doze feature from Marshmallow to phones that haven't yet been updated. …

How thermal imaging tech is about to become hot stuff

<b>Soon we'll all be feeling the heat, thanks to thermal imaging technology.</b><p>Although it's already been used by industry, the military and some emergency services, it was expensive and therefore had a limited market.<p>But in the same way that GPS location tech has now found its way into cars, …

Check if the security on your website needs to be fixed

Building secure Web apps isn’t exactly easy, but there are a number of small tweaks you can implement using HTTP security headers to help protect yourself against attacks.<p>With relatively simple configuration changes, modern headers like CONTENT-SECURITY-POLICY and X-FRAME-OPTIONS allow you to …

Samsung’s latest Android Lollipop software ‘About Phone’ screen now shows most recent security patch info

Many manufacturers have committed to keeping up with the monthly security patches being released by Google. The move came after a major security threat, dubbed ‘Stagefright’ was discovered a few months ago. Among them, Samsung stated that it would release security updates to its high-end devices. …

Advent tip #6: A padlock *inside* a web page? Ignore it!

By now, you probably know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.<p>Many web addresses start with http://, which is short for HyperText Transfer …

New Analysis: The Most Hackable Programming Language Is Hands-Down PHP

Java and the .NET family get high marks while web languages lag.<p>Based on code analyses and scans of 50,000 different applications written within the past 18 months, cloud security firm Veracode has compiled a list of the most and least secure programming languages. Software engineers won't find it …

Kano OS empowers kids to create the future on $5 Pi Zero

We love Kano. We’ve talked about the computer kit, — a DIY collection that allows children to take a nuts and bolts approach to building and operating a PC — and just over a week ago, the screen kit, an HD LCD screen that that kids can build themselves.<p>Now, the London-based startup has done it …

Suspected adviser to Silk Road creator arrested

A Canadian man has been arrested in Thailand for his supposed involvement as a senior adviser to an illegal website. Silk Road was an online black …

"Improving" Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Debate among Scientists

“Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity,” Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David …

This Open Source DIY Solar Generator Unfolds Like a Flower

Outdoor concerts should be loud, but the generators used to run them should be silent… and green. Enter SunZilla, an open-source, DIY portable solar generator designed to replace conventional diesel generators at outdoor events or in remote locations. The device was created by members of …

Here's how almost anyone can wiretap the internet

A lesson in why encryption today is more important than ever.<p>Wiretapping isn't as difficult as you might think.<p>Kevin Mitnick, a former black hat …

How To Survive (And Maybe Even Enjoy) Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving from Hidden Brain! All of the research in this week's episode is geared toward helping you have a happier holiday, with tips to help you avoid three deadly Thanksgiving pitfalls: overeating, over-shopping, and fighting with your relatives.<p>For appetizers, we'll start with two of …

Framing

The BLOCKS modular smartwatch is customizable to fit your needs

There are times when we pick up a clothing item that's labeled "one size fits all," and it ends up being a little loose or too baggy. No item can …

Wearable Tech

Gmail Android app flaw allows crooks to send emails pretending to be someone else

Beware people! A bug in Gmail’s Android app would allow people with bad intention to hide their identity and impersonate other people and …

Let's have an argument about encryption

Government officials have been vexed for quite some time now that they can't surveil communications that use end-to-end encryption. Never mind that to crack encrypted platforms open for one spy would mean to open them up for all spies. Just being able to roll WhatsApp, Telegram and iMessage into …

Privacy

The Internet is Free, Right? What Can You Legally Use?

Documents, photographs, audio files, and videos are so easily accessible on the Internet, and so easy to copy, it is tempting to think anything you …

How to securely wipe an Android smartphone or tablet

Getting rid of your current Android smartphone or tablet, but want to make sure that all your data has been securely deleted? Here's what you need to …

Android News

These Birds Choose Love Over Food

Birds are willing to starve themselves to spend more time with their life partners, according to a new study.<p>Scientists at the University of Oxford …

Claims awkward for chancellor Angela Merkel who had told US spying on friends was not on after NSA bugging accusations<p>Germany’s foreign intelligence service spied on targets including the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, the FBI and the UN Children’s Fund, a media report alleges.<p>The latest …

Surveillance

6 Ways You Might Get Hacked This Holiday Season

The holiday season always makes me nervous.<p>As someone who works in the cybersecurity industry, I know that the November to December timeframe is when many consumers and businesses will get hacked or defrauded. In many ways, the holiday season is an ideal time for cybercriminals: more people are …

9 Fascinating Facts About The Microbiome, The Trillions Of Microbes Hidden Inside Us

The still-mysterious ecosystem of bacteria living inside you determines an incredible amount about your health–and your personality.<p>“Bacteria are living things. They are not trying to hurt you. They are not trying to help you. They are just trying to stay alive, like the rest of us.”<p>So begins the …