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Today's most popular operating systems

Windows is still No. 1, but as the PC market continues to decline, it only has less than half of the market.<p>Windows is still the most popular …

The Enigma Machine has gone quantum - Futurity

Scientists are the first to demonstrate that an unbreakable encrypted message can be sent with a key that's far shorter than the message.

Brand new DressCode malware discovered in Android apps on the Google Play store

Malwares are generally not taken that seriously by many. Because perhaps they don’t poses a huge security risk when compared to loopholes or security …

Ancient apps leave 3.2 million PCs open to ransomware attacks

Criminals are relying on some particularly insidious ways to spread ransomware. Cisco's Talos group has discovered that intruders are taking advantage of vulnerabilities in old versions of Follett library management software (specifically, the associated JBoss web servers) to install backdoors and …

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New exploit steals secret cryptographic keys from mobile devices

A group of security researchers has devised a new attack scheme to steal cryptographic keys from both Android and iOS devices.<p>A team of security …

Hackers Distributed a Backdoored Version of Linux Through an Official Site

Users who recently downloaded Linux Mint might need to check they didn’t receive the compromised version instead, and the official site's userbase is ostensibly for sale on the so-called dark web.<p>Even when downloading data from a trusted site, users must check that those files haven't …

Amazon muddies the water with Echo home automation update

It may be a minority who use the Amazon Echo to control home automation, in fact it likely is. But there are folks who do it, and it can, and usually …

Oracle's finally killing its terrible Java browser plugin

Oracle is taking the final step to rid the web of its terrible Java browser plugin. While the plugin started off life back in the '90s as an innocent way to bring app-like features to browsers, in recent years it has been a headache to users and IT admins struggling to fight against its mountain of …

Microsoft's facial-recognition software does something amazing when it encounters identical twins

This, according to the company, will eventually replace the password and comes as part of Windows Hello, a subset of Microsoft Passport that stores biometric information that allows log-ins to programmes, websites, and so on.<p>The Australian decided to test out Windows Hello on twins to see just how …

Developer reveals Mac security hole without telling Apple

Typically, coders and researchers who discover security vulnerabilities in software will tell the companies involved before posting their findings -- it's a courtesy to make sure that those holes are patched before attackers can use them. Don't tell that to developer Luca Todesco, though. He …

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If you get this 'phishy' looking email from Adobe, don't open it

Hackers are infecting computers with malware using bogus emails claiming to be Adobe security alerts. The emails exploit a recently uncovered …

Researchers find new Adobe Flash zero day in Team Hacking leaks

A new Adobe Flash flaw could let hackers lock you out of your computer. Reuters Pictures<p>Hackers are using a previously undiscovered vulnerability in Adobe’s commonly used Flash software to install blackmailing malware on victims’ machines.<p>The Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability was uncovered by …

No One Is Safe: $300 Gadget Steals Encryption Keys out of the Air, and It’s Nearly Unstoppable

Just when you thought you were safe, a new hacking toy comes along and rocks your world. Imagine a tool exists that lets hackers pluck encryption …

Windows 10 “WiFi Sense” automatically leaks your wifi password to strangers

Even if you personally disable it on your own computer, anyone else connecting to your network (example: non-technical friend) will leak your …

The Minecraft Farlands: One Man's Quest to Reach the End of World

<b>A quest to the edge of an endless world can feel like an eternal glitch.</b><p>The YouTuber Kurt J. Mac is currently on an impossible mission. He is trying …

Alec Guinness Stars In The Best Science Fiction Movie You've Never Seen

No, not <i>Star Wars</i>. A full quarter century before he played Obi-Wan Kenobi, Alec Guinness starred in one of the purest, most science-focused science …

Beware authentication popups in iOS Mail: bug allows convincing-looking phishing attacks

<b>Update:</b> Apple confirmed it’s aware of the issue and working on a fix:<p>“We are not aware of any customers affected by this proof of concept, but are working on a fix for an upcoming software update.”<p>If you are reading mail on your iPhone and iPad and a popup appears asking you to re-login to iCloud …

Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity firm is hacked

<b>One of the leading anti-virus software providers has revealed that its own systems were recently compromised by hackers.</b><p>Kaspersky Lab said it believed the attack was designed to spy on its newest technologies.<p>It said the intrusion involved up to three previously unknown techniques.<p>The Russian firm …

Hacking the News: Global News Media Firms and Small Market Outlets In the Crosshairs of Cyber Threat Groups

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, who are known for barbaric attacks and violent propaganda, have set their sights on news …

BlackBerry co-CEOs were stunned when Steve Jobs showed what iPhone could do

Mike Lazaridis was home on his treadmill when he saw the televised report about Apple Inc.’s newest product. Research In Motion’s founder soon forgot …

How Windows 10 will change smartphones forever

Phones have had a renaissance over the past half-decade. Gone is the idea that they are used simply for calls and texting, replaced by an all-capable …

7 Common Misconceptions About Security Threats In Cloud Computing

Even though cloud computing is becoming more ubiquitous in the business setting, questions about cloud computing security continue to hamper its adoption. There are still a lot of corporate decision makers and even IT professionals who aren’t sold on cloud security because a number of myths and …

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Apple and Microsoft’s visions for the future are delightfully different

One wants the device at the center of your life, the other wants to make the device irrelevant<p>Microsoft’s evolution over the past few years has brought it closer to Apple than ever before. Just like its old nemesis, the Windows company now sells its own phones and tablets, gives away OS updates for …

Study finds many Android apps connect to a frightening number of shady tracking sites

By now we’re all familiar with the upsides and downsides to the Google Play store’s approach to vetting apps: The upside is that it’s incredibly easy …

Tesla’s Powerwall Home Battery

Tesla just announced a new battery system that can help your home or office get off the power grid by providing efficient energy storage. Powerwall …

Google launches its own mobile network for Nexus 6 owners

Pay only for the data you actually use<p>Google is now a mobile carrier. Today the company has made official its plan to offer wireless service to owners of its Nexus 6 smartphone. It's called Project Fi, and Google is launching an early invite program beginning today. "Similar to our Nexus hardware …

From $36 parking to $36 million in funding: ZIRX wants to make city driving stress-free

He often had to drive between downtown San Francisco and the Peninsula, the southern part of the Bay Area where lots of tech companies are located. Every time he had a meeting in the city, he would leave his car in a parking garage that would cost him well over $36 for a quick three hour meeting. …

Amazon Fire TV gets captive portal access for hotel, dorm and apartment Wi-Fi (hands-on)

At home you have access to umpteen streaming video choices, but in a hotel you're a captive audience, and subject to the often archaic or wildly overpriced offerings of the hotel's system. Your favorite streaming device might be small enough to bring anywhere on the road, but that doesn't mean it …

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A motorless flat antenna could solve horrible in-flight WiFi

The only thing worse than no WiFi on a plane is horrible WiFi on a plane. You cautiously throw down a few bucks hoping you'll be able to surf the internet without seeing a "page not available" message in your browser. According to Kymeta CEO Dr. Nathan Kundtz, the reason your in-flight internet …

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