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The hackers in your yogurt

To read the news these days is to receive frequent reminders about how easily our technology can be turned against us. We know the CIA can spy on us through our smart TVs and that criminals can infiltrate millions of personal computers, wireless routers, and other smart devices. But the risks go …

Cybersecurity

The Clever 'DoubleAgent' Attack Turns Antivirus Into Malware

Your antivirus software might come with some annoyances. It might slow your computer down, or pop up so many alerts that you can’t tell when …

Here are the top 6 ways websites get hacked, according to Google

Google recently noted that it had seen a 32% rise in hacked website. Here are the most common tactics it found.<p>In 2016, the number of hacked websites …

Google Search

Google Has Finally Killed the CAPTCHA

CAPTCHA’s are an irritating but necessary evil. The system that is used to verify whether or not a user is human has been around a while and it had …

Your internet speeds will be insanely fast when 5G arrives

When the 5G wireless standard hits the mainstream, our home internet speeds have the potential to be so fast that we'll be downloading 4K movies, games, software, and any other large form of content at a fraction of the time we're used to.

Wi-Fi

Typo blamed for Amazon's internet-crippling outage

Human error downed sites and services reliant on AWS, as engineer trying to fix billing issues took out far more than they intended to with errant command<p>Amazon has blamed the outage of its S3 web service, which took down many different sites, services and devices across the internet, on a typo.<p>The …

Cloud Computing

Twitter partners with ESL and Dreamhack to stream live e-sports

After making a move into streaming traditional sports, Twitter will now start streaming e-sports. The company announced a partnership with ESL and Dreamhack — two of the biggest organizations in the pro-gaming world — to broadcast tournaments and other e-sports events live on Twitter.<p>Those …

Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers

Online tracking gets more accurate and harder to evade.<p>Researchers have recently developed the first reliable technique for websites to track …

Information Systems

Eddy Cue: Apple 'Trying to Do Some Things' to Combat the Spread of Fake News

Apple is actively working on ways to ensure its content delivery services are robust enough to stand up to the challenge of "fake news", according to Apple's senior vice president of software and services, Eddy Cue.<p>Cue made the comments during a wide-ranging interview at the Code Media conference …

Fake News

3 Looming Security Threats That Should Scare You

SAN FRANCISCO — The near future may see widespread internet blackouts, mass breaches of biometric data, and "drone swarms" of malicious buzzing …

New Hampshire

Tony Stark Has Jarvis. And Now IBM Has Havyn

Last October, 11-year-old Evan Spisak wandered down to his father’s basement workshop to help out on a weekend project, a time-honored tradition in …

Verizon revives its unlimited data plan (updated)

Here's a nice Sunday surprise: Verizon is bringing back the unlimited data plan. As of February 13th, the carrier is launching a Verizon Unlimited tier that gives you unlimited US data, calls and texting for $80 per month ($45 per line for a family of four). You do face the risk of throttling after …

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end …

Shia LaBeouf arrested on live stream after an apparent altercation

LaBeouf seems to have been quickly released, appearing again on the live stream this morning<p>Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested Wednesday evening during his live-streamed protest project against President Donald Trump. The <i>Associated Press</i> reports that LaBeouf was detained after he “allegedly got into …

Entertainment

Trump signals changes to US interrogation, detention policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's renewed embrace of torture in the fight against Islamic extremism sets up a heated dispute with a long …

Donald Trump

Unbreakable encryption technology created by 16-year-old schoolboy

Could the future of encryption be solved by rising cybersecurity star Shane Curran?<p>Encryption is a hot topic at the moment. From rogue agents of …

Researchers warn of vast problems with Android VPN apps

There’s a misnomer about VPN networks and what they really do. Claims that they can make you “completely anonymous” online are almost always inaccurate, even if they may increase your privacy to some degree. Unfortunately, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in …

Apps

Apple is fixing App Store reviews at last

As it prepares to roll out iOS version 10.3, Apple is making some clever fixes to its App Store for mobile devices.<p>First up, it’ll begin allowing developers to publicly respond to reviews, so they can address issues and questions raised by users right on their app listings pages. Android folks have …

Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies

This simple advice will help to protect you against hackers and government surveillance.<p><i>What's next for ransomware?</i><p>Got nothing to hide? Think …

AT&T Officially Shuts Down 2G Wireless Network For Phones Like 1st Gen iPhone

AT&T has finally folded its 2G wireless network. The Dallas-headquartered telecommunications company announced the news on Monday after careful …

Germany to Donald Trump: ‘U.S. Needs to Build Better Cars’

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel hit back Monday after President-elect Donald Trump threatened tax hikes for automakers who produce outside the …

Donald Trump

Square Enix Europe just got Twitter hacked

Twitter accounts for <i>Final Fantasy</i> and <i>Tomb Raider</i> publisher Square Enix Europe were taken over by a hacker group today.<p>The official @SQUARE_ENIX_EU …

Alexa can now order takeaway from Amazon Restaurants

But you can only order dishes you’ve had in the past<p>We’re only five days into 2017, but Amazon is on a tear with new updates and support for its digital assistant Alexa. The latest lets you order food through the retailer’s own takeaway service Amazon Restaurants, which itself launched all the way …

San Francisco

Apple Cuts CEO Tim Cook's Pay, Citing Performance

Apple Inc. said Chief Executive Tim Cook and other leaders received less total compensation in 2016 as the company missed its revenue and profit goals for the year.<p>According to a regulatory filing on Friday, Apple said its annual sales of $215.6 billion were 3.7% below its target of $223.6 billion, …

Tim Cook

The 'January effect' for stock markets is fading: Goldman

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. and UK equity indexes holding near record highs, a brighter earnings outlook and rising forecasts for economic growth have all spurred talk of the "January effect," or the notion that the first month of the year is always bullish for stocks.<p>Data suggests otherwise. A Goldman …

Markets

A new tool lets artificially intelligent algorithms control computers the way a human would

Artificial intelligence (AI) is usually built into the software we use, from automatic tagging on Facebook to chatbots in Google and Apple’s mobile operating systems. Instead of injecting AI into software, a new tool from OpenAI teaches algorithms to control a computer the way a human would: by …

Artificial Intelligence

Reuters built an algorithm to flag and verify breaking news on Twitter

A tool that filters out the fake<p>Reuters has developed a tool capable of automatically detecting and verifying breaking news on Twitter, in an attempt to report on events more rapidly and accurately. The tool, known as Reuters News Tracer, has been developed over the past two years, but Reuters only …

How Internet of Things Companies Can Fix Their Security Mess

They were supposed to be smart. But it turns out that smart devices—the web-connected gadgets that can monitor and control our lights, our locks, our …