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Asus releases the convertible ZenBook Flip UX360

Starting at $699<p>Asus has released a new all-metal convertible ultrabook called the ZenBook Flip UX360. The 13.9 mm thick laptop weighs in at 2.9lbs and employs a fanless design, which likely contributes to its stated 12 hours of battery life. Here are some more specs:<p>13.3-inch Full HD …

Your smartwatch is revealing your ATM PIN to hackers

A new study from Stevens Institute of Technology suggests your smartwatch might not be as secure as you’d think – and it might be giving away your ATM PIN code.<p>According to the researchers, the danger comes from the motion sensors embedded in wearable devices like smartwatches and fitness …

Research

This Woman Printed Out 15 Pages of Facebook Posts to Read on the Subway

Mom.<p>Not much is known about the above woman whose picture was taken and then tweeted by <i>EW</i> social media editor Alex Steinman. The woman printed (the past tense of "print," a word defined by FreeDictionary.com as "to reproduce [A digital document or image] on a paper surface.") Facebook posts, …

Google Buys Startup to Stuff More Video Into Its Cloud

Google is buying Anvato, a company that provides video editing and processing capabilities, to beef up its public cloud.<p>Anvato’s media services let …

Does the Play Store on Chromebooks make Android tablets obsolete?

By now everyone knows that Google is putting Android apps on Chromebooks. If you don't, you can start reading all you need to know right here. And …

Hey, bae. Here's Microsoft's very awkward invite to a party

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Speaking to college students can resemble walking into a bar in an unfamiliar town in an unfamiliar country.<p>You think you know how they speak. So one method of communication is to attempt to mimic that.<p>This …

Google bolsters Chrome's defenses against quantum computing attacks

The encryption methods used to secure today’s internet communications won’t be impenetrable forever. More powerful “quantum computers” on the horizon could very well crack them.<p>That’s why Google is testing out new cryptography that computers in the future might not be able to break.<p>The processing …

Snapchat sued by 14-year-old over racy Discover stories

Snapchat, which began its life with an X-rated reputation, is now being sued for some R-rated content — by someone who can barely see a PG-13 movie.<p>A …

Social Media

How to tell if your Android phone has the HummingBad malware

Bad news: a malicious app has taken hold of about 10 million Android phones around the world, and it's creepy.<p>Security specialist Check Point says …

Apple’s Tim Cook condemns ‘senseless killings’

The Apple CEO says the killings remind us that “justice is still out of reach for many.”<p>Apple’s Tim Cook added his voice to those condemning the fatal police shootings this week of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, saying “justice is still out of reach for many.”<p>Cook, who grew up in Alabama, is …

The IRS And The Self-Minimization Of Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Politicians who limit the effectiveness of government agencies for short-term political advantages cheat taxpayers and short-change the government. I first met Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a brash young Republican, at a gathering of EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center), which …

Accountants Ask IRS to Clarify Bitcoin Transactions' Tax Status

Advertisement<p><b>The American Institute of CPAs has sent the IRS a letter to clarify tax status of small virtual currency transactions and nine other</b> …

Watch Out For These Red Flags When Hiring A Tax Agent

Even if someone prepares your taxes for you, you're still on the hook for the information they submit to the ATO. That's why you don't want to just …

The IRS says goodbye e-filing PINs due to ‘questionable activity’

As cyberattacks and security breaches continue to grab headlines around the world and across industries, the IRS is doing what it can to ensure that …

Encryption

IRS dumps e-filing PIN security early - after yet more automated attacks

The US taxation authority has opted to kill off its PIN system "as a safety measure".<p>The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has pulled the plug on the …

6 Reasons Why #Texit Sounds Good to Me

Huzzah for Great Britain, a sovereign nation that saved its own sovereignty by the skin of its own teeth; a nation that, with the ongoing flood of …

Five Takeaways From the House GOP Tax Plan

House Republicans unveiled what they called a “bold” tax agenda Friday with lower rates, immediate writeoffs for capital investment, shorter tax forms and a rethinking of international rules. Why? And what comes next? 1. Republicans learned something. In 2014, then-Rep. Dave Camp released a …

Things a Criminal Could Do With 9 Million Hacked Health Care Records

A hacker is advertising 9 million records supposedly hacked from a health care insurance database. But what could they actually be used for?<p>What can a fraudster do with medical records stolen from several health care organisations?<p>Last weekend, a hacker advertised over 600,000 alleged records for …

Boris, Boris, have you a passport blue?

[<i>13th July 2016</i>: See the update at the end of this post.]<p>At the beginning of 2015, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, a native of New York City, …

Types of Income the IRS Can’t Touch

As you are probably painfully aware, the vast majority of your income is taxable. Whether you earn it through a salary, hourly wages, tips, …

Compensation

New Documents Suggest IRS’s Lerner Likely Broke the Law

Recently obtained documents raise new questions about Lois Lerner’s role in sending confidential tax returns to the Justice Department.<p>It is likely …

IRS to Return $30K It Seized From Maryland Dairy Farmers

After more than four years, two congressional hearings, and countless pleas to the IRS and Justice Department, Randy Sowers’ fight with the federal …

U.S. Department of Justice

Latino anti-deportation activists were arrested after shutting down an Atlanta intersection

Traffic was temporarily halted at an intersection in downtown Atlanta on Monday as activists took to the streets to protest the Supreme Court's …

Immigrant activists stage blockade to stop deportations

Immigrant rights activists attempted to block the road to federal immigration agents’ headquarters in Atlanta on Monday, demanding President Obama …

Undocumented Immigrants Dine With Congressman, Share What It’s Like To Live In Fear Of Deportation

ANNADALE, VIRGINIA — Thanks to a recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court that ensures President Obama’s executive action to defer the deportation …

Judge OKs class action for children in deportation hearings

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge has approved class-action status for a lawsuit over whether poor children are entitled to lawyers during deportation …

Americans' 'fear' of immigration is at its 2nd-highest level ever

In the past few years, concern over immigration has skyrocketed in the US.<p>Amid numerous terrorist attacks, the rise of political campaigns with immigration as a central focus, and slow economic growth, worry over immigration is nearing levels not seen since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.<p>…