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How to over-engineer a door lock

What exactly happens when you press the button in our iOS / Android app? An HTTP request is sent to the cloud server, which then triggers a message …

Raspberry Pi

E-Cigarettes Can Be Used to Hack Computers, Could Encourage Them to Start Smoking

So-called electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the number of people who smoke …

Ziff-Davis

Robots Are Eating Money Managers’ Lunch - Bloomberg

Rishi Ganti used to help manage the personal fortunes of hedge fund founders David Siegel and John Overdeck, whose quantitatively driven strategies …

Finance

Sauntering Day

<i>“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering</i> …

You Can’t Open the Microsoft Surface Laptop Without Literally Destroying It

Microsoft's latest Surface Laptop may have earned glowing reviews from certain sections of the tech press, but don't tell that to iFixit.<p>The company, which provides repair tools and manuals for popular gadgets like the iPhone and PlayStation, has handed the Surface Laptop a score of 0 out of 10 in …

Microsoft Surface

CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, orders all new devices be unlocked

As of Dec. 1, cellular providers will have to unlock your phone free of charge<p>The era of having to pay cellular providers to unlock your cellphone …

Phones

Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer

Google is turning Drive into a much more robust backup tool. Soon, instead of files having to live inside of the Drive folder, Google will be able to monitor and backup files inside of any folder you point it to. That can include your desktop, your entire documents folder, or other more specific …

Google

Microsoft warns of 'destructive cyberattacks,' issues new Windows XP patches

Last month's devastating WannaCry ransomware outbreak was just a warning shot. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft today released critical security …

Microsoft

Three men in Thailand reportedly ran a clickfarm with over 300,000 SIM cards and 400 iPhones

To boost products on WeChat<p>Clickfarms are a dubious business people rarely get a peek inside of, but accept as part of our everyday internet existence. We know companies pay bots to shower likes, emoji, ratings, nonsensical comments, and plain traffic on content in order to artificially boost …

Thailand

Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

Modular nasty can seize direct control of substation switches and circuit breakersSecurity researchers have discovered malware capable of disrupting …

Cybersecurity

Malware downloader infects your PC without a mouse click

You think you're safe from malware since you never click suspicious-looking links, then somebody finds a way to infect your PC anyway. Security researchers have discovered that cybercriminals have recently started using a malware downloader that installs a banking Trojan to your computer even if …

Security

Cash for Medical Device Clunkers? Task Force calls for Healthcare Security Overhaul

In-brief: the U.S. healthcare sector is in critical condition and needs urgent, coordinated action to protect patient safety and address …

Uber wants to track your location even when you’re not using the app

Some riders feel ‘icky’ about the new permissions<p>Should Uber be able to track you even when you’re not using its app? Uber seems to think so, but some customers are worried that the ride-sharing giant is yet again overstepping its bounds.<p>Last month, Uber launched a major update to its app, …

Uber

Linux Malware Infects Raspberry Pi Devices Making Them CryptoCurrency Mining Zombies

If you're a Raspberry Pi user who's never changed the default password of the "pi" user, then heed this warning: <b>change it</b>. A brand new piece of …

Study shows Millennials forgot about regular TV

Millennials aren’t able to identify the networks responsible for some of the most popular television shows, with the exception of those created by Netflix.<p>Consulting firm Anatomy Media released a report indicating most viewers age 18-26 can’t match television shows from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, or …

TV

Microsoft: 'No known ransomware works against Windows 10 S'

When WannaCry was running rampant on older versions of Windows -- Windows 7 being the most at risk -- Windows 10 was unaffected. According to …

Microsoft

Job Hunting Hints: Dress for a Job Fair - Canadian Personal Finance Blog

Not a Day at The Beach<p>For a while I was thinking that I might actually start a blog about the job hunting tips I learned whilst I was unemployed, but …

What the hell is happening to cryptocurrency valuations?

The total market cap for all cryptocurrencies just surpassed $100 billion. The vast majority of these gains have come in just the last few months — on April 1st the total market cap was just over $25 billion — representing a 300 percent increase in value in just over 60 days.<p>While some of these …

Cryptocurrency

Apple ‘error 53’ sting operation caught staff misleading customers, court documents allege

Exclusive: ACCC claims staff wrongly told iPhone customers they were not entitled to free replacements or repair if device had been taken to unauthorised third party<p>Australia’s consumer watchdog carried out a sting operation against Apple which it says caught staff repeatedly misleading iPhone …

Apple

iOS 11 lets you play FLAC audio files straight from your iPad and iPhone

Yesterday, Apple announced the latest reiteration of its mobile operating system and while regular consumers will have to wait until autumn to try out the new iOS 11 on their iPhone and iPad devices, developers are already taking advantage of their early access to the beta version.<p>Redditors who …

iOS

How to secure your Facebook account

Simple steps to social media lockdown<p>If you want to stay safe online, Facebook is an important part of the audit that's required. Not only can unauthorized access reveal some of your most sensitive information, it can also lead hackers into other apps and accounts you're connected to.<p>Fortunately, …

Hadoop Servers Expose Over 5 Petabytes of Data

Improperly configured HDFS-based servers, mostly Hadoop installs, are exposing over five petabytes of information, according to John Matherly, …

Information Security

Beware! Nearly 250 Million Computers Infected with Fireball Malware

Security researchers have discovered a massive malware campaign that has already infected more than 250 million computers across the world, including …

This Is How To Kill Bad Habits With Mindfulness

<b>***</b><b>Before we commence with the festivities, I just wanted to let you know my first book is now a Wall Street Journal bestseller! To check it out,</b> …

Mindfulness

7 Decades of Ferrari F1 Evolution in One Bellissimo GIF

Formula 1 racing is unimaginable without Ferrari. The motorsports maestro of Maranello is the only team that has raced in every season of the sport, …

Auto Racing

What is Ransomware and How Did I Get It ? ☢️

Given the latest ransomware storms on the web, it might be good to make sure we all understand the term and how it works.<p>Wikpedia’s definition of …

Malware

Programming Sucks

___E___very friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip …

Programming

Windows XP PCs infected by WCry can be decrypted without paying ransom

Decryption tool is of limited value, because XP was unaffected by last week's worm.<p>Owners of some Windows XP computers infected by the WCry …

Just 2 Domain Names Now Stand Between the World and Global Ransomware Chaos

A second wave of global infections caused by hackers in a global ransomware attack has been halted. The hackers responsible for the cyberattack, …

Domain Names