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Keep OS X Yosemite from sending Spotlight data to Apple

OS X Yosemite has changed the way your Mac deals with your privacy. On the one hand, Apple has decided to enable hard drive encryption by default, despite the FBI requests not to.<p>On the other hand, every time you type in Spotlight, your location and local search terms are sent to Apple, and, …

Mount a Raspberry Pi-Powered Google Calendar On Your Wall

Calendars are great to have in your house, but the problem with most of them is that despite cute pictures of kittens or baby turtles, the calendars …

WildCat, a Terrifying New Robot Feline, is on the Prowl

Boston Dynamics, the makers of Atlas and Cheetah, reveal their newest terrifying robot.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company with a knack for making creepy biomimetic automatons like the pack-carrying BigDog and the bipedal Atlas, has unleashed new creation upon the world: WildCat.<p>WildCat is the …

FBI potentially has ability to listen in on microphones on Android devices and remotely access user data

Some recent documents have emerged that detail a few slightly invasive things the FBI can do to access Android devices, and it’s some pretty scary …

BlackBerry releases Secure Work Space for iOS and Android (video)

Paranoid corporate types living in fear of bring-your-own-device employees can soon relax: BlackBerry has just launched its Secure Work Space app, right on schedule. It'll allow organizations to manage and secure Google and Apple devices through BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10, which forms …

Hacks targeting US oil, gas, and electric companies traced to Iran

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> and <i>New York Times</i> both report that recent cyber attacks against US oil, gas, and power companies have come from Iran. The hackers were targeting control systems and probing for the kind of access that would give them the ability to disrupt oil pipelines and other …

ABC adds 12 shows, including 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Lucky 7'

The network began laying out its 2013-14 lineup Friday.<p><i>Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</i> is coming to the small screen.<p>ABC today picked up Marvel's first TV series, which focuses on a small group of agents from the worldwide law-enforcement agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. They investigate the strange …

5 Quick Home Fixes to Make Your Mom's Day

After you take your mom to brunch this Mother's Day, take care of a few items from her to-do list yourself.<p><i>frank wouters/Flickr</i><p>To really impress the mothers in your life this Mother's Day, tackle a few home DIY projects that have been lingering on the to-do list. Chances are you've been promising …

Joss Whedon's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Goes to Series at ABC; First Look Airs May 12 – /Film

I don’t think there was much doubt that the TV show <b>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.</b> would be ordered to series at ABC, but here’s your confirmation. The show …