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The government's cyberterrorism 'concerns' are a pretext for their own hacking operations

The US has always been the world leader of cyberwar, hacking damn near everyone without any repercussions. And, for years, US intelligence officials and private contractors have been milking hacks to secure billions in cyber security programs: all you need is an enemy, and they will sell you the …

North Korea

Western Spy Agencies Secretly Rely on Hackers for Intel and Expertise

The U.S., U.K. and Canadian governments characterize hackers as a criminal menace, warn of the threats they allegedly pose to critical …

Congress mulls law requiring warrant for e-mail data—yet again

Proposals to expand Americans' cloud privacy rights have gone nowhere.<p>It's a new Congress, which means it's that time for another legislative …

Surveillance

Apple could fund stock buyback with $5 billion bond sale

Apple is reportedly planning to unload $5 billion worth of bonds in its fourth multibillion-dollar debt offering in two years, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>The news outlet is reporting that the deal could happen as early as today, with proceeds used for stock repurchases, dividend payments and debt …

Why currency volatility has got worse

FOREIGN-exchange markets are suddenly in turmoil. The Swiss franc jumped by 30% in a matter of minutes last month. Over the past year, the Russian …

'Awe-inspiring' FCC internet protections could alter landscape for net neutrality

Proposing a titanic legislative shift on net neutrality after a years-long push from internet activists, the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to push through “the strongest open internet protections ever”.<p>“The internet must be fast, fair and open. That is the message …

Net Neutrality

Experts decry “nibbling at the edges” rather than real surveillance reform

Intelligence community tweaks data interception, National Security Letters.<p>The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced …

Surveillance

First look at Tweetbot for Mac’s Yosemite redesign

We’ve known that a big redesign of Tweetbot for Mac has been in the works for awhile, and now Tapbots designer Mark Jardine has shared a little tease with the world.<p>As you can tell, Tweetbot 2.0 for Mac will feature a lighter, more translucent design for OS X Yosemite. The developers at Tapbots are …

Climate change responsible for super-charging winter storms, scientists say

Winters may be getting shorter, but watch out when it does snow: climate change is super-charging storms like the blizzard engulfing the American north-east, scientists said on Monday.<p>The heavier storms of recent years – snowfalls that shut down cities and brought heavy flooding to coastal areas of …

Climate Change

Why privacy matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' …

Washington Post Goes Deep on the Barrett Brown Sentencing

Orin Kerr is a professor at The George Washington University Law School. He’s an expert on criminal procedure and computer crime law. Today in the</i> …

How to Save a Bookmark in Safari

If you want to save a website for later by bookmarking it, here’s how to do it on your iPhone or iPad in Safari running iOS 8.<p>If you’re not fond of …

Lung Fibrosis High Risk in Elderly Unveiled by University of Pittsburgh Team

Read about the conclusions of a study from the University of Pittsburgh that unveiled why is the risk of developing lung fibrosis higher among the …

Before Net Neutrality: The Surprising 1940s Battle for Radio Freedom

To fully understand what’s at stake in the fight over the future of the Internet, you have to revisit another era.<p>In 1947, near the 40th anniversary of his invention of the Audion tube, Lee de Forest, “the father of radio,” addressed a message to the National Association of Broadcasters that was …

Intuit finally backs down--all the way down--in its TurboTax fiasco

Intuit, the maker of the popular TurboTax software program, has finally gotten the message that when you've outraged a large portion of your customer base, responding with half-measures doesn't work.<p>The company announced Wednesday that it will roll back the changes it made in TurboTax this year …

Intuit

EFF Wins Battle Over Secret Legal Opinions on Government Spying

iTunes 12.1 Released for OS X Yosemite & Mavericks

Mac users can find iTunes 12.1 available if they are running OS X Yosemite or OS X Mavericks. The update is said to include some performance …

Operating Systems

Mrs. Clooney Takes On the Armenian Genocide Deniers

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?<p>LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is …

eBay is planning an Apple Watch app

At least one of the big boys is planning on developing an app for the Apple Watch. eBay has posted an ad listing, looking for a developer to help them come up with a bidding app for Cupertino’s new smartwatch.<p>Although the ad was originally posted to eBay’s career page way back in November, it has …

Apple Watch

iOS 8.1.3 on iPad mini 2: Impressions & Performance

Yesterday, Apple’s new iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch finally touched down to replace the iOS 8.1.2 update the company pushed out …

Forgot a Mac Firmware Password? Don’t Panic, Here’s What To Do

Users who require higher than usual security measures often set a firmware password on a Mac, which requires that a password be entered before the …

Operating Systems

100-year-old surgeon, WWII vet who retired at age 95 shares secrets to longevity

Today, being a surgeon is like being a commercial airline pilot: One must complete hundreds of hours of educational training before flying solo with human lives in his or her hands. But back in 100-year-old Dr. Ellsworth Wareham’s day, surgeons studied diagrams and simulated human procedures on …

iOS 8.1.3 Update: 5 Reasons It's Worth Installing

Yesterday, Apple released its new iOS 8.1.3 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today, we want to fill you in on a few reasons why you might want …

Maximize your Mac’s file system with Smart Folders

A longtime Cult of Mac reader wrote in with a question about some odd-looking folders she sees on her Mac.<p>“The ‘All Pictures’ folder has a sprocket looking icon,” she writes. “Same with All PDF documents and Recently Changed documents.<p>Are these files located elsewhere and if I deleted a file from …

OS X

YouTube says HTML5 video ready for primetime, makes it default

Modern browsers will now be served a Flash-less version of YouTube by default.<p>Everyone hates Flash, right? You have to install a plug-in, it's …

Software

Twitter Updating iOS App With Group Messaging and New Video Features

Following a soft update that added a recap feature for top tweets last week, Twitter today announced a substantial feature update to its iOS and Android mobile apps that includes two new additions to the service: group messaging and "a new mobile video experience."<p>Similar to the Direct Message …

Apps

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 With Bug Fixes, Storage Size Reduction

Apple today released iOS 8.1.3 to the public, with a range of bug fixes including a fix for an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID passwords for Messages and FaceTime, a bug that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results, and a problem that prevented multitasking …

Standardized Testing

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 With Security Fixes, iCloud Drive Browsing Options in Time Machine

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, marking the second update the operating system has received since its October release. Testing for OS X 10.10.2 began in late November, with Apple seeding six betas to developers before releasing the update to the public.<p>The OS X 10.10.2 update can be …

Kim Dotcom launches his secure 'Skype killer' MegaChat

MegaChat public beta offers end-to-end encryption<p>Kim Doctom’s file-sharing site Mega has launched the public beta of its video and audio chat service MegaChat. The browser-based app features end-to-end encryption on calls, which Dotcom says gives the service a clear advantage over competitors such …

LastPass Password Manager Introduces New Mac App

Popular free password management service LastPass today is launching a new Mac app to make it easier for Mac users to access their passwords on their laptop and desktop computers. The new LastPass Mac app offers a full-featured vault for storing login information, passwords, credit cards, and more, …

Apps