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Google stepped up encryption amid reports of NSA surveillance

Amid reports this summer of the<p>National Security Agency’s accessing troves of private communications, technology companies have sought to distance themselves from allegations of cooperation with government authorities, while reassuring users that their information is safe.<p>The latest chapter in the …

How to back up your Android phone

Losing or breaking your phone doesn't mean you have to lose all your data, too--as long as you back it up first. Find out how to back up your valuable apps, contacts, messages, and more with just a few easy steps.<p>Android doesn't offer a native backup service, so it's easy to ignore the need to do …

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Silent Circle launches encrypted text messaging app on Android

Silent Circle is launching its secure file sharing and text messaging app, Silent Text, on Android today, almost a year after the service first launched for iOS. The app allows mobile users to transfer 100MB files of any type, or to just send one another simple messages. It protects the data using …

FTC settles with Trendnet after 'hundreds' of home security cameras were hacked

Home security camera maker Trendnet has reached a settlement with the FTC over charges that it failed to protect customer privacy after a massive security vulnerability was discovered and exploited last year. The breach allowed hackers to watch and monitor total strangers by tapping into live video …

Julian Assange is tracking the movements of 19 spyware contractors

The latest installment of Wikileaks came with a surprise: the organization is going on the offensive. Assange has announced something called the Wikileaks Counterintelligence Unit, a project to actively surveil various surveillance contractors to provide a rare view into their business dealings — …

BITalino Is A Low Cost, Modular Bio-Signal Sensor Kit That Makes It Quicker & Easier To Build Medical Devices & Health Tracker Apps

As the quantified self movement continues to pick up momentum, the range of consumer devices tracking physiological signals is set to expand. But harvesting bio-signals requires specialist kit — which can be either expensive to buy or tricky to put together yourself for prototyping purposes, unless …

Overwhelming majority of web users have tried covering their digital tracks

Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey with 792 web users, and found that the urge for privacy is more common than it seems. A full 86 percent of respondents had covered their digital tracks in some way, whether it was with encryption software or simply by using a browser's incognito mode, …

Griffin's MultiDock looks sleeker than ever, and it can still house and charge a herd of devices at once

In an age where expecting humans to limit themselves to a single piece of electronics is a little too much to ask for, what could be better than to own a physical hub where multiple things can be charged simultaneously? In all seriousness, though, the Griffin MultiDock <i>can</i> indeed be a rather handy …

Dash is an affordable, crowdfunded DIY robot aimed at hobbyists and educators

Can robot building go mainstream? The creators of Dash seem to think so. They've launched a crowdfunding drive for a robot kit that can be fully assembled at home in about an hour. Dash's main function is traversing across terrain quickly, and its creators say their robot is "perfect for the …

Zeus 3D copier and printer does it all in one

The world of 3D scanning and printing is about to get simplified immensely with the Zeus, an all-in-one 3D machine.<p>We're already used to 2D copiers and printers. Slip a piece of paper in, push a button, and a copy comes out. Now, that same sort of capability is coming to the 3D world with the AIO …

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The TC Disrupt Hackathon 2013 Is Officially Underway

The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon not only marks the beginning of Disrupt SF 2013, but it also marks the beginning of potentially hundreds of new products, services, and gadgets.<p>1,200 hackers have filled the San Francisco Design Center to build whatever their heart desires. They’ll have a handful of …