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Heartbleed security flaw may not be as dangerous as thought

After this week's massive Heartbleed bug, one of the biggest concerns was that the bug might leak a website's private SSL keys, the key to the green lock that secures data sent to users. It's especially dangerous because, if an attacker did access the keys, they could be used even after the server …

Design & Development News | The Next Web

All stories in Design & Dev<p>Here's proof notifications don't have to suck<p>Notifications suck. I mean they really, really suck. Consider what my desktop workspace looks like at any given time. I mean, yes, I did create those reminders and yes, I do need to do all of those things, but displaying …

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Internet architects propose encrypting all the world’s Web traffic | Ars Technica

Next-gen HTTP calls for default crypto to stop spying by spooks and criminals.<p>A vastly larger percentage of the world's Web traffic will be encrypted …

Space dogfights, movie theaters and walking tanks in virtual reality

One day the Oculus Rift will show up in stores. But for now it's in the hands of people making wonderful things for it. Not necessarily games, but experiences.<p>There's the chance to skydive, to tour an active volcano, to stare into the whitewashed sky of a winter morning and trace the flakes of snow …

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The Pirate Bay Celebrates Its 10th Birthday By Launching A Tor-Based Anti-Censorship Browser

The Pirate Bay (TPB), the torrent site that really doesn’t need an introduction anymore, celebrates its 10th birthday today. To mark the day, TPB launched PirateBrowser, “a bundle package of the Tor client (Vidalia), Firefox Portable browser (with foxyproxy addon).”<p>The package, the group says, …

When wearable tech makes you smarter -- by zapping your brain

A slew of controversial, DIY methods of brain stimulation have culminated in the Focus headset. But take note: It's not yet known whether augmenting the mind is truly safe.<p>"I am concerned about the safety of allowing brain stimulation devices loose on the public, without prior efficacy or safety …

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How Intel's New Processor Will Keep Your Gadgets Alive Longer

The U- and Y-series core processors can extend battery life by two hours, and keep devices moving faster than ever.<p>In the world of chip design, there's one spec people typically care about most: speed. But as demand for mobility increases, efficiency has become as important a quality as any. In the …

Yikes: This new app saves Snapchats without letting the sender know

What supposedly makes Snapchat enjoyable is that messages float away and disappear after one view. It’s ephemeral fun for sharing things that don’t matter too much.<p>After giving it a quick test, I can confirm the app works. First you log in with your Snapchat credentials, and then the app saves all …

Trojan targets Linux desktop users, steals web banking info

Malware certainly exists for Linux, but it's more frequently targeted at servers than everyday PCs. Unfortunately, regular users now have more reason to worry: a rare instance of a Linux desktop trojan, Hand of Thief, has surfaced in the wild. The code swipes banking logins and other web sign-in …

SATA 3.2 standard finalized, promises faster and smaller storage

There's no doubt that Serial ATA storage is hitting a wall when even mainstream PCs like the MacBook Air and VAIO Pro use the PCI Express interface to get around performance bottlenecks. It's a good thing that SATA-IO just ratified the improved SATA 3.2 specification, then. The new standard centers …

Kids And TV: Watching An Extra Hour Can Harm Kindergarten Performance, Study Says

Yet another data point has been added to the ongoing debate over how much TV watching is too much for young children.<p>A study of Canadian children has found that even an extra hour of TV time -- above the daily average of 72 minutes -- could significantly harm a child’s performance in kindergarten, …