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Free Encrypted iPhone Comms And 'World First' Private Tablet Unveiled

It’s been a great day for privacy-minded folk, with the launch of free encrypted messaging and calls for Apple’s iPhone, thanks to Open Whisper Systems’ updated Signal application, and what’s being billed by creator Silent Circle as the “world’s first privacy focused tablet”.<p>Signal’s open source …

How to use Authy to manage two-factor authentication on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

I know first-hand how scary password hacks can be, but I still put off two-factor authentication for years — relying instead on a strong multi-digit …

Jordan vows: 'This is just the beginning'

<b>Karak, Jordan (CNN) —</b> Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back, and is promising more.<p>Fighter jets carried out airstrikes Thursday, then returned to fly over the home of the slain 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath …

Islam

Amid diplomatic flurry on Ukraine, Kerry warns Russia

With the prospect of Western arms supplies to Ukraine looming over the conflict there, top U.S. and European officials descended on snowbound Kiev on Thursday to press the leaders of Ukraine and Russia to negotiate an end to their disputes and avert a worsening of the nearly year-old crisis.<p>U.S. …

Tor Exec Claims NSA Agents Supply It With Vulnerability Information

The Tor Project, an effort to allow users to browse the Internet anonymously, thinks that it is receiving tips from spies focused on finding its flaws. Tor’s Andrew Lewman alleges that the folks tasked with finding ways to break Tor, are supplying the group with the information that they …

Verizon: We throttle unlimited data to provide an “incentive to limit usage”

Verizon Wireless tells FCC that throttling policy isn't for boosting revenue.<p>Verizon Wireless has told FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that its policy of …

Comcast’s Leaked ‘Retention Specialist’ Handbook Reveals The Keys To A Low(er) Hassle Cancellation

The recent nightmare customer service call that went viral proved something many of us already knew: Dealing with Comcast — and cable companies, in general — is almost impossible, especially if you want to downgrade your current package or cancel your plan entirely. The company’s “Retention …

As electronics get smaller, clothes are getting smarter

At the Bay Area Maker Faire in May, Anouk Wipprecht stood on stage as Tesla Coils sent close to a million volts of electricity coursing through her …

PlayStation Side Effect: Dangerous Blood Clots, Docs Say

A New Zealand man who played eight hours of video games for four days in a row developed life-threatening blood clots so severe that doctors created a new condition: “gamer’s thrombosis.” The situation involving the 31-year-old PlayStation fan was picked as the case report of the year for 2013 by …

Skyrim NPCs Finally Get A Holiday

Skyrim's NPCs have been toiling through their clockwork lives like, well, clockwork since 2011. It's time for a break.<p>This mod programs a series of …

The Elder Scrolls

Cable companies bankroll fake consumer groups to end net neutrality

Internet fast lane debate is latest battleground in storied ISP astroturf saga.<p>Cable companies that stand to benefit the most from an end to net …

Judge grants class action status to inmates' solitary confinement case

A federal judge in Oakland has granted inmates in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison class action status in their claims of unconstitutional treatment.<p>The inmates allege physical and psychological abuse when California puts inmates in Pelican Bay's windowless isolation cells. The …

United States

China disrupts Google services ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

BEIJING (Reuters) - Google services are being disrupted in China ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a censorship watchdog said on Monday.<p>A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in …

Google to spend more than $1bn on satellite internet, reports indicate

Google plans to spend more than $1bn on a fleet of 180 satellites to beam internet access to unconnected parts of the globe.<p>The project will use small, but high capacity low-Earth orbiting satellites that sit lower in the sky than traditional satellites, a report by the Wall Street Journal …