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Meet ZenMate, the encryption startup that lets you watch Netflix & keep your privacy

The NSA spying program and the media frenzy surrounding it well and truly brought the subject of online security to the forefront of Internet users’ minds last summer. A blow for the credibility of many large Internet sites, the scandal did, however, provide a publicity boost for services …

CloudLock Launches A Fully Cloud-Based Selective Encryption Product

Cloud security startup CloudLock will launch new encryption product to make it easier for software-as-a-service and cloud platforms to protect sensitive data. Called CloudLock Selective Encryption, the product’s launch comes a few weeks after CloudLock announced that it had raised $16.5 million in …

Ericsson to show off 450Mbps LTE mobile networking

Telecommunications equipment maker Ericsson will show a new variety of LTE mobile networking next week that can reach data rates of 450 megabits per second.<p>The demonstration, at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, uses a technology called carrier aggregation, which broadly speaking …

Namecheap targeted in monumental DDoS attack

The Web-hosting service Namecheap was hit with what it says was one the largest distributed-denial-of-service attacks "anyone has seen or dealt with."<p>On Thursday morning roughly 300 domain names hosted by Namecheap were targeted in a DDoS attack -- a common hacker tactic that causes sites or …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

Google To Take Over San Francisco Space For Engineers Who Don't Want To Commute To Silicon Valley

A Google-owned building in the middle of San Francisco's Mission District.<p>And now Mission residents can look forward to just that: Google plans to take over a 35,000-square-foot building in the Mission, at 285 Alabama St., according to the Financial Times.<p>Sources who spoke to the Financial Times …

R.I.P. CAPTCHA

Say hello to two-step verification and more.<p>Say good-bye to CAPTCHA, the boxes of warped text that separate humans from bots online. AI company Vicarious claims to have developed an algorithm that can pass the test about 90 percent of the time. What will save us from spam now? These alternatives …

Secret revealed: inside the most scandalous social network

Will anonymity make Secret essential reading — or become its undoing?<p>Late on a Saturday evening in San Francisco, at a party filled with tech workers, people keep retreating to odd corners to stare at their phones. This happens at every party these days, of course, but what’s different here is that …

What If Apple Bought Tesla?

Rumors about Apple showing interest in buying Tesla have resurfaced after the SF Chronicle reported that Apple’s M&A chief met with Elon Musk last spring. Considering Tesla’s market capitalization of more than $24 billion, such a deal would be unprecedented for Apple, but the two companies do …

What Samsung is saying about the Galaxy S5

Samsung isn't going to make a big song-and-dance when it finally reveals its next flagship smartphone, at least not literally. When it announced last year's Galaxy S 4, the company put on a pretty grand show in New York. However, that isn't to say the current darling of Android is keeping …

This iPhone-Sized Device Can Hack A Car, Researchers Plan To Demonstrate

Auto makers have long downplayed the threat of hacker attacks on their cars and trucks, arguing that their vehicles’ increasingly-networked systems are protected from rogue wireless intrusion. Now two researchers plan to show that a few minutes alone with a car and a tiny, cheap device can give …

Target 'Brushed Off' Security Concerns 2 Months Before 40 Million Credit Card Numbers Were Stolen

At least one analyst at the Minneapolis-based retailer wanted to do a more thorough security review of its payment system, a request that at least initially was brushed off, the people said. The move followed memos distributed last spring and summer by the federal government and private research …

TimePIN: constantly changing lockscreen PIN provides extreme security

For many Android users, device security is extremely important; whether to protect personal data or corporate secrets, enabling lockscreen authentication is the first step to preventing unauthorized use. For many, the Android Pattern Lock is favored, but passwords, PINs, and more are available. …

bRight Switch brings Android to the humble light switch

Is there no end to places where you can find Android? Not only is our favorite mobile operating system found in phones, tablets, media players and mini HDMI sticks, to name a few, but it is now coming to the humble light switch.<p>bRight switch is a crowd sourcing funded project, which just reached …

Broadcom's new chips could put fast LTE in your budget smartphone

While entry-level smartphones are getting to be quite good these days, few of them have fast LTE; many have to make do with either basic LTE or 3G. If Broadcom is successful with its just-revealed M320 and M340 system-on-chip designs, though, advanced 4G could soon be very affordable. The new chips …

How Google Used Motorola To Smack Down Samsung -- Twice

Samsung is giant. It employs 427,000 staff, has an annual turnover in excess of $270bn and assets of $600bn spread across over 80 business units. And Google just floored it twice using Motorola as a baseball bat.<p><b>Why?</b><br>On the surface having 81 per cent of Android marketshare would seem to make Google …

Bolt for Android offers free calling without messing up your routine

Could this be the iMessage of calling?<p>Free calling apps, such as Viber, Skype, and others, are quite common, but they all suffer from the same fatal flaw: they require you to remember to use their special apps when you’re calling someone on their networks and use the standard phone app when you’re …

Intel's new low-power graphics could boost battery life in your next laptop

Graphics hardware can rapidly drain a laptop's battery -- there's a good reason why many Ultrabooks ship with nothing more than basic integrated video. If Intel brings a new low-power graphics core to market, though, high-performance visuals and long battery life won't be mutually exclusive …

The quality of your mobile connection could soon be linked to your phone bill

Imagine this scenario: You’re walking along having a video chat on your mobile phone with a friend, and you stumble into a dead zone in the network — …

Take a trip down memory lane to Google's first data center

Before Urs Hölzle became Google's first chief engineer, he took a tour of the company's server room at the Exodus data center in Santa Clara, Calif. Not yet a Google employee, Hölzle was taken there by Google co-founder Larry Page on February 1, 1999, on possibly the shortest Google data center …

Don't Believe The Hype: These New Services Won't Protect You From The NSA

On its website, the company Private WiFi sells virtual private networks that it says can resist government snooping. “Don’t want the government to know what you are doing? Then it’s time to get a VPN," the company says.<p>Another such company, HideIPVPN, makes a similar promise.“NSA and FBI are spying …

Senator Al Franken asks Google Glass developer to limit scope of facial recognition app

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has spoken out against a Google Glass app that uses facial recognition to identify strangers. Yesterday, Franken published an open letter to the makers of NameTag, an app meant to match people's faces with photos from social media accounts or other online sources. "Unlike …

In a distributed world cache is king. Why routers are becoming the new server.

Much like Amazon(a amzn) sparked a revolution in not just corporate IT but also in how companies build out their infrastructure (you could probably …

As artificial intelligence grows, so do ethical concerns

Now that Google is delving even deeper into artificial intelligence, the minds behind "Don't be evil" might face real questions of right and wrong.<p>This week the Mountain View search titan snatched up DeepMind, which develops artificial intelligence software. The price tag and the specifics of the …

Is Edward Snowden a prisoner in Russia?

Edward Snowden's prolonged stay in Russia was involuntary. He got stuck in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport when his efforts to transit to a South American country such as Ecuador, Bolivia or Venezuela failed. But it made his own story – his narrative of principled exile and flight – a …

How Edward Snowden went from loyal NSA contractor to whistleblower

In late December 2001, someone calling themselves TheTrueHOOHA had a question. He was an 18-year-old American male with impressive IT skills and a sharp intelligence. His real identity was unknown. Everyone who posted on Ars Technica, a popular technology website, did so anonymously.<p>TheTrueHOOHA …

How the NSA, GCHQ and crooks can hack mobile apps

On Monday, the latest Edward Snowden leaks revealed GCHQ and the National Security Agency were targeting specific mobile applications in their …

5 Changes President Obama Wants To Make to NSA's Surveillance Programs

In a major address this morning, President Obama tried to soothe Americans' fears about NSA spying by promising these changes.<p><b>Earlier this morning, President Obama</b> spoke about a number of reforms he wants to make to the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, which have been widely …

Fridge caught sending spam emails in botnet attack

<b>In the first documented attack of its kind, the Internet of Things has been used as part of an attack that sent out over 750,000 spam emails.</b><p>With the …

64-bit Intel Bay Trail Android tablets coming this spring

Intel has confirmed that the company’s first Android tablets will be arriving in time for spring, packing quad-core 64-bit Bay Trail processors.<p>Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, told an investor earnings call on Thursday that Intel powered Android tablets would start showing up in Q2 2014, allaying fears …