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  • Election Season Spawns Scams With Political Twist

    Tue 6:08pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Dirty tricks during political campaigns are nothing new, but the Internet and the proliferation of mobile devices have allowed tricksters to up their games a notch. It came to light last week, for example, that Donald Trump's campaign app was hoovering the…
  • Nextdoor Tackles Racial Profiling at Street Level

    Tue 1:27pm By Richard Adhikari
    Nextdoor last week rolled out to all 110,000 of its neighborhoods a new form-based process for making crime and safety reports. Implementation of the tool reduced incidents of racial profiling by 75 percent in areas where it was tested, according to CEO Nirav…
  • Snazzier Fitbits Sport Beefed-Up Feature Sets

    Tue 10:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Fitbit on Monday announced two new fitness trackers with sleeker looks, more durable construction and greater data-gathering capabilities. The Fitbit Charge 2, priced at $149.95, features continuous heart-rate tracking. It uses the data to generate a cardio…
  • The Peppermint Twist Is Still Cool

    Mon 4:21pm By Jack M. Germain
    The Peppermint operating system is built around a concept not found in most Linux distros. It is a hybrid combination of traditional Linux desktop applications and cloud-based infrastructure. Peppermint 7 is a lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04.…
  • #StandWithLeslie and Obliterate Internet Trolls

    Mon 1:28pm By Rob Enderle
    I think there's a legitimate argument for removing one category of folks from the gene pool, because they spend the little time they are given on Earth making other folks' lives miserable. Back when I was playing MMOs, some twisted folks -- known as…
  • Innocents Exposed as WikiLeaks Gushes Information

    Sat 1:30pm By David Jones
    WikiLeaks reportedly has leaked sensitive personal information belonging to hundreds of innocent individuals worldwide, including some residing in several highly repressive countries.…
  • Apple Speeds iOS Patch to Bring Down Pegasus

    Fri 5:05pm By Richard Adhikari
    Apple on Thursday issued a patch that addresses three recently discovered critical iOS zero-day vulnerabilities, and advised users to update their systems immediately. State-sponsored actors exploited the flaws to target United Arab Emirates human rights…
  • US Government's Social Media Vetting Idea Draws Fire

    Fri 2:49pm By Richard Adhikari
    A coalition headed by the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Internet Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union this week filed objections to a Department of Homeland Security proposal to collect social media information from visitors entering…
  • Instagram Opens Snappy New Events Channel

    Fri 8:00am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Instagram last week announced a new Explore video channel that gives users an easier way to find and watch events. The channel aggregates videos from concerts, sporting events and more, and its personalization features flag events that might be a good match…
  • 25 Years of Linux: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

    Thu 3:03pm By Jack M. Germain
    Happy Birthday Linux! You're 25! When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for 21-year old Linus Torvald. Today the Linux community is estimated to be upwards of 86 million users strong. It has become the backbone of large…
  • Gadget Ogling: Musical Pizza Boxes, Backup Backpacks, and Tattooing Robots

    Thu 8:00am By Kris Holt
    Call it a gimmick, but I'm very much into the idea of having a pizza box that doubles as a turntable. Pizza Hut partnered with Novalia to make the box, which includes pitch and volume controls, a mixer, and touch-sensitive decks. Using printed electronics, DJs…
  • Twitter Steps Up Counterterrorism Efforts

    Aug 24, 2016, 1:02 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Twitter last week announced it had suspended 235,000 accounts since February for promoting terrorism, bringing to 360,000 the total number of suspensions since mid-2015.…
  • Apple Buys Healthcare 'Magic Machine'

    Aug 24, 2016, 8:00 am By John P. Mello Jr.
    Apple has purchased medical records startup Gliimpse in order to broaden its presence in the personal healthcare information management market. Apple reportedly confirmed that the purchase took place earlier this year. Apple in recent years has delved into…
  • Google Fills Nexus Devices With Rich Nougat Features

    Aug 23, 2016, 6:34 pm By David Jones
    Google on Monday began rolling out its long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat release to Nexus smartphones and tablets. The new operating system became available as a beta release, known only as "Android N," earlier this year. The experiences of developers and other…
  • Netgear's Orbi WiFi Promises Strong Signal All Through the House

    Aug 23, 2016, 8:00 am By Richard Adhikari
    Netgear on Monday announced the Orbi WiFi System, designed to eliminate dead spots in smart homes. Orbi's system "is similar to using a network extender, but Netgear has improved on this approach with a dedicated band for communication with the satellite…
  • Latest Slackware Version Doesn't Cut Newbies any Slack

    Aug 22, 2016, 5:32 pm By Jack M. Germain
    Slackware is one of those Linux distros often described as being difficult to use. The Slackware Project version 14.2 released on July 1 does little to change that view -- at least, as far as installing it is concerned. Its KDE desktop is probably the most…
  • From the Olympic Non-Robbery to Ford Getting Out of Cars, to Evil NSA: A Strange Week

    Aug 22, 2016, 1:37 pm By Rob Enderle
    There were three stories that caught my eye last week that I think deserve some additional discussion. One is the alleged robbery of U.S. Olympians followed by questions of whether it really happened because their phones weren't stolen. There may be a…
  • To Protect Enterprise Data, Secure the Code

    Aug 20, 2016, 1:25 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Responsibility for securing enterprise applications has been moving down the development lifecycle, and for good reason. It not only makes the enterprise more secure, but also saves companies time and money. For example, the average time to fix a vulnerability…
  • Uber Revs Engine in Self-Driving Race

    Aug 18, 2016, 2:55 pm By Peter Suciu
    Uber on Thursday announced plans to begin testing semi-autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh later this month. Its first partially self-driving Volvo XC90 vehicles reportedly will be assigned at random to customers who use the company's app. Each of the prototype…
  • Edward Snowden Sheds Light on Shadow Brokers

    Aug 18, 2016, 10:00 am By David Jones
    Edward Snowden has injected himself into an escalating cyberstruggle that could affect the U.S. presidential election. The reported hack of The Equation Group might have been a warning shot from Russia, Snowden claimed. The group, which is widely believed to…
  • The Linux Foundation Gives PNDA a Home

    Aug 18, 2016, 8:00 am By Jack M. Germain
    The Linux Foundation on Tuesday added PNDA -- the Platform for Network Data Analytics -- to its project menagerie. PNDA provides an open source, scalable platform for next-generation network analytics. It integrates data from multiple sources on a network and…
  • Intel's Project Alloy Tosses Reality Into a Blender

    Aug 17, 2016, 6:22 pm By John P. Mello Jr.
    Intel on Tuesday presented its virtual reality vision -- a vision that mixes virtual and real worlds into a kind of merged reality -- to developers attending a conference in San Francisco. Mixing reality and unreality sometimes can be a recipe for disaster,…
  • The Growing Scourge of Cyberbullying, Part 2

    Aug 17, 2016, 8:00 am By Quinten Plummer
    The digitization of everything has decreased the degrees of separation between everyone. While that interconnectedness has solved many problems, old and new, digitization has worsened one age-old problem: bullying. An online bullying epidemic is now pushing…
  • Super-Sophisticated Spyware Spotted After 5-Year Run

    Aug 16, 2016, 7:18 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Symantec and Kaspersky Lab last week separately announced the discovery of a highly sophisticated APT that had eluded security researchers for at least five years. A previously unknown group called "Strider" has been using Remsec, an advanced tool that seems…
  • Google Duo Aims to Make Video Calling Super-Easy

    Aug 16, 2016, 4:09 pm By Richard Adhikari
    Google on Monday launched Google Duo, a one-on-one video calling app that runs on iOS and Android. The app will be available worldwide in the next few days, said Justin Uberti, principal software engineer at Google. Duo switches from cellular service to WiFi,…
  • Gadget Ogling: Levitating Smart Things, Making WiFi-Perfect Wine, and Staying Safe While Solo

    Aug 16, 2016, 1:20 pm By Kris Holt
    Lift is an antigravity charger for Apple Watch and Pebble. The charger is wireless, so there's almost no clutter involved -- except, I suppose, when you have to charge the charger. The watch wraps around a portable battery pack, which the base keeps elevated…