Try the Latest Apple Operating System Before It’s Released

Want to be the first on your block to try Apple’s latest and greatest?  We can’t get you an iPhone 6. On Tuesday, however, Apple did announce something neat: a new initiative that will allow regular folks like you and me to try out the latest versions of OS X before they’re Continue reading

Spammiest Countries on Earth

Americans like to associate their spam with other countries. They joke about Chinese spammers, or Nigerians or Russians. It’s a time-honored nativist tradition. But, according to the new quarterly report from the security and spam monitoring company Sophos, computers inside the United States relay — by far — the most Continue reading

A Bigger iPhone 6 May Be Delayed Because of Battery Issues

View photo Apple’s iPhone 6 could arrive in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations this year, but those clamoring for the latter may have to hold their breath a bit longer. According to Taiwan’s Commercial Times, the purported phablet-sized iPhone could be delayed a year due to battery production issues. As pointed Continue reading

AT&T to Bring Its Super-Fast Internet to 21 New Cities

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AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 total metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1-gigabit-per-second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for Continue reading

Watching Free and Legal TV Online

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  This week the live TV streaming service Aereo goes on trial at the Supreme Court, which will decide if it’s a legal business by summer’s end. It’s a big moment for television, considering the $8-a-month subscription provides something that everyone wants but no other company has so far managed to provide: Continue reading

Apple Offering Free Recycling for All Products

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  Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices, and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker details its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple with Continue reading

Google makes amends for Android anti-virus app scam

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A fake Android anti-virus application managed to fool many customers into buying it, even though it didn’t really have any anti-virus features. The $3.99 quickly rose through the ranks, reaching the top of the Google Play Store sales charts before Android Police discovered the truth behind it. The application was removed from the store Continue reading

Why online services don’t know what your password is

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Believe it or not, online services don’t necessarily know your password. Some services actually can tell you your password, and that’s a really, really bad thing. Among other things, it calls in to question that service’s understanding of security. A bit of math First, let me explain why services don’t Continue reading

FCC Clears the Way for Gigabit WiFi

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The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously this week to allow WiFi networks greater access to the public airwaves, officially clearing the way for faster WiFi data connections. Currently, WiFi networks are allowed to communicate using two different public frequency bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The new FCC rule expands the amount of the 5GHz Continue reading

Is Privacy Over?

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Regardless of whether people have read a George Orwell novel or not, it seems that everyone is talking about the author. This is because of the belief that the era of privacy, and of certain other freedoms many of us have enjoyed for decades, might be over. The measures that Continue reading

Is Google Glass an Intrusion of Privacy?

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Now that Google Glass has been available more broadly, we’ll start to see it on more and more people in public. This means you could walk into a restaurant or library and have someone browsing, watching, recording right there. Is this an intrusion of your privacy? Google Glass wearers have Continue reading

Browser Extentions Protect Against Heartbleed

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Though news of the Heartbleed SSL bug broke early last week, the danger to your personal data is far from over. Countless websites are still vulnerable to Heartbleed data leaks, and will be for some time. The only way to surf safe is to change all your passwords, and only after you test Continue reading

Pitfalls Of Your Free Internet

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The Internet is a vast wonderland of free sites and services, a glorious cornucopia of software and information donated through the kindness of others who expect nothing in return. Unlike the real world, there is no deceit, no scams or greed-driven conspirators trying to make a buck at your expense. Continue reading

Canadian Police say man used Heartbleed virus to steal personal info

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Police in Ontario, Canada have accused a 19-year-old man with exploiting the Heartbleed computer virus to steal personal data of over 900 taxpayers.  Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, a student at the University of Western Ontario, was arrested late Tuesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Solis-Reyes was charged with one count Continue reading

Is Intel’s Mobile Chipset Stacking Up Against ARM?

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If you own a smartphone, there’s a very great chance that it uses a chipset designed by ARM Holdings. Its architecture is uniquely tailored to handle the compact nature of mobile devices – while still providing a large amount of processing power. For years, this has been the standard, and Continue reading