28 July 2014

Is Instagram doing enough to fix its account hijacking bug?

Is Instagram doing enough to fix its account hijacking bug?If you're checking Instagram on public Wi-Fi, you may be exposing more than you realize. A security researcher named Mazin Ahmed has published a new report showing how easy it is to hijack an Instagram account, and taking the company to task for lax security. The technique relies on catching Instagram data in transit, either through an open Wi-Fi hotspot or a more sophisticated attack at the network level. If attackers can do that, Ahmed says, they'll be able to see unencrypted pictures, user IDs and account keys — potentially allowing outsiders to take over your account entirely.


28 July 2014

Google is helping James Frey build a multimedia sci-fi juggernaut

Google is helping James Frey build a multimedia sci-fi juggernautOn October 7th, author James Frey will release a novel about the apocalypse. It will hold an elaborate code, directing readers towards a key hidden somewhere in the real world. Fox is developing a movie concurrently, and Google's Niantic Labs, responsible for alternate-reality game Ingress, is making a new game based on the plot. A D&D dungeon master has been conscripted to maintain social media accounts for the characters, which he has done for the past year.


28 July 2014

Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?

Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?The New York Times cried wolf in late October last year, observing that the iPhone 4 has became more sluggish following the iOS 7 update and wondering, without any kind of data to back it up other than one user’s experience, whether Apple has intentionally slowed down performance on older smartphone models to convince more iPhone users to upgrade. However, the publication is now back with a more scientific approach to the quandary. In a new piece penned by Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan, the publication draws our attention to the correlation between iPhone launches and the perceived slowness of older devices. Similarly, the study looks at Galaxy S phone slowness and relation to new Galaxy S model launches. FROM EARLIER: 12


28 July 2014

Amazon launches 3D printing store

The Amazon logo is seen on a podium during a press conference in New York, on September 28, 2011Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and other objects. "The introduction of our 3D printed products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail -- that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own," said Amazon's Petra Schindler-Carter in a statement The store "allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories."


28 July 2014

Liberia closing most borders to stop the spread of ebola

Liberia closing most borders to stop the spread of ebolaLiberia is closing down most of its borders and quarantining certain communities as it attempts to crack down on the spread of ebola within the region, which has so far killed over 670, including 129 people in Liberia alone, reports the Associated Press. In addition to closing all but three of its border crossings and quarantining communities widely effected by the virus, the restrictions include limitations on public demonstrations and requirements that certain venues, such as restaurants, run a five-minute video on ebola. The current ebola outbreak became the largest ever recorded over a month ago, and it's still spreading. Guinea and Sierra Leone have also had residents infected with the virus, which is believed to have begun spreading from Guinea at the beginning of the year. Despite the tight restrictions, Liberia will reportedly be keeping open its international airport.


28 July 2014

Russia offers a $110,000 bounty if you can crack Tor

Russia offers a $110,000 bounty if you can crack Tor


28 July 2014

12 slick tricks that will make your iPhone run faster

12 slick tricks that will make your iPhone run fasterEven though the iPhone offers users a rather consistent smartphone experience, the device can get slower the more it’s used, as is the case with any other kind of computer. However, there are plenty of tricks that can significantly improve the iPhone’s performance, and Business Insider has put together a collection of 12 such handy tricks every iPhone user looking for performance improvements has to know. FROM EARLIER: 5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother While some of them have been featured in previous lists, the publication offers additional tools to make the iPhone run faster, as well as instructions on how to perform the necessary chores, which may come in handy especially to newer iPhone owners.


28 July 2014

Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton hotels by end of 2016

Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton hotels by end of 2016Within a couple years, most people will never need to visit the front desk at a Hilton hotel ever again.


28 July 2014

TWC hilariously claims Google and Netflix are the real threats to net neutrality

TWC hilariously claims Google and Netflix are the real threats to net neutralityYou’ve got to hand it to Time Warner Cable’s lawyers — they certainly deserve an A+ for creative writing. Per The National Journal, both Time Warner Cable and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association lobbying group have filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission warning that major Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Netflix are the real threats to net neutrality because they could threaten to charge ISPs extra money for the rights to let their customers access their websites. We are sadly not joking. “A relatively concentrated group of large [Web companies] — such as Google, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook — have enormous and growing power over consumers’ ability to access the content of their choice on


28 July 2014

Returning to 'Sin City': a chat with Frank Miller

Returning to 'Sin City': a chat with Frank MillerEver the controversial figure, Frank Miller is nevertheless one of the greats. It gave me a chance to explore my world that much more deeply.


28 July 2014

What you need to know about card skimming

What you need to know about card skimming


28 July 2014

Israel's Iron Dome

Israel's Iron DomeThe politics of the conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel are well documented, and I'm sure you have already formed an opinion about who is at fault and what must be done. This article is not about any of that. It's not about right or wrong, good or bad, politics or religion... it's about a remarkable technology that is serving both a...


28 July 2014

New leak compares key component from iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ phablet

New leak compares key component from iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ phabletApple’s next generation iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch “iPhone Air” phablet are reportedly nearing the mass production phase and as a result, we’ve seen component leaks kick into high gear recently. Monday morning we seemingly saw the main printed circuit board (PCB) from the iPhone 6 for the first time, and now a new leak may show the iPhone 6 circuit board next to the same component from the larger 5.5-inch iPhone, again supporting the notion that Apple is planning two new iPhone models this year. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master French Apple news site Nowhereelse.fr on Monday published photos it obtained from an unnamed source in China that supposedly show both main circuit boards


28 July 2014

John Oliver, Buzz Aldrin, and Patrick Stewart plead for rescue of lost Russian space-geckos

John Oliver, Buzz Aldrin, and Patrick Stewart plead for rescue of lost Russian space-geckosThere are a lot of international crises at the moment, but no one that can bring humanity together like the story of Russia' s gecko sex experiment that became lost in space. The experiment was supposed to monitor the sex lives of geckos inside a satellite, but last week Russia was reported to have lost contact with it — leaving the geckos adrift. On his show this weekend, John Oliver took a break from some of the more serious subjects that he could have been addressing to ask that viewers email Putin and raise awareness for the geckos. It's as funny as you'd expect from Oliver — and somehow, he even gets a few guest stars to show up, including Buzz Aldrin and Patrick Stewart.


28 July 2014

A giant armadillo building is hiding in the middle of Paris

A giant armadillo building is hiding in the middle of ParisOn a tree-lined boulevard in southeast Paris, an enormous creature is slowly coming to life. Nestled in a dense block of 19th-century buildings, the sloping glass structure looks like a metallic armadillo shell, but is in fact a new project from world-renowned architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop.


28 July 2014

Amazon’s new 3D printing store lets you build customized gear

Amazon’s new 3D printing store lets you build customized gearIf for some reason Amazon’s vast selection of products from every imaginable category wasn’t quite cutting it for you, we have some good news – on Monday, Amazon opened a 3D printing store on its website, offering customizable goods to its customers for the very first time. Amazon notes that more than 200 items are already available in the new store, including earrings, bobblehead figures, phone cases and cookie cutters. “The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail – that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” said Petra Schindler-Carter,


28 July 2014

Zillow buying Trulia to make real estate titan

This product image provided by real estate website operator Zillow shows the Zillow app on various mobile platforms. Zillow is buying competitor Trulia in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. Trulia’s stock rose more than 14 percent in premarket trading on Monday, July 28, 2014, while Zillow’s stock fell more than 3 percent. (AP Photo/Zillow)NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate website operator Zillow is buying rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion deal that would make the biggest player in the online real estate market.


28 July 2014

Apple upgrading its MacBook Pro line this week: report

Apple upgrading its MacBook Pro line this week: reportThough neither computer's outward appearance is expected to be altered, what's under the hood is set to get a very impressive upgrade, especially in the case of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is expected to get 16GB of RAM as standard, even on the base configuration model. According to numerous sources, including Apple Insider, each 15-inch notebook is also getting a faster Intel Core i7 processor and better harddrive options too. Also, if information that originally is believed to have come from an Apple Store in China is totally accurate, Apple might also be planning to introduce a third ‘maxed out' version of the 15-inch notebook as a standalone model which will boast a 2.8Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and Intel Iris Pro and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics. Apple has already released refreshed MacBook Airs and iMacs this year and in updating the internal components has also cut retail prices.


28 July 2014

GSA CIO: Successful Organizations Connect, Collaborate and Innovate

GSA CIO: Successful Organizations Connect, Collaborate and InnovateSuccessful CIOs are driving digital business transformation, leveraging mobile, social and cloud computing technologies to improve workforce productivity, while reducing IT expenses and bolstering employee engagement. Sonny Hashmi, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), has received the 2013 Federal...


28 July 2014

Judges ruling on secret telecoms cases found to own Verizon stock

Judges ruling on secret telecoms cases found to own Verizon stock