Target Rich Environment: Mobile Malware in China
It is is as silly to use the term cyber criminal as it is to grant patents on everyday things when used on the internet. Scams and confidence schemes are ages old and regardless of what the current technology is, criminals will take advantage of them. It can be telegram, telegraph, mail, telephone, email, mobile, or whatever. The vehicle doesn't change the act.
Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
Apple has a part in making sure their locks are good. If I lose my passcode to my iPad I'm out of luck. Regardless of how compelling the story is it doesn't change their unlocking policy. If they could convince the police that grandma was involved in some sort of illegal activity and get a court order they may have better luck.
Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men
With the low low interest rates you would be a fool not to refinance your house and take out a home equity loan to purchase said aspirin.
Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?
Many businesses find the idea of people doing their personal banking on the clock unconscionable. The firewall package we have when it has a hiccup reverts back to doing HTTPS interception, so for us turning it off is an option rather than it being defaulted to off.
Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
Between Classic Mode and Rosetta you had recourse over a decade or more. I understand that some people like to run decades-old software because it still works, but no one in their right mind still needs Claris Works when they could be using Open Office/Libre Office. Similarly there isn't really a big reason to hang on to applications compiled for decade old hardware if you are running brand new hardware.
The last gaming rig I built had a graphics card that was near the price of a Mac Mini. If your gaming rig is 1/3 the price of a decent Mac it sucks.
Sundar Pichai: Android Designed For Openness; Security a Lower Priority
For the small percent who does root their phone it isn't a huge concern, but considering the most popular firmware claims around 10 million installs compared to the 1 billion total Android devices there are a ton of people left in the dark. Most of the people I know who use Android devices get the free phone, the 1 phone, or get the stupid Casio "rugged" phone. All of those options are going to leave them in the dark on updates.
I spend quite a bit more for my devices than $100, but that's because I hate being locked to a carrier or paying the big four carriers' fees. Paying more for my device and having a sub-$30 bill compared to the $79+ bill I'd have for a smartphone on Verizon is a no brainer to me. Even buying the ultra bestest Samsung phone at $700 outright buyout isn't a big deal when I'll save that much in half the two year contract time.
Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
A balaclava or ski mask in a bar in California I would guess would be more disconcerting than wearing Google Glass.
Blizzard To Sell Level 90 WoW Characters For $60
WoW needs this and then a $10 death penalty waive option.
US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year
Even if they don't pay it is of no loss to the carrier since they do not have the subsidy. If one buys a new iPhone 5S and has it stolen after two or three billing cycles and stops paying their bill the carrier loses out on that subsidy. If one steals a brand new iPhone 5S and stops paying after two or three billing cycles the carrier is out nothing and in most cases made great profit since no part of the bill was subsidy (also most prepaids can't accept stolen devices as easy as paid providers who control the network).
Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK
There are converters for the older versions, which I won't say makes it worth it, but they are there. I used them on the Mac version so we didn't have to upgrade above 2000 era Office. Mac converter is just drag and drop, doesn't allow you to save back to it, not that anyone would want to.
Google's Project Tango Seeks To Map a 3D World
Here's to hoping Google can force them to change their name again.
Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
I'm no expert on irony, but I'm pretty sure calling a troll stupid is ironic.
Google Apps License Forbids Forking, Promotes Google Services
I always shop for a phone that is supported by Cyanogenmod for that very reason.
Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal
As good as that sounds, if the government owns the lines they'll start spying on people's communications.
FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft
How Adobe Got Rid of Traditional Stack-Ranking Performance Reviews
That's absolutely where I am with it also. I've had no fewer than 5 calls from Adobe before and after the CC business and I've told them each time I'm never buying another one of their products until they sell perpetual licenses. They insist they won't buckle on the issue, but I believe they will have to eventually.
It would be harder to resist CC if they put in a single compelling feature in a product since CS6, but that simply hasn't been the case.
Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese
Bob had Rover, who outlived Clippy. Rover also had the best password security. Forget your password? Rover will just reset it for you. No questions asked.
Adobe Flash Remote Code Execution Flaw Exploited In the Wild
You really can't compare it to other plugins. It's such a far leader in being the worst that it is like comparing stepping on an ant to the holocaust.
I don't think Adobe could really just decide not to fix this and ignore the researchers who brought it up. Hardly something to praise.
Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July
It wasn't a secret at any point that Amazon could remove content. In this case they removed content that they didn't legitimately have a right to. If one purchased it and wanted to put in the effort to contact customer service they would get credit equal to an likely above their purchase. Amazon takes care of people.
I think many authors if they knew their work was being sold on Amazon by a third party would try to get that corrected. It's pretty apples and oranges the difference between that and other bookstores being shut out is pretty obvious. If nothing else Adobe is shooting itself and smaller publishers in the foot in the middle of a race that Amazon and Apple are already winning.
Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
That's great for the 10 million of the 900+ million Android devices out there. I'm going to wager that many of the Cyanogenmod users aren't the Facebook type anyway. It's also only for Cyanogenmod 10.2, which is just recently considered stable and not supported on a great many devices.
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