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In the wake of (alleged) cyberwarfare by China, US president now has the power to order (preemptive) cyber attacks
According to a report by The New York Times, a secret White House legal review has granted the president of the United States the legal authority to order preemptive cyber attacks against a target (which can be a country), when there is credible evidence of a pending attack.…Read More »
A hacker has been toying with the police and the general public in Japan since last summer. The hacker has remote controlled innocent people’s computers to send killing spree threats and a bomb threat to Nintendo headquarters. This was followed by cryptic messages involving anime characters and even a microSD card attached to a kitten’s collar — I know, it sounds I’m describing a crazy Japanese thriller.…Read More »
An upcoming book co-authored by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen was previewed by The Wall Street Journal, and it looks like China’s reputation as of late isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The book is called The New Digital Age, and it says that China is the ”the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign firms, as well as ”the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information.” The book also talks about the Chinese government’s alleged involvement with infrastructure provider Huawei, which it believes will put the US at “an economic and political disadvantage” because ”the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play.”
Also mentioned is the dangers posed by the country’s ”mix of active citizens armed with technological devices and tight government control…” Schmidt and Cohen believe that it is extremely volatile, could cause widespread instability and might even result in “some kind of revolution in the coming decades.” Yikes.…Read More »
No one’s really safe from hackers these days, with Twitter joining the New York Times as one of the recent victims of security breaches recently. Twitter announced in a blog post that it detected unusual access patterns during the week, which led them to discovering attempts to access user data. …Read More »
How many dotTechies subscribe to Netflix or some other online on-demand video and movie website (for those of you that aren’t in counties Netflix operates in)? If you subscribe to Netflix or a similar website, then you probably will agree with the following comic.…Read More »
Netflix has released their original series, ‘House of Cards’. To push their second original series, the company wants as many people as possible to watch it. What better way than to make the premiere episode available for anyone to watch, at no cost?…Read More »
The Dubai skyline is becoming one of the most awesome views you can see today, and what better view can you get than from the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building?
This interactive 360-degree view of Dubai was created by photographer Gerald Donovan, in honor of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award (HIPA).…Read More »
The Caribbean island of Antigua is launching a government-run pirate (file sharing) website, to “punish” the US
You think Kim Dotcom and his Mega service should worry anti-piracy advocates? That is nothing. The government of Antigua, which is a small country in the Caribbean, is set to a launch a government-run pirate website. Yep, movies, music, TV shows, and software will all be available for download on this website.…Read More »
Some may call it obvious but just having antivirus software installed isn’t going to help you much if hit by zero-day attacks. The New York Times had antivirus from Symantec (Norton) installed on the devices connected to their network, but that didn’t stop Chinese hackers from retrieving usernames and passwords of their reporters, among other things.…Read More »
US law allows ‘wire-tapping’ of people who use US-based cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud — even if you don’t live in the United States
European privacy expert Caspar Bowden is warning that the data of people who use US-based cloud services might be monitored by the American authorities. In other words, Dropbox, Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, and Amazon’s Cloud Drive are all services that could be “wire-tapped” due to the American Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendment Act (FISAAA).…Read More »
When Amazon announced it’s fourth quarter earnings, you’d think they were doing pretty good. The company made a profit of $97 million last quarter on sales of $21.27 billion, and the sales which are up by 22 percent from the same time last year.…Read More »
A new initiative hopes to help people realize the value of an online education, without the financial risk. How do they plan to do this? By offering full credit courses that can lead to master-level degrees. For free.
The initiative is called MOOC2Degree (where MOOC stands for massive open online course), and is a partnership between the participating universities and a commercial company called Academic Partnerships.…Read More »
If you ever tried taking a peek at North Korea through Google Maps before, you’d have to be content with the image above. Sparse, with no details about roads or any sort of locations within North Korea for that matter — just the landmass.…Read More »
While YouTube currently charges for things like movies and TV shows, individual channels remain free for everyone to subscribe to and watch. A report from AdAge says that Google is looking into launching paid subscriptions for a particular set of channels, with prices ranging from $1 to $5 a month.…Read More »
Microsoft’s latest version of Office is here, it’s in the cloud, and it costs $100 per year for 5 computers
Microsoft has announced that Office 2013 and Office 365 are now available for purchase on Office.com and in retail stores across 162 countries. When you purchase your copy and unbox it at home, don’t be surprised if you don’t find the usual DVD inside it.…Read More »
Remember Vine? Twitter’s newly launched app that lets you embed quick six-second videos in your tweets? Well, it’s only been out for a couple of days and they’ve already made the quite the blunder. And of course, it involves porn.
When Vine launched with the ability to shoot video, I’m sure there were many that thought of the potential abuse an app like that could bring.…Read More »
Google has redesigned a lot of its core services like Gmail and even turning Google Docs into Google Drive. So it’s about time that they made significant changes to how image searches work, as its mostly stayed the same over the years save for the few tweaks here and there.…Read More »
New high-quality video standard H.265 is approved, will bring better quality videos to both fast and slow connections
The current standard for high-quality video is H.264; H.264 is used by pretty much all video streaming websites and most offline videos that are of high-quality use it, too. However, soon H.264 will be a thing of the past because the International Telecommunication Union has just approved H.265, the new high-quality video standard that supersedes H.264.…Read More »
Google protects user privacy and defies the government by asking for search warrants to access Gmail emails
To most Americans (and other countries that have laws to protect citizens from search and seizure without warrant), it may come as a surprise that a search warrant is not required for the American government to access private emails. This is due to the ‘Electronic Communications Privacy Act’ (ECPA), a law passed in the United States in 1986 that allows the authorities to get warrant-free access to emails stored on a server for more than 180 days.…Read More »
Protect your Google account (Gmail) by enabling SMS (text message) notifications for suspicious activity [Tip]
Google has a useful ‘account activity’ monitor built into Gmail that allows you to check to see where the latest logins to your account were made from. This helps you identify if there was unauthorized access to your account. Another useful security feature Google has is the ability to notify you by e-mail or phone (text message/SMS) when your Google account (aka Gmail account) has its password changed or a ‘suspicious login attempt’ has occurred.…Read More »
After launching Mega in one of the strangest technology press conferences to date, it looks like the site is already target of anti-piracy groups that want it shut down.
Robert King, who is affiliated with the adult industry, is also behind an anti-piracy group called StopFileLockers.…Read More »
What do you do when a student discovers then reports a serious vulnerability in your school’s network — so serious that it could potentially give access to students’ social security numbers, home addresses, phone numbers, class schedules and every other bit of information that a school would have on its students?…Read More »
Facebook is ‘impersonating’ people on the social network without their consent. What Facebook is doing is re-posting one of your ‘likes’ every once in awhile accompanied with a related article. The posts are in your name and they appear in feeds as if you posted them.…Read More »
Cable industry admits that data caps (bandwidth limits) are all about the money, not network congestion
If you didn’t need any more reasons to dislike internet service providers for charging too much for their services, this isn’t going to help very much. Michael Powell, who is the former chairman of the FCC but now president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, told an audience the cold hard truth about data caps. …Read More »
Leave it up to Kim Dotcom to not be content with simply launching a new file-sharing service, but to have an actual launch event to go with it that is probably crazier than he is.
The whole event can be viewed on Youtube…
…and it’s up there in terms of strangeness with Qualcomm’s ‘Born Mobile’ event at CES.…Read More »
This little donkey has been making the rounds on the internet lately — from Twitter all the way to Fox News. Twitter user @TheRealSheldonCooper posted the picture above on the social network, which is actually a Google Street View image in Botswana.…Read More »
US will have Google Fiber-like gigabit internet speeds in all 50 states by 2015, if the FCC Chairman has his way
If you’re jealous about Kansas City’s current gigabit internet speeds, you’ve got a friend in FCC Chairman Julius Genachoski. The chairman has just issued the “Gigabit City Challenge.” What does he hope to accomplish from this? At least one community in each of the 50 states to have gigabit internet by 2015.…Read More »
The traditional password is now considered by many to be a security flaw. A combination of characters that can be cracked or even guessed is probably not the best way to safeguard our online lives today, and services like LastPass or 1Password provide an alternative through their software-generated passwords.…Read More »
Looks like Kim Dotcom is definitely going through with launching his latest file sharing service Mega, despite its striking similarities to the ill-fate Megaupload. It’s also launching soon — like this Saturday kind of soon.
Dotcom also recently revealed through Twitter that the service will be going big right away with its storage offerings, giving users a free 50GB to start with.…Read More »
US House of Representatives enjoy torrenting movies and TV shows; here are some of their favorite BitTorrent downloads
It looks like the US Congress doesn’t need to look very far for examples of internet piracy for inspiration to put together another internet-related legislation. Turns out pirated movies and TV shows can be found within the walls of Capitol Hill.…Read More »
Facebook’s newly announced ‘Graph Search’ is an internal search engine, helps you make new connections
Facebook has just announced “Graph Search,” which they’re hoping will change the way you search for new friends, connections and even answers on the social network. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is careful to note that this is in no way a competitor to web search, it’s something different.…Read More »
Remember that controversial six-strikes anti-piracy thing we talked about? And how that got delayed to 2013? Well, it’s 2013 now and the program is just a couple of weeks away from officially kicking off. None of the participating ISPs have detailed their measures, but TorrentFreak was able to obtain Verizon’s full policy.…Read More »
First off, for you eagle-eyed viewers out there, I’m well aware that the photo is of a Japanese neighborhood — it just seemed to fit. Now that’s out of the way, a new policy in China is now requiring all new residences built near fiber optic connections to be wired up starting in April.…Read More »
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run one of the most hated and loved websites, while fending off authorities constantly, all in the name of piracy? I sure don’t. And I’m pretty sure you don’t either. But we can all catch a glimpse of what it’s like when the upcoming documentary on The Pirate Bay releases this spring — for free, via torrents of course.…Read More »
You know who really hates it when people pirate their movies? Hollywood studios. You know who else downloads pirated movies through BitTorrent? What do you know, Hollywood studios. It looks the entities that are thought to be suffering the most due to piracy are no stranger to downloading torrents themselves.…Read More »