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Technology is constantly changing and providing the casual user with challenges never dreamed of. Technology in the News is provided in an effort to assist you in getting the most out of your computer, while avoiding some of the pitfalls. Your computer really isn't out to get you. Why not learn to be friends?

      
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ijreview.com

by Chris Martin

February 8, 2016

While advanced technology is often a good thing, there is almost always a way for unscrupulous individuals to separate law-abiding citizens from their money or property.

One of the most common ways that criminals use technology for their benefit is ATM skimmers. These skimmers are designed to steal the information on (or associated with) your debit or credit cards.

davidwolfe.com

February 7, 2016

Mentioning the word 'chemtrails' on a public bus or Facebook is bound to earn you a few eye rolls from eavesdroppers and skeptical family members.

However, while skepticism - regardless of the source - isn't exactly the worst thing in the world, it appears that those who believe strongly in the idea that the U.S. government is spraying dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere may have been onto something after all.

zdnet.com

by Zack Whittaker

January 23, 2016

Nearly every week, I hear someone shrug off privacy issues with a claim that they're not worried because they have "nothing to hide" from the government. Let's put a cork in it, once and for all.

"Over the last 16 months, as I've debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, 'I don't really worry about invasions of privacy because I don't have anything to hide,' I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen. I write down my email address. I say, 'Here's my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you're doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you're not a bad person, if you're doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.'

defenseone.com

by Sarah Mimms

January 23, 2016

Neither Republicans nor Democrats knew the majority leader planned to set up a debate on authorizing the use of force against the Islamic State.

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion-known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force-would tie the next pres­id­ent's hands, Mc­Con­nell's move to fast-track the meas­ure sur­prised even his top deputy, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Whip John Cornyn, who was un­aware that Mc­Con­nell had set up the au­thor­iz­a­tion.

thelibertarianrepublic.com

by Blake Neff

December 23, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal law barring the registration of "offensive" trademarks is an unconstitutional limitation on free speech, a ruling that may pave the way for the Washington Redskins to be able to keep their trademark.

The case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which handles U.S. patent and trademark litigation, concerned an effort by the all-Asian rock band The Slants to trademark their name. The trademark effort was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, on the grounds that "slant" is a derogatory slang term for Asian people, and the Lanham Act prohibits the registration of derogatory terms and phrases as trademarks.

arstechnica.co.uk

by Jon Brodkin

December 20, 2015

You probably know that Comcast is hitting subscribers with overage charges of $10 (£7) when they exceed their 300GB monthly data caps. But can customers trust Comcast to measure Internet usage accurately?

The nation's largest cable company points to research it commissioned showing that its data metering is usually accurate, but one customer who contacted Ars was able to prove that he was being incorrectly accused of using excessive data.

infowars.com

by Kurt Nimmo

December 15, 2015

Congress is poised to force Facebook and other social media networks to inform on users they believe might be engaged in "online terrorist activity."

Last week Dianne Feinstein, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee along with the committee's chairman Richard Burr, introduced the "Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act". The proposed law is modeled after an existing law requiring companies to report child pornography.

arstechnica.com

by Joe Mullin

December 11, 2015

A Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice sent by the Walt Disney Company earlier this week seems to have truly awakened The Force, and now the company can't seem to decide if it wants to be on the light side or the dark side.

Marjorie and Arnie Carvalho run Star Wars Action News, a podcast about Star Wars collectibles. Earlier this week, SW Action News staffer Justin Kozisek purchased an action figure of "Rey" in an Iowa Walmart. The figure, which hasn't been seen elsewhere, was presumably put on the shelves by accident ahead of its official release date. An image of the figure was posted on the SW Action News Facebook page-and promptly subjected to a wave of DMCA takedown demands by Lucasfilm. Many of those who had spread the image on social media were also subject to copyright claims.

blog.ensilo.com

by Tomer Bitton

December 8, 2015

Our research team exposed a critical security vulnerability appearing in various Anti-Virus (AV) products which has the potential to turn the Anti-Virus to an attack-enabler tool.

This issue is not necessarily constrained to security solutions, but potentially to any intrusive application such as data leak prevention (DLP) and performance monitoring solutions.

globenewswire.com

by Open Minds

December 3, 2015

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Dec. 3, 2015 -- Children in the foster care system have very unique needs as a result of high levels of trauma, transiency, psychotropic medication use, and higher rates of hospitalization and readmissions.

They are also subject to more "touch points" - interacting with foster families, biological and kinship relations, medical consenters, child protective services, judges, health care providers, child placing agencies, and advocacy groups, for example. To meet these unique needs and better coordinate care for children in the foster care system, many provider organizations are turning to technology. From smartphone apps that help find placements for children, to e-communications for coordinating care, to remote service delivery via iPad - there are a number of new technologies that are improving care for this special population.

      
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