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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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PJ Media

by John Boot

February 26, 2012

In 1895, the president of the Royal Society declared: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." I try not to make similar declarations about nanobots.

This is one of my favorite quotes, for many reasons. I think of it every time I read news like this about a DNA nanobot being developed for drug delivery. I enjoy it because it was just about a decade ago, when I first began to write about nanotechnology, that nanobots were derisively dismissed as impossible by many leading scientists. As a result, just the fact that I gave the possibility any ink at all in commentaries at Small Times magazine and on my old nanotech blog made my life as a reporter and editor a bit more difficult.

safeandsavvy.f-secure.com

by Jason

August 2, 2012

We recently did a study of Internet users around the world and found out something that didn't surprise us.

About 8 out of 10 people, 77%, believe that the videos, pictures and data on their phones are more valuable than the phones themselves. Our phones have replaces so many devices it's nearly impossible to count. They're our constant companion and probably hold more secrets about us than our best friends. Here's how to protect the content on your phone...

Common Sense with Paul Jacob

by Paul Jacob

July 29, 2014

Sometimes the Internet makes a mistake.

The other day, one of my favorite websites embedded a Fox News video about NSA spying. Fox News entitles their video "Citizens Treated As Suspects." At the site showcasing Fox's story, though, the headline reads: "The NSA Grabs Information from Non-Suspects; Ninety percent of those spied upon are under no suspicion." Can this be right? When you're treated as a suspect, you are a suspect, aren't you? You're being suspected of ... something. At least of being somebody who might be up to something worth snagging in an all-embracing fishing expedition. If you're not guilty, somebody else leaving comparable data traces is, surely.

salon.com

by Keegan Hamilton

August 2, 2013

A Seattle prankster points out the absurdity of a little-known program that's following where you drive.

One morning last week, 38-year-old software developer Phil Mocek was walking to work in Seattle when he paused to photograph what appeared to be civilian vehicles parked in a restricted area near a downtown federal building. He snapped a few pictures and began walking away, when a white truck whipped out of one of the parking spots and pulled up perpendicular to the curb. A large man wearing jeans and a gray T-shirt emerged from the cab and angrily grabbed the camera from Mocek, who hollered for help and fumbled with his phone to dial 911. Police quickly arrived on the scene, responding to Mocek's report of a possible robbery. The black male suspect identified himself as an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and told the officers that he was concerned about Mocek posting images of his vehicle online due to the nature of his job. The ATF agent explained that he had confiscated the camera and examined its contents because he "wanted to delete the picture that was taken of him." Nobody was arrested.

CNS News

by Stacy Washington

October 2, 2012

In yet another case examining the correct application of the First Amendment, ads by conservative blogger Pam Gellar are going up on subways in New York City.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority was ordered by a Manhattan Federal Court to place "Anti-Jihad Savage" ads, starting early this week. The MTA had originally refused to accept the ads under their "No Demeaning Ad Standard" policy. After the ruling the MTA Spokesman said: "Our hands are tied." The ad copy states: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

gizmodo.com

October 2, 2012

An ABC investigation has found what you might have suspected all along; if you leave your iPad with airport security, a TSA agent might just keep it for himself.

The investigators went to 10 airports and put iPads through the screening machines in the little plastic containers, and then didn't claim them just to see what would happen. Nine out of ten iPads were immediately returned to their owner, but as you'll see in the video below, one TSA dirtbag walked away with the iPad. ABC filmed the theft and traced the iPad to the home of the crook. You almost feel bad for the jerk who stole the iPad when Brian Ross shows up at his house. Then you remember that this criminal is also in charge of making sure your plane doesn't get bombed by a terrorist.

CNS News

October 18, 2012

Yelp says it will alert users if it suspects that a business has tried to buy fake, misleading reviews on its site.

Yelp Inc. said Thursday that some businesses go to "extreme lengths" to boost positive reviews. This includes paying people to write them. While Yelp already filters suspected fake reviews, the alerts will add an extra layer of scrutiny. San Francisco-based Yelp says alerts will stay on a business' page for 90 days after it's placed there. If Yelp finds ongoing efforts to post fake reviews, the alert will remain longer.

Commtouch Café

by Lordian Mosuela

June 22, 2011

YeheyTV is an Internet site offering Filipino television shows online.  The site has been around since 2009 and is frequented by Filipinos around the world. 

FakeAV distributors have exploited this popularity by using a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) poisoning attack directed at Internet users looking for the YeheyTV site. Searching for the keywords "yeheytv pinoy" via YAHOO, GOOGLE or BING search engine gives the following results...

CNet

by Robert Lemos

March 15, 2001

Software worms have become the weapons of choice for vandals to spread their latest creations, surpassing all malicious-code predecessors in popularity.

Four hours. That's how long it took for a glamorous tennis player to become the talk of the Net, for countless companies to shut down their e-mail gateways, and for a new virus to spread across the Atlantic.

F-Secure Weblog

by Mikko

January 19, 2013

Today is the 19th of January, 2013. Which means 19th of January, 2038 is now exactly 25 years away from us.

Why does it matter? Because at 03:14:07 UTC on 19th of January 2038 we will run into the Year 2038 Problem. Many Unix-based system can't handle dates beyond that moment. For example, common Unix-based phones today won't let you set the date beyond 2038. This applied to all iPhones and Androids we tried it on (iOS is based on BSD and Android is Linux). Obviously this does not apply to Windows Phones, which let you set the date all the way to year 3000.

      
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