iPhone tracking: Is Google breaking its privacy pledge?

iPhone tracking: Is Google breaking its privacy pledge?

iPhone privacy feature was circumvented to allow Google to track what iPhone users were doing, privacy researcher says. Google settled another privacy case in October.


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February 19, 2012

Beware of Malicious QR Codes


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Cybercrooks are taking advantage of the proliferation of QR codes on posters and marketing material by distributing their own malicious stickers, security researcher says.



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February 11, 2012

Mendeley: where academic research meets the cloud

Mendeley: where academic research meets the cloud

The world of academia and research thrives on organization and collaboration. And when it comes to keeping your research, notes, journals and other documents in order, Mendeley is just the service you need.

It’s cloud-based, allowing you to not just back up and sync your research library online and across multiple computers via the cross-platform Mendeley Desktop tool and Mendeley (Lite) for iPhone and iPad, but you can also collaborate with others, too, thanks to the tools it provides in conjunction with its group sharing capabilities.

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December 8, 2011

Here’s a driving tip: put the phone down

Here's a driving tip: put the phone down

You’ve been told over and over again: don’t text and drive. Need more reason why? A recent study conducted by Texas A&M’s Texas Transportation Institute indicates texting behind the wheel doubles your reaction time.

Distracted driving accounts for about one-fifth of all fatal car crashes, with cell phones the most common source of that distraction. One out of every five drivers has admitted to texting while driving but the true number is probably considerably higher.

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October 7, 2011

Personal data of 170 million Facebook users exposed, collected, and shared without any hacking


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By Ed Oswald, Betanews

Using publicly available information on Facebook, a researcher has been able to gather personal details of nearly 170 million users of the service, or about a third of all users. The data includes names, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, and birthdays: essentially anything that was not marked as private is now part of this file.

The file has now ended up on The Pirate Bay, and so far has seen over 10,000 downloads. This could mean hackers would have an easy way to obtain personal information necessary for identity theft and other malicious uses.

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July 30, 2010

Mac malware poses as popular freeware PDF viewer


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Foxit Reader, a free, lightweight PDF viewer and printer popular in our FileForum, has an evil twin.

Today, the Foxit Corporation warned that a malware claiming to be Foxit Reader for Macintosh has been perpetrating attacks on users thinking they were downloading an official version of the free PDF reader. The thing is, there is no Foxit Reader for OS X. The software is available for Windows, Windows Mobile, Embedded Linux, Desktop Linux, and U3.

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August 26, 2009

Tweeting toilet proves that you don’t have to be human to be a geek

Tweeting toilet proves that you don't have to be human to be a geek

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Apparently it was a joke by this gentleman which got him hooked to Twitter. And his toilet too. Seth Hardy, a researcher for an anti-virus company, wasn’t too fond of Twitter and decided to point out what he terms “very mundane stuff” on the site by hooking up his toilet (Twitter handle – @hacklab.toilet) with help from some microcontrollers, wires and Arduino boards to answer Twitter’s “What are you doing?” question. But Twitter’s subsequent explosion got him 580 followers and he says he is now hooked into doing something useful with his DIY experiment – to test out the Arduino boards.

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August 8, 2009