Monthly Archives: November 2016

Facebook Messenger is now a digital arcade

Instant Games are part of a recent update to Messenger, and let you challenge your friends through the mobile app.  By Jason Cipriani | November 30, 2016 Source: Facebook         Get ready to either fall more in love with Facebook Messenger, or start to dislike Facebook game invites on the social platform…
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Firefox zero-day: Mozilla races to patch bug used to attack Tor browser users

Unknown attackers are exploiting a Firefox zero-day vulnerability to grab details about Tor Browser users.  By Liam Tung | November 30, 2016   While the attacks are currently targeting Tor users, the publication of the exploit code allows anyone to use it, potentially putting all Firefox users at risk. Image: Mozilla Users of online anonymity…
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Anti-drone gun takes down targets from 1.2 miles away

DroneGun jams robotic fliers at a very safe distance.  Jon Fingas, 11/29/2016   There are numerous systems built to take down wayward or dangerous drones, but they tend to have one big catch: you need to be relatively close to the drone, which could be scary if the robotic aircraft is packing explosives. DroneShield thinks…
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Malware Covertly Turns PCs into Eavesdropping Devices

By: Homeland Security Today Staff /11/29/2016   Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have demonstrated new malware that can turn computers into “perpetual eavesdropping devices, even without a microphone.”  In the new paper, SPEAKE(a)R: Turn Speakers to Microphones for Fun and Profit, the researchers explained and demonstrated how most PCs and laptops today…
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Tips, tricks and shortcuts: Ed Bott makes Windows 10 work for you

  Need help navigating Windows 10? Let Windows pro Ed Bott be your guide.  By Ed Bott | November 29, 2016 — Image: ZDNet       How to access Cortana’s secret calculator: Who needs Windows Calc? Cortana can do simple math, and with one extra keystroke you can display a full-featured calculator in the…
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iPhone battery drain? Apple owners point finger at iOS 10.1.1 update

It seems there's no relief in sight for iPhone owners struggling with prematurely dying batteries and seemingly false battery-level readouts.  By Liam Tung | November 29, 2016   Complaints about various iPhone models' batteries dying prematurely link the issues to the release of iOS 10.1.1.    Image: Apple       iPhone owners are complaining that…
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Fake news: It’s not just for politics anymore

The problem of fake news isn't just limited to election campaigns. Legitimate tech reporters have been tearing their hair out over bogus stories for years. The latest example is a report that Microsoft is giving telemetry information to a well-known security company. It's not true, but Google and Bing don't seem to care.  By Ed…
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Red Hat Developer Toolset 6 released

Want the latest and greatest tools for programming on Red Hat Enterprise Linux? They're here.  By Steven J. Vaughan-NicholsNovember 28, 2016 On the one hand, businesses want the most stable operating systems. That's why Red Hat has Red Hat Enterpise Linux (RHEL). On the other, developers want the newest and fastest development tools. That's why…
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