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Wednesday - October 8, 2014
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reportedly co-opted a woman's identity to create a fake Facebook page as a ruse to investigate suspects. The agency posted racy pictures of the woman, then known as "Sondra Prince," as well as a photo of her young son and niece, to the sham page. The photos were taken from her cellphone, which DEA had seized when Prince was arrested in connection with a drug ring. [More...]

Tuesday - October 7, 2014
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Apple has climbed to No. 1 in a category the company would rather not dominate: It is now the most-phished brand. That title used to belong to PayPal, but with customers' Apple IDs increasingly being connected to more corners of their lives, phishers are finding the draw irresistible. "There are lots of different attack vectors," noted Rod Rasmussen, coauthor of the latest APWG report. [More...]

Monday - October 6, 2014
microsoft-roomalive-gaming
Microsoft's RoomAlive system is not yet ready for the market, but a demo this weekend suggested some tantalizing possibilities for truly getting into the game. It may take a while to simplify the setup and bring the system to an accessible price point, but when and if it debuts, there may be a strong core of enthusiasts ready to immerse themselves into something a bit like a holodeck. [More...]

Monday - October 6, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration last week released long-awaited recommendations aimed at better managing cybersecurity risks to protect patient health and information. The new standards recommend manufacturers take into account cybersecurity risks as part of the design and development of a medical device. They require device makers to submit documentation to the FDA about identified risks. [More...]

Monday - October 6, 2014
I had a chance last week to talk with the most secretive group inside Dell. They are kind of like the Q Division in the James Bond movies. These folks are pretty much unique in the industry, in that they build PCs and servers that are highly customized for firms that then place them into unusual solutions. This is the kind of machine that might go into a unique military vehicle. [More...]

Saturday - October 4, 2014
iphone-6-plus-pockets
Wearable fashion designers are flummoxed. How can they create beautiful, form-fitting apparel with pockets big enough for a 5.5-inch phone to nestle in, preferably without bending out of shape? Phablets are all the rage now that Apple has sprinkled the form factor with its magic dust, but no one seems to know where to put them when they're not in use. Hold the phone, folks -- just hold the phone. [More...]

Friday - October 3, 2014
Facebook on Thursday announced it had developed a framework for conducting research on its 1.3 billion or so users. The announcement clearly is a response to the onslaught of criticism the company recently received, when it blithely reported the findings of a study about how News Feed content affected a user's mood. Facebook withheld certain posts and promoted others to see how users would react. [More...]

Friday - October 3, 2014
pavlok
I don't know if it's worth $447 to avoid having to show up at a class dressed in whatever strange apparel I might need to shimmy into to do yoga, but I have to admit I'm on the fence about it. I'm pretty sure I'd rather keep my bad habits than shock myself out of them, though, as the Pavlok wearable device (pictured above) might allow me to do. Which means I sure could use some smart containers to keep my guilty pleasures fresh. [More...]

Friday - October 3, 2014
apple-watch
What if your favorite hockey player's stick sent tactile feedback to thousands of fans before a powerful goal shot? Tap tap tap, the defense is raging, and BAM -- the goal shot. The Apple Watch is the start of feeling what fans are already seeing. This sort of immersive communication is far from the masses right now, but the Apple Watch will be a catalyst. [More...]

Thursday - October 2, 2014
ComputerCOP software, a parental monitoring application that long has been recommended and distributed by law enforcement agencies, is little more than spyware with significant potential for abuse, the EFF reported Wednesday. The software includes a keylogger that could expose a family's personal information by transmitting what's typed to third-party servers without encryption, the EFF said. [More...]

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