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Thursday - March 12, 2015
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The CIA has been doing its best to thwart Apple's security measures, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. "The ball's in Apple's court now," said Core Security's Jon Rudolph. "They have to decide if they are going to sell a product that is CIA-proof -- I'd buy two -- or make it even easier for the removal of the last drop of my personal data, as was indicated last year." [More...]

Thursday - March 12, 2015
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The Apple Watch may have dominated Apple's Spring Forward event earlier this week, but an unexpected new MacBook could herald the future of mobile computing. It will be available April 10. Thinness, lightness and tomorrow's technology are its salient features. Its 12-inch Retina display is 0.88 mm thick, and the MacBook itself is 24 percent thinner than the 11-inch MacBook Air. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in hot water over her use of a private email server to handle emails for official business. The practice was very risky cybersecurity behavior for everyone involved, critics have alleged. In taking her mail outside the State Department's systems, Clinton appears to have turned up her nose at the agency's rules. [More...]

Wednesday - March 11, 2015
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Fueled solely by the sun, the Solar Impulse 2 has completed the second leg of its historic journey around the world, landing in Ahmedabad, India. A decade-old dream is actualizing for the team. The solar plane began its historic flight in Abu Dhabi on Monday and landed early Tuesday at Muscat, Oman. The second leg took 15 hours, with the Solar Impulse 2 arriving late Tuesday night in Ahmedabad. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
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The latest handsets and tablets received their share of headlines at this year's MWC, but their mindshare shrank considerably. Sony unveiled its Xperia Z4 tablet, possibly its last hurrah in the mobile space. Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphone stole the spotlight. However, with more than 2,000 tech organizations promoting their wares and services, MWC 2015 offered a fresh set of promises. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
The United States Federal Aviation Administration should implement cybersecurity upgrades recommended by the U.S. Government Accountability Office immediately, or risk hackers taking over its computer systems, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has warned. The GAO last week released a report that found significant security control weaknesses in the FAA's computer systems. [More...]

Tuesday - March 10, 2015
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Samsung is trying something a little different while simultaneously positioning its S6 and S6 edge as the market's dominant Android smartphones. Sure, they're faster, smarter, brighter, stronger and more powerful than previous models -- as you might expect in a flagship refresh -- and that's all terribly pedestrian. Still, I love the edge concept. I'm glad to see Samsung continue and expand it. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
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Not much remained to be said about the Apple Watch, but Apple's Spring Forward media event turned out to be about a lot more than the new timepiece. On deck were a brand new MacBook, an HBO streaming partnership, a health SDK, a handful of new health apps, and a price reduction for Apple TV. There was also plenty of crowing about Apple's recent expansion efforts and sales milestones. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
Social media firms should team up with the U.S. government to work out appropriate responses to extremism on their sites, recommends a Brookings Institution report. J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan last year launched a study to define and describe the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. They found that ISIS ramped up efforts on Twitter following the suspension of many supporters' accounts. [More...]

Monday - March 9, 2015
Hillary Clinton's email scandal showcases that she shouldn't be president. This has nothing to do with her party or politics -- it has to do with how she seems to approach a decision -- through tunnel vision leadership. This method isn't biased on the left or right, but it is more hardwired into men than women. Unfortunately, Clinton seems to have this in spades. [More...]

Saturday - March 7, 2015
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The Apple Watch, representing Apple's first major new device category in more than four years, is about to be unleashed upon the world -- no doubt shortly after Apple reveals pricing and availability details on Monday. Careful what you wish for. All the hype is going to get worse -- much worse. Brace yourself. The rest of this year is going to be Apple Watch, Apple Watch, Apple Watch. [More...]

Friday - March 6, 2015
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The idea of a Death Star-like beam piercing through the sky to zap its target may seem scary, but it's actually a military weapons refinement that could save lives. Directed energy weapons can neutralize other weapons or vehicles without any collateral damage, noted Frost & Sullivan analyst Michael Blades. "Additionally, DE weapons can 'dazzle' sensors so an adversary aircraft cannot attack." [More...]

Friday - March 6, 2015
Microsoft on Thursday issued a security advisory acknowledging a vulnerability in all versions of Windows that could allow FREAK exploits. Windows systems previously were thought to be immune to FREAK attacks. "The vulnerability could allow an attacker to force the downgrading of the cipher suites used in an SSL/TLS connection on a Windows client system," the advisory reads. [More...]

Friday - March 6, 2015
Almost 17,000 malware alerts surface every week, the Ponemon Institute recently found. Only 4 percent of alerts were investigated, and traditional antivirus products missed nearly 70 percent of malware in the first hour, researchers discovered in a recent Damballa study. Rescanning led to identification of 66 percent of the malware in 24 hours and 72 percent after seven days. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
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Harmonix on Thursday revealed that the fourth installment of Rock Band will launch this fall on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The news comes about five years after the last title in the franchise made its debut. Harmonix is celebrating the series' return by gifting fans Frank Turner's I Still Believe. It's an appropriate track for a series that has taken some time off. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
China should change its tune on new rules for purchases from American high-tech companies if it wants to do business with the United States, President Obama recently warned. China reportedly is planning to ask U.S. high-tech firms to hand over their encryption keys and install security backdoors in their systems to allow surveillance as a counterterrorism measure. [More...]

Thursday - March 5, 2015
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It's fair to say that game developers have missed an opportunity with World War I. It was the first conflict to see aircraft used in combat, the first to see tanks and other armored vehicles make an appearance on the battlefield, and the first war in more than a century to completely draw in the major powers of the world. WWI should be a setting ripe for action and strategy games. [More...]

Wednesday - March 4, 2015
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When it was prepping Crysis 3 a couple of years ago, Crytek said it wanted to melt high-end PCs. As an indication of how far mobile gaming has come, Nvidia just announced that the third iteration of Crytek's sci-fi shooter will be available on the Android-based Shield console when it arrives later this year. Shield will stream games from Grid, Nvidia's supercomputer-powered cloud gaming platform. [More...]

Wednesday - March 4, 2015
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There's a new Nikon camera that actually won't work for parents eager to flash their cash at a kid's birthday party with an expensive DSLR when a camera phone would work just fine. The D810A has an infrared filter that probably will result in distorted colors when used for everyday purposes. So you might not want to use it for that cute shot of a butterfly nestling on a poppy. [More...]

Tuesday - March 3, 2015
Twitter has announced actions to further protect users of its network -- but it left them vague. The company is rolling out unspecified improvements to its reporting process for content issues including impersonation, self-harm, and the sharing of private and confidential information, aka "doxing." It's also beginning to add new enforcement actions for use against accounts that violate its rules. [More...]

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