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Wednesday - November 19, 2014
WhatsApp has added end-to-end encryption and enabled it by default in the latest version of its Android messaging application, partner Open Whisper Systems announced Tuesday. The new feature taps Open Whisper's open source TextSecure encryption protocol to ensure that only a conversation's participants can read the messages they exchange. WhatsApp itself won't be able to decrypt the messages. [More...]

Wednesday - November 19, 2014
When Glass "Explorers" first showed up, you might have thought they were aliens from another planet, considering the curiosity and trepidation they provoked. However, reactions now seem to range from negativity to apathy to "Google what?" That's actually good, said tech analyst Rob Enderle. The fewer people who know about Google's bungled first effort, the better chance a later version will have. [More...]

Wednesday - November 19, 2014
The U.S. Postal Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week confirmed that their computer systems were targeted in months-long cyberattacks that appear to have originated in China. The attack on USPS compromised information of an estimated 800,000 employees. Data at risk includes names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of employment. [More...]

Tuesday - November 18, 2014
The Republican Party and at least two outside political-spending groups reportedly used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data in the months leading up to this year's midterm elections. One of the accounts was named after the fictional West Wing character Bruno Gianelli, who attempted to fund campaigns with possibly unethical cash. [More...]

Tuesday - November 18, 2014
The next time you see a Cessna plane in the sky over your neighborhood, you should know that it might be spying on you. "The issue at hand is that the DoJ is collecting data in bulk without warrants, and without the reasonable suspicion that the people whose data they are collecting have engaged in any criminal activity," said FreedomWorks spokesperson Jackie Bodnar. [More...]

Monday - November 17, 2014
The sticker price will be hefty, refueling stations will be sparse, and the jury is out as to how much it might help the environment, but Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell auto, Mirai, is the wave of the future, the company said. In fact, "Mirai" means "future" in Japanese. "It is another attempt by Toyota to weave a blanket to cover alternatives to fossil fuels," said TopSpeed.com's Justin Cupler. [More...]

Monday - November 17, 2014
There was an announcement last week that I think is far bigger than folks realize: Nvidia announced a free Netflix-like streaming gaming service for its Shield products. I think this is a precursor to an event that is similar to what cable did to TVs years ago, and that it will change not only how we use these devices, but also what we use them for. [More...]

Saturday - November 15, 2014
It's disconcerting to think there'd be a piece of machinery in my home connected to the cloud and listening to everything. Amazon's Echo is a novelty, and I don't see it replacing a smartphone or tablet as the go-to provider of information and entertainment. Yet I fear it's a harbinger of near-term lifestyle changes as people simply open their doors and invite the NSA even deeper into their homes. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
Microsoft wants to remove as many barriers as possible to using Skype by making it available online -- no software download required. That could be attractive to employees who don't have the freedom to download applications on their work computers, or to people using computers in Internet cafes or hotels. However, it doesn't do anything for mobile device users, noted tech analyst Jim McGregor. [More...]

Friday - November 14, 2014
Remember the opening scene in Star Wars? The Imperial Star Destroyer's sheer size was enough to take the audience's breath away. That appears to be the effect Google's Nexus 6 is having on reviewers. The consensus is that it's a great phone -- but it's so... big. "Using the Nexus 6 is absolutely awkward until, strangely, it's not," wrote reviewer Dieter Bohn for The Verge. [More...]

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