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  • News: Mobile Apps Fail Big Time at Security, Study Says

    A study from digital security company viaForensics paints a stark picture of the vulnerability of smartphone user data. viaForensics evaluated 100 popular consumer apps running on Android and iOS, and found that 76 percent store usernames, while 10 percent store passwords as plain text. Those 10 percent included popular sites such as LinkedIn, Skype, and Hushmail.

  • News: Gizmodo Not Charged in Apple iPhone 4 Prototype Purchase

    A California district attorney's office has decided not to press charges against either Gizmodo or former Gizmodo editor Jason Chen for purchasing an iPhone 4 prototype in March 2010 and exposing it to the world.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 7: Nobody Wants to Claim These Invitations

    Google+ has quickly skyrocketed to 25 million plus users, and invitations to join the coveted limited "Field Trial" of the Google social network are in high demand... or so I thought. They used to be at least. I expected a mad rush to take advantage of my repeated offers to invite readers, but demand has been tepid at best.

  • Opinion: Foxit Reader Opens Your PDFs Fast

    Foxit Reader is a fast, free, lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader for opening and displaying PDF files. It's also feature-packed, though it lacks the print-to-PDF and conversion capabilities of fellow freebie Nitro PDF Reader.

  • News: Braid Creator Believes XBLA is A Pain for Indie Devs

    Outspoken developer Jonathan Blow has expressed his dissatisfaction with Microsoft's treatment of developers hoping to bring their titles to XBLA, but notes his assumptions are based on potentially outdated experiences.

  • News: Apple Guts UK Retail Stores Amid Riot Fears

    The riots that have swept the UK recently have devastated a number of businesses, and retail giant Apple has shown it's not taking any chances.

  • News: LinkedIn Makes Marketing Shills of Its Members by Default

    If you're a member of LinkedIn--the social network with a business bent--you might want to review some changes made in the service's privacy policy--if you can find it.

  • Opinion: Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best

    Looking back through my old files, I'm amazed to see how many word processors I’ve used over the years. I’ve got document files in formats ranging from MacWrite to Pages and everything in between. The problem is, a lot of those old files are useless to me now: None of my current word processors can read them. That’s a shame; some of those old words were pretty good.

  • News: HTC to Announce New 'Beats' Phones for Sound Junkies

    HTC is set to make a "major announcement" today, and it's reported to involve a new line of smartphones that come with Beats sound technology and premium headphones.

  • Opinion: Next for Nintendo: A Leap to Apple's iPhone?

    Remember when Sega abandoned the hardware biz to be a games-only developer? More than a trifle unsettling for gamers accustomed to Sega perennially battling Nintendo, but here we are, a decade later, and the Tokyo headquartered company has thousands of employees and over $5 billion in annual revenue. Not too shabby for a company that in March 2002 had racked up five consecutive fiscal years of net losses, and that even today arguably holds a fraction of Nintendo's intellectual property cachet.

  • News: Sophos: Web users aren't aware of LinkedIn privacy policy change

    Changes made to LinkedIn's privacy policy means web users will find their names and photos used in advertising on the business social network, warns Sophos.

  • News: NuCaptcha improves integration of CAPTCHA system

    A company that makes a security product designed to thwart problems such as comment spam has added new security and customization features for website owners.

  • News: Facebook security practices questioned in wake of Anonymous threat

    Even as the shadowy hacker group Anonymous threatens to take on the mighty social-networking site Facebook, claiming the group will 'kill' Facebook on Nov. 5, some researchers are criticizing Facebook security, saying it could be better.

  • News: Twitter tweaks site to give users more info

    Twitter rolled out two new features intended to help users find out what's happening on their network that theyll be most interested in.

  • News: 42% of Brits post their date of birth on social networking sites

    More than two in five (42 percent) of Brits post their date of birth on social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, says Bullguard.

  • News: Gartner: Smartphones boom, overall mobile sales drop

    Mobile phone sales floundered during the second quarter, in the wake of the earthquake in Japan. But smartphone sales continued to grow, as Android extended its lead in the operating system race, according to market research company Gartner.

  • News: LinkedIn's privacy slip-up draws legal scrutiny

    LinkedIn might have broken European law by changing privacy settings for its members without proper disclosure, legal experts assert.

  • News: Intel pledges $300m for thin laptops

    Intel plans to invest $300 million over the next few years in companies that develop new technologies for Ultrabooks. Ultrabooks are Intel's name for an emerging class of super-thin laptop, meant to compete with Apple's smash-hit Macbook Air and the Sony Vaio Z.

  • News: Riots drive UK Twitter explosion

    Riot-hit 8 August was Twitter’s biggest ever spike in UK traffic online.

  • How-Tos: How to upload pictures on Twitter

    This week, Twitter began rolling out its own photo posting function that allows users of the micro-blogging service to share images without the need for a third-party app such as TwitPic

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