Category: news & announcements

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle relocates to Switzerland

Silent Circle has relocated to Switzerland, or a place the company prefers to call the land of “Privacy and Neutrality.” Silent Circle is a company that provides privacy and security-enhanced communications services and is also the company behind the Blackphone. Before relocating to Switzerland, the company had its headquarters in Nevis, a small Caribbean island between Puerto Rico and Antigua. […]

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Want to stop creepy online tracking? Help the EFF test Privacy Badger

Privacy Badger is a new tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation designed to stop creepy online tracking. It’s an extension for Firefox and Chrome that “automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them.” It is still in alpha stage, so the EFF is asking for you help to test it […]

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

Social Engineering infographic: Phishing and vishing

If you have any interest in social engineering, here’s a nice infographic for you, courtesy of the folks at Social-Engineer.org. Here are a few tidbits from those guys: 1. 90% of the people we ask will provide not just the spelling of their names but their email addresses without confirming our identity 2. 67% of the people we ask will […]

Design a secure and usable communication tool, win a prize

This article was originally written for and posted at EFF’s website under the title Designing a Prize for Usable Cryptography. It’s been reproduced here verbatim. In an era when email and messaging services are being regularly subject to attacks, surveillance, and compelled disclosure of user data, we know that many people around the world need secure end-to-end encrypted communications tools […]

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

More than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses hacked

A security research outfit has released a report which revealed that more than 300,000 routers in homes and small businesses have been hacked. Team Cymru, the US-based security outfit which published the report, said that the network of hacked routers is one of the biggest of its kind that has been discovered, with most of the hacked routers in Columbia, […]

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

Samsung Chromebook 2 will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor

The Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6-inch and Chromebook 2 13.3-inch models are the company’s latest additions to its line of Chromebook computers. And they are powered by the Exynos 5 Octa processor. Chromebooks are a line of computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS and designed to use Google apps and Cloud services. Existing versions of Samsung’s Chromebooks are powered by the […]

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing Black Android smartphone will self-destruct if tampered with

Boeing has made an entry into the mobile device market with its own Android smartphone called the Boeing Black smartphone. Yep, it’s black in color, but the name has more to do with the security features it brings to the table than the outer color of the device itself. According to a BBS report, the Boeing Black smartphone: … Is […]

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla to sell ads in Firefox browser via the Directory Tiles program

Mozilla has plans to start showing ads to first-time users of the Firefox browser. For the target group of users, the ads will appear alongside other content in what Mozilla is calling a Directory Tiles program. Directory Tiles are those nine rectangular boxes you see the first time you open a Firefox window or tab. For new users, the tiles […]

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

How to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10

This short article shows how to install Anaconda 1.9 in Ubuntu 13.10. No, it’s not that Anaconda. This Anaconda is a free Python package for large-scale data processing, predictive analytics, and scientific computing. It is developed by Continuum Analytics, and is completely free to download and use. The latest version is Anaconda 1.9. It comes with more than 125 Python […]

After a “legal spat” with Pocket, Poche has been renamed to Wallabag

Poche has been renamed to Wallabag. If Poche is a new on one you, it is an Open Source read-later application competing with non-free versions like Pocket and Instapaper. It is developed by Nicolas Lœuillet, a French developer. A read-later application makes it easy to keep track of articles you find on the Internet that you would like to read […]

Qualcomm buys Palm, iPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP

Qualcomm has announced the acquisition of Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patent portfolio from HP. The Palm patents are, of course, those HP got when it acquired Palm Inc. back in April 2010 for $1.2 billion. The iPAQ patents come from HP’s acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation in 2002 and the Bitfone patents from HP’s acquisition of the Bitfone mobile device […]

Why is this guy betting on Julia?

Why is this guy betting on Julia?

Julia is the name of a dynamic programming language for doing technical computing. It is not as popular as the R language, but it is not doing too badly on its own. I came across Julia a few months after I started messing with R, but because R is fun to work with and is sufficient for stuff I’m working […]

Bigger fines for Google, Microsoft in proposed EU data privacy laws

Bigger fines for Google, Microsoft in proposed EU data privacy laws

Under EU data privacy laws under consideration, companies like Google and Microsoft will be hit with fines that could top $1 billion USD. The proposed laws follow a series of negligible fines received by both companies that Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner, dismissed as “pocket money.” Indeed I have said as much in this space. Earlier this month, Google […]

Smart appliances, including a refrigerator,  used in an IoT-based spam attack

Smart appliances, including a refrigerator, used in an IoT-based spam attack

A report by Proofpoint Inc., a security-as-a-service provider, has revealed a spam attack that involved so-called Internet of Things, everyday devices that are Internet aware. You knew it wasn’t going to be long before all those “smart” appliances became tools in the hands of hackers. The spam attack involved simple everyday smart devices, from home-networking routers to at least one […]

NPM creator starts a company to offer npm-related products and services

NPM creator starts a company to offer npm-related products and services

The creator of NPM has started a company called NPM, Inc. that he said will focus on offering products and services related to the popular package manager for Node.js. Node.js, or simply Node, was created by Ryan Lienhart Dahl and is a software platform that provides “an easy way to build scalable network programs.” NPM is the official package manager […]

In very simple terms, here’s what ESB means

In very simple terms, here’s what ESB means

I like very simple tutorials that even a novice will have fun reading and understanding, and I try to tailor the ones I write here along those line. That’s why I’m sharing this article with you. It took a subject I knew a bit already, but couldn’t really explain to anybody in a manner they could comprehend, and renders it […]

The best tool for Fantasy Football analytics: Excel or R?

The best tool for Fantasy Football analytics: Excel or R?

In the early days, I used Excel for basic stuff, but I’ve been playing with R for some fun and funky data crunching. It’s a nice tool to know how to use. It can be hard, though, to keep up with all the extensions that are being written and released almost daily. But that’s a good problem to have. And […]

Secret NSA technology that can hack computers not connected to the Internet

Secret NSA technology that can hack computers not connected to the Internet

For the really paranoid, for the more security-conscious out there, and for those keeping track of the capabilities of the NSA to spy and track, this will really blow your mind. According to a New York Times report, the NSA has a secret technology that enables it to hack into and mess with data on computers that are not even […]

Italian govt agencies to consider Free Software before commercial software

Italian govt agencies to consider Free Software before commercial software

The Italian Digital Agency has recommended that its government’s agencies consider Free Software alternatives before purchasing licenses for commercial software. Recommendations like this tend to come from European governments, never from government agencies over here in our America, even though it will save a ton of money. But a recommendation is one thing, abiding by it, is another. It’s all […]

DA223 HQL: Acer’s all-in-one Android PC has a Snapdragon 600 inside

DA223 HQL: Acer’s all-in-one Android PC has a Snapdragon 600 inside

The DA223 HQL is the newest Android all-in-one computer announced at the just-concluded 2014 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. There have been similar all-in-one computers from other manufacturers at the event, most notably from Lenovo and ASUS. (See Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android in dual-boot mode and Lenovo N308 All-in-One Android […]