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How To Protect Your Phones From Gemalto-Like SIM Card Hacking

The hacking of Gemalto's SIM cards by Western intelligence agencies that was exposed by Edward Snowden has raised security concerns, but there are ways to protect your devices from this kind of attack.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 25, 2015

Medium: Twitter Spin-Off And Blogging Platform To No Longer Focus On Long-Form Writing

Medium, the publishing platform launched by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, known for its long-form articles gets an overhaul to encourage shorter and more connected posts.

Start Ups February 24, 2015

Human Brains Are Hardwired To Ignore Web Security Warnings

People routinely dismiss Web browser security warnings and just continue to their desired content without giving the threat a second thought. Researchers now suggest that this response could be hardwired into the human brain.

Internet February 24, 2015

It's Pebble Time Again On Kickstarter

The new Pebble Time smart watch has launched on Kickstarter. The watch is selling exclusively on the crowdfunding site where the original Pebble was funded.

Wearable Tech February 24, 2015

Millions Of Students Worldwide Get 'Almost' Free Access to Microsoft Office

Microsoft has announced that students worldwide can now get access to Office 365 free of charge. That is if they attend a school that has already paid for access

Apps/Software February 23, 2015

Oscar 'Voxel' Reference Explained

The Oscar ceremony was peppered with pop culture and political side jokes, but possibly the most confusing was the reference to 'voxels' during the summary of the Science and Technical Awards. We explain what presenters Miles Teller and Margot Robbie were talking about.

Apps/Software February 23, 2015

Artificial Hearts Are Saving 3 In 4 Patients Awaiting Transplants

A study shows three-quarters of patients using SynCardia artificial hearts for more than a year received successful heart transplants. The results come as the FDA has given SynCardia approval to study the effectiveness of the devices for permanent use.

Life February 23, 2015

Fedcoin: A Possible Government-Backed Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin and other digital currencies have been criticized in some circles for having no regulation and state backing. Now U.S. economists are exploring the idea of a government-backed cryptocurrency.

Money February 23, 2015

PowerSpy: The Android App That Tracks Your Location By Battery Use Alone

Nevermind illegal spy hacks, GPS tracking or public Wi-Fi; now a phone’s battery power can be used to track its location. Researchers found they could locate Android phones by measuring small changes in battery use.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 23, 2015

Snowden Claims US And British Spies Secretly Hacked Mobile SIM Cards Worldwide

Gemalto, the world’s largest producer of SIM cards is investigating claims that the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ hacked its systems and stole encryption keys. Evidence provided by Edward Snowden suggests the spy agencies used the keys to secretly access global mobile communications.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 20, 2015

London Museum Nominates 74 Amazing Innovations For Design Of The Year

The Design Museum’s short list for design of the year features 74 innovative products across a range of categories. Here are the most interesting digital and technological nominees that will be on display at the London museum.

Arts & Culture February 20, 2015

Snapchat Update Lets You Play Music And Record Video At Same Time

Snapchat now lets users record video and play separate music at the same time. This is a feature as yet lacking on other mobile video apps like Vine and Instagram.

Apps/Software February 20, 2015

Alohar Mobile Patents System That Detects Your Unique Walking Style For Authentication

Alohar Mobile has announced new software that will use the sensors on smartphones to track each user's unique walk. This gait could then be used for authentication purposes like a fingerprint for secure services like mobile payments.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 19, 2015

Adobe Photoshop Celebrates 25 Years: Its Impact, Evolution And Influence

Photoshop celebrates its 25th birthday today. During that time the company has survived the emergence of the Internet, the rise of digital home photography and social image editing apps, and has even created a new verb in the English language.

Apps/Software February 19, 2015

Flight Stream Lets You Toy With A Cool Visualization Of Global Flight Traffic

A new web app from Flight Stream provides a startling visualization of global flight traffic. The interactive rotating model predictably shows Europe and the eastern seaboard of the United States as the busiest hot spots.

Animals February 18, 2015

Twitter Gains Allies In Battle To Publish Details Of Federal Surveillance Orders

An Internet and telecom company is backing Twitter’s lawsuit over the right to publish the government's secret information requests known as National Security Letters (NSLs).

Legal February 18, 2015

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