Geek 101: What Is Jailbreaking? – So how does jailbreaking work, and what does it actually do to your coveted iDevice? Can you jailbreak on other platforms or hardware besides Apple’s? What are the risks involved, and is it even legal? Read on as we try to answer all of your jailbreaking questions.
Does your browser feed the cookie monster–or starve it? – Not all tracking cookies are created equal, and as Google just reminded us, neither are the ways in which your browser handles them. Here’s what the five major browsers do for your cookie ‘problem’.
The cost of being social; which apps upload your contacts – Apple looks the other way while developers to pilfer your iPhone contacts, but is committed to righting its wrong in a future software release. But it’s not just Path and Twitter (which keeps your address book on file for 18 months). It turns out that most of the top social apps upload your contacts to their servers, but some are better than others.
Mozilla to Fix Libpng Bug in Firefox and Thunderbird – Thunderbird Firefox patchMozilla is preparing to release a fix for a serious vulnerability in both Firefox and Thunderbird that could result in remote code execution. The update comes just a few days after the company released version 10.0.1 of Firefox, fixing a separate security bug.
Hackers can find you by tracking your cellphone – A team of students and associate professors from the University of Minnesota have proven not only that it can be done, but also that it can be done cheaply by using readily available hardware and open source software.
Mozilla contemplates nuking McAfee – The makers of Firefox say that a popular McAfee security add-on is causing enormous performance problems. Now Mozilla is strongly considering forcibly blocking it.
Researchers Warn Of ‘Ghost Domain’ Flaw in DNS – Researchers are warning about a flaw in the Domain Name System (DNS) that could allow attackers to keep a malicious domain alive and accessible, despite efforts to remove it.
Google, Advertising Companies, Found Bypassing Safari Privacy Settings – Google and several other advertising companies have allegedly been evading the privacy controls of Apple’s Safari browser by placing a special kind of tracking code on a handful of sites, according to new research done by Stanford grad student Jonathan Mayer.
Open source tool detects videoconferencing equipment vulnerabilities – In this article, I explain the underlying videoconferencing protocol, how it is vulnerable, and how the tool detects the vulnerability. I also discuss why we decided to release this tool rather than fully enabling it in QualysGuard at this time.
How to Create a Compelling Browser-Based Presentation in Minutes with Deck.js – Traditionally, creating presentations requires using an app like Powerpoint and can cause various compatibility issues, but with the free, open source tool deck.js, you can create an elegant set of slides that can run in any browser either online or off. All it takes is minimal knowledge of basic HTML, and we’ve created a starter kit to help you put your first deck together in just a few minutes.
Netflix Brings Back DVD-Only Subscription for $7.99 a Month – Netflix has reinstated their DVD-only rental plan for new users, in response to outcry when they combined it with their streaming plan.
Xerox CEO Ursula Burns Focuses on the Core – For years, the IT world thought of Xerox as a company that made printers and copiers. Not so anymore. For some time, Xerox has been moving deeper into services, following the lead of IBM. Behind this massive change is Ursula Burns, the company’s CEO. Burns sat down with eWEEK to talk about the new Xerox.
Microsoft Faces Apple Mobility Challenge in Enterprise – Microsoft’s presence in the enterprise will erode in coming years as workers gravitate increasingly toward tablets and smartphones tethered to the cloud, according Forrester Research. Apple will prove the main beneficiary of the trend.
Slacker – An Internet radio service that competes with similar offerings like Pandora. Whereas Pandora uses the Music Genome Project for selecting music that matches a listener’s preferences, Slacker utilizes the combined knowledge of music experts to hand-pick songs based on the listener’s personal preferences.
Off Topic (Sort of):
A Digital Consumer Bill of Rights – Online consumers need a legal framework that imposes security responsibilities on internet companies like Facebook and Google that host our personal data.
Android now paying the price for iOS similarities – Jobs wanted to destroy Android, and it seems that things haven’t changed under Tim Cook’s leadership.
China’s factory worker plight shows a world with no conscience – I lost the Great Debate to what can be summed up as harsh statistical reality. But what does our unyielding appetite for Chinese durable goods mean for the first world conscience?
Anonymous Targets U.S. Makers of Crowd Control Tools – Web sites belonging to Combined Systems Inc. (CSI) and Sur-Tec Inc. were both down on Friday. The hacker-collective took responsibility for the attacks, calling both companies war-profiteers and posting internal e-mails, lists of customers and sensitive data from CSI on the Web site Pastebin.com.
“Malware and vampires have something in common; they usually must be invited in.”
– Various sources
Today’s Free Downloads:
HostsMan 4.0.80 Beta1 – HostsMan is a freeware application that lets you manage your Hosts file with ease.
Process Lasso 188.8.131.52 – Process Lasso is a software that will improve system responsiveness and stability. Process Lasso is a unique new technology intended to automatically restrain running processes that are consuming too many CPU cycles.