Infographic: Do You Practice Safe Internet? – In just five years, the global Internet population has grown from 1.319 billion to 2.26 billion thanks to people searching, emailing, instant messaging, social media-ing, gaming, shopping, and banking. But with increased activity – and mobility – comes increased risk. Micro Trends counted 6,300 new unique Internet threats per day this year, compared to only 57 in 2006. Spam leads the pack, with 5.2 billion reported cases per month in 2011, followed by more than 5 million new instances of malware and 10.4 million bad URLs added to the Web last year.
Top games to play with friends on smartphones – You may have played one or all of these popular games, but for those who haven’t, these are the casual games I play on an almost daily basis. As such, I heartily recommend them all.
Home networking explained, Part 3: Taking control of your wires – Now that you have learned about the basics of home networking in part 1, and how to optimize your Wi-Fi in part 2, in part 3, it’s time to get your hands dirty and learn how to take control of your network completely.
Wolfram Alpha’s Facebook Analytics Tool Digs Deep into Your Social Life – Quick: who’s your oldest friend on Facebook? What’s the most popular photo you’ve ever posted? When are you most likely to be found updating your status? I actually know the answers to those questions—and a lot of other arcane facts about my life in socialspace—thanks to a new feature on Wolfram Alpha.
How Instagram became the social network for tweens – Well-intentioned parents who’ve kept their tweens off Facebook are catching on to the workaround: kids are turning to Instagram, the photo-sharing app that may as well be a social network all its own.
Playstation Vita hack disrupts developers – It was only a matter of time. Sony’s Playstation Vita handheld has come face-to-face with its first robustly engineered hack, allowing users to run unofficial “homebrew” games and apps on the device. As is always the case with hackers, this one, Yifan Lu, is facing some heat from developers who worry their games will become rampantly pirated.
As Windows goes touch, Norton goes social – Symantec’s annual Norton security suite delivers an interface optimized for Windows 8, but its new features address the mobile and social implications of the era arriving with the new operating system at the end of October. The new features in Norton Anti-Virus 2013 (download), Norton Internet Security 2013 (download), and Norton 360 2013 (download), aim squarely to cut down on social engineering threats like scams and phishing attacks.
Kindle Fire HD vs. Nexus 7 – The 7-inch tablet market just got more interesting, and more confusing. We break down the key differences between two $199 tablets: the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Google Nexus 7.
Google refreshes Maps, Earth with more high-res images – Google Maps and Google Earth are now offering an even more comprehensive look at major landmarks worldwide with more and better aerial images.
Raspberry Pi 2.0 spotted in the wild – The wildly popular $35 Raspberry Pi made waves when it first launched in March. However, the dev board has faced some pretty stiff competition in recent months, specifically from Android-powered bare-bones systems like Via’s APC, the Hardkernel ODROID X, Goosberry, UPuter Pi and the CubieBoard. Meanwhile, the folks at Raspberry have been making some minor hardware mods and tweaks to the Pi, with a second iteration of the device already circulating in the wild.
WordPress 3.4.2 hardens security – WordPress 3.4.2, now available for download, is a maintenance and security release for all previous versions. After nearly 15 million downloads since 3.4 was released not three months ago, the developers identified and fixed a number of bugs,
Report: Toll Fraud Emerges as Android’s Number One Threat – Mobile malware continues to run rampant, thanks to a growing glut of toll fraud malware – apps that have been engineered to bill its victims through premium SMS services. The malware type eclipsed spyware this year as the largest application-based threat according to mobile security firm Lookout who found it made up 79 percent of the malware it detected over the past year.
Irish Man Uncovers First Gaelic-Language Malware – A new Irish-language malware strain, dubbed Gaeilge, held an Irish man’s computer hostage, requiring a 100-Euro fee in return.
Zero-day-loving Google hackers furiously active in last three years – The hackers behind the Aurora attacks that were discovered targeting Google, Adobe and other big U.S. companies in 2009 have seemingly been working hard ever since. The Elderwood gang is primarily interested in gathering and stealing intelligence (trade secrets, contacts, infrastructure details, intelligence for future attacks) and intellectual property (designs and plans) from an ever-increasing number of companies mostly located in the United States.
Backdoor.LV Samples On the Rise – A strain of malware called Backdoor.LV that uses a custom protocol over port 80 to communicate with its command and control server has been consistently increasing its reach since May, according to a report from FireEye. Backdoor.LV is distributing itself with malicious executables hidden on a number of websites with IP addresses emanating primarily from countries in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Middle East.
Google Acquires Online Malware Scanner VirusTotal – Google just acquired one of our favorite antivirus tools, VirusTotal. For those that don’t know, VirusTotal isn’t a program that runs on your computer; instead, it’s a webapp that lets you upload files to check them for viruses before you install them. You can also scan a URL directly or search the VirusTotal database. So what does the acquisition mean? VirusTotal assures us that it will still operate on its own, but now it has Google’s resources behind it—and Google has theirs.
Back to the Farm: Zynga Launches FarmVille 2 – Zynga is returning to the rural world of its first blockbuster game — but this time, the production values are far, far higher.
GameStop eyes Ouya open-source console – GameStop CEO Paul Raines says his company is open to selling the Android-powered Ouya console, which recently managed to raise over $8 million on KickStarter. Although Raines emphasized was not making an official announcement regarding any potential plans to carry the Android console, the CEO made it quite clear he had a positive impression about the open-source device.
Intel sees weaker x86 chip demand – Declining x86 chip demand from PC manufacturers has prompted Intel to slash its third-quarter sales prediction. ”It’s worse than everyone expected,” Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang told Bloomberg. “[Santa Clara’s] consumer PC business is getting whacked.”
Consumerization of IT – Consumerization of IT (“consumerization”) is a phrase used to describe the cycle of information technology (IT) emerging in the consumer market, then spreading to business and government organizations, largely because employees are using the popular “consumer market” technologies and devices at home and then introducing them in the workplace. Consumerization of IT is driven by employees who buy their own devices, use their own personal online service accounts, install their own applications and then connect to the corporate network with the device, often without the organization’s knowledge or approval.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Cloud storage firm flags malware as “Copyrighted Material,” boots security researcher – A malware researcher finds herself in company with First Lady Michelle Obama and science fiction author Neil Gaiman: booted from the web by hard-headed copyright protection algorithms.
Cheetah robot runs faster than Usain Bolt – Even the world’s fastest man can’t outrun DARPA’s latest robot, which has now been clocked at 28.3 miles per hour.
Survey Says Core Gamers Recently Declined — Should We Be Worried? – A new NPD Group survey says the total number of gamers in the U.S. is down and that the core-gaming demographic declined. Should we be nervous?
Computing using water droplets – Forget optical computing or quantum computing: researchers at Aalto University have successfully used water droplets as bits of digital information.
“A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.”
– Alfred E. Wiggam
Today’s Free Downloads:
KeePass Password Safe 2.20 – KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk.
VirtualBox – VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.