Choose the Best Antivirus in 2013 – Quick, how many antivirus products can you name? Six? Seven? What if I told you PCMag has reviewed over 40? Yes, we put just about every antivirus product through rigorous testing to help you choose the one that will suit you best. We award the Editor’s Choice designation to those that we consider to be top-of-the-line in one way or another, but if your criteria are different from ours you can get details from our reviews of all of the available choices.
Spy agency ASIO wants powers to hack into personal computers – SPY agency ASIO wants to hack into Australians’ personal computers and commandeer their smartphones to transmit viruses to terrorists. (referred by Mal)
Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide – The 26-year-old hacker and information activist had faced charges for his alleged role in making MIT academic journal articles public.
Tech VIPs, family take to Web with sorrow, anger over Swartz – Tim Berners-Lee and Lawrence Lessig are among those who express sorrow and/or anger at Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Swartz’s family announces memorial Web site, and also points finger at federal prosecutors and MIT.
Online petition seeks to make DDoS ‘legal form of protesting’ – The creator of the petition believes DDoS is “not any form of hacking in any way” and is a legitimate form of protest with the advance of the Internet. The creator of the petition is also requesting the US government to immediately release those jailed for DDoS attacks and have these crimes removed from their records.
Global Users Report Censorship Using Chinese App WeChat – Chinese company Tencent is under fire after reports that their popular messaging app WeChat is censoring certain words even when users are outside of China. The company is now saying that it was a “technical glitch,” but for a while it seemed as if the Great Firewall might have stretched past China’s borders.
How to Buy a Router – Are you still using the router that your Internet service provider gave you? If so, you might not be getting the best results possible. Routers that ISPs provide tend to be older models running custom firmware, and the download and upload speeds from these routers may not match the speeds you pay for. The situation is even worse if you rent your router from your ISP, because that’s money that could be better spent on more-glamorous gadgets.
High-tech homes: Fridges on Facebook and smart security – Sure, some of the home “innovations” we’ve seen at CES are a little laughable. Do we really need dancing robot vacuum cleaners or refrigerators that post Facebook updates? Maybe not. But home automation is becoming more capable and impressive, if only because we’re realizing these fantasy homes are finally possible.
The Best of CES – As another Consumer Electronics Show fades into the Las Vegas sunset, we take a look back at the most important products unveiled at this year’s show.
OLED and 4K at CES 2013: The fantasy and the reality (video) – According to most people’s eyeballs, OLED and Ultra HD sets produce a better-looking picture than you’ll see on any of today’s 1080p plasma or LCD sets. However, the picture quality of each type of set will blow your mind in a different way, and there are significant limitations for Ultra HD/4K sets in particular at this point.
Next in Motion-Controlled Gaming: Crotch Harnesses and Bungee Cords – Picture yourself playing a first-person shooter while strapped in an adult-sized baby bouncer that controlled your onscreen movement. I know, right?
It’s time to rewrite Java from scratch, security expert says – If the most recent security flaw in Java is a sign of anything, it’s that the time has come for Oracle to rewrite the programming language. That’s the view of Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst with Bitdefender, a Romanian-based maker of antivirus software, who estimates that as many as 100 million PCs are vulnerable to hacker attack because of the latest Java defect discovered this week.
Africa as Safe Havens for Cyber-Criminals – While the global nature of cyber-crime means the criminals can be anywhere, we tend to think of Eastern Europe and Russia as the hotbed of criminal activity. Trend Micro believes criminals will increasingly shift their operations over to Africa in 2013.
CEO of beleaguered HP made $15.4M last year – Meg Whitman pulled in $15.4 million in compensation during fiscal 2012, with a base salary of just a single dollar but a performance-based bonus of $1.7 million.
Huawei preps octa-core ARM chip– Huawei is currently prepping an ARM-powered octa-core chip which it plans to bring to market during the second half of 2013. As the name suggests, the SoC is an 8-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, which pairs four high-power CPU cores with four lower-power cores.
Microsoft Patent Tips ‘Inconspicuous Mode’ for Cell Phones – According to a patent application published today, Microsoft is working to build a function that could save movie-going smartphone users a lot of grief. “Inconspicuous mode,” as the application calls it, aims to lighten the device’s load by turning home screen text and images off while also lowering the backlighting to appear, well, inconspicuous.
Samsung postpones Windows RT tablet plans – Last summer the industry was expecting big things from Windows 8 and Windows RT, with Samsung touting a plan to bring its own Windows RT tablet to the US by October.
Searchandizing – The word is a combination of search and merchandizing. It is an electronic commerce term used to describe using your own site search to promote products when users search for certain keywords or phrases, akin to merchandizing a retail store for up-selling, cross-selling or promoting specific merchandise. Also called multi-faceted search.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Cracked: 5 Old Wives’ Tales About Health (Confirmed by Science) – On the list of the most important jobs of a mom, keeping your kids healthy comes in second only to making sure they don’t grow up into the type of person who would “accidentally” leak a sex tape. And if that means occasionally bluffing or passing along the same BS myths that were passed down by her mother before her, then by God, that’s what a mom does. But you might be surprised to find out that some of that motherly health advice that sounds suspiciously like superstitious nonsense now wasn’t so made up after all.
Cracked: The 5 Types of Sociopath Invented by the Internet – Most online idiots are extensions of stupidities we have in the real world: con artists, zealots, homophobes, and others who project more shitty internal problems than an IMAX colonoscopy. But some people evolved to exploit new niches of assholery in the online environment, like those worms that live in the human colon. Except we’d rather have the worms, because there are pills we can take to kill those.
Brown eyes are more ‘trustworthy’ than blue – Researchers at Charles University in the Czech Republic have determined that a person’s eye color may influence how trustworthy we think they are.
Scientist: Hawking is ‘brain in a vat’ – To celebrate Stephen Hawking’s 71st birthday, a fellow scientist suggests that perhaps it is the machines rather than the man who should be celebrated. She compares him to Darth Vader.
New Book Tells Inside Story of Atari – A new book based on nearly eight years of research and extensive interviews with former Atari employees tells the story of the iconic, pioneering U.S. video game company.
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
– Jewish Proverb
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