Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 16, 2015

Five reasons you may want to consider prepaid mobile;  Study: Social Media Users Aren’t More Stressed Out;  13 iOS Apps Worth Buying;  Google Glass sales suspended;  Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!);  Three money apps for tracking, organizing and reporting your finances;  Researchers take a bite out of malware;  BlackBerry offers Classic deal to India consumers;  Verizon to critics: Stop calling us a monopoly;  How to protect yourself against Verizon’s mobile tracking;  Hotline Miami 2 blocked from sale in Australia over implied rape scene;  Hotline Miami 2 developer to censored Australians: “Just pirate it”;  PC prices will stay low this year, Intel says;  OSForensics (free).

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Five reasons you may want to consider prepaid mobile – As new prepaid plans become more and more ambitious, customers are starting to wonder if they should think about what life might be like on the other side of a contract. Prepaid has a hollow ring for many, as they tend to see it as a second-run alternative to a ‘proper’ plan and service. If that’s your thinking, we’ve got a few reasons you should reconsider prepaid for your next smartphone. You never know, reading this article might actually save you some money!

13 iOS Apps Worth Buying – Why should you put down good money for something when a cheaper version of it may exist? As with anything, there’s quality, which when we’re talking apps often means features. A paid app will offer things like the absence of ads, offline access, and syncing across devices. Sometimes an app takes the place of what used to be handled by a device, say a GPS or a radio. And finally, there’s that category of app that so few can resist: games.

Peerio hands-on: This secure messaging suite packs dead simple end-to-end encryption – The brain behind Cryptocat and miniLock is back with yet another tool designed to make your day-to-day life more secure. Peerio, Nadim Kobeissi’s latest creation, is a cloud-based, end-to-end encrypted communications suite that lets you send messages and share files as easily as you use Gmail or Skype’s IM tool. For now Peerio is free, but the company does plan to add paid features in the future, such as expanded storage, according to Wired. Users currently receive 1.3GB of free storage space.

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Study: Social Media Users Aren’t More Stressed Out – The Pew Research Center surveyed 1,801 people about how much stress they feel based on a scale that assesses how much people consider their lives to be uncontrollable, unpredictable or overloaded. Despite growing concern over “digital stress,” the survey found that Internet, social media and cellphone users did not have higher stress levels than less tech-inclined participants. On top of that, women who use a lot of social media report being less stressed overall.

Smile   Ironically, what stresses me out about this issue is, the constant  flow of contradictory “studies”. Am I, or aren’t I, stressed out?

Traveling? Here are 5 ways to stay connected (anywhere!) – When you’re traveling, connectivity can be important. When you least expect it, a data connection becomes crucial, often leaving you teetering on what happens next on your trip. Everything from directions to planning — even work — can depend on access to the Internet. But how will you know if you can get Internet? Where is it offered? Rather than fly blind when you’re in a strange locale, we’ve got some handy tips for making sure you’re connected every time you leave home, regardless of where you go.

Three money apps for tracking, organizing and reporting your finances – Between budgets and taxes, it’s time to get organized. These apps will help you track, categorize, and report your finances, saving some annoying steps along the way.

Outlook.com adds Save to OneDrive – Users of Outlook.com for emails have a new feature that they will appreciate that promises to make saving those attachments you receive much easier. The new feature is called Save to OneDrive and it makes saving attachments to your OneDrive account a single click proposition. The new feature is rolling out to customers worldwide this week.

Google Glass sales suspended – Sales of Google’s pricey eyewear have been suspended for an indeterminate amount of time, the company says, following poor sales figures and reviews – but future versions will still be developed. Google says despite the rocky parts of its launch, they will do their best to continue developing and supporting the Glass technology.

Google’s futuristic Ara phone to be sold in Puerto Rico – The Ara phone and its interchangeable pieces are set for a test run, Google Classroom lets students turn in homework with an app, and Facebook wants to be part of your workplace.

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MintBox Mini crams a Linux computer into a tiny, fanless box – Inside the MintBox Mini you’ll find an AMD A4-6400T processor, a chip aimed at tablets and based on the company’s Mullins architecture. It features integrated Radeon R3 graphics and supports dual monitors via a pair of HDMI ports. There’s also a wired gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, and a micro SD slot to expand storage capacity beyond the system’s 64GB SSD. 4GB of RAM should provide plenty of headroom for your Linux apps, and the newest MintBox also offers integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi in case you’ll be setting it up beyond the reach of a LAN cable. The diminutive MintBox Mini is set to launch some time in the second quarter of 2015. It’ll be priced at $295 (a portion of proceeds go back into the Linux Mint project) and comes with an impressive five-year warranty.

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Rdio Brings Its Global Music Streaming Service To India – Rdio’s arrival in India has been expected for some time since it acquired domestic streaming company Dhingana for an undisclosed price back in early 2014. Dhingana, which had over 10 million users at its peak, lost key deals with record labels, but Rdio’s entry is a different story since it comes with a vast library of 32 million songs, both international and India. Rdio CEO Anthony Bay was keen to stress that the service will be an international-domestic hybrid in India.

BlackBerry offers Classic deal to India consumers – In an attempt to boost sales for its Classic smartphone, BlackBerry is taking it to India. The new Classic is now available through the online store Snapdeal at a price tag of 31,990 Indian Rupees (roughly $518), the Times of India reported. Swapdeal and BlackBerry will try to drum up sales by offering a buyback bonus of up to 4,500 Rupees to the first 1,000 people who trade in their BlackBerry Bold phones for a Classic.

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The 15 function-key strokes everyone should know to zip around Microsoft Office – Despite Microsoft Office’s evolution toward menu-driven shortcuts, it’s worth remembering those funky Fn keys still serve a purpose. As part of key combos in Word, Excel, and Outlook, they make it easier and faster to perform commonly used commands. Here are 15 of the most essential function-key strokes. Once you get the hang of two-fisted input using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts, you’ll find yourself shaving hours off your projects.

Windows Insider ToS to be updated, automatically opted in if you install the next build – Microsoft has sent out an email saying that they will be updating the Terms of Service for the Windows Insider program and by installing the next release, you automatically accept the new terms.

Microsoft to webcast next week’s Windows 10 keynote – Microsoft today reminded Windows enthusiasts that it will live stream the keynote from next week’s Windows 10 consumer-oriented event. The keynote will begin at 9 a.m. PT, noon ET (5 p.m. GMT) on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. Headquarters. Dubbing the event — or at least the keynote — as “Windows 10: The Next Chapter,” Microsoft put up a page where people can access the webcast next week.

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New Intel graphics driver adds 4K video support, Chrome video acceleration and more – Intel has released a new graphics driver package that promises to boost 4K video playback and playing videos using Chrome. It also is the first driver to support the 5th-generation Intel Core chips, known as Broadwell. Version 15.36.14.4080 is important for just about everyone, because it impacts both the 4th-gen Core chips, known as Haswell, and the new 5th-gen Core chips, including the new Core M. (You can download the 32-bit version from Intel’s site, as well as the 64-bit version.) Windows 7, Windows 8.0, and Windows 8.1 are all supported.

Pointing up   Not many of us, I suspect, bother updating chipset drivers (perhaps thinking that it’s a difficult process) – but, it’s quite the reverse; it’s dead easy. How easy? Checkout this Intel page. Updating chipset drivers can lead to system improvement – and, they’re free.

Security:

Researchers take a bite out of malware – The antimalware industry’s holy grail is automatically detecting never-before-seen malware, remove the offending code, and restore any affected software to an undamaged state. Considering current antimalware offerings, the industry has a way to go. A team comprising members from the University of Utah and Raytheon BBN Technologies may have moved antimalware research significantly closer to the industry’s goal. Their software suite: A3 (Advanced Adaptive Applications) “adaptively defends” computers, in particular servers, running the Linux operating system.

Pointing up   If you question whether we’ll ever get malware under control – I think you may well be encouraged by this bit of news.

Google squashes widespread AdSense malvertising attack – Google has stopped a widespread malicious advertising attack that bounced Web surfers to dodgy sites hawking weight loss and skin care products. When displayed, the malicious advertisements automatically redirected a person’s browser to bogus websites. The attacks persisted since mid-December, spiking last Friday before Google apparently eliminated the malicious advertisements over the weekend, Sinegubko wrote. The problem generated a large number of questions and comments on Google’s AdSense help forum.

This ad company is using Verizon’s unstoppable supercookies to track you – A company that correlates data about users across different websites to share with marketers is using unique IDs inserted by Verizon into mobile Web traffic to recreate tracking cookies that have been deleted by users. Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist at Stanford University, discovered that one advertising company called Turn, which tracks users across the Web when they visit major sites including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, BlueKai, AppNexus, Walmart and WebMD, uses the Verizon UIDH to respawn its own tracking cookies.

How to protect yourself against Verizon’s mobile tracking – The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a list of tools that can block online advertising companies from collecting web browsing data in ways that privacy advocates contend are deceptive. There are several tools, however, that can block Web trackers such as Turn, wrote Peter Eckersley, technology projects editor for the EFF. Applications such as AdAway, AdBlock, AdBlock Plus and Disconnect Pro will all halt Turn from receiving data.

Marriott gives up on blocking guests from using personal Wi-Fi hotspots – Marriott’s plan to block guests from using personal Wi-Fi hotspots in its hotels was always a pretty terrible idea. And after getting a ton of pushback from travelers and being dealt a fine by the FCC, it’s finally abandoning the whole thing. A spokesperson recently told Inc, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels.”

Microsoft fumes, Google discloses another Windows security flaw – Summary:Four days after Google’s Project Zero team disclosed an unpatched security bug in Windows, and drew rebuke from Redmond, another bug has exceeded Google’s deadline and been made public.

Company News:

Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe employee-poaching settlement rings in at $415 million – The second attempt at a settlement between Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe for a four-year-old lawsuit over alleged employee hiring practices now has a price. In a filing today, the plaintiffs in the case said the recently-met settlement is valued at $415 million, which is $90.5 million more than an earlier deal that was rejected by US District Court Judge Lucy Koh. And more importantly, it’s above the $380 million Koh said the accused companies would need to agree to before she’d approve it.

PC prices will stay low this year, Intel says – Capable, lightweight laptops are available these days for less than $200, and those prices are likely to stick around or even fall slightly this year, Intel says. PC shipments are expected stabilize this year, and average prices for desktops and laptops may decline a little, said Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, during a conference call Thursday to discuss the company’s earnings. Thin-and-light laptops are delivering more bang for the buck than in previous years, and well-built, fully functional Chrome OS and Windows laptops are available for $199 or less, Krzanich said.

Verizon to critics: Stop calling us a monopoly – Verizon today said it is “dispelling the myth” that it is a monopoly, responding to claims from Netflix and others that Verizon and other broadband providers have too much market power in the territories they operate in. But Verizon’s FiOS fiber-to-the-home service is competing against cable, and Verizon wants everyone to remember that.

RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report – Ailing electronics retailer RadioShack is teetering ever closer to insolvency, reports claim, with a potential bankruptcy filing to come as soon as next month. Although RadioShack has not said that it plans to file for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reports that Salus Capital Partners has already offered it $500m in financing to underwrite its operations should it choose to do so. The iconic US electronics chain is believed to be preparing to file for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code, which would allow it to remain in business while it works with the court to restructure its debt.

Games and Entertainment:

The New Mortal Kombat X Trailer Is Full of Blood and Brains – There’s a new trailer out for the upcoming Mortal Kombat X game, and it is not for the faint of heart (or weak of stomach). The trailer is more extensive than the first, released in June. While that one was just a teaser, this one’s intended to show players what real battle is going to look like. It features a preview of one of the uniquely gruesome “fatalities” that made the franchise famous. Be warned: Kano gets his head cut off and his brains spill out, all in state-of-the-art graphics.

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Hotline Miami 2 blocked from sale in Australia over implied rape scene – In a report on the decision, the Australian Classification Board website cites a National Classification Code rule barring classification for games that “depict, express, or otherwise deal with matters of sex, drug misuse or addiction, crime, cruelty, violence, or revolting or abhorrent phenomena in such a way that they offend against the standards of morality, decency, and propriety generally accepted by reasonable adults.”

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A shot from the controversial scene that earned Hotline Miami 2 a classification denial in Australia.

Hotline Miami 2 developer to censored Australians: “Just pirate it” – Following the Australian Classification Board’s recent decision to refuse classification to Hotline Miami 2, effectively barring the game from sale in the country, designer Jonatan Söderström has a piece of advice for people affected by the decision: “Just pirate it!” Söderström’s suggestion came in response to an e-mail from a concerned Hotline Miami fan, who asked if there was a way for him to obtain and pay for the game given the board’s decision. “If it ends up being not released in Australia, just pirate it after release,” Söderström wrote in reply. “No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!”

For video game industry, 2014 couldn’t escape slumping game sales – Looking back on 2014, the video game industry can say it succeeded and it failed. New hardware has flown off store shelves, into more players’ hands and at a faster rate than last-generation devices nearly a decade ago. But players still aren’t buying enough games. The holiday season, an opportunity for game makers to rebound, proved that not even the biggest companies with the most highly anticipated franchises could entice consumers to spend their money on new titles.

Total War: Attila preview: Total, brutal, unrelenting war – Despite the foreboding name, for years I’ve played every entry in the Total War series in much the same way I play its strategy game cousin Civilization. I putter around for fifty or so turns creating an empire—making sure my citizens are happy, investing in various cultural milestones, and just all-around building something where these entirely fictional people go “Oh wow, did you hear about that city? I wish I lived there instead of this miserable hellhole on the other side of the map.” Not in Total War: Attila. This game gives no quarter. More than any other entry in the series, Total War: Attila is about…well, waging total war.

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Xbox One Goes Back Down To $349 – Back in November, Microsoft dropped the price of the Xbox One down to $349 as part of a “promotion” (read: market test) through the holidays. It did great! Hell, it managed to outsell the PS4 for once, ending Sony’s long running streak as top seller. Then it did it again in December! Then came the New Year. Right as the ball dropped, Microsoft bumped the price back up to $399. Seems that move didn’t play out too well; just two weeks later, in what might be the shortest-lived console price increase ever, Microsoft has just announced they’re cutting the price back down to $349 starting tomorrow, January 16.

Nintendo 3DS XL coming to the US in February – Nintendo of America made the announcement of its 3DS XL, the company’s newest portable gaming device, at the company’s Nintendo Direct presentation today. The 3DS XL is Nintendo’s long-awaited 3DS device meant for markets outside of Japan and will go on sale on February 13 for $199. Since Microsoft doesn’t have a dedicated Xbox portable, Nintendo’s only real competition sits with Sony, leaving an opportunity for Nintendo to finally differentiate itself in the most recent generation of gaming devices.

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The Simpsons are coming to Minecraft on Xbox next month – Microsoft is preparing to bring The Simpsons to life in Minecraft next month. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie will all be available as part of a downloadable skin pack in late February, alongside 19 other characters from the hit TV series. “We have an active community of more than 14 million die-hard Minecraft fans on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game,” says Xbox chief Phil Spencer.

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Moving the Steam folder on Linux is causing users’ entire file systems to be deleted – Use Steam on Linux? then it’s a good idea to back up everything you own (and then unmount your external storage) before attempting to debug or move the Steam folder… or you might lose everything.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Cities cheer Obama’s push for municipal broadband – Dozens of U.S. cities are cheering President Obama’s proposal this week for the Federal Communications Commission to allow municipalities to provide their own Internet broadband services even in states that have banned such services. “Obama’s doing just what we have been advocating,” said Rick Usher, assistant city manager for Kansas City, Mo., in an interview. “It follows what we’ve been advocating for repeal of these state laws and measures that prevent broadband partnerships for cities.”

The ultimate iPhone 6 drop test… from space – We’ve seen iDevices dropped from planes and stuck in molten lava, but the below video of an iPhone 6 descending from the edge of space seems to be about as far as gravity’s effects can be pushed, short of tossing an iPad into a black hole. As usual, the effort is part of a campaign to sell us something. This time it’s Urban Armor Gear’s composite iPhone case, which protected the silver iPhone 6 in question as it rose from the English countryside with the help of a balloon and a flight rig with two GoPro cameras, GPS and a backup phone. The phone ascended over 100,000 feet to the stratosphere before the balloon ruptured and the device began to fall.

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This robot can convincingly forge letters in your handwriting – Email and IM might be efficient ways to communicate, but they can feel a bit cold and lifeless. Thankfully there’s a new breed of robots out there who are working (rather ironically) to re-humanize things. The service costs $499, and gives you an hour to work with one of Bond’s handwriting experts in their New York City HQ. You’ll need to get yourself there, too, which could make it quite an expensive little experiment depending on where you live. The cheaper option only requires you to fill out a special form and scan it back.

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People Still Log Into MySpace..to Find ‘Throwback’ Pics – How many people do you think visit MySpace on a regular basis? You might be surprised to hear that the number hovers around 50 million, according to Viant CEO Tim Vanderhook, who owns Specific Media, which purchased MySpace for $35 million in 2011. So, what’s keeping MySpace alive? Vanderhook wasn’t super-specific about what people are doing on the site, but he did note that it enjoys a fairly active user base among those aged 17-25—mostly those interested in music and entertainment. Additionally, since MySpace used to be a pretty big deal, the site tends to get a lot of older accounts logging back in on Thursdays. Presumably, they’re finding older photos to use for the popular “Throwback Thursday” thing on other social networks.

Chilling bodycam footage shows the other side of policing – Footage of police officers behaving imperfectly has emerged more than once now that almost everyone has a cell phone. It makes for news. It keeps people on their guard for what might happen. It feeds into people’s need for justice. Yet, there’s another side to policing. It’s one where officers are out every day, never entirely knowing whether a situation might turn in an awful direction, never knowing whether an individual who seems calm might suddenly not be.

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Who’s to blame for the Net neutrality mess? Look to Verizon – Verizon fought hard to overturn 2010 rules governing Internet access. But it now faces the possibility that the FCC will impose even stricter regulations than the ones it had thrown out.

Something to think about:

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

–      Alvin Toffler

Today’s Free Downloads:

DocFetcher – DocFetcher is an Open Source desktop search application: It allows you to search the contents of files on your computer. You can think of it as Google for your local files. The application runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, and is made available under the Eclipse Public License.

Supported Document Formats:

Microsoft Office (doc, xls, ppt)

Microsoft Office 2007 and newer (docx, xlsx, pptx, docm, xlsm, pptm)

Microsoft Outlook (pst)

OpenOffice.org (odt, ods, odg, odp, ott, ots, otg, otp)

Portable Document Format (pdf)

EPUB (epub)

HTML (html, xhtml, …)

TXT and other plain text formats (customizable)

Rich Text Format (rtf)

AbiWord (abw, abw.gz, zabw)

Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (chm)

MP3 Metadata (mp3)

FLAC Metadata (flac)

JPEG Exif Metadata (jpg, jpeg)

Microsoft Visio (vsd)

Scalable Vector Graphics (svg)

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NetBalancer Free – Browse and do any internet activity comfortably even when your download manager or torrent client downloads huge files from internet – just lower their network priority with NetBalancer.

You can use NetBalancer to set download/upload transfer rate priority for any applications and monitor their internet traffic.

Applications with a higher network priority will gain more traffic bandwidth than those with a lower one.

Currently supported priorities are:

High priority

Normal priority

Low priority

Block traffic

Ignore traffic

Limit traffic

Set download and upload speed limits for a process

Show all system processes with their in and out network traffic speed

Show current connection for any process

Show downloaded and uploaded traffic for any process since NetBlancer’s start

View overall system traffic as a graph

Show last 15 seconds traffic in system tray

Fine tune priorities (see Level Severity setting).

Limitations: The unregistered version is limited to a maximum of 3 process priorities/limits and 3 rules at a time. Since version 6.1 all other limits have been removed.

OSForensics – Discover relevant forensic evidence faster. Find files quickly. Search within Files. Search for Emails. Recover Deleted Files. Uncover Recent Activity. Collect System Information. View Active Memory. Extract Logins and Passwords.

Find files quickly – OSForensics™ allows you to search for files many times faster than the search functionality in Windows.

Results can be analyzed in the form of a file listing, a Thumbnail View, or a Timeline View which allows you to determine where significant file change activity has occurred.

Search within Files – If the basic file search functionality is not enough, OSForensics can also create an index of the files on a hard disk. This allows for lightning fast searches for text contained inside the documents. Powered by the technology behind Wrensoft’s acclaimed Zoom Search Engine.

Search for Emails – An additional feature of being able to search within files is the ability to search email archives. The indexing process can open and read most popular email file formats (including pst) and identify the individual messages.

This allows for a fast text content search of any emails found on a system.

Recover Deleted Files – After a file has been deleted, even once removed from the recycling bin, it often still exists until another new file takes its place on the hard drive. OSForensics can track down this ghost file data and attempt to restore it back to useable state on the hard drive.

Uncover Recent Activity – Find out what users have been up to. OSForensics can uncover the user actions performed recently on the system, including but not limited to:

Opened Documents

Web Browsing History

Connected USB Devices

Connected Network Shares

Collect System Information – Find out what’s inside the computer. Detailed information about the hardware a system is running on:

CPU type and number of CPUs

Amount and type of RAM

Installed Hard Drives

Connected USB devices

and much more. Powered by Passmark’s SysInfo DLL.

View Active Memory – Look directly at what is currently in the systems main memory. Attempt to uncover passwords and other sensitive information that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Select from a list of active processes on the system to inspect. OSF can also dump their memory to a file on disk for later inspection.

Extract Logins and Passwords – Recover usernames and passwords from recently accessed

websites in common web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

Limitations: There is a Free edition of the software and a Professional edition for commercial and government use. The professional version is $499.00.

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Screen shot from a personal machine.

In Pursuit of Freedom – The Pushback Continues:

CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe – A review panel has tossed aside accusations that the US Central Intelligence Agency hacked into computers used by Senate aides investigating the torture of terror suspects, saying the CIA did nothing wrong.

The CIA has been criticized by several lawmakers – in particular, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – for allegedly infiltrating government computers to erase damning documents involved in a Congressional probe of the agency’s torture policies.

An earlier internal CIA review revealed evidence of “significant CIA wrongdoing,” Feinstein said in March 2014, and she demanded an apology from CIA Director John Brennan – which she eventually received, albeit only months later.

But when the agency released the results of its latest review on Tuesday, its investigators concluded that the CIA had nothing to apologize for, AFP reports. Although there had been some “inappropriate access” to Senate staffers’ “work product,” the review found, no laws had been broken and no wrongdoing had taken place.

With crypto in UK crosshairs, secret US report says it’s vital – As UK Prime Minister David Cameron forges ahead with a campaign pledge to ban encrypted messaging apps unless his government is given backdoors, that country’s Guardian newspaper has aired a secret US report warning that government and private computers were at risk because cryptographic protections aren’t being implemented fast enough.

The 2009 document, from the US National Intelligence Council, said encryption was the “best defense” for protecting private data, according to an article published Thursday by the newspaper. Airing of the five-year forecast came the same day Cameron embarked on a US trip to convince President Obama to place pressure on Apple, Google, and Facebook to curtail their rollout of stronger encryption technologies in e-mail and messaging communications. According to Thursday’s report:

Part of the cache given to the Guardian by Snowden, the paper was published in 2009 and gives a five-year forecast on the “global cyber threat to the US information infrastructure”. It covers communications, commercial and financial networks, and government and critical infrastructure systems. It was shared with GCHQ and made available to the agency’s staff through its intranet.

UK to seek Obama’s help in accessing user data from US firms – To share or not to share? That’s one of the issues UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will address when they meet Friday, according to a report.

Cameron and Obama will discuss the UK’s desire to access user data from US-based tech companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, to aid in its law enforcement strategy, The Guardian reported, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the anticipated discussions.

According to those sources, Cameron will demand that US companies store data on users and make it accessible to UK intelligence agencies to keep the country’s citizens “safe.” That accessibility would involve a new legal framework that has yet to be worked out. One government source told the Guardian that while sites like Facebook and Twitter do cooperate to some degree, the UK would like to see that cooperation increased.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – January 16, 2015

  1. zhepyrvalentine

    I don’t know about where you live, but prepaid mobile is the norm here.

    • Hey zhepyrvalentine,

      From Wikipedia – Usage of prepaid cellphone service is common in most parts of the world. Around 70% of customers in Western Europe and China use prepaid phones with the figure rising to over 90% for customers in India and Africa.[9] 23% of cellphone users in the United States were using prepaid service as of 2011, a share that’s expected to rise to 29% by 2016.

      Best,

      Bill