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FBI gives shocking advice to ransomware victims

By Paul Hill · 7 hours ago

Over the last few years ransomware has become a prominent way for hackers to extort money from victims. Ransomware such as Cryptolocker encrypts a victims computer and demands a payment to decrypt the files. What's surprising is how the FBI deals with victims of ransomware attacks. Last week at the Cyber Security Summit 2015 event, Joseph Bonavolonta, the Assistant Special Agent in charge of the FBI's CYBER and Counterintelligence Program at the FBI's Boston office revealed that the FBI can't really do a lot about the problem.



Facebook Message Requests wants to replace your phone number

Facebook's new solution for getting messages from non-friends means the end of the little known 'Other' inbox.

By Ian Paul  

PCWorld | Oct 28, 2015 7:07 AM PT



How to Insure Your Personal Electronics Against Damage and Theft

Like cars and homes before them, mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives, something we all need to stay current on the days events or respond to emails while on the road. But what can you do to protect them in case your case can’t protect them from threats external or otherwise?



Breaking down processed meats and cancer risk

By Meredith Placko Oct. 27, 2015 8:31 am

First off, this isn’t even new news. The idea that processed meats, cured meats, meats packaged with sodium nitrate, and red meats may be linked to colon cancer has been floating around since at least 2005. It just exploded today because the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) made public a decade-plus worth of research from many different independent studies.



IRS tells Senate: We only use our stingrays with court orders

"It can only be used based on probable cause of criminal activity."

by Cyrus Farivar - Oct 28, 2015 2:40pm EDT

The head of the Internal Revenue Service told a Senate committee on Tuesday that its stingrays are "only used in criminal investigations."




October 28, 2015

Josh Wolford

Back in July, a Hillview, Kentucky man shot down a drone that was flying over his property. He was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and wanton endangerment for destroying the $1,800 unmanned aerial vehicle.



MIT uses wireless signals to identify people through walls

Tech could identify intruders in your home or power motion capture for movies.

by Jon Brodkin - Oct 28, 2015 12:42pm EDT

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab is developing a device that uses wireless signals to identify human figures through walls. Called RF-Capture, the technology “can trace a person’s hand as he writes in the air and even distinguish between 15 different people through a wall with nearly 90 percent accuracy,” MIT said in an announcement today.



Unprotected license plate surveillance cameras let anyone with a web browser tune in

By Colin Lecher  on October 28, 2015 12:24 pm

Automated license plate recognition systems, also known as ALPR or simply LPR systems, have become increasingly popular — and controversial — tools for law enforcement in recent years. The systems can automatically photograph and record data on license plates in real time, drawing the ire of privacy advocates like those at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has just released information on security vulnerabilities in ALPR systems across the country.



It's Now Legal to Jailbreak Smart TV, Smartphone Or Tablet

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Khyati Jain



It’s still illegal to rip DVD and Blu-ray discs for personal use

Jailbreaking of mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and smart TVs get DMCA exemption.

by David Kravets - Oct 27, 2015 3:58pm EDT

Movie enthusiasts hoping to legally make backup copies or space-shift or format-shift their legally purchased DVD or Blu-ray discs are out of luck. Agreeing with rights holders' and the Motion Picture Association of America's doomsday predictions, the Librarian of Congress on Tuesday rejected, again, another proposal that would allow users to finally rips these items for personal use.



Library of Congress Gives Thumbs-Up to Jailbreaking Tablets

By Shirley Siluk

October 28, 2015 10:28AM

Jailbreaking legally purchased tablets, hacking your own smart car and circumventing software defenses for security research have all -- under certain circumstances -- gotten the go-ahead from the Library of Congress' Copyright Office. The exemptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) were spelled out in an order issued yesterday by acting librarian David Mao.




October 27, 2015

Josh Wolford

Are you really getting the internet speed you think you’re getting?



You Can Hack Your Own Car — It's Legal Now

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Khyati Jain

Yes, you heard right. You can now hack a car by making necessary modifications – but to the car owned by you, not your neighbors.



MasterCard Aims To Enable Payments via Any Gadget

By Shirley Siluk

October 27, 2015 10:13AM

Working with a diverse group of partners, MasterCard has launched a new program designed to enable mobile payments via practically any type of gadget -- eventually. Among the "Commerce for Every Device" prototypes being rolled out during the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas this week are a payment-enabling GM car key fob, a ring from Ringy and a wristband from Nymi.



Oct 28 AT 10:25 AM Steve Raycraft

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out



Microsoft Officially Unveils Its Arrow Launcher For Android

Posted 35 minutes ago by Sarah Perez

There are a number of ways to customize an Android smartphone, but one of the more unexpected tools to emerge earlier this year was Arrow, an Android launcher application designed by Microsoft. This summer, an unfinished version of the launcher was discovered by way of a Google+ group for beta testers. But, today, the app has gone live on the Google Play store for all to try.



Here's How Websites Are Tracking You Online

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Swati Khandelwal

Webmasters can track all your activities on the Internet – even if you have already cleared your browsing history and deleted all saved cookies.



This $99 HDTV will fit anywhere you need it to

By Maren Estrada, BGR Deals Team on Oct 28, 2015 at 12:45 PM

What quality TV can you get for $99 these days? Not much, unless you know where to look.



$99 Kangaroo Pocket PC Hops Mobile Barriers

By Jennifer LeClaire

October 27, 2015 09:22AM

A new Windows 10 mobile desktop, Kangaroo, has just hopped into the market with what it is billing as the smallest form factor on the PC market. The cost: $99.



How to Easily Transfer Photos from Your PC to Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

To view your photos on your iPhone or iPad, you can use a cloud service to store them and then access them on your device. However, what if you want your photos available offline? Transferring your photos to your iPhone or iPad is easy using iTunes.



Does Your Ear Wax Contain Insecticide?


Some scientists suspected that our ear wax may contain a natural fungicide, bactericide, and insecticide, the better to protect against buggy invaders crawling inside the ear canal. Alas, this turns out not to be true.



How to fix “Setup couldn’t start properly, Please reboot your PC and run set up again” in Windows 10 [Tip]

Tip / Trick

By Mathew - October 28, 2015

The “Setup couldn’t start properly, Please reboot your PC and run set up again” is a common error people updating to Windows 10 face when updating using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft or a Windows ISO image file. If that sounds like the way you plan on upgrading, you might want to check out this guide below.



How to uninstall stock apps on Windows 10 and reinstall them again [Tip]

Tip / Trick

By Mathew - October 28, 2015

One of the neat additions you’ll find when updating to Windows 10 is the collection of stock apps that Microsoft wish for you to have along with your new operating system. The latest Windows 10 comes with a great many of apps and more than you would find in any of its predecessors like Windows 8. Those stock apps need to sit somewhere and that somewhere is obviously on your system and using memory.



MagicStick Windows 10 mini-PC offers impressive specifications in a small package

By Christopher Dupres · Oct 27, 2015

Another new entrant into the new form factor of very small, fully featured Windows PCs is the MagicStick Wave, a pocket-sized Windows 10 PC with an Intel Cherry Trail Z8700 up to 2.4Ghz and 8GB of RAM, along with 64GB of eMMC storage.



US Senate passes controversial CISA surveillance bill

Cybersecurity legislation goes forward, regardless of strong opposition from tech industry

Thomas McMullan 28 Oct 2015

A major cybersecurity bill has been overwhelmingly passed by the US Senate, regardless of warnings from critics that the legislation would majorly infringe on privacy and civil liberties



Samsung announces 18.4-inch Android tablet -- but why?

By Mihaita Bamburic Published 2 hours ago

Samsung does not shy away from releasing tablets that consumers might find too big, proof being that, last year, it introduced the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro. Today, the South Korean maker is taking things a step further by announcing an even larger slate, which, this time around, even the most-avid fans of big tablets might struggle to appreciate.



Videocon teams up with Microsoft for 'world's first Windows 10 TV'

By Manish Singh · 1 hour ago

Videocon unveiled the "world’s first hybrid Windows 10-powered LED TV" in partnership with Microsoft. The set comes in two variants: 32-inch, which is priced at Rs. 39,990 ($610), and 40-inch, which costs Rs. 52,990 ($810).



Geek deals: Asus F555LA 15.6-inch laptop for $350

By Grant Brunner Oct. 28, 2015 10:15 am

Looking for a solid laptop at a fantastic price? Check out this dual-core 15.6-inch laptop from Asus. Take advantage of today’s deal, and you’ll instantly save 30% off of the initial asking price with no need for rebates or coupons.



Women’s Freedom Conference Amplifies The Voices Of Women Of Color

Posted 5 minutes ago by Kaya Thomas

The Women’s Freedom Conference made history this past Sunday as the first all-digital, highly accessible conference organized by all women of color. The creator of the conference, Feminista Jones, an activist and writer, stated in her welcoming keynote, “I realized women of color don’t really get the space to have their issues, their ideas, their concerns, their work, their talents, their success and their achievements all centered with the focus primarily on them. I wanted to change that.”



Garmin dives into wrist-bound heart rate monitoring with Vivosmart HR

Garmin developed its own heart rate monitor and also debuted a smart scale.

by Valentina Palladino - Oct 28, 2015 10:19am EDT

If fitness trackers are kneeling to smartwatches, you'd never be able to tell by the number of new products hitting the scene. Garmin is the latest to introduce a new device to its already strong family of trackers. The new Vivosmart HR is a dedicated activity tracker that is Garmin's first to feature a built-in heart rate monitor. The company recently released a new trio of GPS watches with its "Elevate" heart rate technology, but the Vivosmart HR appears to be aimed at just about everyone rather than the hardcore fitness buffs targeted by Garmin's other devices.



Low-cost IMSI catcher for 4G/LTE networks tracks phones’ precise locations

$1,400 device can track users for days with little indication anything is amiss.

by Dan Goodin - Oct 28, 2015 8:59am EDT

Researchers have devised a low-cost way to discover the precise location of smartphones using the latest LTE standard for mobile networks, a feat that shatters widely held perceptions that the standard is immune to the types of attacks that targeted earlier specifications.



How to Pick the Right Shoe For Any Workout

Stephanie Lee

Filed to: SHOES 10/28/15 10:00am

In a simpler time, a single pair of sneaks was adequate for all activities: walking, biking, running, gardening—you name it, and the shoe fit. Now, it seems more like the other way around: the workout must fit the shoe. These days, shoe shopping can be overwhelming for first-timer buyers, but don’t worry: we’re here to help.