• The Big Password Mistake That Hackers Are Hoping You'll Make

    Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    You're smart. You don't use passwords like the perennial 123456 and qwerty. Or even slightly better ones, like Cassie86 or Cubs1908. Because you put some thought into them, your passwords are better than those, right? Maybe. But unless you avoid a little-known mistake recently uncovered by password researchers, there's a good chance your passwords will still be far easier for hackers to crack than you think.

  • Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives. Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.

  • Apple unveils iPad Air 2 at launch event

    FROM NATIONAL REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Read coverage below of Thursday's Apple event in Cupertino, California, where the company unveiled a new iPad.

  • Facebook Can Now Help You Out During Disasters

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Facebook is giving users an easy way to inform loved ones they're safe in the midst of a major disaster, according to Newser.com. How its new Safety Check feature works: If you're in an affected area—this is determined using the city listed in your profile, a location last recorded by the Nearby Friends feature if applicable, and where you're using the internet—the tool sends you a notification asking if you're safe, according to Facebook's blog.

  • Netflix shares fall 21%, weighing on tech stocks

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Shares of Netflix dove 21 percent Thursday after the company's subscriber growth disappointed, according to USA TODAY. The drop in Netflix NFLX stock, down $95.43 to $353.16, was another drag on tech shares, which extended Wednesday's steep slide. The Nasdaq Composite COMP was off 0.4 percent, while the tech heavy PowerShares QQQ Trust Series QQQ was off 0.8 percent. In the U.S., Netflix added 980,000 streaming members during the third quarter of 2014, compared to 1.29 million in the same period last year, and down from its July forecast for 1.33 million.

  • Apple expected to unveil next iPad today

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Apple will host an event at its Cupertino, California, headquarters Thursday, where it is widely expected they will unveil the latest iPad tablet, according to USA TODAY. Reports suggest Apple will reveal two tablets: the follow-up to the iPad Air, and the latest model of the iPad Mini with Retina Display. Both iPads are expected to sport the Touch ID fingerprint sensor available on the company's iPhones.

  • Parents May Be Liable for What Their Kids Post on Facebook, Court Rules

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Parents can be held liable for what their kids post on Facebook, a Georgia appellate court ruled in a decision that lawyers said marked a legal precedent on the issue of parental responsibility over their children’s online activity. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that the parents of a seventh-grade student may be negligent for failing to get their son to delete a fake Facebook profile that allegedly defamed a female classmate.

  • Bites of Apple: What to Expect From iPad Event Today

    Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Just five weeks after unveiling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus , Apple will hold another event Thursday, says NBC News, this time, expect iPads and iMacs to take center stage. As usual, Apple's invitation for the October 16 event -- which will start at 10 a.m. PT in San Francisco -- was short on information. It read simply: "It's been way too long." But scant official details never stop the rumor mill from churning. Here's a bite of a few of the most credible reports.

  • Bono Apologizes For The New U2 Album

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    At Apple's September event, where the iPhone 6 and 6s and Apple Watch were unveiled, it was announced that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," would not simply be available on iTunes for a free download, but that the album would automatically get added to your iTunes library -- and therefore on your iPhone -- whether you wanted it or not. Rage ensued, ranging from promises to never listen to the album to declaring that the band had become the new Nickelback. Apple soon created a page detailing how people could easily remove the album from their iPhone. On Tuesday, the band posted a Q&A video on their Facebook page. They answered a variety of questions, which resulted in an apology from Bono for the great U2 caper of 2014.

  • First case of Google Glass addiction reported

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass, according to The Guardian. The man had been using the technology for around 18 hours a day – removing it only to sleep and wash – and complained of feeling irritable and argumentative without the device. In the two months since he bought the device, he had also begun experiencing his dreams as if viewed through the device’s small grey window. The existence of internet addiction disorder linked to conventional devices such as phones and PCs is hotly debated among psychiatrists. It was not included as a clinical diagnosis in the 2013 update to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the official reference guide to the field, and many researchers maintain that its effects are merely symptoms of other psychological problems.

  • HBO to launch standalone streaming service in 2015

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    HBO is about to make cord cutters really happy, according to USA TODAY. The media company confirmed it will launch a standalone service for streaming its programs starting in 2015 that will not require a cable subscription. The service was revealed by HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler during Time Warner's investor meeting on Wednesday. "That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped," said Plepler of the rise in broadband-only homes. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO."

  • Government contractor issues layoff notices to Oklahoma workers

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    CGI Federal lost $89.4M Army IT contract, plans 252 layoffs in Lawton, Norman, Fort Sill.

  • Sex Valley: Tech's booming prostitution trade

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Business is booming for sex workers in Silicon Valley, but it's becoming increasingly risky. Startups are transforming into multi-billion companies. And the staffs are overwhelmingly male. Sex workers tell CNNMoney they have a growing clientele who have plenty of excess cash. Two recent events have raised concerns.

  • 'Bendgate' Didn't Stop The Big iPhone 6 From Selling Like Crazy

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Millions of people saw the infamous video of a man bending the iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. But the so-called "Bendgate" episode hasn't stopped millions of people from buying Apple's big, expensive new iPhone. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), a Chicago-based market research firm, says that 13 percent of all iPhones sold in the U.S. in the quarter that ended last month were iPhone 6 Pluses. The data from the report were provided exclusively to The Huffington Post.

  • Here's Why Vine, Snapchat And Instagram Stars Are Quitting Their Day Jobs

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    In August this year, Jack Bethmann quit his day job and began filming Vines — six-second video loops on an app created by Twitter — full-time, according to BuzzFeed. He’s able to do that thanks in part to Niche, an online service that connects people like Bethmann with brands that will pay to have the most popular Vine accounts promote their campaigns. Started last year with his co-founder Darren Lachtman, the company has raised $3.1 million in venture capital financing and now has more than 5,000 people signed up for its service, co-founder Rob Fishman told BuzzFeed News.

  • Mark Zuckerberg gives $25M to fight Ebola

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are giving $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help fight the Ebola epidemic, according to USA TODAY. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said the epidemic is "at a critical turning point." "It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed," he wrote. "We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long-term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

  • Hackers hold 7 million Dropbox passwords ransom

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Hackers are threatening a major breach in Dropbox security, claiming to have stolen the login details of almost 7 million users, and promising to release more password details if they're paid a Bitcoin ransom. However, Dropbox has denied it has been hacked, saying the passwords were stolen from third-party services.

  • Report: Microsoft ‘Coaching’ NFL Announcers To Say ‘Surface,’ Not iPad

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    REDMOND, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – Before the start of this current NFL season, Microsoft paid the NFL $400 million to make its Microsoft Surface the official tablet of the NFL. However, some announcers are calling the device an iPad or iPad-like tool; so Microsoft will coach these announcers to better identify their device.

  • Google is testing live-video medical advice

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Just in time for flu season, Google is experimenting with a feature that provides live video chat advice to searchers looking for information on some medical conditions. We've all probably convinced ourselves at least once through frantic online searching, that we — or our children — have some sort of undiagnosed chronic or catastrophic disease. (Ebola, we're looking at you.) With the video chat option, Google may be able to alleviate some of those concerns by providing a real, live doctor to walk down that panic level at those times when you're trying to figure out whether it's worth scheduling a doctor's appointment or not.

  • Google Nexus 6 to be unveiled later this month alongside Nexus 9

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Google is reportedly preparing to unveil a new flagship Android smartphone with a 5.9-inch display that’s bigger even than the iPhone 6 Plus. The phablet-sized Nexus 6 will continue Google’s line of Nexus devices, which have racked up only small sales but are beloved of Android fans for offering the company’s mobile operating system without manufacturer-added software.