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Most data captured by the NSA belongs to ordinary internet users PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 July 2014 07:48

Most data captured by the NSA belongs to ordinary internet users

The vast majority of information collected by the NSA’s controversial surveillance programs belongs to ordinary internet users. That’s according to a four-month Washington Post investigation analyzing documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Post analyzed a ‘cache’ of information in which nine of the ten ‘account holders’ “were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else”. The paper also found that half of the individuals featured in the 160,000 intercepted email and instant message conversations that it reviewed were US citizens or residents — a far higher rate than the agency has publicly admitted to. The NSA has fewer regulations for data belonging to non-US citizens, so it is concerning that the Post claims emails written in a non-English language, or an IM contact based overseas are enough for the NSA to “presume” the individual is foreign...Follow the link posted on our forum to the full report.

 

 
Oracle completely drops support for Windows XP PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 July 2014 07:07

Oracle completely drops support for Windows XP

Oracle has quietly ended all support for Java on Windows XP. As a result, the quarterly security updates scheduled for July 15 will not include any fixes for Windows XP. In an FAQ on the Java site the company states that Microsoft's end of support for Windows XP is the reason for Oracle's decision to end support. Users may still run Java 7 at their own risk. Java 8, the next major version, will not be available for Windows XP. In a press release, Morten Kjaersgaard, CEO of Danish IT security firm Heimdal Security says that after the updates are applied, Java will no longer load on Windows XP. The new Java versions will be 7u65 and 8u11, according to Kjaersgaard. Windows XP still accounts for a large percentage of systems in use, even in enterprises. Of those systems, Heimdal Security claims, according to their intelligence, that almost 88 percent run Java. Java has been a major source of real-world security threats over the last few years...I am sure if you visit windows8newsinfo forum you will find out more.

 

 
The future of Cortana PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 July 2014 06:45

The future of Cortana

Cortana’s potential is undoubtedly very high. Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant can currently set location-based reminders, manage your calendar and appointments, scour the web for answers to your queries, and even predict the winners of sporting events. Microsoft has also hinted at giving her the ability to strike up and maintain intelligent conversations at relevant moments, not unlike Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Samantha in the movie ‘Her’. With bi-weekly updates, Microsoft is continually improving Cortana by adding new features and capabilities. Although these improvements are admittedly minor, mostly consisting of slight UI changes and better voice recognition, they will become larger as the years pass by and technology advances. If Cortana is as capable as she is now when she can only recognize your voice, what happens when you give her the ability to see? With Microsoft’s Kinect technology already rumored to be making its way to laptops and tablets, it’s only a matter of time until the technology shrinks its way into smartphones...Find out what the future holds for this lady at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Microsoft Office Now Banned By Chinese PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 July 2014 04:50

Microsoft Office Now Banned By Chinese

First it was Windows 8, and now it is Redmond’s biggest breadwinner. China has now banned the use of Office, in what is clearly a move to distance the country from Microsoft software. The news that the Chinese government had banned Windows 8 from government PCs shocked the world earlier this year, and now the central government and subordinate departments are said to be forbidding the use of the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. Reason cited is familiar enough — officials believe it contains spyware from the US government. Convenient, as far as reasons go, but very much unproven as of right now. This was first reported by CRI, with a reveal that government offices are now banning Office, and instead, the Chinese government plans to use internally developed software as a replacement for the popular productivity suite. China is a massive market for Microsoft, and the company has made some serious efforts in this part of the globe in terms of research and development...Want to know more visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Secret Facebook Test PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:04

Secret Facebook Test

For all its success in attracting over one billion users, Facebook is surprisingly tone deaf when it comes to meeting their expectations. And this week, public uproar over the social networking giant's policies reached a new apex when it was revealed that Facebook had secretly and without permission altered how the service worked for almost 700,000 members so it could psychologically gauge their reactions to overly positive and negative news. Facebook's response is about as clueless as the original secret study: It says that it has done no wrong and that users implicitly agreed to this kind of testing when they joined the service. "The reason we did this research is because we care about the emotional impact of Facebook and the people that use our product," one of the study's co-authors explained in a hard-to-find Facebook post. "We were concerned that exposure to friends' negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook. [But] we didn't clearly state our motivations."...Get to the bottom of this development at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Little trouble in big China PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 July 2014 06:56

Little trouble in big China

There is currently trouble brewing in China as several foreign internet companies are experiencing accessibility issues in the country for their services — including messaging apps Line and Kakao Talk, as well as Yahoo-owned photo sharing site Flickr and Microsoft’s storage service OneDrive. Tech in Asia first spotted that there were problems with Line in China. A Line spokesperson told TNW its service in Mainland China (provided in conjunction with a local operator under the name of Lianwo) is still experiencing a connection issue that began on the night of July 1. “We are currently investigating the issue and trying our best to resolve the situation,” the spokesperson said. A Microsoft spokesperson told TNW that it is “investigating reports that customers of OneDrive are experiencing access issues in China,” but has nothing more to share at this time. GreatFire’s Charlie Smith said that the reason for these issues is most likely due to the Chinese government clamping down on photo sharing of the Hong Kong demonstrations...For more turn to our forum.

 

 

 
New Android ‘RAT’ Appears PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 July 2014 03:05

New Android ‘RAT’ Appears

A new ‘RAT’ or a Remote Access Tool has been discovered running on the Android platform. While RATs are common on the open source software, this one has serious damage wrecking potential. Security experts at Fireeye have discovered a new remote access tool running on the popular operating system. According to the experts, this tool has the potential to wreak great havoc. Malwares on the Android OS generally run in the background and are controlled by a Remote Access Tool, namely RAT. This particular RAT pretends to be a ‘Google Class Framework’ and automatically kills the antivirus software on the device. The HijackRAT discovered by experts combines several malicious tasks into one package. These include executing privacy leakages, stealing banking credentials and having a remote access to your data/device. In addition, experts have discovered a more worrying problems. A framework was found which is designed for bank hijackings. Starting from South Korea, currently eight banks are on the attacker’s list...Learn whats going on with this rat on our forum.

 

 

 
US Supreme Court Rejects Google's Street View Appeal PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:16

google street view

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a Google challenge to a lawsuit that alleges the search giant spied on individuals by collecting personal information from private Wi-Fi networks while recording Street View data from its cars. Google is being accused of violating the US Wiretap Act and now faces a late 2015 trial. As is always the case in such refusals, the US Supreme Court did not comment on the ruling or explain its decision in any way. Privacy advocates began complaining about Street View and the weird Google cars driving around in their neighborhoods as soon as the service started, back in 2007. "You can see people in their yards and even in their homes," I wrote at the time. "You can see license plate numbers clearly. You can even see some Stanford co-eds sunbathing in bikinis if you're so inclined." Google said originally that it would remove any offending personal images upon request, but over time it moved to automatically blur faces, license plates and other incriminating imagery...For more you will need to stop by our forum.

 

 
Spell checker for IE PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 17:05

Spell checker for IE

If you are looking for a handy and free spell checker to check spellings, when using Outlook and Internet Explorer on your Windows computer, then WinSpell is a suitable choice. WinSpell is a free spell checker that is made for Internet Explorer and Office Outlook. That means you can now check spellings while writing blogs, posting online comments while using IE on Windows 8. Generally, when we write online, especially when writing a blog or posting a comment using IE, we need to first type the content in Microsoft Word, in order to check spellings. But with WinSpell, you can do the check spelling while writing online; just like you are writing in a Word document. This free spell checker can be used for any online application that uses Windows spell check service. In addition to this, users can use WinSpell to check spellings in more than one language simultaneously. In order to do this, WinSpell combines the settings of Windows language and built-in Windows Spell checker. As a result, WinSpell can support any language that is supported by Windows spell checker...Learn more by visiting our forum.

 

 
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