Mobile World Congress Show 2014

Mobile World Congress Show 2014

Get ready: Whatever phone you’re currently using is about to be outdated. The tech industry is gearing up for the annual Mobile World Congress show, where the biggest names in phones meet to unveil their flagship gadgets. Here’s what we think will make headlines when the show opens up February 24 in Barcelona. Samsung Galaxy S5 A tweet from Samsung on Feb. 3 all but announced plans to unveil the latest iteration of the popular Galaxy S line of phones on day one of MWC. The short message from @SamsungMobile didn’t say much  beyond...

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NSA isn’t the only over reach

NSA isn’t the only over reach

A plan by the Department of Homeland security to establish a national license-plate recognition database that would collect information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers is raising concerns over privacy and how the data might be scrutinized. The Washington Post reports that the agency recently issued a solicitation notice seeking bids for the database project, which would collect data from license-plate readers that rapidly scan the tags of passing vehicles, to help track down and arrest fugitive illegal immigrants. A...

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Users Sign In With Sound?

Users Sign In With Sound?

Google has acquired Israeli start-up SlickLogin in a move that could make signing into your Google accounts a lot more secure. Of course, tech giants often acquire smaller companies for the talent, not the product, so there is no guarantee that Google will implement SlickLogin’s unique two-step verification technology. That would be a shame, because it seems like a pretty smart solution to a tricky security problem. Currently, Google’s optional two-step verification system works like this: You enter your username and password, and then Google...

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Iranian hacking Navy computers

Iranian hacking Navy computers

An Iranian hack of the Navy’s largest unclassified computer network reportedly took more than four months to resolve, raising concern among some lawmakers about security gaps exposed by the attack. The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported late Monday that the cyberattack targeted the Navy Marine Corps Internet, which is used by the Navy Department to host websites, store nonsensitive information, and handle voice, video, and data communications. The paper reported that the hackers were able to remain...

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NSA Spied on More Than 59,000 Accounts

NSA Spied on More Than 59,000 Accounts

Four tech giants embroiled in the government’s secret PRISM collection program reported today that they had received classified national security demands for the contents of at least 59,000 user accounts during the first half of 2013. In the wake of a legal battle to provide more transparency about the number of government national security requests they receive for customer information, Yahoo reported that between January and June last year, the government sought content for between 30,000 and 40,000 user accounts, mostly using classified...

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Start-up claims it can stop malware.

Start-up claims it can stop malware.

An Israeli start-up claims its software will put an end to all viruses and malware, even anticipating attacks and blocking them before they are created. That’s because viruses are copycats, said Liran Tancman, CEO and co-founder of the 10-person software firm Cyactive. Creating new code for each new piece of malware is expensive and impractical – and nearly impossible, he said. “There has never been a documented attack that has not used at least one recycled component,” Tancman, who headed cybersecurity at an elite military...

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