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Cat photos can reveal privacy issues PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 03:19

Cat photos can reveal privacy

Posting pictures of your cat to the internet may seem like one of the most innocuous (and fun) things to do. But did you know that doing so can give away the location of your feline and, by extension, you too? Even if you are aware of that, you may not realize exactly what can be done with that data. Owen Mundy, an assistant professor at Florida State University, is filling in the gap by using the example of cat pictures to show what metadata in images can reveal about us. Munday’s project – I Know Where Your Cat Lives – shows one million randomly selected images that include the word “cat” across a range of public photo sites, including Flickr and Instagram. The site plots the location coordinates from each photo (which are automatically added when an image is taken) against a map to show where each cat lives. It may seem frivolous and fun, but the site serves as an important reminder for us all. Any photo, be it of a cat, dog, ourselves, our children or other family members, can be traced using the metadata inside the image, unless you take steps to remove it...Is your cat revealing to much about you, find out what you can do by visiting our forum.

 

 
Online Tracking Device PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 03:14

Online Tracking Device

A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.com. First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it. Like other tracking tools, canvas fingerprints are used to build profiles of users based on the websites they visit — profiles that shape which ads, news articles, or other types of content are displayed to them. But fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus. The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code, primarily written by a company called AddThis, on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites. Most of the code was on websites that use AddThis’ social media sharing tools...Read this detailed report at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Apple responds to 'backdoor' services in iOS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:01

Apple responds to 'backdoor' services in iOS

A number of news outlets ran a story yesterday in which security expert Jonathan Zdziarski claims to have found several backdoors in iOS that can be used by law enforcement and government agencies to potentially spy on citizens. The Cupertino-based company has since responded to the claims, essentially calling them hogwash. In an e-mail to Financial Times journalist Tim Bradshaw, Apple doesn't deny the backdoors in iOS. Instead, they refer to them as diagnostic functions which are primarily used by IT departments, developers and Apple for troubleshooting technical issues. Zdziarski said he wasn't suggesting some grand conspiracy but there are certainly some services running in iOS that shouldn't be there which were intentionally added by Apple as part of the firmware. He said he simply wants the services off his phone as they don't belong there. If Apple's explanation is indeed accurate, then it seems plausible that someone in an IT department or a developer with experience using the services in question will come forward to back up Apple's claims, no?..Learn what Apple has to say on our forum.

 

 

 
Total Defense 3D for Windows PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 July 2014 08:35

Total Defense 3D for Windows

The scenario is pretty simple: you have to defend your base by deploying towers and other tactics such as blocking passages, bombing bridges, and more. The game has 22 challenging missions, with three difficulty levels: Normal, Hard, and Hell. During the game, you also get to upgrade the towers to improve your defenses and more. The app description reads, "Get ready for a smashing gameplay coupled with an exciting story. Meet addictive Total Defense 3D! This state of the art strategy will unleash a cascade of new RTS and RPG features as you drown in the intensive battles across the unknown universe! Get ready to immerse into the action set in a faraway galaxy where people are languishing under the rule of the cruel Tyrant. You are the only hope and savior for those starving and dying because of unbearable taxes. Rise against the Imperial army and free all the planets in the galaxy system!" I played it for sometime, obviously, it cannot just replace a full-fledged strategy game, but can be a good alternative to kill some time...Get to know my by dropping by windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
European Commission Initiates Antitrust Probe Against Google PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 July 2014 05:43

European Commission Initiates Antitrust Probe Against Google

The long arms of the law? The European Commission is once again breathing on Google’s tail, and this time the antitrust body is investigating the company’s Android contracts. Unnamed industry sources are quoted in this report, which claims that the inquiry that was being suggested a few weeks back is now set to take place. Letters have been sent, the pieces are moving, and commissioners now want to find out whether there is anything in these contracts that is restrictive. Microsoft, of course, has a history with these folks, and was fined some $731 million for something to do with the Internet Explorer browser. Anyway, now it appears that Google, with its market share of up to 80% in Europe is into the focus, with the debate being the company’s Mobile Application Distribution Agreement, also known as MADA. But the point of contention is that Google forces manufactures to make phones that do not come preinstalled with alternative app stores, map services, even music players...For more visit us at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Free Wi-Fi in Uber vehicles PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:17

free Wi-Fi in Uber vehicles

Uber, the app-based car service that Google recently sunk $250M into via its Google Ventures investment arm, today announced that its cars in Philadelphia this summer will have free WiFi courtesy of Google. Google also made an announcement on its own blog noting that the initiative is sponsored by Google Apps for Businesses, the online suite of productivity tools that Google hopes users in the back of the new WiFi-equipped Uber vehicles will take advantage of. At Google, we value mobility and want to find the best way for our customers to do their work when they’re on the go. That’s why we invested in new infrastructure in Boston to support free public Wifi at South Station last year. And it’s why cars requested through the Uber app in Philadelphia are now outfitted with free Wifi for the summer, compliments of Google Apps for Business. Thousands of entrepreneurs, consultants, restaurateurs and business owners now have another way to help them get work done from anywhere throughout The City of Brotherly Love...For more you need to visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows OneCore PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 08:12

Windows OneCore

We've heard this a few times from various sources. One operating system to rule them all. One operating system for phones, tablets, computers, and Xbox. It looks like the framework for that operating system is being referred to as Windows OneCore. A job listing has surfaced, giving us a peek at what OneCore might be about. "The XAML team is building the UI framework at the core of the 'One Microsoft' OS. Our framework is used by hundreds of thousands of developers, including many teams at Microsoft. Our goal is to provide the best modern UI framework, which is integral to the success of our platform and ecosystem," the job listing reads. Microsoft is hard at work in creating a UI platform and developer experience for all of the company's devices. This is nothing new -- as we have heard numerous times that Microsoft has been looking to merge Windows RT with Windows Phone. Microsoft seems focused on creating one operating system for all platforms -- including Xbox...Curious you need to visit windows8newinfo forum for more.

 

 
The emotional involvement behind social media interactions PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 July 2014 08:15

The emotional involvement behind social media interactions

Dr. Liraz Margalit is the Customer Experience Psychologist at ClickTale. Arriving home after a long day at the office spent almost entirely in front of the computer, you take off your shoes, make yourself a drink and, ironically, sit in front of your computer again. It’s incredible how many of us choose to communicate with others through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter rather than speaking directly with the people we share our homes with. In fact, when we sit with our laptops and chat with friends, we feel we are relaxing and escaping from our daily grind into the digital world. Why is communicating through a computer so often easier than communicating face to face? One popular platform for studying the psychological implications of social interaction is the Ultimatum game. In a typical Ultimatum game, one person (the divider) is in charge of dividing a resource between herself and another person. Usually, the resource is an amount of money, and the divider is free to choose any division she wants...For more you need to visit our forum.

 

 
1.5 Billion Windows Devices PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 July 2014 03:32

1.5 Billion Windows Devices

If there ever was one company that made it a business of throwing out big numbers, it is Microsoft. That practice slowed down a tad during the past few years, but Redmond is back touting these figures. The software titan touched upon the massive Windows ecosystem at its Windows Partner keynote at the ongoing Worldwide Partner Conference 2014, with Tony Prophet stating that the company now has more than has 1.5 billion devices that are powered by Windows. These include all Windows devices — from desktop PCs to tablet and Windows Phone handsets. This is a nice increase from the total of 1.25 billion that were announced back in 2011. Another interesting figure is that 81% of CIOs are planning a Windows tablet rollout this year. And this ties into the immeasurable opportunities that Microsoft and its hardware partners so often talk about. Untapped potential there, massive untapped potential. Ultimately, while these are big figures, and true amounts that show the encouraging signs that the Windows platform is steadily growing...For more visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
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