Information Technology

Netflix’s Fast.com now measures upload speed and latency
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In 2016, Netflix launched Fast.com, a simple, easy way for anybody to check their internet speeds. Now, the company has announced that it's adding more information to the site. Fast.com will now let users see their connection's latency and upload spe…

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Hacking Campaign Targets iPhone Users With Data-Stealing, Location-Tracking Malware
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ZDNet reports of a new mobile malware campaign that is “gaining access to iPhones by tricking users to download an open-source mobile device management (MDM) software package.” From the report: Once in control, the unidentified hackers can steal various forms of sensitive information from infected devices, including the phone number, serial number, location, contact details, […]

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Developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a RAT
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A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers. Colton Grubbs used the handle KFC Watermelon to advertise the LuminosityLink administrative tool on Hackforums[dot]net, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed last month. The […]

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Next Up, Game Consoles: Is There Anything Google Can't Do Badly?
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It’s interesting to compare Google and Amazon — two of the most incredibly powerful companies in the world. Amazon brings out product after product, with more successes than failures. Google largely buys companies and then loses interest in what they do. Amazon is a retailer, and profit is built into its efforts, while Google largely […]

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Telescope Offers 'Clearest View Yet' of Milky Way – Including Plasma Filaments
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Chris Reeve writes: The MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated in South Africa this past Friday, revealing the clearest view yet of the center of the Milky Way. What is especially surprising about the produced image are the numerous prominent filaments which seem to appear in the foreground. Herschel made a similar announcement just three years […]

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Researchers Find That Filters Don't Prevent Porn
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According to a new paper from Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski, internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn. Basically, the filters are expensive and they don’t work. “Internet filtering tools are expensive to develop and maintain, and can easily ‘underblock’ due to the constant development of new […]

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Smart TVs are invading privacy and should be investigated, senators say
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | moodboard) Two Democratic US senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate privacy problems related to Internet-connected televisions. “Many Internet-connected smart TVs are equipped with sophisticated technologies that can track the content users are watching and then use that information to tailor and deliver targeted advertisements to consumers,” Sens. […]

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Guru announces new AI and Sync features for knowledge sharing platform
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It’s one thing to have a great business idea, but connecting all of the disparate pieces of information and people needed to build it can be a frustrating growing pain — and one that the internal knowledge sharing company Guru is trying to fix. Guru launched in 2015 as a Chrome extension to help revenue […]

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Facebook loophole let marketers easily harvest data from your 'private' groups, report says     – CNET
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Members of a closed group discovered a Chrome extension let people download their personal information, according to CNBC.

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