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MiSafes' Child-Tracking Smartwatches Are 'Easy To Hack'
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The location-tracking “MiSafe” smartwatch may not be as safe as the name proclaims. According to security researchers from Pen Test Partners, the watches are easy to hack as they do not encrypt the data they use or secure each child’s account. The researchers found that they could track children’s movements, surreptitiously listen in to their […]

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Cheaper, Disc-Free Xbox One Coming Next Year, Report Says
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Microsoft is planning to release a disc-free version of the Xbox One as early as next spring, according to an unsourced report from author Brad Sams of Thurrott.com (who has been reliable with early Xbox-related information in the past). The report suggests the disc-free version of […]

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Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case
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Enlarge / Plaintiff Tanya Gersh of Whitefish, Montana. (credit: Dan Chung / Associated Press) When Andrew Anglin isn’t editing his neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, he organizes harassment campaigns against perceived enemies. One target of an Anglin harassment campaign, Tanya Gersh, sued Anglin last year. On Wednesday, a Montana federal judge dealt Anglin a significant […]

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Many Free Mobile VPN Apps Are Based In China Or Have Chinese Ownership
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A new study has found that more than half of the top free mobile VPN returned by Play Store and App Store searches are from developers based in China or with Chinese ownership, raising serious concerns about data privacy. “Our investigation uncovered that over half of the top free VPN apps either had Chinese ownership […]

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Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp doxes thousands of absentee voters
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Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp and candidate for state governor in the midterm election, has taken the unusual, if not unprecedented step of posting the personal details of 291,164 absentee voters online for anyone to download. Kemp’s office posted an Excel file on its website within hours of the results of the general election, exposing the names […]

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The ugly truth about voting security: States won’t fix it
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Enlarge / ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Sloane (no last name given), 2, waits between her father’s legs as he and other voters cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Grady High School for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia has a tight race to elect the […]

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Ajit Pai slams Sprint, Charter, and CenturyLink for poor robocall effort
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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC, the day of the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong ) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday criticized Sprint, Charter, CenturyLink, and four other phone providers for not committing to adopt a new system […]

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SF fines two landords $2.25 million for illegal Airbnb rentals
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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is laying down the law — literally. Today, Herrera’s office announced a $2.25 million settlement with two property owners in the city. The landlords, Darren and Valerie Lee, ran “an illicit hotel chain during San Francisco’s housing crisis rather than lawfully renting the units to residential tenants,” Herrera’s office […]

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iRobot, Google Team Up To Understand Your Smart Home
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iRobot and Google are looking for ways to integrate the Roomba-maker’s home maps with Google Assistant to extend instructions to other gadgets. “The collaboration centers on iRobot’s Roomba i7+ vacuum models’ ability to map home floor plans and remember room names,” notes TechCrunch. From the report: As it is, Google Home users or anyone with […]

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