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Get Ready for a New Wave of Biometrics

October 16, 2014 By now, it's common knowledge that passwords are flawed. In April, the Heartbleed bug forced users to reset passwords across hundreds of thousands of websites. The celebrity photos stolen in September were, according to Apple, accessed through a "targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." And just this ...

What if Police Body Cams Get Hacked?

September 25, 2014 They're presented as the policeman's panacea: Body cameras can magically diffuse street violence between officers and citizens. They can perfectly capture, record, and hold all parties accountable for their actions. Got a complaint? Just watch the footage. Yet, the seemingly easy fix opens the gates to a flood of questions ...

Will Apple Pay Convince You to Leave Your Wallet at Home?

September 10, 2014 Apple announced its mobile payment service — called Apple Pay — Tuesday, effectively sending shivers down the metaphorical spines of competitors like Coin, Google Wallet, and Softcard. But what is Apple Pay? Apple's Eddy Cue pretty much covered it during the (painfully) slow intro video: Instead of wasting your precious ...

Apple Blames 'Targeted Attack,' Not iCloud, for Celebrity Photo Hack

September 3, 2014 After hackers stole and released several dozen female celebrities' personal photographs over the Internet this weekend, apparently by breaking into their iCloud accounts, Apple has finally responded in full. In a new statement by the company, the company says iCloud, which stores multimedia taken on Apple products, and the Find ...

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National Guard Pilot Was Killed in Virginia Crash

August 29, 2014 The pilot of the military jet that crashed in Virginia on Wednesday was killed in the incident, military officials said in a press conference late on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Westfield, Mass., Col. James Keefe of the Massachusetts Air National Guard said the pilot of the one-man F-15 fighter ...

Why People Don't Like to Talk About Government Surveillance on Social Media

August 28, 2014 Here's what social media is for, according to most people: Posting updates about your lunch, liking other people's updates about their lunch, getting follows, following other people, indulging in your vanity, stalking your exes, and oh, sharing videos of you dumping ice water on yourself. Here's what it's not for, ...

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Fort Lee Releases Name of 33-Year-Old Female Shooter

August 27, 2014 Army officials identified the shooter at Fort Lee as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker Wednesday. Walker, 33, was a human resources specialist who had been stationed at the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building in Fort Lee since December 2011. Following the base's lockdown Monday morning, she was apprehended ...

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Military Jet Crashes in Virginia

August 27, 2014 A military jet has crashed in rural western Virginia, the Associated Press has reported. Sheriff's Office dispatcher Becky Coynter told the AP authorities are heading to the site in Deerfield, about 135 miles northwest of Richmond, to search for the downed jet, and that witnesses heard a loud explosion early ...

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ISIL Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

August 26, 2014 ISIL has identified a third American hostage, a 26-year-old American woman who had been doing humanitarian relief work in Syria before being kidnapped a year ago, ABC News has reported. In exchange for her life, the group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners. The woman, who ...

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The California Drought Versus the Ice Bucket Challenge

August 20, 2014 By now, the words "Ice Bucket Challenge" should send a shiver down your spine the way, uh, ice would when, well, poured on top of your head. Because by now, if you haven't heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, you might as wellread this, donate to the ALS Association, and ...