The NSA Uses Google's Tracking Cookies to Find Targets
The National Security Agency analyzes tracking cookies used by online advertisers in order to find and target surveillance subjects, according to The Washington Post and documents provided by Edward Snowden. The NSA and British GCHQ are using ad tracking cookies to identify unique online users, and are apparently particularly partial to a Google-specific cookie format known as a "PREF" cookie. The NSA likes the cookies because they allow them to "enable remote exploitation," although what they means exactly is unclear.
Microsoft’s mission with Windows 8.2: Appease spurned desktop users
We learned earlier this week that Microsoft will reportedly bring back its dearly departed Start menu to Windows 8.2, a change that will come as welcome news for many desktop users who feel isolated by some of the changes the company has made to its signature operating system. And now Paul Thurrott at Windows IT Pro has written in greater detail about how Microsoft’s vision for Windows 8.2 is all about making desktop fans happy again… and it goes way beyond bringing back the Start menu. “A new team at Microsoft that’s responsible for overall OS development has clearly spent the past few months evaluating and then dropping most of the ‘my way or the highway’ silliness that doomed the
ASUS CEO: The PadFone is coming to America
ASUS has big ambitions with its PadFones, a unique phone-to-tablet convertible concept that was first introduced back at Computex 2011. While these devices are barely nibbling on the global mobile market (let alone entering the US), the company ...
Google's Santa Tracker Is Like The NSA If It Were Awesome
Tech already has its tablet wars, smartphone wars and patent wars. Now we've got a Santa war. Google has revamped its Santa tracker this year to compete with Microsoft's NORAD Santa tracker, and it's pretty darn adorable. When Santa embarks on his flight around the globe on Dec. 25, Google Maps will track it, while teaching you a bit about his various destinations. Google reportedly is also releasing a Santa tracking app for Android later in the month. In the meantime, Google's Santa Tracker page lets you explore Santa's village and play with an online advent calendar that every day
Group wants Fisher Price iPad seat recall
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahh, the first year of a baby's life — learning to sit up, crawl, even walk. But how about playtime in a baby seat with an iPad and some cool apps?
Display expert: Microsoft has much to learn from Nokia about tablets
Although Microsoft is a much larger company than Nokia with a bigger workforce and more resources, it seems that the one-time Finnish dynamo has managed to completely trump Microsoft when it comes to building a top-notch tablet display. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira, whom we last saw trashing the Retina iPad mini’s display, writes that the display on the Nokia Lumia 2520 is superior to the display of Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet in just about every way in terms of brightness, contrast and overall color gamut. When it comes to the Surface 2, Soneira says that its display only offers 63% of the standard color gamut and that it delivers brightness and contrast scores that are only “middle of the road.” The Lumia 2520,
NSA reportedly 'piggybacking' on Google advertising cookies to hone in on surveillance targets
In yet another disclosure from Edward Snowden's pile of leaked NSA documents, The Washington Post has revealed that the US surveillance agency may be using Google's advertising cookies to track and "pinpoint" targets for government hacking and location-tracking. According to Snowden's leaked presentation slides, both the NSA and the British equivalent, the GCHQ, are using a Google-specific ad cookie (know as "PREF") as a way of honing in on specific surveillance targets. While Google's cookie doesn't contain personal information like a name or email address, it does contain numeric codes that uniquely identify a user's browser. That identifier reportedly helps the NSA and the GCHQ single out a specific machine and send out its software to hack Into the user's computer.
New York Attorney General Pressures Wireless Carriers For Rejecting Phone Theft Fix
NEW YORK -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is raising questions about whether wireless carriers are blocking new technology that could reduce phone thefts because of their financial ties to an insurance company, The Huffington Post has learned. Schneiderman sent letters Tuesday to top executives of AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular seeking information about their recent decision to prevent Samsung from featuring a “kill switch” in carrier-approved smartphones. ...
Dell's first Chromebook is destined for schools
Come tomorrow, Dell will take the wraps off of its very first Chromebook, which has been dubbed the Dell Chromebook 11. Specifics are scant at the moment, but we do know that the laptop (which will likely have an 11-inch display) has been designed for use in schools. Fret not Chrome OS fans who no longer have recess to brighten your day, the company is expected to announce Chromebooks for businesses and the Average Joe next year.
6 Facts That Will Amaze Even Techies
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