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‘Tis the Season for Online Predators

Net predators are sticking to scams that have made them money throughout the year. “Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a return to attachments with innocuous macros in them,” said Kevin Epstein, vice president of advanced security and governance at Proofpoint. “Macro attacks are a sort of Back to the Future moment,” he told TechNewsWorld. Unlike macro attacks in ... Read More »

Google Updates Android for Web Lite

The update will remove most images when loading a page on a slow connection, reducing data consumption by up to 70 percent, Google claimed. After a page has loaded, users can tap to show all images or just the ones they want. Chrome users in India and Indonesia will get the update first. It will be rolled out elsewhere in ... Read More »

Social Media’s Troubling Terrorist Infestation

For individuals, social networking means sharing small moments and major events in life. For businesses, social media marketing can help build brands. For terrorist groups such as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, social networks increasingly are the tool of choice for delivering messages of hate and recruiting new members to their cause. ISIS has exploited Twitter to ... Read More »

Wikipedia Uses AI to Assist Human Editors

The Objective Revision Evaluation Service uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help Wikipedia editors identify damaging articles more quickly and assign quality scores to them more rapidly. Every day, Wikipedia is edited some 500,000 times, Wikimedia said. Editors, most of them volunteers, have to review all those changes. ORES allows those editors to peer into incoming content to identify ... Read More »

Facebook Lets Ordinary People Try Out Live Video

Facebook last week launched a beta of its Live Video service for a small percentage of iPhone users in the United States. Live Video reportedly will be available for the Android platform at a later date. Facebook also has launched a pilot to make it easier to share videos from mobile devices. Some iPhone and Android device users can tap ... Read More »

Hot New BunsenLabs Linux Eases Pain of CrunchBang Loss

  Developer Philip Newborough retired the popular minimalist distro earlier this year. In a world of feature-packed operating systems and bloated Linux distros, he felt his CrunchBang alternative served no further purpose. BunsenLabs is one of three CrunchBang replacements that mimic the lightweight but highly functional OS. CrunchBang++ and CrunchBang-Monara are the other two. BunsenLabs Linux is based on Debian ... Read More »

Wii U at Long Last to Share Minecraft Gold

Mojang on Monday announced that Minecraft finally is headed for the Wii U, with touchdown scheduled for Dec. 17. The lack of Minecraft availability long has been a legitimate reason to skip the Wii U in favor of another console. Although Minecraft is just the type of family-forward experience Nintendo pushes, it’s surprising how long it took the LEGO-like sandbox ... Read More »

Hello Barbie, Can We Talk About Your Security Issues?

New security issues that surfaced last week in connection with Mattel’s Hello Barbie doll, which talks back to kids, have heightened fears that hackers could use the toy to steal information about its owners and their families. The Hello Barbie app, which is available for iOS and Android, uses an authentication credential that can be reused by hackers, Bluebox disclosed. ... Read More »

Social Media Firms Face Quandary Over Terror Prevention

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., social media companies are coming under increased pressure, both internally and externally, to protect their networks from being used as platforms for operational planning and propaganda. There needs to be a greater balance between promoting free expression on the Web and allowing social media to become a tool to ... Read More »

Microsoft to Open Source Chakra JavaScript Engine

Microsoft last week revealed that it will release the core components of its Chakra JavaScript engine to open source as ChakraCore. It will be available next month on GitHub under the MIT license. ChakraCore offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability and scalability, Microsoft said. It will target cloud-based services, the ... Read More »