Websites like Wikipedia, Flickr, Wordpress, Blogspot, and many others have started a new "blackout" campaign to protest SOPA and PIPA. Stop Online Piracy Act and the and Protect IP Act are current pieces of legislation before Congress that would begin putting controls, limits and monitoring requirements on users, website operators and internet providers in the United States.
There is another malware alert and is being spread through the social networking site Facebook. The worm is called Ramnit and it spreads itself via Facebook and contains windows executable files and html scripts designed to obtain "cookie" credentials and FTP credential on a persons computer.
So far only about 45,000 accounts have been affected and Facebook and Microsoft are both working to stop the worm and develop countermeasures for users. The majority of users infected were in Britain, France and Canada, although others across the globe have reported being infected.
Researchers have developed a new car seat that can accurately identify who is sitting in the sear of a car and prevent thieves from stealing it.
Researchers at the Advanced Institute of Technology at Tokyo have developed a smart anti-theft car seat that is loaded with 360 sensors that measure the occupant's particular weight distribution, pressure points and sitting location or style to help guard against unauthorized use or theft.
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Apple senior vice president of industrial design, Jonathan Ive, will be knighted in 2012 by Queen Elizabeth of England. Ive was the designer of Apple's popular MacBook, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Ive will be a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (or KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in 2012 in which she will touch him on the shoulder with a sword, just like in the mid-evil days. He is receiving this coveted title as a result of his "for services to design and enterprise", according to Buckingham Palace officials.
Microsoft's latest update to its Dashboard rolled out later than expected on Dec 6th and has since been causing errors denying some users the ability to go online to get content or play live games with others across the internet. The specific Xbox error code is 801540B7 and it tells users to download their profiles again then directs them to call customer service, but it still will not let them get online.
Microsoft has decided to pull out of the Consumer Electronics Show after its Jan 2012 presentation and go it alone in announcing its products. Apple does not participate in the CES's annual event.
Microsoft said in a statement that it is in a fast changing industry and it needs to have more freedom to roll out and announce its products as things move and change.
Apple's iTV has been swirling around for a while now but it looks as if it is finally becoming a reality. Sharp Electronics is retooling a plant in Japan under an Apple contract and TV makers have began scrambling to figure out what's in store for them.
Sadly, or not, a recent poll by the electronics industry show that if or when the iTV came out, the iTV would surpass sales of even the best known makers like Sony and Sharp within 1 year. All other TV manufacturers would be at least 12 months behind the curve in the best case scenario, but more likely 2 years.
Here's the list of most common passwords that were hacked in 2011, is your password on this list?
We often have an attitude that "it won't happen to me" in life, and being hacked is no exception. Despite repeated warnings, the unwanted urgings of our employers making us change our passwords for security purposes, and common social and communication tools like Facebook and Google's gmail warning us not to make easy passwords, million of us make easy passwords to protect some of our most private of information.
Verizon Wireless sent out an emergency alert earlier today that warned people of a looming disaster or war and urged them to take shelter. It was a real text message sent from Verizon to its customers in parts of New Jersey.
The alert prompted a flood of calls to local 911 centers, state police, city and state offices and emergency management agencies including the Department of Homeland Security.
Emergency officials said they had no reports from its sources out in the field but had to take the calls seriously in case something was really happening.