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Cracked Glass: Why wearables are the next security maelstrom

Cracked Glass: Why wearables are the next security maelstrom

Google Glass has plenty of issues. There's a fair chance you'll get laughed at for wearing it, or at the very least stared at. Battery life won't last you a day, and the list of things you can actually do with the wearable is limited. For all the Saturday Night Live skits and "Glasshole" jokes, though, wearables aren't going away, and that means a new set of security problems for those whose job it is to keep data safe. We sat down with Marc Rogers, long-time threat intelligence expert and current Principal Security Researcher at Lookout Mobile Security to talk wearable risks, what happens when your Nest turns against you, and the big Glass elephant in the room.

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EyeEm: the best Instagram alternative you’ve never heard of

EyeEm: the best Instagram alternative you’ve never heard of

In the shockwave that is the Facebook-added Terms of Use for Instagram here as 2012 ends and 2013 begins comes the resurgence of the app called EyeEm - a photo snapping, filtering, and sharing app that you've likely never heard of before today. Though EyeEm has been around for many moons now - over a year on some platforms - it's just this month seeing one whole heck of a lot of renewed interest as a massive exodus from Instagram occurs: and as EyeEm is already established not only on the web, iPhone, and Android, but on Windows Phone 8 as well, it's high time this ecosystem got some traffic.

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Amid Instagram Madness, What Terms of Use Should Take for Granted

Amid Instagram Madness, What Terms of Use Should Take for Granted

In all the hubbub around the new Instagram Terms of Service, there is one refrain that keeps repeating. It’s one I’ve heard plenty of times before, and it’s the reason I was hesitant to even tackle this issue. I see plenty of pundits saying that I must be an idiot if I did not read the original Terms of Use. I should always read the Terms of Use. What was I expecting? These policies have always already been spelled out in the Terms of Use.

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iOS 6 makes apps ask for permission before accessing your data

iOS 6 makes apps ask for permission before accessing your data

When you download an application from the iTunes store today for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, that app is not allowed to access your address book without you saying so - in iOS 6, that ability is expanded drastically. While the application known as Path started a wildfire several months ago when it was revealed to be accessing user contacts without their permission, it's a relatively giant waterfall of permissions you'll be working with later this year in the next generation in Apple's mobile operating system. The iDevice software known as iOS 6 was revealed this week at WWDC 2012 with a Beta release out now.

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Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

Minecraft developer says EA is “methodically destroying” gaming

If you were inclined to feel pity for international megacorporations, you might just set your sympathetic gaze on Electronic Arts - because at the moment, no one else is. After EA released a new batch of "indie" games on the PC gaming distribution network Steam, the developer of the incredibly popular Minecraft series had some choice words for the multi-billion-dollar company. Markus "Notch" Persson has become something of a gaming demagogue since Minecraft exploded onto the independent scene, and he made it clear in no uncertain terms that EA was pushing into an area where it doesn't belong.

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iPad Dictation prompts Apple data retention questions

iPad Dictation prompts Apple data retention questions

There was a privacy scare recently when the iOS app Path was discovered to be uploading contact and user information to their servers without asking the owners permission. Path quickly rectified the situation by pushing out an update to their app, and Apple also included new warnings in Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2, making it clear when an app was trying to access your contact information. So what about the Dictation feature found on the new iPad?

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iOS photo access glitch fix incoming tip sources

iOS photo access glitch fix incoming tip sources

The iOS loophole allowing developers to suck all of the photos stored on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with rogue applications to a remote server is set to be closed by the next iOS release, sources claim. The functionality is supposedly unintentional on Apple's part, insiders familiar with the situation told The Verge, but the Cupertino company has been informed of the flaw and is working on a fix.

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iOS loophole lets developers access all your photos

iOS loophole lets developers access all your photos

Apple may soon have to fight the flames of another privacy-related controversy, this time involving a loophole in their iOS apps that allows developers access to users' photos. There's already been controversy over iOS apps accessing users' address books without permission, but now it appears the situation is actually much worse. The apps can also secretly access users' photos and upload them to a remote server once users allow apps permission to their location information.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 8, 2012

Zdravstvuj everyone! Especially our Russian friends. Yes, that weird word at the beginning of this post is "hello" in Russian, and is the perfect segue into our first story on today's evening wrap-up: Siri may get Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language support in March. As we all know, Siri won't rest until she's taken over the entire world. That's something to worry about, but luckily the privacy issues people had with the iPhone's Path won't be. A Path update went live today to try to resolve the problem.

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MegaUpload users offered data lifeline with EFF’s MegaRetrieval

MegaUpload users offered data lifeline with EFF’s MegaRetrieval

MegaUpload users with non-copyright infringing content trapped on the sized file-sharing site's servers could have a lifeline, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and one of MegaUpload's hosts exploring data rescue possibilities. Frustration at the site's downtime turned to panic last week, when reports from US prosecutors suggested MegaUpload's inability to pay hosting bills would see data deleted. Not so, hosts Cogent Communications Group and Carpathia Hosting have since said, and now Carpathia and the EFF have launched MegaRetrieval.

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