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Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber deploys security guards to protect its drivers

Uber protest have been strong in France, but they're not limited to it. Those protests became violent, with rocks being thrown and tires being set on fire. Similarly a protest happened in South Africa recently, though it was not violent. Instead, it has boiled over into harassement and scare tactics, and some drivers in the region no longer feel safe picking up passengers. As a result the service has hired security in Johannesburg to stand guard at a couple of Uber hotspots.

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Hacking Team leak alleges controversial hack app sales

Hacking Team leak alleges controversial hack app sales

Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team has had an unpleasant taste of its own medicine, after data suggesting connections with repressive regimes was stolen from its systems. Over 400GB of files were unexpectedly shared on the company's hijacked Twitter account - posts since deleted as Hacking Team wrests back control this morning - some of which indicate that, contrary to the Italian firm's express denials, it has been selling monitoring and surveillance software to governments and security services in countries like Kazakstan, Russia, and Bahrain, which have been accused of heavy-handed treatment of citizens.

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Netatmo Welcome Review – Nest Cam’s face-recognizing rival

Netatmo Welcome Review – Nest Cam’s face-recognizing rival

If a smart home is truly smart, it should know who’s inside it. That’s the argument Netatmo makes with its new Welcome camera, promising Dropcam-style streaming video but combined with facial-recognition. At $199 it matches Nest Cam’s sticker, but without the need to cough up for the cloud if you want to look back through captured footage, and Netatmo says its person-spotting skills should cut the number of false-alarms down, too. I put on my most welcoming expression to see if the learning camera would find me memorable.

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Futuristic, ultra-strong Turing Phone to begin pre-orders in July

Futuristic, ultra-strong Turing Phone to begin pre-orders in July

The sleek, futuristic looking smartphone you see here is called the Turing Phone, from Turing Robotic Industries (TRI), and soon you'll be able to buy one and be the envy of other Android users, while knowing your device is not only stronger than steel, but also as secure as it can get. First announced in April, the Turing Phone is said to be the world's first smartphone made out of Liquidmorphium liquid metal, making it stronger than both steel and titanium.

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Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Windows’ Wi-Fi Sense might be more trouble than it’s worth

Sharing a Wi-Fi password in a room or office isn't exactly a herculean task. One can write it down, for example. It can, however, certainly be made easier. And by easier, Microsoft means automagical. That's why it invented Wi-Fi Sense as a way to easily share Wi-Fi credentials with friends so that they can easily connect to the same network you're on. Sounds convenient? Probably, but considering the way things are going right now, it might also be a security nightmare waiting to happen.

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California’s “kill switch” law is now in full swing

California’s “kill switch” law is now in full swing

Starting this month, any smartphone made after July 1 that will be sold in the State of California is legally required not only to have a kill switch feature but must also have it turned on by default. But considering the expenses and work that will be required to have devices specific to California only, this practically means the kill switch law will be in effect throughout the US. This is just the latest, and perhaps the most forceful, effort to curb smartphone theft, which has thankfully declined substantially in recent months.

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NSA can restart bulk data collection for 6 months, rules court

NSA can restart bulk data collection for 6 months, rules court

The American Civil Liberties Union is gearing up for a legal battle following a ruling yesterday evening by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — according to it, the National Security Agency (NSA) can restart its bulk collection of American phone data. The ACLU is planning to challenge the ruling, and will be seeking an injunction against the program via the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously this court had ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection program was illegal.

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Medium replaces passwords with secure email links

Medium replaces passwords with secure email links

Medium, the stylish blogging platform/social writing network, has just announced a big change in the way users sign in to the service. The site has done away with passwords altogether, as well as the requirement of using Twitter or Facebook to log in, and will now have users gain access to their account through a single-use link sent via email. If you've ever had to reset your forgotten password for your email or other social network, you know how it works.

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Chevrolet adding remote theft alerts and proactive service warnings

Chevrolet adding remote theft alerts and proactive service warnings

Your Chevrolet will soon be able to warn you from afar if it's broken into, and even warn you if you're likely to face a repair bill soon. Alongside Chevy's RemoteLink app, which currently allows for remote engine start and unlocking, the company will add Theft Alarm Notification, it confirmed in Detroit today, alerting subscribers to any attempt made to tamper with, or steal, their car when the alarm is activated.

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Researchers outline methods of stealing PC encryption keys via radio

Researchers outline methods of stealing PC encryption keys via radio

A group of researchers has outlined several ways that the secret encryption keys from a laptop can be stolen using a radio. For the theft to work the electromagnetic emanations from the notebook are measured non-intrusively using a radio from a distance of 50cm from the computer. According to the researchers, this attack can be carried out using cheap and easy to obtain equipment.

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Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some PCs it sells

Samsung is disabling Windows Update on some PCs it sells

More than a few of us have some nasty stories we can tell about Windows Update trying to reboot your machine at an inopportune moment. I think most Windows users will agree that using a machine without all the latest Windows updates in place is asking for trouble. Often those updates are patching vulnerabilities in the OS that could allow hackers access to your data. It appears that Samsung might be blocking Windows Update on some of the PCs it sells.

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