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Monday: November 14, 2011

Everything you never knew about Google's top secret lab where they pursue future ideas.Everything you never knew about Google's top secret lab where they pursue future ideas.

According to the article, this magical place (dubbed 'Google X') is where Google may or may not be working on the following futuristic concepts:  1) an internet fridge that orders food when it's low, 2) driver-less cars, 3) space elevators, 4) personal assistant robots for your home, 5) networked coffee pots and gardening tools and finally 6) training monkeys to fly airplanes for special covert operations.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 1:27 PM | Tags (9) | airplanes | dreaming | future | google | lab | monkeys | nytimes | secret | space |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Installing spy camera software on laptops at the Apple Store may not be the smartest idea.Installing spy camera software on laptops at the Apple Store may not be the smartest idea.

So the story kinda goes like this, an artist wanted to capture various people as they stared blankly into computers, you know for purposes of art (better explanation via source link). The computers happened to be the public ones at a New York City Apple retail store. No big deal, right? The Secret Service apparently felt differently and issued a search warrant for computer fraud. Whoops.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 4:47 PM | Tags (11) | apple | artist | camera | confiscation | exclusive | fraud | secret | service | spy | store | warrant |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 17, 2010

Google may have been accidentally snooping in on your wi-fi connections.Google may have been accidentally snooping in on your wi-fi connections.

Let this be a lesson to you all to never leave a wi-fi network unsecured. The good news is that Google has agreed to stop collecting this data, at least for now.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:37 AM | Tags (7) | google | network | security | security | snooping | streetview | wifi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

FYI, Windows 7 'compatibility checker' currently masquerading as trojan horse virus.FYI, Windows 7 'compatibility checker' currently masquerading as trojan horse virus.

Once a victim has installed the software, criminals can pretty much do whatever they want on the PC, Cosoi said. That could mean installing a keylogger to steal banking credentials or even gaining full access to the hacked system.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:19 AM | Tags (9) | trojan | virus | windows7 | security | compatibility | checker | horse | vulnerability | keylogger |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Cablevision decides not cripple their DVR service for their customer base.Cablevision decides not cripple their DVR service for their customer base.

Don't worry, you won't be losing the ability to fast forward through commercials for now. The article has some interesting tidbits about how your DVR habits are tracked and the legal purposes as to why their DVR system functions the way it does.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:37 AM | Tags (10) | cable | dvr | service | privacy | security | fast | forwarding | stats | information | collection |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 13, 2010

New study discovers that frequent password changes are basically useless.New study discovers that frequent password changes are basically useless.

someone who obtains your password will use it immediately, not sit on it for weeks until you have a chance to change it. 'That’s about as likely as a crook lifting a house key and then waiting until the lock is changed before sticking it in the door,' the Globe says.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 3:27 PM | Tags (6) | changes | frequent | passwords | security | security | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

Nine little known secrets to living past the ripe old age of ninety.Nine little known secrets to living past the ripe old age of ninety.

You don’t need hours of unbroken sleep as you age, but you do need a solid seven to nine hours of sleep when you get older. So if you do it a little bit at a time, napping in the afternoons, and getting sleep at night (even if it is disjointed) it can help you live longer.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Life @ 12:51 PM | Tags (10) | life | age | ninety | secrets | bsntomsn | meditation | health | habits | genes | sleep |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 34 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 5, 2010

Yes, the Apple iPad has already been jailbroken - it only took one day.Yes, the Apple iPad has already been jailbroken - it only took one day.

A jailbreak was virtually expected following the iPad's launch, but the rapid discovery has shown that the iPhone 3.2 firmware used on the device hasn't patched all of the security holes that were present in the 3.1.3 code.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 6:52 AM | Tags (9) | ipad | jailbroken | apple | device | gadget | macnn | crack | holes | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 30, 2010

A list of the ten riskiest cities for cyber-crime. Good to know.A list of the ten riskiest cities for cyber-crime. Good to know.

Traveling to Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Raleigh, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin or Portland in the near future? Make sure your computer is up to date with the latest virus protections and all of that - although it may not make much difference.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:38 AM | Tags (12) | cities | crime | cyber | definitions | fyi | goodtoknow | risky | security | spambot | travel | virus | zombies |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 24, 2010

Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.Security flaws over at the IRS could mean that your personal data might be at risk.

The Internal Revenue Service's failure to use strong passwords, install patches quickly, and adequately control access to computer systems and information makes the system vulnerable to insider threats and attacks from outside, a new government report concludes.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:42 AM | Tags (12) | taxes | security | risk | irs | data | exposed | cnet | passwords | weak | control | systems | vulnerable |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

Blockbuster would like you to know that they may be going bankrupt in the near future.Blockbuster would like you to know that they may be going bankrupt in the near future.

'Our level of indebtedness may make it more difficult for us to pay our debts as they become due and more necessary for us to divert our cash flow from operations to debt service payments,' the company said in its filing.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in FYI @ 1:55 PM | Tags (11) | blockbuster | video | bankrupt | debt | sec | filing | cash | flow | payments | rentals | netflix |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 32 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Turns out that more and more employers are using tech to track workers.Turns out that more and more employers are using tech to track workers.

This post details just how easy (and cheap) it is in this day and age to monitor exactly what people are doing in the workplace. If you happen to have some sort of job in a tech-related field - it's even easier. If you think Big Brother is watching you - well, he probably is.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:02 AM | Tags (9) | tech | workers | employees | tracking | watch | eye | habits | history | security |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 15, 2010

Netflix decides to cancel new contest amidst privacy concerns.Netflix decides to cancel new contest amidst privacy concerns.

The retreat announced Friday settles a lawsuit alleging Netflix's plans to release millions of movie-rental records that could have illegally exposed sensitive information about its subscribers' tastes and lifestyles.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:53 AM | Tags (11) | contest | dvds | lifestyles | netflix | preferences | privacy | recrods | security | sensitive | tastes | users |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: March 11, 2010

New survey shows that 12% of employees knowingly violate IT policies.New survey shows that 12% of employees knowingly violate IT policies.

With 12 percent of those people actively working outside of stated IT policy (and plenty more who do so out of ignorance), IT admins certainly have their work cut out for them if they want to maintain a tight ship.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:03 AM | Tags (7) | it | policy | survey | arstechnica | security | violations | obvious |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 21 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Your rechargeable batteries may come with a free Trojan horse virus.Your rechargeable batteries may come with a free Trojan horse virus.

The battery maker said it does not know how the Trojan got into the software. 'Energizer has discontinued sale of this product and has removed the site to download the software,' the statement said.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 7:12 AM | Tags (7) | backdoor | batteries | cnet | energizer | security | trojan | virus |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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