Apple, Please Give Us a Fix — a Guarantee — that Our iSight Webcams Are Safe

Rockwell’s dystopian vision of the future has arrived for iSight camera owners: somebody really could be watching — even listening — to your private life, using your computer’s webcam surreptitiously, snatching audio or video without tripping safeguard indicators like the little green LED that’s supposed to reveal when a webcam is active and capturing audio-visual information. That light sits between […]

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Should All Cell Phones Come With “Kill Switches”?

A majority of Americans now own smartphones, and while that might be great news for app-makers, it’s becoming an increasing headache for law enforcement. About 40% of robberies in major metros across the country involve a cell phone, according to the Federal Communications Commission, and smartphone-driven thefts often take a violent turn. In a few humanity-shaming instances, those altercations have […]

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Motorola’s Prompt Android Updates Are Making Everyone Else Look Bad

Android phone users have been conditioned over the years not to expect timely software updates, so Motorola’s rollout of Android 4.4 is a pleasant surprise. On Thursday, Verizon began updating Motorola’s Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini to the latest version of Android. Motorola is also pushing out an Android 4.4 update for the Moto G, after originally planning […]

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The 5 Worst Tech Purchases

In the ever-changing world of gadgets, gizmos, electronics and technology, it can be easy to make a bad purchase. When you’re consumed by the heady thrill of a new purchase, your credit card sometimes goes into gear before your brain does. That’s how you end up with a junk drawer full of items that once seemed like the solution to […]

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