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Don't expect to use a gadget during takeoff and landing anytime soon

September 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Though the Federal Aviation Administrated is now looking into allowing gadgets during take-off and landing, flyers shouldn't get their hopes up. Because of recent complaining about the arbitrariness of the rule, largely championed by The New York Times' Nick Bilton, the FAA has been more open to changing the standard....

Bing vs. Google blind showdown: Closer than you'd think

September 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After taking Bing up on its "Bing It On Challenge," which asks Internet searchers to use Google and Bing in a side-by-side blind test, to our surprise we have discovered that Bing delivered just as often as Google. Here's the way the challenge works: Users input search terms and then...

A BitCoin heist and the upside of government regulation

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last night's Bitcoin heist of $250,000 (or so) worth of the virtual currency shows that this world isn't quite ready for an online alternative to dollar bills because the promises of deregulation aren't worth the safety hazards. What happened at BitFloor was the equivalent of an online bank robbery, but...

Apple statement makes AntiSec FBI hack look less likely

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After the FBI denied that the hacker group AntiSec got yesterday's published Apple UDID data from them, Apple is also saying that they never gave any information up to the bureau, making an FBI hack look less likely. "The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we...

What was the FBI doing with 12 million Apple IDs anyway?

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This morning AntiSec released a list of 1 million out of 12 million Apple UDID's that it said it got from the FBI, which has raised many questions, most prominently perhaps: Just what was the FBI doing with that data in the first place? First off, neither the FBI nor...

Hackers say FBI tracked 12 million iPhones, iPads

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This is a mess you don't want to be a part of: Hacker group AntiSec claims it has gotten a hold of FBI data that contained over 12 million Apple ID numbers linked with other personal information. They have chosen to release just 1 million of them because, as they...

Amazon expected to reject Google Maps for upcoming tablet

August 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For its rumored upcoming Kindle Fire refresh, expected next week, Amazon will add maps functionality but it won't go with Google's popular offering, sources told Reuters' Alistair Barr. Unlike Apple, who earlier this year ditched Google Maps, which it has up until now used in all of its iOSes, Amazon...

Advice from a hacker on picking a good password

August 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As mass hacks abound, it's hard to know the best way to handle our Internet security, so we went to a password expert to figure out how best to protect ourselves. Alex Horan is a proclaimed "white hat hacker," meaning he hacks "for good, not evil" in the words of...

The first victims of Twitter's slow takeover of its own service

August 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter has now made it absolutely clear that developers should stop even trying to comply with its new API rules because the social media site wants to own everything that happens on it. After last week's awkward kind-of break-up with Tumblr and Instagram, Twitter has stopped showing which third-party client...

Windows 8 is watching you

August 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Playing around with the manufacturers' version of the not-yet-widely released Windows 8, programmer (and hacker) Nadim Kobeissi discovered that the operating system "tells Microsoft about everything you install" and does that "not very securely." Basically, the new Windows has this program called SmartScreen that's designed to protect users but instead...

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