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The United States Department of Justice has fined the CEO of spyware vendor StealthGenie $500,000 and demanded the firm turn over the source code for software designed to remotely monitor calls, texts and other activity on Android and jailbroken iOS devices. In a statement, Assistant Attorney General Caldwell of the Justice Department's Criminal Division wrote, "Spyware is an electronic eavesdropping tool that secretly and illegally invades individual privacy," adding,...
An effort to unionize security guards across Silicon Valley has set its sights on Apple, pushing the tech trendsetter to stand up for contract laborers in hopes of catalyzing interest from other companies in the area. In its fight to unionize Silicon Valley contract workers, a regional division of Service Employees International Union called United Service Workers West is asking Apple to support an initiative seeking better treatment of security guards, reports the San...
As promised earlier in November, Dropbox on Tuesday activated a new iOS app feature that lets users open and edit Microsoft Office documents through their respective apps, with automatic syncing and saving. While not in-app editing, the latest Dropbox for iOS app links with Microsoft Office mobile titles to open, view and edit files stored in the cloud. When a compatible Office file is opened in Dropbox, such as a Word document or Excel spreadsheet, a new "Edit" icon...
Secret documents being shared by Apple with creditors of former sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies could become a matter of public record next month, as part of the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. Though the information being shared by Apple remains out of the public eye, the creditors could decide to use some of it to challenge the bankruptcy ruling. In that event, it's likely that the details would not be kept secret by the judge overseeing the case, The Wall...
Security firm Bluebox Labs tested a dozen Black Friday bargain Android tablets from major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl's, Staples, Target and Walmart and reported "shocking" security flaws, malware and active backdoors installed on the new devices. All of the dozen different "doorbuster" Android tablets Bluebox examined were found to include unpatched Android vulnerabilities including Masterkey, FakeID, Heartbleed and Futex, while more than a...
Year-over-year growth in the tablet market is projected to fall by more than 45 percentage points from its 2013 rate, new data released Tuesday suggests, as Apple is expected to book the first full-year shipment decline in the iPad's history. The primary issue facing the tablet market --?which is likely to book a growth rate of just 7.2 percent in 2014, compares to 52.5 percent in 2013 --?is the lengthening replacement cycle, according to market research firm IDC....
The Safari browser for both iOS and Mac could have a new default search partner as soon as next year, as Apple's current deal with Google is reportedly set to expire in early 2015. The most likely replacement candidates --?Yahoo and Microsoft -- have already spoken with Apple's Eddy Cue about replacing Google, according to Amir Efrati of The Information. It was said that Cue's decision is "likely to be based on the quality of the product as much as the potential money...
Facebook pushed a rare service notification to users on Tuesday, reminding millions of the social network's members of updates to its terms, data and cookies policies, advertising systems, and new privacy controls. Facebook's new Privacy Basics feature walks users through the steps required to tweak their privacy settings to their own liking. Interactive guides are available for customizing settings in three areas --?"what others see about you," "how others interact...
U.S. wireless provider and iPhone carrier T-Mobile this week announced it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, in which it will be more upfront and honest with customers about its bandwidth speed. T-Mobile CEO John Legere T-Mobile has pledged to provide "accurate information" to customers about the speed of their Internet connection, even when their performance is throttled according with their data plan. The changes came from pressure by...
Shares of Apple reached another major financial milestone on Tuesday, crossing the $700 billion market capitalization threshold just after trading began on Wall Street. With shares of AAPL trading at an all-time high, Apple is more valuable than it has ever been in the eyes of investors. Prior to this month's gains, Apple's previous record market cap was $658 billion reached in September of 2012. As of Tuesday morning trading, Apple's stock price was already...
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