Legendary Apple designer Jonathan Ive gives rare interview to TIME

  • 17/03/2014 at 20:15 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Jonathan IveJonathan Ive,  an icon in the tech world has never been up for interviews, partly due to Steve Jobs’ notorious insistence that Apple’s execs remain under the radar. That is, until the TIME interview that was released today.

Behind the design of some of the greatest innovations in the past decade, the iPod, iPhone and iPad are among his babies. The British-born designer sat down with TIME Magazine’s John Alridge last month on a not-so-sunny day in California.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of this interview isn’t the fact that he was taking part in it. It was the occasional insight into his life at Apple, as well as his relationship with the late Steve Jobs. For example, the tireless effort they put in making the inside of their devices, such as the iPod, look good. Even though the majority of consumers would never see it.

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Firefox, Chrome, IE and Safari hacked at CanSecWest 2014 Conference

  • 14/03/2014 at 19:25 by It's a Gadget Staff
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CanSecWestThis week launched the annual CanSecWest conference. But the real events were the two contests, Pwn2Own and Pwn4Fun, which saw more than a million in prizes awarded to both hackers and charity in the name of cyber security exposure.

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari were among just some of the names eagerly awaiting news of security vulnerabilities in their programs. The CanSecWest hackers were more than happy to oblige.

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New technology could vastly improve the security of passwords

  • 13/03/2014 at 19:28 by It's a Gadget Staff
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PINgrid Password InterfaceCyber security is obviously a matter of great importance on all sides. Just as encryption is becoming a social norm, so is the idea of increase password protection. Rather then relying on simply diversifying passwords, there are now moves to develop forms of security that include visual patterns and body interaction.

Everyone knows you are supposed to have a different password for every account, and one that uses multiple formats (numbers, upper and lower case letters, symbols, ect). But that creates its own problem, as with an increasing reliance on multiple forms of digital services and devices, the passwords become too numerous.

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Tim Berners-Lee hosted an AMA session on Reddit

Tim Berners Lee AMA RedditTo celebrate 25 years of internet Tim Berners-Lee was kind enough to answer some questions during an AMA session on Reddit website. It was a great opportunity to ask the father of the internet about Snowden, the dark side of the internet, BitCoin, his first computer and various other interesting facts.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee started the AMA Reddit saying that “As we celebrate the Web’s 25th birthday (see webat25.org), I want us all to think about its future and ask how we can help make it a truly open, secure and creative platform – available to everyone. The idea of an AMA is another great example of how the Web’s helping to connect and empower people around the globe and I’m really excited to be answering your questions!” And right away the questions started to emerge. Here’s the full dialog.

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NSA documents reveal plan to infect millions of computers with data tracking malware

  • 12/03/2014 at 18:32 by It's a Gadget Staff
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NSA Spy ViewAnother alarming find in the documents leaked by Edward Snowden have shown the NSA’s intention to infect millions of computers globally with malware. The malicious implant would siphon data from targeted computers in massive quantities, giving otherwise protected devices an open backdoor.

This appears to be a joint effort by the NSA and the British GCHQ. Listening stations have been placed in the UK and Japan, though the primary center of operations is in Maryland, USA, where the primary headquarter is located.

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25 years after its creation, Internet inventor calls for digital Bill of Rights

Tim Barners LeeTwenty-five years to the day since it was created, legendary World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out about the current state of privacy and rights on the internet. On the heels of his congratulations to Edward Snowden on his whistleblowing at the SXSW event, Berners-Lee has called for a Bill of Rights for the net.

It was two and a half decades ago when the man who became the Father of the Internet wrote the first proposal for what would become the web today. But where it now stands is much different than what he envisioned.

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Edward Snowden chats with attendees of SXSW 2014

  • 10/03/2014 at 21:12 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden was among the highly anticipated guests of this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) conference, alongside fellow whistleblower Julian Assange of Wikileaks. In the talk, he speaks about the need for accountability, and the lack of effectiveness in the NSA program.

“It is important to remember that this is a global issue,” Snowden warned gravely as he spoke about the worldwide reach of spying agencies in countries around the globe. “They are setting fire to the future of the internet. The people who are in this room now are the firefighters.”

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