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Google quietly drops promised encryption by default for Android Lollipop

Google quietly drops promised encryption by default for Android Lollipop

Google has confirmed reports: that sweet encryption-by-default it promised for Android Lollipop left a sour taste when it came to device performance.

Google performs U-turn on Blogger smut rule

Google performs U-turn on Blogger smut rule

Google has changed its mind over a new policy on sexually explicit content on its Blogger platform and will target commercial porn instead.

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge porn antics

Craig Brittain asks Google to remove links relating to his revenge-porn antics

The guy who ignored women's pleas to take down nude images from his IsAnybodyDown site wants to have his own photos and information expunged from Google.

Google turns Pwnium into an all-year, unlimited-rewards bug-hunting contest

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Google's new thinking around bug hunting: get it to us ASAP, from wherever you are.

Google bans sexually explicit content on Blogger

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Unless the content has "public benefit," it will be bumped out of public view as of 23 March (if it's already been published) and banned outright after that date.

YouTube to launch ad free subscription and a kid safe app

YouTube to launch ad-free subscription and a kid-safe app

YouTube's stripping comments from its upcoming Kids app and adverts from its upcoming paid subscription model.

Apple Watch wobbles? Advanced health tracking features dropped for launch

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The rumor mill is shifting into high gear ahead of the expected April 2015 launch of the Apple Watch, and leaked details imply some setbacks - according to recent reports, Apple has dropped groundbreaking health-tracking features.

Forget Google Glass, here's Sony's (not quite as catchy)‏ SmartEyeglass

Those aren't augmented reality spectacles.

THESE are augmented reality spectacles!

But what about the privacy and security side?

RBS and NatWest banks to use Apple's Touch ID fingerprint system for mobile login

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The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest have launched a new mobile banking service that allows Apple customers to authenticate via Apple's Touch ID.

Windows 10 will work with FIDO specs for password-free access, says Microsoft

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Microsoft has announced that its forthcoming revamp of Windows will be compliant with FIDO's current specifications for advanced authentication. Or has it?

SSCC 186 - Just how firm is your firmware? [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly security podcast - from firmware and Firefox to Project Zero and Lightning conductors.

Chet and Duck are in fine fettle as usual...enjoy!

Lizard Squad returns, claims attack on Xbox Live and Daybreak Games

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Hacking group Lizard Squad has returned, apparently disrupting Microsoft's Xbox Live service and Daybreak Games with DDoS attacks.

Google's Project Zero backs off a bit - will now give up to 14 days' grace

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Google's controversial "zero-day dropping machine," Project Zero, which automatically outs your bugs after 90 days, will now give up to 14 day's leeway.

Microsoft pulls PowerPoint-killing patch KB2920732

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The latest in a series of Microsoft patch failures rendered PowerPoint inoperable on devices running Windows RT.

News flash: hacker turns Apple's Lightning connector into a jailbreak conductor

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A French hacker says he'll soon be making modified Lightning connector cables that will give Apple iOS jailbreakers a better view inside their iDevices.

Are Miami cops really flooding Waze with fake police sightings?

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An NBC affiliate seems to think so, but others are dubious. Miami's finest would have to be lacking in tech smarts to think they could game the Google app.

What do you mean, "Facebook is now text only"? - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly one-minute security video.

Fun, fast...and educational.

Apple's "two-step" security now protects iMessage and FaceTime, too

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Apple has quietly extended its two-step verification feature to more of its ecosystem.

If you have the "Apple two-step" turned on, then the iMessage and FaceTime services are now protected by it.

SSCC 185 - "I have a number for you: Eighty Million" [PODCAST]

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Our weekly "Chet Chat" podcast is carefully prepared to fit into a quarter-hour, so it is clear and concise as well as being witty and amusing.

Enjoy...

The "JASBUG" Windows vulnerability - beyond the hype, what you need to know

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Struggling to understand the JASBUG flaw fixed by Microsoft in this month's Update Tuesday?

Paul Ducklin explains it clearly, with minimal jargon.