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Bitcoin Foundation ordered to cease operations in California
The Bitcoin Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting best practices for the virtual currency, has been ordered to cease operations in California. The California Department of Financial Institutions, which oversees banks, credit unions, and other financial organizations operating in the state, sent a cease-and-desist letter (see below) last month to the foundation accusing it of "engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization." If found to be in violation of the California Financial Code, the Seattle-based foundation could be fined up to $2,500 a day per violation, in addition to criminal prosecution, according to [url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmatonis/2013/06/23/bitcoin-foundation-receives-cease-and-desist-order-from-california/]Forbes[/url], which first reported the story. The report noted that federal law prohibits engaging in money transmission without the appropriate state license or registration with the Treasury Depa
Talk to the hand: No, really, it's a glove phone
I have had the impression for some time that Google has thought of everything. This impression was mainly fostered by Google, which seems intent not merely on knowing everything I do now, but everything I will want to do in the future. But then I saw this footage of a man talking into his pinkie finger and thought: "He must be British." This did, indeed, prove to be the case. For Sean Miles of Designworks in the U.K. decided that the true joy of wearable tech was a driving glove that you can talk into. At least that's what it looks like in this demonstration [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23008624]he gave to the BBC[/url]. This is surely the most developed expression ever of talking to the hand. He listens to his thumb. He talks into his little finger. I can just imagine millions of nerds and teenagers desperate to meld their inner Michael Jackson with their outer coolier-than-thou. They would surely pay fortunes to get their hands onto and into one of these gloves. Sadly, t
Facebook reportedly working on mobile news-delivery service
Like Twitter, Facebook users often share breaking news with their friends on the network. But now the social-networking giant is reportedly looking to add a homegrown news-delivery service to its mobile offerings. The company has been working on a service internally dubbed Reader that would display content from Facebook users and other publishers in a new visual format tailored for mobile devices, people familiar with the project tell [url=http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323998604578563853135203858-lMyQjAxMTAzMDIwMzEyNDMyWj.html]The Wall Street Journal[/url]. The project, which has been in the works for more than a year, reportedly resembles Flipboard, the popular news-reading app that aggregates content from multiple sources. A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the report. While The Journal reported that it was unclear whether this project would ever be launched, it did note that the project appears geared toward addressing the changing soc
Identity Shield Deep Dive
In all three versions of Webroot SecureAnywhere, there exists a handy feature called “The Identity Shield” that will protect you from keyloggers, phishing sites, man-in-the-browser attacks, and many other forms of identity theft. So how does it work? What exactly is it doing to protect you? How can you get the most out of it? This deep dive will answer those questions and more. Most of this information can also be found in [url=https://detail.webrootanywhere.com/agenthelp.asp?n=Managing_Identity_Protection]the user guide[/url]. [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4354iBEAC343B46F7F449.png[/img] [b]Features, Features, and More Features:[/b] The Identity Shield is a feature-rich identity protection system that protects users in a multitude of ways. Most of these settings are accessed via “View/Edit Protected Websites,” so that’s where we’ll start. These settings are all uniquely configurable for HTTPS,
Five setup tips for Apple's new MacBook Air
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4394i2BDD0A9A2E1DCFE1.jpg[/img] For the past couple of months, prospective MacBook buyers, especially those looking for a slim MacBook Air, have been holding off on purchases, waiting to see what Apple had in store for its [url=http://news.cnet.com/wwdc/]annual WWDC keynote[/url]. While the [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/apple-macbook-air-11-inch/]new 11-inch[/url] and [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/apple-macbook-air-13-inch/]13-inch Airs[/url] look and feel a lot like the previous couple of generations, the internal components have been upgraded with new, and incredibly energy efficient, CPUs, leading to battery life scores in excess of Apple's estimated 12 hours for the 13-inch version. Because of that great battery life, you can bet that plenty of new MacBooks were ordered in the days immediately following the June 10 WWDC keynote. And while those first system should be arriving now (and they're already available to
The hybrid Samsung Ativ Q laptop has Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean (hands-on)
It's a hybrid device, transforming from a Windows 8 slate into a full-fledged laptop in one quick motion. That's not all, though -- at the tap of an icon it'll boot into Android Jelly Bean, letting you swipe around all of your favorite apps from the Google Play store. It's packing the latest Intel Haswell Core i5 processor, with a 13-inch display boasting a whopping 3,200x1,800-pixel resolution. Samsung has yet to announce pricing or availability, but make sure to keep checking CNET for all the latest news. [b]Design[/b] The Ativ Q's standard form is a rather chunky 13-inch slate. Lift the display up at the back, though, and it reveals a keyboard underneath. The screen folds up and locks into place behind the keys, allowing you to type and swipe in much the same way you would on any other touch-screen laptop. It's the same converting technique we saw on Sony's Vaio Duo, but Samsung has taken it a step further. Rather than converting just between laptop and slate, the screen can
Huawei Ascend Mate: Bigger isn't always better (hands-on)
The [b]Huawei Ascend Mate[/b] may be built like a linebacker, but it's the custom software interface floating on top of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device that can hope to salvage an otherwise blah phablet experience. With its 6.1-inch screen, the Mate is currently the largest smartphone you can buy -- though [url=http://asia.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-note-3-to-come-with-eight-core-gpu-and-3gb-ram-62221345.htm]Samsung's Galaxy Note refresh[/url] is rumored to match or surpass even this gargantuan display with its own 6- or even 6.3-inch version. The Mate's screen is easy to read, yes, but it's also lower-resolution than I'd expect for the size. Furthermore, it creates an unwieldy device that made typing and photography awkward -- and you can just forget about carrying this hulk around in your pocket all day. Its specs may have been on the higher end of the scale in January when Huawei first announced its Mate, but anyone looking for a supersize smartphone today should look elsewhere, or w
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: No midrange slouch
If [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/]Samsung's Galaxy S4[/url] is more phone than you think you need, the electronics giant has just offered up the smaller, more midrange -- and surely cheaper -- Galaxy S4 Mini. Like a decaffeinated beverage, Samsung is hoping to give its lighter smartphone much of the same S4 taste with just a little less [i]oomph[/i]. Although the Mini has stepped-down specs compared with its flagship family, like a lower-resolution screen and an 8-megapixel camera instead of a 13-megapixel shooter, it's no slouch when it comes to the Galaxy S4's core features, like a built-in TV remote control. As with the [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/samsung-galaxy-s3-mini/4505-6452_7-35484855.html]Galaxy S3 Mini[/url] that came before, [i]this[/i] version is aimed more toward the mass market than the high-end sector. Here in the middle, the Mini plays the role of the lower price option compared with the marquee Galaxy S4, without sacrificing too many of t
Source: Sony's next-generation SmartWatch will include NFC
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4386iEA571D6E086017F8.png[/img] An image of Sony's current SmartWatch. What would you change? Sony's rumored next-generation SmartWatch is real, and it will offer some notable feature upgrades to the company's current wearable tech offering, a source has confirmed to CNET. The news of a new SmartWatch is not surprising, given that Sony's Xperia Twitter account has [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57590450-93/sony-may-unveil-new-smartwatch-next-week/]all but confirmed[/url] a wristwatch-related announcement at next week's [url=http://www.mobileasiaexpo.com/]Mobile Asia Expo 2013[/url] trade show that runs from June 26 to 28. The new model will be a successor to the [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phone-and-smart/sony-smartwatch-mn2sw/4505-6448_7-35190775.html]Sony SmartWatch MN2SW[/url], which is currently available for around $100. But our source -- who has provided accurate information on uannounced Sony pr
What Do You Know About Webroot?
In addition to all of the most well-known features like the real-time antivirus protection, the identity protection through the Identity Shield, and the Password Management (Antivirus, Internet Security Plus, and Complete editions) and Backup & Sync (Complete edition) features, there are other useful, often lesser-known features. Even some of the more major features sometimes have useful facets that can go unnoticed. The Webroot Community is full of knowledgeable Webroot users who know all the ins an outs of Webroot SecureAnywhere. In this topic, we'd like to invite the Community to share what you know about some of the lesser-known features. [b]What do you know that others might not be aware of?[/b] I'll get us started. :) [b]Did you know... [/b] WSA has a sandbox? [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/2352iAFC4AD391A325CFF.png[/img] In all three versions of WSA, (Antivirus, In
Samsung unveils Galaxy camera, new Windows 8-powered Ativ gear
Samsung unveiled several new products at an event on Thursday, including the new Galaxy NX camera and the Ativ Q, a portable laptop/tablet duo that can switch seamlessly between Windows 8 and Android. The electronics company also announced several new updates to its flagship Galaxy S smartphone line, including mini, active and zoom versions. The Galaxy S4 active promises users up to 30 minutes of protection underwater, while the zoom is the first smartphone with a 10x optical zoom function. The Active Q is perhaps the most exciting addition to the Samsung family, sporting a 13.3-inch display with 3,200 × 1,800 pixel resolution. The Tab3 is another Ativ product that includes a free, full version of Microsoft Office 2013.
Best Buy recalls 5,100 replacement batteries for MacBook Pro due to fire risk
Best Buy is recalling 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro due to a fire risk. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that there have been 13 reports that the battery caught fire. One consumer suffered a serious burn on the leg. Best Buy Co. is voluntarily recalling both black and white ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the notebook computers. The batteries were sold online or shipped to customers through its Geek Squad services from September of 2008 through June of 2012 for about $50. Best Buy said it is contacting customers to ask them to return the batteries for replacement or for a Best Buy.gift card. Company spokesman Jeff Shelman noted that Best Buy is only one of many retailers that may have sold the batteries. The model number "MC-MBOOK13B" is on the label of the black battery and "MC-BOOK13W" is on the label of the white battery. The ATG logo is on both
A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped Wednesday.
The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802.11ac," offers speeds of up to 1.3 Gigabits per second. That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under 4 minutes, share photo albums with friends in a matter of seconds or stream three HD videos at the same time. It's more than double the top speed of the previous standard, known as 802.11n. Those speeds are theoretical maximums -- very few people have anything close to 1 Gigabit speeds from their home broadband connection. Average speeds are less than 1% of that. But the faster speeds mean the new Wi-Fi standard will offer a much bigger pipeline for all those videos, songs and games that a growing number of people are streaming on multiple devices simultaneously. The Wi-Fi Alliance, a global organization that ensures the interoperability of Wi-Fi technologies, began certifying so-called "ac" devices Wednesday. It kicked off the certification program by signing off on 19 routers, access points, microchips and
Excellent Android 4.1 handset for under $100
The fact that the LG Optimus F7 is available on more than one carrier is no surprise. It's an excellent midlevel phone that's packed with quality specs, such as a vivid 4.7-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera, and a dual-core CPU. Boost Mobile [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6452_7-57590072/lg-optimus-f7-available-on-boost-mobile-june-27/]announced today[/url] that the F7 will be coming to the carrier on June 27 for $299.99 off contract, and U.S. Cellular customers can already get the device for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. All in all, despite some of its drawbacks (like its sluggish 3G speeds), I'd still recommend it for current U.S. Cellular customers looking to renew their contracts while on a $100 phone budget. If you're [i]switching[/i] to the carrier, however, then I'd go for the [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s4/]Samsung Galaxy S4[/url] instead. Why? As unfair as it is to existing U.S. Cellular clients, the carrier knocks $100 off the GS4 for new custome
XBox One: Microsoft Rethinks
Purchasers of used games rejoice! The backlash against the XBox One plans to limit sharing of games/ used games as well as the MUST be connected is being DROPPED! [url=http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/tech/gaming-gadgets/xbox-drm/index.html?hpt=hp_t2]CNN Article[/url] "Reacting to "feedback from the Xbox community," Microsoft is appearing to reverse course and change two key components to policies for its new Xbox One video game console." Note: This would seem to apply only to physical copies of games, not downloaded games. But is that a surprise? I have never myself been to a used game store and purchased a used download only game :)
'Apps act' would make privacy disclosures mandatory
With more than 1.5 million apps now available for Android phones and Apple's iPhone, a congressman is proposing a law that would require mobile app developers to let users know what an app's privacy policies are when it comes to information being shared and the length' The bill, H.R. 1913, also being called the "Apps Act," follows a report from the Federal Trade Commission in February about the same issue. In that report, the agency suggested ways for "critical players" such as app developers, advertising networks and mobile operating system providers like Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and BlackBerry, to provide "timely, easy-to-understand disclosures about what data they collect and how the data is used..
That was quick: Adobe's Creative Cloud already pirated
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4294i2B888D977F15223F.jpg[/img] Photoshop Creative Cloud Adobe's Creative Cloud platform, which moves its Creative Suite applications from "perpetual license" to subscription-based payment plans, was designed to reduce piracy. Unfortunately for Adobe, that effort doesn't appear to have succeeded. [url=http://petapixel.com/2013/06/19/adobe-photoshop-cc-has-apparently-been-cracked-one-day-after-launch/]According to tech site PetaPixel[/url], a torrent link was uploaded to The Pirate Bay on Wednesday, allowing users to illegally download Adobe's [url=http://www.cnet.com/adobe-creative-suite/]Creative Suite[/url] applications included in Creative Cloud for free. Those who have downloaded the software from The Pirate Bay say that it appears to work just fine. Adobe's Creative Cloud platform was deployed earlier this week. The company had hoped that the subscription-based plan behind it would curb the massive piracy of s
Meet Google's 'Project Loon:' Balloon-powered 'net access
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4116iCB09BBE369A2BA02.png[/img] Project Loon's network of balloon communicate with special ground stations. Google has officially announced "[url=http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/06/introducing-project-loon.html]Project Loon[/url]," its plan to connect the entire world to the Internet that uses a decidedly 19th century technology: Balloons. According to a post on the official company blog: [quote]We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. It's very early days, but we've built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today's 3G networks or faster.[/quote]Google says it hopes the floating network could be used to connect remote, rural and underserved areas, something I
Yes, we saw the John McAfee video
No, we're not posting the YouTube link or video here - and we ask that you refrain from posting it as well. Sorry, folks. That one video, while amusing, breaks just about everything in the Community Guidelines. In the meantime, if you truly just want to know how to uninstall McAfee, you can find that [url=https://community.webroot.com/t5/Techie/Software-Removal-Tools/m-p/27608#M455]here[/url]. :)
Heart of Blue Gold – Announcing New Bounty Programs
Today is an inflection point for Microsoft, as well as the security industry. For the first time ever, Microsoft is offering direct cash payouts in exchange for reporting certain types of vulnerabilities and exploitation techniques. We are making this shift in order to learn about these issues earlier and to increase the win-win between Microsoft’s customers and the security researcher community. Full details for the new bounty programs and a fantastic technical deep-dive by our esteemed panel of judges (headed by Matt Miller and David Ross) can be found on SRD's blog. In short, we are offering cash payouts for the following programs: •Mitigation Bypass Bounty – Microsoft will pay up to $100,000 USD for truly novel exploitation techniques against protections built into the latest version of our operating system (Windows 8.1 Preview). Learning about new exploitation techniques earlier helps Microsoft improve security by leaps, instead of one vulnerability at a time. This is an ongoing
BlackBerry Z10 incurs 'critical' security warning
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4188iA334D1B3E14655CB.jpg[/img] The BlackBerry Z10 in white. BlackBerry has issued a security advisory notice to those who have bought its flagship Z10 touchscreen smartphone -- the first BlackBerry 10 device to launch following the company's bid for revival, back in February. The advisory, which was [url=http://btsc.webapps.blackberry.com/btsc/viewdocument.do;jsessionid=6B7F13C785207134705EC044CF85A874?externalId=KB34458&sliceId=1&cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&noCount=true&ViewedDocsListHelper=com.kanisa.apps.common.BaseViewedDocsListHelperImpl]issued last week[/url], notes a bug that relates to BlackBerry Protect, its security and backup utility, rather than the phone's operating system itself. According to the advisory, an escalation of privilege vulnerability exists in the software of some Z10 phones that could allow a malicious app to "take advantage" of weak permissions in the
Huawei Ascend P6: Meet Huawei's new, super-skinny smartphone
Earlier this year, Huawei impressed us with its super-skinny [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/huawei-ascend-p2/4505-6452_7-35619073.html]Ascend P2[/url], but now the up-and-coming Chinese firm is looking to wow us a second time with the Ascend P6, a similar Android smartphone with a few hardware tweaks. Huawei is fond of crafting creepily thin phones, and the P6 is no exception, measuring a slender 6.18 millimeters (0.24-inch) thick. The aluminium edges are very reminiscent of the iPhone, but the bottom of the phone is rounded, giving the P6 a tiny bit of original flair. Like the P2, the P6 sports a 4.7-inch 720p display, and plays host to a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. There's an 8-megapixel camera glued to its rump, while unusually, the front-facing snapper is a 5-megapixel affair, making the P6 ideal for Skype calls or carefully-posed sexy selfies. Inside you'll find a 1.5GHz quad-core chip powering the P6, backed up by a hearty 2GB of RAM. The
HTC finally shows off 3.5-inch Desire 200
[img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/4192iF19A0190F0341666.png[/img] HTC has unveiled the long-rumored Desire 200. [url=http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-desire-200/#overview]The device[/url], which is designed for customers on a budget, comes with a 3.5-inch display and runs on 3G networks. The inside is similarly budget-friendly, boasting a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor and 4GB of onboard memory. The device has just 512MB of memory. [url=http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57585707-251/early-details-emerge-for-what-could-be-new-htc-desire-models/]Rumors had been swirling for some time[/url] that HTC would launch an update to its Desire line. As expected, the device features rounded corners, a simple black finish, and Beats audio. Users can also monitor their data usage on the device. HTC has yet to announce pricing and details on the Desire 200. Source: [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57589781-94/htc-finally-shows-off-3.5-
Fast fiber: Apps coming at 70 percent the speed of light
In the movie "Iron Man 3," the titular hero struggles in what appears to be a rinky-dink backwater town to find an Internet connection fast enough and big enough to crunch data to find the terrorist villain. The town looks to be Nowhere, U.S.A., but we're told, it is actually Chattanooga, Tenn. Known to some as "[url=http://www.thegigcity.com/]Gig City[/url]," the real Chattanooga would have posed less of a problem for Tony Stark's heroic data-analyzing needs. The modest city of half a million has more than 150,000 homes wired for affordable [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit_Ethernet]Gigabit Ethernet[/url]. But the coming world of extremely fast Internet connections is driving more than summer movie plot points. Widespread Gigabit Ethernet of the kind that [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589353-93/is-cable-holding-back-superfast-broadband-adoption-on-purpose/]Google Fiber, Verizon FiOS, and others companies are investing in[/url], and is in varying stages of imp
Yahoo reportedly eyeing two more acquisitions
Yahoo may be looking to continue its spending spree with the acquisitions of a couple of app makers. Yahoo has [url=http://allthingsd.com/20130617/yahoo-offer-to-buy-contact-startup-xobni-is-at-a-price-of-30m-to-40m/]reportedly offered to pay $30 million to $40 million to buy Xobni[/url], AllThingsD reported Monday, citing "numerous sources" close to the company. [url=https://www.xobni.com/]Xobni[/url], which is "inbox" spelled backwards, offers desktop and mobile apps that can automatically create an address book based on your e-mails. As such, Yahoo may be eyeing the Xobni as a natural fit for its own online mail service. And there's a common thread between the two companies, AllThingsD noted. Xobni's CEO Jeff Bonforte was previously the vice president of social search and real-time communications at Yahoo. [b]Read [url=http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589787-93/yahoo-reportedly-eyeing-two-more-acquisitions/]here[/url][/b].
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