If you want, or need, to use Tor, then Tails Linux is your best friend. Tails sends all data through the Tor network. Ed Snowden uses it. A few days ago, just as one group of bugs in Tails were fixed, a security firm found another one. But bugs are not the only problem. Insuring that you download the real Tails Linux software is much harder than it should be. The protections offered by the Internet to validate the Tails Linux website are insufficient. 

July 25, 2014 2:03 PM EDT

Google: Resistance is futile.

If you are a gamer, odds are good you've heard of Twitch. For those that don't know, Twitch is the go-to destination for watching live streaming videogame play online. It also happens to consume a higher percentage of Internet bandwidth than Hulu or Facebook. Bandwidth? Enter Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), which has reportedly decided to purchase Twitch for one beeeelion dollars.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers welcome their new primary colored overlord.

July 25, 2014 6:06 AM EDT

This systems analyst pilot fish is trying to keep things working at a manufacturing plant in the southern U.S. -- and management isn't making it easy.

July 25, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
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Vulnerability broker Exodus Intelligence found a critical hole in the I2P component used in the privacy-orientated operating system Tails, warning that users should not count on any one security solution to keep their IP anonymous despite Edward Snowden touting Tails for privacy.

July 24, 2014 12:06 PM EDT

Amazon's Fire Phone is like no other phone you've used before -- but after 24 hours with the device, it's hard to say whether that's actually a good thing.

July 24, 2014 11:22 AM EDT

Microsoft's quarterly earnings report this week had a bit of deja vu: The company's bottom line once again took a hit because of woes with the Surface line. This time around, it was cancelling the Surface Mini. Will the Surface line ever make a profit?

July 24, 2014 10:50 AM EDT
IMAGE c/o Elsie Hui.

A hacker this week claimed hidden iOS backdoors are used by government, law enforcement and other out of control groups to collect personal data without permission, but the allegations are incorrect, a leading security developer told AppleHolic.

July 24, 2014 8:03 AM EDT

Sense: A Kickstarter hit -- after a screwball pitch.

Sense is a new device that monitors sleep patterns, receiving over $350,000 in startup funds on Kickstarter. But this dreamy success story may take a turn for the worse: parent company Hello Inc., also received VC funding for Sense prior to "Kickstarting." This is surprising news -- and the stuff bad dreams are made of -- for some Kickstarter investors.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wake up grumpy.

July 24, 2014 6:15 AM EDT

The financial institution where this pilot fish works is moving to a new disaster recovery site, and that means arranging the transfer of several financial-market data servers -- which could take months.

July 24, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Yesterday's earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple showed a contrast in corporate strategies: Apple's aimed at consumers, Microsoft's targeted at businesses. Those reports and the press's reaction to them shows why right now Apple matters to the world, and Microsoft doesn't.

July 23, 2014 2:40 PM EDT

We know Apple is preparing to consolidate its grip on the high-end smartphone market with the device it will probably call "iPhone 6" when it ships September 19, so what can you expect?

July 23, 2014 7:00 AM EDT
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