March 23, 2014
Today Google announced that it has enhanced encryption for its Gmail email service, bolstering security to protect customers from prying eyes, especially those of governments.
As of today, Gmail will “always use an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever a user checks their mail, or sends a new missive. According to Google, the expanded protection will ensure that your mail is safe from being snooped on as it travels from your machine to Google’s data centers. This means you are protected regardless of what sort of network you are logged into, either a public connection or whatever else.
Read more...Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping | TechCrunch
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe could be hooked up to an advanced, super-fast fiber-optic Internet network under a plan unveiled Wednesday by Google.
The company has early plans to introduce its Google Fiber service — 100 times faster than basic broadband connections — into more cities over the next few years.
The three Valley cities are among nearly three dozen in nine metro areas Google is looking at to expand its network.
Read more...Lightning-fast Internet from Google may come to Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
March 16, 2014
U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced they want auto manufacturers to include devices for tracking location, heading, speed, and other information in all cars.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx wants the tech in all cars for the purpose of averting traffic accidents, the AP reports. The devices would allow cars to essentially talk to each other.
Radio transponders would transmit a car’s real-time data to the computers of surrounding cars, with the hope of alerting drivers to an impending collision.
Read more...Feds push for tracking devices in all new cars | The Daily Caller
NEW YORK (AP) — Google Glass is getting glasses.
The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don't actually come with lenses in its frame. Starting Tuesday, Google is offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses.
The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year. Currently, Glass is available only to the tens of thousands of people who are testing and creating apps for it.
Read more...Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Make Glass Less Dorky
March 9, 2014
The recent big security breaches at Target and the Maricopa Community Colleges system are the latest in a series of examples where hackers or other crooks gained personal information from customers and clients.
Can you spot telltale signs that might indicate your Social Security number, credit cards or other personal information might have been compromised? Here are some indicators:
Read more...Watch for signs of ID theft
Valley real-estate photographers are using drones to shoot aerial shots of residential properties despite a federal ban on the use of unmanned aircraft.
Using lightweight radio-controlled helicopters to shoot photos and videos that show homes in context to neighbors, golf courses and other nearby landmarks, the photographers are finding ways to work around federal rules.
“Technically, I can’t charge for any of the flying,” said Luke Pierzina of Aerial Raiders. “I charge for editing.”
Commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, is expected to be an emerging line of business worth billions of dollars within a few years.
Read more...Federal ban on drones doesn’t stop photography
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation.
This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing with its $3.2 billion acquisition of high-tech thermostat and smoke-detector maker Nest Labs.
The surprise deal announced earlier this week will provide Google Inc. with more tools to build a valuable hub for homes. It's a world of network-tethered toasters and tea kettles, or a so-called "Internet of Things," that is destined to reshape society, experts say, in the same way that smartphones have done in the seven years since Apple Inc. unveiled the iPhone.
Read more...Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes - Yahoo News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jackie Nussbaum knew her son liked playing DragonVale on the family iPad — a colorful game with soothing music and chirping birds where kids raise adorable baby dragons. What she didn't realize was that he was buying virtual gems — with real money — to build his dragon park as part of the game.
When she opened her credit card statement, she saw a slew of charges from Apple, totaling $600 in one day.
"I thought it was a mistake, that someone had stolen my credit card," said Nussbaum, a mother of two children in Westerville, Ohio. Apple told her the charges were valid purchases from the game DragonVale.
"I almost choked," she said in an interview. "It was shocking."
Read more...Apple agrees to refund $32.5M for kids' purchases - Yahoo News
March 2, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) — The video is riddled with menace and swagger: Reputed gang members in Chicago point their guns directly at the camera. A bare-chested young man brandishes an assault weapon. They flash hand signals, dance and, led by a rapper, taunt their rivals as he chants:
"Toe tag DOA. That's for being in my way ... Killing til my heart swell ... Guaranteed there's going to be all hell."
Thousands watch on YouTube. Among them: the Chicago police, who quickly identify two of those in the video as felons who are prohibited from being around guns. Both are later taken into custody.
Read more...Tweets and threats: Gangs find new home on the Net
Gas prices are going to ease up a bit in the next two years and the amount of renewable energy in the country is going to continue growing at a rapid clip, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest report.
Solar power generation from large-scale power plants is expected to surge, growing about 40 percent between now and the end of 2015, according to the EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook.
The U.S. is expected to get 0.4 percent of its electricity from large-scale solar power plants by 2015, including from the Solana Generating Station near Gila Bend, the only solar-thermal power plant with heat storage that allows electricity to be produced after sunset.
Read more...Gas prices expected to decline in next 2 years
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