BitTorrent has kind of a bad reputation, even if they don’t deserve it. They invented the BitTorrent protocol, which can be used for downloading movies and music, and has wreaked havoc on every creative industry it touches. Ever since, they’ve been trying to use their cryptographic skills for good.
Privacy is Dead
My Facebook has been semi-private for quite a while, but just last week, I locked it up as tightly as possible. I figured I had made all my personal information totally inaccessible to outsiders — but a scary new website proved I was completely wrong.
With my new privacy settings, people who aren’t my friends see a nearly empty profile, consisting of only a profile picture, a cover photo, where I work and my friends list (only because I couldn’t figure out how to hide it). No one — as far as I knew — was able to see any photos, check-ins or any of those embarrassing “likes” from years ago. Nothing. Read More
In case you needed a reason to delete your LinkedIn account, there’s now a browser plugin that will allow anyone with an Internet connection to find your email address through the corporate social network.
A surveillance company that recently set up shop in New York City is now offering phones with their spying software pre‐loaded. And they’re cool phones, too. The company is offering an iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nexus 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4 fully equipped with mSpy for about $200 more than the device’s regular cost.
Just buy one online, present it to your trusting lover for their next birthday, and go crazy. Or rather, remain crazy, because to do this you’d have to be nuts. Read More
The relationship between celebrities and the papparazzi is murky. Stars love to complain about the marauding photogs, but we have a sneaking suspicion that, as the great Jay-Z once said, half the time they’re calling the paparazzi on themselves.
Well, there’s a new app in town (isn’t there always?) that’s making it even easier for celebrities and the paparazzi to find each other. Called Celeb Spotter, it’s being launched in mid-March for photographers and celeb journalists. Later, it’ll also be open to the general public and celebrities’ PR teams to tip off the paps to their clients’ whereabouts. Read More
Don’t trust your beloved smartphone, because there’s a chance he could be cheating on your with your friendly neighborhood pizza joint.
A feature in the Wall Street Journal examines a slightly alarming new marketing trend: businesses are using sensors placed discreetly around the city to track their customers’ daily habits and interests. Read More
Don’t waste your energy fretting over the Snapchat leak, because the National Security Agency is trying to develop a groundbreaking new computer that probably already knows you’re making sparrow face in the mirror right now.
Teens can be major dickheads, and we don’t envy the parents and teachers who are expected to wrangle them into becoming normal human beings.
But judging by a new trend chronicled in the New York Times, some school administrators are taking their responsibilities a little too far. Some school districts are now paying private contractors to monitor students’ activity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. Read More
Once upon a time, Facebook was a roped-off safe space for moronic 18-year-old college students. The idea of someone’s mom, employer or professor having an account was laughable.
Then, high-schoolers could join. Then, early users started graduating from college, meaning potential employers could very well stumble upon that photo of you clutching a red Solo cup, bleary-eyed, in your “slutty leprechaun” Halloween costume. Read More
Everyone’s endured the internal struggle that occurs when your significant other goes to the bathroom and their unlocked phone is just sitting there, ripe for the picking, almost begging you to go through it.
Now imagine you’re an NSA worker with all of the U.S. Government’s spying capabilities at your fingertips–you don’t even need to stealthily memorize your boyfriend’s iPhone passcode to access his emails, Facebook messages, Twitter DMs and texts. Could you withstand the temptation? Read More