Five super useful features in Chrome mobile - CNET Mobile
For a smartphone browser that’s fast and feature-packed, Chrome is a no-brainer choice. Not only did it crush the competition in our browser speed test, but its countless desktop-like tools and settings make it a hot contender against whatever default browser you’re currently rocking.
For the best Chrome experience, make use of these built-in features.
Researchers Create Computer Virus That Spreads Like a Cold
Early computer viruses spread over what we called “sneaker net,” with one infected floppy disk inserted in one computer after another. Online networks make infections move much faster — but, until now, all the infections had been from computer to computer, or server to computer. They had never spread from one disconnected Wi-Fi network to another before.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have created (in the lab only, thankfully) what may be the first computer malware that can spread like the common cold: over the air, depending on proximity between the infected host and an uninfected victim.
The malware, called “Chameleon,” sits on a network and basically sniffs the data and credentials passing through it. It can hop from access point to access point, and just like a cold, moves more quickly in densely populated areas. Those places naturally have more access points offering Wi-Fi connections to the unsuspecting public. To put this in perspective, anytime you’re accessing a Wi-Fi network, you’re connecting to an access point — the world and Starbucks are full of them.
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Google Chromecast: How do they stack up? - CNET Mobile
Roku’s new Streaming Stick bears more than just a passing resemblance to Google’s Chromecast.
They’re both tiny sticks that connect to the back of your TV, use a nearby USB port (or power outlet) for power, and stream media from a variety of sources like Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and Pandora. So which one should you get?
I haven’t had the chance to fully review the new Roku Streaming Stick (which comes out in April), but from my brief hands-on time, it looks to deliver the same Roku experience that’s available on the company traditional streaming boxes. While it’s too early to crown a winner yet, we already have a pretty good idea how these two sticks will match up.
Apple Prepping Sensors That Predict Heart Attacks, Report Says
According to the report, Apple is developing sensor technology that would be able to predict heart attacks. The effort, led by audio expert Tomlinson Holman, the inventor of THX and 10.2 surround sound, will reportedly focus on the sound blood makes as it travels through a person’s arteries.
However, in order for Apple’s supposed sensor to monitor the sound of a person’s blood, that device would likely have to be worn on a person’s body. Therefore, this new information directly points to the continued rumors of an upcoming Apple wearable device, commonly referred to as the iWatch.
The iWatch implications of the San Francisco Chronicle report are further backed by last week’s news that Apple hired medical-device expert Marcelo Malini Lamego. What’s more, a report in January claimed that Apple is also working on new health-focused apps for iOS.
If this new report regarding Apple’s heart sensor research pans out — barring a surprise move by the company to enter the medical scanner bed industry — Apple’s rumored iWatch will turn out to be far more broadly impactful than anyone could have guessed.
What the New Cybersecurity Standards Mean for Federal Contractors
The White House on Wednesday issued voluntary cyber standards aimed at defending key private networks essential to U.S. society - but it could be years before the benefits are noticeable.
While optional for industry, it is expected that the guidelines — which encourage reporting data breaches to the government — will be required for federal contractors.
Government suppliers say they felt involved in the development of the standards and are satisfied that their flexibility will not be burdensome. That same flexibility has given some security observers pause, however, over concerns that “critical infrastructure” industries, like the energy and medial sectors that sustain daily living, will remain vulnerable.
With Wednesday’s release, the Commerce Department met a one-year deadline set by President Obama in a Feb. 12, 2013 executive order to develop a pick-and-choose menu of controls understandable to everyone from technicians to corporate boardroom members, who ultimately will determine the rubric’s viability in industry. The private sector operates most critical infrastructure.
The Important Lesson in Netflix’s Hyper-Categorization
Tag Content for Discovery
Maybe you can’t hire an army of movie-watchers like Netflix did, but you can go well beyond the regular way of thinking about your content and ensure that you really understand everything that is available to you and how it can be applied. With the right tools, you can tag your original content with a flat organizational architecture that keeps items highly relatable and build a truly killer library of assets that are easily browsed and line up with your customers’ needs and interests.
At Edmunds.com, they followed this philosophy religiously to organize thousands of pieces of content (by makes, models, vehicle types, price range, options, etc.) before they ever published a single piece of it. Sites like The Huffington Post or TechCrunch vigorously tag their content and provide a plethora of related content and topic navigation paths as article tags or even more visual related content widgets. This type of navigation works and it increases engagement and stickiness. If marketers take the above cues from retailers, publishers, and design experts like Spool, they can help readers better discover their content by ensuring that it is well-categorized for their industry or interest, sortable, and immediate.
Think of your content like an online retailer would think about their product catalog. Every product is tagged to make it extremely easy to find. Why not think of your content the same way?
How to Wipe Your Computer Before You Sell It - Popular Mechanics
I’m selling my computer and want to erase it before delivering it to its next owner. How can I make sure it’s totally, irreversibly wiped clean?
To return the computer to its blank-slate state, you’ll need to do four things: Back it up (please!), erase the drive, reformat it, and reinstall the operating system.
If your computer is running Windows 7, you’ll need a copy of the operating system, which you likely got on a USB drive or DVD when you bought the computer. If you don’t have it, though, you’re not out of luck. You can download a copy from Digital River (both for the 32-bit version; and the 64-bit, both legitimate ways to get a new copy of the OS that you paid for when you purchased the machine) and install it on a USB drive with at least 4 GB of space with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. To activate the downloaded OS, use your Windows 7 Product Key—find it on a sticker on your computer or with the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder program. After ensuring you have a bootable version of the OS, erase the hard drive using DBAN. Download the program, copy it to another USB drive with the USB/DVD tool, and restart your computer with the drive plugged in. Then follow the onscreen prompts and wait several hours as the computer churns away, deleting everything. You’re now finally ready to boot directly from the Windows 7 installer. With Windows 8, Microsoft makes this drawn-out process a lot easier. Just head to the General section of Change PC Settings and choose Remove Everything and Reinstall Windows. To be safe, erase the data “thoroughly,” not “quickly.” The computer will erase the drive, reformat, and automatically install a new copy of the OS. The process for readying a Mac for sale is similar in theory but different in practice. On an Apple computer running Macintosh OS Lion or Mountain Lion, you don’t need the system disk, but for earlier Mac systems, you do. Start up your computer from the recovery partition, holding down the command and R keys as the computer restarts, and open Disk Utility. Under the Erase tab’s security options choose 7-Pass Erase, which writes over your data seven times. After erasing is complete—it can take several hours—quit Disk Utility, make sure you’re connected to the Internet, and choose Reinstall Mac OS X. If you’re running an earlier version of OS X, follow the same steps but start by putting the system disk in the drive and restarting the computer while holding down the C key