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Facebook Blocks Millions of Photos From Instagram-Like App

Step aside, Google: Now it's Facebook's turn to take flak from France. A few months back, France demanded that Google pay for displaying links to French media's news articles. Next, a French Internet service provider demanded that Google pay extra for bandwidth consumed by YouTube. Now, in the most ...

ANDROID APP REVIEW

Slick Syncing May Sell You on Firefox for Android

I've taken to browsing the Web with a mobile device like a duck to water, despite the generally appalling user experience. I remember well the days of balancing hot and heavy Dell laptops on my middle, recumbent on a sofa -- peering awkwardly at an obscurely angled keyboard, lap getting hotter and h...

WHICH APPS DO I NEED?

All Things Appy: Top 5 Firefox Utilities

One of the ways apps and plug-ins contribute to our computer-driven lives is in providing utilities that streamline the optimization and configuration necessary to get the best out of our machines. Firefox, the Mozilla browser, has a formidable set of utilities. This week, All Things Appy takes a lo...

Taking the Java Bull by the Horns

The United States Department of Homeland Security Computer Emergency Readiness Team has recently been advising computer users to update or switch off Java in browsers. Oracle's Java is a programming language that's used in browser plug-ins. It's used by vendors to make applications function across ...

Mozilla Lures Devs to Firefox OS With Shiny New Toys

The Mozilla Foundation on Tuesday announced that smartphones running its Firefox OS will be available to developers in February. The preview phones are being produced in collaboration with Geeksphone and Telefonica. The idea is to entice devs to create apps for the Firefox OS. "These devices have no...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Bogus Google Certificate Exposes Broader Problem

Google spotted an impostor certificate on Christmas Eve and took quick action, but the event is calling into question the reliability of Secure Socket Layer security. Turktrust, a Turkish Web certificate authority, acknowledged it gave two entities the power to create certificates when it shouldn't...

WHICH APPS DO I NEED?

All Things Appy: 5 Best Firefox Add-ons for Research

Before we became used to the slew of apps cluttering up our smarthones, desktop browser environments like Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox created "add-ons" and "extensions" -- the precursors of apps. For all intents and purposes, Firefox add-ons are app-like helpers, and using them is a good way to s...

Firefox 17 Gets Friendly With Facebook, Wary of iFrames

Mozilla has made its Web browser more social -- and more secure -- with the release of Firefox 17. The latest version of the foundation's popular browser includes a plug-in that displays notifications and instant messages from Facebook in a sidebar. The plug-in is the first implementation of the Soc...

Box Embed Tools Tear Down Content Walls

Box on Tuesday unveiled Box Embed, a new HTML5-based framework, at its Boxworks 2012 conference in San Francisco. This lets users embed Box's various features -- uploads, search, comments, sharing and file edits -- easily in their website, forum or blog. The company also announced that 10 enterprise...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Tizzy Over Bank Cyberattacks Unwarranted, Say Researchers

A week-long cyber attack on some of the nation's largest banks last week most likely wasn't the Armageddon headline writers made it out to be. "It's ridiculous to consider an attack that takes your website offline for a few hours the world's worst nightmare scenario," said Jeffrey Carr, CEO of Taia ...

TECH TREK

Cheat Fresh: Romanian Pair Cop to Subway Credit Card Hack

Two Romanian men, ages 27 and 28, have pleaded guilty to a multimillion-dollar hacking scheme targeted at Subway restaurants. The two men, arrested last December, were part of what is believed to be a four-person group that stole information from an estimated 146,000 payment cards belonging to Subwa...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Java Patch May Be Just a Finger in the Dam

Oracle acted swiftly last week to close a zero-day vulnerability in its Java technology, but given Java's track record, that patch is just one hit in a long game of wackamole played with hackers. A number of security companies discovered the vulnerability over the weekend of Aug. 25. They noticed th...

Firefox 15 Goes on a Memory Diet

Better management of memory and updates highlight the latest release of the Mozilla Foundation's Web browser, Firefox 15. Firefox's development team has steadily improved the browser's memory management over recent months, but with this release of the program, it's targeting a major contributor to t...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

XFCE Makes Mint Even Fresher

The latest incarnation of the XFCE desktop proves once again that when you delve into the wonders of the Linux OS, something old definitely becomes something new again. The Linux Mint 13 team has released a specially flavored distro built around the latest version of the XFCE interface. This is not...

Can Sparrow Teach Gmail to Sing?

Google has acquired Sparrow, the maker of an email client available for various platforms, including Apple's iOS and Mac OS X. The news comes one week after Sparrow announced that its product is ready for Mac OS X Mountain Lion and for Apple's Retina Display technology. Financial details of the purc...

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