Xiaomi Latest Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer To Steal Data

The Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi's products imitate the features of phones from companies like Samsung and Apple, but offer them at much lower price points. What you save in cash, though, you might pay for in lost personal information. Xiaomi has been accused of stealing users' data in the past…

As Cars Get Smarter, They’re Also Getting More Hackable

That 2015 Cadillac Escalade you’ve been coveting is vulnerable to remote hijackers, say hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who are presenting “A SURVEY OF REMOTE AUTOMOTIVE ATTACK SURFACES” at this week’s annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. The increased connectivity of modern cars in the…

The Internet's Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Just Got Signed

With President Obama's signature last Friday, the Internet-spawned cell phone unlocking bill became law. We did it! Once again, we can take our phones to whichever carrier we want, without fear of prosecution. So how'd it become illegal in the first place? Well, the legality of phone unlocking fell under…

Big Businesses Gain Victories in the Ongoing Net Neutrality War

Netflix has given in to AT&T and signed a “peering” agreement to end the Internet provider’s data throttling, while Sprint rolls out a new data plan that stomps all over net neutrality principles. The peering agreement, in which Netflix pays AT&T extra for direct access…

The Cloud Storage Price Wars - Bad for Everyone

Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have been in the midst of a cloud service pricing prizefight for a while now, with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon all announcing price cuts on their cloud offerings back in March. Those massive cuts (36% to 65% from Amazon, 32% to 85% from Google, 27% to…

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Is Officially Reusable – Next Stop, Mars Colony?

Last week, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with the intention of deploying six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites to orbit. The launch’s other goal was to determine if the Falcon 9 was, in fact, reusable. In both aspects, the launch was a success. ORBCOMM’s satellites were deployed to improve…