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Status Board Goes Free, Adds New Dashboard Panels

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 47 min ago

iPad: Status Board is one of the best dashboard apps out there , and today it gets a little better. The new version includes a new UI, multiple boards, new panels, and more.http://lifehacker.com/the-best-dashb...

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Microsoft Creates a Quantum Computer-Proof Version of TLS Encryption Protocol

Slashdot - 3 hours 52 min ago
holy_calamity writes: When (or if) quantum computers become practical they will make existing forms of encryption useless. But now researchers at Microsoft say they have made a quantum-proof version of the TLS encryption protocol we could use to keep online data secure in the quantum computing era. It is based on a mathematical problem very difficult for both conventional and quantum computers to crack. That tougher math means data moved about 20 percent slower in comparisons with conventional TLS, but Microsoft says the design could be practical if properly tuned up for use in the real world.

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How I Built Better Habits With Calendar Appointments

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 17 min ago

Old habits die hard. You’ve probably experienced this when you vowed to eat all salads forever, only to crash and burn a few days later. Building new habits takes time. A lot of time. For me, turning my habits into calendar appointments made a huge difference. Here’s how this might work for you.http://lifehacker.com/5926583/why-ha...

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Privacy Alert: Your Laptop Or Phone Battery Could Track You Online

Slashdot - 4 hours 35 min ago
Mark Wilson writes: Is the battery in your smartphone being used to track your online activities? It might seem unlikely, but it's not quite as farfetched as you might first think. This is not a case of malware or hacking, but a built-in component of the HTML5 specification. Originally designed to help reduce power consumption, the Battery Status API makes it possible for websites and apps to monitor the battery level of laptops, tablets, and phones. A paper published by a team of security researchers suggests that this represents a huge privacy risk. Using little more than the amount of power remaining in your battery, it is possible for people to be identified and tracked online. As reported by The Guardian, a paper entitled The Leaking Battery by Belgian and French privacy and security experts say that the API can be used in device fingerprinting.

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Rebroadcast Internet Radio on FM with a Raspberry Pi

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 17 min ago

Internet radio’s great, but you need an internet connected device to listen to it. If you have an old radio sitting around and you want to listen to some tunes, Make shows you how to rebroadcast those stations on the FM band using a Raspberry Pi.

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EFF Coalition Announces New 'Do Not Track' Standard For Web Browsing

Slashdot - 5 hours 17 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation, privacy company Disconnect, and several other organizations are publishing a new DNT standard. Partners in the coalition include: publishing site Medium, analytics service Mixpanel, AdBlock, and private search engine DuckDuckGo. Thought it's still a voluntary policy, the EFF hopes the new proposed standard will provide users better privacy online. "We are greatly pleased that so many important Web services are committed to this powerful new implementation of Do Not Track, giving their users a clear opt-out from stealthy online tracking and the exploitation of their reading history," said EFF Chief Computer Scientist Peter Eckersley. "These companies understand that clear and fair practices around analytics and advertising are essential not only for privacy but for the future of online commerce."

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Apple Testing Service That Allows Siri to Answer Calls and Transcribe Voicemail

Slashdot - 5 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Apple is reportedly testing a new feature which would allow Siri to answer your calls and then transcribe the voicemails as text messages. The iCloud service would then send users the text of that transcribed voicemail. Apple employees are testing a voicemail service currently and a public release isn't expected until sometime in 2016 in iOS10.

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A quick announcement: Gawker Media’s anonymous SecureDrop portal, which went down for a few days as

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 4 min ago

A quick announcement: Gawker Media’s anonymous SecureDrop portal , which went down for a few days as we moved the server into our new office , is up and running again. If you have information or stories to share with any of Gawker Media’s sites—and want to remain as anonymous as possible—SecureDrop is for you. [Gawker ]http://gawker.com/gawker-media-s...

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Fix Your Form to Make Crunches More Effective

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 17 min ago

Crunches are the classic ab exercise (although planks and push-ups have their fans too). To really target your abs, though, it’s important to use good form.

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Soylent 2.0 Comes Bottled and Ready To Drink

Slashdot - 6 hours 42 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Soylent has announced today their latest product, Soylent 2.0. It comes premixed and ready to drink in recyclable bottles. Each bottle is one fifth of a scientifically balanced daily meal plan, will last up to a year unrefrigerated, and will cost you $2.42. A Soylent blog post reads in part: "Not only are its ingredients vegan, Soylent 2.0 reaches an unprecedented level of environmental sustainability with half of its fat energy coming from farm-free, algae sources. This next generation agricultural technology has the potential to reduce the ecological impact of food production by orders of magnitude, signifying a major step towards a future of abundance, a world where optimal nutrition is the new normal."

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TaiG Releases iOS 8.4 Jailbreak Tool for Mac

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 47 min ago

Mac/iOS: Back in June, the TaiG team released their jailbreak tool for Windows. That was followed up by an unoffical (and glitchy) offshoot for Mac by another team in July. Now, the TaiG team has released their Mac version.http://lifehacker.com/ios-8-3-jailbr...

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Label Cords When You Move to Easily Identify Them Later

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 17 min ago

Moving is a lot easier when you streamline your packing. But many of us just toss our junk in boxes and say we’ll figure it out when we get to the new place. On more than one occasion, I’ve ended up with a box of unidentifiable cords. An easy fix: simply label those cords.

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Clinton Plan To Power Every US Home With Renewables By 2027 Is Achievable

Slashdot - 7 hours 25 min ago
Lucas123 writes: As part of her campaign pledge, Hillary Clinton has said she would make it a priority in her first term to increase the number of solar panels by 500M and U.S. installed solar capacity from 21 gigawatts (GW) today to 140GW by the end of 2020. Her plan, is to increase solar, wind and other renewables so that they'd provide 33% of America's electricity by 2027, enough to power every home. While the plan may sound overly ambitious, experts say, it's not. Today, renewables provide about 15% of America's power. Shayle Kann, senior vice president at GTM Research, said the Clinton's renewable energy goal is doable, but with caveats. In order to achieve the goal, current programs, such as federal tax breaks for solar installations (set to expire next year), must continue and future initiatives, such as Obama's Clean Power Plan that will begin in 2018, must not be curtailed. Considering that if elected, Clinton wouldn't take office until 2017, the her campaign goals could be more bravado than reality. Clinton, however, is not alone. While most candidates have yet to announce their clean energy plans, Clinton's Democratic contender, Martin O'Malley, also came out with strong support for the end of fossil fuel use and a full clean energy economy by 2050, and creating a national goal of doubling energy efficiency within 15 years.

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This Video Explains the Basics of Home Equity Borrowing

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 47 min ago

One big perk of being a homeowner is, ideally, you’ve got equity: this is the difference between your mortgage amount and the appraisal value of your home. Even the basics of equity can be confusing, but this video lays it out in simple terms.

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Leading the Computer Revolution In a Totalitarian State

Slashdot - 8 hours 8 min ago
szczys writes: How do you enter the information age when computers, and the components that go into them, are embargoed by other countries and imports of any value are restricted by your own? This and a myriad of other barriers didn't stop Voja Antonic from building his own computers and teaching others how to do so during the 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond. He managed to get a TRS-80 into Yugoslavia by having a friend cut the cables between the two boards and send them separately to avoid getting caught in customs. He bootstrapped his own personal computer and published the plans in the country's first computer magazine. It was built by over 8000 people. Check out these stories and his experience of living in the Eastern Bloc and through the war in '90s, all while continuing to build and promote computers in what is now Serbia.

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What's the Best Toaster Oven?

Lifehacker.com - 8 hours 17 min ago

A toaster oven will, in many cases, cook, defrost, or reheat your food better than a microwave, and more efficiently than a full-size oven. Items your microwave would have left soggy will come out crisp, and you’ll add far less heat to your home or apartment than you would have with a conventional oven. But which toaster oven deserves to take over your valuable counter space? Tell us.

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The Best Web Browser for Android

Lifehacker.com - 8 hours 17 min ago

There’s no shortage of great web browsers for Android, and which one you use is largely up to personal preference. If we had to pick one however, we think Chrome is your best bet for speed, support across devices, and integrated features.

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Ruby Tracks Your Menstrual, Sexual, and Reproductive Health 

Lifehacker.com - 8 hours 47 min ago

iOS: Period tracking is nothing new. Most women track their cycle in some way, whether it’s with a basic app, a calendar, or just noting the days mentally. But beyond tracking your period or ovulation, this app offers a more inclusive look into a woman’s sexual, menstrual, and reproductive health.

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Researchers Create Mac "Firmworm" That Spreads Via Thunderbolt Ethernet Adapters

Slashdot - 8 hours 50 min ago
BIOS4breakfast writes: Wired reports that later this week at BlackHat and Defcon, Trammel Hudson will show the Thunderstrike 2 update to his Thunderstrike attack on Mac firmware (previously covered on Slashdot). Trammel teamed up with Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg from LegbaCore, who have previously shown numerous exploits for PC firmware. They found multiple vulnerabilities that were already publicly disclosed were still present in Mac firmware. This allows a remote attacker to break into the Mac over the network, and infect its firmware. The infected firmware can then infect Apple Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters' PCI Option ROM. And then those adapters can infect the firmware of any Mac they are plugged into — hence creating the self-propagating Thunderstrike 2 "firmworm." Unlike worms like Stuxnet, it never exists on the filesystem, it only ever lives in firmware (which no one ever checks.) A video showing the proof of concept attack is posted on YouTube.

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How to Perfectly Measure a Frame When Cutting Mitered Corners

Lifehacker.com - 9 hours 17 min ago

Picture frames and boxes require joining two boards to create a right angle. The cleanest way to do that is cutting 45 degree angles at the end of each board, called a miter cut. Here’s the formula to determine the length each of your boards should be cut.

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