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No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere — Tech News and Analysis

Using extremely low-band frequencies, goTenna’s little baton can connect your iPhone or Android smartphone into any other goTenna-enabled smartphone even where there’s no cellular network for miles.

via No signal? GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere — Tech News and Analysis.

Microsoft: Illegal data collection will lead to a ‘bleak future’ | BGR

Microsoft has been one of many technology companies standing up to the U.S. government in response to unwarranted, rampant data collection. CNET reports that Microsoft’s top lawyer, Brad Smith, spoke on Tuesday morning at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. to reiterate his stance that the unchecked data collection should be put to an end.

via Microsoft: Illegal data collection will lead to a ‘bleak future’ | BGR.

Are you an I.E. user? You might want to re-think that.

internet explorer 11 logo smMay 1, 2014 update:  Microsoft has begun deploying the fix via a software update today.  If you have automatic updates turned on, you’ll automatically get the update – even if you are using windows XP.  If you don’t have it turned on, you’ll need to force the update manually.

The department of Homeland Security has advised users of Internet Explorer to quit using the browser until Microsoft can fix a vulnerability that could enable someone to take control of a computer.  Yet another hole in Microsoft’s security.  They went as far to recommend that you use Google Chrome or Firefox until an update is made.

I’ve always been an IE user and using another browser is painful, but I’ll do it to protect my data.  I’m using Google Chrome for now.

Here’s a link to the security bulletin Microsoft released on April 26.  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/2963983.aspx

I can’t find anything from Microsoft indicating that an update to IE is coming anytime soon.  So, it’s Chrome until I can be assured the fix has been made.

Microsoft fights back against NSA ‘snooping’ – CNN.com

(CNN) — Still concerned about some faceless government bureaucrat peeking at your e-mails and other online communications? Well, you’ve got a new champion: Microsoft.

The computing giant has announced a set of new privacy features, in a post that specifically calls out “government snooping” as the reason.

via Microsoft fights back against NSA ‘snooping’ – CNN.com.

NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry | Wired.com

Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by the National Security Agency. There was a bug in a government-standard random number generator that could be used to encrypt data.

The researchers, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson, found that the number generator appeared to have been built with a backdoor — it came with a secret numeric key that could allow a third party to decrypt code that it helped generate.

via NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry | Threat Level | Wired.com.

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