Nsa Porn, Cyanogenmod Ban, Jolla Smartphone, Microsoft Sexism [tech News Digest]

Today in Tech News Digest, the NSA watches porn, Bitcoin is now valued at $1,000, Google Street View comes to airports and train stations, the CyanagenMod Installer is banned from Google Play, F-Secure KEY is launched to help you manage your passwords, the new Jolla smartphone arrives, Twitter ups its level of security, and Microsoft is accused of being sexist when it comes to the Xbox One.

The NSA Watches Porn

The NSA has tracked which pornographic websites certain targets have been visiting, as a means of harming the target’s reputation. According to the Huffington Post, which published a document it claims is a top-secret NSA brief, the National Security Agency proposed to discredit specific individuals by revealing their online porn habits, as well as fraudulently claiming expenses, charging for speaking engagements, and using contradictory language in public.

The document focuses on six Muslims the NSA describes as “prominent, globally resonating foreign radicalisers” that have “vulnerabilities that can be exploited.” The vulnerabilities, including the viewing of pornographic images online, could be used to undermine these targets. None of the targets is thought to be directly involved in terrorist activities, but the NSA believes them all to be capable of radicalizing others in some way.

This is, of course, just the latest in a long line of revelations about the level of spying and surveillance Who Is Fighting On Your Behalf Against The NSA And For Privacy? There are several Internet activism groups who are fighting on your behalf for privacy. They are doing their best to educate netizens as well. Here are just a few of them that are incredibly active. Read More being carried out against individuals, by the NSA and other governmental organizations. While on this occasion the level of snooping was aimed directly at particular people, Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, suggested that, “It’s important to remember that the NSA’s surveillance activities are anything but narrowly focused — the agency is collecting massive amounts of sensitive information about virtually everyone.

Bitcoin Hits $1,000

Just one week after Bitcoin enjoyed a big news day Bitcoin Bonanza, vBulletin Hack, PS4 Fix, Google Canal View [Tech News Digest] Bitcoin enjoys its biggest day yet, Google and Microsoft combat child porn, Sony fixes bricked PlayStation 4, Pocket 5.0 is released, Venice joins Street View, and YouTube causes the Web to lose its s**t. Read More , in part for hitting a new record high value of $600, the price has skyrocketed to over $1,000. The trading value of Bitcoin rose an incredible 62 percent in one week, and in the two months since the FBI shut down the Silk Road, its value has increased almost tenfold from $110 to $1,000. This may be great news for those who have invested in Bitcoin, but it also reveals the highly unstable nature of the virtual currency.

Google Street View For Airports

NSA Porn, CyanogenMod Ban, Jolla Smartphone, Microsoft Sexism [Tech News Digest] street view transit map

Not content with merely showing street-level views of cities around the world, now including Venice, Google has added several transit locations Preview International Airports And Train Stations Before You Travel On Google Street View Google Maps will now let you preview global transit locations, including 16 international airports, and over 50 train and subway stations using Google Street View. Your travel planning just got easier. Read More to Street View. Initially there are 16 international airports, and 50 train or subway stations, but many more are likely to be added in the future. Which all goes to helping travellers acquaint themselves with their surroundings before they even leave home.

Google Bans CyanogenMod Installer

The CyanogenMod Installer app released on Nov. 12 CyanogenMod Installer Now Available For Limited Devices The official CyanogenMod Installer has just landed in the Play Store alongside a PC client that should make the ROM flashing process much easier. Read More has been pulled from Google Play at the request of Google. The CyanogenMod Installer app offers a one-click installation of CyanogenMod, which is a customized, open source distro for Android devices. Google has yet to comment on why the app was removed, but CyanogenMod has submitted the app to the Samsung and Amazon app stores for approval. Meanwhile, the Android distro can be sideloaded instead How To Install CyanogenMod On Your Android Device A lot of people can agree that the Android operating system is pretty awesome. Not only is it great to use, but it’s also free as in open source, so that it can be modified… Read More , though doing so isn’t recommended for n00bs.

F-Secure KEY For Passwords

Security firm F-Secure has released a new, free, cross-platform password manager called F-Secure KEY F-Secure KEY Generates and Remembers Passwords Across Platforms Security firm F-Secure has made its foray in the crowded password manager market with the new F-Secure KEY, a cross-platform tool to generate and remember passwords across different devices. Read More . This Lastpass competitor lets you generate and manage passwords across all of your devices (Mac, Windows, Android and iOS), as long as the app is installed on each one. All of your passwords are protected behind one universal password, so it’s crucial not to forget that one under any circumstances.

Jolla Smartphone Arrives

NSA Porn, CyanogenMod Ban, Jolla Smartphone, Microsoft Sexism [Tech News Digest] jolla smartphone

A brand new smartphone has been released, and it’s not running either iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Instead, the Jolla smartphone, created by a group of ex-Nokia engineers, runs on the Sailfish OS, which is based on the MeeGo platform Nokia and Intel developed several years ago.

Currently only available to buy in Finland, the Jolla handset is likely to be made available in other countries in the near-future. Which will be music to the ears of those bored of the two-and-a-half options (the half being Windows Phone, with BlackBerry not even getting that recognition) available at the moment.

Twitter Enables Perfect Forward Security

NSA Porn, CyanogenMod Ban, Jolla Smartphone, Microsoft Sexism [Tech News Digest] twitter security1

Twitter has introduced a new layer of protection to your private communications, with its ‘perfect forward security’ going beyond Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). With ‘perfect forward security’, every single Twitter session is assigned its own security key, meaning prior sessions remain protected even if an organization such as the NSA (see above) snoops on an individual session. Not the most exciting news of the day, perhaps, but important nonetheless.

Microsoft Is Sexist, Possibly

And finally, Microsoft has been accused of sexism for releasing a form letter playing on gender stereotypes. The letter is designed to help one half of a couple to persuade the other half to buy an Xbox One Xbox One Reviews, Winamp Loses, Google Newsstand, Scroogled Merchandise [Tech News Digest] The Xbox One is reviewed ahead of release, Winamp gets condemned to death, Instagram arrives on Windows Phone, Google releases Apple-inspired Newsstand, a Bitcoin scam is uncovered, and Microsoft sells anti-Google Scroogled merchandise. Read More . The problem is the defaults used made it very clear this was aimed at men looking to persuade their significant others to buy the new games console.

Not only are the defaults potentially sexist, they also exclude people in same-sex relationships. After the complaints rolled in, Microsoft subtly changed the wording of some of the lines, and now it looks as though the letter has disappeared altogether from Xbox.com. Thankfully, TechCrunch has the unedited version saved for us all to enjoy.

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