10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including iOS 7.1, Android malware, Google Glass in hospitals, and Congressional hypocrisy.

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  • 5. Senators don't mind government surveillance, so long as they're exempt

    Oh, the hypocrisy — which many were to point out, including whistleblower Edward Snowden — that chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) supported the NSA spying on Americans, but loses her mind when the CIA searched congressional computers. The accusations were that the CIA secretly removed documents from committee members' computers in response to an investigation into activities by the intelligence agency. CIA director John Brennan denied the agency snooped on lawmaker's computers, however. 

    Image: Dianne Feinstein/U.S. Senate

  • 6. NSA 'hijacked' malware, botnets to grab passwords, crack VPN encryption

    Another day, yet another story about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance machine. The latest documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, published by The Intercept, cite 2009-dated slides that suggest the NSA was able to piggyback off malware and botnets and infiltrate a huge number of computers. So-called 'implants' were able to crack virtual-private networking (VPN) encryption, and others were able to siphon off Web browsing history and passwords. The NSA rebuffed the report as "inaccurate," denying it used its tools to "impersonate U.S. company websites."

    Image: The Intercept/NSA

  • 7. World Wide Web inventor says it 'still needs work,' even 25 years later

    Nobody's perfect, and even the technologies that have been around for more than one-quarter of a century aren't either. Maybe if the NSA hadn't blown it in the last few years with its encryption cracking, cable tapping, mass surveillance spying endeavors, Sir Tim Berners-Lee would be a little more upbeat. In speaking to sister-site CNET, the Web's inventor admitted that the Web had gone a long way but there was more work to be done, and that there needed to be more ways to "bridge cultural divides." 

    Image: World Wide Web Consortium

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  • a bit quicker

    i have noticed a difference in the speed of the 4 with the iOS upgrade. “
    djohn017