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October 11, 2017

PornHub Employs Computer Vision AI to Help Sort Through the Clutter

AI (Artificial Intelligence) and computer vision has exploded in popularity in the past few years as major companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Nvidia, Tesla and others have invested heavily into the technology for a wide variety of applications ranging from automatic photo tagging to self driving cars.

Naturally then in a recent announcement by the world’s largest porn streaming site PornHub, it looks like porn is about to get a whole lot more intelligent as well. According to the announcement, PornHub has recently implemented an AI computer vision system that can automatically tag videos by the performer. The way PornHub is doing this is by feeding the AI [...]

 
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October 7, 2017

AOL Instant Messenger to End Service in December

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) is finally signing off after 20 years of service.

In a concise and nostalgic blog post, AOL announced that AIM will be closing its doors to all users on December 15, 2017.

AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed. As a result we’ve made the decision that we will be discontinuing AIM effective December 15, 2017. We are more excited than ever to continue building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products for users around the world.

AIM was massively popular in the late 90s and early 2000’s, but [...]

 
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October 4, 2017

All Yahoo 3 Billion Accounts Hacked in 2013 Breach

Oath Inc, a subsidiary of Verizon which now owns Yahoo, revealed in an announcement earlier in  the week that all of its users may have been affected in the 2013 data breach. This expands the number of affected accounts from the previously estimated one billion to three billion. An email has been sent to all Yahoo account holders who’s accounts were compromised during the hack.

Breached information include personal identifiable information including the name of the account holder, email address, encrypted passwords (not plain passwords), birthdays, and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Oath assures its users that no banking and credit [...]

 
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September 8, 2017

Get Spotify and Hulu for $5 (If You’re a Student)

Spotify and Hulu has teamed up to bring students affordable entertainment. Their new student bundle nets students both Hulu and Netflix in a single $5 package.

The package includes Spotify Premium and Hulu’s Limited Commercials plan. If you’re subscribed to Spotify Premium Student already, you can tack on the Hulu for free. The vice versa is true if you have an active Hulu Limited Commercials plan subscription.

While the current deal is only available to students, Spotify and Hulu are looking into some sort of plan for all users as well. Spotify’s own ventures in a video platform hasn’t done well, so a tight partnership with one of the [...]

 
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September 7, 2017

Equifax Gets Hacked, Exposes Information of 143 Million Users

According to a recent statement, credit reporting agency Equifax has suffered a major data breach exposing information such as names, addresses, social security numbers, birthdays, driver license numbers, credit card numbers, and other personally identifying information of approximately 143 million users in the US, Canada and UK.

The hack began back in mid-May, but wasn’t discovered late July of this year. According to the Equifax, hackers utilized a web application vulnerability to execute the hack, but additional details were not revealed at this time.

For those potentially affected, Equifax has setup a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, which [...]

 
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July 13, 2017

China Orders Telecoms to Block VPNs by February 1

China has always had a stringent policy of internet censorship ever since the rise of the internet in the country. Known as the “Great Firewall”, China blocks access to online services that it deems to be against the interest of the state. These services include popular sites such as Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and more. However, despite the country’s censorship policies, tech savvy individuals could still easily get around the “Great Firewall” by simply using a VPN service.

However, it appears that this is about to change as a recent article by Bloomberg reports that China is ordering its telecom carriers to block access to [...]

 
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July 13, 2017

Trump Hotels Payment Provider Hacked: Guest Credit Card Information Compromised in 14 Trump Properties

Guests who’ve stayed at Trump Hotels recently may want to keep a close eye on their credit card statements as the hotel chain recently disclosed a seven-month long security breach that exposed credit card and personal information of guests at 14 of their properties.

According to the notice posted on the Trump Hotels website, the security breach targeted Trump Hotel’s reservation booking provider, Sabre Hospitality Solutions and occurred between August 10, 2016 and March 9, 2017. The attack targeted 14 Trump properties which include popular hotels such as Trump DC, Trump Chicago, Trump Waikiki and Trump Las Vegas. A full list of affected hotels is available [...]

 
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April 21, 2017

Unicode Vulnerability Discovered in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera

A vulnerability has been exposed in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers. In certain scenarios, the affected browsers may incorrectly render Unicode into ASCII characters via Punycode, tricking visitors into believing that it’s the official site.

The tip came from Xudong Zhen, who demonstrated the vulnerability by constructing a site for the domain “https://www.xn--80ak6aa92e.com/“. When entered into the URL bar, a browser could incorrectly translate it to Apple.com. Pair it with SSL and a well-copied template of the original, it can even fool seasoned web users.

The danger of this vulnerability is evident to see. If the domain was registered [...]

 
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March 30, 2017

Pornhub and YouPorn Embraces Privacy: Makes Switch to HTTPS

As congress passes new legislation allowing ISPs to sell customer browsing history, internet privacy is once again a hot topic in the tech world.

As a result of the impending passage of the new legislation, top adult entertainment websites Pornhub and YouPorn are embracing user privacy by switching to HTTPS, the secure version of HTTP, beginning on April 4. By utilizing HTTPS to secure a connection between customers and Pornhub/YouPorn servers, this will prevent ISPs from tracking user activity to these websites. HTTPS will also ensure data integrity and website authenticity when users connect to Pornhub and YouPorn.

“As one of the most viewed websites in the [...]

 
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March 22, 2017

Real-Time Location Sharing Coming Soon to Google Maps

As if Google knowing exactly where you are at all times isn’t creepy enough, according to a recent blog post at the Google Maps blog, you will soon be able to share your real-time location through Google Maps to let your friends and family stalk you as well, finally eliminating the universal question, “Where you at?”

Once the feature is released, using location sharing appears to be fairly easy. With the Google Maps app open, simply swipe left to pull up the menu, tap on “Share Location”, select the recipients from your contact list, and tap on “Share”. Users can choose to share location for a specified period of time or until [...]

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