Show Notes, December 15th 2014

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You Are Being Tracked – How License Plate Readers Are Being Used To Record Americans’ Movements

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Debian vs Ubuntu: How Far Has Ubuntu Come in 10 Years? Ubuntu recently released 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”, which coincides with the fact that Ubuntu is now 10 years old! The king of Linux distributions has come a long way since its inception in 2004, so it’s a good idea to go down memory lane and take a look at the journey it has gone through so far. We’ll also take a look at how it has developed differently to Debian, the distribution upon which it is b
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Hulu offers free streaming on Android over the holidays Need a way to drown out your extended family while they’re visiting for the holidays? So long as you own an Android device and are in the United States, Hulu’s got you covered. See, the TV-streaming outfit is offering “many popular” shows as part of …
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How To Automatically Change Passwords With New Lastpass And Dashlane Features Every few months, we hear of a new security vulnerability and all the techies advise you to change your passwords. There was Heartbleed in April, Shellshock in September, and several others before and after. Changing passwords across the many accounts you use is a time-consuming and tedious nightmare. Good news! Password management apps are now coming up with automated ways to change your secret c
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Thousands march against US police killings Demonstrators gather in Washington and New York to rally against the killings of unarmed black men by police officers.
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How Vulnerable Will NYC’s New Payphone Wi-Fi Network Be? Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious plan to convert 10,000 pay phones into public Wi-Fi hotspots promises gigabit Internet speeds, providing New York with the fastest municipal Wi-Fi network in the world. While LinkNYC is being pushed as a “first-of-its-kind communication network,” the city faces a daunting task safeguarding the privacy of its users. [ more › ]
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What’s Inside Your Computer: The Story Of Every Component You Need To Know Whether you’re buying a new computer or building your own, you’re going to be subjected to a lot of acronyms and random numbers. It can be hard to cut through the cruft and get to the meaningful information. This article is here to help. I’m going to dive into every major component inside a modern computer. I’ll explain what it does, its history, the important specs you need to understand and who
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What Happens If I Use Two-Factor Authentication and Lose My Phone? Dear Lifehacker,I’ve heard that I need to enable two-factor authentication on my phone, but it seems risky. What happens if I lose my phone? Will I lose my entire account? And if I change phones, how do I move the authenticator to a new device?Sincerely,Two-Factor Security ConcernsDear 2FSC,Two-factor authentication is an essential security measure that uses your phone to help prevent unauthorized
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Modify Facebook’s Ad Preferences to Control Which Ads You See Facebook ads aren’t the worst we’ve seen, but they’re still annoying and many of them are poorly targeted. Modify your ad preferences to stop Facebook’s tracking, or to make the ad selection better. If you’re going to see ads, you might as well be able to modify the preferences and control how targeted you are. Here’s how:On your smartphone or tablet, click on the tiny down-arrow in the top right
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Ralph Baer, the father of video games, dies at the age of 92 Ralph H. Baer, known by many as the father of video games, has died at the age of 92. A pioneer in the industry, Baer’s name is credited on more than 150 patents but perhaps his most well-known contribution came when he created the very first video game console for the…
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Hackers leak Sony passwords, social security numbers and salaries The cyber attack against Sony Pictures continues to be a major problem for the company. For one, it looks like the hackers used malware called Destover (which security firms believe could have been created in Korea) that can completely disable hard d…
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Find the Files Taking Up the Most Space in Google Drive with this Link At a glance, Google Drive doesn’t allow you to sort files by size, which makes clearing out space kind of a pain. Thankfully, Digital Inspiration points to a hidden little spot where you can find that info. If you hover your mouse over the “space used” text in the bottom left corner in Drive, then select Drive, you’ll get a list of your files sorted by file size. Better yet, you can just
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Insecure Internet Explorer 6 market share finally drops below 1% The market share of Internet Explorer has finally dropped below 1% according to NetMarketShare. The drop relates to the amount of Windows XP users that have switched to another operating system. The demise of Internet Explorer 6 is good news for web developers and Microsoft. In March 2011 the software giant started a campaign to convince IE6 users to upgrade to a more modern browser. Internet Exp
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Grindr now shows an ETA to your next hookup Relax everybody: Grindr is going to make finding a potential partner a much simpler affair. You see, now the app will calculate travel time in addition to how far away a potential Lothario is from you, physically. So let’s say you’ve been messaging w…
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Kids can program the White House’s Christmas tree lights this year The National Park Service’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony dates back to 1923, but this year it’s getting a software update. Google’s Made with Code Holiday Lights project will let any kid (or adult for that matter) animate the trees at

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