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It's the end of 2016. Do you know where your CEO is? For a brief period of time, it looked like 2016 was going to be the year that Marissa Mayer finally did something good for Yahoo. She managed to sell the company's core assets, which had been floundering for several years, to Verizon for $US4.8 ($7) billion. But now, thanks to two massive data breaches, the deal is on the line and Mayer is nowhere to be found.
That means the personal data of Yahoo account holders - including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers - is now known to a third party, and likely being used for nefarious purposes.
So what should you do now?
Forget processor speed, storage, memory, screen resolution and even apps. The real test of a gadget's worth is whether or not it can run Doom, which means that the Optimus Maximus keyboard, with it's re-programmable LCD keys, is finally worth dropping $US1500+ ($2000+) on.
Earlier this month, IFTTT (If This Then That) changed its automation platform into a more sophisticated tool. Rather than using one-dimensional "recipes" that trigger actions when certain conditions are met, the company launched something entirely new called "applets." The new applets allow users to create multiple actions from a single condition and filter conditions. In short, it makes it easier to create complicated conditional statements.
A cyber attack oddly gave San Franciscans something to be thankful for this weekend when officials responded to a hack of the city's transit system by giving away free rides.
Out of the box, Android doesn't give you much flexibility when it comes to setting the default search in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A clever app called Custom Search Bar Widget lets you set up alternative searches for sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDB, Google Maps, and more. It also completely transforms the look of the search bar.
Hey did you see those new MacBook Pros? One of their big new features is the Touch Bar, an OLED strip that morphs into pretty much whatever button or slider you need it to be. Well, you don't have to shell out thousands of dollars to get the Touch Bar experience anymore: here's how to test it out today.
In September, just two months after Verizon announced plans to acquire Yahoo, the search and email giant revealed that state-sponsored hackers had stolen the personal information of 500 million users. According to Yahoo, it began seriously investigating the attack this winter, but the company now says at least some employees knew of the breach as early as 2014.
British Tesco Bank just suspended all online transactions following what appears to be an unprecedented attack on a retail banking outfit. Tesco initiated the "emergency security measure" after 40,000 of its 136,000 account holders had seen "suspicious transactions" and 20,000 account holders had money disappear from their accounts, a Tesco bank executive told ITV News.
Video: Tired of teaching your older family members how to use their smartphones every time you visit? Just do what YouTube's Mr Volt did and build a custom mobile phone out of aluminium, brass and wood with a working rotary dial that's reminiscent of the ancient land line phones introduced back in the 1920s.
Since August, "TheShadowBrokers" have been claiming that they had acquired NSA hacking tools through a breach of the Equation Group, which is believed to be an offshoot of the NSA. After offering what appears to be proof of the tools' legitimacy, they announced that they wanted a million dollars for the rest of their information. They now seem to be pissed that no one wants to pony up.
A US Republican congressman who claimed that Russian hackers were "not picking sides" in this year's US election effectively demonstrated the opposite on Wednesday when he said the GOP had also been hacked, a claim the Republican National Committee immediately denied.
For the upcoming Hacked on Classics show being held as part of the Brighton Digital Festival in the UK this month, hacker Seb Lee-Delisle modified the classic NES' Zapper accessory with LEDs, a green laser, the smoke-generating parts from an e-cigarette and a small blower to create the convincing effect of a functional laser pistol.
In early August, Instagram introduced "Stories," a new feature the company asserted would let users "share all the moments of your day, not just the ones you want to keep on your profile." What the platform neglected to mention, however, was that a near-identical feature exists elsewhere — on Snapchat.