AVG's Anti-Virus and Internet Security line follows up last year's highly ranked security suite with a stronger emphasis on personal data management and privacy utilities to prevent unwanted privacy breaches. Version 2014 not only maintains a consistently level rate of protection, but also includes a few new extra tools like File Shredder and Data Safe for a more permanent and secure solution to deleting files, as well as creating a safe box for files on your local machine.
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on how Google's robo-cars mean the end of driving as we know it, on self-driving cars bristling with sensors, and on real-world experiments with platoons of connected cars.
Haunted by the nightmare of global traffic paralysis, Ford Motor executive chairman William Ford Jr. has a global dream.
Given current growth trends, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion people by midcentury. That also means a quadrupling in the number of cars to 4 billion by 2050 -- and that, said Ford, is a recipe … Read more
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on self-driving cars bristling with sensors, on real-world experiments with platoons of connected cars, and on smart transport grids.
Google's self-drivinginitiative is moving into a new phase: reality.
Three years after first showing the world what it was up to -- rolling out a Toyota Prius with laser-scanning hardware awkwardly perched on the roof -- Google is moving its big idea out of the lab and into the real world.
Consider recent developments: A spokesman confirmed to CNET that the company was in what were … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The 404 Special Feature: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (podcast).
- The Internet explained by (three) prisoners who have never seen it.
- Three years after being banned, Bang With Friends returns as "Down."
According to a recent government-funded study in Japan, 518,000 students between the ages of 12 and 18 are "pathologically" addicted to the Internet. The study, conducted by Nihon University, surveyed 100,000 students, finding 8.1 percent to be in a suspected state of Internet addiction.
Of those who demonstrated symptoms of Internet addiction -- including increasing absorption in and obsession with online activities at all hours of the day; symptoms of depression; decreasing school performance; and deep vein thrombosis -- 23 percent also had trouble sleeping, and 15 percent woke often in the night.
To combat this, Japan's Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry is planning further research, as well as Internet-free camps that will separate children from their computers, smartphones, and portable gaming consoles. … Read more
Dial-up Internet was the first online access many people ever knew. It's just that most of them weren't content to stick with it as faster options emerged over time. There are, however, a few dial-up stalwarts still out there. A new home broadband report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 3 percent of American adults get online at home using dial-up.
Those same 3 percent of people are probably the only ones to not illegally download "Game of Thrones." One group that outnumbers the dial-up users (other than the 70 percent of people with broadband), are the 20 percent of people with no home broadband and no smartphone.… Read more
China's Internet was taken down in an attack on Sunday that could have been perpetrated by sophisticated hackers or an individual, security experts say.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which earlier reported on the outage, China on Sunday was hit with what the government has called the biggest distributed denial-of-service attack ever to rock its ".cn" sites. The attack, which lasted up to four hours, according to security company CloudFlare, left many sites with the .cn extension down. According to the Journal, parts of the affected sites were still accessible during the outage, due mainly to … Read more
Word has it that Amazon may be jumping on the wireless Internet service bandwagon. According to Bloomberg, sources familiar with the matter say that the e-commerce giant is testing a new spectrum wireless network in Cupertino, Calif.
The rumored Amazon network would reportedly be controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar, according to Bloomberg. Globalstar is said to be looking to switch 80 percent of its spectrum to terrestrial use; this means the wireless network could hold more traffic and drive faster speeds than conventional Wi-Fi.
If Amazon ran its own wireless network, it would give the company a chance to … Read more
When someone dines with Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, I'd like to know who pays the tab.
In a contributing article in Forbes, Stanford Center for Internet and Society Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Granick talks about what it was like to meet the man in charge of the villainized security agency. Over dinner they discussed the NSA's surveillance tactics, document declassifying, and more.
Granick writes that Alexander was engaging and that the conversation gave her an appreciation for the "fundamental difference in perspective between defenders and critics of the NSA's surveillance program.&… Read more
Teenagers who use mobile apps do take steps to safeguard their privacy, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.
Among the teenage app users polled for the study, 51 percent said they've avoided certain apps after learning that they'd have to share personal information to use them. Teens 12 to 13 years of age were more likely to avoid such apps than were those 14 to 17 years old.
Further, 26 percent of the teens said they've uninstalled an app because they discovered it was collecting personal … Read more