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Submission + - Muse Lets Users Monitor Their Brain Waves on Mobile Devices (

Zothecula writes: Want to know what your brain is up to? Soon, it may be as simple as slipping on a wireless headband, then accessing an app. That’s the idea behind Muse, a wearable device developed by Toronto-based tech company InteraXon. Essentially a lightweight portable EEG (electroencephalography) machine, it lets users monitor their neural activity in real time via their mobile device.

Submission + - iPhone hacker 'Comex' let go from work with Apple (

alphadogg writes: The famed iPhone hacker "Comex," who engineered ways to hack Apple's mobile operating system, is no longer doing work for the company, according to Twitter postings. " point in delaying. As of last week, after about a year, I'm no longer associated with Apple," wrote Comex, who has more than 196,000 followers. He wrote the reason is that he failed to respond to an email from the company.
Comex is widely respected in the iPhone hacker realm for his work with the JailbreakMe applications, which exploited Apple's software to allow the installation of programs not vetted by the company in its App Store.


Submission + - Parent questions mandatory high school chemistry ( 1

Ollabelle writes: David Bernstein, a nonprofit executive who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., has two sons, ages 7 and 15. He has previously written about how schools fail students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Now he turns his attention to mandated curriculum in public schools, and argues that his sons shouldn't be forced to take any science class.

Submission + - Text messages don't die when you delete them; they hide (

colinneagle writes: We've all deleted texts, but those of you who might really not want anyone else to ever see them might be interested in knowing that forensics experts say, "Phone texts don't die; they hide." And that "factory reset feature" won't delete SMS well enough to stop them from being recovered either. The root of the problem comes from depending upon operating system controls to delete files.

After losing a mobile device, people may opt to remotely wipe it, but that won't really erase all your data either, according to forensic experts. That might seem like a bit of irony for anyone who suffered from attackers using flaws to remotely wipe phones, and then couldn't recover their important data.

In an article on the Australian, Bradley Schatz, a computer forensics expert and professor at Queensland University of Technology, said a phone's flash memory "is set up to avoid indiscriminately overwriting data, so if you have a lot of spare space on the drive inside your phone, which you will do on a large iPhone, then the device will use that before it writes over or erases previously used space and deleted messages."


Submission + - At Least 10 Shot in Front of Empire State Building (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Friday morning, at about 9 A.M., a hostile ex-employee (or so it’s been tweeted by police scanner eavesdroppers) started shooting at random, with at least 10 people injured (it’s unclear how many may have been shot) before being shot and killed by cops on the sidewalk in front of the Empire State Building. The FBI has tweeted that they’re on the scene, beginning investigation. Graphic photos of the shooting have already popped up on Instagram and Flickr."

Submission + - Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install (

musicon writes: "According to Nadim Kobeissi, Windows 8 is configured by default (using a new featured called Windows SmartScreen) to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install. This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because Microsoft is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users. This situation is exacerbated when Windows 8 is deployed in countries experiencing political turmoil or repressive political situations.

Additionally, it may be possible for a 3rd party to intercept SmartScreen’s communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target."

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