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Russian memorial to Steve Jobs dismantled after Apple CEO comes out as gay
Monument of iPhone is taken down in St. Petersburg to comply with country's laws on gay propaganda
By Reuters5:36PM GMT 03 Nov 2014
A memorial to Apple founder Steve Jobs has been dismantled in St. Petersburg after the man who succeeded him at the helm of the company, Tim Cook, came out as gay.
"After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."
All messaging clients are not created equally, and that counts double for messaging clients that promise some measure of security in their platforms. Secure messaging is hard to do, mostly because being totally secure means sacrificing some measure of convenience. It could be argued that striking the right balance of convenience and security is “good enough” for most people, but if you want the most secure messaging platform you can get on your phone or computer, that means doing your homework and researching these apps. Fortunately, thanks to a new messaging score card, the EFF has done a lot of leg work for you.
Given the recent surveillance concerns, it’s not surprising to see such an intense focus on marketing how secure your messaging platform is. Secure messaging has always been important, but the recent attention has turned those who would be interested in security into those who are outright concerned about making sure their communication isn’t something prying eyes can peer in and look at. While there are companies trying to sell entire hardware platforms focused on security, there are often apps and behavior changes you can make on your existing device to make yourself more secure. The new EFF scorecard helps breakdown exactly who should be trusted with your secure communications and why, and like all of the other EFF scorecards, you can bet this will be a continuing effort.
Based on seven key metrics, each with their own thorough explanation and methodology on the EFF site, you can see exactly what is happening with these messaging platforms. While everyone on the list is encrypting your messages in transit, there’s more to offering a secure messaging platform. Based on these seven evaluation points, the EFF has found that CryptoCat and TextSecure are among the most secure messaging apps out there. There are several other messaging platforms out there that meet most of the other metrics, but the one key failure point for these other clients is an independent security review. This isn’t hard to obtain, and as the EFF points out “we do not require that the results of the audit have been made public, only that a named party is willing to verify that the audit took place.”
This doesn’t mean that Off The Record modes for things like Pidgin or Adium are insecure, just that they have not been put under the same level of scrutiny as CryptoCat and TextSecure. Ideally, this time next year the EFF will be able to update this scorecard and reveal that most of the messaging clients on the list have all green checks across the board.
You spend 23 days a year on your phone, say new figures
You spend more than three weeks a year looking at your phone, according to new figures -- four years over the course of your life.
How long do you spend looking at your phone? More than three weeks a year, according to new figures. Cor, it's amazing you haven't permanently cricked your neck.
MobileInsurance.co.uk asked 2,314 phone owners how much time they spent each day sending texts, making calls, using apps and games or anything else on their phones. The average answer is 90 minutes per day spent poking and prodding their blower.
That's 32,850 minutes a year, or 22.8 days.
Over the course of the average person's life, that's 1,414 days -- 3.9 years -- spent squinting at a little piece of glass and plastic.
Of course, these aren't the most scientific figures, but it does illustrate just how central to our lives the mobile phone has become.
The survey also reveals what people use their phones for. These days, browsing the Internet and sending texts are more popular than making phone calls. Perhaps it's time we renamed the mobile phone -- telepod , anyone?
Other mobile phone insurance providers include ProtectYourBubble and GadgetGuardian, or your bank.
Is 90 minutes of phone-poking per day about right, or do you spend even more time staring at your dog and bone? Have phones made our lives better, or are we slaves to our mobiles? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page -- and if you're reading this on a phone, put it down and go and talk to some actual humans.
Description Checky answers a simple question: how many times a day do I check my phone?
By giving you insight into your phone checking habit, Checky helps you become more aware. This awareness can help you make changes to your phone usage, if you feel you need to make a change!
It's also fun to find out exactly how much you are using your phone, and to compare your stats with friends.
PrivacyGrade Shows You Which Apps Collect Your Data (or Don’t)
You may be surprised to learn that your favorite mobile game collects your location and phone data to serve you advertisements. PrivacyGrade verifies which apps use your permissions for legitimate reasons and which only do to display ads.
Android apps require permissions for varying reasons. Although some of them make sense (e.g., location data for Foursquare), other apps still collect data even if it seems unrelated (e.g., why does Fruit Ninja collect your location data?).
Why Does This App Need So Many Permissions?
PrivacyGrade assesses apps based on the data they actually collect and what users would expect them to. Apps with high grades collect data that meet user expectations (e.g., Path only collects the data it needs to), whereas apps with lower grades often collect data for advertising purposes (e.g., DrawSomething reads phone status and identity).
Android is so sweet. Each new update is working in alphabetical order since the first couple of versions.
Alpha, Beta, Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo (frozen yogurt), Ginger bread, Honeycomb, Ice cream sandwich, Jelly bean, Kitkat, Lollipop
Inaugural awards brings gongs for Apple, Spotify and Google
The first TechRadar Phone Awards took place in the awesome Ticketmaster Offices in London tonight – complete with slide – and a packed room saw some of the biggest names being rewarded for their impressive efforts.
Poor attempts at humour from Phones and Tablets Editor Gareth Beavis and Editor in Chief Patrick Goss aside, a great time was had by all – especially the winners.
Innovation of the year
The first award went to Qualcomm for its excellent Snapdragon 801 System on a Chip. Here's what the judges had to say:
"The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 System on a chip has changed the game in the mobile phone space, be it through power upgrades, better graphics or most importantly, more battery life for our phones."
This category speaks for itself: the app that either brought the best innovation, design, user experience or game-changing element to the mobile landscape - and it was Spotify which won the judge's hearts on the night.
Our judges said:
"Spotify is fast becoming the de facto music service for any smartphone or tablet user, and the recent UI update has made things even cleaner and easier to use."
Best budget tablet
With so many affordable tablets available today this category looks beyond the spec and works out which slate offers the best value for money under £200 and our judges agreed that the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tops the bill.
"Pound for pound, the Nexus 7 brings stunning specs and follows on brilliantly from the original disruptive tablet that changed the budget market."
Best budget phone
This category was really tough as the budget mobile market has exploded over the past 12 months with a vast array of excellent smartphones available for under £200.
After much deliberation our judges selected the Motorola Moto G as the worthy winner. Here's what they had to say:
"People are still wondering how the Moto G packs in so many great specs at a low price. The judges liked the fact it now comes in 4G and with a memory card slot, giving the users choice to get what they want."
Quite obviously this category celebrates the tablet that impressed the judges the most, taking into account style, power, price and build quality and this year it was the iPad Air from Apple which stole the show.
"The most unanimous award among the judges, the iPad Air is still streets ahead of its rivals, with an amazing design, slick functionality – and backed by one of the best app collections out there."
And finally, the big prize of the night went to the excellent HTC One M8, which fought off a fantastic array of handsets to be crowned as the best phone.
The judges looked for the handset they thought was most powerful, well-designed, impressive, and most importantly, offering a brilliant experience for the user.
The judges lauded it for having the 'best build quality', 'great design', 'packed with simple innovation', and just being a really, really good phone to have in your pocket.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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