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Ig Nobels promise scientific silliness – which is kind of the point

Most of the time, the world of science is dry for very good reasons. The rigor of the scientific process demands extensive observation, experimentation and documentation of every minor facet of every minor phenomenon in nature – with the result that you get a lot of studies that cover only a single aspect of specific protein denaturing under a specific set of circumstances, or some such.

Jon Gold | 19 Sep | Read more

Browser vulnerability caps rough few months for Android security

It has been a summer of discontent for the Android security community, as a host of vulnerabilities large and small has arisen to plague the world's most popular mobile OS. The revelation this week of a cross-site scripting flaw in the default browser installed on large numbers of pre-version 4.4 Android devices is merely the latest entry in a list that makes for unsettling reading.

Jon Gold | 17 Sep | Read more

Fake Android anti-virus app taken down

Virus Shield, by developer Deviant Solutions, was a handsome, apparently easy-to-use security app for Android devices. For $4, the app promised hassle-free, ad-free security for Android users, without impacting battery life or performance. And, mostly, Virus Shield delivered - no ads, no fuss.

Jon Gold | 08 Apr | Read more

Major security flaw threatens Linux users

A source code mistake in the GnuTLS library – an open-source software building block used in a large number of different Linux distributions to handle secure Internet connections – could prove a serious threat to the privacy of Linux users, as developers rush to patch the vulnerability.

Jon Gold | 05 Mar | Read more

Nokia in hot water over Finland privacy flap

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia is under fire today over revelations that its Lumia line of Windows Phone-powered handsets sent personal data – including information from phones used by senior members of Finland's government – to Microsoft servers in the U.S., according to a report in the Helsinki Times.

Jon Gold | 25 Feb | Read more

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