North Carolina traffic alert: Beware women drivers, Obamacare

It's always useful when you local department of transportation keeps you in touch with problems on the road.

The more sophisticated states send e-mails and tweets, to prepare you for the unexpected.

There are few more sophisticated states than North Carolina. So local drivers were, perhaps, stunned to receive traffic alerts that were a touch unusual.

As WTKR-TV reports, the alerts seemed routine enough at first: "A High severity incident has been Added for I-40 Eastbound in Wake County in Raleigh."

But then came the details of the problem: "Vehicle Accident: Women Drivers, Rain, Obama Care.&… Read more

Mega CEO: Forget anonymous e-mail. Think privacy (Q&A)

The future of secure, private e-mail doesn't lie in Silicon Valley, or Silicon Alley, or even in the Northern Hemisphere, but in New Zealand.

At least, that's what Mega.co.nz Chief Executive Vikram Kumar wants to turn into a reality.

After Kim Dotcom's Mega shook up the secure storage world, offering a mind-boggling, industry-leading 50GB of encrypted free space, the company startled the world again by announcing that it would be building an encrypted e-mail service -- but only after the unexpected closure of Ladar Levinson's Lavabit.

In the wake of the unexpected secure e-mail … Read more

How to mark all unread e-mails as read at once in Gmail

I used to be more vigilant about keeping my Gmail inbox clean and organized, but the inbox tabs that Gmail rolled out earlier this year have made me lazy. The tabs help filter promotional e-mails, social media notifications, and other such messages that aren't of primary importance. While these e-mails are effectively hidden with Gmail's Web client, they are still marked as unread on my iPhone. That is, my Mail app icon constantly has a badge alert with a large number because of the voluminous number of unread messages I have hiding in my Social and Promotional tabs. … Read more

LinkedIn inserts profiles into e-mails

CNET Update needs no introduction:

In this episode of Update:

- Discover LinkedIn's new "Intro" e-mail tool for iPhones, and learn why some may feel uneasy about signing up. LinkedIn is beefing up other mobile apps, too.

- Edit 6-second Vine videos or save several for later with the updated app.

- Save $100 off the original Surface Pro. Microsoft drops the price since the new Pro 2 hit stores. (But you'll still be paying extra for that keyboard cover.)

- Watch your TiVo recorded shows outside the house on an iOS device with the Roamio update. … Read more

NSA reportedly hacked Mexican president's e-mail account

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on the Mexico government by systematically infiltrating an e-mail server and hacking the e-mail account of a former Mexico president, according to a classified documents reviewed by Der Spiegel.

The e-mail domain, which was also used by other members of Mexico's cabinet, contained "diplomatic, economic and leadership communications which continue to provide insight into Mexico's political system and internal stability," according to a 2010 report provided to the German newspaper by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hack of former president Felipe Calderon's e-mail was conducted by an agency department called … Read more

NSA said to collect millions of e-mail address books, chat lists

The National Security Agency is collecting hundreds of millions of contact lists from e-mail and instant message accounts from around the world, according to a Washington Post report.

The collection, which was revealed in documents supplied by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, occurs when Internet services transmit the data, typically when users log in, compose a message, or sync devices, the Post reported Monday. The agency is said to analyze that data to identify hidden connections among foreign intelligence targets.

The agency collects an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on chat services and Web-based e-mail every day, according to an internal … Read more

Yahoo Mail gets a welcome face-lift for iOS 7

Yahoo Mail for iOS received a face-lift for iOS 7 in the latest version, and with new themes and conversation views, it's a must have for anyone whose primary e-mail account is with Yahoo.

Improved look and layout Following the new simplified design schemes of the main Yahoo app and Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Mail now has a new look to fit with iOS 7. But in Yahoo Mail, you have the ability to change the theme by selecting a premade background. Most of the themes are photos and patterns that show up in the background, and your inbox takes … Read more

Microsoft spruces up Outlook.com Android app

Microsoft has enhanced its Outlook.com app for Android users.

Rolled out Thursday, the new version lets you search for all e-mail, including items still in the cloud and not yet synced to your device. You can also sync all of your e-mails to access them offline.

You can now send e-mails from the app using any of your Outlook.com aliases and set an automated vacation reply for when you're away.

Microsoft has added 8 new color themes, so you now have 11 colors in total should you wish to give the interface a fresh paint job. Finally, … Read more

You can block people from contacting you on iOS 7

One of the biggest complaints echoed by many iOS users since the introduction of iMessage and FaceTime with iOS 5 has been the inability to block people.

All it would take was one person getting your iMessage or FaceTime phone number or e-mail address, and you were an open target to constant messages and calls.

With iOS 6 Apple added the ability to silence messages originating from addresses not stored in your Contacts, but there was still no way to block a user.

With iOS 7, Apple has added the ability for people to block phone numbers and e-mail addresses … Read more

LinkedIn users claim company 'hacked' their e-mail accounts

LinkedIn is being accused of hacking into its members' e-mail accounts. In a new class action lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that the professional social network broke into their external e-mail accounts, accessed their address books, and then sent marketing information to their contacts.

LinkedIn has been "appropriating the names, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Plaintiffs to advertise its products and services for a commercial purpose without Plaintiffs' consent, for unfair and deceptive business practices," the complaint (PDF) reads. "LinkedIn provides no functional way to stop multiple subsequent advertising emails from being sent."

When contacted by CNET, a … Read more