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Target investigating massive Black Friday data breach: report

It's not just online transaction databases that are susceptible to attacks. The retailer Target is reportedly looking into the theft of millions of in-store credit card and debit card records from its databases.

Customers all over the United States were victimized, reported Brian Krebs, who cited people at two of the top 10 credit card issuers in the US.

Both of them said that the breach started on or around Nov. 29, the busy shopping day known as Black Friday, and extended to at least Dec. 6, and possibly as long as Dec. 15.

"The breach window is … Read more

Snap cholesterol selfies with new smartphone app, device

New tech being developed at Cornell University aims to bring cholesterol testing to smartphones to make the numbers both more specific and easier to track.

Home cholesterol test kits have been around since the early 1990s, catering to those with high cholesterol levels -- which puts them at a higher risk of developing heart disease -- who need to check their numbers more than once every few years.

But the majority of home tests take total cholesterol readings only, without separating out the "good," high-density lipoprotein (HDL, which helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries) from … Read more

Buy an iPad Mini at RadioShack, get a $100 gift card

Anyone who picks up last year's iPad Mini at your nearest RadioShack will get a $100 gift card in return.

Available now, the offer applies only to the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad Mini, which sells for $300. You can grab the gift card at any RadioShack store but not online.

How long will the deal last? A RadioShack spokesman told CNET that the end date will depend on how inventory holds up. But he promised the offer would be good at least throughout this week and the coming weekend.

At $300, last year's 16GB iPad Mini is only $100 … Read more

Thinner card reader could help Square not 'fail' its users

Square knows that while its mobile payments system is increasingly popular, if its credit card readers fail, potential customers are less likely to continue using it.

One of the most common failure points for the current reader, which plugs into a smart phone's headphone jack, is its internal complexity: a system of dozens of small parts, including wires, a spring, and more. Today, the company unveiled a new version of the reader that does away with many of those parts and which is designed to significantly reduce the chances of dysfunction.

The new reader was designed from the ground … Read more

How to enable SD card support for offline Google Play Music

Yesterday's update of Google Play Music for Android (v5.3.1316M) added external SD card support for offline music. Users who have an Android device with an SD card slot will now be able free up their device's internal storage by saving offline music files onto an external card.

The feature is only available on KitKat for now, with "experimental support on some older devices." If you have one of those devices, such as the Galaxy S4, here's how to change the offline storage location to your external card:

Go to Google Play Music's … Read more

'House of Cards' returns to Netflix February 14

"House of Cards," the Netflix original series, returns for a second season on February 14.

The series, which premiered on February 1 of this year, has earned Netflix critical and popular acclaim, including the first prime time Emmys awarded to an online-only show.

As with most Netflix originals, all 13 episodes will be available on the day of its release for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available.

Netflix's binge-inducing release model is something the company has stood by, stating that it fulfills what customers want. Critics, however, have said the model has … Read more

Review: Greeting Card Maker offers a number of useful tools for creating custom cards

Greeting Card Maker allows you to create custom greeting cards on your phone that you can then send to your friends and family by e-mail or social media. The tools included are decent, providing everything you need to create a greeting card with a custom message, a drawing of your choice, or clip art, but the dated look and feel of some of these visual elements can keep the cards from looking their best.

You can start using Greeting Card Maker as soon as you open it for the first time. You can create your own or use one of … Read more

For Black Friday, Apple favors gift cards over discounts

Don't go to Apple's online and retail stores expecting to see the iPad maker's traditional Black Friday discounts. This year, Apple has thrown in a bit of twist to its holiday deals.

Today Apple is offering gift cards of up to $150 when you purchase a gadget through its US online and retails outlets. This is a divergence from years past, when it would discount the products themselves.

If you pick up a new iPad Mini or iPad 2, expect to get a $50 Apple Store gift card. The iPad Air is worthy of a $75 gift … Read more

PayPal accepts prepaid gift cards in time for holidays

PayPal is trying to make it easier for consumers to buy products online with prepaid gift cards.

The company on Tuesday announced that consumers who buy products on sites that accept PayPal can use their prepaid credit cards to complete their purchases. PayPal Product Manager Ed Lee said in a blog post on Tuesday that the company discovered many consumers had a hard time redeeming prepaid gift cards on e-retail sites, prompting PayPal to find a solution.

PayPal didn't say how it was able to arrive at its solution, indicating only that it has "discovered a patent-pending and … Read more

SD Card: Too bad this format won the flash-card wars

I like the low cost of SD Cards. I like the fact that slots for the memory card format are built into many computers nowadays. I like that the digital camera industry has mostly settled on a single format instead of the gaggle of incompatible options from years past. I like that you can buy an SD Card all over the world if you're on vacation and you want to take more photos.

It's too bad I don't like the SD Card format itself.

My beef comes down to one primary problem: I don't think the … Read more