Firefox updates preach sharing, shielding, and a bit of 'Awesome'

Firefox updates preach sharing, shielding, and a bit of 'Awesome'

On Tuesday, Mozilla released a new version update for Firefox (Windows, Mac, Linux) that expands its social functionality by integrating a "Share" button into the Firefox toolbar.

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Topics: Browsers And Extensions , Android Software

Tags: Firefox , Mozilla

Star Apps: RuPaul

Star Apps: RuPaul

It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since RuPaul first dragged drag into America's living rooms via the "Supermodel (You Better Work)" video, an MTV staple back in 1993. As for the haters who regarded her success as a fluke or her debut album title, "Supermodel of the World," as hubristic, RuPaul has proven them wrong and then some.

Following the initial hoopla with a slew of hit dance tracks -- "Back to My Roots," "Snapshot," "Looking Good,... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , iOS Software , Music And Audio

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Highlights of Def Con 21

From hackathons and wifi sheep hunts to cryptography seminars and locking villages, Def Con is full of security ninjas, both veteran and amateur alike. Take a glimpse at what goes on behind the doors, where goons, humans, and uber-level veterans come together to share their skills and pwn n00bz.

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Topics: Security

Tags: security

Gutting and solving the heart of the cards at Def Con 21

Gutting and solving the heart of the cards at Def Con 21

While Def Con packs more events, workshops, and contests than the storage space of a ZIP drive, one of the longest lasting traditions revolves around the mysteries of the conference badge, itself.

This year, Def Con celebrates its 21st birthday with a card-themed cryptographic challenge based on the standard playing card deck -- except this is no ordinary card deck.

Attendees of Def Con 21 are all given custom badges, which are actually elegantly fabricated PCB boards complete with delicately carved copper... Read More »

Topics: Security , Developer Tools

Star Apps: Linkin Park

Star Apps: Linkin Park

Linkin Park embraced the digital age early on. Even prior to changing the spelling of their name (because LincolnPark.com was already taken), founding members promoted their music in online chat rooms when most bands were still relying on street teams.

The eventually Grammy-winning, chart-topping alternative band, best known for such hits as "In the End," "Numb," "Breaking the Habit," "What I've Done," and "New Divide," has used MySpace to promote the "A Thousand Suns" album and has... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Desktop Enhancements , Mac Software , Social Networking , Music And Audio

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5 Tips for surviving Def Con 21

5 Tips for surviving Def Con 21

As with previous years, attending Def Con 21 means assuming the worst and accepting the risks that come with setting foot in Vegas the moment you get off the plane. Roaming among the largest gathering of hackers in the world means no one is safe. CNET's Seth Rosenblatt summed it up nicely: "The best way to avoid getting hacked at Def Con is to not show up."

That said, here are some key suggestions for those attending:

1. Wi-Fi? Bluetooth?... Read More »

Topics: Download Site News , Blogging And Web Publishing

Tags: security , VPN

Loom lets you intelligently sync photos Dropbox-style across your devices

Loom lets you intelligently sync photos Dropbox-style across your devices

There are many photo storage services available out there competing for the right to hold our digital memories. Apps like Instagram and Flickr were designed to make sharing photos online easier but were not specifically designed for private storage. Cloud depositories like Dropbox or Google Drive work amazingly well with documents and spreadsheets but not with images or movies. Loom comes onto the scene with a fantastic app to tackle a specific... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , iOS Software , Photography And Image Editing , Video And Screencasting

Tags: iPhone , Windows , iOS , video , Mac , iPad , photo , Cloud

Star Apps: Alex Karpovsky

Star Apps: Alex Karpovsky

Technology, software in particular, has taken us places never thought imaginable. So it wasn't surprising when a conversation about apps took a turn into a deeper dialogue about art, childhood, and deep-seated insecurities. The aforementioned discussion took place between Download.com and Alex Karpovsky, in late July, in San Francisco, while he was on a promotional tour for his film "Red Flag," a smart satire about...a moviemaker (Alex Karpovsky) on a promotional tour (his 2008 film "Woodpecker," following a brutal breakup).... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Music And Audio

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McAfee updates Android security app, adding Free and Premium versions

McAfee updates Android security app, adding Free and Premium versions

On Tuesday, McAfee updated its Mobile Security app (now called McAfee Antivirus & Security) for Android and added several new features that include custom profile setups, improved analysis of data exposure, and backup operations over Wi-Fi.

These updates are added on top of Mobile Security's Basic free tier features like mobile antivirus, anti-theft, and backup services. McAfee aims to protect their users through both preventative and post-catastrophic measures, with added security features in the Premium service.

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Topics: Security , Android Software

Tags: Android , McAfee

Star Apps: Hot Chelle Rae

Star Apps: Hot Chelle Rae

Hot Chelle Rae isn't a household name yet, but it's not for want of trying. The rockin' Nashville four-piece, best known for multi-platinum singles "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That," off their sophomore album "Whatever" (which guaranteed them a Best New Artist win in 2011), have toured with some of the biggest artists, from Demi Lovato to Taylor Swift. They're currently playing to tens of thousands of fans a night on the Justin Bieber "Believe Tour," which kicked... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Mobile Software , iOS Software , Social Networking , Music And Audio

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