ACDSee 16 is the latest version of this pro-class photo editor and collection manager. It's compatible with previous ACD Systems releases and comes with a database upgrade wizard. ACDSee 16 continues to emphasize ease of use and customer service. It still makes it easy to post and share images online, but it adds new features like the Info Palette, which collects and displays image data in one convenient spot; the Reverse Geocode feature for adding geotags; the Lens Blur tool for creating realistic bokeh effects; and Tilt-Shift for transforming images into simulated miniature scale models. Extras include slideshow, wallpaper, … Read more
Here's some irony: as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden hides out in Russia for exposing the U.S. government's secret surveillance program, the Russian Police Department is commencing an invasive spying program of its own.
Under the guise of catching cell phone thieves, Moscow police will soon be using machines that can read data on subway passenger's cell phones, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia. Moscow Metro police chief Andrei Mokhov announced on Monday that these devices can track data on SIM cards up to five meters away.
Reportedly, the tracking device will alert the police if it finds … Read more
In its move to cloud computing, NASA has experienced some difficulties meeting security guidelines. A new report by the agency's Office of the Inspector General says that NASA needs to work on strengthening its information technology security practices.
"We found that weaknesses in NASA's IT governance and risk management practices have impeded the Agency from fully realizing the benefits of cloud computing and potentially put NASA systems and data stored in the cloud at risk," the report reads.
A few examples of poor practices include NASA moving data into public clouds without notifying the Agency's … Read more
With its comprehensive features, good design, and easy-to-use menu, VirtualLab Data Recovery for Mac offers a great tool for those who need to restore files and drives. With its additional ability to recover iPods and partition drives, the program incorporates nearly everything a user would need for recovery.
Upon startup, VirtualLab Data Recovery for Mac guides the user on how to start their first recovery by pointing them to the recovery modules on the left. The program also gives the link to its user guide for those who might need it, but most won't with the program's well-designed … Read more
While browsing the Internet on desktop computers, people may have seen a little blue icon floating near ads. This clickable icon, dubbed "AdChoice," is meant to give users information about targeted ads and the data collected by ads; it also gives users a Do Not Track option. Now, the group that brought AdChoice to desktop is developing the same icon for mobile.
The group behind the icon, Digital Advertising Alliance, or DAA, is a coalition of advertisers, publishers, and marketers that has been working to increase transparency on the Web and create controls for online advertising.
AdChoice for … Read more
The Syrian Electronic Army sent out a warning over Twitter earlier Tuesday that said, "If you have 'Viber' app installed we advise you to delete it."
The hacking group was claiming responsibility for both breaching Viber's database and defacing its Web site, according to The Hacker News.
Right after the breach, Viber's support page on its Web site displayed a banner that said "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army" and a note that said "Dear All Viber Users, the Israeli-based 'Viber' is spying and tracking you." As of this writing, the banner is … Read more
The data was exposed via a software glitch and included customers' names, contact information, credit card numbers and security codes, passwords, and birth dates.
While the data leak apparently took place on April 15, a few weeks before the program launched in the city, the company didn't notify the affected customers until July 19. According to the Wall Street Journal, Citi Bike discovered the breach at the end of May and … Read more
Apple has quietly acquired a location-based data company, an Apple spokesman confirmed Friday.
Speaking to All Things Digital, Apple confirmed its acquisition of Locationary. The small startup is focused on constantly blending data from multiple sources to ensure that local business listings are up-to-date. The data can be used to tell people where a business is located, including keeping track of a business if it moves or shuts down. Locationary also collects important, actionable data such as store hours, products, and services.
Apple did not say exactly why it acquired Locationary, but it's clear the company's data will … Read more
Twitter has finally released data on anti-Semitic tweets to French authorities.
The company said in a statement obtained by the AFP on Friday that it has complied with a French government request to hand over tweets related to a rash of anti-Semitism on the site.
Last October, several anti-Semitic tweets and hashtags appeared on Twitter, including the objectionable "#UnBonJuif est un juif mort," translated as "A good Jew is a dead Jew." Twitter took the offending tweets off its site after the Union of Jewish French Students (UEJF) and other anti-racism groups requested takedowns.
But the … Read more
DataMan Next resolves an issue that almost all iOS device owners have--tracking data use over time. Because carrier log-ins take time and are not always accurate, it is hard to know in real time exactly how much data you have used and how much you still have left for the month. With this app, you can easily see where you are in your usage cycle and taper your use to stay under that limit.
Installation of DataMan Next is designed to ensure your forecasts are as accurate as possible. The app will ask you when your billing cycle ends, how … Read more