The Huffington Post, also known as HoffPost and, simply, HuffPo, announced today that it is shutting down its contributor network, effective immediately. The contributor network was essentially HuffPost’s blogging arm, allowing anyone holding a Huffington Post contributor account to write an article and post it to HuffPo.
If your child, or someone you know, received a My Friend Cayla doll, a Furby Connect doll, a Q50 children’s smartwatch, or a Sphero BB-8 droid (or quite likely one of a number of other toys or devices aimed at children, and that connect to the Internet via Bluetooth), that device – and thus the child who plays with it or uses it – is at risk of being hacked, personal data stolen, and even a hacker talking to the child, all because of unsecure Bluetooth connections.
As the next generation of 911 systems is being worked on, experts have fears of an increase in swatting incidents. Swatting is the act of calling in a fake emergency call designed to have a SWAT team deployed to the target’s location. Swatting is often attributed to hostility (or a practical joke) between rival online gamers, although of course people who play online games are not the only ones to call in false 911 calls.
As news of the Intel chip security flaw has started to permeate public awareness, people are asking themselves two main questions: “Do I have to worry about it, and if so what do I need to do?” and “Just what is speculative execution?” (The issue with the chips has to do with the speculative execution function.) This flaw is said to affect millions of Windows, Mac, and Linux computers around the world. “Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed” screams the BBC headline. “A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security for Most Computers,” banners Wired. Even Popular Mechanics is getting in on it, stating that “Horrific Security Flaw Affects Decade of Intel Processors.” Although, others are starting to say that it’s not limited to Intel chips, as pointed out by the Axios story, “Massive chip flaw not limited to Intel.”
If you have ever been on the receiving end of an Evite invitation, you know that once your ‘friend’ gives your email address to Evite (almost always without asking you first) you will receive an endless stream of spam (it’s spam because you did not request it, let along give them permission to put your email address on their mailing list) from Evite, seemingly with no way to opt out of it (making it a violation of Federal law, but apparently Evite doesn’t care about that). Here is out to opt out of Evite notifications and other Evite spam.
This time of year lots of people are searching online for the ultimate sugar cookie recipe. For that one recipe for the best sugar cookies out there, but one that is also easy to make, and yet allows you to make great cut out or decorated (or cut out and decorated) Christmas sugar cookies. But wait, it also has to be a recipe for make-ahead sugar cookies. Well, this recipe is all that, and more!