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Roundup: Hackers gathering, parental control apps, phone safety tips, more



Hackers haven: Thousands of hackers -- from computer security researchers and government recruiters to cyberpunks -- gathered last week in Las Vegas for the annual hacker convention hosted by Black Hat and Defcon organizations. The event is known for computer pranks, but actually has a serious purpose: to understand and expose problems in computer security. NPR

Not so lucky hacker: But not all was well for a Defcon attendee. His cell phone battery -- for a Droid Bionic smartphone -- spontaneously caught fire and burned a whole in his back pants pocket as well as the chair and floor after it fell.  CNET

Protect your kids with parental control apps: Keep your kids from getting access to offensive material such as porn, gambling sites and scams on the smartphone with low-cost parental control apps that can block these offensive content as well as monitor your child's activities.

Phone safety tips:
Do you how to protect your data and privacy if your phone is lost or stolen? There are ways to back up data in the Cloud, or lock your phone remotely to prevent access. Here are some tips. San Jose Mercury News

No 99 cent Windows app: Microsoft announced its Windows Store app prices once Windows 8 goes live. Minimum price for paid apps will be $1.49, 50 percent more than Apple's starting price. Information Week


[Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 6:44am]


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