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China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

China has removed some of the world’s most popular technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more home grown products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government... 

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Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Continues Wooing Enterprise Users With Android For Work Launch

Google Inc rolled out an initiative  to make smartphones running its Android software more appealing to corporations, a move that could help extend the Internet technology giant reach into workplaces. Google said on its official blog that its Android for Work program will provide improved security and management features for corporations that want to give their employees Android smartphones. Smartphones supported by the new initiative will be able to keep an employee’s work and personal apps... 

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Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Bad News For Lenovo Continues As Website Is Hacked

Chinese PC and mobile phone maker Lenovo Group Ltd acknowledged that its website was hacked, its second security blemish days after the U.S. government advised consumers to remove software called “Superfish” pre-installed on its laptops. Hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for the attacks on microblogging service Twitter. Lenovo said attackers breached the domain name system associated with Lenovo and redirected visitors to lenovo.com to another address, while also intercepting... 

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Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Anthem Says Nearly 79M Records Were Exposed In Data Breach

The Anthem data breach may have exposed 78.8 million records, according to deeper analysis provided in an estimate by the health insurance company, but Anthem is still investigating exactly how many records hackers captured from a database. Hackers accessed a database at Anthem that contained customer and employee records with names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and member IDs, the health insurance company said on Feb. 4. Some records included employment... 

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More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
More Lawyers, Lawsuits Descend On Lenovo Over Superfish

Lenovo and adware maker Superfish were subjected to more legal action as two new lawsuits were filed in California federal courts taking the firms to task for putting consumers at risk of hacker spying and information theft. The two complaints — the second and third since the China-based computer OEM (original equipment manufacturer) admitted it had pre-loaded adware on its consumer PCs in the second half of 2014 — named both Lenovo and Superfish, and each lawsuit requested class-action... 

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IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

February 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
IBM, ARM Team Up To Offer IoT Starter Kit

ARM and IBM want Internet of Things (IoT) enthusiasts to make their own connected devices in a matter of minutes with a new development kit that they have unveiled. The ARM mbed IoT Starter Kit — Ethernet Edition will allow users to make cloud-ready Internet of Things products that could receive or transmit data for analysis or alerts. The development kit will come with ARM’s mbed OS and connect into IBM’s BlueMix cloud, which will help in the development of applications and services. The... 

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Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Chrome Browser Now Has Early Warning Alert

Google has added an early warning alert to Chrome that appears when users try to access a website that the search giant believes will try to trick users into downloading suspicious software. The new alert pops up in Chrome when a user aims the browser at a suspect site but before the domain is displayed. “The site ahead contains harmful programs,” the warning states. Google emphasized tricksters that “harm your browsing experience,” and cited those that silently change the... 

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Google Acquiring Softcard’s Mobile Wallet Technology

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Acquiring Softcard’s Mobile Wallet Technology

Google announced it has reached a deal with three of the country’s major cellular carriers to acquire “technology and capabilities” from Softcard, a competing mobile wallet app created jointly by the telecom operators. But the deal appears to be less about technology and more about branding. The biggest immediate change is that Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile will begin pre-installing Google Wallet on new Android smartphones later this year — something that had been blocked... 

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Visa Europe Announces New Mobile Payments Method

February 25, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Visa Europe Announces New Mobile Payments Method

Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers usinng their mobile phones,a move that could set the stage for Apple’s  Apple Pay and rival mobile payment services to be introduced into Europe in the coming months. Visa Europe said on Tuesday it would introduce to member banks by mid-April a “tokenization” service which substitutes random numbers for a user’s credit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk... 

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Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

February 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

Lenovo admitted to pre-loading the Superfish adware on some consumer PCs, and now outraged customers are dragging the computer maker to court on the matter. A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed late last week against Lenovo and Superfish, charging both companies with “fraudulent” business practices and of making Lenovo PCs vulnerable to malware and malicious attacks by pre-loading the adware. Plaintiff Jessica Bennett said her laptop was damaged as a result of Superfish, which was... 

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Antitrust Case Against Google Over Android Apps Dismissed

February 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Antitrust Case Against Google Over Android Apps Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that alleged Google harmed consumers by forcing Android mobile phone makers to use its apps by default. The plaintiffs were given three weeks to amend their complaint. The two consumers who filed the suit failed to show that Google’s allegedly illegal restrictive contracts on manufacturers of Android devices resulted in higher prices on phones, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman said in a Feb. 20 ruling. The complainants, who were seeking... 

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SIM Card Maker Gemalto Sees Little Impact From Hacking

February 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
SIM Card Maker Gemalto Sees Little Impact From Hacking

Gemalto said  its initial investigations into a reports that U.S. and British spies had gained unauthorized access to it systems showed its products were secure and it thus did not expect a significant financial impact. Gemalto’s shares fell sharply late last week after news website Intercept reported a hack by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The hack into the world’s biggest maker of phone SIM cards allowed the... 

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Android Malware Fake Shuts Down Phones To Steal Data

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Fake Shuts Down Phones To Steal Data

Next time you turn switch off your Android mobile phone, you might want to pop the battery out as an extra precaution. Security vendor AVG has spotted a malicious program that fakes the sequence a user sees when they shut off their phone, giving it freedom to move around on the device and steal data. When someone presses the power button on a device, a fake dialog box is shown. The malware then mimics the shutdown animation and appears to be off, AVG’s mobile malware research team said in a blog... 

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YouTube Releasing New Kids App

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
YouTube Releasing New Kids App

YouTube is rolling out a new app for children next week, called YouTube Kids, which will run on smartphones and tablets and focus on kid-appropriate content. The free app from Google Inc’s online video service will be available for download as of today, February 23rd, and will feature kid-friendly design, with big icons and minimal scrolling, according to details seen by Reuters. The app, which will be separate from the mainstream YouTube mobile app, will also feature parental controls such... 

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Apple Wants In On Car Batteries?

February 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Wants In On Car Batteries?

A year and a half ago, Apple Inc applied for eight patents related to car batteries. Recently, it has added a slew of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters. The recent spate of hires and patent filings shows that Apple is fast building its industrial lithium-ion battery capabilities, adding to evidence the iPhone maker may be developing a car. Quiet, clean electric cars are viewed in Silicon Valley and elsewhere as a promising... 

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