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Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Oracle Identifies Its Products Affected By Heartbleed, But No Estimates On Fixes

Oracle issued a comprehensive list of its software that may or may not be impacted by the OpenSSL (secure sockets layer) vulnerability known as Heartbleed, while warning that no fixes are yet available for some likely affected products. The list includes well over 100 products that appear to be in the clear, either because they never used the version of OpenSSL reported to be vulnerable to Heartbleed, or because they don’t use OpenSSL at all. However, Oracle is still investigating whether... 

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Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Lavaboom Offers New Encrypted Webmail Service

A new webmail service named Lavaboom promises to provide easy-to-use email encryption without ever learning its users’ private encryption keys or message contents. Lavaboom, based in Germany and founded by Felix MA1/4ller-Irion, is named after Lavabit, the now defunct encrypted email provider believed to have been used by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Lavabit decided to shut down its operations in August in response to a U.S. government request for its SSL private key that would have... 

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AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

April 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
AT&T To Offer Smartwatches This Year

Smartwatches for use on AT&T’s network will be out this year, so says one of the company’s executives. “I think you’ll see wide-area, high-bandwidth [smart]watches this year at some point,” said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices at AT&T, in an interview. The company has a group working in Austin, Texas, on thousands of wearable-device prototypes, and is also looking at certifying third-party devices for use on its network, Lurie said. “A majority... 

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Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Intel Looks To Android To Boost Tablet Business

Its becoming more obvious lately that Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to make a dent in the tablet market, and with Windows struggling on those devices, Android is where it’s at. Intel hopes to see its processors used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80% to 90% of those will be running Google’s Android OS, CEO Brian Krzanich said on Tuesday. “Our mix of OSes reflects pretty much what you see in the marketplace,” Krzanich... 

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Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Glass One Day Sale Proves Successful

Google’s one-day sale of Google Glass appears to have been a success with all units sold out, a blog post by the technology titan suggests. “All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don’t worry,” the Google Glass team wrote on its blog on Wednesday. “We’ll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future.” Google did not respond to a request for more information, but an earlier post about... 

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Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

April 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Reddit Going After More Users, Advertisers With New Feature

Reddit, a website with a retro-’90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As, is trying to attract even more followers, and advertising, by allowing members of its passionate community to post their own news more quickly and easily. Reddit, majority owned by Conde Nast parent Advanced Publications, last month unveiled a new feature that lets users of the nine-year-old site post live updates, allowing them to report in real time. The live updates... 

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Microsoft Updates Office Online

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Updates Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, closing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users’ devices. “We know you want features that allow you to move as seamlessly as possible between Office Online and the desktop,” wrote Kaberi Chowdhury, an Office Online technical product manager, in a blog post Monday. Improvements to Excel Online include the ability to insert new comments, edit and delete existing comments, and properly... 

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Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Reveals Email Scanning Practices In Revised Terms Of Service

Google Inc updated its terms of service earlier this week, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits... 

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Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Mt. Gox Founder Refuses To Appear In U.S. Regarding Bankruptcy

Mark Karpeles, the founder of Mt. Gox, has refused to come to the United States to answer questions about the Japanese bitcoin exchange’s U.S. bankruptcy case, Mt. Gox lawyers told a federal judge on Monday. In the court filing, Mt. Gox lawyers cited a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which has closely monitored virtualcurrencies like bitcoin. “Mr. Karpeles is now in the process of obtaining counsel to represent him with respect... 

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Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

Intel unveiled a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also vying for customers. The Intel Education 2-in-1 hybrid has a 10.1-inch screen that can detach from a keyboard base to turn into a tablet. Intel makes reference designs, which are then replicated by device makers and sold to educational institutions. The 2-in-1 has a quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3740D, which is based on the Bay Trail architecture. The battery lasts about eight... 

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BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

BlackBerry Ltd said it will release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the “Heartbleed” security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace. Security experts initially told companies to focus on securing vulnerable... 

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Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Wi-Fi Problems Plague Apple-Samsung Trial

There’s a new sign on the door to Courtroom 1 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the location of the Apple v. Samsung battle that’s playing out this month: “Please turn off all cell phones.” For a trial that centers on smartphones and the technology they use, it’s more than a little ironic. The entire case might not even be taking place if the market wasn’t so big and important, but the constant need for connectivity of everyone is causing problems in the court,... 

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IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be shelling out Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities discovered in the future, XP systems will be at risk from cyber criminals who hijack the machines and plant malware on them. During an IRS... 

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Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Federal Gov’t Wants Instagram Data From Facebook Now

Facebook released its second government requests report covering the second half of 2013, and it expands its scope from the first one in two ways. First, it includes requests to restrict or remove users’ content from the site, whereas the first report was limited to requests for account information. And second, the report now includes data on Instagram, the photo sharing site owned by Facebook. Facebook is not breaking out the number of Instagram requests; they’re included in the overall... 

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Amazon Rumored To Launch Smartphone In Time For Christmas Season

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Amazon Rumored To Launch Smartphone In Time For Christmas Season

Amazon.com Inc is making plans to unveil its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company’s plans. The Internet retailer would jump into a crowded market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. It intends to announce the device in June and ship to stores around the end of September,... 

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