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New ZeuS Based Trojan Targeting Banks Worldwide

December 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
New ZeuS Based Trojan Targeting Banks Worldwide

A new computer Trojan developed off of the infamous ZeuS banking malware is targeting users of more than 150 banks and payment systems from around the world, security researchers warn. The new threat, dubbed Chthonic, is based on ZeusVM, a Trojan program discovered in February that is itself a modification of the much older ZeuS Trojan. “The Trojan is apparently an evolution of ZeusVM, although it has undergone a number of significant changes,” security researchers from antivirus vendor... 

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Are Indie Developers Dying Out?

December 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Are Indie Developers Dying Out?

For independent developers, the last decade has been an endless procession of migratory possibilities. The physical world was defined by compromise, dependence and strategically closed doors, but the rise of digital afforded freedom and flexibility in every direction. New platforms, new business models, new methods of distribution and communication; so many fresh options appeared in such a brief window of time that knowing where and when to place your bet was almost as important as having the best... 

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Google May Launch ‘Android Auto’ For Cars

December 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google May Launch ‘Android Auto’ For Cars

Google may be planning to roll out a version of Android Auto for vehicle infotainment centers — also known as head units — that will eliminate the need for a smartphone to be connected, giving native access to the Internet and mobile applications. Currently, Apple’s CarPlay, or open source standards such as MirrorLink or GENIVI, enable vehicle infotainment centers to mirror a version of a smartphone OS onto a vehicle’s head unit, thereby enabling the driver to use specific... 

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How About A Self-destructing BlackBerry?

December 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
How About A Self-destructing BlackBerry?

BlackBerry Ltd  is collaborating with Boeing Co on Boeing’s high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company’s chief executive said last Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications... 

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Will Google Have More Antitrust Issues With Android?

December 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Technology
Will Google Have More Antitrust Issues With Android?

Google is reportedly looking to save itself from the worst excesses of a US antitrust case concerning the Android operating system. Google has some experience of antitrust cases and we imagine that it would be very easy to grow to dislike them. Reuters reports that Google would like to avoid the antitrust investigation over Android, and has already attempted to get the courts to join it in this sentiment. Two smartphone users have raised the case against the firm because they feel that home-grown... 

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Kepler Finds New Earth Like Planet

December 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Kepler Finds New Earth Like Planet

NASA’s Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. The prolific spacecraft has spotted its first new alien planet since being hobbled by a malfunction in May 2013, researchers announced today (Dec. 18). The newly discovered world, called HIP 116454b, is a “super Earth” about 2.5 times larger than our home planet. It lies 180 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Pisces — close enough to be studied by other instruments, scientists said. “Like a phoenix... 

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Researches Looks Toward Quantum Physics For Fraud-proof Credit Cards

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Researches Looks Toward Quantum Physics For Fraud-proof Credit Cards

Researchers in the Netherlands are using quantum physics in an attempt to create fraud-proof credit cards and ID cards. The approach, which they call Quantum-Secure Authentication (QSA), centers on single particles of light, or photons, and their ability to encode data so that attackers cannot determine what the information is. It exploits a property of photons that allows them to effectively be in multiple places at once, a phenomenon described in quantum physics. Researchers in the Netherlands... 

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T-Mobile Rolls Out ‘Data Stash’ Plan

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Rolls Out ‘Data Stash’ Plan

T-Mobile has announced a monthly data rollover plan for consumers and business customers called “Data Stash,” but the plan still will not allow workers to share their data with others in a work group. Data Stash works much the same way for users who have a Simple Choice plan (or Simple Choice for Business Value Plan) and have purchased 3GB or more of LTE data per month for smartphones and 1GB or more for tablets. T-Mobile will give those existing customers, as well as new customers, 10GB... 

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Dell Debuts Next-Gen Firewalls

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Dell Debuts Next-Gen Firewalls

Dell has merged its SonicPoints with Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls to create what it claims are secure wireless networks. According to the company, the Dell SonicWALL firewalls automatically detects and provision SonicPoints, while it pushes appropriate security updates as well as policies to ensure enterprise-class security. Of course, it also claims to simplify management, deliver a lower TCO and protect you from badgers at the same time. But it is a pretty interesting product. The... 

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Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Microsoft’s Arcadia Bring Streaming To The Xbox One?

It’s already been widely reported that Microsoft is working on game-streaming technology, long enough that the company has apparently started over at least once. According to a new ZDNet report, Microsoft halted work on one such project called “Rio,” and has since begun building a new streaming service code-named “Arcadia.” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley cites sources within Microsoft with the news that Arcadia is being worked on by a new team in the company’s Operating... 

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Stanford University Researchers Builds ‘High-rise’ Chip

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Stanford University Researchers Builds ‘High-rise’ Chip

Stanford University researchers have developed a multi-layered “high-rise” chip that could significantly outperform traditional computer chips, taking on the hefty workloads that will be needed for the Internet of Things and big data. Utilizing nanotechnology, the new chips are built with layers of processing on top of layers of memory, greatly cutting down on the time and energy typically needed to move information from memory to processing and back. Max Shulaker, a researcher on the... 

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Voyager 1 Gets Hit By Cosmic Tsunami Wave

December 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Voyager 1 Gets Hit By Cosmic Tsunami Wave

It turns out that sailing through interstellar space isn’t so peaceful. NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft — the only object made by humans to reach interstellar space — might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic “tsunami wave,” a shock wave that first hit the probe in February, according to new research. You can hear the eerie interstellar vibrations in a video, courtesy of NASA. “Most people would have thought the interstellar medium would have... 

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Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has created an extensive “backdoor” into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today. In a research paper released today, Palo Alto Networks detailed its investigation of the backdoor, which it dubbed “CoolReaper.” “Coolpad has built a backdoor that goes beyond the usual data collection,” said Ryan Olson, director of intelligence at... 

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Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on customers’ cellphone bills, a practice known as cramming, in the agency’s first foray into mobile payments. Marking the third cramming-related government enforcement action this year, the CFPB alleges that from 2004 through 2013, the wireless carrier allowed third parties to charge consumers tens of millions of dollars for services like ringtones or text-message horoscopes... 

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Will ARM Have A Profitable 2015?

December 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will ARM Have A Profitable 2015?

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry’s rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware. Canaccord Genuity analyst Matt Ramsey argues that ARM is still a ‘Buy’ stock, as it’s trading at $43, while his price target is $54 to $56. Ramsay is upbeat for a number of reasons and the 64-bit craze is one o them. He pointed out that sales of ARMv8 chips are raping up and are no longer limited to Apple. Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 is... 

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