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NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NSA To Lose Access To Bulk Phone Data In November

The U.S. National Security Agency will no longer have access to the bulk telephone records data it has collected at the end of November, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced . Congress voted in June to rein in the NSA’s mass collection of U.S. phone metadata, which includes information such as the timing and location of calls. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, then gave the NSA 180 days to wind down the program. The Director... 

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Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

Facebook is inviting additional mobile operators to join Internet.org, its project to bring Internet access to poorly connected parts of the world. Internet.org turns one year old this week, and Facebook says it’s ready to scale the project to reach more people. The company is making it easier for more mobile operators to join the project by launching an online portal where they’ll find technical tools and best practices to help them get started. So far, Facebook has been working with... 

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Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

Some of the features introduced in HTML5 can be used to hide web-based exploits and help them evade security. Researchers from the University of Salerno and the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy have used three different techniques to obfuscate exploits like the ones usually used in drive-by download attacks. Functionality provided by HTML5 can be efficient for malware obfuscation, the Italians have proved. Modern security software can detect a big chunk of threats, but if they use some HTML5... 

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Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

Intel is expected to upgrade its Compute Stick and NUC solutions to Skylake processors starting October. ECS, Gigabyte, Asustek and ASRock are expected to launch related products. Sales for the Compute Stick and NUC have been rising and it appears that Intel sees gold in the mini PC segment’s potential. NUC s are seeing stable demand in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe. Intel is set to release solutions with its new Core m5/m3 processors codenamed Cedar City in the fourth... 

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In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
In Spite Of Technical Issues Kepler Keeps Finding Planets

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler space telescope continues to zero in on the first “alien Earth” despite being hobbled by a malfunction more than two years ago. Last Thursday (July 23), mission scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, which they and NASA officials described as the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found. Kepler-452b circles a sunlike star at about the same distance Earth orbits the sun, but the alien world is about 60 percent wider than our home planet, so it’s... 

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Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

A safety system that links vehicles and smartphones to stop those heart-stopping near misses between cars and pedestrians could be standardized by the end of this year. The technology involves smartphones broadcasting data over a short-range radio channel to nearby cars, so the cars can determine if a collision is likely. Unlike today’s radar-based systems, this has the ability to warn around blind corners and can alert both the driver and pedestrian. It’s being developed by engineers... 

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Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung To Sell Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Smartphones

Samsung Electronics wants to unclutter your home with a monitor that can wirelessly charge smartphones and other mobile devices. The SE370 monitor will come in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats and is the industry’s first to have an integrated wireless charging station, the South Korean manufacturer said Monday. But your phone will have to support the Qi wireless charging standard, which was developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and is supported by makers such as Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC... 

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Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Steam Have A Security Issue?

A security problem with the Steam gaming on-demand system means that players and their personal details are at risk. It is possible that one day we will report on which companies made it through the night without being hacked or without exposing their users. For now, though, the opposite is the norm and today we are reporting about a problem with gaming system Steam that, you guessed it, has dangled the personal details of punters within the reach of ne’er-do-wells. The news is not coming out... 

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Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

Police in Beijing have raided a factory that made more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation. Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. Officials have taken stiffer action to enforce intellectual property (IP)... 

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Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

The software genii at Apple have redesigned their OSX software to allow malware makers to make designer micro-software that can infect Macs with rootkits. Obviously the feature is one that Apple software experts designed specifically for malware writers, perhaps seeing them as an untapped market. The bug in the latest version of Apple’s OS X allows attackers root user privileges with a micro code which could be packed into a message. Security researcher Stefan Esser said that this was the security... 

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IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

IBM has added another stick to its pile, picking up a company called Compose to increase its standing in the cloud database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market. The firm has come straight out with the news and explained how it expects to benefit. Compose, it said, offers a bountiful on-demand business and will let IBM roll out DBaaS offerings to a presumably hungry market. IBM has a big focus on the cloud and likes to see action around its Bluemix platform. IBM said that Compose is a player in the MongoDB,... 

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Best Buy To Begin Selling Apple Watch In August

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Best Buy To Begin Selling Apple Watch In August

The Apple Watch will go on sale at stores of Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S.consumer electronics chain, starting Aug. 7. The Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models will be sold at more than 300 Best Buy stores in time for the holiday shopping season, a spokeswoman for Apple Inc  said. “Customers love Apple Watch, and we are thrilled to begin offering it at Best Buy,” she said in an email. Best Buy is the first retailer to sell the watch outside of the Apple retail store. “The... 

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Apple Offering Free Beats Headphones For Back-to-school Promo

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Apple Offering Free Beats Headphones For Back-to-school Promo

Apple launched its annual back-to-school promotion in the U.S., switching the deal to a free pair of Beats headphones for customers who buy eligible Macs. The promotion launched later this year than in the past: In 2014, for example, Apple started its back-to-school campaign July 1. Buyers who purchase a qualifying Mac between now and Sept. 18 receive a $199.95 credit toward a a pair of Beats Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, which list for that amount. Alternately, the credit can be applied to a pair of Beats... 

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Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

Security researchers have provided details about four unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone because Microsoft has not moved quickly enough to fix them. The flaws could potentially be exploited to execute malicious code on computers when users visit compromised websites or open specially crafted documents. They were reported through Hewlett-Packard’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program. HP’s TippingPoint division, which sells network security products, pays researchers... 

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Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

Database outfit Oracle’s moves to try and copyright APIs appear to be part of an attempt for Oracle to make money on Android. Oracle has asked a U.S. judge for permission to update its copyright lawsuit against Google to include the Android which it claims contains its Java APIs. Oracle sued Google five years ago and is seeking roughly $1 billion in copyright claims if it manages to convince a court that its APIs are in Android it could up the damages by several billions. Oracle wrote in a... 

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