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What Will HPE Sell Next? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I joined a bunch of analysts in discussing Hewlett Packard Enterprise's next move at a secret conclave last week. The company had just announced the sale of its IT services, which basically undid much of Mark Hurd's work as CEO. It already had sold off PCs and printers, more than undoing Carly Fiorina's earlier efforts. Granted, HPE spun it like it was an acquisition.

Gadget Ogling: A Homier Google, Flicking Lamps, and Busy Earbuds - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Taking a page or 10 out of Amazon Echo's book, Home is a blend of a smart speaker and a personal assistant, which you control using your voice. It can handle the types of queries Google Now and its successor, Google Assistant, can take on -- from simple questions like what's on your schedule for the day to more complex ones about the history of your favorite sports team.

Tiny HopperGo Neatly Stashes Loads of Mobile Entertainment - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Dish Network continues to change the way we view recorded TV. It made location-shifting as easy as time-shifting via its Sling technology, and its Hopper let users transfer recordings to a mobile device. Now it has introduced another option for taking recorded content anywhere: the HopperGO, a compact DVR hard disk drive that lets users transfer content from a set-top box to the portable unit.

Twitter Loosens Tweet's Leash - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Twitter on Tuesday announced a number of changes to tweets, including what will be included in a message's 140-character count. The changes will be rolled out in the coming months. When replying to a tweet, tagged @names at the beginning of the reply no longer will be included in the character count. Photos, GIFs, videos, polls and quote tweets won't be counted against the character limit.

OnePlus Offers Free Headsets to Lure Crowd to VR Smartphone Launch - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The 30,000 virtual reality headsets OnePlus announced it would give away as part the unveiling of its OnePlus 3 smartphone were snapped up Monday, the day they became available. OnePlus has set up a VR space called "The Loop" in which it will unveil the OnePlus 3. The Loop can be accessed only by users of the OnePlus Loop VR headsets, made by AntVR.

Google's Abacus May Count Out Passwords - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

By the end of the year, Android devs will be able to use a trust API from Google's Project Abacus in their apps, Google ATAP Director Dan Kaufman suggested at last week's I/O conference. The API, which will run in the background continually, is aimed at doing away with passwords. It will use a smartphone's sensors to create a cumulative trust score that will authenticate users.

Versatile iBot Wheelchair to Make a Comeback - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Toyota and DEKA Research and Development last week announced an agreement that will revive development of the iBot, a wheelchair that can climb stairs. The companies revealed their pact to develop mobility solutions for the disabled community at the annual convention of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. One of the first initiatives under the agreement will be to resurrect the iBot.

The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1 - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Tearing through open spaces and timing each turn to burst out of them, a seeming continuum of drones weaves through a set of obstacles lap after lap, until the stutter of a pilot's joystick breaks the cadence of this competitive concert and destroys the illusion. It's the drama -- anticipating and reacting to those human moments -- that has propelled drone racing to the spotlight.

Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions. It is neither a minimalistic Linux line nor a distro stuffed with bloat from packages typical users will never need.

Microsoft Tightens Screws on Terrorists Posting Online - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft last week announced plans to crack down on terrorist content, perhaps in response to the Obama administration's intense effort to get Silicon Valley's help in preventing organizations like ISIS from using social media as a recruiting and fundraising tool. Microsoft has amended its terms of use to prohibit the posting of terrorist content on its various platforms.

Google's New Custom Chip May Not Live Up to the Hype - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google last week announced the Tensor Processing Unit, a custom application-specific integrated circuit, at Google I/O. TPU was built for machine learning applications and has been running in Google's data centers for more than a year. Google's AlphaGo software, which thrashed an 18-time international Go champion in a match earlier this year, ran on servers using TPUs.

Using the Scientific Method to Pick the Best US President - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

I've been thinking a lot this week about what it takes to select a strong CEO and being annoyed by robocalls from the different campaigns. On one such call, when asked what I'd do if given the choice between Clinton and Trump, my response was "move to Canada." That apparently wasn't what they were looking for. Boards often have to select from a very small pool of CEO candidates, and they don't get the "move to Canada" option.

Hyperloop Dreams Are Getting Real - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Hyperloop -- the high-speed transportation concept Elon Musk has promoted heavily -- is edging closer to becoming a reality. Russia plans to develop a Hyperloop network for freight transportation, the country's transport minister announced Friday. MIT last week unveiled its Hyperloop Pod, a prototype of its award-winning design concept intended for human travelers.

Gang Surrenders Key to TeslaCrypt Ransomware Kingdom - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Eset on Wednesday announced that it has fashioned a free tool that victims of all variants of the TeslaCrypt ransomware can use to unlock affected files. After the criminal gang behind TeslaCrypt recently abandoned support of the malicious software, an Eset analyst contacted the group anonymously, using the channel offered to ransomware victims, and asked for the universal master decryption key.

Google Patents Tech to Limit Injuries in Vehicle-Pedestrian Accidents - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The United States Patent and Trademark Office earlier this week granted Google a patent for "Adhesive Vehicle Front End For Mitigation of Secondary Pedestrian Impact." The patent application, filed a year and a half ago, credits Google employees Alex Khaykin and Daniel Lynn Larner as the inventors of the new technology. This latest patent grant is for "a system for protecting a colliding object from a secondary impact."

Gadget Ogling: Speedy Tortillas, Racing Robots, and Real-Time 3D - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Flatev is a pod-based system for instant tortillas in the mold of a Keurig coffee maker. Insert a pod of fresh dough -- you have several choices, all organic -- then adjust settings for type of dough and desired crispiness, and 90 seconds later you'll have a fresh, warm tortilla. There's a heated drawer to keep your tortillas warm while you make as many as you need.

Flaw Puts a Billion Wireless Mice at Risk - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Wireless mice and keyboards are the perfect accessories for a world in which devices increasingly are shuffling off their connection coils, but those accessories -- especially untethered rodents -- also can create new threats for those who use them. One such threat is Mousejack. The attack exploits a vulnerability found in 80 percent of wireless mice.

Apache Guru Behlendorf to Helm Hyperledger Project - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that Brian Behlendorf, a primary developer of the Apache Web server, has joined the Hyperledger Project as executive director. The project is a collaborative effort to advance blockchain technology by identifying and addressing important features for an open standard for distributed ledgers that will apply across industries.

Google Plots Home Invasion - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off the company's annual I/O developers conference on Wednesday with a keynote address that included previews of a batch of new products. Among those showcased were Google Assistant, a tool that can understand and respond to complex questions in real time; and Home, Google's highly anticipated response to Amazon's Echo speaker.

BitTorrent Live Aims to Iron Out Live-Streaming Kinks - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

BitTorrent on Tuesday announced at the Internet & Television Expo an application called "BitTorrent Live" that applies its distributed file-sharing technology to video streaming. BitTorrent is able to speed up file downloads by storing pieces of a file on computers throughout the Net and reassembling them when a request is made for the file. BitTorrent Live does the same for streaming live video.

Security Alerts


Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Thursday May 26, 2016

Original release date: May 26, 2016

Google has released Chrome version 51.0.2704.63 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.


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Adobe Releases Security Update for Adobe Connect - Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

Original release date: May 23, 2016

Adobe has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Adobe Connect for Windows. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Adobe Security Bulletin APSB16-17 and apply the necessary update.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


VMware Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday May 18, 2016

Original release date: May 18, 2016

VMware has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2016-0005 and apply the necessary updates.


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Cisco Releases Security Updates - Posted on Wednesday May 18, 2016

Original release date: May 18, 2016

Cisco has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in its Web Security Appliance software. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could cause a denial-of-service-condition on an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the following Cisco Security Advisories and apply the necessary updates.

  • Cisco Web Security Appliance HTTP POST Denial of Service Vulnerability
  • Cisco Web Security Appliance Cached Range Request Denial of Service Vulnerability
  • Cisco Web Security Appliance HTTP Length Denial of Service Vulnerability
  • Cisco Web Security Appliance Connection Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Symantec Releases Security Update - Posted on Monday May 16, 2016

Original release date: May 16, 2016

Symantec has released Anti-Virus Engine 20151.1.1.4 to address a vulnerability in Symantec Antivirus products. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Symantec Security Advisory for more information and apply the necessary update.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Apple Releases Multiple Security Updates - Posted on Monday May 16, 2016

Original release date: May 16, 2016

Apple has released security updates for tvOS, iOS, watchOS, OS X El Capitan, Safari, and iTunes. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Available updates include:

  • tvOS 9.2.1 for Apple TV (4th generation)
  • iOS 9.3.2 for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, and iPad 2 and later
  • watchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Edition, and Apple Watch Hermes
  • OS X El Capitan v10.11.5 and Security Update 2016-003 for OS X El Capitan v10.11and later
  • Safari 9.1.1 for OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, and OS X El Capitan v10.11.5
  • iTunes 12.4 for Windows 7 and later

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Apple security updates for tvOS, iOS, watchOS, OS X El Capitan, Safari, and iTunes and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player - Posted on Thursday May 12, 2016

Original release date: May 12, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in Flash Player. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB16-15  and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Wednesday May 11, 2016

Original release date: May 11, 2016

Google has released Chrome version 50.0.2661.102 to address multiple vulnerabilities for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary update.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Adobe Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2016

Original release date: May 10, 2016 | Last revised: May 11, 2016

Adobe has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in ColdFusion, Acrobat, and Reader. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB16-14 and APSB16-16 and apply the necessary updates.


This product is provided subject to this Notification and this Privacy & Use policy.


Microsoft Releases May 2016 Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2016

Original release date: May 10, 2016

Microsoft has released 16 updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the following Microsoft Security Bulletins MS16-051 through MS16-067 and apply the necessary updates.


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