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New Safe Harbor Pact Offers Temporary Port in Storm - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Through an eleventh-hour maneuver, the United States and the European Union last week avoided action that could have choked the movement of data between the regions and caused financial harm to U.S. companies. It may be only a temporary respite, however. The problem stems from a European Court of Justice decision in October that blew up an agreement between the regions.
Old-Timey Mischief on Display at the Malware Museum - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
The Internet Archive on Friday cut the ribbon on its online Malware Museum, an online compendium of malware programs computer users in the 1980s and 1990s sometimes encountered. Everything old is new again, apparently. The museum presents examples of the viruses, complete with the messages or animations they would have shown when infecting a computer.
Keybase Releases Encrypted File-Sharing iPhone App - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Keybase last week announced the alpha release of the Keybase app for the iPhone with a cryptographically secure file mount. Users can write data in an automatically created folder in this format: /keybase/public/username. Files written in the folder are signed automatically and appear as plain text files. The folder prevents server-side and man-in-the-middle attacks, Keybase said.
Smart Email and the Path to Digital Immortality - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
I attended IBM Connect last week, where I checked out one of the most interesting new products you've likely never heard of -- IBM Verse. While there was a lot of discussion about how it better integrated social networking, what really intrigued me was the idea of putting cognitive computing inside an email client. "Cognitive computing" is the new way of saying "artificial intelligence."
Vaio's Phone Biz to Test Windows 10's Reception in Asia - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Vaio on Wednesday announced Phone Biz, a Windows 10 mobile phone. The device doesn't have a SIM, leaving users free to select their own carriers. The Phone Biz lets users easily access corporate apps, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange, as well as the Azure cloud, according to Vaio. The OS is synced with the latest version of Windows 10.
Google to Put Self-Driving Cars Through Rainy-Day Paces - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Google on Wednesday announced that it has chosen Kirkland, Washington, as the next location to test its self-driving cars. It picked Kirkland as the third test city to give the cars more experience driving in new environments, traffic patterns and road conditions. Google has conducted testing mainly at or near its campus in Mountain View, California. Last year it expanded to Austin, Texas.
Apple Pencils In March 15 for 4-Inch iPhone Launch - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Apple is planning an event to unveil a refresh of its iPhone 5s and its Apple Watch, as well as to introduce a new version of its iPad Air, according to a Tuesday report. However, the event date could change, or the company could opt for an online announcement. The 4-inch Phone 5se reportedly will look similar to the 5s and sell at the same price point: $450.
Rugged Turing Phone to Run on Sailfish OS, Not Android - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Turing Robotic Industries this week announced that it has uninstalled Google's Android mobile platform in favor of Jolla's Sailfish OS in its yet-to-appear secure smartphone. The Turing Phone, molded from a single unit of the Liquidmorphium liquid-metal alloy, is designed to be more durable to absorb shocks and prevent screen breakage. Preorder pricing starts at $610.
Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons. Consumers can select bands from the Classic line, available in plum, teal, black and blue for $30 each.
MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop Competition - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation. Powerful magnets placed over a conducting plate -- the aluminum SpaceX track -- will accomplish levitation in an actual pod.
T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE download speeds in the country, overtaking Verizon by a slight edge.
Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. The EU-US Privacy Shield aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to European citizens when it's handled by U.S. companies. It "will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans," said EU Commissioner Vera Jourová.
Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists 'Going Dark' - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption because they say it lets terrorists communicate with impunity and is responsible for the inability of law enforcement to monitor communications.
Gadget Ogling: Babe-Friendly Smartwatches, Pretty Routers, and Automated Aromas - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
If I were a parent, I assume I would have a strong opposition to giving a smartphone to an under-14 child of mine. Don't get me wrong. I would, I surmise, be all in favor of my offspring being able to tap into the Internet to explore, learn, and communicate. I'd also want my kid to be reachable at all times -- but, ideally, in a more-controlled way than by carrying a typical smartphone.
Microsoft's Project Natick: Data Centers Better Down Where It's Wetter? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Microsoft on Monday unveiled Project Natick, a research initiative aimed at developing underwater data centers that could be built near coastal cities. The project is still in its infancy, but Microsoft built one test facility last year. It was deployed 30 feet underwater off the California coast in August and was tested through December, when it was returned to the Microsoft campus.
Zenwalk 8 Beta Led Me Down a Rocky Road - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Zenwalk is a Linux distro that seems to be in a state of flux. I took a gamble with the Zenwalk 8.0 beta edition, released last month, after several colleagues raved about its improvements. Chalk that up to potentially bad advice. It's not that Zenwalk is a bad distro. It is an uncooperative and strange experience. A lot can be said about not having to struggle with a problematic OS version.
How Analytics Could Upset the Presidential Frontrunners - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Given all the campaign drama, there was little else on my mind when I started to write my column at the end of last week. The also-rans really didn't understand how suicidal Trump's comments were about fans supporting him even if he shot someone in New York. Also, Clinton's use of a nonauthorized BlackBerry revealed what she really thought of the Obama administration.
Oracle Pulls Plug on Java Browser Plug-In - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Oracle earlier this week announced its decision to scrap its Java browser plug-in. The plug-in, a frequent target of hackers, won't be included in the next version of JDK 9, which is expected to ship in September. Oracle's action was motivated by browser makers' withdrawal of support for the plug-in. Developers of applications that depend on it need to consider alternatives, the company said.
Google, Movidius to Bring Deep Learning to Mobile Devices - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Movidius on Wednesday announced that it's working with Google to put deep learning on mobile devices. Google will source Movidius' latest flagship chip -- the MA2450 -- and software development environment, and will contribute to Movidius' neural network technology road map in return. That could result in mobile devices that will be able to understand images and audio swiftly and accurately.
Google's AlphaGo Defeats Human Master of Ancient Game - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969
Research at Google on Wednesday announced that AlphaGo has become the first computer software system to beat a human at the ancient game of Go. There are more possible positions in Go than there are the number of atoms in the universe, and it has a googol more positions than chess, Google pointed out. That complexity makes it difficult for computers to play Go.
Oracle Releases Security Updates for Java - Posted on Monday February 08, 2016
Original release date: February 08, 2016
Oracle has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Java SE versions 6, 7, and 8 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 Oracle security alert and apply the necessary update.
Comodo Chromodo Browsers Vulnerable to Cross-Domain Attacks - Posted on Thursday February 04, 2016
Original release date: February 04, 2016
Some Comodo Chromodo browser versions (18.104.22.1682, 22.214.171.1241, and possibly earlier) are vulnerable to cross-domain attacks. When a user of a vulnerable Chromodo browser visits a specially crafted web page, an attacker may obtain access to web content from another domain.
US-CERT recommends users and administrators review Vulnerability Note VU#305096 for additional information and mitigation details.
WordPress Releases Security Update - Posted on Tuesday February 02, 2016
Original release date: February 02, 2016
WordPress 4.4.1 and prior versions contain two security vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.
Users and administrators are encouraged to review the WordPress Security and Maintenance Release and upgrade to WordPress 4.4.2.
FTC Announces Enhancements to IdentityTheft.gov - Posted on Friday January 29, 2016
Original release date: January 29, 2016
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has upgraded its IdentityTheft.gov site to provide improved help to victims of identity theft. Enhancements include more personalized response plans for consumers, automatic generation of documents to aid in recovery, and better integration of the site with the FTC's consumer complaint system. Resources are also available for those who want to avoid becoming victims of identity theft.
OpenSSL Releases Security Advisory - Posted on Thursday January 28, 2016
Original release date: January 28, 2016
OpenSSL versions 1.0.2f and 1.0.1r have been released to address vulnerabilities in prior versions. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information.
Cisco Releases Security Update - Posted on Wednesday January 27, 2016
Original release date: January 27, 2016
Cisco has released a security update to address a vulnerability in the web-based management interface of Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall devices. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected device.
Mozilla Releases Security Updates - Posted on Tuesday January 26, 2016
Original release date: January 26, 2016
Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.
Available updates include:
- Firefox 44
- Firefox ESR 38.6
IRS Releases Tenth Security Tip - Posted on Monday January 25, 2016
Original release date: January 25, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the tenth in a series of tips intended to help the public protect personal and financial data online and at home. This tip describes steps tax preparers can take to protect sensitive information. Recommendations include conducting a full scan of all computer drives and files, making sure that tax preparers' security software updates automatically, and using robust security software that helps block malware and viruses.
Users and administrators are encouraged to review the IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 10 for additional information.
Apple Releases Security Update for tvOS - Posted on Monday January 25, 2016
Original release date: January 25, 2016
Apple has released a security update for tvOS to address multiple vulnerabilities. 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 Apple security update for tvOS 9.1.1 Apple TV (4th generation) and apply the necessary update.
Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Wednesday January 20, 2016
Original release date: January 20, 2016
Google has released Chrome version 48.0.2564.82 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.