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Gadget Ogling: A Juicy Wristband, a Gamy Wearable and a Dorky Dongle - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Asus is taking a common-sense approach to the fitness tracker game by debuting a new watch with a 10-day battery life. Thanks to its square screen, the soon-to-be-released VivoWatch resembles a smartwatch more than, say, a Fitbit. It appears to have a monochrome screen, which must help extend that all-important battery life. It has a stainless-steel build, and dust and water protection.

Riding in Driverless Cars Could Be Sickening - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Self-driving vehicles could increase the likelihood of motion sickness in some riders, suggests a UMTRI study released last week. Motion sickness, also known as "kinetosis," is a condition marked by symptoms of nausea, dizziness and other physical discomfort. Some factors that contribute to motion sickness could be elevated in self-driving vehicles, the researchers noted.

China's Great Cannon Could Point Anywhere When Next Fuse Is Lit - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

China, which censors the Internet with its Great Firewall aka the "Golden Shield," has a new censorship tool that is causing alarm. It's known as the "Great Cannon." The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab identified the tool in a report released last week. The Great Cannon was first used in March, to launch a large-scale DDoS attack on GitHub and GreatFire.org, Citizen Lab said.

LG Lends Substance to G4 Rumors - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

LG on Thursday confirmed rumors about the basic look of its upcoming G4 flagship smartphone with a post on its Facebook page. Details about LG's forthcoming G4 flagship smartphone recently were leaked on a Korean microwebsite, generating considerable buzz on the Internet. Photos and other information were published by a number of outlets before the microsite disappeared.

Opening Windows Source Code Could Improve Security - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich raised a few eyebrows at ChefCon earlier this month, when he aired the possibility of Windows becoming an open source program. Sure, Microsoft's attitude toward the open source movement has mellowed over the years, but the prospect of the company rubbing elbows with the likes of Linux overloads the imagination.

Guitar Hero Strikes Back - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Rock Band 4's race to the top of the gaming charts this fall will be rivaled by a new release from Activision. Returning with a music video mode and first-person perspective, Guitar Hero Live offers a unique take on the music game genre. It "lets people rock real crowds with real reactions," said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. "Our goal was literally to give people stagefright."

SuperX OS Greases the Classic Linux Wheel - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

SuperX OS is a solid Linux distribution that dispels all of the criticisms about using free open source OSes. SuperX is a relatively new distro developed by Libresoft. Based on Ubuntu and Debian, it adds a highly customized KDE desktop environment. The maturity and impressive performance of Grace, its latest release, makes the SuperX OS a prime replacement choice for whatever distro you now use.

Apple Devs Play WWDC Lottery - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple on Tuesday announced that its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco June 8-12. The event will include more than 100 technical sessions on developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies. Attendees will get access to the latest innovations, features and capabilities of the OSes.

New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

A new aerial drone from 3D Robotics packs two computers and an array of powerful features for $999. The computers -- one on the craft and one in the controller -- have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight and camera control, according to 3DR. Built on 1-GHz Cortex A9 ARM chips running Linux, the computers allow operators to preprogram the drone's flight path.

Reactions to New MacBook Run From Tepid to Cold - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Early reviewers last week weighed in on Apple's new MacBook, and for the most part, they were underwhelmed. The new MacBook is 13.1mm thick, weighs 2 pounds, and has a 12-inch Retina display. Apple has touted it as the future of the notebook, pointing out that it had to reimagine every element to make the device lighter, thinner and better. Critics called it an overpriced netbook.

Apple's Storm Clouds - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

An Apple shop recently dumped Apple for Dell following a surprising revelation. Over most of the last two decades, the only time I've seen a move like this was when some change in IT forced it, and a lot of staffers subsequently would quit. This move was largely user-driven. Then, last week, one of Apple's biggest fans actually panned an Apple product, effectively calling it pretty but stupid.

Gadget Ogling: Capacious Cases, Dumb Domestic Drones, Smarty-Pants Cups - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

When it comes to adding extending your smartphone or tablet battery life during the day, Mophie's been trying to make life easier a little longer than most, with time to iterate on its battery pack cases. The company's going a little further now, as it expands its Space line of cases that house not only batteries, but external storage for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad mini.

Flir Debuts Triple-Threat Video Cam - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Flir Systems, known primarily for its commercial sensor products, on Tuesday made a foray into the consumer market with a new video camera that can be used for home monitoring, sports, and even as a dash cam. The new Flir FX video camera, which supports WiFi, is a compact unit capable of capturing HD, as well as integrating with cloud-based analytics and a set of application-oriented mounts.

Reality Check: Should We Buy an Apple Watch for Its Potential? - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Because there are so many Apple-loving fanatics who are hopelessly addicted to their iPhones, the first wave of Apple Watch sales won't give us a reliable indicator as to whether it is a real success... or not so much. Because we're talking about Apple here, there will be a couple million customers who will love it and make it work -- even if, deep down, they're slightly disappointed.

Emojis Get Real in New iOS - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Apple on Thursday released a new version of iOS that adds racial diversity to its emoji library. In addition to the fair-skinned faces found in prior versions, the new assortment includes brown, black and golden yellow mugs. What's more, there are emojis of same sex couples and families, too. "Emoji have become huge for people," said Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's Carolina Milanesi.

Chrome Web Store Gives Bad Extensions the Boot - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Google recently purged some 200 extensions from its Chrome Store inventory. Extensions and add-ons let users add functions and features to the Chrome Web browser, but bad extensions can expose users to a greater risk of spyware and malware. A major problem with many browser add-ons is ad injectors. The clean-up resulted from increasing user complaints.

Devs Rev Up for a Weekend of Galactic Problem-Solving - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

More than 10,000 software and hardware developers, scientists and space fans will spend this weekend huddling in rooms in 136 cities around the world to participate in NASA's International Space Apps Challenge -- a hackathon for space wonks. Using IBM's Bluemix, they will develop apps, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions to help explore space and to improve life on Earth.

Heartbleed Threat Won't Fade Away - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

This week marks the first anniversary of the Heartbleed vulnerability that caused a panic across the Internet last year. While the flaw appears to have faded from the recollections of Net denizens, it still poses danger at many sites in cyberspace. Heartbleed was discovered in April 2014 in an open source library, OpenSSL, used by the SSL protocol.

Early Reviews Give Apple Watch One and a Half Thumbs Up - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

The prelaunch reviews of the Apple Watch are out, and though they're generally favorable, they include a few niggling complaints. A select group of reviewers were loaned an Apple Watch for a week. Overall, their consensus is that it's a fine device for tracking health and fitness, it's great for making digital payments, and it has excellent battery life.

Flexible Aluminum-Ion Battery Recharges in 60 Seconds - Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Researchers have been attempting to develop an aluminum-ion battery for decades -- and a Stanford team on Tuesday revealed its breakthrough that could lead to the adoption of fast-charging, long-lasting batteries in the near future. The turning point occurred when the researchers were trying out materials to serve as a cathode, and they began experimenting with graphite.

Security Alerts
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Oracle Releases April 2015 Security Advisory - Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Original release date: April 15, 2015 | Last revised: April 16, 2015

Oracle has released security fixes to address 98 vulnerabilities as part of its quarterly Critical Patch Update. 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 Oracle April 2015 Critical Patch Update and apply the necessary updates.


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Google Releases Security Update for Chrome - Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Original release date: April 15, 2015

Google has released Chrome 42.0.2311.90 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. 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 the Google Chrome blog entry and apply the necessary updates.


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Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash Player, ColdFusion, and Flex - Posted on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Original release date: April 15, 2015

Adobe has released three security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Flash Player, ColdFusion, and Flex. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system, or lead to a reflected cross-site scripting attack.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletins APSB15-06, APSB15-07, and APSB15-08 and apply the necessary updates.


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Microsoft Releases April 2015 Security Bulletin - Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2015

Original release date: April 14, 2015

Microsoft has released eleven updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. Some of these vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege, denial of service, remote code execution, information disclosure, or security feature bypass.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft Security Bulletins MS15-032 - MS15-042 and apply the necessary updates.


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WP Super Cache Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability - Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

Original release date: April 09, 2015

WP Super Cache, a WordPress plugin, contains a persistent XSS vulnerability in versions prior to 1.4.4. Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected system.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the WP Super Cache Changelog for more information and update to version 1.4.4 if affected.


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Apple Releases Security Updates for OS X, iOS, Safari, and Apple TV - Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2015

Original release date: April 08, 2015

Apple has released security updates for OS X, iOS, Safari, and Apple TV to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of the affected system.

Available updates include:

  • OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 and Security Update 2015-004 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10 to v10.10.2
  • iOS 8.3 for iPhones 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, and iPad 2 and later
  • Safari 8.0.5, Safari 7.1.5, and Safari 6.2.5 for OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10.2
  • Apple TV 7.2 for Apple TV 3rd generation and later

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Apple security updates HT204659, HT204661, HT204658, and HT204662, and apply the necessary updates.


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Vulnerabilities Identified in Network Time Protocol Daemon (ntpd) - Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2015

Original release date: April 08, 2015

The Network Time Foundation's NTP Project has released an update addressing multiple vulnerabilities in ntpd. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to conduct a man-in-the-middle attack or cause a denial of service condition.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review Vulnerability Note VU#374268 for more information and update to NTP 4.2.8p2 if necessary.


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IC3 Issues Alert for Fake Government Websites - Posted on Tuesday April 07, 2015

Original release date: April 07, 2015

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released an alert that warns consumers of fraudulent government-services websites that mimic legitimate ones.  Scam operators lure consumers to these fraudulent websites in order to steal their personal identifiable information (PII) and collect fees for services that are never delivered.

US-CERT encourages users to review the IC3 Alert for details and refer to the US-CERT Tip ST04-014 for information on social engineering and phishing attacks.


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IC3 Releases Alert on Web Site Defacements - Posted on Tuesday April 07, 2015

Original release date: April 07, 2015

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert addressing recently perpetrated Web site defacements. The defacements advertise themselves as associated with the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). However, FBI assesses that the perpetrators are not actually associated with this group. The perpetrators exploit WordPress content management system (CMS) vulnerabilities, leading to disruptive and costly effects.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the IC3 Alert for details and refer to the US-CERT Alert TA13-024A for information on CMS security.


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Mozilla Releases Security Update for Firefox - Posted on Monday April 06, 2015

Original release date: April 06, 2015

The Mozilla Foundation has released Firefox 37.0.1 to address two vulnerabilities, one of which may allow a remote attacker to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks.

Users and administrators are encouraged to review the security advisories for Firefox and apply the necessary updates.


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