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  • Facebook is like North Korea, says ex-Facebooker

    07/01/2016 1:32:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    CNET ^ | June 30, 2016 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Facebook is like North Korea, says ex-Facebooker Technically Incorrect: In his new book, former Facebook product manager Antonio García Martinez says Facebook management got upset if women's skirts were too short. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. Many younger types imagine Facebook as a nirvana where you skateboard down corridors, code all night long and wait for the money to start rolling in. Antonio García Martinez thinks it's a little more like North Korea. The former (and fired) Facebook product manager today released a book called "Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and...
  • Mystery file in preview build hints at Windows 10 subscriptions

    06/30/2016 6:54:02 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 25 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 30, 2016 | Ed Bott
    Buried in the System32 folder of build 14376, alongside 590 other .exe files, is a file whose name is guaranteed to raise eyebrows: UpgradeSubscription.exe. That file has been part of other recent preview builds, but has managed to remain under the radar until now. In the file's properties, it's described as the Windows Upgrade to Subscription Tool, and its date and time stamp corresponds to other administrative tools in the same build.
  • Microsoft to make saying no to Windows 10 update easier

    06/30/2016 12:15:46 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft officials said late on June 27 that the new update experience -- with clearer "upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer" -- will start rolling out this week. Microsoft will also revert to making clicking on the Red X at the corner of the Windows 10 update box dismiss the update, rather than initiate it, as it has done for the past several weeks. Microsoft officials said they are making the change "in response to customer feedback". Update: Here's the full, updated statement from Microsoft about the coming change, attributable to Executive Vice President of Windows...
  • This malware pretends to be WhatsApp, Uber and Google Play

    06/29/2016 10:38:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    CSO ^ | Jun 29, 2016 4:56 AM PT | Michael Kan
    Hackers are stealing credit card information in Europe with malware that can spoof the user interfaces of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware, which has struck Android users in Denmark, Italy and Germany, has been spreading through a phishing campaign over SMS (short message service), security vendor FireEye said on Tuesday. Once downloaded, the malware will create fake user interfaces on the phone as an “overlay” on top of real apps. These interfaces ask for credit card information and then send the entered data to the hacker.
  • THE IPHONE IS NINE YEARS OLD - AND STILL NO SIGNIFICANT MALWARE

    06/29/2016 10:29:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    GrahamCluley.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | By Graham Cluley
    Apple started selling the Apple iPhone nine years ago today. Here is what Apple's press release had to say: iPhone introduces an entirely new user interface based on a revolutionary multi-touch display and pioneering new software that allows users to control iPhone with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers. iPhone combines three products into one small and lightweight handheld device - a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and the Internet in your pocket with best-ever applications on a mobile phone for email, web browsing and maps. iPhone ushers in an era of software power and sophistication...
  • New wi-fi standard triples connectivity speeds

    06/29/2016 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 30 2016 6:57AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Wi-Fi Alliance standards body has added new features to its 802.11ac specification that promise up to three times the speed of existing wi-fi devices and the potential to move data faster than wired, gigabit ethernet local area networks. Named Wi-Fi Certified ac, the new specification add-ons include multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) radio aerial technology. This allows more devices to connect to the wi-fi access point and send and receive simultaneously for better throughput and responsiveness, an important consideration in enterprise and events settings. Older wi-fi access points manage connections in a round-robin fashion, with only one device...
  • Facebook Bias in Trending Topics

    06/29/2016 4:32:29 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 9 replies
    6/29/16 | Originalbuckeye
    Although Mark Zuckerberg disputes that Faceook slants their trending topics sidebar against Conservatives/Republicans, there is another story that proves the fact.
  • Google: Symantec antivirus flaws are 'as bad as it gets'

    06/29/2016 3:17:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | 06/29/2016 | Steve Dent
    Norton and Symantec users should take "immediate action" to update. Products from Symantec that are supposed to protect users have made them much more open to attack, according to Google. Researcher Tavis Ormandy has spotted numerous vulnerabilities in 25 Norton and Symantec products that are "as bad as it gets," he says. "Just emailing a file to a victim or sending them a link to an exploit is enough to trigger it -- the victim does not need to open the file or interact with it in any way." Symantec has already published fixes for the exploits, so users would...
  • Twitter dominated by tongue-in-cheek #HeterosexualPrideDay

    06/29/2016 10:26:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 11:50 AM EDT
    What appears to be a tongue-in-cheek social media movement to mark June 29 as a day to celebrate heterosexual pride has become one of the day’s top online trends. Hundreds of thousands of tweets have been sent Wednesday with the hashtag #HeterosexualPrideDay. The idea of such a day has outraged many. One of the top responses comes from British comedian Dapper Laughs, who rhetorically asked on Twitter, “What’s next, #BreathingAirDay?” Others have flooded the hashtag with gay pride memes and other mentions of support. …
  • Microsoft, Red Hat release open source programming protocol

    06/28/2016 9:41:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 28 2016 12:30PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has released a protocol that allows developers to easily add new programming language support for coding tools, in partnership with developer workspaces provider Codenvy and enterprise Linux distributor Red Hat. Whereas traditional coding tools tend to support a single programming language, the Microsoft-led protocol aims to make sure the tools can handle whichever language developers work in. The language server protocol lets developers code in different languages without having to switch editors or development environments. Microsoft engineer Erich Gamma said the protocol came into existence after the company intergrated OmniSharp for C# and TypeScript servvers for its Visual Studio...
  • Microsoft forced to back off tricky Win10 upgrade prompts

    06/28/2016 7:39:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 77 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 29 2016 10:45AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Microsoft has been forced to change the red "x" notification on its Windows 10 upgrade prompts after users reacted angrily to the misleading button. Microsoft dispensed with the historical function of the red "x" in the upgrade prompts to instead use it as authorisation for the upgrade process; clicking the button meant users gave their consent for the upgrade to take place. But backlash from users over the perceived trickery has pushed Microsoft to pledge to modify the button back to its original function. Now, clicking the "x" will dismiss the upgrade prompt and won't initiate the Windows 10 download,...
  • People Leave a Scary Amount of Data on Hard Drives Before Selling Them

    06/28/2016 3:39:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Fortune ^ | JUNE 28, 2016 | Madeline Farber
    A new study from technology firm Blancco Technology Group found that 78%— more than three quarters—of used, resold, or refurbished hard disk drives still contained personal or confidential information, despite supposedly being “wiped.” In the first quarter of 2016, the group purchased a total of 200 used hard disk drives and solid state drives sold in the United States from eBay and Craigslist. Out of the 200, the Blancco’s digital forensics team was able to recover left-over data from 78% of the drives, according to the study. 5% of the residual data were spreadsheets, which included sales projections and inventories...
  • Florida Man Sues Apple for $10+ Billion, Says iOS Devices Copy His 1992 Drawings

    06/28/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    MacRumors ^ | June 28, 2016
    Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone. ​ Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that "embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992." Quote...
  • Whatever happened to "Coach is Right" website?

    06/28/2016 10:05:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    06-28-2016 | Red Badger
    Does anybody here know what ever happened to the Coach Is Right website/blog?
  • Microsoft forced to pay Ł7,500 after Windows 10 began automatically installing on woman's computer

    06/28/2016 9:48:27 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | June 28, 2016 | Stephen Matthews
    Microsoft has been forced to pay Ł7,500 ($10,000) in compensation to a woman after its new Windows 10 operating system automatically installed on her computer. Teri Goldstein’s computer – which previously ran on Windows 7 - became unusable after the software tried to download without her approval. Relying on her device to run her travel agency in Sausalito, California, she went to the Microsoft's support team seeking answers, The Seattle Times reports.But after having no success and her computer still being unresponsive, she sued the company for the price of a new computer and the loss of earnings. the report...
  • Same-Sex Couple Say Uber Driver Used Gay Slur, Discriminated

    06/28/2016 9:43:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 28, 2016
    A same-sex couple say they were victims of discrimination by an Uber driver during SF Pride weekend. Matt Tongi and Sumeet Chadha said they called Uber on Saturday night to go the Castro district in San Francisco for a Pride event. Tongi said after they got into the car, he kissed his boyfriend on the cheek. The Uber driver then told them he couldn't drive them anymore because he was out of gas. But Tongi said he could see the fuel gauge on the dash, and it indicated the vehicle had plenty of gas. The conversation then got heated, and...
  • The Mill BLACKBIRD (Photoreal CG car rig)

    06/27/2016 9:06:09 PM PDT · by bigbob · 15 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 6-23-16 | The Mill
    The Mill has created The Mill BLACKBIRD, the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. Created in collaboration with JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow, Mill Blackbird inspires and expands creative opportunities, offering a truly flexible production tool without sacrificing any quality or direction. Learn more: themill.com/portfolio/3002/the-blackbird%C2%AE
  • Woman Wins $10,000 Lawsuit Against Microsoft Over Windows 10 Upgrades

    06/27/2016 9:47:33 AM PDT · by dayglored · 68 replies
    SlashDot ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Anon
    A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein's computer started trying to download and install the new operating system. The update, which she says she didn't authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, California, travel-agency business slowed to a crawl. It would crash, she says, and be unusable for days at a time. "I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein said. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update." When outreach to Microsoft's customer support didn't fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking...
  • Living tissue 3D printing: Breakthrough could lead to creation of new organs

    Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed the bio-ink, created by scientists at the University of Bristol, from stem cells. It is expected to pave the way for the production of complex tissues to replace diseased or damaged areas of the body such as knees and hips and eventually the creation of vital organs. Lead researcher Dr Adam Perriman, an expert in cellular medicine at the University of Bristol, said: “This is a very exciting development which we believe could lead to a revolution in the treatment of diseases like osteoarthritis and other causes of tissue damage. “This approach...
  • Microsoft to kill off Surface 3 in December

    06/26/2016 8:06:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Jun 26, 2016 | Mark Wilson
    If you're in the market for a Surface 3, now is the time to buy one. Microsoft says that production of the Surface 3 will come to an end in December this year, and warns that stocks are already starting to run low. It's not yet clear whether the end of production for the cheapest Surface device signals the end of Microsoft's Atom-based devices. But it certainly seems as though the company is keen to focus its attention on the Pro range as well as the Surface Book. Microsoft confirmed the end of Surface 3 production to ZDNet. Mary Jo...
  • Civilization Will Soon Be Used In High School Classrooms

    06/26/2016 6:31:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    cinema blend ^ | 06/25/2016 | Ryan Winslett
    It's becoming more common to see games used in the classroom these days and, starting next year, the world-building simulator _Civilization _will be among those ranks. Pretty much the most appropriate place to make such an announcement, the folks at Take-Two Interactive, 2K and Firaxis Games revealed during today's 13th Annual Games for Change Festival that a new version of _Civilization _will be introduced to U.S. classrooms thanks to a partnership with GlassLab Inc. According to the initial report, this new version of Civilization _will be implemented in classrooms starting in the fall of 2017. Growing up, the only games...
  • Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it)

    06/25/2016 9:26:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Bing Bong ^ | 06/15/16 | Damien Zammit
    Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks. I've made it my mission to open up this system and make free, open replacements, before it's too late. The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a subsystem composed of a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor that's physically located inside the chipset. It is an extra general purpose computer running a firmware blob that is sold as a management system for...
  • Google searches Clinton crimes are scared away from visiting FR -vanity

    Visitors who try to use Google to search for "Clinton suspicious deaths", are warned to NOT visit Free Republic. The following Google search returned THREE levels of warnings which is enough to scare away most people from visiting the FR link... (1)Most of the returned links to FR articles were marked: "This site may harm your computer." If you click on the link anyway, you get a 2nd warning... IF You still are intent on clicking the FR link, you get a 3rd warning...
  • Facebook unavailable

    06/24/2016 9:34:44 PM PDT · by Beer30 · 42 replies
    self
    I use facebook sparingly, just don't care for the site. Posted last nite concerning Brexit(just to tweak the family that love going there). Went to add to comments tonite. First told me unable to post comment, then was booted and cannot access site. Don't know the site well enough. Am I being edited?
  • Godless Apps Seem in Google Play, 90% of Android Phones at Risk

    06/24/2016 9:26:33 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    OppTrends ^ | June 24, 2016 | Ali Raza
    A new family of malicious apps, most of which were available on the Google Play Store, all containing malicious codes have been detected by a group of security researchers. The Godless apps are believed to be able secretly to root 90 percent of all Android phones. AntiVirus provider, Trend Micro wrote in a recent blog post that they had discovered a new family of malicious apps. The apps called, Godless, contains a collection of the rooting exploits that can work on any device which is running the Android version 5.1 and below. This means that close to 90 percent of...
  • Chrome Bug Makes It Easy to Download Movies From Netflix and Amazon Prime

    06/24/2016 7:39:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Today 10:51am (24 June 2016) | Michael Nunez
    For the past decade, Hollywood’s battle against online pirates has been mainly been focused on leaked DVD screeners and illegal streaming sites. Now a pair of security researchers say they’ve discovered a vulnerability in the Google Chrome browser that allows people to save illegal copies of movies from streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The vulnerability, first reported by Wired, takes advantage of the Widevine EME/CDM technology that Chrome uses to stream encrypted video from content providers. Researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories discovered a way...
  • AI robot that can learn new things and remember its past keeps trying to ESCAPE creators

    06/24/2016 2:41:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    The AI named Promobot IR77 is being worked on at a high-tech lab in Russia and was never meant to want freedom. However, as it learns from its experiences, it has developed a desire to escape and explore the free world. This is the second time that the machine managed to escape, with programmers re-writing it after the first time but to no avail after it seemingly developed the same desire. ... The machine has been programmed to avoid obstacles, but the designers never thought that this would lead to a want to escape. As a result, the team are...
  • Ethical dilemma on four wheels: How to decide when your self-driving car should kill you

    06/24/2016 8:20:32 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/23/2016 | Karen Kaplan
    Self-driving cars have a lot of learning to do... And, if the situation arises, they’ll need to know whether it’s better to mow down a group of pedestrians or spare their lives by steering off the road, killing all passengers onboard. ... Once self-driving cars are logging serious miles, they’re sure to find themselves in situations where an accident is unavoidable. At that point, they’ll have to know how to pick the lesser of two evils. The answer could determine whether self-driving cars become a novelty item for the adventurous few or gain widespread acceptance among the general public. ......
  • Apple’s official statement on why the iOS 10 kernel is not encrypted

    06/23/2016 10:31:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    The Loop ^ | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm. PT | Dave Mark
    Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise. They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Crucial pieces of the code destined to power millions of iPhones and iPads were laid bare for all to see. That would aid anyone looking for security weaknesses in Apple’s flagship software. Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software—or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake....
  • HTML5 Ads Aren't That Safe Compared To Flash, Experts Say

    06/23/2016 10:08:42 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    SOFTPEDIA® ^ | Jun 23, 2016 21:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    A study from GeoEdge, an ad scanning vendor, reveals that Flash has been wrongly accused as the root cause of today's malvertising campaigns, but in reality, switching to HTML5 ads won't safeguard users from attacks because the vulnerabilities are in the ad platforms and advertising standards themselves. The evidence exists to proclaim Flash as one of today's most vulnerable and insecure software applications. Targeted in cyber-espionage and malvertising campaigns, Flash has gotten a bad reputation, and for a good reason. HTML5 ads are replacing Flash ads in the industry Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in Flash almost every month, and...
  • Blasphemy! Godless malware preys on nearly 90 percent of Android devices

    06/23/2016 7:54:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    SC Magazine ^ | June 22, 2016 | Bradley Barth
    Blasphemy! Godless malware preys on nearly 90 percent of Android devices Godless, an emerging mobile malware threat capable of rooting Android phones, has started to adopt the traits of an exploit kit, in that it searches for multiple vulnerabilities through which it can automatically infect a victim. Once it successfully executes, the malware gains root access to the device, granting it full control. Christopher Budd, global threats communications manager at Trend Micro, told SCMagazine.com in an interview that Godless is ostensibly an “encyclopedia of known, good attacks against various vulnerabilities… It's loading up on attacks and using whatever will work,...
  • Finally, an app that sends Game Of Thrones spoilers to your enemies

    06/23/2016 6:32:37 AM PDT · by MNDude · 9 replies
    The world of Game Of Thrones is filled to the brim with evil, scheming psychopaths who think nothing of exacting the most unthinkably heinous punishments and persecutions upon enemies and strangers alike. That’s probably why the HBO series is so popular—it’s remarkably similar to the real world. Case in point: A few sinister maesters of technology have created an online service, Spoiled.io, that will, for just 99 cents, anonymously text show spoilers to anybody deserving (or undeserving) of a little distress. The surprise-ruining tidbits are dispersed throughout the world by automated Faceless Men immediately after the newest episode airs, and...
  • This Dirt Cheap Stock Could be Investors' Best Way to Bet on Virtual Reality

    06/22/2016 7:50:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Demand for virtual reality is expected to surge in the years ahead. Research firm IDC expects that more than 110 million VR headsets will be sold in 2020, up from 9.6 million headsets in 2016. Investors looking to add exposure to the trend have a number of stocks to choose from, including both NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). But while those companies may offer attractive upside, their shares certainly aren't cheap, trading for about 40- and 69-times trailing earnings, respectively. Those investors looking for more of a bargain might consider AMD (NASDAQ: AMD). The computing giant seems likely to play...
  • Pressure mounts against Rule 41 – the FBI's power to hack Tor, VPN users on sight (Privacy Alert)

    06/22/2016 10:24:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 21, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    The campaign against Rule 41 – which will give cops and Feds in America the power to hack people's computers around the world – has kicked up a gear. Leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate got a letter today urging them to block the rule change before it becomes permanent in December. The proposed legislative tweak, quietly passed by an obscure committee and approved by the Supreme Court in April, would allow a US magistrate judge to grant law enforcement access to any stored data on a computer, phone, or any storage device around the world that...
  • Apple Wins Case Over 'Error 53' Wiped iPhones

    06/21/2016 9:27:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Jeff John Roberts
    Some iPhone owners got a nasty surprise in February when, after bringing the device for repairs, they saw an ominous “Error 53” message upon restarting their phones. Translation: Your fancy gadget is now a glorified paperweight.After much confusion and hand-wringing in Apple circles, the company admitted that Error 53 was a sort of over-zealous security feature that kicked in when a non-Apple technician repaired the iPhone’s Touch ID feature.Apple aapl eventually issued a software fix that let people restore their device through iTunes, and apologized to users for the inconvenience. The company also said anyone who had paid out...
  • Online backup firm Carbonite tells users to change their passwords now

    06/21/2016 7:15:50 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    grahamcluley website ^ | June 21, 2016 8:32 pm | Graham Cluley
    Online backup company Carbonite is the latest firm to have issued a warning that hackers are attempting to break into its users accounts, and are prompting all users to change their passwords as a result. An email has been sent to Carbonite users explaining that the attackers are thought to be using passwords gleaned from other recent mega-breaches. ... Nobody is keen for a hacker to break into their online accounts, but it's especially important when what's being protected by your account is your computer backup. If a hacker were able to gain access to your online backup they could...
  • Teenage Overwatch player accused of cheating proves she's just that good with Zarya

    06/21/2016 4:29:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Blizzard officially cleared her of any wrongdoing a few days after the tournament ended, but that apparently wasn't sufficient to really make the point. To ensure there were no lingering doubts, she took to the stage and put on an hour-long showcase of her talent for all the world to see. I don't speak Korean so I have no idea what anyone's talking about, but the Reader's Digest version appears to be that she kicks ass until someone says no mas. Interestingly, despite the quality of her performance, she said she could have done even better but she's been under...
  • Refugee rescue app pulled from App Store after it is outed as fake

    06/21/2016 2:39:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Alex Hern
    The I Sea app claimed to help people call lifeboats to refugees by locating their vessels, but actually showed static images of the sea A mock-up of the I Sea app. The actual app, as released, would never show a boat because it lacked the capacity to do so. Photograph: Grey Group An app which purported to offer aid to refugees lost in the Mediterranean has been pulled from Apple’s App Store after it was revealed as a fake.The I Sea app, which also won a Bronze medal at the Cannes Lions conference on Monday night, presented itself as a...
  • Apple releases security update for mDNSResponder (for Devices not running the latest OS version)

    06/21/2016 11:05:40 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | June 21, 2016
    Current versions of Apple products use the updated version of Bonjour. For previous versions, Apple has issued a security update. Apple has issued a security update for mDNSResponder, the low-level open source software that implements Bonjour in Apple and third-party products. Which Apple platforms are affected?OS X:  Versions prior to OS X El Capitan v10.11.1  Versions prior to OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 with Security Update 2015-004 Yosemite  Versions prior to OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 with Security Update 2015-007 Mavericks  iOS versions prior to iOS 9.1  watchOS versions prior to watchOS 2.1  AirPort Base Station Firmware versions prior to 7.7.7 and...
  • What is Optimized Storage on macOS?

    06/21/2016 10:49:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    iMore ^ | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT | BY LORY GIL
    When your Mac's storage is almost full, macOS Sierra will help you make some space. You might have come across that dreaded message: "Your startup disk is almost full." The computer wants more space, and the only way to make that happen is by deleting files. But, how do we know what files to delete? In OS X El Capitan, we have to manually dig through old files and delete them as we find them, like some kind of animal. With macOS Sierra, Apple is making it easier to make space by allowing us to set up Optimized Storage, which...
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update: A guide to the builds (Major Win10 Update on the way...)

    06/21/2016 5:38:44 AM PDT · by dayglored · 48 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Jun 20, 2016 | Preston Gralla
    This summer, one year after the initial launch of Windows 10, Microsoft will release its first major update: the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It will be delivered in the usual way -- via Windows Update -- and will install automatically on its own. However, if you're curious (or apprehensive) about the upcoming update, you don't have to wait until the final release date to check it out. Microsoft has been releasing public preview builds, each one a little bit closer to the final version. Anyone can get and install those builds by first becoming part of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program,...
  • FREEP This Poll..... Currently: Trump (R) 53%, Clinton (D) 35%.

    06/21/2016 5:12:06 AM PDT · by real_patriotic_american · 8 replies
    NJ Dot Com ~ True Jersey ^ | June 2016 | Brent Johnson
    "It's a presidential race that many political experts say could be thrilling, punishing, or maddening, depending on your opinion of the candidates."
  • Citrix issues password reset after GoToMyPC hack

    06/20/2016 7:55:43 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 21 2016 9:00AM (AUS) | uha Saarinen
    Software vendor Citrix is asking all customers to reset their passwords for the GoToMyPC remote access service after it suffered what appears to be a full credentials compromise. In its advisory, Citrix said the GoToMyPC service had "unfortunately" been targeted by "a very sophisticated password attack". Citrix provided no further details of the hack, but apologised "for the frustration this is causing".
  • New (Windows) ransomware strain coded entirely in Javascript

    06/20/2016 7:31:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2016
    The script is disguised as a document Security researchers have discovered a new strain of ransomware coded entirely in Javascript, which could increase its chances of being activated. Unlike executable program files, Javascript documents do not always trigger a security warning on Windows or require administrator access to run. Named RAA, the malware is disguised as a document and starts encrypting files immediately when opened. One security expert said the approach was likely to fool many victims. "It's an interesting approach to ransomware," said Ken Munro of security company Pen Test Partners. "Using Javascript as an attachment to an email...
  • HP warns of notebook battery fire risk

    06/20/2016 8:08:57 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 10 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 20 2016 12:13PM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    HP has recalled batteries sold with a range of its of consumer and business notebooks over concerns the devices could catch fire. The tech giant has asked customers who purchased certain Compaq, ProBook, Envy, and Pavilion laptops between March 1 2013 and August 30 2015 nationally to turn off the device, remove the battery and check its identification number. It is warning the affected devices could catch fire and burn the user.
  • Apple’s Loss in Chinese Patent Fight Seen Emboldening Rivals

    06/20/2016 8:07:26 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    macdailynews ^ | 20 June 2016
    “Apple should really have caught the potential patent violation before it reached the courts, said Benjamin Bai, the head of Allen & Overy’s IP practice,” Ramli and Wang report. “‘They should’ve found the patent and dealt with it – this should never be a surprise,’ said Bai, who previously had Apple as a client at his former firm. But ‘there are a lot more things Apple can do to get out of this mess. You pay license fees and settle this mess. The second is to appeal and in the meantime try to invalidate the patent.'”
  • How to Uninstall and Disable Flash in Every Web Browser

    06/18/2016 12:49:57 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 46 replies
    How-To Geek ^ | Published 07/13/15 | Chris Hoffman
    Adobe’s Flash plug-in has a big target painted on it. A recent leak shows there’s another Flash Player 0-day that allows attackers to compromise your computer, and that it’s been for sale for the last four years. Flash is going away, and everyone should uninstall it at some point in the future. Here’s how to get rid of Flash, whether you’re using a browser’s built-in plug-in or a system-wide plug-in on Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, or Linux. Can You Live Without Flash? Flash is much less necessary than it’s ever been. Modern mobile platforms like Android and Apple’s...
  • Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

    06/18/2016 10:08:56 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | 16 Jun 2016 at 18:50 | Shaun Nichols
    Adobe has released an update for Flash that addresses three dozen CVE-listed vulnerabilities. The update includes a fix for the CVE-2016-4171 remote code execution vulnerability that is right now being exploited in the wild to install malware on victims' computers. Adobe is recommending that users running Flash for Windows, macOS, Linux, and ChromeOS update the plugin as quickly as possible, giving the update the "Priority 1" ranking, a designation reserved for flaws that are, according to Adobe, "being targeted, or which have a higher risk of being targeted." Adobe credited security researchers at Cisco Talos, Google Project Zero, FireEye, Microsoft...
  • Apple Sued In China For Allegedly Copying iPhone 6 Design

    06/17/2016 10:17:55 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Fortune ^ | Thursday June 16, 2016 3:13PM | by Don Reisinger
    Apple is in a court battle in China that isn’t going so well. Baili, a Chinese device maker, has sued Apple for allegedly copying its smartphone design in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A Chinese court recently granted Baili an injunction that would have forced Apple to remove the iPhone 6 line from store shelves. However, Apple quickly appealed the ruling to a higher court, which will allow it to continue selling the iPhone 6 line until that court makes its own ruling on the case.Gadget site Engadget previously reported on the lawsuit.The smartphone in question is Baili’s...
  • Microsoft serving marijuana trade (software for tracking pot business "from seed to sale")

    06/17/2016 6:48:10 AM PDT · by dayglored · 7 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | Jun 17, 2016 | Nathaniel Popper
    As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed away entirely. Marijuana, after all, is still illegal, according to the federal government. But Microsoft is breaking the corporate taboo on pot this week by announcing a partnership to begin offering software that tracks marijuana plants from “seed to sale,” as the pot industry puts it. The software — a new product in Microsoft’s cloud computing business — is meant to help states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana keep tabs on sales and commerce, ensuring that...