Computex 2014 - I've been a fan of LUXA2's audio products for a while now, but they were showing off some even more interesting things at Computex this year - starting with the Groovy A.
The LUXA2 Groovy A is a wireless stereo speaker that has a unique adjustable 15- to 30-degree sound angle, meaning you can sit it down, and then adjust it up to blast the audio into the room a little better. It has 7W of total output, a beautiful aluminum construction, a 2200mAh internal battery that should have you listening to tunes for hours and hours, wireless range of up to 10m, and more.
A privacy campaigner for "Stop The Cyborgs" has come up with a novel way to prevent being recorded by a Google Glass wearing Glasshole - a simple program that knows when Glass is being used and prevents it from connecting to a network.
The program will no doubt be to the chagrin of the Valley's Glass-wearing enthusiasts, as it prevents it from connecting to the cloud completely. But Stop The Cyborg's Julian Oliver claims it's a hassle-free approach to gaining some privacy in public places.
"To say 'I don't want to be filmed' at a restaurant or playing with your kids is perfectly OK," he said, speaking with Wired. "But how do you do that when you don't even know if a device is recording? This steps up the game. It's taking a jammer-like approach."
America's Secret Service is on the hunt for software that can differentiate between tone on social media - including registering sarcasm.
In a work order posted this week, the agency is revealed to be searching for software able to monitor users in real-time, as well as collecting data - including the emotions of web users, and in multiple languages.
The work order claims it's important the software has the "ability to detect sarcasm and false positives."
Facebook's security infrastructure head has claimed his entire team wear "tinfoil hats" when it comes to privacy and promised end-to-end encryption that would kill government snooping on the social network.
Gregg Stefancik told journalists on a trip to Australia that Facebook is thoroughly rehashing its communications, with a view to making them secure. He said the company isn't there quite yet, however, encryption is a priority.
"We've prioritized encrypting the traffic that is most sensitive at Facebook, and we're working aggressively to get to the point where we can tell you we'll have it all encrypted between datacentres," Stefancik said.
Security software company Bitdefender plans to become more proactive in helping Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and police authorities fight cybercrimes. The company hopes its botnet mapping and malware reverse-engineering will provide a method to identify - and disrupt - cyberattacks before they victimize users. Bitdefender has experience working with law enforcement, so disabling command and control servers, with the help of forensic analysis, also is possible.
Here is what Catalin Cosoi, Bitdefender Chief Security Strategist, in a press statement: " Bitdefender has been in the fight against cyber crime since the beginning, so we find ourselves with more knowledge and capabilities than we can use in our regular business. We want to use that capacity and expertise to contribute to bolster the work of other well-meaning groups who are seeking to make the internet a cleaner, safer place to work, play and socialize."
There is an ongoing fight against cyberattacks, though many companies are simply overwhelmed due to increasingly sophisticated attacks. The U.S. federal government is targeting organized cybercriminal groups, but tend to only operate in damage control after a breach occurs.
The Chinese government decided to ban Microsoft Windows 8 from government PCs last month, expressing fears of cyberespionage by the U.S. government. As Microsoft tries to build support for its software, the company quickly opened up discussions with the Chinese government - and the headaches still haven't gone away. The state-run China Central Television criticized Microsoft during a noon news broadcast, opening questioning Windows 8 security.
"Whoever controls the operating system can control all the data on the computers using it," the broadcast claimed.
Ironically, Microsoft and security specialists have recommended upgrading to Windows 8 because increased security. This is just another step for the Chinese government to torment the U.S. government - and major tech companies - which have been accused of providing the NSA access to Chinese technologies.
German federal prosecutor Harald Range confirmed he has opened an investigation into spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) that targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel. The NSA reportedly accessed Merkel's smartphone, which was unveiled by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and it appeared the case would be dropped. However, members of Parliament and German media immediately criticized the decision, so the investigation will move forward.
"I informed parliament's legal affairs committee that I have started a preliminary investigation over tapping of a mobile phone of the chancellor," Range recently said.
Last month, German authorities said they were interested in interviewing Snowden to discuss NSA spying allegations against Merkel. The NSA first snooped on Gerhard Schröder, Merkel's predecessor in office, due to his resistance to George W. Bush's war in Iraq - and close ties with the Russian government.
Google, Apple and other U.S. tech companies are under fire by Chinese state media, accusing the companies of conducting surveillance on behalf of the U.S. government. It's a fairly common tactic for the Chinese government to use its media resources to criticize political opponents. Some Chinese companies are abandoning U.S. technology suppliers in favor of national software and hardware solutions, helping spur their economy.
"U.S. companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc. are all coordinating with the PRISM program to monitor China," according to the People's Daily. "To resist the naked Internet hegemony, we will draw up international regulations, and strengthen technology safeguards, but we will also severely punish the pawns of the villain. The priority is strengthening penalties and punishments, and for anyone who steals our information, even though they are far away, we shall punish them!"
There is an intensifying political game between Beijing and Washington, with both sides continually blaming one another of cyberattacks. Following the U.S. government charging several Chinese Army officers of cyberespionage, Beijing said cyberattack claims were fabricated.
A transformation is currently underway that will lead the Internet of Things (IoT) to grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 up to $7.1 trillion in 2020. Consumers are becoming more familiar with IoT, as homes, cars, and other products utilize full-time connectivity to offer enhanced services. Not surprisingly, developed regions garner 90 percent of installed units, and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.5 percent is expected through 2020.
Overally, the IoT industry was boosted by venture capitalists in 2013 to the tune of $1 billion, according to CB Insights. However, as the industry grows in the years to come, business security will also be forced to evolve, with new 'bring your own device' employees posing a continued danger in the workplace.
"Businesses are taking the necessary steps to gain a deeper understanding of IoT and the overall value," said Vernon Turner, an IDC senior vice president, in a press statement. "Technology vendors are evolving their solutions in a supply-driven market that's edging toward becoming a more demand-driven market."
The Sony PSP is a portable game console that has been around for years. The console originally shipped to try and put a dent in the reign of the Nintendo DS portable. Sony proved unable to really compete with the Nintendo DS, but the PSP was reasonably popular.
After nearly ten years, Sony has now announced that the PSP is no longer shipping to Japanese retailers. The final shipments of the portable will be made this month and no more will follow. Sony does expect to continue offering the PSP in other Asian countries for a while longer.