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Twitter's password recovery process exposes accounts to hacking, according to victim

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:01 pm

A victim of a hacker has written up a long piece regarding Twitter's security processes and how he believes he became a victim. Twitter's password recovery system is reportedly to blame, as it allowed a hacker to use a brute-force style attack on his handle. A brute-force attack tries common passwords as quickly as it can until it finds a match or exhausts a word list.




The issue seems to stem from the fact that Twitter doesn't limit login attempts per account, rather they limit them per IP. What this means is a hacker just needs to use a proxy network or some other way of IP switching and they would be able to brute-force an account indefinitely, or at least until the password was found.


However, why the victim, Daniel Dennis Jones, had chosen to use a simple, common password that could be brute-forced is beyond me. His story makes sense, though, and is why most password recovery systems limit login attempts on a per account basis, or at minimum throw up a CAPTCHA after a few failed attempts at logging into an account.


The happy ending: Eventually Jones was able to recover his @blanket handle with the help of Twitter.

Wintel tablets said to be delayed by Intel software bug, will hamper efforts to compete with Apple

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 7:25 pm

Intel's recently released Clover Trail-based Atom processor is destined to be in tablets running Window 8 come its release at the end of this month. However, a delay inside Intel in delivering a much-needed piece of software designed to conserve battery life is preventing the development of Wintel tablets.




Microsoft will not approve the tablets without the power-management software, which is the delayed software in question. This delayed approval process is cutting into the time manufacturers will have to revamp designs if Microsoft rejects them, and is delaying development, production, and could push back the release date of said devices.


Any delay in the release of new Wintel tablets before Christmas could be devastating to sales, as this is a typically good time for hand-held electronic sales. Apple is widely expected to release a new iPad in March or April of next year, so delays could also cause would-be consumer to hold off for the new iPad.

Apple employees getting three extra paid days off for an 'incredibly successful year'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 6:11 pm

If you work at Apple, you will be happy to find out that Tim Cook does appreciate you. And to show appreciation for all of your hard work this year, Mr. Cook is offering you three additional paid days off. Most people will be getting these days off the week of Thanksgiving, though retail and some others will have to take them at another time.




In addition to giving these extra days of paid vacation, Cook issued an e-mail thanking employees for their hard work and everything they do. This break is similar to the one that was announced by Cook during last year. Just how much this will boost spirits and affect productivity has yet to be seen, but it must have worked well last year for the company to be doing it again.

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Netflix debuts 'Just for Kids' for iPad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 4:28 pm

Online streaming provider Netflix has debuted a new mobile app for the iPad. This new app takes a feature of the Netflix site and mobilizes it on the iPad. Dubbed "Just for Kids," users tap the tab in the mobile app and "find their favorite shows and movies by swiping through a row of their favorite characters, many of which they will instantly recognize."




The app currently supports the iPad 2 and new iPad (iPad 3). The old iPad and Android device support will be forthcoming. The iPad is becoming a more attractive platform for kid entertainment. Though brittle, the device can contain hours and hours of fun packed into a small, easily portable device.

Windows 7 market share increases over XP

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 3:02 pm

XP has long held the most market share out of any operating system. That was the case until it was overtaken in August by Windows 7 and a small margin. However, that once tiny margin has continued to grow and Windows 7 is now nearly 3 percent higher than XP in terms of market share and it shows no signs of stopping.




For the month of September, Windows 7 saw 44 percent of all web traffic, as recorded by Net Applications. XP was a close second, taking 41.2 percent. XP was a great operating system when it came out and businesses, who are slow to change, flocked to the operating system. Now, 10 years later, those businesses have reached their refresh cycle and are starting to upgrade to Windows 7-based devices.


Microsoft is helping to push the transition along, making Internet Explorer 9 and 10 not supported on the older operating system. The long-term support will also cease in April 2014, so users will no longer receive patches and bug fixes. Microsoft is also pushing the end of Vista, but not as hard as it only has 6 percent of the market.

YouTube to cover Presidential debates

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 1:56 pm

Political fans of the United States, be prepared for a long month. With election day just around the corner, the campaigns are kicking into overdrive to get their message out. This includes the three debates that they will be having, and one Vice Presidential debate. And now, YouTube will be airing them and allowing them to be viewed live and after the fact.




YouTube has partnered with ABC to gain coverage of these events, as they will be getting the feed from the ABC News YouTube channel. The debates can be found along with political speeches, news and other coverage on YouTube's Elections Hub which debuted in August.


The first Presidential debate will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. To help with their coverage, YouTube will feature commentary from its eight Election Hub partners. This means you'll get to see analysis and commentary from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Larry King, Al Jazeera English, and ABC News.

Apple Maps usage plummets, according to data management company, Snappli

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 9:32 am

Apple is really going through a hard time with Maps, the navigation app that was baked into their new iOS 6. According to data management company Snappli, just 4% of users are running iOS 6's Maps app.




In order to get this data, Snappli looked at data usage from their 5,000 users in the days after iOS 6 was released, where they found that 64% of its users in the US and UK had moved over to iOS 6. Before iOS 6's release, 25% of Snappli's users were using Google Maps at least once a day.


After iOS 6 dropped, 35% of the company's users were using Apple Maps - with that number now plummeting to just 4%. This is just Snappli's figures, and doesn't reflect on the entire iOS 6 user base.

Microsoft opens four new retail stores, has a store count of 45

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:28 am

Microsoft opened up four new physical retail store locations in the last few days, with two of them in New York on Friday, and the other two in New Hampshire and Delaware on Saturday.




The retail stores will show off the Redmond-based company's hardware and software offerings running on their Windows platform. These new stores add to Microsoft's retail store tally, pushing them up to having 45 retail stores open.


There were cheering crowds at the Microsoft store openings at all four locations, where the company gave out free prizes including a Samsung Series 9 notebook, Xbox 360 console and other goodies. Microsoft are looking to open up stores in Puerto Rico and Canada in 2013.

Maingear unleash 17-inch customizable gaming notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 7:32 am

Maingear has just unleashed their Nomad 17 customizable gaming notebook, which offers a choice of six sleek "custom automotice paint jobs", a Full HD 1080p matte display, multi-touch trackpad with gesture support, and dual speakers with a built-in subwoofer.




Getting to the good stuff, we'll find a third-generationg Intel Core i7 processor running at up to 3.8GHz, options for NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 675M or 680M, Blu-ray drive, up to two 512GB SSDs or dual 750GB 7200RPM drives, and up to 32GB of RAM.


Connectivity isn't left out either, with HDMI, DVI-I, Firewire, Ethernet, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. Maingear's Nomad 17 starts at $1,700 on the base configuration and will begin shipping on October 14.

Microsoft introduces new Xbox Live Rewards program, wants you to play on your Xbox more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 1, 2012 6:33 am

The Xbox 360's Gamerscore has been around for such a long time, it has really lost its bragging rights - until now. Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards program is now offering gamers special perks if they have higher Gamerscores.




The rewards are then split into three categories, Contender, Champion and Legend. The first category, Contender, rewards gamers with a Gamerscore of 3,000 to 9,999 with a "special gift" during their birthday month - this gift is valued at $0.25 and would most likely be an Avatar item.


Champion level is higher, with Gamerscores between 10,000 and 24,999 and these Champion's will receive a special gift, as well as a 1% rebate on Xbox Live Marketplace purchases every month. Finally, Gamerscores exceeding 25,000 and higher get access to Legend status, which includes everything the Champion levels get, but an increased rebate: 2% versus 1%.

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