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Smartphone kill switches would save customers $2.6 billion every year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 2:50 am

The addition of smartphone kill-switches could help save up to $2.6 billion per year, with American consumers routinely purchasing dew devices related to theft and other crimes.

 

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California Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), with support from San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, currently have SB 962, which aims to make smartphone kill switches mandatory in California. The debate regarding these types of technologies has generated a great debate, with supporters and critics sounding off on both sides.

 

"I thought a high percentage would say yes, but it was a little surprising and maybe a bigger number than I would have guessed," Duckworth told PC World. "I view losing a credit card as a similar frame of reference. If it is stolen or lost, I can call the credit card company and get it canceled and they can issue a new one. There is safety there. My smartphone has tons of information and accounts in there, so the idea that I could call and say 'kill it' is a very reasonable thing."

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Tesla packs technology into vehicles, but needs to improve security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 2:14 am

Tesla vehicles have generated a large amount of interest and controversy across the United States, though is in the headlines for a rather unexpected reason: a potential cybersecurity issue with the Tesla S vehicle.

 

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The iPhone app for Tesla vehicles, which allows owners to control door locks, braking system, sunroof and other car functions, uses only a one-factor authentication system.

 

"The point here (and subsequent attack vectors) is that Tesla needs to implement an authentication mechanism that is beyond 1-factor," said Nitesh Dhanjani, security researcher, in a statement. "Attackers shouldn't be able to use traditional and well known attack vectors like phishing to remotely locate and unlock a $100K+ car built-in 2014."

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NHTSA will require backup cameras in all vehicles by 2018

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 12:44 am

Rear visibility cameras will be required in all vehicles by May 2018, according to the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a ruling that was delayed on numerous occasions.

 

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The agency reported that 73 percent of the vehicles that will be released by 2018 will already have the cameras anyway - but wants to ensure manufacturers will continue to provide the security either way.

 

"Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur," said David Friedman, NHTSA Acting Administrator, in a press statement. "We're already recommending this kind of life-saving technology through our NCAP program and encouraging consumers to consider it when buying cars today."

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Rdio, Crackle, and VUDU now featured on Google's Chromecast

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 12:23 am

Google's Chromecast is already a very powerful HDMI streaming dongle, but today the inexpensive device gained support for three heavy hitters in the online media realm. Rdio, Crackle, and VUDU have all released apps for the device, and now allows users to stream music, watch internet videos, and stream movies from their VUDU digital collection straight from the Chromecast.

 

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Rdio, VUDU, and Crackle have all released updated versions of their apps for iOS and Android to enable Chromecast support, making them the latest three content providers to join the Chromecast revolution. While Rdio and Crackle offer their normal services to casting, VUDU allows its users to stream HDX quality copies from the users digital collection as well as control playback, subtitles, and more, however, not all VUDU content is supported, and is based on each particular studio's licensing.

RumorTT: Windows Phone 8.1 could arrive as early as April 23rd

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 11:29 pm

It's no secret that Microsoft is planning the launch of its next-generation mobile OS, but today we are hearing rumors of when the new OS might launch to the public, and what new hardware it may bring with it. A new report from WPCentral is suggesting that the new OS will launch on April 23, and will bring several new Nokia smartphones along for the ride.

 

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The report failed to mention which new Lumia devices we may see launched alongside Windows Phone 8.1, but one would be safe in betting that the Lumia 630 is one of those phones. We are expecting to see more glimpses, and rumors pop up about the new mobile OS as well as the myriad of devices that are expected to run on it during this weeks Build Conference that is hosted by Microsoft. With recent news of BlackBerry Messenger headed to Windows Phone, we are wondering if any news of the pre-installed integration will show up on these new devices as well.

UK launches cyber response team to defend against cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:44 pm

Launched today, the UK Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) will help the British government coordinate against sophisticated cyberattacks, and respond to any cybersecurity issues that target the country's infrastructure.

 

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The CERT team stemmeed from a National Cyber Security Strategy meeting hosted in 2012, in which other nations discussed their programs - or intention to open a national cybersecurity team - and has grown from there.

 

"The cyber hacker needs to succeed only once, but those protecting us must be successful all the time; around the clock, day after day, week after week," said Francis Maude, Cabinet Officer Minister, when announcing the program. "And of course, nothing in the digital world ever stands still. It's forensic and painstaking work and it's absolutely relentless. I have a very high level of confidence that we can achieve this."

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Sony announces Michael Jackson's new album, includes unreleased tracks

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:24 pm

As part of their multi-year contract with the estate of Michael Jackson, Sony Music have announced overnight a new Michael Jackson album titled Xscape will be released worldwide in May, featuring eight new tracks recorded, but unfinished and unreleased up until now.

 

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Sony Music executives were given unprecedented access to hours and hours of raw, unreleased Jackson gems by the Jackson Estate, which span four decades of the King of Pop's career. After selecting eight songs, the tracks were finished and mastered by contemporary producers, such as Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain. However, a deluxe version of Xscape will also feature the songs in their original, untouched form. Sony Music has yet to detail the disc contents and track list further, but promise new information will be forthcoming.

 

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Xscape will be released by Sony Music worldwide, via CD and iTunes on May 13.

AMD teases dual Hawaii-based Radeon GPU in newly posted image

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:17 pm

With last weeks introduction of a new GPU core from NVIDIA as well as the announcement of the new $3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z, AMD has some catching up to do in the world of high-end PC graphics. Today the company has reveled yet another teaser that is pointing towards a premium dual-GPU video card that would most likely be based on dual Radeon R9 290X GPUs.

 

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The company kicked off its new #2betterthan1 campaign by posting a silhouetted image of what appears to be an industrial-themed Radeon Video card on Twitter. If the speculation of dual R9 290X Hawaii GPU's on a single card is true, then that also means that AMD has designed one hell of a new cooler for the card, as it is quite difficult to cool just one of those GPUs. Could this mean that we are about to see the launch of one of the first factory liquid-cooled GPUs ever? This could be the case, but more than likely, AMD has added more heat-pipes to the existing cooler, and beefed up the fans to keep everything cool.

Banks withdraw from class-action lawsuit against Trustwave

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:39 pm

Less than one week after two banks hit Target and credit card security service company Trustwave with a class-action lawsuit, the banks have pulled the lawsuit.

 

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It seems Trustwave was inaccurately noted as a Target IT security contractor, which doesn't appear true - interestingly, the class-action lawsuit aims to try and expand responsibility of the data breach away from just Target.

 

"Contrary to the misstated allegations in the plaintiffs' complaints, Target did not outsource its data security or IT obligations to Trustwave," said Robert McCullen, Trustwave CEO, in a public statement. "Trustwave did not monitor Target's network, nor did Trustwave process cardholder data for Target.

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BlackBerry says it will launch BBM for Windows Phone users soon

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 31, 2014 9:12 pm

Back in Feburary, BlackBerry's Jeff Gadaway, announced that BlackBerry messenger would be headed to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, but not much else has been mentioned since. Fast froward to a call to investors last week where BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, said that BBM will be released on Windows Phone somewhere between April and June of this year.

 

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During this same announcement, Chen said that BBM now has more an 113 million registered users, and boast an impressive 80 million active monthly users. While Windows Phone will definitely help elevate these numbers some thanks to Nokia agreeing to pre-load it on many of its Lumia models, a wider Android and iPhone adoption rate would benefit the company far better. BlackBerry is working on shifting software to its main revenue generator, and plans on utilizing adds from within its messenger app to make this happen.

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