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Tesco Hudl, other Android devices have data reset flaw, experts say

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 17, 2014 5:14 am

The Google Android-powered Tesco Hudl tablet has a data reset flaw in which the factory reset option doesn't do a good job deleting information, according to security specialists. There is concern that many Tesco tablets end up on eBay, and despite having broken screens, weren't wiped of onboard data.

 

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Researchers were also able to discover PIN codes to unlock the tablets, with Wi-Fi keys, cookies and Web browsing data from original owners discovered.

 

"The factory data reset doesn't appear to zero all sectors on the disc; it's simply too quick a reset process to do so," said Ken Munro, a Pen Test Partners security expert, in a statement to The Register. "So then we bought a few Tesco refurbished Hudls from the Tesco Outlet Store on eBay. Whilst two of them had been correctly zeroed using a wiping product, one was not. From this we recovered some of the previous owners personal data, again including social media and mail profiles."

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Disney to release unaltered cut of the Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 17, 2014 4:36 am

Comicbook.com is reporting from "two independent reliable sources" that Disney/Lucasfilm will be re-releasing the original, unaltered cut of the first Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray.

 

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Disney has reportedly been hard at work on the project for quite a while, but has been experiencing some problems with the original negatives it has been using. We should eventually see the release of the original, unaltered versions of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of Jedi without the redone special effects.

 

There's no ETA on when to expect the new release, but we should see it released before Star Wars Episode VII flies into cinemas next year.

Creative Director of PlanetSide 2 calls PS4 gamers 'console peasants'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 17, 2014 3:31 am

What better way to sell your upcoming game to PlayStation 4 owners than to call them 'console peasants', something that the Creative Director of PlanetShade 2 Matthew Higby did to the audience at Gamescom 2014.

 

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Higby was talking about some of the things the team at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have done to the PS4 version of the game, where he said: "We're all getting a ton of benefit. Even if you're not a console peasant you'll appreciate what you get out of the console game".

Action Comics #1 featuring Superman is on eBay for $1.75 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 17, 2014 2:19 am

One of the best kept copies of Action Comics #1, where Superman made his debut all the way back in 1938, is up for auction on eBay. This comic has its current bid at $1,750,200 - or $1.75 million.

 

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The seller, Darren Adams who is based in Federal Way, Washington, explains that his copy of Action Comics #1 is "The finest known copy of the most sought after comic book in the world. A 1938 museum piece with PERFECT WHITE pristine pages". Adams said that he purchased it from a collector who had stored it in a bank vault. He adds: "I'm hoping that the next person can enjoy it as much as I do. I'd love it if a museum purchased this book for all to see".

 

Back in 2011, another copy of Action Comics #1 sold for $2,161,000 - with this copy reportedly belonging to Nicholas Cage, who is said to have purchased the comic for $150,000 in 1997. Funnily enough, Cage was in the running to star as the Man of Steel in the now-scrapped, thankfully, Superman Lives from around the time Cage purchased the copy of Action Comics. Bidding started on August 14, and will end of August 24, with 1% of the proceeds going toward the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Reeve playing Superman in the original Richard Donner movies, as well as Superman 3 and 4.

Microsoft rumored to release Windows 9 preview as soon as next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 17, 2014 1:02 am

Microsoft is ramping up for Windows Threshold, the codename of its upcoming next-gen OS, Windows 9. The Redmond-based giant is reportedly set to launch a preview release of Windows 9 in either late September, or early October, according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.

 

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The company will make the Windows 9 preview available to all, so that everyone can test it out. We should expect the new, new Start menu, as well as new live tiles and the ability to run Metro applications in windows. The Charms bar should be gone, with Metro apps seeing their own embedded search, share and print buttons.

 

Another big feature to expect in Windows 9 is virtual desktop support, which is the first time Microsoft has baked in native support for users. We should also see the company's digital assistant Cortana featured, but we don't know if this will make the early preview build. The best part of Windows 9 is the rumor that it could eventually be released for free to Windows XP, Vista and 7 users.

Chinese businessman indicted for alleged role in hacking U.S. military

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 17, 2014 12:18 am

Chinese national Su Bin has been indicted by a federal grand jury, allegedly working with two other hackers in their efforts to compromise Boeing. The trio stole information related to the F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, along with the C-17 military transport aircraft, and wanted to sell the information to Chinese companies.

 

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If convicted of unauthorized computer access and conspiracy charges, Su faces up to 30 years in federal prison. The Chinese citizen is currently in Canadian custody and will likely be extradited to the United States to face prosecutors.

 

When people think of cybercrime, it's related more to state-sponsored hacking conducted by cyberattacks from criminals overseas. However, there are occasional incidents where attacks are launched from North America and the alleged suspects are caught.

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Microsoft thought about renaming Internet Explorer to spruce things up

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:24 pm

Microsoft has considered rebranding Internet Explorer to try to freshen the Web browser's image, with a "very recent" discussion among team developers. The revelation was made during a recent Reddit AMA, an effort by Microsoft to promote its Internet Explorer 11 platform to users.

 

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Considering the checkered past IE has had, as many users remember unsupported error messages and UI problems, renaming IE wouldn't be the worst idea. Internet Explorer is still No. 2 in the Web browser market, with 21.2 percent, behind Google Chrome, but has seen popularity slide in favor of alternative browsers, according to the W3 Counter.

 

Looking ahead, Microsoft is prepping Internet Explorer 12, with newer versions of IE providing better security and enhanced features when compared to older versions. Microsoft will continue to try to draw developers back to IE, but it's going to be a continued battle as more people become familiar with Google products.

Repeated cyberattacks targeting French site Rue89, website staff

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 16, 2014 8:31 pm

Repeated cyberattacks against French news website Rue89 has drawn criticism from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), with staff and their families being harassed after publishing a story related to a "militant Zionist" cybercriminal. The person in question, Gregory Chelli, lives in Israel, and reportedly attacked people he thought were against Israel.

 

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The official Rue89 website suffered multiple distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to Pierre Haski, website editorial director. An official complaint has been filed with the French public prosecutor's office, and Chelli already faced a suspended sentence in France, but it's unsure what will happen this time around.

 

"We call on French and Israeli authorities to launch a thorough investigation into these attacks on Rue89 and to ensure its staff members' safety," said Nina Ognianova, CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator, in a statement. "Such intimidation tactics against journalists and their families must not be tolerated, lest they lead the media to self-censor."

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Blizzard teases the possibility of World of Warcraft II

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 16, 2014 6:39 am

Could it be? A sequel to an ever-changing online game that has been around for over 10 years and still dominates the charts, making $1 billion in revenue for 2013?

 

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Game Informer asked World of Warcraft's Game Director, Tom Chilton, about the possibilities of a sequel to World of Warcraft. Chilton replied: "Definitely. It's something we have talked about. It's something we have talked about for ten years. I think that there are a lot of challenges there in seeing how World of Warcraft II relates to World of Warcraft, do they live alongside each other, does one feed into the other, what is that product, etc. These are challenges that have to be figured out before that becomes a reality".

 

What do you think of a sequel to World of Warcraft? Do you want to see it happen? Or would you want to see Blizzard just continue to evolve World of Warcraft, just as it has been doing for the past decade?

IDC: Worldwide smartphone sales pass 300 million units during Q2

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 16, 2014 5:05 am

During the second quarter of this year, the global smartphone market surpassed the 300 million units shipped, a major milestone as more entry-level devices are released. Google Android and Apple iOS market share accounted for 96.4 percent of the market, with Android capturing 84 percent of the market. A full 301.3 million smartphone units were shipped during the extremely busy second quarter.

 

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The iOS market share dropped from 13 percent down to 11.7 percent year-over-year, as iPhones tend to be more expensive than Android phones. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Windows Phone still can't muster up a real challenge to its rivals, but is the No. 3 smartphone platform with 2.5 percent market share.

 

"With many of its OEM partners focusing on the sub-$200 segments, Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets," said Ramon Llamas, IDC Mobile Phone team Research Manager, in a press statement. "During the second quarter, 58.6 percent of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices."

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