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Heartbleed Infographic: Change your password if you are on these sites or use these services

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 14:00

Heartbleed Infographic: Change your password if you are on these sites or use these services LWG Consulting has put together an infographic helping concerned Internet users who may be susceptible to the Heartbleed bug that plagued OpenSSL traffic and only just recently began making headlines.

An estimated 65 percent of all sites on the Web are affected, and major companies have scrambled to issue patches.

Despite most major sites being patched quickly, Heartbleed has been around for at least three years, meaning your passwords and other personal data could be have stolen at some point, well before the patches. There are a number of tools for checking if a site you have been using is, or has been, vulnerable. One such tool is LastPass Heartbleed checker.

As an added protection if you use the Chrome browser, there is a new plugin that will automatically let you know if the site you are visiting is still vulnerable, and will also place a Heartbleed logo next to Google search results.

Try the plugin here and check the infographic below. Worth noting, however, is Google's response here:

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Samsung claims Tizen is coming soon, again

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 13:29

Samsung claims Tizen is coming soon, again Samsung has placed a new time frame for its long-awaited Tizen operating system, claiming it will launch in the Q2.

This is not the first time the company has given a release date for the mobile operating system, but it has delayed it for years, releasing no smartphones or tablets running on Tizen but releasing some cameras and other less popular devices.

More recently, Tizen is powering the newly launched Gear 2 smartwatch.

Two smartphones running on Tizen are expected to be released, allowing Samsung to break some of its dependence on the Android OS. By releasing Tizen, Samsung can better build its own ecosystem, app store and applications, while collecting more revenue per device.

Despite Samsung's heavy marketing power and global brand recognition, prospects for Tizen have not been bright, especially after a delay last year due to market conditions as cited by carrier partners DoCoMo and Orange. The company has now changed the strategy and will release the phones in just a few countries where it believes it can succeed.

The first two devices will include a low-end device for volume sales, and a high-end device that could match the specs of the Galaxy S5 under the hood.

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Google Fiber headed to New York City?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 11:14

Google Fiber headed to New York City? Is Google Fiber headed to New York City to disrupt Time Warner's monopoly?

A new job opening in Google's careers website could possibly be suggesting so, asking for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager for New York, that "will manage multiple teams that evangelize Google Fiber services to MDU (multi-dwelling apartments and condos) and large SMB owners."

The Fiber offering, which has up to 1Gb down and upload speeds without caps, would be a significant upgrade from current ISPs in the city, especially on price. A gigabit connection is $70 per month, and usually comes with freebies like a Nexus tablet.

25 Mbit (Google is 40 times faster) connections from Time Warner Cable and Verizon are $60 a month when discounted for combined bundled offerings like TV and landline telephones.

Source:
Google Careers




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8GB iPhone 5c goes live in more European nations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 10:38

8GB iPhone 5c goes live in more European nations Apple has made their 8GB model of the iPhone 5c available in a few more European nations.

After a quick maintenance and downtime, the Apple Store came back up yesterday adding the device to the stores for the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Poland and the Czech Republic.

For most of the countries, the 8GB model offers a 50 savings from the 16GB (former) base model. In the Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal and Belgium it costs 549, and 579 in Italy.

The Czech Republic and Sweden each had equivalent price drops.

In March, Apple made the 8GB model available in th UK, France, Germany, Australia and China.

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LaCie hit by major credit card, personal info breach

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 10:03

LaCie hit by major credit card, personal info breach LaCie, the French maker of hard drives and other storage media, is the latest victim of an attack that has exposed customer information and credit card information.

The company confirmed that the FBI notified them on March 19th that "an unauthorized person used malware to gain access to information from customer transactions that were made through LaCie's website." The company has shut down its online store and has hired a private investigation firm.

Shockingly, the company says all transactions made from March 27th, 2013 to March 10th of this year could be affected and the info stolen includes usernames, passwords, full names, addresses, emails and credit card numbers including expiration dates.

To get back on the site you must reset your password, and it is unclear how many consumers are affected.

Krebs on Security first wrote about the breach three weeks before LaCie began sending out emails to affected customers on April 11th, which is equally as shocking and appalling.

Source:
Lacie




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Google sells out of stock in special one-day Glass sale

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 9:40

Google sells out of stock in special one-day Glass sale Google has announced that it sold out of Google Glass stock that was made available to consumers for the first time yesterday.

As part of its tax day one-day-only sale, anyone in the U.S. could purchase the $1500 eyewear on a first-come, first-serve basis. New "Explorers" received a free pair of glass or sunglass frames.

Google did not reveal how many units were up for sale, and everyone who wanted to get one appears to have been able to. The white colorway sold out first, followed by grey, black, red and blue.

Posting a bit past midnight, Google wrote: "Welcome to our new Explorers! All spots in the Explorer Program have been claimed for now, but if you missed it this time, don't worry. We'll be trying new ways to expand the Explorer program in the future. You can sign up below to stay updated. That's all for now, folks."

The limited rollouts are expected to continue before a full launch either later this year or early next year. Currently, Explorers must apply as developers.


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Samsung announces full device support list for Gear 2, Neo, Fit smart devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 9:12

Samsung announces full device support list for Gear 2, Neo, Fit smart devices Samsung has announced a full compatibility list for its new Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smart devices.

As of writing, the devices will be compatible with twenty Galaxy devices, the full list of which is posted below.

12 of the devices are smartphones and the other 8 are Samsung tablets.

Looking forward, the Gear and Fit have their own SDKs and all "resources you need to develop apps for Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are already available in Tizen SDK for Wearables and Samsung Mobile SDK(Accessory package)," says Samsung.

Full list:

Phones

Galaxy S5
Galaxy Note 3
Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Galaxy S4
Galaxy Note II
Galaxy S III
Galaxy S4 Active
Galaxy S4 mini
Galaxy S4 zoom
Galaxy Mega 6.3
Galaxy Mega 5.8
Galaxy Grand 2

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Court rules that Kim Dotcom can have seized assets returned

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 8:48

Court rules that Kim Dotcom can have seized assets returned Thanks to a new ruling by the High Court in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom can have his seized personal assets back, including a garage full of luxury cars, millions in cash, and other items taken from the raid of his mansion.

The mansion was raided in 2012 when authorities took down file storage locker Megaupload and arrested its larger-than-life owner, Dotcom. Before the raid, the authorities were granted foreign restraining orders that allowed for the seizure of his assets, but those orders expire on Friday and have not been renewed nor extended.

While Dotcom is certainly excited (see the Tweets embedded below), the authorities have two weeks to file an appeal and given the high profile nature of the case, almost certainly will.

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Here are leaked photos of the 3D capable Amazon smartphone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 Apr 2014 1:36

Here are leaked photos of the 3D capable Amazon smartphone Earlier this week we reported that Amazon was working on its first smartphone, a 3D device that could be unveiled in June for a launch in September.

This morning, pictures emerged purporting to be the alleged Amazon phone, showing off the multiple cameras on the front as rumored to make the device 3D capable without the need for glasses. There are four corner cameras alongside the standard camera.

There is little to see of the design as the company has protected it with a case while still in prototype.

Sources say there will be two handsets released, a high-end and a mid-range model, each with different features and specs. The mid-range device will not have 3D capabilities or the added cameras.

Other than the camera, the phone will have a disappointing 4.7-inch 720p display and a Snapdragon processor, says the sources. The real selling point will be the 3D technology, which means text and images can move as a person head moves (or the phone moves), and could certainly be ideal for visual gaming, thanks to the added depth perception.

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Rovio brings Bad Piggies to Windows Phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2014 16:11

Rovio brings Bad Piggies to Windows Phone After launching the game for iOS and Android in late 2012, Rovio has brought their hit 'Bad Piggies' to Windows Phone.

The pigs, villains in all the Angry Birds games, get the lead in this one, with gamers needing to build different vehicles to get the pigs across the landscapes to steal eggs from the birds.

For the Windows Phone version, the game will have over 200 levels with unlockable content, as well.

Reads the post:

Create the ultimate flying/crawling/rolling/spinning/crashing device and pilot the pigs safely to the eggs!

The Bad Piggies are after the eggs again - but as usual, nothing is going according to plan! Can you create the ultimate flying machine and steer them safely to their destination? Those tricky pigs have a few objects they can use, but they need your help to turn these into the perfect transportation!

With more than 200 levels, and free updates coming up, you have hours and hours of pig-crashing, exploding, and flying fun! Get three stars on every level to unlock 36 more puzzles!




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RIAA files civil suit against Megaupload

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2014 15:48

RIAA files civil suit against Megaupload The music industry trade group RIAA has added to Megaupload and owner Kim Dotcom's woes, filing a new civil lawsuit.

Megaupload was shut down two years ago after a U.S. raid, and Dotcom was arrested, as well. At the time, the site was bringing in over $25 million per year in ads, and over $100 million per year from premium account subscription fees.

As part of the suit, the RIAA has accused Megaupload of "allowing users to engage in rapid, unrestricted downloading of popular, infringing content."

The RIAA has also been providing the media with a data sheet that shows a drop in piracy since the site shut down, thanks to "an analysis by the RIAA of third party-provided data." These "facts" have often been heavily skewed in the past, and likely do not take other factors into account, like the rise of Spotify and other unlimited streaming services.

Last week, the film industry trade group MPAA filed a similar suit against Megaupload.




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'Age of Empires' headed to mobile devices

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2014 13:30

'Age of Empires' headed to mobile devices Microsoft Studios has confirmed that 'Age of Empires' will be headed to mobile devices this summer.

Headed to iOS, Android and Windows Phone, there is little else known about the game, which will be a spin-off of the popular series.

Dubbed Age of Empires: World Domination, the game will look similar to its console and desktop counterparts, at least from what we can see in the short trailer.

The studio says there is more info here: AOEWD

Check it here:

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Turkish Prime Minister threatens Twitter again, this time over tax evasion

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 15 Apr 2014 0:22

Turkish Prime Minister threatens Twitter again, this time over tax evasion Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened microblogging site Twitter again, this time accusing it of tax evasion.

The PM recently tried banning Twitter in the nation, but the ban was overturned by the nation's highest court. Information about a major corruption scandal involving Erdogan's inner circle was broken and disseminated via the service.

In his latest tirade, Erdogan says "Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are international companies established for profit and making money. Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it. These companies, like every international company, will abide by my country's constitution, laws and tax rules."

Erdogan then criticized the court's decision, claiming it was "advocating commercial law of international companies instead of defending the rights of its own country and its own people. This amounts to interference in politics. We abided by the (court) ruling on (Twitter), but I say it again, I don't respect it."

A week after blocking Twitter, the government also blocked YouTube, after videos were uploaded of a secret meeting between the country's top civilian and military officials.

Source:
Yahoo News




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IRS misses Windows XP upgrade deadline, must pay millions to Microsoft for security patches

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Apr 2014 23:39

IRS misses Windows XP upgrade deadline, must pay millions to Microsoft for security patches The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that it could not migrate all of its computers from Windows XP in time for the April 8th support end-of-life, and will now have to have Microsoft millions of dollars for security patches.

Microsoft ended public security patches for the 13-year-old operating system last week, but will still offer private patches for companies that pay for extra support. Without the patches, systems running XP are vulnerable to being exploited and attacked.

Of the IRS's 110,000 computers, 52,000 have been upgraded to Windows 7, but the agency could not raise the additional $30 million needed to migrate the rest. Microsoft announced the end-of-life dates for XP back in 2008.

The new commissioner of the IRS, John Koskinen, said the agency had $300 million in IT projects on hold due to budget cuts in the past years, including the migration to Windows 7. Because they could not complete the upgrades, the IRS will likely have to pay near $10 million for just one year of Microsoft "Custom Support" for the operating system.

As of now, Koskinen says they will take money from their enforcement budget to complete the move by the end of 2014.

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Weev goes free after hacking convictions get thrown out

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 13 Apr 2014 23:18

Weev goes free after hacking convictions get thrown out Last year, Andrew Auernheimer aka 'Weev,' was convicted and sentenced to 41 months in jail for exploiting AT&T and revealing data from over 114,000 iPad 3G owners.

This week, an Appellate court has tossed the conviction, on the grounds that he was prosecuted in the wrong state. Weev was tried in New Jersey federal court, despite living in Arkansas. All of his crimes, including violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and thousands of charges of identity theft, had no connection to NJ, added the court.

Weev has spent the last 20 months in Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in Pennsylvania, well known as a "Club Fed" white collar prison. The felon is said to be spending nearly all his time in solitary, however, and his attorney claims he has been treated poorly.

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Weev was sentenced for being found guilty on one charge of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and one charge of fraud in connection with personal information. In addition to the prison time, he was also set to serve three years probation and pay $73,000 to AT&T.

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