05 July 2013

Android vulnerability reported

Android vulnerability to hacking reported by Bluebox--

Uncovering Android Master Key That Makes 99% of Devices Vulnerable » Bluebox Security: "The Bluebox Security research team – Bluebox Labs – recently discovered a vulnerability in Android’s security model that allows a hacker to modify APK code without breaking an application’s cryptographic signature, to turn any legitimate application into a malicious Trojan, completely unnoticed by the app store, the phone, or the end user. . . . "
Massive Android flaw lets hackers 'take over' and 'control' 99% of Android ...
VentureBeat
Mobile security company Bluebox said today that it recently discovered a vulnerability in Android that makes any Android device released in the last four years vulnerable to hackers who can read your data, get your passwords, and control any function of your ...

Zynga Lured CEO Mattrick With $6 Million Salary, Signing Bonus
Bloomberg
Don Mattrick, the game-industry veteran who was hired as chief executive officer of Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) this week, is receiving compensation totaling more than $50 million to turn around the struggling social-game developer. He will receive a $5 million signing ...

EU Parliament approves stricter penalties for cyber attacks
PCWorld
Cyber criminals could face tougher penalties across the European Union under new rules adopted by the European Parliament, which include the creation of a specific offence of using botnets. The draft directive adopted by the parliament on Thursday ...

' Darkleech ' malware undertakes ransomware campaign
PCWorld
A persistent, widespread malware campaign that utilizes compromised Apache servers is locking users' computers and demanding a fee of $300 to free their data. Researchers from Eset wrote that the ransomware scam is an extension of a long-running ...

Shocking footage of hunters killing young seals fails to stop Namibia's cull
The Guardian
This film, shot in 2011 but only just released by Earthrace Conservation, shows sealers clubbing Cape fur seals to death in a nature reserve Link to video: Horrific footage of seal clubbing in Namibia. Shocking footage of young seals being clubbed to death in ...

Computer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart dies at 88
BBC News
Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use. He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research ...

Mysterious radio bursts in far parts of universe hint at cataclysm
Los Angeles Times
Strange bursts of radio waves from billions of light-years across the universe have puzzled astronomers for more than half a decade, making them question if the signal was even real. Now, in a paper published by the journal Science, researchers say they ...

Congratulations, Boston University, you're now a patent troll
VentureBeat
Boston University is seeking a ban on all iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air sales based on a patent dating back 22 years that runs out in another two. Welcome to the ranks of blood-sucking scumbag patent trolls, Boston University. You're in good company ...

Vine's iOS Update Unlocks a Whole New Vine Experience
Mashable
Among other enhancements, a number of Twitter features are now available within the app, as well as a few new features — including a dramatic update to the app's camera — which, in many ways, make Vine feel like a totally new app. SEE ALSO: Top 25 ...

Microsoft outlines Xbox One's new reputation system
TechSpot
Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One will include a new reputation system that replaces the current star-based rating system on the 360. It will be designed to reward those that just play the game and are good participants while individuals that play against the spirit ...

Twitter translates tweets from leading Egyptians
BBC News
Tweets from leading Egyptians are being automatically translated as part of a new Twitter service for non-Arabic speakers. As Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, non-Egyptians were able to read his tweets in their local ...

Apple plotting iPhone sales overhaul, report says
CNET (blog)
Head honcho Tim Cook imparted some of the new measures -- which could include more price-matching and trade-in options -- at a chinwag with Apple's retail chiefs, 9to5Mac reports, citing "multiple people familiar with the internal event". The move ...

Apple Hires a Fashion CEO, But He Won't Design IWatches
Businessweek
Those factors will become even more important as tech companies move into wearable products, such as Google Glass (GOOG) and Apple's expected iWatch. But Apple didn't recruit Deneve to design iWatch wristbands. And despite his success at expanding ...

Google faces sanctions in Europe over privacy policy
PCWorld
A German data protection authority has begun a formal action against Google over changes the company made to its privacy policy last year. The French privacy regulator announced a similar action last month. The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection ...

Apple's iWork for iCloud beta is super-speedy, a first look
Computerworld (blog)
Given that Microsoft, Google and others already integrate collaborative tools within their productivity apps, this seems an obvious place in which the company can improve its offering in future. To be fair the suite is in beta and it's far more ...

Microsoft and former Windows chief Sinofsky agree on 'retirement' terms
ZDNet (blog)
Sinofsky, who left Microsoft abruptly after the Windows 8 launch last year, will be freed from his non-compete clause as of December 31, 2013, after which time he will be free to work for a Microsoft competitor. Up until that date, Sinofsky has agreed ...

Google captures view from world's tallest building
CNN
(CNN) -- Fancy a stroll around the observation deck of the tallest building in the world? Normally, doing so would involve a flight to Dubai, an expensive hotel room and a struggle through traffic under blazing sunshine. But now you can take it all in ...

Google Takes 7% Stake In Vevo
Wall Street Journal (blog)
... the most-viewed “channel” on YouTube, according to comScore. As its partnership with Googlehung in the balance in recent months, Vevo held talks with many other technology companies, including Facebook , Apple, Amazon, Twitter Microsoft and others ...

At Google Glass 'basecamp' lucky newbies get specs
USA TODAY
"Wow, it's so … beautiful," Liu says as she ogles her titanium-and-white-plastic Google Glass, a $1,500 graduation-timed gift that she plans to take on her summer travels to Tibet and China. "My phone is always glued to my hand, so maybe using this ...

Apple's Waze-like navigation system creates routes based on user ratings, real ...
Apple Insider
Much like the popular crowd-sourced navigation app Waze, which was recently acquired by Google,Apple's "User-specified route rating and alerts" patent filing generates custom routing information based on user input. As described, the system pertains ...

Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit ...
By Darrell Etherington
The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology spotted by AppleInsider. Apple's own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set ...
TechCrunch

Boston University sues Apple over chip technology patent - Engadget
By Jon Fingas
We usually associate Boston University with brain studies and bat-chasing UAVs; we'll have to add technology patent lawsuits to the list. Following similar claims versus the likes of Amazon and Samsung, the university has sued Apple for ...
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Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Build 12F17 to Developers - Mac Rumors
By Eric Slivka
Apple today seeded build 12F17 of OS X 10.8.5 to developers, offering a third version of the next Mac operating system update for testing. The...
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors...

Goats Work at Amazon Japan. Like, Actual Goats. - Kotaku
By Brian Ashcraft
Amazon Japan has harnessed (hired?) goats to manicure the grounds at its ... And the most interesting part? Amazon isn't even the first internet company to do this! ... Google Harnessing the Power of Goats to Mow the Lawn. amazon ...
Kotaku

Steve Ballmer email to employees on Don Mattrick ... - Microsoft
Text of an internal e-mail from Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer to employees regarding changes in leadership within the Interactive Entertainment ...
www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/.../07-01steveb-mail.aspx

Polamatic by Polaroid™ - Android Apps on Google Play
The Polamatic app brings back the instant nostalgia of Polaroid pictures. Capture or import a photo then select from 36 Polaroid frames, 20 photo filters , add a ...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.an.ariel...

Whispersync Adds Automatic Conflict Resolution as GameCircle ...
We just released a major update to Amazon GameCircle, our free game ...
https://developer.amazon.com/.../Whispersync-Adds-Automati...


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