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How to get Windows Phone 8.1 today
[b]How to get Windows Phone 8.1 today[/b] by Gregg Keizer Microsoft sets very low developer preview bar; anyone can grab the bits. Computerworld - Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 today, and contrary to its label of "Windows Phone Preview for Developers," anyone can upgrade their current Windows Phone 8-powered handset. Registered Windows Phone developers who have previously opted into previews -- Microsoft launched the early-look program last October -- can immediately download the preview onto their smartphones. But Microsoft has set a very low bar for entry to its developers program, making it easy for anyone to obtain the pre-release operating system. [url=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247657/How_to_get_Windows_Phone_8.1_today]Full Article[/url]
Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia
[b]Google steps up competition with Amazon, expands Cloud Platform to Asia [/b] by Mikael Ricknas The company increases its Asian presence again after recently opening two data centers Google has expanded its Cloud Platform to include locally hosted computing capacity, storage and data bases for the Asia-Pacific region. The launch is in line with Google's increasing investment in the region, the company said in a blog post. It comes following the opening of data centers in Taiwan and Singapore at the end of last year. The launch includes infrastructure-as-a-service platform Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Cloud SQL services. The standard Compute Engine instances cost from US$0.077 per hour, which is the same as in Europe but slightly more than in the U.S. Using more closely located data centers to host applications performance should improve performance for local businesses and organizations, as well as multinationals. In addition to local hosting, the Googl
Heartbleed Exposes a Problem With Open Source, But It's Not What You Think
By Christina Warren, A week after the [url=http://mashable.com/category/heartbleed/]Heartbleed[/url] OpenSSL vulnerability wreaked havoc across the web, the conversation is shifting from reaction to reflection. The discussion is no longer about what to do now, but what can be done to prevent another Heartbleed from happening in the future. Heartbleed didn't happen because OpenSSL is open source, it happened because the project wasn't given the support it needed. Let's hope that changes. And soon. This project is too important to too many. [url=http://mashable.com/2014/04/14/heartbleed-open-source/]Heartbleed Exposes a Problem With Open Source, But It's Not What You Think[/url]
A letter to my daughter: your privacy in the age of the internet
[b]Millennials are growing up with very different ideas about privacy and information security than those of us who actually built the digital world we now live in.[/b] It's a different world for our kids these days. Most of us grew up in a time when internet security wasn't even a topic for discussion. But for our kids, privacy and information security are important considerations. With that in mind, I wrote a letter to my daughter. [b]To my daughter[/b] Hi, it's Dad! Writing you this note reminds me of similar notes I wrote to your big sister, more than a decade ago. Back then, I scribbled with a pen on a pad next to the coffeemaker, where I knew she'd see it. But today I'm writing to you on an iPad. I'm at your big brother's house, and this note will travel through his in-house Wi-Fi, over his cable service to his ISP - and finally to your iPhone, there at school. Ten years ago, the note I wrote your sister was just between me and her, or possibly another member of our family,
Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA
When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. But this month, we learned that Snowden used another technology to keep his communications out of the NSA’s prying eyes. It’s called Tails. And naturally, nobody knows exactly who created it. [url=http://www.wired.com/2014/04/tails/]Full Article[/url]
3D face scanning using Windows Phone being explored by Microsoft Research
[quote][b] Rene Ritchie[/b] wrote: If you don't love Microsoft Research then you don't love ice cream sundaes or anything else good in the world, because who else is busy figuring out how to make Windows Phone scan faces and build 3D models? So what if they call it "Skynet UI", what bad could come of this?! Zhiwei Li, Richard Cai, and Jiawei Gu are even sharing their work on the web, making sci-fi look just a little more real. Here's the abstract: [quote][i]3D scanning on portable device is a technology that empower people turn physical objects into high-quality 3D models with the normal RGB camera capturing on mobile device and support for 3D printing. The Skynet UI design aims to enhance user experience to lower the barriers between common consumers and 3D reconstruction[/i] [/quote][/quote][b]Read[/b] [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/3d-face-scanning-using-windows-phone-being-explored-microsoft-research]here[/url].
Android tablets get 8-second boot in Rockchip RK32288 demo
[quote][b]Rene Ritchie[/b] wrote: When it comes to boot times, faster is better, and getting a full restart down to a mere 8-seconds is much better than what many devices have seen before. Sure, this is being demoed for Chromium OS — the open source version of Google's [url=http://www.androidcentral.com/tag/chromeos]ChomeOS[/url] — but also for Android tablets and that's some pretty impressive stuff. From the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014: [quote][i]Rockchip shows RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 in Tablets, booting Chrome OS (named Chromium OS when not Google certified), playing back H265 4K 60fp HDMI 2.0 10bit, extremely fast Mali-T764 GPU, mass production starts next month.[/i] [/quote][/quote][b]Read[/b] [url=http://www.androidcentral.com/android-tablets-get-8-second-boot-rockerchip-rk32288-demo]here[/url].
European Security Blogger Awards 2014
This year will see the second European Security Blogger Awards. The awards will take place during the Infosec Europe event to be held in London from April 29th to the 1st of May. [url=https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EUbloggers14]European Security Blogger Awards Survey[/url]
Microsoft unifies pricing tiers for universal Windows and Windows Phone apps
[quote][b] Derek Kessl[/b][b]er[/b] wrote: Back at [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/build2014]Build 2014[/url] (remember that, two weeks ago?), Microsoft announced their initiative to [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/microsoft-announces-windows-81-update-1-mouse-and-keyboard-friendly-tweaks]unify apps across their entire ecosystem[/url]. That way a developer could build an app once and deploy it to [url=http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-81]Windows Phone[/url], Windows, and even Xbox. But to make that a reality there was some back-end housekeeping to be done in order to make that a possibility. One of those steps: making it so you can price apps the same across all the stores. To that end, Microsoft announced today that they're simplifying and consolidating the pricing tiers between Windows and Windows Phone. The end result of that is the addition of tiers for $0.99 apps and $1.29 apps for Windows. Microsoft noted that apps in that price range currently account for 55% of W
The history of malware samples in numbers
Virus Bulletin came up with some interesting historical facts. In 1989, when the very first Virus Bulletin rolled off the press (produced in a black-and-white, printed pamphlet style), there was only one subscriber and there were only 14 viruses known for the IBM PC. Five years on in 1994 there were over 3,000 viruses known to researchers, and here are the approximate numbers from there on out. [url=http://blog.knowbe4.com/bid/382586/The-history-of-malware-samples-in-numbers]Full Article[/url]
IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches
[b]Tax collector has 58,000 PCs still running the aged XP; will spend $30M to upgrade to Windows 7[/b] The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities discovered in the future, XP systems will be at risk from cyber criminals who hijack the machines and plant malware on them. During an IRS budget hearing Monday before the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee, the chairman, Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) wondered why the agency had not wrapped up its Windows XP-to-Windows 7 move. "Now we find out that you've been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating to Windows 7, even though Microsoft announced in 2008 that it would stop s
Samsung Galaxy S5 review: High five: Samsung's best phone gets better
[quote][b]Jessica Dolcourt[/b] wrote: Here's why the Samsung Galaxy S5 should grab your attention: it looks good, it performs very well, and it has everything you need to become a fixture in nearly every aspect of your life. But, like a candidate running for reelection, the GS5 gets where it is today based on experience and wisdom, not on flashy features or massive innovation. With the exception of a few nonessential hardware and software additions -- like the fingerprint scanner and novel heart-rate monitor -- and a few design tweaks, you're pretty much looking at the same phone Samsung released in 2013. The S5 is more of a Galaxy S4 Plus than it is a slam-the-brakes, next-generation device; it makes everything just a little smoother and faster. [/quote][b]Read[/b] [url=http://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-galaxy-s5/]here[/url].
Attaching news to ticker?
Good morning/ afternoon, I'm not sure how I can attach a news article or security article to our bulletin ticker? Would someone advise me with this know how? Would appreciate if I could learn how to be more involved with bulletins . Thank you, Always learning today... Sherry
Owner Hacks His Tesla Model S Car, Installs Firefox, and Finds That It Runs Ubuntu
[b]Tesla Motors, the company that is building the successful electric car Tesla Model S, is using Ubuntu to power its displays and is looking for designers.[/b] Tesla Motors has made a name for itself with its insane performance electric cars. When most of the auto manufacturers are looking to build small electric cars, the American company is building an electric sports car that looks amazing and handles like a dream. To top it all off, it seems that its latest car, Tesla Model S, is using Ubuntu for the infotainment displays, and the company is looking for some talented designers that will make the system much more attractive. Tesla has already implemented a huge array of electronics in the car, and the huge 17-inch central console display is just the tip of the iceberg. It's most likely the most advanced car in terms of electronics and comes with HD radio, online radio, on-demand Internet radio, USB & Bluetooth connectivity, Google Maps with live traffic information, Internet
Amazon to buy digital comic book publisher comiXology
[quote][b]Deepa Seetharaman[/b] wrote: Amazon.com Inc will buy New York-based digital comic book publisher comiXology for an undisclosed sum to beef up its entertainment content. [/quote][b]Read[/b] [url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/us-amazoncom-comics-idUSBREA391YR20140410]here[/url].
Google to sell Glass to public next week
[quote][b]San Francisco Newsroom[/b] wrote: [img]https://d1qy7qyune0vt1.cloudfront.net/webroot-en/attachment/9946i3B82007515CB1A47.jpg[/img] [i]Google co-founder Sergey Brin walks the runway wearing new product ''Glass by Google'' after the Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2013 collection show during New York Fashion Week September 9, 2012.[/i] [i] [/i] Google Inc will take online orders for its Glass wearable gadget on April 15, in its biggest push to get the $1,500 wraparound Web-ready glasses out to the U.S. public. For a limited time starting Tuesday, Google will make the wearable device available to more than just the select group of users such as apps developers in its Glass Explorer program. In a blogpost, Google did not say how many pairs it would sell, just that the quantity would be limited. [/quote][b]Read[/b] [url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/10/us-google-glass-idUSBREA391YM20140410]here[/url].
Let's remember the real victims of Heartbleed: Cyber thieves
[b]With the exposure of the SSL weakness, hackers are now forced to dip even further into their bag of tricks[/b] Open Security: Sad and Ludicrous, aka OpenSSL, has finally been outed as the welcome mat we've all unwittingly placed before our digital front doors, and the damage to the cyber criminal and the government intel-hack community is devastating. I learned just how violated and crippled these poor folks feel at an emergency black hat caucus held Monday, which I attended cleverly disguised as one of their own, decked out in neon blue hair and clothes so old and unwashed I could have been legally classified as landfill. [url=http://www.infoworld.com/t/cringely/lets-remember-the-real-victims-of-heartbleed-cyber-thieves-240213?source=rss_security]Full Article[/url] :D
Windows 8.1 Update 1 released, now available for download
As we [url=http://www.neowin.net/news/end-of-life-microsoft-finally-terminates-support-for-windows-xp]bid farewell to Windows XP[/url], Microsoft has released a rather significant update to Windows 8.1. Sure the features may not be revolutionary, but for those of you who use a keyboard and mouse, the update is a big boost to functionality for the platform. Download links for [b]Windows 8.1 Update x86[/b]: [url=http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/crup/2014/02/windows8.1-kb2919355-x86_de9df31e42fe034c9a763328326e5852c2b4963d.msu]KB2919355[/url] [url=http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/crup/2014/02/windows8.1-kb2919442-x86_94ee3d715e732ed28c64b8096327375a35f5d211.msu]KB2919442[/url] [url=http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/crup/2014/02/windows8.1-kb2932046-x86_bfd8ca4c683ccec26355afc1f2e677f3809cb3d6.msu]KB2932046[/url] [url=http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/crup/
IE 12 to Support HSTS Encryption Protocol
Microsoft confirmed today it will support HTTPS Strict Transport Protocol (HSTS) in Internet Explorer 12, bringing its browser in line with other major vendors in its support of the protocol. Browsers supporting [url=https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6797]HSTS[/url] force any sessions sent over HTTP to be sent instead over HTTPS, encrypting communication to and from a website. According to OWASP, HSTS protects users from a number of threats, in particular man-in-the-middle attacks by not only forcing encrypted sessions, but also stopping attackers who use invalid digital certificates. The protocol denies users the ability to override invalid certificate messages. HSTS also protects users from HTTPS websites that also may include HTTP links or serve content unencrypted. IE 12 is expected to be released this year; IE 11 was introduced in October 2013 and is the default browser in Windows 8.1. [url=https://threatpost.com/ie-12-to-support-hsts-encryption-protoco
Microsoft releases a new power user guide for Windows 8.1 Update
[url=http://betanews.com/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-will-be-available-on-april-8-heres-whats-new/]Windows 8.1 Update[/url] goes officially live tomorrow, and will be pushed out to all Windows 8.1 users via Windows Update. [url=http://betanews.com/2014/04/03/windows-8-1-update-microsoft-finally-gets-it-right/]I think it’s an improvement[/url], although it is the third big set of changes for users to master since the OS was first released not quite 18 months ago. To help potentially confused users discover what’s new, and how to get more from the OS, Microsoft has rolled out an updated Advanced Power User Guide filled with tips and tricks. Under a heading titled, "The familiar, made better", the 20 page guide states: "With the new Windows, you have everything you need to work efficiently. Your familiar desktop is better than ever with advanced functionalities, like the new customizable taskbar and streamlined file management. Internet Explorer 11 gives you instant and
Free Microsoft Windows for the Internet of Things and Mobile Devices
Tomorrow, 8th April could be a sad day for all those who are still using Windows XP, as it is an official assassination day of it, but there is also a good news that Microsoft is going to stop charging for its Windows Operating System on on the devices with screens smaller than nine inches. Yes, Free a Windows OS for the [i][url=http://thehackernews.com/search/label/The%20Internet%20of%20Things]Internet of Things (IoTs)[/url], [/i]such as Mobile Devices, Smart thermostats, Smart TVs, wearable devices etc., that was [url=http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/apr14/04-02build2014pr.aspx]announced[/url] by Microsoft at Build 2014 conference on Wednesday. “[i]To accelerate the creation of great mobile devices running Windows and grow our number of users, we announced today that Windows will be available for $0 to hardware partners for Windows Phones and tablets smaller than 9” in size,[/i]” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, OS Group at Mic
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