Saturday, 3 May 2014

traffic light hacking a red light for the internet of things?


Researchers claimed in a recent post that the traffic control systems of major US cities are at the mercy of hackers, who can create traffic snarls by sending vehicles in the wrong direction.
According to IOActive security researcher Cesar Cerrudo, the vulnerable system is Sensys Networks' VDS240 wireless vehicle detection systems, which have been installed in major US cities and countries.
Cerrudo added that the systems include magnetic sensors which are installed in roadways to feed traffic data to access points and repeaters, which in turn send the data to traffic controllers.
Due to a lack of security protection including encryption and authentication, incorrect data can be sent to traffic controllers to create traffic chaos. http://www.cbronline.com/news/security/traffic-control-systems-vulnerable-to-hacking-010514-4256281

The $13,000 perfect tea machine

Seems an awful lot of money for money for a cuppa! 

The Craft Brewer, made by Bkon, uses a process known as reverse atmospheric infusion to create the world’s best tea. But it comes at a price - $13,000, or £7,700

This, experts say, draws out more flavour than simply dunking a tea bag in hot water.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/yours-for-13000--the-vacuumpowered-gadget-that-makes-the-perfect-cup-of-tea-9319828.html

Samsung lose to Apple in patent war... but only to $120 million



(Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Samsung ElectronicsCo Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, far less than Apple had sought and marking a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest round of their globe-spanning mobile patent litigation

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/03/us-apple-samsung-elec-idUSBREA410Z020140503

Friday, 2 May 2014

Microsoft releases patches for XP despite claiming no more support



Microsoft has released patches for the latest critical security vulnerability plaguing Internet Explorer, including for Windows XP – despite months of claiming that it would never release another patch for the outdated OS past April 8 of this year.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2014/05/01/updating-internet-explorer-and-driving-security.aspx

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Google's Nexus program to be replaced by Android Silver?


A (very) brief history of Google's Nexus program: 90 Seconds on The...
The Verge
Multiple rumors this month have pointed to a new Silver program from Google showcasing the best of Android at carrier stores. But this week, there was an interesting twist to the story. According to The Information, Android Silver would actually replace Google's more midrange Nexus program. Though never a huge seller, Google's Nexus has had a major impact on Android. Let's take a look back.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/29/5664702/google-nexus-to-be-replaced-by-android-silver
http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2585779/android-history

Hosted by Evan Rodgers. Written by Ross Miller and Nathan Cykiert. Video production by Christian Mazza

Google Search app to help you find your parked car!


This sounds like the perfect app for me... I've been taking photos to remember where I park my car at an airport!

The update to Google Search bringing the 'Parking location' card to Google Now has not yet been rolled-out to the Google Play store, however, Android Police has the signed apk available for download. The apk will upgrade the existing Google Search app, though we recommend you to update it once it's available via Google Play in your region.


More:
http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/google-search-app-update-to-help-users-find-their-parked-cars-and-more-516817

Chromebook gets an Intel i3 version by Acer


Chromebook gets an Intel i3 version

Acer also unveiled the “most powerful Chromebook on the market,” which sports a Core i3 processor — the first in the industry. The company did not discuss specs, pricing or a release date for its new Chromebook.

http://www.technobuffalo.com/2014/04/29/acer-core-i3-chromebook/

Ubuntu for Android no longer in in active development


Ubuntu for Android was an ambitious project, but now it's all but over, Canonical has confirmed.
Following reports that Ubuntu for Android isn't "in active development" anymore

New Firefox looks like Chrome


Firefox 29 rolls out with major redesign, looks a lot like Chrome
Mozilla also launches Firefox Android edition bringing sync service to the masses

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A social network that's secret?


Anonymous gossip app Secret only launched 45 days ago, but has already become a hit among Silicon Valley insiders. Now the startup behind it has raised $8.6m to spread the word to everyone else.
Secret launched as an iPhone app in the US and Canada in late January, but isn’t yet available for Android in those countries, or anywhere else in the world for any smartphone.

Intel gets a wake up call from IBM and Google


Gordon MacKean
Today I'm excited to show off a Google POWER8 server motherboard in the OpenPOWER booth at the Impact 2014 conference in Las Vegas. We're always looking to deliver the highest quality of service for our users, and so we built this server to port our software stack to POWER (which turned out to be easier than expected, thanks in part to the liitle-endian support in P8). A real server platform is also critical for detailed performance measurements and continuous optimizations, and to integrate and test the ongoing advances that become available through OpenPOWER and the extended OpenPOWER community. (Google, IBM and others formed the OpenPOWER Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an open ecosystem.

Facebook Payments - Easily accept international payments in your app or game



Facebook Payments - Easily accept international payments in your app or game.
 

During Facebook's F8 developer conference, Deb Liu, product marketer for Facebook announced that the new mobile ad network: the "Audience Network" will be rolling out in the coming months.

The Audience Network is a tool for devs that allows Facebook to help with selling and targeting ads, payment and measuring engagement.

BIT coins handed out to MIT students


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will give each of its 4,528 undergraduates a bitcoin worth $100 (£59).

The university received a donation of $500,000 (£297,000) by Wall Street financier and MIT graduate Alexander Morcos and decided to convert the money into bitcoins to present to students

Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/strategy/22150/free-bitcoins-handed-out-to-mit-students