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A repair shop could completely hack your phone—and you wouldn’t know it
Shattered-800x798.jpgEnlarge (credit: Omer Shwartz et al.) People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies have a new headache to consider: the possibility the replacement parts installed by repair shops contain secret hardware that completely hijacks the security of the device. The concern arises out of research that shows how replacement screens—one put into a Huawei Nexus 6P and the other into an LG G Pad 7.0—can be used to surreptitiously log keyboard input and patterns, install malicious apps, and take pictures and e-mail them to the attacker. The booby-trapped screens also exploited operating system vulnerabilities that bypassed key security protections built into the phones. The malicious parts cost less than $10 and could easily be mass produced. Most chilling of all, to most people, the booby-trapped parts could be indistinguishable from legitimate ones, a trait that could leave many service technicians unaware of the maliciousness. There would be no sign of tampering unless someone with a background in hardware disassembled the repaired phone and inspected it. The research, presented in a paper presented this week at the 2017 Usenix Workshop on Offensive Technologies, highlights an often overlooked disparity in smartphone security. The software drivers included in ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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IDG Contributor Network: Orchestration tools enable companies to fully exploit Linux container technology
Companies that need to deliver applications quickly and efficiently — and today, what company doesn’t need to do this?— are turning to Linux containers. What they are also finding is that once they get past the “let’s see how these container things work” stage, they are going to end up with a lot of containers running in a lot of different places.Linux container technology is not new, but it has increased in popularity due to factors including the innovative packaging format (now Open Container Initiative (OCI) format) originally invented by Docker, as well as the competitive requirement for continual development and deployment of new applications. In a May 2016 Forrester study commissioned by Red Hat, 48 percent of respondents said they were already using containers in development, a figure projected to rise to 53 percent this year. Only one-fifth of respondents said that they wouldn’t leverage containers in development processes in 2017.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The west is changing how it does summer
GettyImages-671241748-800x551.jpgEnlarge (credit: Getty Images) This June, we received a letter from a reader asking why it seemed like there are fewer summer blackouts, especially in the western US, than there used to be. This resonated with me. When I was a kid growing up in Southern California, summer always seemed to bring with it a couple of electrical blackouts. By 2001, the term "rolling blackouts" was a household phrase. The morning news would warn of a heatwave. My sister and I would head out to a friend’s house or some local summer camp, and when we returned home from pool-bleached adventures the power would go dead. Sometimes the blackouts lasted just a few minutes. But occasionally, hours passed and my parents would get cranky, sweating miserably with no way to know when we could get the air conditioner back on. For me, it’s a trivial memory to think back on—my 20-years-younger parents wondering if they should wait for power to cook dinner or just have everyone fend for themselves in the slowly-warming fridge. We were lucky. We were a young family with bodies that were able to withstand a couple hours of heat. But blackouts aren’t just a minor inconvenience for ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Benelux organisations must ensure IT staff are content or else risk exodus
Organisations in the Benelux region could face IT staff leaving in large numbers if they don't remain attractive to employees ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Box uses Google’s AI to support image recognition in the enterprise
Optical character recognition and automated generation of image metadata is now possible, thanks to Google Cloud AI ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Researchers find potentially lethal car hack with no quick fix
Security researchers have discovered a supplier-neutral and stealthy smart car hack that can drastically affect the performance and function of the vehicle ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Cloud computing reversal: From ‘go away’ to ‘I can’t miss out’
Isaac Asimov once said, “I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.” That quote has stuck with me to this day. There’s no doubt that computers and computing have changed our lives. Without them, we would be slaves to processes and paper.I was reminded of Asimov’s quote when I saw the results of a recent poll done by Comvault of 100 IT leaders. More than two thirds said that they were worried about keeping up to date with the latest products and iterations across the major cloud providers. In other words, they fear missing out.[ What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now. | Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains what exactly is edge computing. ]About a quarter (24 percent) of those polled said they were a cloud-only organization, which perhaps means they are very small or very new businesses. Additionally, 32 percent said they are cloud-first, with plans to become cloud-only, so they are likely mid-sized businesses. Also, 6 percent said they did not have a specific migration plan, which means they are BDCs (big dumb companies).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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What is devops? Transforming software development
Devops is one of the key trends in software development to emerge recently. But the term is often not fully understood.An amalgamation of “development” and “operations,” “devops” describes the organizational structure, practices, and culture needed to enable rapid agile development and scalable, reliable operations. Devops is about the culture, collaborative practices, and automation that aligns development and operations teams so they have a single mindset on improving customer experiences, responding faster to business needs, and ensuring that innovation is balanced with security and operational needs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Munich Re puts data analytics into services for a ‘riskier world’
Re-insurer combines a Hadoop data lake, SAS analytics and SAP Hana to create new cyber and other insurance services ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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Contactless payments through mobile phones no longer a novelty
The amount of contactless payments made through mobile devices increased by 336% compared with 2016, according to figures from Worldpay ... read more
Published on 08-18-2017
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OkCupid bans white supremacist “for life,” asks daters to report others
okcupid_darkbg.pngEnlarge (credit: OkCupid) Dating site OkCupid made the unusual move of announcing that it had given a single member a "lifetime" ban on Thursday—and naming him—in order to make a point. "We were alerted that white supremacist Chris Cantwell was on OkCupid," the company wrote at its official Twitter account on Thursday. "Within 10 minutes, we banned him for life." Cantwell was the subject of a Vice documentary about the white-supremacist Unite The Right marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the past weekend, where he offered numerous racist and threatening comments while acting as a march organizer and riding in a car alongside former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. ("We're not non-violent," Cantwell offered at one point in the documentary. "We'll fucking kill these people if we fucking have to.") Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 08-17-2017
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Sharp sues Hisense over a foreign “gag order”
Hisense.1-800x543.jpgEnlarge / Hisense televisions at the Consumer Electronics Show in Asia in 2015. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images) Sharp, a Japanese electronics manufacturer, has filed a lawsuit challenging a foreign gag order that company lawyers say prevents Sharp from talking about its own brand. The dispute is rooted in a licensing deal gone sour between Sharp and Hisense, a fast-growing Chinese maker of televisions and appliances. In financial stress a few years ago, Sharp sold one of its factories to Hisense, along with the rights to sell televisions under the Sharp brand in the North American market for five years. According to Sharp, Hisense quickly lowered its manufacturing quality and started shipping sub-standard televisions under the Sharp brand. In April, Sharp, now owned by Taiwan-based Foxconn, said that it was terminating the trademark licensing deal. Hisense filed a notice of arbitration with the Singapore International Arbitration Center, which is the dispute resolution agreed upon by the parties in their licensing deal. In June, Sharp filed a lawsuit (PDF) in California state court seeking to terminate the licensing agreement. Read 9 remaining paragraphs | Comments ... read more
Published on 08-17-2017
16 hours ago
Hyundai looks to build a >300-mile-range electric car
GettyImages-680235824-800x532.jpgEnlarge / Signage for an electric car charging booth is displayed at Federation Square car park in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, April 28, 2017. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images) On Thursday, Hyundai said that it intends to produce a long-range electric vehicle by 2021 that will be capable of traveling 310 miles on a charge. That vehicle, a luxury Genesis sedan, will follow an electric version of the Kona sport utility vehicle that the Korean automaker hopes to release in the first half of next year. The electric Kona should have a range of 243 miles, Reuters noted. Along with affiliate company Kia, Hyundai announced eight electric cars and two fuel-cell vehicles coming to market in the near future—a significant jump in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) that the company has planned to bring to market in years prior. Hyundai, like Toyota, has boosted the fuel cell vehicle for years. Fuel cell vehicles use hydrogen as fuel and emit water as a byproduct. But the compressed hydrogen that runs fuel cell vehicles is hard to store and hard to transport, so it has been slow reaching the market, although fuel cell vehicles do have ... read more
Published on 08-17-2017
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Oracle seeks to shift Java EE to the open source community
Oracle wants to end its leadership in the development of enterprise Java and is looking for an open source foundation to take on the role.The company said today that the upcoming Java EE (Enterprise Edition) 8 presents an opportunity to rethink how the platform is developed. Although development is done via open source with community participation, the current Oracle-led process is not seen agile, flexible, or open enough. ”We believe that moving Java EE technologies to an open source foundation may be the right next step, to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing and change the governance process,” Oracle said in a statement.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 08-17-2017
16 hours ago
Oracle doesn’t want Java EE any more
Oracle wants to end its leadership in the development of enterprise Java and is looking for an open source foundation to take on the role.The company said today that the upcoming Java EE (Enterprise Edition) 8 presents an opportunity to rethink how the platform is developed. Although development is done via open source with community participation, the current Oracle-led process is not seen agile, flexible, or open enough. ”We believe that moving Java EE technologies to an open source foundation may be the right next step, to adopt more agile processes, implement more flexible licensing and change the governance process,” Oracle said in a statement.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here ... read more
Published on 08-17-2017
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