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Companies Warned of Major Security Flaw in Google Play Apps

On June 20th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

CSO — University researchers have found that developers often store authentication keys in the Android apps on Google Play, making it possible for criminals to steal corporate or personal data. The major security threat has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the automated scanning tools Google uses to uncover malicious code and other problems that..

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Android 4.4.4 Fixes OpenSSL Connection Hijacking Flaw

On June 20th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service — Less than three weeks after pushing Android 4.4.3 to users of its Nexus devices, Google released a new version of the OS that incorporates a patch for a serious vulnerability identified in the OpenSSL cryptographic library. Android 4.4.4 factory images using build version KTU84P were released for Nexus 4, 5, 7..

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Android Phones Do Not Infringe on Gemalto’s Patents, U.S. Court Rules

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IDG News Service — Android devices running Java applications do not infringe on patents belonging to SIM card maker Gemalto, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled. Gemalto sued Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung Electronics in 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging that the companies..

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Humanoid Robot Nao Gets Battery, Face-Detection Boost

On June 20th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

IDG News Service (Tokyo Bureau) — If you’re on the lookout for the personal robot of your dreams, the cute French robot Nao just got a performance boost. [ Our Robots, Ourselves: 9 Efforts to Build More Relatable Robots ] Nao Evolution, the fifth generation of the pint-sized humanoid made by Aldebaran Robotics, has 30..

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Healthcare Cloud Use Prevalent, Poised to Spread, HIMSS Says

On June 20th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

CIO — Healthcare’s reluctance to embrace cloud technology appears to be waning. The 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey, released this week, found that more than 80 percent of healthcare organizations use cloud services, and only 6 percent have no plans to use the cloud at all. As this is HIMSS Analytics’ inaugural cloud use survey,..

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Pirates, Cheats and IT Certs

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

Computerworld — It didn’t take long for the test center proctor to realize something was amiss. One group of people clearly stood out from the rest of the candidates taking a popular IT certification exam. They sat rigidly in their chairs, hardly moving at all, and they proceeded through the questions at a pace of..

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Hacker Puts 'full Redundancy' Code-hosting Firm Out of Business

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IDG News Service — A code-hosting and project management services provider was forced to shut down operations indefinitely after a hacker broke into its cloud infrastructure and deleted customer data, including most of the company’s backups. The customers of CodeSpaces.com, run by a company based in Wayne, New Jersey, called AbleBots, were informed Wednesday that..

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BlackBerry ekes out a profit as revenue tumbles nearly 70 percent

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IDG News Service (London Bureau) — BlackBerry managed to turn the tide toward a small profit during its fiscal first quarter, but revenue and phone sales continued to drop. Revenue for the first quarter of BlackBerry’s fiscal 2015, which ended May 31, was approximately US$966 million, a steep drop of about 69 percent from $3.1..

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Apple Nails Health Timing As Fitness App Usage Soars

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Computerworld — Apple may have kicked off its health and fitness emphasis in iOS 8 at just the right time, mobile analytics firm Flurry suggested today. In the last six months, Flurry has tracked a 62% increase in usage of more than 6,800 iPhone and iPad apps in the firm’s health and fitness category. Flurry..

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How to Defend Against the Latest Android Kernel Flaw

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: News & Events by Comments Off

CSO — Companies should be on the lookout for exploits of a troubling vulnerability in the Linux kernel that exists in nearly every popular mobile device running Android, experts say. Cybercriminals are likely to target the flaw with malware soon, given the relative simplicity of developing an exploit. Their job has been made easier by..

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