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  1. Think North Korea hacked Sony? Think about thisThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:00:00 -0800
    North Korea or not? Theres still a lot we dont know about the attack on Sony Pictures and those behind it. After two weeks of investigations, anonymous government officials told some reporters and politicians on Wednesday that North Korea was behind the attacks. But on Thursday, U.S. officials resisted making the same allegations in public and didnt release any evidence to back up the anonymous claims. North Korean involvement is certainly possible. After all, defectors have spoken about North Koreas cyber attack force and training. But it also plays into a popular and easy-to-believe narrative about the country. There certainly appears to be circumstantial evidence, but it could be just that. So before calling case closed, here are some reasons to be wary, at least until some evidence is made public.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  2. Uber temporarily suspends service in PortlandThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:15:10 -0800
    Uber is suspending its service in Portland, Oregon, for the next three months while city regulators there work to reframe local laws around taxis and car hailing apps.We are pausing pick-ups within Portland city limits for three months, an Uber spokeswoman said Thursday via email. The company will continue operating in the larger Portland metro area, she said, which includes Beaverton and Hillsboro. Drop-offs from those areas would continue in Portland, she said.Pick-ups in Portland will continue through this Sunday evening, she said, which Uber also detailed in a blog post.The development comes just days after a lawsuit from the city of Portland against Uber, which ordered it to halt its service because it did not have the permits to operate there legally.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  3. Microsoft's Lumia Denim release is coming for Windows PhoneThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:11:00 -0800
    Microsoft confirmed Thursday that it had begun rolling out its Lumia Denim update for WIndows Phone, officially bringing Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and improved camera functionality for supported devices.Microsoft is pushing Denim somewhat piecemeal across different geographies and phones, however, so some of the features may arrive on different phones at different times. Andthere's no official timetable to bring it to the United Statesalthough it should arrive on American shores fairly soon.The Lumia Denim update ships as part of the Lumia 830, the Lumia 730 dual-SIM variant, and the Lumia 735. All other Microsoft Lumia Windows Phone 8 phones will receive Denim sometime before the end of the yearsubject to carrier approval, of course.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  4. The 'grinch' isn't a Linux vulnerability, Red Hat saysThu, 18 Dec 2014 13:40:10 -0800
    The grinch Linux vulnerability that Alert Logic raised alarms about Tuesday is not a vulnerability at all, according to Red Hat.This report incorrectly classifies expected behavior as a security issue, said a Red Hat bulletin issued Wednesday, responding to Alert Logics claims.Security firm Alert Logic Tuesday claimed that grinch could be as severe as the Heartbleed bug and that its a serious design flaw in how Linux systems handle user permissions, which could allow malicious attackers to gain root access to a machine.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  5. Box's Box Trust and Box EMM offer better BYOD securityThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:38:00 -0800
    Organizations may tolerate, accept or embrace BYODletting employees use their own mobile devices for business purposesbut they all struggle with the blurred line of protecting company data without infringing on individual privacy. Box recently announced two initiativesBox Trust, and Box for EMMthat promise to give Box's customers and their employees some peace of mind when using BYOD.Box currently serves more than 27 million users across 240,000 businessesincluding 99 percent of the Fortune 500. Box announced Box Trust on December 9unveiling an ecosystem of formidable security vendors: Symantec, Splunk, Palo Alto Networks, OpenDNS, Sumo Logic, Skyhigh Networks, HP, Okta, MobileIron, CipherCloud, Recommind, Ping Identity, Netskope, OneLogin, Guidance Software, and Code Green Networks are all part of the invitation-only Box Trust team, providing a comprehensive collection of data protection, governance, and compliance tools for Box customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  6. BrandPost: How to train your staff on cyber security (and make it stick)Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:28:00 -0800
    A strong security policy is one thing. Employees actual security behaviors are often quite another. In the complex and rapidly changing world of cyber security, experts say that training is essential to keep workers up to speed and ensure your business stays safe.How do you teach employees security tactics, and make sure they actually utilize them? Try these five tips. Lead By Example Good security habits start from the top. If the boss has passwords affixed to his monitor with sticky notes, a computer left unattended and unlocked during lunch, or an unsecured laptop sitting on his desk overnight, why should employees behave any differently? The best way to instill good security behaviors in employees is to model them yourself as a manager. Follow security protocols to the letter; otherwise you cant admonish others in good faith for failing to do so.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  7. Minuum Keyboard makes it easier to be a bilingual user with multiple-language supportThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:16:00 -0800
    Bilingual kids, I know how it is: Youre trying to text your mom in both English and her native language, but the keyboard app youve got installed cant recognize the word youre typing out. What's worse: It'll start auto-correcting to something completely different, which makes typing in other languages an exasperating experience.MinuumKeyboards latest update can alleviate some of this annoyance with a new feature that lets you install more than one language pack at a time, and use both in tandem. For instance, if you tend to throw around Spanish slang words, you wont have to suffer through auto-correct attempts to decipher what youre typing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  8. Sale of Nigeria's Nitel bogs down in confusion yet againThu, 18 Dec 2014 12:10:10 -0800
    The sale of Nigerias state-owned Nigerian Telecommunications (Nitel) and its mobile arm, Mobile Telecommunications Mtel), is once again bogged down in confusion following allegations that the government sold the company below the value offered by another willing buyer.The NATCOM consortium, headed by a Nigerian, last week emerged as winner of the bidding for the company, on an offer of $252.25 million.However, fresh controversy has emerged, with Arabian Amlak For Investment taking the matter to court. Arabian Amlak is challenging the governments so-called guided liquidation process, via which Nitel is being acquired for far less than the $920 million the company says it offered. In the guided liquidation process, the government is selling the company on the assurance that the buyer will continue to operate the company, rather than buying it and potentially selling off pieces.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  9. Google gives Inbox by Gmail handy upgrades for tablets and Android Wear Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:09:00 -0800
    Google faithfuls get a nice little stocking stuffer for the holidays: Better integration of Inbox with Android Wear smartwatches and tablets. Because you're into Google's ecosystem enough to have snagged an invite to Google's radical re-imagination of Gmail, and maybe you already even have an Android Wear watchto go with your tablet.The newest update to Inbox extends some of its power to your Android Wear smartwatch. When your wrist buzzes for a new message, just swipe to the right and mark it Done (the Inbox equivalent of 'archive'), or swipe one more time and tap "Reply." You can then speak and send your message. This will save you from digging for your phone, though it'll work best with shorter emails.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
  10. Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming appThu, 18 Dec 2014 11:35:00 -0800
    Line, the messaging app from Japan, has acquired MixRadio, the free music-streaming service Microsoft gained through its Nokia acquisition, the companies announced Thursday.The deal gives Line, already popular with 170 million monthly active users, a new way to attract more customers at a time of rising interest in music streaming. It also explains what Microsoft would do with the music service after Microsoft said it would spin it off, as the company now focuses on productivity. Apparently music doesnt make people productive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here More...
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