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AT&T redirected pen-test payloads to the FBI’s Tips portal

(Image: Corinne Reichert/ZDNet) One of AT&T’s websites secretly redirected penetration tests to the FBI’s Tips portal, putting security researchers participating in the company’s bug bounty program at risk of breaking the law, ZDNet has learned. The secret redirection was found on AT&T’s E-rate portal at erate.att.com, used by schools and libraries to get discounts for internet and phone services. Security… Read more →

Leave GNOME alone: This patent troll is asking for trouble

Patent trolls cost $29B a year Large tech companies give free patents to start ups, explains Ken Seddon to ZDNet’s Tonya Hall, so protect your intellectual property: it’s your crown jewel. Rothschild Patent Imaging (RPI) suing the GNOME Foundation for violating its “wireless image distribution system and method patent” (US Patent No. 9,936,086) doesn’t make much sense. But when has… Read more →

A brief history of Microsoft’s Surface: Missteps and successes

The ultimate MacBook accessory: The Anker 7-in-1 USB-C hub If you’re an owner of a newer MacBook, then you’ll know that your choice of ports has dwindled down to, well, USB-C ports. But fear not! This doesn’t mean that you need to buy new accessories. … Source Article from https://www.zdnet.com/pictures/the-history-of-microsofts-surface/#ftag=RSSbaffb68A brief history of Microsoft’s Surface: Missteps and successeshttps://www.zdnet.com/pictures/the-history-of-microsofts-surface/#ftag=RSSbaffb68http://www.zdnet.com/blog/rss.xmlLatest blogs for… Read more →

A brief history of Microsoft’s Surface: Missteps and successes

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DevSecOps is the new DevOps

“Shifting left,” the latest buzzphrase for pushing responsibility and functionality to the beginning of the software development lifecycle, is a good idea, but more is needed — especially in DevOps situations, in which software moves through fast, and in an automated fashion. Organizations with highly integrated security practices are well ahead with DevOps as well.  Hence, the increasing emphasis on… Read more →

Microsoft’s October 2 event: New Surface devices and everything else we expect

After issuing a “Save the Date” for its fall hardware event a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft is sharing a bit more information about the upcoming launch. On Sept. 12, Microsoft sent out the official invitations for its Oct. 2 event in Manhattan, which will kick off at 10 am ET. (This year’s fall event will be live-streamed.)  The Microsoft fall… Read more →

The (Amazon) Doctor Is In: Amazon Launches Amazon Care For Employees

Amazon has gone live with Amazon Care, its new pilot healthcare service offering for employees. The offering includes both virtual and in-person care, delivering telemedicine via app, chat and remote video, as well as follow-up visits in person and prescription drug delivery through a courier directly at an employee’s home or office. The traditional care model as we know it has… Read more →

With Alexa, Echo hardware barrage, Amazon formalizes AWS-like innovation cadence

How Amazon chooses new form factors for Alexa Miriam Daniel, VP of Echo Devices at Amazon, explains the thinking behind emerging products like the Echo Loop and Echo Frames. Amazon’s hardware event showcasing nine new Echo devices including Echo Frames and Echo Loop, a smart ring, as well as two new Ring cameras, a bevy of Alexa features and new… Read more →

First Souq.com, Careem: Now here are four more Middle East tech startups to watch

Uber is in the Middle East to stay, buys main rival Uber acquires Middle East ride-hailing service Careem in $3.1 billion deal. Middle East investors have long had an interest in Silicon Valley, but now some of that attention is being reciprocated.  The Middle East’s first unicorn, Souq.com, was acquired by Amazon in 2017 for $580m. More recently, at the… Read more →

Malware operators abuse Windows Narrator software in Asian attack wave

Overkill encryption: New ransomware strain makes it impossible to decrypt infected PCs The new Nemty malware may have ties to GandCrab and Sodinokibi. A new wave of attacks conducted by a suspected Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) group is replacing Windows Narrator with a malicious variant for remote, persistent access.  BlackBerry Cylance researchers said on Wednesday that the campaign is… Read more →

Amazon asks: Where do you want to take Alexa next?

How Amazon chooses new form factors for Alexa Miriam Daniel, VP of Echo Devices at Amazon, explains the thinking behind emerging products like the Echo Loop and Echo Frames. If you’re looking to equip your smart home, Amazon has you covered. Five years after introducing the first Echo smart speaker and more than a year after acquiring the smart doorbell… Read more →

Google removes Android apps caught grossly overcharging users for basic features

Image: Jp Valery Several unscrupulous Android app developers are taking advantage of a loophole in Google’s Play Store policies to overcharge users large sums of money for banal apps, such as calculators and barcode scanners. These apps are taking advantage of app trial periods, which is an app monetization mechanism through which app developers can allow users to test a… Read more →